Co-hosts Oman pounded Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets in the initial round of the T20 World Cup, which returned following a five-year rest. Openers Jatinder Singh and Aqib Ilyas added unbeaten 131 runs, finding the runs in just 13.4 overs after chief Zeeshan Maqsood’s 4 for 20, the best T20I figures for Oman, had confined the resistance to just 129/9.
Wickets before runs on the board for PNG
The competition began a shocking note for PNG when they lost their openers without a sudden spike in demand for the board. Bilal Khan bowled Tony Uraw with the fifth wad of the match before Lega Siaka met a similar destiny against Kaleemullah in the following over, with the two openers found needing in the footwork.
Recuperation drove by Assad Vala
That PNG got to 129 in their 20 overs was to a great extent because of their commander Vala who strolled in at No.3 and played a full grown hand on the way to 50 years. He hit 4 fours and 3 sixes in his innings of 56 off 43, and put on a significant 81 runs for the third wicket with Charles Amini (37 off 26). However, Amini got run out by Mohammad Nadeem in the eleventh over while Vala was out to a splendid catch by Jantinder in the profound two or three overs later.
The Zeeshan Maqsood show
The Oman skipper forced himself to astonish just in the thirteenth, the left-arm spinner wanting to sneak in a couple of calm overs after Amini’s run out. He even surrendered a six to Vala in his opening over yet in his next, bowling from the opposite end, he returned three wickets and yielded just 1 run. PNG proceeded to lose 4 for 6 and were limited to a worse than average score on a decent pitch at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground.
Openers lead the charge
The run-pursue began a lethargic note, with both Jatinder and Aqib cautious in their fast singles against the electric PNG defenders inside the ring. However, that before long offered way to a whirlwind of chances as the two openers proceeded to get their fifties. Jatinder showed the additional stuff he’s known for, hitting 7 fours and 4 sixes in his 42-ball 73 not out. PNG didn’t have an extraordinary day concerning their bowling discipline just as getting, as they dropped both the openers to some degree once. The absence of cricket for PNG, exacerbated by the pandemic, showed.
Brief Scores: PNG 129/9 in 20 overs (Asad Vala 56; Maqsood 4-20) lost to Oman 131/0 in 13.4 overs (Jatinder Singh 73*, Aqib Ilyas 50*) by 10 wickets