Oman perches at the top of ACC Premier League table
KUALA LUMPUR: Oman’s cricket team with three consecutive victories occupied the top spot of Asian Cricket Council Premier League 2014 and in a very healthy position to advance to the ACC Championship, ARY News reported.
The trilling competition in ACC Premier League 2014 continues, as United Arab Emirates defeated Hong Kong, Oman survived a batting collapse to register their third straight win of the tournament, beating Nepal by two wickets while Malaysia posted three wicket victory over Afghanistan.
Offspinner Khizar Hayat of Malaysia took 4 for 29 restricting Afghanistan to 175 before knocks from captain Ahmed Faiz and Shafiq Sharif set up Malaysia's three-wicket win, their first in the Premier League.
In the second match, Hong Kong batting first got all out for 157 in 45.2 overs. Chasing 158, UAE's top order of Salman Faris, Khurram Khan and Swapnil Patil were out within 11 overs and the side slipped further when Irfan Ahmed broke a steady 48-run stand between Shaiman Anwar and Amjad Ali. At 93 for 7 in the 30th over, the middling target looked tough for UAE but Fayyaz Ahmed (37*) struck useful partnerships with lower-order batsmen, Ahmed Raza and Mohammad Naveed, that eventually saw them to victory in the 49th over.
Furthermore, Oman after winning the toss inserted Nepal and did well to bowl them out for 157 in 45 overs. Chasing 158, Oman were comfortably placed at 87 for 2 thanks to opener Zeeshan Maqsood's 44, but they lost their next six wickets for just 39 runs and stumbled to 126 for 8 as Shakti Gauchan, Sompal Kami and Paras Khadka wrecked the team's middle order.
However, Aamir Kaleem and the captain Sultan Ahmed forged an unbroken stand of 35 runs for the ninth wicket to take Oman home with 13 deliveries to spare.