Maqsood helps Oman thrash Papua New Guinea in T20 World Cup opener
Women mounted on horses hold national flags of participating countries during a ceremony before the start of the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup match between Oman and Papua New Guinea at the Oman Cricket Academy Ground in Muscat. AFP
Skipper Zeeshan Maqsood returned bowling figures of 4-20 to set up a 10-wicket win for hosts Oman in the Twenty20 World Cup opener against debutants Papua New Guinea on Sunday.
Maqsood's four wickets, including three in one over, kept PNG to 129 for nine in the first round match at the Al Amerat ground outside Muscat.
Openers Aqib Ilyas (50 from 43 balls) and Jatinder Singh (73 from 42) then clattered the PNG bowlers around the ground without being parted to steer Oman home with 6.2 overs to spare, handing Papua New Guinea a tough lesson in their first ever World Cup outing.
Maqsood remained the hero with his left-arm spin as he struck thrice in one over to rattle PNG who had lost both their openers for nought.
PNG captain Assad Vala, who made 56 off 43 balls, and Charles Amini, who smashed 37, hit back with an attacking third-wicket partnership of 81.
But Mohammad Nadeem ran out the left-handed Amini with a direct throw at the non-striker's end to break the stand and that opened the door for Maqsood.
New-ball bowlers Bilal Khan and Kaleemullah, who goes by just one name, took two wickets each.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
T. Ura b Bilal 0
L. Siaka b Kaleemullah 0
A. Vala c Singh b Kaleemullah 56
C. Amini run out (Nadeem) 37
S. Bau c Singh b Maqsood 13
N. Vanua b Maqsood 1
S. Atai c Ayaan b Bilal 3
K. Doriga c Goud b Maqsood 0
D. Ravu c Nadeem b Maqsood 1
K. Morea not out 6
N. Pokana not out 5
Extras (lb6, w1) 7
Total (9 wickets, 20 overs) 129
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Ura), 2-0 (Siaka), 3-81 (Amini), 4-102 (Vala), 5-112 (Vanua), 6-113 (Bau), 7-113 (Doriga), 8-117 (Atai), 9-118 (Ravu)
Bowling: Bilal 4-1-16-2, Kaleemullah 3-0-19-2, Ilyas 4-0-28-0, Nadeem 3-0-23-0, Ali 2-0-17-0, Maqsood 4-0-20-4
OMAN (TARGET 130)
A. Ilyas not out 50
J. Singh not out 73
Extras (lb2, nb3, w3) 8
Total (no loss, 13.4) 131
Did not bat: K. Ali, Z. Maqsood, K. Prajapati, N. Khushi, M. Nadeem, A. Khan, S. Goud, Kaleemullah, B. Khan
Bowling: Morea 2-0-18-0 (w1), Ravu 3-0-28-0 (w1, nb2), Pokana 2-0-15-0 (nb1), Atai 1-0-9-0, Amini 2.4-0-31-0, Vala 1-0-11-0, Siaka 2-0-17-0 (w1)
Result: Oman beat Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZL), Kumar Dharmasena (SRI)
TV umpire: Richard Kettleborough (ENG)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)