By Alvin Bagaya
CANADA v OMAN AT LUGOGO CRICKET OVAL: 24TH MAY 2017
Canada 274/9 in 50 overs (Bhavindu Adhihetty 44(75), Rizwan Cheema 42(25), Khawar Ali 2/48 in 10 Overs, Amir Ali 2/35 in 6 overs) beat Oman 191/10 in 40.5 over (Zeeshan Maqsood 63(62), Ajay Lalcheta 39 (43), Satsimranjit Dhindsa 3/50 in 7.5Nikhil Dutta 2/35 in 9 overs) by 83 runs.
Oman won the toss and elected to field at Lugogo Oval a decision that Canada exploited with Nitish Kumar 33(37) and Bhavindu Adhihetty 44*(75) putting on 77 for the first wicket, looking comfortable in strike rotation and finding boundaries against the opening pair of bowlers.
The introduction of Amir Ali broke the stand as wicket keeper and captain Sultan Ahmed pulled off a neat stumping off a wide ball down the leg side; Khawar Ali then continued the good work picking off the Canadian middle order taking the wickets of Dhanuka Pathirana 24(22) who was beginning to look dangerous and Jimmy Hansra.
Rizwan Cheema 42(25) is fast becoming a disturbing sight for opposition bowlers and he confirmed his status as the destroyer of economies when he immediately stepped up and launched Khawar Ali into the tennis courts; he was easing into his boundaries loading 3 sixes and four boundaries as he quickly picked up Canada’s run rate in a 30 run sixth wicket stand with Navneet Dhaliwal 31(51) and 23 for the seventh with Nikhil Dutta 41(34).
Dutta found the boundary five times with two sixes and his 72 for the eighth wicket with Hamza Tariq 34(22) pushed Canada past 250 the innings ending on 274.
Oman had the worst start possible to a run chase of their magnitude when big hitter Khawar Ali was run out by Adhihetty, Cecil Pervez and Dhindsa quickly adding to the damage by picking Pouluse and Ilyas who had scored a half ton against USA in the previous day’s win.
Zeshaan Maqsood 63(62) looked his usual technical best surviving the swing and accuracy of Pervez before he loosened up to pick the short ones early and begin peppering the deep mid wicket and deep square leg boundaries.
Maqsood and Ajay Lalcheta 39(43) then set about repairing the damage in a 50 run fifth wicket partnership that saw Lalcheta and Maqsood up the run rate with minimal risk and executing their big scoring shots against errors in line and length from the Canadian bowlers.
Dindsa returned to the attack to pick Maqsood caught behind and Oman never recovered; a late order flurry from Captain Ahmed Sultan 30(60) too little too late as Dindsa cleaned up the tail ender to hand Canada their second victory of the world Cricket League Division 3 and remain top of the standings.
24th May 2017
|RISING ZEBRAS VS ROARING LIONS||243/4 - 179/7||LUGOGO CRICKET OVAL|
|CHARGING LEOPARDS VS MIGHTY RHINOS||55/3 - 60/1||LUGOGO CRICKET OVAL|
|ACC VS SKLPS(R1)||160/6 - 162/7||BUDO CRICKET OVAL|
|AVENGERS VS NYAKASURA (R1)||172/6 - 140/5||BUDO CRICKET OVAL|
|AVENGERS CC vs J.A.C.C (R1)||194/8 - 131||JINJA S.S.S|
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