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Oman edge Nepal, stay unbeaten


Aamir Kalim, draped in the Sultanate’s flag, receives his man of the match award after helping Oman defeat Nepal at ACC Premier League on Sunday. Photo – Supplied

Muscat: Aamir Kaleem claimed four wickets for 35 runs, and Sultan Ahmed and Amir Ali produced a vital partnership as Oman recorded a thrilling two-wicket victory over Nepal in the ongoing Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Premier League in Malaysia on Sunday.

According to information posted on ACC website, the victory, their third success in a row following wins over Malaysia and Hong Kong, helped the Sultanate squad stay unbeaten in the six-team competition and occupy the top slot with two rounds of matches to go.

Electing to field first, Sultan Ahmed-skippered Omanis did well to bowl out Nepal for 157 in 45 overs.
As in the previous matches, it was Rajesh Ranpura and Ajay Lalcheta who did the early damage removing both the openers, the former sending back S.P. Khakurel for a duck and the latter trapping N.B. Budayair lbw for 23.

Later Aamir Kaleem and Co. maintained the pressure to skittle Nepal for 157.

While Aamir took four wickets, Zeeshan Maqsood bagged two wickets while Lalcheta went on to claim one more wicket to his tally. Amir Ali also returned with a wicket.

In reply, Oman were jolted when opener Zeeshan Siddiqui was trapped lbw by Sompal Kami for a duck. But fellow opener Zeeshan Maqsood (44) and Vaibhav Wategaonkar (8) steadied the ship.

Later, Arif Hussain contributed 23 runs but Oman kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were eight down for 126.

But Sultan Ahmed played a captain's knock of unbeaten 32 and was involved in an unbroken ninth wicket partnership of 35 runs with Amir Ali (16 not out) to steer the team to victory in 47.5 overs.

Aamir Kaleem was adjudged the man of the match for his four-wicket haul. Oman take on Afghanistan today before playing their final match against the UAE onWednesday.

Afghans shocked
In other matches played yesterday, Malaysia upset Afghanistan in a three-wicket victory while the United Arab Emirates defeated Hong Kong by two wickets.

Batting first, Afghanistan scored 175 all out in 37 overs, a target successfully chased by Malaysia scoring 176 for seven in just 37 overs.

The UAE first bowled out Hong Kong for 157 in 45.2 overs before achieving their target in 48.3 overs losing eight wickets.

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