Oman v Qatar at Kinrara Oval

With a fierce new-ball attack and a strong opening pair, a team can go far and that’s just what Qatar have.

Qatar’s openers Ibrahim Zahoor and Tamoor Sajjad cut, pulled and drove the Oman attack to all parts in racing to a century-partnership in the fifteenth over. Zahoor was particularly savage, his 84 taking just 57 deliveries with twelve 4s and three 6s. tamoor Sajjad made a steadier but no less accomplished 62 before he was out in the 25th over for 62 with the score on 172. The rest of the Qatari innings fell away somewhat and at one stage, looking at a possible 300, they were all out for 215 in just the 40th over.

A stiff target was made stiffer still when Oman’s Akshay Srinivasan fell to the first ball of the innings, plumb lbw to a Faiz Khan yorker. Oman did well to recover, and at one stage were 66 for 2 and up with the required run-rate. But the game started to get away from them from then on. Tamoor Sajjad had a hand in five of the remaining dismissals including the crucial run-out of Oman’s captain Vivek Venkataram for 45.

Oman were eventually all out for 177, 39 runs short with 28 deliveries still in hand.

Scorecard

Filed August 7 2005