Group C: Oman v Thailand at Engineering College


A thriller of a match saw plucky Thailand lose by just four runs to Oman.

Thailand continued their remarkable run of improvement at ACC tournament level by showing considerable bowling and fielding aptitude in dismissing a physically imposing Oman for just 149 in the 41st over of the innings.

Seamer Sahan Raanamukharaachchi bowled with immense discipline too take 2-19 off his eight overs and he was ably backed up by Darshil Shah (4-34) and Ajay Saraff (3-16).Oman lost their last six wickets for just 26 runs.

Defendiing 149, Oman came out blazing and Mustaq Syed bowled Darshil Shah with the first ball of the Thai innings. Another wicket fell soon after but Sunil Navinvilawan and Nishadh Rego, playing with luck and pluck, held firm with a 74-run partnership that took Thailand within range of a highly creditable victory.

Part-time bowler Ali Bilal turned the game by taking the wickets of Navinvilawan and Rego within minutes of coming on and his performance gave heart to the remaining bowlers who charged in with hope renewed. Mustaq Syed returned and took two more and other wickets fell. But the Thai score kept ticking along. It got to the stage where Thailand’s last-wicket pair needed eleven runs to win.

They got within five runs of their target when the golden arm of Ali Bilal (earlier he had been responsible for the vital run-out of Thailand’s Adharsh Mukherjee) turned over one more time. All the doughty Nephon Senamontree, who had survived eleven deliveries up to then, could do was to mistime a drive back to the bowler.

Both teams can take heart from their gutsy performances.

Filed November 10 2005