UAE OVERPOWER MEEK OMAN PERFORMANCE

UAE closed out their second win of the tournament by comprehensively disposing of Oman, winning by 96 runs.

After being beaten by Nepal, UAE came into the game stronger and hungrier for a win. Oman, too, were in dire need of a victory after they were completely outshone in their previous match against Singapore.

Putting UAE in to bat wasn’t the best of ideas Oman had had as opening bowlers Zakria Cheema (5-0-40-1) and Yousuf Mahmood (3-0-28-0) had a fair share of their deliveries smacked over the boundary. Two wickets and ten overs later, Oman were wincing with the run rate at 8.2. The UAE top order of Mehtab Ali (26), Wasim Bari (39) and Rohan Mustafa (27) all chose their strokes carefully frustrating Oman as the ball incessantly cut through the fielders.

After ridding themselves of what they thought were the biggest threats, Oman found themselves up against another brick wall, this time, in the form of Shihan Dharmasena (60). Feeding of the energy of their team-mates, Dharmasena and Owais Hameed (23) built a solid 71-run partnership pushing their score to 206. At 221, Dharmasena fell to Nikhil Xavier (2-36) and two overs and six runs later UAE were all out for 227 after 48.3 overs.

Oman, however, started their innings in the worst possible way, losing the commanding figure of Suneet Fernandes (1) in the fifth ball of the first over. Fernandes has shown naught in comparison to his form in the ACC U-15 Challenge Cup in December 2006 where he had the third highest batting average.

Oman regained their balance momentarily when Shrey Wilson (11) and Vivek Venkataram (32) looked to be in control. In particular, Venkataram, who cracked 6 sublime four’s. Oman’s match more or less fell apart as early as the 10th over when Venkataram was run out by a direct hit, all the way from the boundary, by Muhammad Aman Ali. With only two wickets down, Oman were still in with a chance. But the partnerships between Gaurav Honavar (25) and Shrey Wilson (11) and Honavar and Saud Haroon Khan (28) were more focused on blocking the ball rather than getting the runs.

UAE’s Owais Hameed’s (9.5-4-18-5) five-wicket haul of the middle order and tail end was enough to see Oman crash to their second loss with the terrifying ordeal of facing Nepal tomorrow at Club Aman.

Oman were bowled out for 131 in the 46th over as UAE went on to win by 96 runs. For the damage brought on by his spin, Owais Hameed was adjudged the Man of the Match.

Oman v UAE at Selangor Turf Club
UAE WON BY 96 RUNS
Oman won the toss and chose to field
UAE: 227 all out after 48.3 overs (W. Bari 39, S. Dharmasena 60; V. Venkataram 3-32)
Oman: 131 all out after 46.5 overs (V. Venkataram 32; Owais Hameed 5-18)
Man of the Match: Owais Hameed (UAE)

Scorecard

Filed August 24 2007