About the Match
Oman defeated Ireland in their first match to gather two points and will now try to continue with their winning momentum when they meet Netherlands on 11th March at Dharamsala. Netherlands had suffered defeat against Bangladesh in their first outing and will fight back hard to win this match; the upcoming contest will surely see both teams putting their best foot forward but the team that can use the resources well to strategize against the opponent will have the upper hand here.
They fought hard against Bangladesh but the batsmen fell short by 8 runs in their reply to a target of 154; Stephan Myburgh started the chase well by scoring a run-a-ball 29 runs while the Cooper brothers and Borren partnered well to add 59 runs to the scoreboard but the others fell like a pack of cards, unable to keep the momentum going.
Earlier, Paul van Meekeren proved to be the most economical of the bowlers as he took 2 scalps giving away only 17 runs in his 4-over spell; Timm van der Gugten took 3-21 to stifle the opponents while Roelof van der Merwe and Peter Borren took a wicket each to restrict Bangladesh to 153 runs. Despite their good efforts with the ball, the batsmen crumbled under pressure of a tough chase against the Bangladeshi bowlers.
They have good resources in both bowling and batting departments but need to stay positively focused on their end goals in order to make a much-needed comeback here.
They put up a brilliant effort against the experienced Ireland team, chasing down 155 runs successfully to win the match by 2 wickets. Batsmen Zeeshan Maqsood, Khawar Ali and Jatinder Singh set the scoreboard ticking to build the innings while Amir Ali coming in at No.7 held his nerves together to score 32 off just 17 balls and help the team cross the finish line.
Earlier, it was Munis Ansari’s 3-37 that caused heavy upsets for the Irish while Aamir Kaleem and Khawar Ali took a wicket each to remove strong batsmen like Porterfield and Paul Stirling. Bilal Khan, Ajay Lalcheta and Amir Ali tried to contain the opponents and bring depth to the attack. If they can pull out some more tricks against Netherlands, Oman can prove to be a tough unit on Friday.
The batting line-up consists of in-form players like Maqsood, Khawar Ali, Singh and Amir Ali but the middle-order must focus on stabilizing the innings and not give away their wickets easily. They have a good mix of pace and spin and if they can provide regular breakthroughs against Netherlands too, then surely they can do well to succeed here.
Oman has the psychological advantage here after winning their opening match but they should be cautious against the Netherlands, who have a good variety of bowlers as their ammunition added to the much needed experience at ICC events. While the contest could go down to the wire, we feel that Netherlands will give a better fight this time around and emerge victorious.