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MUS­CAT: Zee­shan Maq­sood was the star of the show with his all-round per­for­mance for Oman help­ing them regis­ter their sec­ond vic­tory in the ICC World Cricket League Divi­sion III tour­na­ment, beat­ing Sin­ga­pore by four wick­ets.

Elect­ing to field first af­ter win­ning the toss, Oman re­stricted Sin­ga­pore to 185/9 in 50 overs. Bi­lal Khan scalped 3/31 while Zee­shan Maq­sood and Khawar Ali picked up two wick­ets apiece.

Opener Ari­tra Dutta (38), AE Paraam (33) and CR Suryawan­shi (37) were the no­table con­trib­u­tors for Sin­ga­pore.

Chas­ing 186, Oman were wob­bly with Jatin­der Singh’s 41 hold­ing them strong up the or­der de­spite los­ing five wick­ets for 93 runs.

Maq­sood’s timely knock of 43 and handy con­tri­bu­tions from Mehran Khan (23) and Fayyaz Butt (26) helped Oman get over the line with more than 12 overs to spare.

Zee­shan Maq­sood was named the man-ofthe-match for his all-round ef­fort. COACH MENDIS CON­CERNED Oman has now won its sec­ond suc­ces­sive game, but coach Duleep Mendis sounded a bit con­cerned at the ways vic­to­ries were achieved.

“I would have ex­pected them to fin­ish the games in a bet­ter way. We lost too many wick­ets on a good track. I be­lieve we should have chased this tar­get down a bit more com­fort­ably. How­ever, each win is adding to the team’s con­fi­dence and we are look­ing for­ward to the next games,” said Duleep Mendis.

“The boys are keeping me on the toes, but I don’t mind the nerves if we are end­ing up on the win­ning side. I am sure we are go­ing to be a bet­ter side as the tour­na­ment pro­gresses,” he added.

Oman will now have two days’ rest be­fore its third game on Tues­day against Den­mark.

“For­tu­nately we have got two days’ break for our boys to have some rest and work on their game and step out in a bet­ter frame of mind against Den­mark.”

Cap­tain Zee­shan Maq­sood, who was ad­judged man of the match, said he was play­ing as per the team’s plan which put more re­spon­si­bil­ity on se­nior guys in the side.

“With wick­ets fall­ing around me, I knew I had to stay out in the mid­dle and play the role my coach has as­signed me. He wants me to bat in the mid­dle or­der and an­chor the in­nings through to the very end and I am glad I was able to do this to­day,” ex­plained Maq­sood.

Com­ment­ing on his team’s two vic­to­ries, he said the boys were look­ing for­ward to the tougher games ahead.

“We have won two out of two, but we know we have tougher games ahead and we must per­form bet­ter to strengthen our chances of win­ning this tour­na­ment,” he added.

Oman cap­tain said his team had suf­fered due to poor net run rate in pre­vi­ous as­sign­ments and he was mindful of the fact.

“We want to win all our games, but we must also keep an eye on the net run rate which may prove cru­cial in the end. A lot of fo­cus is go­ing to be placed on this in our next games in the com­pe­ti­tion,” ex­plained Maq­sood.

The boys are keeping me on the toes but, I don’t mind the nerves if we are end­ing up on the win­ning side. I am sure we are go­ing to be a bet­ter side as the tour­na­ment pro­gresses DULEEP MENDIS Oman head coach

Brief scores: Sin­ga­pore: 185/9 in 50 overs (Ari­tra Dutta 38, AE Paraam 33, CR Suryawan­shi 37; Bi­lal Khan 3-31, Zee­shan Maq­sood 2-18, Khawar Ali 2-34) lt to Oman: 186/6 in 37.4 overs (Zee­shan Maq­sood 43, Jatin­der Singh 41, Fayyaz Butt 26; Janak Prakash 3-16).

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