Duleep Mendis’ men trounce US by 92 runs to con­clude Nepal tri-se­ries with an all-win record

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Oman’s jug­ger­naut rolled on at the Trib­hu­van Uni­ver­sity Sta­dium in Kir­tipur as they pul­verised US by 92 runs for their fourth suc­ces­sive vic­tory in the on­go­ing tri-se­ries of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup (CWC) League Two on Tues­day.

The vic­tory for Duleep Mendis’ men con­cluded their cam­paign in Nepal with a clean sheet and the all-win record saw Team Red stay on top of the seven-team league with 16 points from ten games.

It was also the first time in the CWC League Two that any team has made a clean sweep in a tri-se­ries. Oman beat Nepal twice and also de­feated US on two oc­ca­sions.

The van­quished US has 12 points but has played a game more than Oman and they will con­clude the tri-se­ries with a match against the hosts Nepal on Wed­nes­day.

For the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive match, Oman’s run-ma­chine, Aqib Ilyas, ham­mered a cen­tury (105) and this time was joined by his cap­tain, Zee­shan Maqsood (109) as the duo sent the US bowlers on a leather hunt in a 216-run third wicket part­ner­ship.

This was af­ter Oman was re­duced to 31 for two in 11 overs. Ilyas brought up his half-cen­tury off 65 balls in the 28th while Maqsood reached his fifty off 57 balls in the 31st over.

Maqsood reached his maiden ODI cen­tury off 103 balls in the 45th over off Ian Hol­land while Ilyas com­pleted his ton in 118 balls.

Ilyas had made his­tory on Sun­day when he be­came the first player from Oman to slam an ODI cen­tury, scor­ing against Nepal.

And as if both did not have enough with the bat, Ilyas and Maqsood then ex­celled with the ball to share five wick­ets with Ilyas cap­tur­ing three for 14 and Maqsood pick­ing two for 33. The duo as­sisted pacer Bilal Khan, who celebrated ESPN

cricinfo hon­our of best As­so­ci­ate bowler of 2019, with a sear­ing spell of three for 24 as US was bowled out for 184 in 39.1 overs.

Nis­arg Pa­tel’s counter-at­tack in­nings of 52 off 36 and Aaron Jones un­beaten 47 were the only knocks of re­sis­tance against a dis­ci­plined Oman at­tack.

Ilyas’ all­round dis­play also made him join an il­lus­tri­ous ODI club of eight play­ers who have scored a cen­tury and bagged three wick­ets or more in the same match mul­ti­ple times with Ilyas achiev­ing it in con­sec­u­tive ODIs, hav­ing hit a ton and picked four wick­ets against Nepal on Sun­day. The other stars in the club in­clude Viv Richards, Sanath Jaya­suriya, Shakib al Hasan, Til­lakaratne Dil­shan, Shoaib Ma­lik, Chris Gayle and Nathan As­tle.

For Oman, the Maqsood-Ilyas pair scored a to­tal of 420 runs and took 17 wick­ets be­tween them in the tri-se­ries. Ilyas was Oman’s high­est run-scorer with 302 runs and also the high­est wicket-taker with ten wick­ets.

The win on Tues­day also con­tin­ued Oman’s dom­i­na­tion over the US as it was the eighth straight time Oman won.

Af­ter the match, Pankaj Khimji, Oman Cricket’s board mem­ber and team’s men­tor, said the ‘team achieved its ob­jec­tive by win­ning all its games in Nepal’.

Brief scores: Oman 276-6 in 50

overs (Maqsood 109, Ilyas 105; Sau­rabh Ne­travalkar 3-37, Rusty Theron 3-60) beat US 184 all out

in 39.1 overs (Pa­tel 52, Jones 47 n.o.; Ilyas 3-14, Khan 3-24, Maqsood 2-33).

Aqib Ilyas

Zee­shan Maqsood

Oman play­ers shake hands with US coun­ter­parts af­ter their win in Kir­tipur, Nepal, on Tues­day

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