Tigers take on Oman Sunday
12 March 2016, Nirapad News: Bangladesh face Oman in their last match of the first round Group A of ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers on March 13. The match will be played at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Grounds in Dharamsala in India. The Tigers’ match against Oman on Sunday night will decide who will qualify for the main event. On Friday night, the first international match between Oman and Netherlands was washed out, without a ball being bowled, after persistent rain left large puddles on the field at Dharamsala in Hariyana. The result meant that Netherlands, who had launched themselves to the tournament proper in the previous World Twenty20 with a stirring run-chase, were knocked out, just two matches into their campaign this year.
Oman, coming off a proper high, having scalped Associate favourites Ireland on Wednesday, remained in the hunt for the Super 10s, with three points from two games. The two sides shared points, after the match was abandoned at 4.48pm local time, an hour before the cut-off time. It had rained during the morning and overnight as well, leaving the groundstaff with an uphill task. Rain, however, had relented at 2.45pm, which was just enough for the coin to go up. Oman’s Sultan Ahmed, the oldest captain in the tournament, opted to bowl, explaining that his decision was motivated by overhead conditions. Minutes after the toss, when the players were preparing to line up for the national anthems, rain returned, forcing the covers back on.
The groundstaff, in fact, covered the entire playing area. Rain, though, only got heavier, and had the final say. Netherlands captain Peter Borren was left despondent after his team’s campaign ended: “For it to end like this after having lost to Bangladesh in a closely-fought game, we are gutted, he said. “We could have done a lot of things better in that game, it will haunt us for a while. We don’t get a lot of opportunities at this stage. As someone says, our next chance could be in four years time.” In Friday’s second match, Bangladesh and Ireland shared one point each in the washed-out match of the first round. Ireland, however, were ejected from the qualifiers, after persistent rain washout the 8th match. Play was called off at 10:20pm local time after rain had stopped the game after 8-over in the Bangladesh innings.
The rain-affected match started at 9:45pm but relentless rain had the upper hand here. Earlier, Ireland captain WTS Porterfield won the toss and invited Bangladesh to bat first in the 12-over a-side match. Tiger openers — Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar — tore apart the Irish bowling attack. Tamim was the main oppressor. He scored 47-run off 26-ball and was out just before the rain started and ended the game. Soumya, however, was first to go back to pavilion. He scored 20-run while Sabbir was on the crease with 13 off 9-ball. Bangladesh scored 94-run losing two wickets after 8 overs.