Hong Kong v Oman, Asia Cup 2016, Fatullah February 19, 2016

Debutants Oman survive Hayat 122

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Oman 180 (Jatinder 42, Nadeem 3-27) beat Hong Kong 175 for 7 (Hayat 122) by five runs
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File photo - Babar Hayat struck nine fours and seven sixes in his 60-ball 122 © ICC

A 60-ball 122 from Babar Hayat carried Hong Kong to the threshold of their 181-run target but Oman managed to stave them off and seal a five-run win on their Asia Cup debut. Hayat's 122 was the fourth-highest score in all T20Is. The innings, which included nine fours and seven sixes, carried Hong Kong almost single-handedly through their chase: the next highest score was Aizaz Khan's 15.

Hong Kong's situation seemed desperate when Aizaz was sixth out in the 17th over, with 48 needed from the last 21 balls. But Hayat smashed four sixes in the 18th over, bowled by the left-arm spinner Zeeshan Maqsood, to bring the equation down to 18 from 12 balls. But the momentum swung back in Oman's favour after a tight 19th over in which Bilal Khan conceded only three runs, and Hayat fell in the final over, going for a big hit with 11 needed from the last three balls.

There was a controversial moment in the ninth over of Hong Kong's innings, when Aamir Kaleem spotted Mark Chapman backing up too far and Mankaded him. At that point, Hong Kong were 77 for 3 with Hayat already on 57. The wickets of Nizakat Khan and Tanwir Afzal, coming close on the heels of Chapman's dismissal, set back their momentum considerably.

Having chosen to bat, Oman's innings got off to a solid start thanks to Jatinder Singh (42 off 35 balls), who added 34 with opening partner Zeeshan and 41 with No. 3 Vaibhav Wategaonkar to move them to a solid 75 for 1 at the 10-over mark. Left-arm spinner Nadeem Ahmed dismissed both Jatinder and Wategaonkar in the 11th over, but every member of Oman's middle order chipped in to ensure there was no loss of momentum. Adnan Ilyas (23) and Aamir Kaleem (19) were dismissed in quick succession after putting on 38 for the fourth wicket, before Mehran Khan (28* off 16) and Amir Ali (32* off 13) gave the innings an explosive finish, adding an unbroken 50 runs for the sixth wicket, off just 24 balls.

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  • Adel on February 23, 2016, 6:26 GMT

    Congrats to UAE for becoming the 5th participating nation in the forthcoming ASIA CUP in Dhaka 2016. UAE is a much better team that minnow Afganistan.

  • Musty on February 21, 2016, 13:39 GMT

    Unfortunately UAE are favourites from here, I am not a cricket fan but like to see Afghanistan on big stage as it brings happiness and joy on many Afghans youngsters/olders, for Afghans its not for money as in case of UAE and its expats. Arabs don't watch cricket, they don't even know they have a cricket team. This is unfair tournament why does Afg need to play qualifiers anyway,

  • Mahmudul on February 20, 2016, 9:24 GMT

    @MISSIONBEGINS2011 u are laughable. Oman is consist of Pak and Indian players. If BD does not fear Ind or Paki teams why the hell they will fear Oman team. If BD fear anybody that should be WI, cz when big boys Gayle, Samuel, Sammy fires no body can do much. Other teams are uncertain in T20. Whole T20 ranking system is funny. In the recent series against India the Ausi team losses 3 T20 and they goes down to no 8 position. U cant judge any Team in T20 by ranking.

  • saumitra on February 20, 2016, 8:45 GMT

    Great knock by Babar. BD must be really shaking now because at first glance Oman looked like the only team which they could beat at the ICC WT20 2016 qualifiers but looking at Oman's performance today its certain that BD will crash out of qualifiers 3-0 i.e against NET, SCO and Oman

  • Surath on February 20, 2016, 5:42 GMT

    Interesting, "Babar Hayat" plyaing role is allrounder but he is yet to bowl in any format of the game! great 100 from him

  • AQ on February 19, 2016, 22:07 GMT

    @AMBITIOUSSTROKE its not an advantage.the host nation has a right to play in the tournament and BD are a test playing nation unlike the four playing in qualifying round

  •   Satvik Bernard Mishra on February 19, 2016, 22:05 GMT

    Why is there so little coverage on an associate member's century? Had this been a full member nation match with a player scoring a century, there would be a full, separate article detailing the batsman's qualities or what it means for the game, or an article of the like. Babar Hayat's innings was amazing and it's disappointing there is no coverage on it because he's from Hong Kong.

  • OmerPaki123 on February 19, 2016, 21:40 GMT

    OMG mankading in a match between to assossiate team's that's is un-acceptable for me that mankading by WI u-19 against ZIM has had a very bad influence on these teams ICC needs to do something about it this is getting out of hand.

  • Daljit on February 19, 2016, 20:10 GMT

    It was a great victory for Team Oman,who kept their nerve still till the end to overcome furious batting of, Baber. No doubt Baber played a heroic innings but there was no support from other batsmen. Bilal Khan's last over proved crucial for Oman's victory. Well played team Oman, way to go but a decent start to Asia cup qualifiers. Well played Jatinder Singh, Oman got the start but Jatti kept the scores ticking till mid of the inning... A good experiment worked in favor of Oman by sending Jatinder to open the innings. Congrats Team Oman, keep the momentum high for test of the tournament.

  • Miyoshi on February 19, 2016, 19:34 GMT

    I think both Oman & UAE are better team than Bangladesh in T20 format.

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