another full-toss, beats the batsman, nutmegs the keeper, Oman have won!
11.06pm Well, we've seen some scenes tonight. The catch of the tournament (surely) coupled with a glorious bout of biffing from Maqsood, a stunning piece of fielding from Gary Wilson that might, on another day, have saved the day for Ireland. And a famous, famous win for the ex-pats of Oman, who have launched themselves into the big time in the Dharamsala night.
And if you happen to be in the UK, Ireland, West Indies or Australia, here is that catch in all its glory. If you're not, apologies, but we'll have some global highlights up on the site later tonight.
Will Porterfield, as expected, acknowledges the dew was a factor, but says it is not excuse. While Sultan Ahmed, Oman's skipper, rightly admits he is "speechless".
Don't forget to read Vishal Dikshit's match report, and tune in later to read Siddharth Monga's tale of the tape, and Melinda Farrell's video musings ... from Andrew Miller, thanks for your comments, and goodnight.
11.05pm Aamer Ali, the Man of the Match, says, through a translator, "God was with us and we were trying to get boundaries every over. We have done a lot of hard work before coming to the World Cup, and finally it has paid off." I'll say!
Al: "Well played Aamer Ali. A triumph for us speccy types world over. We'll remember your name even if Cricinfo just has a blank where your name should have been, right through your innings!" He's like the bank clerk who went to war ... David Steele eat your heart out!
11pm Good chuffing Lord ... what have we just witnessed! Oman have scalped the king of the Associates, Ireland, in a sensational twisting, turning, nail biter! From 69 for 0, to 90 for 5, to 139 for 7. To victory! Utter jubilation on the outfield, but not for Ireland, who endured a shocker in the closing overs, the dew doubtless playing a part in their seamer's inability to land their yorkers and close out the match. But let's not forget they won the toss, and chose to bat first. And how costly will that be in a tough, tough group?
oh lummie! Sorensen gets it right this time, a full length ball, a backaway-and-swipe, and up goes the finger! Amir has taken his team to the brink, but his team-mates will have to take it home ...
Anand: "Cricket is a great leveller. Oman got back the five runs that was denied to them by a great fielding effort through a bad bowling effort!" Huge conflabs in the Ireland brains trust, but the field remains the same ...
swinging into a pre-meditated pull. But they were on auto-run. It's 3 from 3!
a wide full toss, and that is slashed through third man for another boundary! The dew is surely a factor now! No no-ball this time (just) but my goodness, It Is On!
The fielders are lurking for the single ...
the free hit hits the off stump, but they scamper another single! Great follow-up, but that would have been better first-up, natch ...
that's a total honker! A head-high full-toss, an automatic no-ball, but Ali manages to flash it through fine leg as well! Five off no balls so far, and a free hit!
So, 14 to win. It's utterly feasible if Ali connects with a couple ...
Siva: " I really want Ireland to win this match, just to have tight context between Ireland and Bangladesh for final spot in this group." That is one way of looking at it. I would love to see Oman finish what they have started though ... just because ...
a blockhole seeker, tailing in late, a good ball in any death situation. So, it's all down to these last six balls ...
an optimistic swing, and another single
so, the Red Tiger needs to win it with the bat now
oh Sultan! Desperate to get off the strike, but there was never a run there and O'Brien lobs up to the stumps to do the needful ...
SumBodi: "meanwhile in south africa ...there's a squirrel entertaining the crowd " Amazing scenes. But who needs wildlife when you have Amir Ali?
lifting into the body, an attempted pull strikes the pads, but they steal another single
Pranav: "How about riyals?" Well, them too. Not a currency I have at my fingertips, so to speak ...
short, and a measured pull through wide mid-on
Khurrum Cheema: "That superman effort in the field would definitely make difference in the end." It certainly looks that way at this juncture ...
Dhruv: "Wilson just when Air Jordan! I was like "O-Man!""
full length, and Rankin strikes! Jatinder has a slog across the line and loses his leg stump ... that is a big moment ...
18 off 12. Where are your shekels? Boyd, it's on you ...
A wipe of a pull, gathered at backward square. Five off the over. But it could have been a game-changing ten but for Wilson's long arm ...
crashed into the covers, half-stopped, but the pace comes off the shot and as a consequence there's a long chase for long-off and they take an easy two ...
wow, what an incredible bit of work on the midwicket boundary! A fat wallop high over midwicket, Wilson backpedals on the rope, flings himself full length into the boundary hoarding, and claws the ball back into play. He's saved five vital runs!
a swing and a miss. Good bowling. Two dots to pile on the pressure
down the wicket, and it's all happening! A miscued spank clatters into the non-striker's stumps. O'Brien plucks out a stump in an attempt at a run out. Nothing doing
GhulamAli: "23 in 3 overs. They have already scored 16 runs that most of the teams failed to get in their last over."
tight line, but Jatinder is quickly onto the front foot and calling the single as soon as he has dabbed it to cover
attempted yorker, and Amir looks like he's been done like a kipper! But a toe-end of his mow through the line scuffs the ball out of the blockhole, clean through third man, and just like that, Oman are back in the contest and how!
down on one knee and hoisting a low full toss over the covers, he's made the gaps in the field, now he's filleting them!
|Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala|
|Toss||Ireland, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||T20I no. 525|
|Hours of play (local time)||19.30 start, First Session 19.30-20.55, Interval 20.55-21.15, Second Session 21.15-22.40|
|Match days||9 March 2016 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Oman 2, Ireland 0|
Lessons from three T20 games
A debut to remember
|Sultan Ahmed||run out||1||2|
|AV Lalcheta||not out||6||3|
|M Ansari||not out||0||1|
|Extras||(b 1, lb 2, nb 7, w 6)|
|Total||157(8 wkts; 19.4 ovs)|