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4th Match, First Round Group A (N), Dharamsala, Mar 9 2016, World T20
154/5
(19.4/20 ov, target 155)157/8
Oman won by 2 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
player of the match
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• The Report by Vishal Dikshit

Joy for underdogs Oman, Ireland stunned

Oman pulled off a stunning upset against a side that is known for upsetting bigger sides in global tournaments, shocking Ireland with a two-wicket win in Dharamsala

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Commentator: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
Ireland154/5(20 overs)
Oman157/8(19.4 overs)

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?

19.5
5nb
Sorensen to Ansari, (no ball)

another full-toss, beats the batsman, nutmegs the keeper, Oman have won!

19.4
W
Sorensen to Amir Ali, OUT

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 ...

Amir Ali c †NJ O'Brien b Sorensen 32 (34m 17b 5x4 1x6) SR: 188.23

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 ...

19.3
1
Sorensen to Lalcheta, 1 run

swinging into a pre-meditated pull. But they were on auto-run. It's 3 from 3!

19.2
4
Sorensen to Lalcheta, FOUR runs

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 ...

19.1
1b
Sorensen to Amir Ali, 1 bye

the free hit hits the off stump, but they scamper another single! Great follow-up, but that would have been better first-up, natch ...

19.1
5nb
Sorensen to Amir Ali, (no ball) FOUR runs

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 ...

end of over 194 runs • 2 wickets
OMAN: 141/7CRR: 7.42 RRR: 14.00 • Need 14 from 6b
Amir Ali28 (14)
Ajay Lalcheta1 (1)
Boyd Rankin3-0-23-1
Kevin O'Brien4-0-25-2

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 ...

18.6
1
Rankin to Amir Ali, 1 run

a blockhole seeker, tailing in late, a good ball in any death situation. So, it's all down to these last six balls ...

18.5
1
Rankin to Lalcheta, 1 run

an optimistic swing, and another single

so, the Red Tiger needs to win it with the bat now

18.4
W
Rankin to Sultan, OUT

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 ...

Sultan Ahmed run out (†NJ O'Brien) 1 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50

SumBodi: "meanwhile in south africa ...there's a squirrel entertaining the crowd " Amazing scenes. But who needs wildlife when you have Amir Ali?

18.3
1
Rankin to Amir Ali, 1 run

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 ...

18.2
1
Rankin to Sultan, 1 run

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!""

18.1
W
Rankin to Jatinder, OUT

full length, and Rankin strikes! Jatinder has a slog across the line and loses his leg stump ... that is a big moment ...

Jatinder Singh b Rankin 24 (45m 26b 1x4 0x6) SR: 92.3

18 off 12. Where are your shekels? Boyd, it's on you ...

end of over 185 runs
OMAN: 137/5CRR: 7.61 RRR: 9.00 • Need 18 from 12b
Jatinder Singh24 (25)
Amir Ali26 (12)
Kevin O'Brien4-0-25-2
Tim Murtagh3-0-36-0
17.6
1
K O'Brien to Jatinder, 1 run

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 ...

Cripes!

17.5
2
K O'Brien to Jatinder, 2 runs

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 ...

17.4
1
K O'Brien to Amir Ali, 1 run

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!

17.3
K O'Brien to Amir Ali, no run

a swing and a miss. Good bowling. Two dots to pile on the pressure

17.2
K O'Brien to Amir Ali, no run

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."

17.1
1
K O'Brien to Jatinder, 1 run

tight line, but Jatinder is quickly onto the front foot and calling the single as soon as he has dabbed it to cover

end of over 1720 runs
OMAN: 132/5CRR: 7.76 RRR: 7.67 • Need 23 from 18b
Amir Ali25 (9)
Jatinder Singh20 (22)
Tim Murtagh3-0-36-0
Paul Stirling2-0-15-0
16.6
4
Murtagh to Amir Ali, FOUR runs

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!

16.5
4
Murtagh to Amir Ali, FOUR runs

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!

Best performances - batters
Zeeshan Maqsood
Zeeshan Maqsood
38 runs (33)
6 fours
0 six
Control73%
Productive shot
pull
17 runs
3 fours
0 six
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Gary Wilson portrait
GC Wilson
38 runs (34)
5 fours
0 six
Control76%
Productive shot
cut shot
13 runs
3 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Munis Ansari profile picture
M Ansari
O
4
M
0
R
37
W
3
ECO
9.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Andy McBrine portrait
AR McBrine
O
3
M
0
R
15
W
2
ECO
5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
TossIreland, elected to bat first
SeriesWorld T20
Season2015/16
Player Of The Match
Amir Ali
Amir Ali
Match numberT20I 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 days9 March 2016 - night(20-over match)
Umpires
New Zealand Image
Chris Gaffaney
England Image
Nigel Llong
TV Umpire
India Image
Sundaram Ravi
Reserve Umpire
Australia Image
Rod Tucker
Match Referee
Zimbabwe Image
Andy Pycroft
PointsOman 2, Ireland 0