24 April 2019
Hong Kong went down to Oman today by seven wickets with 27 balls remaining. After being sent in to bat by Oman skipper Zeeshan Maqsood a first innings total of 176 was nowhere near enough on a Wanderers wicket that got better to bat on as the day wore on.
Oman opening bowler Bilal Khan caught the edge of Anshuman Rath’s bat early on, and from then on it was slow going as Jamie Atkin toughed it out from the other end. Atkinson was dismissed in the 9th over with 47 on the board bringing Tanwir Afzal to the crease to join Babar Hayat.
Interspersed between some good running between the wickets was a number of well-struck boundaries by both – especially in front of the wicket on the leg side – and the inning appeared to be getting back on track as the partnership ticked over the half-century mark. The resurgence ended not long after though when Tanwir edged a ball from the returning Bilal Khan and was smartly taken by the Omani skipper.
Not long after passing 50, Hayat tried to hit the leg spinner Ali back over his head for a maximum, the ball took the inside half of the bat and he was caught by long on. Scott McKechnie crafted a clever innings of 26 but he was run out in a horrible mix up when Ehsan Khan struck a ball to cover and called the run. Khan and McKechnie ended up at the same end, and McKechnie was determined to be the man run out. The final two more wickets fell that over without troubling the scorers.
Ehsan Nawaz effected a direct hit run out from mid wicket catching Khawar Ali short at the non-striker’s end when Oman's score was on 79. The next two wickets fell at 128 and 134, but the miracle was not to be, as the skipper Maqsood alongside all-rounder Mohammed Nadeem saw Oman home in the 46th over.
USA and Namibia were the other victors on Tuesday leaving the table looking like this after three of five round matches.
United Cricket Ground will host Hong Kong match tomorrow against the USA, whose Ali Khan is leading the wickets tally with 12 wickets at 9.5 apiece.
The match will be live streamed by USA Cricket from 3.30pm HKT