Oman outplayed World Cup debutants Papua New Guinea in the opening match of the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup at Al Amerat this evening.
Oman won by 10 wickets which was only the third 10-wicket win in the history of the T20 World Cups.
Oman skipper Zeeshan Maqsood won the toss and chose to field.
Papua New Guinea got off to a nightmare start as they lost experienced Tony Ura in the first over. Ura’s partner Lega Siaka fell shortly after with Papua New Guinea on none for two in the second over.
Skipper Assad Vala and Charles Amini then rebuilt the innings adding 81 for the third wicket.
They carried on until the 12th over until a misunderstanding caused Amini’s dismissal. Amini made 37 off 26 balls.
Vala became the second associate captain to score a half-century on World Cup debut.
But Kaleemullah came back and removed Vala for 56 in the 15th over.
Maqsood struck thrice in the 16th with Papua New Guinea managing 129 for nine after 20 overs.
Zeeshan Maqsood returned four for 20 which is the joint-best bowling figure by a captain in T20 World Cups.
In reply, Oman openers- Aqib Ilyas and Jatinder Singh- scored at a fast pace after the completion of the powerplay. Singh finished things off in style hitting a six.
Jatinder was unbeaten on 73 and Ilyas was not out on 50. Zeeshan Maqsood was adjudged player of the match for his outstanding bowling performance.