Oman stun Ireland in debut at World T20

Oman's Ajay Lalcheta (centre) celebrating with his teammates after their victory in the World T20 cricket tournament against Ireland in Dharamsala on March 9.
Oman's Ajay Lalcheta (centre) celebrating with his teammates after their victory in the World T20 cricket tournament against Ireland in Dharamsala on March 9. PHOTO: AFP

MUMBAI • Oman celebrated their first appearance at an International Cricket Council event by shocking fancied Ireland by two wickets in a World Twenty20 match in Dharamsala, India, on Wednesday.

A team made up of mostly expats from India and Pakistan, Oman chased down Ireland's total of 154-5, with Aamer Ali's 32-run blitz achieving the target with two balls to spare after they needed 14 runs off the last over.

It all went wrong for paceman Max Sorensen who served up two no-balls for bowling high full tosses as Ireland's hopes of making it to the main draw from Group A faded.

"We have done a lot of hard work before coming to the World Cup, and finally it has paid off," Ali told cricinfo.com.

Ireland's captain William Porterfield found the defeat "very disappointing and hard to take", but refused to write off their chances of qualifying for the Super 10 stage.

Ireland face full-member nation Bangladesh in Dharamsala today before they take on the Netherlands at the same venue on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha was left fuming after his bowlers Arafat Sunny and Taskin Ahmed were reported for suspect bowling actions during their side's opening eight-run win over the Netherlands on Wednesday.

"If they have a concern about my bowlers, I have a concern about their (ICC's) actions as well," he said. "I don't see anything wrong. They have bowled the same way for the last 12 months."

Both players can continue playing in the World T20 until their actions are cleared within seven days.

Later yesterday, Zimbabwe beat Scotland by 11 runs to move top of Group B with two wins.

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 11, 2016, with the headline 'Oman stun Ireland in debut at World T20'. Print Edition | Subscribe