Sri Lanka in Oman, 2 T20I Series, 2021 |1st T20I |10/7/2021 Al Amerat Cricket Ground Oman Cricket (Ministry Turf 1), Oman
Right then. That is it from this match. Sri Lanka lead the 2-match T20I series by 1-0 and the next match will be played on Saturday, 9th October 2021 at 1830 local (1430 GMT). Till then, goodbye and take care!
Earlier in the day, some outstanding performances from Avishka Fernando and Dasun Shanaka, helped their team reach a competitive total, and their bowlers capitalize on that performance.
Everyone expected one-way traffic but Oman did not let that happened. Although Sri Lanka had a perfect start, at one stage it looked like Oman will be bowled out inside 100 but they gave good competition. Lahiru Kumara was the pick of the bowler as he scalped 4 wickets. Nuwan Pradeep and Chamika Karunaratne scalped two each and helped their team take a 1-0 lead in this series.
Oman did not have the best of starts as their top order failed badly and at one stage, they were 23-4. It was then Mohammad Nadeem and Ayaan Khan who steadied the ship and brought life in this chase. The latter fell and was followed by Sandeep Goud but Naseem Khushi was batting in some different kind of pitch as he was hitting all over the park. 42 were needed in 12 balls and it was looking all possible but the lone hitter Naseem Khushi missed out as he failed to take his team over the line.
At one stage, Sri Lanka would have feared that Oman will chase it down with the way Naseem Khushi and Sandeep Goud were batting but in the end, their bowlers have done well to restrict them and now, Sri Lanka take 1-0 lead in this 2 T20I-match series.
Chamika Karunaratne to Naseem Khushi, OUT! TAKEN! A length ball, outside off, Naseem Khushi swings across the line and hits it flat towards long on where Bhanuka Rajapaksa takes a good low catch. Sri Lanka win by 19 runs.
Chamika Karunaratne to Naseem Khushi, Length ball, outside off, swings across the lie and towards wide long on. They do not cross over.
Chamika Karunaratne to Naseem Khushi, WIDE! Full and way outside off. Left alone.
Chamika Karunaratne to Kaleemullah, A length ball, outside off. Kaleemullah smacks it straight to mid off and takes a quick single.
Chamika Karunaratne to Naseem Khushi, Just a single. On a length, outside off, Khushi looks to smash but slices it over point for a single.
Chamika Karunaratne to Naseem Khushi, SIX! 23 needed in 4 balls! A length ball, on middle. Khushi pulls it all the way over square leg for a biggie.
Chamika Karunaratne to Naseem Khushi, Outside off. Khushi looks to smash at it but under edges it to the keeper.
Chamika Karunaratne to Naseem Khushi, WIDE! A length ball, way outside off. Left alone.
END OF OVER 19 | 12 Runs & 1 Wkt | Oman 133/7
Kaleemullah walks out.
Lahiru Kumara to Mohammad Nadeem, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! The pressure was building and Nadeem had to go for a big shot! On a length, outside off. Mohammad Nadeem smashes at it but manages a thick outside edge to the keeper who pouches it. 30 needed in 6 balls.
Lahiru Kumara to Mohammad Nadeem, Another short ball and another swing and a miss from Mohammad Nadeem.
Lahiru Kumara to Mohammad Nadeem, Pacy short ball, on middle. Nadeem misses his pull.
Lahiru Kumara to Mohammad Nadeem, WIDE! Way outside off, Left alone.
Lahiru Kumara to Naseem Khushi, Full and on off, pushed to covers for a quick single.
Lahiru Kumara to Naseem Khushi, SIX! 10 of the first two balls and this game is still on! Length ball, outside off. Naseem Khushi steps across and clobbers it over fine leg for a biggie.
Lahiru Kumara to Naseem Khushi, FOUR! DROPPED! A full ball, on middle. Naseem Khushi looks to heave but gets a leading edge towards cover where the fielder drops it. The ball rolls onto the fence.
END OF OVER 18 | 17 Runs & 0 Wkt | Oman 121/6
Dasun Shanaka to Naseem Khushi, On middle, eased down to long on for a single. 42 needed in 12 balls.
Dasun Shanaka to Naseem Khushi, SIX! Takes full toll of it! A full ball, on middle. Khushi smokes it over long on for a single.