Debutant Oman pulled off a thrilling two-wicket victory over Ireland, while Bangladesh scored a close eight-run win over the Netherlands in Group A at the World Twenty20 on Wednesday.
Oman restricted Ireland to 154-5 with some tight bowling in the final overs, before being helped by some loose bowling from Ireland toward the end of the match as it reached 157-8 in 19.4 overs.
Openers Zeeshan Maqsood (38) and Khawar Ali (34) added 69 in 8.3 overs to set up the chase.
Jatinder Singh (24) got some useful runs in the middle overs before Aamer Ali turned the tables with a 17-ball 32 with five fours and a six.
“God was with us and we were trying to get boundaries in every over,” Ali said. “We’ve done a lot of hard work before coming to the World Cup, and finally it has paid off.”
Earlier, wicketkeeper-batsman Gary Wilson top-scored for Ireland with a 34-ball 38 after captain William Porterfield and Paul Stirling contributed 29 apiece in a 48-run opening partnership.
Ireland could not increase the rate of scoring even though it reached a comfortable 112-2 in 15 overs as pace bowler Munis Ansari grabbed 3-37 including a twin-strike.
He dismissed Niall O’Brien (16) and Wilson in the 16th over and Kevin O’Brien (14) in the last over of the innings.
Oman 157-8 in 19.4 overs (Zeeshan Maqsood 38, Khawar Ali 34, Aamer Ali 32) def. Ireland 154-5 (Gary Wilson 34, William Porterfield 29, Paul Stirling 29; Munis Ansari 3-37).