Oman pulled off a huge upset win over Ireland in qualifying for the ICC World T20 tournament in Dharamsala. The Middle Eastern country won a drama-filled match with two wickets and two balls to spare.
The Irish won the toss and batted first, making a total of 154 for five from their 20 overs. Surrey's Gary Wilson was the top scorer for the Irish, making 38 from 34 balls, while Munis Ansari took three for 37 from his four-over spell.
Oman's response got off to a positive start, with openers Zeeshan Maqsood and Khawar Ali scoring a 69-run opening stand. Thereafter, though, their innings faded badly and they appeared to be sliding towards defeat. However, Aamer Ali smashed 32 from just 17 balls and an error-strewn final over from Max Sorensen – which included two no balls – was enough to see Oman over the winning line despite a wicket falling on the fourth ball.
Elsewhere in qualifying Group A, Bangladesh started their World T20 campaign with an eight-run win against Netherlands in Dharamsala. The Dutch needed 17 runs to win the topsy-turvy encounter going into the final over, but Taskin Ahmed kept cool under pressure to deliver a nerveless six balls.
Bangladesh's first innings total of 153 for seven was underpinned by a belligerent 83 from 58 balls from Tamim Iqbal, whose innings featured six boundary fours and three hits over the ropes. For the Netherlands, Timm van der Gugten was the pick of their bowlers, taking three for 21 from his four-over allocation.
In response with the bat, the Dutch could only muster 145 for seven, with Peter Borren top scoring with 30 from 28 balls.