Oman U19 boys suffer second loss in Malaysia

Rains played spoilsport once again at the ongoing ICC Asia U19 World Cup Qualifier in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Monday.

A day after a rest day, Oman suffered its second defeat in three matches it has played so far to stay rooted at fourth spot in the six-team tournament after its five-wicket loss to Singapore on DLS method.

On Monday, up against Singapore, Oman set up a challenging target of 244 for nine, thanks to half-centuries from opener Adeel Abbas (67) and Neev Poojari (62).

The pair shared a 117-run partnership to set up a strong  foundation after Oman’s last match half-centurion and opener, Azam Ali, was out with the team total at 29. Both Abbas and Poojari failed to turn their knocks into big ones and their exits left Oman at 181 for four in 38th over. Skipper Prathamesh Kumble (23) and Muzahir Raza (22) were the other scorers as Oman batted out the 50 overs.

Singapore was set a revised target of 179 from 37 overs and captain Aman Desai led from the front with 65 while Raoul Sharma made 42 to take the team to victory in 35.4 overs with five wickets in hand.

Oman captain tried out as many as nine bowlers to restrict the rivals but failed. The loss makes Oman task very difficult to emerge on top with only two more games to play. Only the winner of the tournament qualifies for the 2020 U19 World Cup.

Oman next meets Nepal on Tuesday and plays table-topper, UAE, on the concluding day on Thursday.

UAE has won all its three games and is on top with six points. Nepal and Kuwait have four points with the former (+3.209) having a better net run-rate (NRR) than Kuwait (+0.416).

Oman and Singapore have two points each with Oman having a better NRR (-0.936) than Singapore (-2.568). Malaysia is yet to open its account.

Brief scores: Oman 244-9  in 50 overs (Abbas 67, Poojari 62; Vinit Mehta 3-44) lost to Singapore (target 179 from 37 overs) 179-5 in 35.4 overs (Desai 65, Sharma 42).

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