Sri Lanka in Oman, 2 T20I Series, 2021

Oman vs Sri Lanka - 2nd T20I

Venue: Al Amerat Cricket Ground Oman Cricket (Ministry Turf 1), Oman

Date & Time: 09 October 2021

Sri Lanka 163/5

RR: 9.31 | Sri Lanka beat Oman by 5 wickets

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Aqib Ilyas is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH.

Earlier in the day, Oman were put into bat and they responded well by scoring 159 runs. Sri Lanka started the chase well but lost wickets in cluster in the middle overs. There was heavy dew on the ground which made things difficult for Oman bowlers and they failed to defend the score. As a result, Sri Lanka sealed the series 2-0.

Oman did leak some runs at the start of the innings but they came back well and chipped wickets at regular intervals. The spinners did go for plenty of runs but Mohammad Nadeem and Kaleemullah bowled well and kept Sri Lanka's batters in check. At one point, they were certainly in the driver's seat but they were not able to keep up the good work and the match drifted from the hosts. Oman bowlers fought hard but the excessive dew on the field didn't help them at all.

Sri Lanka did come out to bat with intent as Dinesh Chandimal got off to a great start but he could not carry on and was dismissed for 18. His opening partner, Pathum Nissanka also batted well but just as he was looking up the ante he perished and it was up to Sri Lanka's middle-order batters to tale their team through. The visitors had a collapse in the middle overs where they lost 3 wickets in a space of 8 balls and were in deep trouble. It was Chamika Karunaratne and Bhanuka Rajapaksa who got together and they ensured that there were no further hiccups. In the end, Sri Lanka managed to cross the line, thanks to some sensible batting by these two.

Sri Lanka have sealed the series 2-0 and they would be very pleased with this effort going into the T20 World Cup. Oman gave it their all but in the end they fell short and they would be a touch disappointed as at one point they had a good chance to run away with this game.

17.3
6
Kaleemullah to Chamika Karunaratne, SIX! There is the winning hit! Chamika Karunaratne has played a good knock to see his side home. This is the slower ball, around off and middle, Chamika Karunaratne gets low, waits for the ball to arrive and then thumps this one over deep square leg, over the leaping fielder for a biggie. SRI LANKA WIN BY 5 WICKETS!
17.2
1
Kaleemullah to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, On a fullish length, way outside off, Bhanuka Rajapaksa reaches out and punches this one through point. They take one. 3 more needed!

Kaleemullah is back now.

17.1
2
Kaleemullah to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Fuller this time, around off, Bhanuka Rajapaksa steps out and smacks this through mid off and complete two runs. 4 more needed now.
16.6
6
Mohammad Nadeem to Chamika Karunaratne, SIX! Great shot. Just 6 more needed now! Short-of-a-length delivery, width offered outside off, Chamika Karunaratne stands tall and flat-bats this one over the long off region for a biggie.
16.5
1
Mohammad Nadeem to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, On a length, around off and middle this time, Bhanuka Rajapaksa works this past mid-wicket for one.
16.4
1
Mohammad Nadeem to Chamika Karunaratne, Short of a length, around off and middle, Chamika Karunaratne looks to pull but miscues this towards short mid-wicket for a single.
16.3
1
Mohammad Nadeem to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, This is hurled short and on the body, pulled down to fine leg for one.
16.2
2
Mohammad Nadeem to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, A couple now! Fuller again, on off, Bhanuka Rajapaksa works this through mid on and runs hard to come back for the second.
16.1
1
Mohammad Nadeem to Chamika Karunaratne, Fuller, around middle, played through mid on for a run.
15.6
1
Zeeshan Maqsood to Chamika Karunaratne, Loopy ball, on off. Chamika Karunaratne defends it to backward point for another single.
15.5
1
Zeeshan Maqsood to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, A single now, as this is worked to long on.
15.4
1
Zeeshan Maqsood to Chamika Karunaratne, Full and on off. Chamika Karunaratne pushes it to cover for a single.
15.3
1
Zeeshan Maqsood to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Flatter and outside off. Rajapaksa cuts it to backward point for a run.
15.2
6
Zeeshan Maqsood to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, SIX! BANG! Bhanuka Rajapaksa makes the most of the Free Hit. Quicker, full and outside off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa leans in and powers it over the long off fence for a maximum.
15.2
0
Zeeshan Maqsood to Chamika Karunaratne, NO BALL AND BYE! There is a lot of dew on the ball and the bowler could not keep the ball in control. The ball goes over the batter's head, it even passes the keeper. The umpire signals a no ball. The ball sneak a bye. Free Hit to follow.
15.1
0
Zeeshan Maqsood to Chamika Karunaratne, Floated, full and on off. Chamika Karunaratne defends it to cover.
14.6
2
Bilal Khan to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Full toss and on off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
14.5
1
Bilal Khan to Chamika Karunaratne, Full and on off. Karunaratne pushes it to mid off for a run.
14.4
0
Bilal Khan to Chamika Karunaratne, Fuller and outside off. Chamika Karunaratne looks to push it out but misses. The ball rolls out off the pads. Khan appeals but the umpire says no.
14.3
1
Bilal Khan to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Yorker, on middle and leg. Bhanuka Rajapaksa digs it to long on for a single.
14.3
6
Bilal Khan to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, NO BALL AND SIX! A full toss, above waist height, on the bodyline. Bhanuka Rajapaksa hangs back and smokes it over the square leg fence for a maximum. No ball called and a Free Hit is coming up.
14.2
0
Bilal Khan to Chamika Karunaratne, LEG BYE! Touch short, on the bodyline. Chamika Karunaratne looks to pull it away but misses. The ball hits the body and rolls to the leg side. The batters collect a leg bye.
14.1
1
Bilal Khan to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Low full toss, on off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa pushes it towards long on for a single.

Bilal Khan comes back into the attack.

13.6
1
Fayyaz Ahmed to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, A length ball, on off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa guides it to third man for a single.
13.5
2
Fayyaz Ahmed to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, A length ball, on off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa pulls it through mid-wicket for a couple.
13.4
1
Fayyaz Ahmed to Chamika Karunaratne, Bangs in another short ball, on middle. Chamika Karunaratne hangs back and pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
13.3
0
Fayyaz Ahmed to Chamika Karunaratne, Short ball, on off. Chamika Karunaratne looks to hook it away but misses.
13.2
2
Fayyaz Ahmed to Chamika Karunaratne, Good-length ball, on off. Chamika Karunaratne pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
13.1
3
Fayyaz Ahmed to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, In the air...Safe! A length ball, outside off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa lifts it towards long on. The ball lands safely. The batters pick three before the fielder cuts it off.
12.6
0
Mohammad Nadeem to Chamika Karunaratne, Full and on off. Chamika Karunaratne pushes it to mid off.
12.5
2
Mohammad Nadeem to Chamika Karunaratne, A length ball, on off. Chamika Karunaratne flicks it through mid-wicket. The man in the deep misfields and the batters pick up two in total.
12.4
6
Mohammad Nadeem to Chamika Karunaratne, SIX! All the way! A full-length ball, on off. Chamika Karunaratne gets under it and lifts it over the long off fence for a maximum.
12.3
1
Mohammad Nadeem to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, On a length, on off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa taps it to cover and takes off for a single.
12.2
1
Mohammad Nadeem to Chamika Karunaratne, CLOSE! A length ball, on off. Chamika Karunaratne pushes it to the off side. The bowler chases, collects the ball, but he misses his shy at the striker's end. If the wickets were hit, the batsman was a goner.
12.1
0
Mohammad Nadeem to Chamika Karunaratne, A length ball, on middle. Karunaratne tucks it to short mid-wicket.
11.6
3
Fayyaz Ahmed to Chamika Karunaratne, Short, around middle and leg, pulled behind square on the leg side. The man in the deep slides near the ropes and pulls it back. There is an overthrow too as the batters take one more. Three taken in total. 62 needed in 48 balls!
11.5
1
Fayyaz Ahmed to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, A touch short, outside off, slashed hard through point for a run.
11.5
0
Fayyaz Ahmed to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, WIDE. Full toss, way outside off, the shot is missed by BR. Wided.
11.4
1
Fayyaz Ahmed to Chamika Karunaratne, Slower delivery, around off, knocked to long on for one.
11.3
2
Fayyaz Ahmed to Chamika Karunaratne, Chamika Karunaratne finally gets off the mark! Fuller in length, outside off, driven crisply through covers and a couple of runs are taken.
11.2
0
Fayyaz Ahmed to Chamika Karunaratne, Back of a length, around off, CK dabs this one towards point.
11.1
1
Fayyaz Ahmed to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Bhanuka Rajapaksa rotates the strike as he pushes this to point. They look for two but they do not go for it in the end. A good decision.

Fayyaz Ahmed comes back to bowl.

10.6
0
Mohammad Nadeem to Chamika Karunaratne, Yes, it is! Around off, Chamika Karunaratne defends it back to the bowler.
10.5
0
Mohammad Nadeem to Chamika Karunaratne, Another dot! Can this be a double-wicket maiden? Short, around off, tapped to cover-point.
10.4
0
Mohammad Nadeem to Chamika Karunaratne, Around off, punched to the mid off fielder now.

Chamika Karunaratne walks out to bat now.

10.3
0
Mohammad Nadeem to Dasun Shanaka, OUT! EDGED AND CAUGHT! Nadeem gets his second wicket and Shanaka goes back for a 2-ball duck. Oman are looking hungry and are doing so well to take regular wickets. Back of a length, around off, the ball lands and shapes away. Dasun Shanaka has a poke at this tentatively and the outside edge is induced. The keeper, Naseem Khushi gobbles this up. 71 needed in 57 balls.
10.2
0
Mohammad Nadeem to Dasun Shanaka, On middle, worked to mid-wicket.

Dasun Shanaka walks out to bat.

10.1
0
Mohammad Nadeem to Avishka Fernando, OUT! LBW! Mohammad Nadeem gets gold on his very first ball! Avishka Fernando was looking solid but his inning has come to a sorry end. Nadeem serves this one a length, around middle and leg, Avishka Fernando misses his tuck to the leg side and gets thudded on his pad. An appeal and the umpire raises his finger.

Mohammad Nadeem comes into the attack.

9.6
1
Kaleemullah to Avishka Fernando, A single to end a good over for Oman. On middle, whipped through mid-wicket for one. 71 needed in 60 balls!
9.5
1
Kaleemullah to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Back of a length, around off, Bhanuka Rajapaksa opens his account by tapping this through covers.
9.4
0
Kaleemullah to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Short and on the body, the pull is missed by Bhanuka Rajapaksa and he is hit on the body.
9.3
0
Kaleemullah to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Around off, defended out.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa is the new man in.

9.2
0
Kaleemullah to Pathum Nissanka, OUT! LBW! Oman get a wicket here and Kaleemullah has struck! He serves a slower delivery, back-of-the-hand delivery, around off and middle, Pathum Nissanka gets deceived by this as he looks to clip but does so early and misses. Gets hit on the pads and an appeal is put in. The umpire does not take long to raise his finger. 73 needed in 64 balls!
9.1
2
Kaleemullah to Pathum Nissanka, Short, around off, Pathum Nissanka stands tall and hammers this to deep mid-wicket. A fumble in the deep and the batters are able to come back for the second.
9.1
0
Kaleemullah to Pathum Nissanka, WIDE. This was the slower one, down the leg side, left alone.

Kaleemullah comes back to bowl.

8.6
1
Zeeshan Maqsood to Pathum Nissanka, Flighted, outside off, driven nicely to sweeper cover for one. 19 off the over. 76 needed in 66 balls.
8.5
1
Zeeshan Maqsood to Avishka Fernando, Avishka Fernando gets forward and taps this to point for an easy run.
8.4
1
Zeeshan Maqsood to Pathum Nissanka, Fuller again, outside off, hit through covers for one more.
8.3
1
Zeeshan Maqsood to Avishka Fernando, A single now as this is played through covers.
8.2
6
Zeeshan Maqsood to Avishka Fernando, SIX! THAT IS OUT OF HERE! The Free Hit has been dispatched by Fernando! Loopy, around off, fuller too, Avishka Fernando just pumps this one over the deep mid-wicket fence.
8.2
6
Zeeshan Maqsood to Avishka Fernando, NO BALL AND SIX! What a great outcome for Sri Lanka! Fuller, around off, tossed up, Avishka Fernando stands tall and thumps this one over the bowler's head for a biggie. A no ball called as Zeeshan Maqsood had overstepped. Free Hit coming up.
8.1
2
Zeeshan Maqsood to Avishka Fernando, On middle, Avishka Fernando plays this through mid off and comes back for the second.
7.6
1
Ayaan Khan to Avishka Fernando, Darted on the pads, Fernando tucks it to wide long on for a single. A good over for Sri Lanka. 13 runs coming off it.
7.6
0
Ayaan Khan to Avishka Fernando, WIDE! Floated and down leg. Fernando leaves it alone. Wide called.
7.5
2
Ayaan Khan to Avishka Fernando, On middle, nudged to mid on for a single.
7.4
6
Ayaan Khan to Avishka Fernando, SIX! ALL THE WAY! A much-needed boundary. Short and on off. Fernando stands tall and muscles it over the long on fence for a maximum.
7.3
2
Ayaan Khan to Avishka Fernando, Tossed up, on middle and leg. Fernando works it to long on for a single.
7.2
1
Ayaan Khan to Pathum Nissanka, Loopy ball, on off. Nissanka pushes it to cover for a single.
7.1
0
Ayaan Khan to Pathum Nissanka, Flatter and outside off. Nissanka cuts it to cover.

Ayaan Khan comes into the attack.

6.6
1
Zeeshan Maqsood to Pathum Nissanka, On middle, worked to mid-wicket for a single.
6.5
0
Zeeshan Maqsood to Pathum Nissanka, Flighted and on off. Nissanka gets an inside edge onto the pads.
6.4
1
Zeeshan Maqsood to Avishka Fernando, On off, pushed to cover for a single.
6.3
0
Zeeshan Maqsood to Avishka Fernando, Full and on off. Fernando plays it back to the bowler.
6.2
1
Zeeshan Maqsood to Pathum Nissanka, Full and on middle. Nissanka tucks it to mid-wicket for a single.
6.1
1
Zeeshan Maqsood to Avishka Fernando, Floated and on off. Fernando hangs back and works it to mid on for a single.
5.6
0
Kaleemullah to Pathum Nissanka, Slower, length ball, on the pads. Nissanka looks to defend it out but misses. He gets rapped on his pads. Kaleemullah puts in an appeal, he keeps approaching towards the umpire, but the umpire is unmoved.
5.5
2
Kaleemullah to Pathum Nissanka, Short and outside off. Nissanka hangs back and cuts it through point for a couple.
5.5
0
Kaleemullah to Pathum Nissanka, WIDE! Slower, length ball, down leg. Nissanka looks to pull it away but misses. Wide called.
5.4
1
Kaleemullah to Avishka Fernando, Touch short and on off. Fernando hangs back and taps it to point for a run.
5.3
1
Kaleemullah to Pathum Nissanka, Slower, full and on the pads. Nissanka clips it to square leg for another single.
5.2
1
Kaleemullah to Avishka Fernando, A length ball, on middle. Fernando flicks it to square leg for a single.
5.1
0
Kaleemullah to Avishka Fernando, BEAUTY! That is a ripper. Good-length ball, on off. The ball gets an extra bounce off the pitch. Fernando looks to defend it out but misses. The ball zips past the outside edge.

Kaleemullah comes back to bowl.

4.6
1
Zeeshan Maqsood to Avishka Fernando, On the pads, flicked to square leg for a run.
4.5
1
Zeeshan Maqsood to Pathum Nissanka, Full and on middle. Nissanka works it to mid on for a single.
4.4
0
Zeeshan Maqsood to Pathum Nissanka, Flatter and on off. Nissanka tucks it to short mid-wicket.
4.3
0
Zeeshan Maqsood to Pathum Nissanka, On off, pushed to covers.

Avishka Fernando walks out to bat.

4.2
0
Zeeshan Maqsood to Charith Asalanka, OUT! CAUGHT! The skipper comes into the attack and does not take time to get into the wicket's column. This is what the doctor ordered for Oman. The second wicket falls now. Floated, full and on off. Charith Asalanka gets under it and lifts it towards long off. Fayyaz Ahmed runs back, keeps his eyes on the ball and takes a really good catch.
4.1
2
Zeeshan Maqsood to Charith Asalanka, Loopy ball, Charith Asalanka whips it across the line towards long on for a couple.

Zeeshan Maqsood to bowl now.

Change.

3.6
0
Bilal Khan to Pathum Nissanka, Good-length ball, shaping away from off. Pathum Nissanka blocks it towards backward point.
3.5
0
Bilal Khan to Pathum Nissanka, Length ball, around off. Pathum Nissanka prods and pushes it to mid on.
3.4
0
Bilal Khan to Pathum Nissanka, Good-length ball, on middle. Pathum Nissanka tucks it to mid-wicket.
3.3
4
Bilal Khan to Pathum Nissanka, FOUR! EDGY! Short ball, around off. Pathum Nissanka looks to pull but it takes the top edge and the ball flies over the keeper for a boundary.
3.2
3
Bilal Khan to Charith Asalanka, Length ball, around off. Charith Asalanka heaves it over the mid on fielder. The fielder gives it a chase and keeps it to two. There is a misfield at the bowler's end and the batters take one more.
3.1
0
Bilal Khan to Charith Asalanka, TWO LEG BYES! Length ball, down leg. Charith Asalanka misses his flick and the ball hits him on the pads. It rolls behind and they take two.
2.6
4
Fayyaz Ahmed to Pathum Nissanka, FOUR! SHOT! Banged into the deck, around off. Pathum Nissanka hangs back and whips it behind square on the leg side for a boundary.
2.5
0
Fayyaz Ahmed to Pathum Nissanka, Back of a length, on middle and leg. Pathum Nissanka tucks it to mid-wicket.

Charith Asalanka walks out now.

2.4
0
Fayyaz Ahmed to Dinesh Chandimal, OUT! TAKEN! Dinesh Chandimal holes out and Fayyaz Ahmed has the last laugh! Short ball, outside off. Dinesh Chandimal looks to pull but it goes off the top edge and the ball goes high into the night sky. Ayaan Khan at deep square leg settles under it and takes a good catch.
2.3
6
Fayyaz Ahmed to Dinesh Chandimal, SIX! BOOM! Banged in short, yet again, around off. Dinesh Chandimal stays back and pulls it way over deep square leg for a maximum!
2.2
1
Fayyaz Ahmed to Pathum Nissanka, Another short ball, around off. Pathum Nissanka miscues his pull and the ball goes to the deep square leg fielder. A single taken!
2.1
1
Fayyaz Ahmed to Dinesh Chandimal, Short ball, outside off. Dinesh Chandimal runs it down to third man for a run.

Fayyaz Ahmed comes into the attack now.

1.6
0
Bilal Khan to Pathum Nissanka, Swing and a miss! Banged in short, outside off. Pathum Nissanka slashes hard but he misses.
1.5
1
Bilal Khan to Dinesh Chandimal, Back of a length, on off. Dinesh Chandimal defends it to cover and takes a single.
1.4
1
Bilal Khan to Pathum Nissanka, Good-length ball, around off. Pathum Nissanka taps it to point and takes off for a quick run.
1.3
0
Bilal Khan to Pathum Nissanka, Length ball, angling in from middle. Pathum Nissanka turns it to mid-wicket.
1.2
0
Bilal Khan to Pathum Nissanka, Good-length ball, around off. Pathum Nissanka blocks it out.
1.1
4
Bilal Khan to Pathum Nissanka, FOUR! GLORIOUS! Length ball, around off. Pathum Nissanka carves it handsomely through covers for a boundary.

Who will bowl from the other end? Bilal Khan it is.

0.6
0
Kaleemullah to Dinesh Chandimal, Back of a length, around off. Dinesh Chandimal makes room and cuts it to the cover fielder. 11 runs off the over!
0.5
6
Kaleemullah to Dinesh Chandimal, SIX! WOW! Dinesh Chandimal is making his intentions pretty clear here! Length ball, in the slot, around middle. Chandimal smokes it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie!
0.4
4
Kaleemullah to Dinesh Chandimal, FOUR! BANG! Good-length ball, on middle. Dinesh Chandimal skips down and pulls it to deep square leg for a boundary.
0.3
0
Kaleemullah to Dinesh Chandimal, Lovely delivery! Good-length ball, outside off. Dinesh Chandimal looks to poke at it but he misses.
0.2
1
Kaleemullah to Pathum Nissanka, Sri Lanka are underway! Back of a length, on middle and leg. Pathum tucks it to the leg side and takes a quick run.
0.1
0
Kaleemullah to Pathum Nissanka, Good-length ball, on off. Pathum defends it to cover.