Oman emerged victorious against Saudi Arabia in the Group A clash that took place at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur on Wednesday (April 26).
In the 18th match of the ACC Men’s Premier Cup 2023, the United Arab Emirates beat Bahrain comprehensively at the Mulpani Cricket Ground in Kathmandu.
Following the win over Saudi Arabia, Oman jumped to the top of the points table in Group A. They have won three games out of four and have six points to their credit. Below them sit Nepal, who have played one game less and have five points. They have a chance to finish on a high if they win their last league match against Qatar.
Malaysia won two games and lost as many and finished the competition with four points. They failed to qualify for the semifinals as they finished in third position on the points table.
Saudi Arabia lost their last league match against Oman and as a result failed to qualify for the round of 16 of the competition. They finish with three points to their name and in fourth place. Qatar are the holders of the wooden spoon in Group A. They have yet to win a single match and are hoping to finish on top.
In Group B, the United Arab Emirates have moved to the top of the table after beating Bahrain in their last league game. They have six points to their name and have a healthy net run rate of +2.468.
Hong Kong sits below the UAE with five points from three games. A win in their last league match against Kuwait will see them finish top of the table.
Kuwait is in third place on the points table and has a good chance of reaching the semi-finals. They have four points to their credit and a win will see them replace Hong Kong in second place.
Bahrain is out of contention as they have only managed to win one game out of four. Singapore have lost all four of their games and finish the league at the bottom of the points table.
Oman advances to the semi-finals of the ACC Men’s Premier Cup 2023 after beating Saudi Arabia
Fifty of the top five batsmen helped Oman post a mammoth 366 on the board in their quota of 50 overs. Atif Ur Rehman picked up three wickets for Saudi Arabia. In response, Abdul Waheed pushed back and scored 95 at the top of the order, but it wasn’t enough as his team was bowled out at 234 to lose the game by 72 runs.
billal khan he starred with the ball for Oman as he grabbed four wickets to help his team qualify for the semi-finals.
In the 18th match, Aayan Afzal Khan of the United Arab Emirates continued his fine form with the ball as he picked up four wickets and helped his team bowl Bahrain down in 116.
Chasing the modest total, Vriitya Aravind (62*) and Rohan Mustafa (50*) scored fifty to help his side cross the line in just 27.4 overs to win the game by eight wickets.