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Oman Quadrangular Series 2019: Final Day Round-Up

Andrew Balbirnie - Player of the Match
Andrew Balbirnie - Player of the Match
Nishant Kumar
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Modified 18 Feb 2019
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The five-day long Quadrangular series finally came to an end with Scotland registering a convincing win over hosts Oman to claim the top spot in the points table and thereby the trophy.

Earlier in the day, Ireland and Netherlands played out an enthralling match which was won off the last delivery. Ireland's Stuart Poynter hoisted Paul van Meekeren over long-on off the final ball of the match to secure a one-wicket win at the Oman Cricket Academy.

Here, in this article, we will take a closer look at how these matches panned out.


Match 5: Ireland vs Netherlands

In the first game of the final day, Ireland were up against Netherlands; a team against whom they had lost five straight T20Is prior to this match. Ireland skipper Paul Stirling won the toss and invited Netherlands to bat first.

Tobias Visee continued his superb form in this match too and struck a brilliant half-century. He added 116 runs with Max O'Dowd for the opening wicket before falling to George Dockrell.

His stroke-filled innings of 78 came off just 36 balls and featured 12 fours and 3 sixes. At 119-1 after 10 overs, Netherlands were set for a big total but they failed to capitalise on this great start. The Dutch managed only 63 runs for the loss of eight wickets in the second half of their innings.

With the wicket staying true, 183 was not that big a target. Though in-form Paul Stirling fell for 1 in the second over of the chase, Balbirnie and Kevin O'Brien brushed off the early loss with a rollicking 86-run second wicket stand. Balbirnie kept Ireland on course after O'Brien fell to Fred Klaassen after making 46 off 30 balls, in the 11th over. Balbirnie was finally dismissed in the 17th over but not before making a brilliant 83 off 50 balls.

Fred Klaassen and van Meekeren bowled brilliantly in the final overs to bring their side back into the match. A total of six wickets fell in the space of 22 balls and the final equation reduced to 6 required off the last 2 balls. On the penultimate ball, Poynter turned down a single only to heave the dumbstruck van Meekeren over the midwicket boundary and seal a remarkable win off the final ball of the match.

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Published 18 Feb 2019, 00:03 IST
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