World T20: Aamer Ali fuels furious Oman final-over fightback over Ireland

Oman surpassed Ireland's 154 with two wickets and two balls to spare on Wednesday, Aamer Ali's 17-ball 32 pushing them just to the finish line.

Oman players celebrate after their World T20 victory over Ireland in the final over on Wednesday in Dharamsala. AFP Photo / March 9, 2016
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World Twenty20 debutants Oman stunned Ireland by two wickets in a thrilling last-over finish on Wednesday with lower-order batsman Aamer Ali's 32-run blitz achieving the target with two balls to spare.

Oman openers Zeeshan Maqsood and Khawal Ali provided a 69-run opening stand only to see the middle-order give it away with the side reeling at 90 for five after 14 overs.

Aamer, who hit five boundaries and a six in his 17-ball stay, then stitched a crucial sixth-wicket stand with Jatinder Singh as Irish medium-pacer Max Sorensen failed to stop 14 runs from the last over.

It was indeed a great achievement for the Sultan Ahmed-led side, which mostly consists of Indian and Pakistani expats.

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“We were trying to get boundaries every over. We have done a lot of hard work before coming to the World Cup, and finally it has paid off,” 37-year-old Ali told through a translator.

Earlier, Bangladesh secured a narrow win against a spirited Netherlands.

Opener Tamim Iqbal struck an unbeaten 83 before the bowlers secured an eight-run win. Mashrafe Morataza-led Bangladesh are favourites to top their group and move into the Super 10 stage of the 16-team event.

Scotland will play Zimbabwe, while Afghanistan are slated to meet Hong Kong in the two Group B matches on Thursday.

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