The third Group B fixture of the ongoing Desert T20 competition in the United Arab Emirates will see Hong Kong take on Oman. The match will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday, January 16.
Both sides lost their opening Group matches in the competition. While Hong Kong are bottom of Group B after having lost the opener to Scotland, Oman are third after being defeated by Netherlands in their campaign opener.
Hong Kong had conceded 189/3 in the first 20 overs of their fixture against Scotland. Ehsan Khan claimed a couple of wickets while Ehsan Nawaz claimed one wicket. Ehsan was the pick of their bowlers after bowling a good spell but the rest of their bowlers did not fare too well.
The side only managed to score 165/6 in the second period of the contest with Shahid Wasif and Ehsan getting in on the act after an ordinary showing from the top order. While Wasif was dismissed on 40 runs off 25 deliveries, Ehsan was unbeaten on 42 off just 22 deliveries in what proved to be a lost cause.
The other game saw Zeeshan Maqsood top-score for Oman with 34 runs from the top of the batting order. Khurram Nawaz Khan and Muhammad Naseem Khushi did well at the death to help Oman to 146/7 in the first 20 overs of the contest.
However, it proved to be insufficient as Michael Rippon, Wesley Barresi and Roelof van der Merwe helped Netherlands win with four deliveries to spare. Naseem Khushi was the pick of the bowlers with a couple of wickets. Bilal Khan also claimed a couple while Kaleemullah also got a wicket to show for his efforts.
Going into this upcoming fixture, both sides will be keen to get some points on the board. While Ehsan khan will be the key player for Hong Kong after a solid showing against Netherlands, Muhammad Naseem Khushi will carry Oman’s hopes.
Match starts at 2 pm local time (10 am GMT).
Hong Kong v Oman betting tips:
Hong Kong to win: 19/20
Muhammad Naseem Khushi to be top bowler for Oman: