Oman have recorded the first win on their UAE tour after beating Nepal by three wickets in Abu Dhabi today.
It was Omani captain Sultan Ahmed who won the toss, and he chose to put Nepal into bat, getting success with the ball early on as Nepal found themselves three wickets down for just 26 inside the first ten overs of their innings. As so often happens with Nepal, it was Gyanendra Malla and Paras Khadka who got the Nepal innings back on track.
The pair put on 79 for the fourth wicket before Khadka was stumped for 49. Malla batted on, scoring 71 before he was out, but no other Nepali batsman was able to reach double figures. Bilal Khan was the pick of the Omani bowlers with 4-26 as Nepal were bowled out for 184.
Zeeshan Maqsood, as is usual, led the way for Oman early on in their reply. He scored 52 at exactly one run per ball before he was dismissed by Mahaboob Alam. Oman did lose seven wickets in the process of scoring their runs, but they always managed to stay ahead of the required rate.
Jatinder Singh was the second highest scorer with 41 as Oman completed a three wicket win with 1.5 overs to spare. Shakti Gauchan was the leading Nepal bowler with a typically economical 3-19 from his ten overs.
Nepal now turn their attention to the World Cricket League Championship and their matches against Papua New Guinea. Those matches will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday and Wednesday. Oman's next match is a three-day game against Afghanistan starting on Monday.
Oman beat Nepal by 3 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 14 November
Nepal 184 (49.3 overs, G Malla 71, P Khadka 49, Bilal Khan 4-26, Khawar Ali 3-34)
Oman 187-7 (48.1 overs, Zeeshan Maqsood 52, Jatinder Singh 41, S Gauchan 3-19)