Oman kept themselves in contention after beating the United Arab Emirates by five wickets in Wednesday’s ICC World Cup qualifier, while Ireland found themselves on the brink of elimination after another defeat, this time with a three-wicket Lost to Scotland by goal difference.
Michael Leask kept his composure and an unbeaten 91 to help Scotland complete an improbable comeback as they chased a goal of 287 from the last ball with wicket in hand.
Lisk struck twice in the final ball as Scotland stunned Ireland with a one-wicket victory at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.
Curtis Campher looked like the hero of the day as he scored 33 points on four shots for the Irish in the final stretch of the game before completing the final A crucial century, helping the team score 286 points on 8 shots.
Scotland fell to 152 with seven points before Lisk turned the tables and that looked like enough.
oman divides it in two
Two days after a bitter chase with Ireland, Oman did it again in Bulawayo with a comfortable five-wicket victory over the UAE.
After opting to start, Oman’s excellent possession put Oman in a strong position to limit the UAE to 227 runs in eight of their 50 rounds.
Despite a shaky start, three consecutive half-century wins, including a second consecutive goal by Ilias, were enough to send Oman back home in four rounds.
Overspinner Jay Odedra (3/31) was the star of the show as he lobbed Ramez Shahzad in quick succession after scoring 87 on the third wicket (Ramez Shahzad) (38) and Vriitya Aravind (49) pitched.
He sent Ali Naseer’s wicket to the wicket and Aayan Afzal Khan to the wicket and the 17-year-old scored a crucial wicket. One hit provides opportunities for the team.
Aayan hit 10 fours to go from 52 bowls to 58 unbeaten, plus Karthik Meiyappan’s 40 fours and Zahoor Khan’s ) of 33 four-pointers.
Oman needed 228 to win but lost both openers to Junaid Siddiq (2/31). Kashyap Prajapati was the first to go with Jatinder Singh (2), not long after.
That brought Aqib and Shoaib Khan together and the duo hit exactly 100 before Rohan Mustafa broke through Aqib’s defense with 53.
Shojb then went off with a cramp before Zeeshan Maqsood provided LBW for Rohan as the chase began to falter.
However, a 76-run duel between Mohammad Nadeem (50 not out) and Ayaan Khan (41) stabilized the situation before Shoaib returned to watch the team head home with 52 strikeouts ended his half-century.
Ireland 50 Round 286/8 (Curtis Canver 120, George Dockrell 69; Brandon McMullen 5/34, Christopher McBride 1/24)
Scotland 289/9 in 50 rounds (Michael Lesk 91 not out, Chris McBride 56; Mark Adair 3/57, George Dockrell 2/34). Scotland won by 1 wicket.
UAE 227/8 in 50 rounds (Ayan Afzal Khan 58 not out, Vritya Aravind 49; Jay Odedra 3/31, Bilal Khan 2/46)
Oman 228/5 46 rounds (Aqib Ilyas 53, Shoaib Khan 52 not out, Mohammad Nadeem 50 not out; Junaid Siddique 2/31, Rohan Mustafa 2/31). Oman won by 5 wickets.