Canada 108 for 2 (Kumar 53*, Gunasekera 46) beat Oman106 (Ilyas 46, Dutta 3-11, Dhindsa 2-19) by eight wickets
Canada’s medium-pacers vindicated captain Nitish Kumar‘s decision to bowl first by ripping through the Oman line-up for 106 to set up an eight-wicket win at United Cricket Field. The manner in which they completed the chase, knocking off the target in just 15.4 overs, put Canada at +4.774 on the net run rate tiebreaker, which could prove vital by the final day of the round-robin event.
Canada’s fielding was unrelenting from the start, with the tone set by Kumar in the second over when he ran back 25 yards from slip to claim a sensational diving catch off a skied drive by Swapnil Khadye. Disciplined opening spells from Cecil Pervez and Satsimranjit Dhindsa kept the pressure on and by the end of the Powerplay, Oman was reeling at 35 for 4.
Canada’s medium-pace trio, including Dillon Heyliger, attacked the stumps regularly. Following Kumar’s catch, the next five wickets were either lbw or caught behind the wicket. Aqib Ilyas did his best to counterattack, swatting an audacious hooked six after charging Heyliger. But three balls later, he slashed an edge to fall for 46, leaving Oman at 60 for 5.
Nikhil Dutta then entered and proceeded to wipe out the tail in quick time. He was on a hat-trick at one point when Zeeshan Maqsood drove to long-off before Jay Odedra was bowled through the gate first ball. Dutta had Kaleemullah holing out to long-on to wrap up the innings in 27.4 overs. He was ultimately named Man of the Match for his 3 for 11 in 3.4 overs.
Ruvindu Gunasekera got Canada’s chase off to a fiery start, clubbing Odedra’s offspin flat over long-on for a pair of sixes before smoking the medium-pace of Bilal Khan and Fiazz Butt for a six each over midwicket. He chipped a catch to cover off Zeeshan Maqsood’s offspin to fall four short of a half-century but Kumar carried his team home. The Canada captain unfurled a glorious reverse-pull for six off Khawar Ali in the 14th over before sealing the chase two overs later with a straight driven four. In the process, he brought up his own fifty off 41 balls.