T20 World Cup Warmups: Oman upsets Mumbai, defeat Vijay Hazare champions by 2 wickets in dramatic last-ball finish

T20 World Cup Warmups: Oman upsets Mumbai, defeat Syed Mushtaq Ali champions by 2 wickets in dramatic last ball finish
T20 World Cup Warmups: Oman upsets Mumbai, defeat Syed Mushtaq Ali champions by 2 wickets in dramatic last ball finish

T20 World Cup Warmups: Oman upsets Mumbai, defeat Vijay Hazare champions by 2 wickets in dramatic last-ball finish: Oman stunned India’s domestic cricket giants Mumbai by two wickets in a thrilling third 50-over match here on Thursday with home team’s Kaleemullah sealing the game with a last ball six.

Mumbai, after losing the just concluded T20 series 1-2, were unbeaten in the 50-over series so far, but the Oman batsmen held their nerves to script a memorable win in the third game.

Oman first shot out Mumbai for below-par 239 after putting them into bat despite Yashasvi Jaiswal gritty 90 and a well made 55 by skipper Shams Mulani. The hosts then chased down the target on the last ball with Ayaan Khan playing a key part in the victory with a stroke-filled 91.

T20 World Cup Warmups: Oman upsets Mumbai, defeat Vijay Hazare champions by 2 wickets in dramatic last-ball finish

Jaiswal, who struck six fours and three sixes, anchored the Mumbai innings despite losing Hardik Tamore (4) cheaply. Mumbai were once teetering at 26/3 after Arman Jaffer (2) and Chinmay Sutar (3) also fell early. But Jaiswal and Mulani resurrected the visitors’ innings with their 111-run fourth-wicket stand.

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But when it looked like the duo would take Mumbai to a big score, Mulani was dismissed. Then Jaiswal took the onus to score runs. Sairaj Patil (6) and Dhurmil Matkar (13) could not convert their starts, but thanks to a quickfire 31 off 19 balls by number eight Aman Khan, Mumbai could go beyond the 235-run mark.

Kaleemullah (2/9) and Mohammad Nadeem (2/32) were the leading wicket takers for Oman.

Defending 240, Mumbai pacers Aakash Parkar (1/33) and Mohit Awasthi (2/42) ripped Oman’s top-order to leave them struggling at 36/3. But Ayaan Khan (91; 8×4) and Mohammad Nadeem (55) started the rescue act. The duo forged a 115-run stand for the fourth wicket to bring the hosts into contention.

Offie Shashank Attarde (1/39) brought back Mumbai into the game by removing Nadeem at a crucial juncture. However, Ayaan Khan kept playing his shots and took the game deep.

T20 World Cup Warmups: Oman upsets Mumbai, defeat Vijay Hazare champions by 2 wickets in dramatic last-ball finish

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