17 Feb:- The fifth match of Oman quadrangular T20 series today was played on 17thFeb at Al Amerat Cricket Ground Oman.
This match was the most exciting match of the Oman Quadrangular t-20 Series or it would not be wrong to say that this was one of greatest thrillers T20 international match. The match ended with Ireland’s 1 wicket triumph when Poynter hits six off the last ball to win the match.
Netherland’s Batting Highlights (Tobias Visee & Max O ‘Dowd batting star):-
In this match, Netherlands skipper Pieter Seelaar loss the toss and invited by the Irish captain Paul Stirling to bat first but Netherland batsmen’s took the challenge to bat first and put a big score of 182 in 20 overs on the board. It can be said that the decision taken by the Irish skipper (bat first) was not proved as enough beneficial to his team.
The opening pair of Netherland’s display a very good game & begin the t 20 game in a typical t 20 style (aggressively) and both openers shared a 116-run partnership for the first wicket and brutally punish the Irish bowlers for the first ten overs in the match.
But after the first wicket down of Netherland, Irish bowlers came in the attacking mode and did not allow to any Netherland batsman to even stay on the wicket.
Opener Tobias Visee scored 78 runs off 36 balls, while the other opening batsman Max O ‘Dowd scored only 38 runs off 32 balls. Tobias Visee (78) came up with the highest run-scorer from his side.
Ireland Batting Highlights (Andy Balbirnie & Kevin O’Brien played a match-winning knock): –
Ireland captain and the star batsman of last two matches “Paul Stirling” was unable to do something special in this match, and way back to the pavilion for just 1 run. Irish batmans also open their innings in a quite similar way Netherlands batsman did (aggressively).
Apart from Paul Stirling’s wicket which fell in the second over, but after that Andy Balbirnie batted in flying style and smashed 83 runs on just 50n balls with 12 boundaries and 1 six. During his innings, he shared 86 run necessary partnership with his batting fellow Kevin O’ Brien.
Kevin O’ Brien also played a calculative and mature inning and contributed 46 runs on 30 balls for his team. While George Dockrell scored 12 runs.
Apart from these 3 Irish batsmen none of the batsmen could make even double-digit score.
Netherland’s Bowling Highlights:-
Netherland’s pace bowler PA van Meekeren sent back the Irish Captain Paul Stirling back to Pavilion who is in the fantastic form in this t-20 series. along with this wicket, PA van Meekeren came up with the best bowling figures in this match from his side. While his fellow pace bowler FJ Klaassen struck 3 wickets in his 4 over spell.