Sri Lanka beat Oman in 2nd T20I to win the series by 2-0.

For second time in three days, Oman wasted the opportunity to get a success as Sri Lanka pursued down their complete of 159/8 in the eighteenth over to seal the two match series 2-0. One more late association from Sri Lanka – for the 6th wicket this time – took them over the line.

Oman’s brilliant beginnings

The home side lost two wickets in the initial six overs yet grabbed 44 runs. However opener Jatinder Singh just couldn’t get rolling and succumbed to a forgettable 12-ball five, Kashyap Prajapati and Aqib Ilyas got the innings moving with a modest bunch of sixes. Kashyap especially fancied for off break bowler Maheesh Theekshana, hitting him for two big cheeses.

Post-Powerplay speed increase…

Zeeshan Maqsood assumed control over the mantle after the six-over period, keeping Oman’s force going in the seventh when he tonked Akila Dananjaya over profound square leg and additional cover off progressive conveyances in the eighth over. However Zeeshan’s appearance finished at 16 off 8, Oman came to 77/3 at the midway stage.

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What occurred in the subsequent half?

In spite of a 12-run over in the thirteenth over off Dasun Shanaka, Oman got just 35 runs in five overs in a time of break. However, Dananjaya’s return launched Oman’s restoration before the passing as Ilyas crushed two major sixes in the 17-run sixteenth over. Having capitalized on Sri Lanka’s off-day in the field, Ilyas got to a speedy fire 50 years, prior to succumbing to a 38-ball 60 in the seventeenth over. Sri Lanka pulled it back by yielding only 19 off the last 18 balls, as Oman arrived at a standard score of 159/8.

How was Sri Lanka’s beginning?

Basically the same as Oman’s. They got to 48/2 in the PowerPlay, as Fayyaz Butt and Maqsood picked two speedy wickets to take out Dinesh Chandimal and Charith Asalanka. One of the half-centurions from the initial game – Avishka Fernando – and opener Pathum Nissanka gradually yet consistently plotted the guests’ recuperation.

When did they falter?

In the tenth and eleventh over.

It began with medium-pacer Kaleemullah catching Nissanka leg previously and afterward Mohammad Nadeem excusing the legends of the initial installations – Fernando – and Dasun Shanaka in about three balls to leave Sri Lanka five down.

Who saved them this evening?

The 6th wicket pair of Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Chamika Karunaratne.

At the point when Sri Lanka wound up rocking at 89 for 5 in 10.3 overs, they required 71 more to get off 57 balls. It was as yet gettable in the event that one association clicked, and that is by and large what occurred among Rajapaksa and Karunaratne. Oman had the game by the mess of its neck in that eleventh over, yet by and by disintegrated under the strain of a potential triumph.

The Sri Lankan team predominated the objective with steady singles and twos, and even got the odd six to keep their scoring rate well in front of what they required. The tables genuinely turned in Bilal Khan’s over in the fourteenth, when Sri Lanka required 42 off 36. Oman’s most capable campaigner bowled a midsection high full throw that was trucked away for a six in a 13-run over.

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Dew didn’t make things simple for Oman either as avoided arm spinner Zeeshan Maqsood let one slip with regard to his hand that went way over the batsman’s head and landed well behind the wicket-guardian. The subsequent free-hit ball was trucked for a six. With that, Karunaratne showed more criticalness, and fixed the game with two sixes – one in the seventeenth and one in the eighteenth over. The pair wrapped up with an undefeated organization of 74 from 42 conveyances, with the two players scoring 35 each.

Brief Scores: Oman 159/8 in 20 overs (Aqib Ilyas 60, Lahiru Kumara 2-20) lost to Sri Lanka 163/5 in 17.3 overs (Chamika Karunaratne 35*, Bhanuka Rajapaksa 35*; Mohammad Nadeem 2-22) by 5 wickets.

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