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Pakistan U23 defeat Oman in third match of ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2019

Pakistan U23 defeated Oman in their last round fixture to qualify for the semi finals of ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2019 at Cox's Bazar Main, Bangladesh.

Pakistan U23 cricket team had another strong showing, this time against Oman, in the ongoing ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2019.

In their last group fixture, Pakistan dominated their opponents from the start, comfortably winning the contest by 147 runs. This resulting victory ensures Pakistan's place in the semifinals of this tournament. 

Oman, seemingly inspired by Pakistan's struggles with the bat in their previous match, invited the green shirts to bat after winning the toss. The decision did not reap the desired rewards for the third placed side as Pakistan strung together several partnerships to post a daunting score on the board. 

On the backs of Haider Ali Khan's century and Rohail Nazir and Khsuhdil Shah's fifties, Pakistan finished with 319 runs from their 50 overs. Oman managed to take six wickets in total. 

The ominous sings of a massive score were there from the start, as Pakistan managed to get to 67 before losing their first wicket. Omair Yousuf was the first player to go, falling for 33 after gifting a catch to Aaqib Ilyas off Muhammad Nadeem's bowling.

One down Rohail Nazir and opener Haider Ali Khan then put together 107 runs for the second wicket, punishing the bowlers all over the ground. By the time Rohail went for 64, the score had already reached 174.

There was a brief opportunity to restrict the damage when Haider Ali got out for 118 after Imran Rafique had already gotten out without much contribution. Haider's innings included 10 fours and 2 sixes. 

But it was Kushdil Shah that eradicated any hopes to Oman curtailing to flow of runs, hitting a quick fire 54 off just 24 balls to ensure that Pakistan finished with an above par score on a decent pitch. He remained not out, having hit 5 sixes and 2 fours.

Oman's improbable task was made impossible by Pakistan's bowlers almost immediately, as they kept taking wickets at regular intervals bowling Oman out for 172.

By the time Sandeep Goud Shreemantula and Muhammad Nadeem stitched a 67 runs stand, Oman was already 4 for 15. 

 Muhammad Hasnain removed  Muhmmad Nadeem for 46 and with him any faint hopes of miracle. 

Sandeep Goud Shreemantula managed to find another partner in Muhammad Naseem to pad their stats but the writing had been on the wall for a long time before the two departed for 41 and 45 runs respectively. 

The rest of the lineup managed to stick around till the 48th over without much contribution as Oman was all out for 172 to concede the game. 

For Pakistan Khushdil Shah finished with 3 wickets while Muhammad Hasnain, Mohsin Khan and Sameen Gul picked up a brace each.

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