After four-wicket hauls from Jeremy Gordon and Captain Saad Bin
Zafar had sufficiently undermined Oman’s batting by restricting
them to an inadequate 166 all out, Canada’s top-order batsmen
made light work of the challenge, comfortably reaching 167/1 in just
23 overs to secure a Series-clinching victory in the November 27 third
and deciding ODI played between the two teams. The win allowed the
Canadian visitors to emerge as Series victors by a 2-1 margin. Canada won
the first and third matches of the Series, while Oman was victorious in the
Jeremy Gordon’s express pace once again proved to be simply too hot to
handle for Oman’s batsmen when they took first strike. Gordon decimated
Oman’s top order taking a wicket in each of his second, third, fourth and
fifth overs to leave the innings in tatters at 42/4 after 9.4.
There was no respite for Oman’s beleaguered batsmen as Canadian captain
Saad Bin Zafar then duplicated Gordon’s wicket-taking tally by capturing
four victims of his own to scythe through the lower-order. Ayan Khan 29
and Nester Dhamba 16 added 44 for the seventh wicket but once the former
had become Zafar’s third victim and the latter Nikhil Dutta’s first,
there was not much resistance left on offer except for a last wicket stand
of 40 between Fayyaz Butt 26* and Bilal Shah 11 as the innings closed on
Zafar finished with figures of 4/28-10. Johnson was a bit more expensive
with returns of 4/42-9. Ammar Khalid 1/20-6 and Nikhil Dutta 1/35-10
were the other two Canadian wicket-takers.
Chasing 167 for victory in their 50 available overs, Canada used yet
another different opening pair to good effect, Aaron Johnson 17 (21) and
Pargat Singh 87 (69) posting 53 for the first wicket. Johnson’s departure,
however, heralded the arrival of his customary opening partner Srimantha
Wijeyeratne batting at number three. Singh and Wijeyeratne 58 (49) then
added the remaining 114 runs in just 16 overs to see the Canadians home
Singh struck four sixes and ten fours in his unbeaten 87. Wijeyeratne’s
boundary tally for his undefeated half-century was one six and seven fours.
SERIES SUMMARIZED SCORES:
11/24/2022: ODI 1
Canada 229/9-50. Harsh Thaker 75, Nikhil Dutta 47.Bilal Khan 3/46-10,
Ayan Khan 2/35-10, Zeeshan Maqsood 2/44-10.
Oman 145/10-40.2. Sandeep Goud 31, Ayan Khan 29. Nikhil Dutta
4/12-5.2, Pargat Singh 2/18-7, Jeremy Gordon 2/28-6.
Canada won by 84 runs.
11/26/2022: ODI 2
Canada 97/20-37 Overs. Harsh Thaker 22, Saad Bin Zafar 17, Aaron
Johnson 17. Ayan Khan 2/4-2, Kaleemullah 2/11-7, Rafiullah M 2/12-
7, Mohammad Nadeem 2/12-5, Nester Dhambe 2/20-5.
Oman 101/2 – 23/4 overs. Jatinder Singh 46, Adeel Shafeek 36.
Oman won by 8 wickets.
11/27/2022: ODI 3
Oman 166/10-49.0 Ayan Khan 29, Fayyaz Butt 26. Saad Bin Zafar
4/28-10, Jeremy Gordon 4/42-9.
Canada 167/1-23. Pargat Singh 87. Srimantha Wijeyeratne 58.
Canada won by 9 wickets.