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ODI World Cup Qualifiers: Sri Lanka, Scotland Register Big Wins

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Chasing a low total of 99 against Oman, Sri Lanka openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Pathum Nissanka barely broke a sweat, completing the task in 15 overs.

A dominant Sri Lanka thrashed Oman by 10 lattices in the ICC Justice World Cup 2023 Qualifier to climb to the top of Group B at the Queens Sports Club in Zimbabwe on Friday.

The palm put Sri Lanka in a strong position to qualify for the Super Six stage of the event.

Chasing a low aggregate of 99, openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Pathum Nissanka slightly broke a sweat, completing the task in 15 overs.

Karunaratne was unbeaten on 61 while Nissanka scored 37 not out as Sri Lanka not only sealed a palm but also bolstered its net run rate.

Before, Sri Lanka commander Dasun Shanaka called it right at the toss and decided to coliseum. His call paid immediate tips as the islanders had a brilliant launch with the ball, with their bellwethers breathing fire on the Oman batters.

The pace of Lahiru Kumara and Kasun Rajitha was too important for the Oman top- order to handle, as it set up itself in massive trouble beforehand on.

Kashyap Prajapati was the first gate to fall, as Kumara trapped him in front of the wholes. Aqib Ilyas followed suit, with Rajitha getting in on the act.

Kumara was in no mood to stop as he transferred Zeeshan Maqsood and Mohammad Nadeem packing in quick race, as Oman set up itself reeling at 20 for four.

Ayaan Khan and Jatinder Singh also embarked the job of rebuilding the innings for Oman, putting together a 52- run stage. But it all changed again in a blink of an eye as Wanindu Hasaranga delivered one of the stylish overs of the Qualifier so far.

The 21st over of the innings from Hasaranga brought him three lattices without the bowler conceding a run. Hasaranga first trapped Jatinder Singh leg- ahead for 21 oin the first delivery, and on the third, the right- arm incentive gutted up Shoaib Khan.

The Sri Lankan each-rounder seized his third gate of the over, getting relieve of Jay Odedra on the final delivery.

Oman slid further as miscommunication between Ayaan Khan and Naseem Khushi led to the ultimate being run out for one.

All this had left Oman reeling at84/8 half through their innings.

Ayaan’s gritty 41 ended with Hasaranga shortening his fourth, courtesy of a brilliant catch in the slips by Dhananjaya de Silva.

Hasaranga went on to complete his alternate successive five- gate haul by enmeshing Bilal Khan for oh, as Oman were sailed out for 98.

Scotland settled a alternate palm on the witch with their bowlers putting them in charge following a masterclass from Richie Berrington.

Chasing 283, UAE formerly had a altitudinous ask at hand but Scotland bowlers produced a dominating show.

Chris Sole made early raids with two successive blows to UAE, 0 dismissing Aryansh Sharma( 8) and Vritiya Aravind( 0), as the double strike left UAE reeling in the fifth over.

UAE failed to recover from the early blows.

Rohan Mustafa( 12) was sailed by Brandon McMullen while Asif Khan( 17) couldn’t convert his launch, decaying against Mark Watt.

The big gate, however, came when Muhammad Waseem, who was looking good, was projected in front of the lattices by Watt for 36.

Sole also returned into the attack to remove Ali Naseer( 19), pegging UAE further back.

At the halfway mark, UAE had a stiff challenge ahead, with the score at117/6.

Though UAE tried to take the game deep with Basil Hameed( 30), Aayan Afzal Khan( 21) and Karthik Meiyappan( 23 not out) leading their progress, but regular lattices for Scotland assured their control on the game. Know More Latest Cricket News…

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