Co-hosts Oman kick off T20 World Cup by crushing Papua New Guinea

Oman opened the men’s Twenty20 World Cup by cruising to a 10-wicket victory on home turf over Papua New Guinea in Al Amerat. Having opted to bat, Papua New Guinea never recovered from losing both openers in the first over without a run on the board.

A valiant 56 from the captain, Assad Vala, helped his team escape total embarrassment, but four wickets from the left-arm spin of his opposite number Zeeshan Maqsood helped to cap the Papuans’ total at a paltry 129 for nine.

Oman, who scored a memorable win over Ireland in their only previous T20 World Cup campaign in 2016, would ultimately reach their target without losing a wicket.

Jatinder Singh hit 11 boundaries including four sixes in his knock of 73, while his fellow opener Aqib Ilyas reached his half-century as the hosts wrapped up victory with 38 balls remaining.

The emphatic nature of Oman’s victory also means a healthy net run-rate which could come into play later in their initial group stage games.

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