Johannesburg:Oman pulled off the unlikeliest of run chases on Wednesday when it scored 302-9 in 37 overs and one ball to lead their team to a one-wicket victory over Uganda in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers.
Chasing an imposing Ugandan total of 298-5 at LC de Villiers Oval, Pretoria, the Omanis set about the task with gusto: An opening partnership of 49 came in just 19 deliveries, with openers Maqsood Hussein (23) and Hemin Desai (28) tearing apart the opening attack.
But then came a small flurry of wickets, which brought Farhan Khan to the crease. He took up the assault with equal fury, scoring his 95 off just 49 deliveries, hitting 10 fours and seven sixes in the process. It was his highest career score.
Oman lost wickets throughout the chase, right down to their ninth with the scores tied on 298. But tailender Haider Ali held his nerve and smashed a boundary off the first ball of the 38th over to seal the victory.
In other matches, Afghanistan was defeated by five wickets by United Arab Emirates at Isak Steyl Stadium, Vanderbijlpark despite a fighting 69 by Asghar Stanikzai off 107 balls. The UAE's victory was spearheaded by Nithin Gopal's 81 and Saqib Ali who scored 69.
Kenya ran out easy winners over Denmark, winning by nine wickets on the back of Kennedy Otieno's undefeated 84 in Potchefstroom. He was well supported by Seren Waters who was unbeaten on 61.
Canada also had a big win, overpowering Scotland by 148 runs in Benoni. Umar Bhatti who took 3-31, together with Henry Osinde (2-15) and Rizwan Cheema (2-14) saw Scotland slump to 104 all out in reply to Canada's 252-7.
Ireland outclassed Namibia by seven wickets, with captain William Porterfield scoring 84 while chasing down Namibia's meager 213-9 and the Netherlands were too strong for Bermuda, who fell 63 runs short of the 304-9 set by the Netherlands. That was despite the 84 scored by Burmudan opener David Hemp.