Kirtipur, Oman cricket team clinched the title in an electrifying super over finish against hosts Nepal in the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia. The dramatic match, held at the TU Cricket Ground, saw both teams end the regular play with a score of 184, leading to a super over decider.
According to International Cricket Council, the day began with Nepal batting first after winning the toss, setting a strong score of 184/6. Their innings were highlighted by half-centuries from Gulshan Jha and captain Rohit Paudel. Oman’s Bilal Khan delivered a tight bowling performance, taking three wickets, while Aqib Ilyas and Zeeshan Maqsood also contributed with the ball.
In response, Oman’s Kashyap Prajapati scored a notable 63 off 52 balls, with contributions from Ilyas and Maqsood. Despite a late surge by Mohammad Nadeem, the match went to a super over after he was run out on the last ball. In the decisive super over, Oman scored 21 runs without loss, thanks to Mohammad Naseem Khushi’s hitting, which proved too much for Nepal, who could only muster 10 runs.
Prajapati’s performance earned him the Player of the Match title, while Oman’s Aqib Ilyas took home the Player of the Tournament award for his all-around contribution of 106 runs and 10 wickets during the competition.
Oman’s victory came as a thrilling conclusion to the tournament, showcasing the increasing competitiveness of cricket among the participating nations.