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29 November 2023

Bangladesh, Oman face World T20 shootout after rain wreaks havoc

By Agencies

Heavy rain led to the abandonment of both World Twenty20 qualifiers in Dharamsala on Friday, leaving Bangladesh and Oman firmly in the race to secure the lone spot in the main draw from Group A.

The two sides now meet in a shootout on Sunday with the winners joining Australia, India, New Zealand and Pakistan in Group A of the Super 10 stage.

After Wednesday's eight-run defeat against Bangladesh, Netherlands badly needed to beat Oman and an overcast sky prompted Dutch skipper Peter Borren to tweet: "Rain, rain go away. We have 10 percent of our 2016 matches to play today".

The rain relented to allow the toss, Oman winning it and opting to field, before it started pouring again.

The Netherlands were knocked out of the World Twenty20 Friday after their match against Oman was abandoned due to rain in Dharamsala.

The Dutch, who shared a point with Oman in the rained-off game, had been invited to field after losing the toss but not a single ball was possible due to bad weather.

“There's extreme disappointment. We've put in a lot of time, effort and energy in trying to qualify. For it to end like this after having lost to Bangladesh in a closely-fought game, we are gutted,” Dutch skipper Peter Borren said.

“We could have done a lot of things better in that game, it will haunt us for a while. We don't get a lot of opportunities at this stage. As someone says, our next chance could be in four years time.”

Meanwhile Oman, who stunned Irleand in their first group encounter, are still in the race for the Super 10 stage.

“We were confident coming into the game. We are still alive if we beat Bangladesh. We put in consistent performances in the qualifiers in Ireland and Scotland. They (players) are all excited,” a beaming Oman captain Sultan Ahmed said.