Rain looms over Tigers’ knockout clash against Oman




Persistent rain at Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh, India, poses a threat to the knockout qualifier between Bangladesh and Oman from being held. Photo: ICC
Star Online Report

Persistent rain at Dharamsala today once again poses a threat to the knockout qualifier between Bangladesh and Oman from being held.

The rain has already disrupted the dead rubber between Netherlands and Ireland in the qualifying match this afternoon, where most attention has been drawn by a grandstanding chief minister.

Ireland won the toss and chose to bowl. Pre-match drizzle relented, although some pessimists were talking of snow. The game has begun at 6:10 local time after the initial delay due to the rain. It will be a six-overs-a-side match, contingent on there being no more rain.

"The covers have been off for quite a while but it is still a little bit tacky," said William Porterfield. "We need to lift our game in all three areas."

Bangladesh and Oman are scheduled to face each other in the last qualifying match of the tournament which has turned out to be a knockout game as both the team are with three points from two games with Bangladesh leading the table on the basis of superior Net Run Rate.

Both Bangladesh and Oman had their previous games against Ireland and Netherlands respectively washed out due to incessant rain at Dharamsala on March 11, Friday, knocking the latter two off the tournament.

Considering the weather, it will not be surprising to see a similar scenario today, in which case Mashrafe Mortaza's boys will walk into the Super 10 on the basis of superior Net Run Rate.

Source : the daily star

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