Oman defeated Hong Kong in the fourth play-off match of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 Qualifier 2019 to book the final berth for the next year’s event on Wednesday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Also Read - India Will Host The Best Ever ICC T20 World Cup: Sourav Ganguly
After posting a middling 134/7, a superb show from Bilal Khan (4/23) saw Oman limiting Hong Kong to 122/9 in 20 overs to join Scotland, Namibia, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea and Ireland at for the 2020 marquee event to be hosted by Australia in 2o20. Also Read - 'Rohit Sharma And Shikhar Dhawan Should Open at T20 World Cup'
Scotland qualified earlier in the day with dominating 90-run win over hosts UAE in Dubai. Also Read - Suryakumar Yadav And Ishan Kishan Deserve to Play in T20 World Cup: VVS Laxman
Oman are the 16th and final team to secure their place at ‘The Big Dance’ thanks to a thrilling 12-run win.
The six teams will be competing in the first round of the event in two groups. Three of them will be alongside Sri Lanka in Group A while them remainder will be placed with Bangladesh in Group B.
The four Group A teams will compete in a round-robin competition in Geelong from October 18-22. The Group B start from October 19-23 in Hobart. Following the round-robin, the highest-placed team in Group A and the second-placed team in Group B will join Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and West Indies in Group 1 of the Super 12s.
Group 2 of the Super 12s phase will see India, England, South Africa and Afghanistan each face the highest-placed team in Group B and the second-placed team from Group A.
Meanwhile, Scotland and Oman are scheduled to play in a fifth-place playoff match today at the ICC Academy in Dubai. In the the first semi-final of the qualifier, Ireland square off against the Netherlands while in the second last-four clash, Papua New Guinea face Namibia. Both the matches will be held on November 1.
The final and third-place playoff of the competition will be held on November 2.