Australia (164/5) defeat Oman (125/9) by 39 runs in the Match 10 of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024

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Travis Head isn't one for sweet talk at press conferences. So, when asked on the eve of Australia's first-ever match against Oman about his knowledge of the opposition, he was straightforward about knowing very little. You can't blame him, though. This will be Oman's biggest international match, on the grandest stage, against arguably their most high-profile opponents. While the Australians have likely studied the available footage of the Oman players, as Head mentioned, it ultimately comes down to dealing with what’s in front of them on Wednesday night (June 5) at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.

This match presents a rare opportunity for the Australians to face a team whose players they have never encountered on the field. It's a proper throwback to when Test teams would meet Associate nations in World Cups of previous generations.

The cliché is that Oman has nothing to lose and everything to gain by putting on a show against the former champions, who are eager to start their campaign strongly in their bid to complete the treble. Oman's captain, Aqib Ilyas, echoed this sentiment in his impressive press conference. For the Australians, it’s about getting their seasoned players, who have played a lot of cricket together, to come together once more as they aim to follow up their 50-over World Cup win in November with nearly the same group.

It will be interesting to see how they manage this after a rather unusual lead-up to the World Cup, with many of their players arriving in the Caribbean just days before the opening game. A washout on Tuesday also canceled their final optional training session, meaning only four of their players have had more than a single net session before facing Oman.

For Oman, as Ilyas put it, after narrowly losing to Namibia in a Super Over, this is their chance to redeem themselves in a match that will be memorable regardless of the result.

With England and Scotland forced to share points after their match was abandoned, Group B already has an intriguing dynamic. This will be Australia's chance to put real pressure on their arch-rivals by getting off to a flying start, setting the stage for Saturday’s high-stakes clash between Australia and Jos Buttler's team.


Squads:

Australia Squad:
David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh(c), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Ashton Agar, Tim David, Matthew Wade, Nathan Ellis

Oman Squad: Kashyap Prajapati, Naseem Khushi(w), Aqib Ilyas(c), Zeeshan Maqsood, Khalid Kail, Ayaan Khan, Mohammad Nadeem, Mehran Khan, Shakeel Ahmed, Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan, Fayyaz Butt, Shoaib Khan, Rafiullah, Pratik Athavale

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Australia easily wins this one. Sigh group stages are so boring atm
 
Mark it Aus and Ind will play the finals with India taking revenge of last Nov fiasco

Still.rooting for Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie

David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh(c), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood,

This playing XI is Real Madridsque
 
Oman have won the toss and have opted to field


Oman
(Playing XI): Kashyap Prajapati, Pratik Athavale(w), Aqib Ilyas(c), Zeeshan Maqsood, Khalid Kail, Ayaan Khan, Shoaib Khan, Mehran Khan, Shakeel Ahmed, Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan

Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh(c), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade(w), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
 
Warner will surely achieve the feat in this game but Marsh might have to wait for another game.



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For all the talk around anchors, it seems like anchors might be best suited to score runs on some of these wickets in West Indies and New York.
 
It seems like these pitches are best suited for babar and rizwan's 40 balls 50 if they don't perform on these pitches they will never perform in icc tournaments.
 
Pitches like these keep lower ranked teams in game than those high scoring games.

Good contest between ball and bat.
 
I guess your understanding of what constitutes as an anchor is about as good as your understanding of what constitutes as a mystery spinner.
Marsh is the anchorer in the team, he has the lowest sr and is the one expected to bat through.

Your understanding of wanting Steve Smith a guy who atm has reactions slow as molasses and is a lbw wicket waiting to happen shows your lack of understanding.

As for the mystery spinner thing, I just didn't want to argue at the time. Abrar is listed as a legspinner on Wikipedia.
 
These pitches suck the joy right out of the sport.

But it definitely gives associate teams a real chance to pull off an upset.
 
what is going on lol Australia looked pathetic in the first half of 2023 world cup. they looked pathetic in the first half of 2021 world T20. They ended up winning both. Is it three-peat?
 
Marsh is the anchorer in the team, he has the lowest sr and is the one expected to bat through.

Your understanding of wanting Steve Smith a guy who atm has reactions slow as molasses and is a lbw wicket waiting to happen shows your lack of understanding.

As for the mystery spinner thing, I just didn't want to argue at the time. Abrar is listed as a legspinner on Wikipedia.
Marsh is not an anchor. His role is go out there and smash boundaries. He is not expected to be there from ball one to the end of the innings. There are no anchors in the Australian team. Just because he has a lower SR than the rest of the batters doesn't mean he's an anchor lol. What kind of logic is that even? Marsh's SR in T20Is last year was 186. And since 2021, he has had a SR of 140.

Good to know you get your info. from such a credible source. If I went up there and edited it to say that Abrar is a chinaman spinner, would you believe that too?
 
Jake mcgurk should have been in the squad. He is better than all of them apart from travis head.
 
It was fun while it lasted
4 sixes in an over now.
Marcus stoinis whipped him bad.
 
Marsh is not an anchor. His role is go out there and smash boundaries. He is not expected to be there from ball one to the end of the innings. There are no anchors in the Australian team. Just because he has a lower SR than the rest of the batters doesn't mean he's an anchor lol. What kind of logic is that even? Marsh's SR in T20Is last year was 186. And since 2021, he has had a SR of 140.

Good to know you get your info. from such a credible source. If I went up there and edited it to say that Abrar is a chinaman spinner, would you believe that too?
By this logic no one is an achorer. Steve Smith in his prime has various rapid fire 100's including a 62 ball 100 against India, and a 70 ball 100 against India in 2015. Infact in 2015 he was one of the quickest bats.

Marsh's overall sr is 135, his role is to mostly bat through while others attack and hold the line.

Please go edit it rn, go to Wikipedia and edit it ASAP and if you're succesful, I'll PayPal you 150 bucks. Dead serious go ahead and try it
 
This is the problem with associates. They just can't hold their nerve and then the wheels come off quick. Hopefully this will be a teachable moment for Oman.
 
what is going on lol Australia looked pathetic in the first half of 2023 world cup. they looked pathetic in the first half of 2021 world T20. They ended up winning both. Is it three-peat?
Oman will be bowled out for 50 lol
 
This Joel guy has to be one of the worst umpires today I reckon.
 
Amir needs to learn how to ve a variation bowler from ellis if he's going that route now since Amir has been bowling with variation now adays
 
It is way too easy for Australia atm. Oman proves, why they are a minnow team. 54 on 11 balls needed.
 
The stoinis batting onslaught made the difference - Oman had a real chance at one point at the starting parts of the game
 
Comfortable win for the Aussies.

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Australia emerges against gritty Oman amid a huge injury scare

The Aussies endured a tough first-up test, but one moment gave the tournament heavyweight a major fright.

Australia have survived a tricky first-up ask at the ICC Men’s T20I World Cup, overpowering a courageous Oman side by 39 runs.

It comes as the Aussies have also appeared to dodge an injury scare to strike bowler Mitchell Starc, who pulled up sore after a delivery in his final over.

It was reported in commentary that Starc only suffered cramp and nothing more serious.

Starc made a valuable contribution to Australia with the ball, grabbing a pair of wickets, but Marcus Stoinis was the clear hero.

Stoinis picked up three wickets in the second innings, after blasting a team-high 67* off just 36 deliveries.

David Warner also delivered with the bat, as Australia totaled a defendable 164/5.

The pair produced some glorious shots, but Oman captain Aqib Ilyas produced a moment of the match contender in the field, as Glenn Maxwell was caught for a first ball duck.

There was drama pre-match as well, as the Aussies made the decision to keep Pat Cummins on ice and opted for Nathan Ellis to join the bowling line-up.

Cummins’ absence coincided with new T20I captain Mitch Marsh losing the toss.

Marsh admitted his preference was to bowl first and assess the wicket, but Oman had a similar plan and sent the Aussies in first.

The tournament heavyweights showed clear intent from the jump, registering 13 runs from the opening two overs.

But Travis Head’s stay at the crease ended in the third over, caught at mid off.

It proved a turning point for Oman, containing Marsh and Warner at a manageable clip for the next few overs.

The Aussie skipper then tried to unload over long on, caught just inside the boundary for 14 off 21 balls, putting Australia at 50/2 in the ninth over.

And the moment of the innings came next ball, as Ilyas took an inspirational catch at cover to have Maxwell out first ball.

It’s undoubtedly an early contender for catch of the tournament from Oman’s skipper.

Stoinis held his nerve to see off Mehran Khan’s hat-trick ball, but the challenge was just beginning for Australia’s hitters.

Through the middle stage of the innings, Oman activated defence mode, as the Aussies stumbled through a 30-ball boundary drought. Importantly, it was a period weathered without another wicket.

Warner upped the ante in the 13th over, scoring back-to-back fours, which also gave his partner a big confidence boost.

Stoinis unloaded four maximums in the 15th over off Mehran Khan’s bowling, to again change the complexion of the innings.

He brought up 50 off just 27 balls, before Warner joined him in the milestone club, playing a more anchoring role.

Warner departed in the 19th over, soon after his half-century, scoring 56 off 51 deliveries.

Stoinis remained unbeaten, compiling 67* off 36, as Australia set a total of 164 with the loss of five wickets – Tim David (9 off 4 balls) was run out on the final ball of the innings.

It would prove to be an ample amount of runs, as Starc got the new ball swinging in trademark fashion early.

A review confirmed the spearhead bowler had Oman right-hand opener Pratik Athavale trapped for a golden duck in the third ball of the innings – pad first, low and in line with middle stump.

The top order held it together, working hard to stay at the crease, until Pat Cummins’ replacement struck at the end of the fifth over.

In Cummins’ absence, Ellis produced a breakthrough scalp at the end of the fifth over dismissing Kashyap Prajapati LBW for seven runs off 16 balls.

And Stoinis got in on the act next over, catching the outside edge of Ilyas’ bat – the captain was dismissed for a run-a-ball 18.

He did it again in the eighth over, pinching another caught-behind wicket, emerging as the hero for the Aussies.

Oman never gave up the fight, outlasting the full 20 overs, with one wicket up its sleeve.

All-rounder Ayen Khan top-scored for the Omanis, scoring 36 runs off 30 balls in the middle order.

Oman finished 125/9 from their 20 overs, falling 39 runs short of the Aussies.

Adam Zampa and Ellis joined in on the act, with two wickets each.

It was a solid first-up test for the Aussies, who will be better for the run, as the title contender builds into the World Cup and continues to acclimatise to the Caribbean conditions.

ICC
 
what is going on lol Australia looked pathetic in the first half of 2023 world cup. they looked pathetic in the first half of 2021 world T20. They ended up winning both. Is it three-peat?

They weren't pathetic in either World Cup.

They only had 1 bad match in each. Against England in 2021 and against Saffers under lights in 2023.
 
Australia usually don't go hard at Minnows! They conserve all their energy to tackle teams in Knockout Games! They use all the games leading to finals as good practice matches (by practicing against all kind of bowling, and bowling at all kind of batsmen, and get exposed to real match length/duration on the pitches they are going to play at...).

Something for other teams to look at, instead of thumping over wins in insignficant matches!
 
Empires were the worse in this match
How many wrong decisions were reversed
Especially against Oman
Look like they were order to give out on every appeal
Just pathetic
 
Australia usually don't go hard at Minnows! They conserve all their energy to tackle teams in Knockout Games! They use all the games leading to finals as good practice matches (by practicing against all kind of bowling, and bowling at all kind of batsmen, and get exposed to real match length/duration on the pitches they are going to play at...).

Something for other teams to look at, instead of thumping over wins in insignficant matches!

Look at english wc 2023 repeat… get kicked out in super 8….thats IF Scotland dsnt beat aus :)
 
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