Oman after second win against despondent Netherlands


Both sides have only played one game, but thus far the 2016 World Twenty20 experience has been very different for Oman and Netherlands.

Debutants Oman provided the story of the first round of group matches when they shocked Ireland in a two-wicket victory sealed in the last over, while the Dutch were made to rue missed opportunities during their eight-run loss against Bangladesh.

Such a narrow margin should not be such a disappointing result, particularly against a Test-playing nation, but captain Peter Borren - who was dismissed for 29 - was despondent after.

"It is such a tough tournament this you know," Borren said following Wednesday's defeat. "You don't get a warm-up or one bad result. Eight-run margin here, and I can find so many different moments to make up that eight runs.

"It's going to be difficult. We have two more opportunities to play better cricket than we did tonight. We have some real characters in the team.

"It's going to be tricky to qualify but I believe in the team and the character in the team."

The narrow reverse means Borren's side have it all to do to progress from the group and Oman will be more than willing to take advantage of any lack of confidence when the sides meet in Dharamsala on Friday.

A second-straight win for the minnows would put them in with a real chance of securing qualification to the super 10 phase, with a showdown against Group A favourites Bangladesh still to come.

Skipper Sultan Ahmed says his players are in high spirits but is not getting ahead of himself just yet.

"This opening win will surely take us a long way," he said. "We need to play two more matches. Making the next round is the main objective and we will continue with the same momentum."