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Summary

  1. Oman chase 155 with two balls to spare
  2. Sorensen no-ball goes for four to seal Oman win
  3. Oman's first game at global tournament
  4. Bangladesh beat Netherlands in earlier game

Live Reporting

By Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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Bye for now

And time to call a halt to today's proceedings. Stephan Shemilt's match report is there for you to read, but more importantly (sorry Stephan), there's plenty of highlights of both of today's games for you to watch on the BBC Sport website - either use the "Highlights" tab at the top of the page, or scroll back through the game on this page to relive all the key moments in context.

We'll be back tomorrow morning at about 09:00 GMT to bring you live text (and highlights) on Scotland v Zimbabwe - and then highlights of Hong Kong v Afghanistan. Do join us then - and enjoy your evening.

Table talk

Time to get our breath back after that enthralling game. The embryonic Group A table looks something like this:

  1. Bangladesh - P1, W1, NRR +0.40, Pts 2
  2. Oman - P1, W1, NRR +0.28, Pts 2
  3. Ireland - P1, L1, NRR -0.28, Pts 0
  4. Netherlands - P1, L1, NRR -0.40, Pts 0

The teams remain in Dharamsala for the next round of Group A fixtures on Friday, when Netherlands face Oman and Ireland take on Bangladesh. For the Irish, it's win or go home.

Man of the match

#OMA's Amir Ali is awarded Player of the Match for his match-winning batting performance! #IREvOMA #WT20

#OMA's Amir Ali is awarded Player of the Match for his match-winning batting performance! #IREvOMA #WT20

Ireland batsman Gary Wilson on Sky Sports: "Pretty tough to take on the first game of the tournament. If we had our day again, we'd be pretty disappointed if it went the same way. I don't think we can put it down to the dew, we had rags out there. Their spinners bowled with low actions, it wasn't easy but we shouldn't make excuses. We were happy at half-time, we had 154 on the board and thought it was a winning score."

On the death bowling: "Max Sorensen has done it before - Max, Kevin and Murts were probably the three who can do it, Murts had gone for a few runs so that's probably why William threw the ball to Max."

Captain's view

Ireland captain William Porterfield: "We were quite confident with what we had at half-time, but it's still in our hands - we've got to go back, regroup, win two games and give ourselves a chance. The dew was a little slippery but we're not going to use that as an excuse, we dried the ball plenty."  

Captain's view

Oman captain Sultan Ahmed: "It's a great win, we're very excited, I'm speechless. We lost the toss and tried to restrict them to 150, but we had the capability to chase 150. If we beat Netherlands and Bangladesh, we're through!"

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Shane: Oh my what a match!! OMAN!!! Has to be said though terrible choice of death bowler by the Irish there.

The final (over) analysis

What an eventful over, looking back. So we had six deliveries (four legal) as follows:

  1. High full toss/beamer (no-ball), hit for four
  2. Free hit ball, yorker, hits stumps, one run taken
  3. High-ish full toss, hit for four through third man
  4. Short ball, single taken
  5. WICKET - catch by the keeper that the batsman might not have actually hit
  6. High full toss/beamer (no-ball), through the keeper for four byes

I don't think Max Sorensen is going to get an IPL contract as a death bowler on that evidence. To be fair to him, he was the seventh bowler, and might not have expected to be handed the last over. And there will be debate over why Boyd Rankin (who bowled the 19th) only bowled three overs.

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The Mighty Mojo: That is one of the worst final overs I've ever seen. Ireland gave that match away.

Majid: As I expected, Oman hits the World Twenty20 with a bang, but no champagne though.

Our "champagne moment" graphic is metaphorical rather than literal!

"Shocking"

Some strong words from RTE's John Kenny (an occasional BBC Test Match Special commentator on Ireland games):

Murtagh and Sorenson shocking shocking death bowling qualification now unlikely poor display by experience bowlers #IREvOMA

Man of the match

Oman's Amir Ali (speaking through an interpreter), who made 32 from 17 balls: "God has helped us, I was trying to get boundaries in every over. We have done a lot of hard work before coming here and it has paid off."

Ireland, in the past decade, have so long been the Associate team who have been giant-killers at ICC events.

Pakistan in 2007, England in 2011, West Indies in 2015... but today, the giant-slayers have become the slayed giants.

The height of that full toss means it was a no-ball, so the record will show that Oman won by two wickets with two balls to spare (rather than one). Their players and coaching staff are absolutely jubilant, as well they might be.

Champagne moment

Oman 157-8

Munis Ansari in, it's a high full toss, he misses it... and it goes through the keeper for four byes, Oman have won!

WICKET

Amir Ali c N O'Brien b Sorensen 32 (Oman 152-8)

Big changes in the field for Amir Ali back on strike. Appeal for a catch behind, given!

Even worse for Oman, the TV replay suggests he didn't nick it... Three needed from two balls.

Oman 152-7 (target 155)

Lalcheta hit on the body, single taken. Three from three needed.

Oman 151-7 (target 155)

Lalcheta swipes a full toss for four past the keeper! Four from four needed!

It was also quite high - but the umpire signalled it was below waist height.

Oman 147-7 (target 155)

The free-hit ball is a yorker "bowls" Amir, but as it was a free hit he can't be out and runs a bye. Eight needed from five.

Oman 146-7 (target 155)

High full toss to the diminuitive Amir Ali, he hooks it for four, it's a no-ball, a free hit and a four! Disastrous! Nine needed from six balls.

Seamer Max Sorensen to bowl, 14 needed from six. Amir Ali to face.

Oman 141-7 (target 155)

The field creeps in for new batsman Ajay Lalcheta, who misses the ball but somehow conjures a leg bye. Rankin finishes with an excellent yorker which Amir Ali can only dig out for a single. 14 needed from the last over, time to go ball-by-ball!

WICKET

Sultan run out (N O'Brien) 1 (Oman 139-7)

Sultan swings, he's called through for a run but keeper Niall O'Brien's underarm throw breaks the stumps. Panic stations for Oman - still 16 needed from eight balls and wickets running out.

Oman 139-6 (target 155)

Captain Sultan Ahmed the new batsman - with the current trend for keepers who bat in the top order, I wouldn't imagine many other keepers in this tournament will bat at number eight. He's off the mark with a single. Amir is tucked up for room and hit in the midriff but scampers a single. 16 needed from nine balls.

Ian Bishop

Former West Indies pace bowler

"What a contest this is turning out to be."

WICKET

Jatinder b Rankin 24 (Oman 137-6)

Who to bowl? It's Boyd Rankin - who has the Test experience that the other 21 players in this game lack, but he was a little expensive earlier. Jatinder Singh on strike...

And he's bowled! Beaten for pace aiming a big heave to leg.

Oman 137-5 (target 155)

(Jatinder 24, Amir Ali 26)

A tight O'Brien over ends with some ones and twos, just five runs from it - and Oman need 18 from 12 balls for a famous win.

Champagne moment

Oman 134-5

What an outstanding piece of fielding! Amir Ali launches O'Brien over mid-wicket, that looks as though it's going for six - but Gary Wilson leaps up and gets a hand to it, he can't hold on for the catch but he acrobatically flicks it back into play. Arguably he's saved five runs there.

Oman 133-5 (target 155)

Kevin O'Brien and his golden arm are recalled for his final over, Jatinder adds a single, but he keeps Amir tied down for two dot balls.

Oman 132-5 (target 155)

Long-off is brought up - so Amir lofts a first-bounce four exactly where long-off would have been! A very long over - Oman's best for a long while - ends with another sliced four past the keeper.

That over from Murtagh cost 20 runs, including a no-ball, two wides and three fours to end the over. Suddenly, Oman need an exceedingly do-able 23 from 18 balls!

Oman 124-5

Finally Murtagh finds his radar as Jatinder (who sports a black patka under his helmet) flicks a single off his legs. Then it's brilliant improvisation from Amir Ali as he feigns to walk outside off stump, then steps back and opens the face to tickle a four wide of third man.

Oman 119-5

The free hit ball is a wide yorker which Amir can't get away - but when Murtagh tries to repeat it, he pushes it too wide and the umpire stretches his hands. This is going to be a long over, only one legal delivery in the first three... A misfield earns Jatinder a second run - then Sorensen bowls another wide. Two legal deliveries out of five...

Oman 114-5

Porterfield has plenty of bowling options for the last four overs - O'Brien and McBrine have an over left, everyone else has two overs. He turns to Tim Murtagh, but the Middlesex man serves up a high full toss to Jatinder which is a no-ball - and a free hit!

Oman 112-5 (target 155)

Amir Ali looks for a second like he's eyeing up the leg-side boundary again - but bad communication between the batsmen denies them an eminently plausible second run when Amir steers one through the covers. But a nurdle down the leg side for four takes the required target to 43 from 24 balls. Amir has 12 from five.

Oman 106-5

Porterfield continues to swap his spinners over - Paul Stirling gets a second spell, but his first ball is a pie down the leg side which Jatinder shovels away for four. A delicate dab leaves 49 needed from 27.

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John Michael Poole: Losing Maqsood is end game. They may just creep above my earlier prediction and be bowled out for 110.

Oman 101-5 (target 155)

Oman need a partnership, and fast. Jatinder Singh is joined by the Bespectacled XI's Amir Ali, who only bowled one over of spin. Sorensen strays with his line, sending down a couple of legside wides, but Ireland's tails are noticeably up after that flurry of wickets. But Amir manages to launch a six over square leg - so Oman need 54 from the last 30 balls. Who's your shilling on?

Ireland's women's captain is getting excited...

Screaming and shouting getting louder in the @IrishWomensCric team room. C'mon Irelaaaaaand #WT20 #IREvOMA

WICKET

Kaleem lbw b McBrine 0 (Oman 90-5)

The rapid turnover of batsmen continues, the new man is left-hander Aamir Kaleem - and he departs second ball, trapped in front. Oman's wheels are coming off here.

WICKET

Mehran c Porterfield b McBrine 2 (Oman 89-4)

Cap'n Porterfield mixes up his bowlers as McBrine returns - Mehran skies one high into the Himalayan night sky and perishes as the skipper takes the catch at mid-wicket!

Oman 87-3 (target 155)

Mehram Khan is the new batsman - I did say earlier he wasn't a number 11... While Oman were favourites with the openers still together, Ireland have really pulled it back in the last four overs and must fancy their chances here. Oman need 68 from 42 balls, the required rate a shade under 10 an over.