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December 1st, 2019

Oman fought their way into the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2020 after coming back from a terrible start against Hong Kong to win their qualifier match by a slim 12 runs.

Expat Sport takes a closer look at how events unfolded along the way.

Already subject to a demoralising 54-run defeat by Namibia a day earlier and a victory which took their opponents on their first ever trip to the T20 World Cup, Oman’s confidence and momentum had already taken a severe blow. Consequently, and most cricket watchers would say inevitably, they struggled to bounce back from Tuesday’s drubbing in their make or break contest with Hong Kong on the 30th of October. 

November 30th, 2019

Out for a dismal 2 and 11 in England’s crushing defeat to New Zealand in the first test of their tour, Joe Root’s batting has come under the spotlight as pundits point out his decline in form since becoming England captain.

November 27th, 2019

Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) reputation for sporting prowess has rocketed at pace across both cricket and rugby.

PNG soundly beat Great Britain Rugby League Lions recently after a difficult start and showed just why the game is their national sport. The previous month they similarly overcame a horror start in their qualifier game against Kenya in Dubai to reach the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, their maiden global tournament, as top of Group A.

November 18th, 2019
On 3rd March, 2009 a shocking terrorist attack rocked the cricketing world. Sri Lanka were touring Pakistan and as their bus pulled towards Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore twelve gunmen opened fire. What was supposed to be the third day of the second test between the two teams became a bloodbath as six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed and six members of the Sri Lankan cricket team were wounded. 

November 12th, 2019

It seems a long time ago that the incredible conclusion of the ICC World Cup 2019 final played out. For the first time ever an ODI had to be settled by a Super Over after England held their nerve to equal New Zealand’s 50-over total in regulation play. The extreme drama of the following 12 balls and England’s eventual triumph as World Cup winners will live long in cricketing memories. Never again would we see such a tight contest needing to be decided by the very tightest of margins and requiring the previously almost unheard of mechanism of the Super Over. Would we?