Abu Dhabi: A combined effort with the ball followed by Aqib Ilyas's breezy half-century led Oman to a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Hong Kong on Monday.
After asking Hong Kong to bat, Bilal Khan, the right-arm medium pacer, made sure Oman got off to a great start when he accounted for the experienced Nizakat Khan in the first over.
Aizaz Khan (19 in 14 balls), the other opener, did manage to find the fence on four occasions and added 18 runs with Babar Hayat for the second wicket.
But that partnership was Hong Kong's highest of the match as wickets tumbled all through, and the scoreboard read 46 for 6 inside nine overs.
Aizaz finished as the team's highest scorer as only two other batsmen, Ehsan Khan (10) and Christopher Carter (17), could get to the double-digit mark.
Bilal ended with 3 for 18, while Kaleemullah and Khawar Ali chipped in with a couple of wickets each to dismiss Hong Kong for 87 runs in 18.3 overs.
Chasing a small total, Oman lost Arun Poulose for a duckin the very first over to Nadeem Ahmed but Ilyas, coming in at No. 3, blasted an unbeaten 56 off just 30 deliveries to take his side over the line with nine overs to spare. Ilyas hit ten fours and a six to give Oman its first victory of the tournament in its second match.
Hong Kong - 87 (Bilal Khan 3-18, Kaleemullah 2-23, Khawar Ali 2-12)
Oman - 89 for 3 (Aqib Ilyas 56*)
Result - Oman won by seven wickets