T20 World Cup: Oman players celebrate after taking a wicket.© AFP

Debutants Papua New Guinea posted a total of 129/9 from their stipulated 20 overs batting first in the opening match of the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup at the Al Amerat Ground in Muscat on Sunday. Assad Vala top-scored with an impressive knock of 56 while Charles Amini made 37. Oman skipper Zeeshan Maqsood was the pick of the Oman bowlers with figures of 4/20. Earlier in the day, Maqsood won the toss and elected to bowl. “The pitch looks dry and we have spin bowlers with us,” Maqsood said at the toss of the first round match. “We have prepared really well and are looking to give our best and qualify for the next round.” PNG captain Assad Vala was confident of a good showing from his team that make their first ever appearance in a World Cup. “I would have bowled first as well. The preparation has been good and we need to use our flair and give everything we have got,” said Vala. “We want to play the PNG way, which you hopefully will see soon. We have a good all-round team.” The seventh edition of the tournament is being staged by Oman and the United Arab Emirates with the Board of Control for Cricket in India playing hosts. The top two teams from this group B will advance into the Super 12 stage, starting October 23, to meet the heavyweights.

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