World T20: Heavy rain forces the abandonment of Oman - Netherlands

Oman now have a decider against Bangladesh on Sunday to see who will make the Super 10 stage.

World T20: Heavy rain forces the abandonment of Oman - Netherlands
Flooded dreams for Netherlands fans in India (photo: AFP)

Heavy rain in Dharamasala was to blame as Oman and Netherlands were unable to play out their first international cricket match against each other.

Oman can still qualify with victory over Bangladesh

Oman has won the toss and elected to field, but the players did not even make it onto the pitch before the rain descended and the covers came on. Almost as if it was the English summer, the rain was unrelenting and the umpires had an easy decision to abandon the match.

The world cricket new boys, Oman, were riding a wave of jubilation after defeating Ireland on Wednesday in their first global cricket tournament. In a difficult group, many people would not have expected Oman to still be in with a chance of qualifying for the Super 10 stage at this point in the competition.

Oman have a crunch match with Bangladesh on Sunday to see who will qualify, although a draw will see Bangladesh through on net run rate. With their game against Ireland falling foul of the weather, it means both Netherlands and Ireland will be packing their bags early as neither side can top the group after they meet at the weekend.

End of the road for Netherlands

Netherlands will be disappointed not to be in the reckoning for qualification, after putting solid performances in a number of recent global tournaments, including the last Twenty20 World Cup back in 2014. An experienced side would have fancied their chances against Oman and a victory would have seen them in with a chance of qualification for the Super 10 stage. Instead they will play out their game with Ireland in an attempt to prove that they belong with the top nations in the cricket.

For Oman the dream continues. Can they do the unthinkable on Sunday and progress to the Super 10 with the sport's elite?