There was a game between South Africa and Australia on in Cape Town even as the lower-profile match between Ireland and Oman twisted and turned in Dharamsala.
Sport is all about context. Never thought I would be watching Oman vs Ireland over Australia vs South Africa…….
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 9, 2016
Damn, it wasn’t even close. I totally preferred Oman v. Ireland over RSA v. Australia.
— Samir Chopra (@EyeOnThePitch) March 9, 2016
Some of Oman’s cricketers may not fit the stereotype of the muscled modern athlete, but boy they showed they can play.
Oman, never has a team looked like, or played like, a team of accountants more, and done so well.
— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) March 9, 2016
The nail-biting win over Ireland was the latest in a growing list of scalps.
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) March 9, 2016
The congratulatory messages poured in soon after the victory…
Take a bow, Oman. This is the stuff dreams are made of! #WT20
— Alt Cricket (@AltCricket) March 9, 2016
… as did the one-liners.
Yesterday was Women’s Day. Today is Oman’s Day.
— Diogenes (@diogeneb) March 9, 2016
Others compared Oman’s record with more familiar Associates…
Cricket World Cup :
Scotland = Played 19 Won 0
Oman = Played 1 Won 1
— Merin Kumar (@merin_kumar) March 9, 2016
… while some said this highlighted the progress Associates have made.
Oman are in Division 5 of the World Cricket League. Depth in associate game stronger than it has ever been. Not just Ireland & Afghanistan!
— Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) March 9, 2016
There might be plenty of people going gaga after the success, but Oman’s captain wasn’t among them.
Siddarth Ravindran is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. Twitter @SidRavindran
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