Ireland survive Tony Ura brilliance to remain unbeaten

Tony Ura single handedly kept Papua New Guinea in the game
Tony Ura single handedly kept Papua New Guinea in the game

Ireland 237-6 (Porterfield 111) beat
Papua New Guinea 235 (Ura 151) by four wickets
5th match, Group A, ICC World Cup Qualifiers, Harare

William Porterfield led from the front with a century as Ireland overcame a stunning 151-run knock from Tony Ura to beat Papua New Guinea by four wickets in a last-over chase during the 5th game of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers in Harare.

Ireland opted to bowl first on winning the toss. They were dealt early blow when Vani Morea (1) was run out by George Dockrell (0-50) while Andy McBrine (3-38) struck thrice to send Assad Vala (8), Lega Siaka (2) and Sese Bau (3) back.

Papua New Guinea struggled to recover with Boyd Rankin (2-41) and Paul Stirling (1-16) dismissing Mahuru Dai (1) and Charles Amini (8) and were reeling at 80 for six.

Just as it looked Papua New Guinea would be dismissed under 100, Ura (151) single handedly dominated the Irish attack with fluent stroke-making and smashed a record 142-ball knock that had 10 boundaries and six maximums in it.

His 83-run stand for the eighth wicket with Chad Soper (25) proved crucial as Papua New Guinea went on to post a respectable total of 235 in 50 overs.

In the chase Porterfield (111) and Paul Stirling (27) provided a solid stand of 52 runs and things looked even better for the Irish side with their skipper and Ed Joyce (53) joining together for 108 run stand for the third wicket.

Dai (1-41) claimed the wicket of Joyce but still, Ireland looked pretty comfortable needing just 51 runs with seven wickets in hand with Porterfield even completing his century.

Nevertheless, Papua New Guinea showed tremendous fight with the wickets of Porterfield, Niall O Brien (1) and Kevin O'Brien (12) to leave Ireland in a spot of bother but Gary Wilson (12 not out) and Dockrell (8 not out) showed a lot of calmness and completed the chase in 49.1 overs.

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