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Papua New Guinea Take Second Win

Papua New Guinea made it two wins out of two
Papua New Guinea made it two wins out of two
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Vani Morea celebrates after his unbeaten half-century sealed victory
Vani Morea celebrates after his unbeaten half-century sealed victory
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Papua New Guinea 264-7 (Siaka 109) beat
Hong Kong 261 by three wickets
Second One-Day International, Townsville

Papua New Guinea became the first side to win both of their first two One-Day Internationals as they beat Hong Kong by three wickets to take a 2-0 series clean sweep in Townsville, Queensland.

Although Hong Kong produced an improved display with the bat after being bowled out for 202 in the opening game, their 261 all out was not enough.

A brilliant century from Lega Siaka and a half-century from Vani Morea set them on their way to victory before they got home with four balls to spare.

Anshuman Rath (55) and Babar Hyatt (56) top scored for Hong Kong, while contributions from Haseeb Amjad (42) and Aizaz Khan (29) helped them put a good score on the board.

Norman Vanua took four for 60 and Willie Gavera three for 49 for PNG.

PNG's reply was built around Siaka's fine innings and he came to the crease early after openers Asad Vala and Tony Ura had fallen for six and 15 respectively.

He struck 109 in 114 balls, hitting nine fours and two sixes before falling in the 42nd over leaving his side 194 for four and with work still to do.

Fortunately for them, Morea kept his head, scoring an unbeaten 65 in 68 balls to complete the win, but not before Hong Kong struck three times in six balls to reduce PNG to 237 for seven.

Captain Chris Amini was unbeaten on three alongside Morea.

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