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PNG Get Two Wins as Play Gets Underway in Port Moresby

PNG Get Two Wins as Play Gets Underway in Port Moresby
PNG Get Two Wins as Play Gets Underway in Port Moresby

After unseasonal rainfall hampered tournament preparations, play is now underway at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup EAP Final.

Players from the three competing countries were rearing to go as the umpires gave the nod for match day 1. However, it was PNG who stood up with two wins over the visitors.

PNG v Philippines

The Philippines won the toss and elected to bowl, a decision that seemed to pay dividends as Daniel Smith (1/19 off 3) picked up the opening wicket of the tournament, Norman Vanua (3 off 7).

From that moment on, the home crowd was delighted by a batting masterclass as familiar names piled on the runs. Assadollah Vala (68 off 39), was the pick of the bunch with a sparkling half century.

The skipper was well supported by Charles Amini (60 off 30), and Tony Ura (47 off 28) as the hosts reached an imposing total of 4/216.

In reply, the Filipino batsmen were unable to find a rhythm against the pace of the home side. Only two players were able to reach double figures, as wickets fell consistently.

The PNG bowling unit worked in a pack, with five individuals sharing the eight wickets. Lega Siaka (2/18 off 4) was the pick of the bunch, as the home team flexed their muscles in the opener.

PNG v Vanuatu

Vanuatu came out with good intent after winning the toss and electing to bat. Joshua Rasu (20 off 25) and Andrew Mansale (15 off 13) both showed good composure but were unable to build upon their starts.

It was Nalin Nipiko (53 off 55) who provided the backbone of the innings, as he powered his way to a half century with an excellent display of skill. Ronald Tari (21 off 14) played some big shots helping Vanuatu reach a total of 124.

Again, it was the PNG bowlers who worked together with four bowlers taking the six wickets. Successive wickets hurt Vanuatu’s chances of getting a big score.

In reply, Tony Ura (65 off 37) picked up where he left off in the first match, blasting a half century in quick time. The 82-run opening stand with Norman Vanua (16 off 17) perfectly set up the run chase.

The Vanuatu bowlers worked hard but were unable to find a way through the defence. The team turned to spin throughout the innings and were rewarded with wickets to Simpson Obed (1 for 32 off 4) and Williamsing Nalisa (1 for 29 off 4).

PNG chased the runs down in the 16th over and find themselves sitting on top of the table with two wins from two matches.

Scores in brief

PNG v Philippines

PNG 4/216 (20) – Vala 68 (39), Amini 60 (30), Ura 47 (28), defeated Philippines 8/83 (20) (Siaka 2/18 (4) by 133 runs

PNG vs Vanuatu

Vanuatu 6/124, 20 overs (Nipiko 53 (55), Siaka 2/7 (2)), defeated by PNG 2/125, 15.2 overs (Ura 65 (37)) by 8 wickets

























Upcoming matches

22 March: Philippines v Vanuatu (Amini Park); Philippines v PNG (Amini Park)

23 March: Vanuatu v Philippines (Amini Park; Vanuatu v PNG (Amini Park)

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