Victory to Vanuatu and a rain affected match sees the final come down to the last day

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier -  PNG v Vanuatu – Hightlights

Day 3 at Amini Park saw the tournament’s first century with Tony Ura from PNG blasting 107 (60) against the Philippines. Unfortunately rain interrupted the second innings, meaning PNG and the Philippines shared the points.

Earlier in the day, Vanuatu proved too good for the Philippines, getting their first points of the tournament.

With two games left to play, Vanuatu now pose a threat to table-toppers PNG as both teams strive towards a birth at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier.

  • Rain washes out the second match, as PNG remain undefeated
  • Nalin Nipiko’s stars with bat and bowl as Vanuatu notch up their first win
  • Philippines collect a point with a little help from the rain

The opening match of the day was a must-win for both sides. Only the victor would remain in the hunt for the coveted T20 World Cup EAP Final trophy. Philippines v Vanuatu

It was Vanuatu who, after winning the toss and electing to bat, were put under pressure as Daniel Smith (1/26 off 4) took the wicket of Vanuatu captain, Andrew Mansale (6 off 6) in his first over.

The pressure continued as opener Joshua Rasu (8 off 9) got caught short of his crease in a run out that took two throws at the stumps to complete.

From that moment on, Vanuatu took control of the game as Nalin Nipiko (62 off 57) and Jono Dunn (23 off 20) put on a 68 run partnership. It was Nipiko who showed his class with five 4s and two 6s in his well-executed knock.

The Philippines will rue their missed opportunities, with a number of dropped catches giving lives to the Vanuatu batsmen. Aided by some pinch-hitting by Ronald Tari (23 off 12) Vanuatu made a total of 6/156.

The Philippines needed their top-order batmen to dig deep, but unfortunately were not able to find their rhythm against the bowlers, losing wickets consistently throughout the innings.

Karweng Ng (14 off 17) and Daniel Smith (19 off 24) combined for a 31-run partnership, and wicketkeeper Biddappa Machanda (22 off 22) helped push the score along, but two wickets apiece from Nipiko (2/16 off 3) and Williamsing Nalisa (2/25 off 4) spelled the end for the Philippines.

Nalin’s performance was enough to get Player of the Match, and keep Vanuatu’s dreams alive.

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier - PNG v Phillipines – Hightlights

 Philippines v PNG

There were ominous signs when play was delayed by 15 minutes due to rain in the area. Signs were even more ominous for the Philippines when PNG, after winning the toss, came out to bat.

 Master blaster, Tony Ura (107 of 60) got to work by taking the Filipino line up all over the ground. His excellent innings thrilled the growing home crowd, and had them cheering from the stands . No bowler was safe, as four Filipino bowlers went at an economy rate of over 10.

Ura was ably supported by Sese Bau (33 off 24) and together put on an opening stand of 77. However, it was Ura with his six 6s and four 4s that lifted PNG over the 200 mark for the second time of the tournament, PNG finishing with 2/205

With rain looming, the Philippines played an aggressive brand of cricket against the PNG spinners, as both teams tried to get a result with predicted limited overs.  

However, it was the rain the won the match, as umpires called off play after only two overs had been bowled. The rain only grew stronger, and play was eventually abandoned so that PNG and the Philippines shared the points.

With two games to play, two teams remain in the hunt for victory. The final day will come down to the highly anticipated afternoon clash between Vanuatu and PNG.

 Scores in brief

Philippines v Vanuatu

Vanuatu 6/156 20 overs (Nipiko 62 (57), Tari 23 (12), Singh 3/32 (4)), defeated Philippines 7/93 (20) (Biddappa 22 (22), Nipiko 2/16 (3), Nalisa 2/25 (4)) by 63 runs

 Philippines v PNG

No result

PNG 2/205, 20 overs (Ura 107 (60), Bau 33 (24), Siaka 29 (13); Philippines 2/11, 2 overs (Bau (2/4 (1))

 

Team

Played

Won

Lost

No result

Points

NNR

PNG

3

2

0

1

5

4.467

Vanuatu

2

1

1

-

2

0.83

Philippines

3

0

3

1

1

-4.9

 

Upcoming matches

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

 Morning matches start at 9.30am local time, and afternoon matches start at 1:45pm local time