SPIRITED PNG FIGHTBACK, SCOTLAND SCRIPT BACK-TO-BACK WINS.

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Day 3 of the T20 World Cup, Scotland were up against Papua New Guinea (PNG) for game 5. Scotland with the bat were dominant on show and with the ball let momentum drift in the middle overs but at the death seal the win. PNG have lost 2 in 2 but have left a good impression and statement despite today’s defeat.

Scotland won the toss and opt to bowl first.

SCOTLAND’S XI : George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer(C), Matthew Cross(wk), Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Bradley Wheal, Alasdair Evans.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA’S XI : Stephan Baard, Zane Green (wk), Craig Williams, Gerhard Erasmus (C), David Wiese, JJ Smit, Jan Frylinck, Pikky Ya France, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz.

Scottish openers, Kyle Coetzer and George Munsey got Scotland off to a flyer with couple big overs first up and the quick fire 22 run opening stand saw curtains with the wicket of Coetzer on 6(6), a beauty from Morea. Next over, Soper picked up Munsey on 15(10) that put a hold on runs and a couple more boundaries saw Scotland on 37-2 at the end of powerplay. Cross and Berrington build a crucial partnership that saw Scotland get to 67-2 at halfway stage. The steady partnership needed some constant hitting from both ends and the duo were up for the task, Scotland were dealing in boundaries and maximums before Simon Atai got PNG a breakthrough as Matthew Cross on 45(36) walked back and the 92 run crucial partnership saw curtains. Berrington continued to accelerate and soon got this half century, big overs continued to come Scotland’s way. Chad Soper in the penultimate over picked up a couple of wickets, MacLeod on 10(11) walked back and Berrington’s brilliant knock of 70(49) came to a close. Last over of the innings saw no heroics from Chris Greaves as he walked back on 2(3), looking for a couple Leask’s short stay on 9(4) saw curtains, Davey and Watt couldn’t contribute to Scotland’s tally and on golden ducks departed. A strong 165-9 was on board for PNG to chase, middle order special saw Scotland on the frontfoot.

Richie Berrington played an outstanding knock of 70(49) that saw Scotland post 165 on board.

PNG weren’t bad with the ball but maybe did give a few extras. Simon in his 3 and Lega in his 1 were economical, Simon did have a wicket to his name. Kabua Morea and Chad Soper bowled their 4 with economy of 7.8 and 6 respectively, Kabua bagged 4 and Soper bagged 3 wickets respectively. Pokana and Amini bowled their 4 and were both expensive.

Kabua Morea bagged 4 wickets with economy of 7.8 in his 4 overs.

PNG in reply had a slow start and and the dot ball pressure saw Scotland draw first blood as Josh Davey in his first over dismissed Tony Ura on 2(3), few boundaries on the other end before Lega Siaka’s defensive stay on 9(13) saw curtains. Assad Vala punished Evans but the latter had the last laugh as Vala on 18(11) walked back. A mix-up in the middle and PNG lost thier 4th as Charles Amini on 1(3) was ran out, Simon Atai on 2(3) was dismissed in the same over and half of the PNG’s XI were back in the dugout by the end of powerplay. PNG finish powerplay on 35-5. A good partnership between Norman Vanua and Sese Bau saw PNG not lose a wicket more and were 61-5 at halfway mark and the equation looked possible but required some fireworks. Chris Greaves was into the attack and bagged the wicket of Sese Bau on 24(23) that worsened PNG’s chances for a win. Kiplin Doriga joined a set Norman Vanua and the duo put up a quick fire 50 run partnership that saw PNG back in the contest and the equation was gettable. The 53(29) run partnership saw curtains as Mark Watt removed Kiplin on 18(11). Davey picked up the set threat, Norman Vanua on 47(37) and PNG’s last hope had to make his way back. In the penultimate over, PNG scored 14 runs but Pokana on 1(1) was ran out. With 24 required of the final over there was a maximum before Davey on the next ball had his revenge as Soper walked back on 16(11) and that was it, PNG lost their 10 for 148 falling 17 short.

Norman Vanua top scored for PNG with a brilliant knock of 47(37).

Bowling and fielding intensity upfront was good in the powerplay overs where they dismissed 5 batters and had to snatch momentum back for the win. Bradley Wheal in his 4 and Chris Greaves in his 3 bagged a wicket each but were expensive. Josh Davey in 3.3 bagged 4 wickets with economy just over 5. Evans in his 3 and Mark Watt in his 4 bagged a wicket each with economical bowling display. Micheal Leask bowled a couple economical overs but wasn’t rewarded with a wicket.

Josh Davey continues to impress, bagged 4 wickets with economy of 5.1 in his 3.3.

A brilliant game, fantastic fightback from PNG after being 5 down for 35 in the powerplay, did try to snatch the game from Scotland but fall 17 short. Scotland didn’t go for the kill in the middle overs that saw PNG drift the game in their favour but at the end a good win for Scotland making it 2 in 2 hold a strong impression to compete at big stages.

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