Richie Berrington`s 70-run knock and a spirited bowling efficiency helped Scotland defeat Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 17 runs in Group B of the continuing ICC Males`s T20 World Cup on the Al Amerat Cricket Floor (Ministry Turf 1).
Chasing 166, PNG acquired off to a horror begin because the aspect misplaced 5 wickets and was decreased to 35/5. Tony Ura (2), Lega Siaka (9), Assad Vala (18), Charles Amini (1), and Simon Atai (2) all failed to depart a mark with the bat and Scotland was firmly on the high.
Sese Bau and Norman Vanua then placed on 32 runs for the sixth wicket, however the required run-rate acquired a bit an excessive amount of to deal with and because of this, Bau (24) ended up dropping his wicket to Chris Greaves, lowering PNG to 67/6 within the twelfth over. Norman Vanua and Kiplin Doriga then offered an actual scare to Scotland because the duo placed on a quickfire stand of 53 runs for the seventh wicket. Mark Watt then dismissed Doriga (18) and PNG wanted 42 runs to win from the ultimate three overs.
Vanua (47) nonetheless perished within the 18th over, and with this PNG`s hopes have been dashed and Scotland registered a 17-run victory. Earlier, Richie Berrington performed a knock of 70 as Scotland posted a rating of 165/9 within the allotted twenty overs. Opting to bat first, Scotland openers George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer placed on 22 runs inside the primary three overs, however their partnership was minimize brief by Kabua Morea within the third over as he dismissed Coetzer (6). Quickly after, Chad Soper acquired the higher of Munsey (15) and Scotland was decreased to 26/2 within the fourth over.
Matthew Cross and Richie Berrington then shaped a 92-run stand for the third wicket placing Scotland on the entrance foot. Nonetheless, PNG lastly managed to get a breakthrough within the fifteenth over as Simon Atai dismissed Cross (45) within the fifteenth over. Berrington went on to play a knock of 70 as Scotland posted a rating of greater than the 160-run mark.
Temporary Scores: Scotland 165/9 (Richie Berrington 70, Matthew Cross 45; Kabua Morea 4-31); PNG 148 all out (Norman Vanua 47, Sese Bau 24; Josh Davey 4-18).
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