ICC World T20 2021, SCO vs PNG (Qualifier 5): Scotland edges closer to qualification with 17-run win over PNG
On Tuesday, Scotland has defeated Papua New Guinea by 17 runs in Group B's Qualifier 5 of the ICC World T20 2021 in Muscat. As a result, it is just one step away from sealing its Super 12s berth.
It was a consolidated effort from Scotland. On Monday, it defeated Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 17 runs in Group B's Qualifier 5 of the ICC World T20 2021 at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1) in Muscat. As a result, it is just a step away from sealing its place in the Super 12s, while a lot would depend on today's result between Oman and Bangladesh.
Winning the toss, Scottish skipper Kyle Coetzer opted to bat, besides making a change by bringing in Alasdair Evans for Safyaan Sharif. Meanwhile, PNG captain Asa Valla too made a change by promoting Chad Soper for Damien Ravu.
Scotland was off to a panicky start, losing openers George Munsey (15) and Coetzer (6) by the fourth over of the Powerplay, with 26 runs on the board. However, an impressive 82-run stand between Matthew Cross (45) and Richie Berrington (70) was followed, which helped the side recover from the shaky start, while Simon Atai dismissed the former in the 15th.
At 151, Calum Macleod (10) and Berrington walked back to Chad Soper in the 19th over, while four wickets fell in the final over off Kabua Morea, with the batters getting dismissed in single figures, as Scotland finished on 165/9. PNG put six bowlers into the attack, with medium-pacer Morea claiming four, while fellow medium-pacer Soper was the most economical of all.
In reply, PNG was off to a jittery start, losing half of its side within the PP, as openers Tony Ura (2) and Lega Siaka (9), along with Vala (18), Charles Amini (1) and Simon Atai (2) walked back for cheap, with just 35 runs on the board. A 32-run stand between Sese Bau (24) and Norman Vanua (47) ensued before the former was dismissed by Chris Greaves.
However, PNG fought back with a relieving 53-run stand between Vanua and Kiplin Doriga (18), as Mark Watt got rid of the latter in the 17th, at 120. The final three wickets fell in the remaining three overs each, as Scotland wrapped up the win by 17 runs, thus topping its table.
Scotland used six bowlers to get the job done. While pacer Josh Davey claimed four, he also possessed the best economy for the side.
Brief scores: Scotland 165/9 (Cross- 45, Berrington- 70; Morea- 4/31, Soper- 3/24) beat PNG 148 in 19.3 overs (Vanua- 47; Davey- 4/18) by 17 runs.
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