Kenya vs Papua New Guinea, Match 38

ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier, 2019 | Match 38 | Sunday 27th October | 06:00
 Match Ended
73 (18.4) RR:3.91
Papua New Guinea
118 (19.3) RR:6.05
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So PNG QUALIFY FOR THE WT20 2020! But the Netherlands-Scotland game is yet to come. The Dutch have a chance to go on top. That game will be upon us in a short while.

Victorious Papua New Guinea skipper Assad Vala is all smiles. Says that he is relieved that the team got away with a performance like that, having been 6/19. On the collapse, Assad says that the ball swung, which surprised the batsmen but also puts it down to soft dismissals, as the batters were not focussing on rotating the strike. Is happy that they could stretch it to 118. Commits to rectifying the mistakes which happened today. On the bowling bailing them out, Vala says that it is their strength.

Kenyan captain, Shem Ngoche, congratulates PNG for topping the group and wishes them all the best in the 2020 WT20. On his team's bowling, Shem says that his bowlers put the pressure consistently, hitting the right areas but then praises Norman Vanua for batting well. Then laments his own side's disappointing batting, as 118 was not a big total. Feels it is an area of concern as it has now happened 3-4 times in succession. Believes that mentally, they need to be more strong. Stressing further, She says that it depends from person to person, who is weak technically, or mentally. But wants his batters to spend more time in the middle. Praises Bundi for his excellent bowling. Reckons that his team took more pressure upon themselves, rather then enjoying the sport.

NORMAN VANUA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that he is very proud of his innings today. Stresses that he has tried batting well for a few times but today, he got over the line. Praises the Kenyan opening bowlers for bowling extremely well. So, he just looked to see them off. On the instructions to the bowlers, Norman says that the instructions were to just do what they have been doing so far in this tournament, hitting a stump-to-stump line. On his batsmen failing today, Vanua says that they threw their wickets away but the lower order and the bowlers bailed them out.

Earlier in the game, a sensational opening spell by Emmanuel Bundi reduced Papua New Guinea to 19/6 but a fightback from Norman Vanua and Sese Bau took the team post 100. Looked less at the innings break but the momentum went on their side. Stay tuned for the presentation...

Undoubtedly, Kenya have lost a match which they should have won. They were 40/1, chasing 119 but Karim's wicket set the cat amongst the pigeons. Assad Vala was the one who caused the collapse, running through the middle order while Nosaina Pokana took 3 wickets.

Unbelievable. A team is reduced to 19/6, but then recovers to 118, only to win by 45 runs. Sensational rearguard with the bat and then superb bowling later on.

W 18.4
Nosaina Pokana to Pushpak Kerai

OUT! TIMBER! Good length delivery on off, Kerai looks to defend but misses it and gets bowled. PAPUA NEW GUINEA WIN BY 45 RUNS.

wd 1 18.4
Nosaina Pokana to Pushpak Kerai

WIDE! Bowls it down the leg side, Kerai looks to go after it but misses it.

1 18.3
Nosaina Pokana to Aman Gandhi

Full on middle, Gandhi drives it through mid on for a single.

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