Barramundis keeping cool after vanquishing Irish

first_imgNorman Vanua took his second man of the match award in as many games with a swash buckling 28 runs in 10 balls in the final overs of the game to bag the win for PNG.Afterwards, PNG captain Jack Vare resisted the temptation to sing from the rooftops and, instead, was circumspect following what was surely one of the best moments in PNG’s recent cricketing history.“We came here to play another game of cricket. We wanted to go out there and play to the best of our ability. Our plan was to play simple cricket. With the ball we wanted to bowl good lines and lengths and that’s what we did. We always try to learn every time we play, whether it’s in T20, ODI or four-day cricket so today was another great experience that we can learn from going forward” “We’ve got a good batting line-up and today we didn’t really click. But Norman came out and showed what he can do under pressure. He played very well – I can’t speak highly enough of him – and there were other good performances in the team as well. We will take the positives from this game but we will not look too far ahead. We will just go out the next game and try to do our best again.” Vare-Kevere said.Earlier, Ireland won the toss and elected to bat first in perfect conditions and the PNG bowlers came out all guns blazing. Vanua took the prize wicket of Paul Stirling (1) in his first over before Willie Gavera (3/17) struck twice in his first over and left Ireland rattled at 3/20 after 5 overs.Ireland captain William Porterfield (57*) steadied the innings as wickets fell around him but the PNG bowlers were determined to give the Irish no easy runs. Ireland were eventually restricted to a modest 9/123 from their 20 overs.  The PNG Barramundis’ run chase got off to a slow start as openers Tony Ura (6) and Lega Siaka (7) both fell before the third over.Vice captain Assad Vala kept the team in the chase with a run a ball 32 but the Irish bowlers kept striking in the middle overs to put PNG on the back foot with Kila Pala (19), Mahuru Dai (7), Charles Amini (6) falling cheaply.The chase seemed to have run out of steam when Tyrone Kane dismissed Jack Vare (5) and John Reva (2) in the 17th over.However, a late cameo from PNG’s number 9 batsman Norman Vanua smashing a match saving 28 of 10 balls helped PNG stun Ireland with a two wicket victory with 7 balls to spare. The win puts PNG comfortably on second place in their pool as they head over to Dublin to play their remaining 3 matches.In Group A, Ireland is still top with six points but PNG is just one point adrift with three teams – Namibia, Nepal and Hong Kong – level on three points and even Jersey and USA not out of contention for a place in the knock-out stages.The PNG Barramundis will face Nepal on Friday night PNG for their fourth match of the tournament. The match will be broadcast live on Digicel’s TV WAN Sports HD at 19.00 PNG time.The official Cricket PNG hashtag on social media will be #gobarras#wt20qlast_img

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