Barras beat Kenya in worlds warmup

first_imgKenya scored a healthy 141 runs in their 20 overs but PNG’s batsmen came out with guns blazing and scored 2/45 runs in the first 5 overs before the match was stopped due to rain.On the Duckworth Lewis system PNG was required to score 35 runs in 5 overs as they lost two wickets but at (2/45) at the 5thover mark it meant PNG were ahead by 10 runs on the DL system and were awarded the game. Earlier, PNG Barramundis captain Jack Vare-Kevere won the toss and elected to bowl and restricted the Kenyans to a respectable target of 8/141 in their 20 overs.Kenya’s top order batsmen started off well, racing to 32 runs in their first 3 overs with PNG opening bowlers Norman Vanua (1/24) and Loa Nou (0/28) working hard to get their line and length right. Norman Vanua halted Kenya’s momentum by taking the first wicket in the 6th over.PNG‘s change bowler John Boge Reva (1/17) took PNG’s 2nd wicket when he came on in the 5th over and when spin bowler Mahuru Dai took another wicket in the 6th over, the Barramundis started to pull the game back to leave Kenya at (2/45) on the 6th over.Captain Vare-Kevere used his spin attack with Mahura Dai, Assad Vala (2/16) and Charles Amini (1/19) combined to take regular wickets to trouble the Kenya batsmen. The Kenyans fought hard and posted 8/141 in their allocated 20 overs.In the run chases, PNG opening batsmen Lega Siaka and Tony Ura had instructions from the head coach that with the rain approaching they needed to be ahead on the run rate. Siaka (18) and Ura (15) started off well and both lifted PNG’s score to 26 runs after 3 overs before Siaka was dismissed. Assad Vala scored a handy 10 runs to get the score to 45 runs in the 5th over before the umpires stopped play as condition worsened. Head coach Dipak Patel was happy with his players’ performance especially with the bowlers to pull the game back and restrict the Kenyan batsmen.“We bowled well in the middle part and built a lot of pressure by restricting boundary balls and forced Kenyan batsmen to make mistakes and lose wickets regularly. We could have restricted them to a modest score but we let them get away a bit when we had the chance to close their inning off. Spin bowlers lead the way with Assad Vala, Mahuru Dai and Charles Amini bowling smart spells to force errors with the Kenyan batsmen,” said Patel.PNG’s first match of the ICC World T20 Qualifier will be on Sunday against Jersey and Hong Kong on Monday. The top six sides from the 14 team ICC World T20 Qualifier competition will join the 10 Full Members for the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016, which will be held from 11 March to 3 April 2016.last_img

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