Papua New Guinea reach play-offs with win over Nepal
It was all too easy for Papua New Guinea in the end as they followed their win over Ireland with a simple win over Nepal today. And with Jersey getting beaten by Namibia, their place in the play-offs has been secured.
Nepal were put into bat when PNG captain Jack Vare won the toss, and Pradeep Airee and Sagar Pun scored 29 and 15 respectively opening the batting. Airee was looking set for a big score when he missed a ball from John Reva and was bowled, and the wheels quickly came off the Nepal innings.
Sharad Vesawkar was the only other batsmen to reach double figures as Nepal collapsed to 93 all out after being 48-1 after seven overs. John Reva, Mahuru Dai and Assad Vala all took two wickets.
Papua New Guinea lost Lega Siaka early on in their reply, but Tony Ura and Assad Vala then put on 43 for the second wicket. Ura dominated the partnership before he came down the pitch and was stumped for 32 from 21 balls.
Vala took over the run scoring with an innings of 34, which was the top score of the match. Kila Pala hit two huge sixes, the second of which brought the scores level. Vala hit another big six from the next ball to secure the 8 wicket win.
Vala was the obvious choice for man of the match. He will be hoping that his team can win their last two games and secure their place in the World Twenty20 by topping the group, though their place in the play-offs is now secure. They play Namibia at the same ground tomorrow. Nepal have one more group match to come - against Jersey tomorrow - and they will need a very big win if they are to qualify for the play-offs.