Papua New Guinea have won a rain affected high scoring game against Oman at the ICC Academy ground in Dubai today as they continued their preparation for their World Cricket League Championship matches against Nepal.
Papua New Guinea won the toss and chose to bowl first in conditions that were described by people at the ground as "English". And sure enough, four balls into the sixth over with Oman on 27 without loss. As can often happen in these situations, shortly after the resumption a wicket fell, as Loa Nou dismissed Aaqib Sulehri for 19 with the score on 43.
There was another interruption in the 17th over with Oman on 83-2. With the game reduced to 36 overs, there was to be no further precipitation, but it was soon raining sixes as Adnan Ilyas smashed 74 from just 33 balls including 4 fours and 7 sixes. Jatinder Singh also chipped in with 62 from 58 balls.
The final Omani total was 244-8 from their 36 overs. Norman Vanua was the pick of the bowlers with 4-35. Duckworth/Lewis calculations gave Papua New Guinea a target of 252.
Papua New Guinea lost wickets regularly throughout their innings, but they never lost touch with the required rate. Mahuru Dai was the top scorer with 47 from 41 balls before he was bowled by Munis Ansari from the first ball of the final over, with five runs still required.
It then became very close as singles were taken from each of the next three balls. John Reva then hit a four from the penultimate delivery to secure a two wicket win. Both teams will next be in action on Saturday in Abu Dhabi. Oman will take on Nepal, whilst Papua New Guinea will play local club side Danube Lions.
Papua New Guinea beat Oman by 2 wickets (D/L)
ICC Academy Ground 2, Dubai, 12 November
Oman 244-8 (36 overs, Adnan Ilyas 74, Jatinder Singh 62, N Vanua 4-35)
Papua New Guinea 254-8 (35.5 overs, M Dai 47, V Morea 38, S Bau 35)