Ireland seal series with seven-run D/L win

Ireland 96 for 5 (Poynter 35, Porterfield 30, Raho 3-11) beat Papua New Guinea 89 for 9 (Vanua 26, Dockrell 3-18) by seven runs(D/L method)

File photo – William Porterfield provided the early momentum with a 15-ball 30 © Getty Images

Ireland sealed the T20 series with a nine-run D/L win against Papua New Guinea in Townsville, after rain reduced the match to a 11-overs-a-side contest. After a delayed start, Ireland were inserted to bat and were 4 without loss after one ball before rain intervened again. Three balls after the resumption, Ireland lost Andy Balbirnie.

However, brisk camoes from William Porterfield (30 off 15) and Stuart Poynter (35 off 24) lifted Ireland to a score of 96 for 5. Pipi Raho brought PNG back into the game with figures of 3 for 11 from two overs.

PNG managed to stay abreast with the required rate through Assad Vala’s 15-ball 25. A clump of wickets fell from the other end, though, and they were soon reduced to 63 for 9 in the ninth over. Norman Vanua provided a glimmer of hope with a quick 26 but it wasn’t enough as PNG fell seven runs short.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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