PNG defend 116 for consolation win

Papua New Guinea 116 for 8 (Bau 25, Murtagh 3-23) beat Ireland 105 (Niall 27, Soper 3-13) by 11 runs

Chad Soper’s 3 for 13 helped PNG defend 116 by 11 runs © ICC/Getty

Papua New Guinea completed a consolation win in the third T20 against Ireland in Townsville, after successfully defending a score of 116 by bowling Ireland out for 105 in the last over.

After batting first, PNG were given a 26-run opening stand before being quickly reduced to 28 for 3. However, Sese Bau and Mahuru Dai strung a stand of 48 to bring PNG back into the contest.

They lost another clump of wickets, as Ireland’s bowlers chipped away to leave them 90 for 7. Charles Amini’s run-a-ball 24 helped PNG take 26 off the last three overs to guide them to 116 for 8. Tim Murtagh picked up three wickets for 23.

Ireland lost their openers within the first four overs of the chase, but Niall O’Brien (27) and Gary Wilson (15) resurrected the innings with a 31-run partnership. Just like in the first innings, the bowlers dominated the middle overs to leave Ireland tottering at 80 for 8, before being eventually bundled out for 105. Chad Soper was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 13.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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