Papua New Guinea 223 for 7 (Ura 87, Ehsan 4-36) beat Hong Kong 222 for 9 (Rath 36, Frylinck 3-16, Williams 3-25, Smit 3-34) by three wickets
In a scoring battle waged by opening batsmen, Tony Ura outdueled Hong Kong captain Anshy Rath as Papua New Guinea notched their first win of the event in tense fashion to beat Hong Kong by three wickets at United CC.
Rath gave Hong Kong an outstanding platform after his side were sent in, scoring 85 off 98 balls including a pair of half-century stands with Kinchit Shah and Ahsan Abbasi. But from 155 for 2 in the 34th over, Rath’s wicket at the hands of Nosaina Pokana sparked a dramatic slide for Hong Kong. Ex-captain Babar Hayat fell for 11 to the legspin of Charles Amini and Hong Kong added just 48 off the last 10 overs to settle for a below par 222.
Ura bolted out of the gates in the chase for PNG, swatting Tanvir Afzal’s medium pace for a pair of sixes in the first over and needed just 40 balls to reach a half-century. Ura added 71 for the first wicket with Sese Bau across the first 15 overs to put PNG on course for victory before falling at the end of the 31st over to Ehsan Khan, who triggered a middle-order slide to bring Hong Kong back in it with four wickets.
But at 163 for 6, Hong Kong couldn’t finish off the tail. Chad Soper and Jason Kila held their nerve to add 58 for the seventh wicket before Soper fell with two needed to win. No. 8 batsman Kila saw PNG across the line, ending unbeaten on 36 off 42 balls.