Siaka ton helps PNG to another win
Papua New Guinea 264 for 7 (Siaka 109, Morea 65*) beat Hong Kong 261 (Hayat 56, Rath 55, Vanua 4-60, Gavera 3-49) by three wickets
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Vani Morea slammed the second ball of the final over of the chase to the midwicket boundary to confirm Papua New Guinea's second victory over Hong King this weekend. It made PNG the first team to win their first two ODIs and sparked emotional scenes - their captain Chris Amini choked back tears as he spoke after the win, while the team joyously belted out a victory song.
The chase of 262 had been guided by No. 3 Lega Siaka, who scored his country's first ODI century. In the 42nd over, however, he thumped the ball towards long-on, and though Morea was always keen for the second, Siaka seemed less enthusiastic and was run out at the keeper's end. There were further setbacks for PNG as Mahuru Dai's cameo ended in the 46th over, before Charles Amini, one of the stars of Saturday's win, fell for a golden duck. PNG needed 33 off the final four overs but Morea was around to shepherd them to victory, finishing unbeaten on 65 - his second fifty of the weekend.
Earlier, half-centuries from No. 3 Anshuman Rath and No. 5 Babar Hayat had driven Hong Kong's innings. Haseeb Amjad then provided the finishing touches with four sixes and three fours in a 20-ball 42 that lifted Hong Kong beyond 250. It wasn't enough to deny PNG a perfect weekend.
"I just feel so happy, to see all the boys so happy and the coach so happy just makes me feel so special," Siaka said after the game. "To score the first ODI ton for PNG is something I will never forget."