626dThe Report by Peter Della Penna in Malahide

USA eliminated despite 18-run win

PNG suffered an 18-run loss to USA at Malahide, a result which pushed PNG down to fourth in Group A. Despite the win, USA were eliminated after finishing fifth in the group

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

NI Standford
40(17) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %64%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 13 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
0 9 4 6 1 13 0 7
AL Dodson
38(38) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 16 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
13 1 1 11 6 5 1 0

Best performances - Bowlers

CJA Amini
O2
M0
R20
W2
Eco10.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
Muhammad Ghous
O4
M0
R27
W2
Eco6.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

END OF OVER:
20 | 8 Runs | PNG: 129/9 (19 runs required, RR: 6.45)

  • CA Soper11 (13b)
  • WT Gavera1 (3b)
  • H Shahid4-0-24-1
  • TK Patel4-0-32-2

5:15pm: Shahid takes high-fives from his team-mates. Contrastingly, glum faces in the PNG camp. Hong Kong had thumped Namibia by 83 runs to seal their playoff berth. This means that Ireland automatically qualify for the World T20 in India and USA crash out, despite three wins in a row. Hong Kong are now level with Namibia and PNG with 7 points. Until next time, goodbye and good night..

Ghous, USA captain: We did not qualify but we will have to live with it. We finished on a high and will come back strong. I am proud of my boys and there is a lot of talent. We just need more cricket and we have to pick it up. Nicholas' performance in the last two games was great. We would love to come back and play again.

Vare, PNG captain: We couldn't get through the line. We expected USA to come hard at us and we wanted to control what we wanted to control. We are still in the tournament. We couldn't build on partnerships. We will find ways to get back and improve ourselves.

Nicholas Stanford collects his second straight Man-of-the-Match award.

Stanford: I was just getting into my stride. We played well and came out wit another win. I just played my natural game and we knew we had the bowling to defend 147.

19.6
1
Shahid to Soper, 1 run, shortish and on middle, Soper steps away and carves it to backward point
19.5
0
Shahid to Soper, no run, Soper makes room outside leg, Shahid slips in a slower one. Beaten
19.4
2
Shahid to Soper, 2 runs, length and on off, clubbed to long-on. Not off the middle of the bat
19.3
1
Shahid to Gavera, 1 run, Gavera steps away outside leg, Shahid chases him. Pushed to the covers
19.2
1
Shahid to Soper, 1 run, length and on off, dragged to midwicket off the inside half of the bat
19.2
1w
Shahid to Soper, 1 wide, Shahid shoves it too full and wide outside off, past the tram line