UAE v PNG, WCL 2016-17, Abu Dhabi April 2, 2017

Vala stars in PNG's series-levelling win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Papua New Guinea 232 for 8 (Morea 52, Haider 2-31) beat United Arab Emirates 206 (Shabber 70, Vala 3-20) by 26 runs

File photo: PNG displayed their bowling depth in an impressive win © Peter Della Penna

A middle-order collapse triggered by Assad Vala and John Reva strangled United Arab Emirates' 233 chase as Papua New Guinea squeezed out a 26-run win to level the three-match series at 1-1.

The win helped consolidate their second position in the ICC WCL table, while UAE, who slumped to their eighth loss in 10 matches, are placed seventh in the eight-team championship.

UAE started in a confidently courtesy wicketkeeper Ghulam Shabber, who set up the chase with a 100-ball 70, before a collapse resulted in them slipping from 148 for 2 tto 161 for 7 in less than five overs.

The collapse started with the dismissals of Shaiman Anwar and Shabber in the space of three deliveries. Anwar was run out after a 57-run third-wicket stand, while Shabber was dismissed by Vale. The offspinner went on to dismiss two more middle-order batsmen for ducks to take the game away from UAE, who were eventually skittled out in the 48th over.

That PNG had a total to defend despite UAE chipping away was courtesy Vani Morea's 52. Cameos from Dogodo Bau (46), Vala (23) and Lega Siaka (27) lower down the order added some teeth to the total, which eventually too much for the hosts.

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  • binukani on April 4, 2017, 7:00 GMT

    Nepal is nowhere near emerging. Only one emerging team is AFG, all other teams are laggards

  • crrkiran on April 3, 2017, 6:06 GMT

    Im waiting to see SL v PNG in wc qualifier. Should be a good game

  • mahbub4149 on April 3, 2017, 4:33 GMT

    Nice to see new teams are emerging, that helps cricket globalization. Nepal is another emerging team.

  • YHG4335 on April 2, 2017, 18:51 GMT

    PNG is one of my favourite associate teams, especially since they have local players. Glad that they are doing well.

  • IainWadey on April 2, 2017, 17:17 GMT

    Well done PNG! Great to see another team with home-grown talent prospering.

  •   Yasintha Lakmal Rajawansha on April 2, 2017, 16:59 GMT

    Well played PNG.. Good win. Bst of luck from Sri Lanka.

  • binukani on April 2, 2017, 16:33 GMT

    well played PNG. The world is watching you. With love, a fam from India.

  • Cricinfouser on April 2, 2017, 15:48 GMT

    Nice to see PNG wining matches one more nation with local talent , now ICC should focus on teams like Nepal,scotland, PNG and Namibia . Already Ireland and Afghanistan got recognition

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