Nepal v Papua New Guinea, ICC WCL, Abu Dhabi November 16, 2015

PNG steal two-wicket win in 233 chase

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Papua New Guinea 235 for 8 (Vala 87, Khadka 2-29, Alam 2-38) beat Nepal 232 for 8 (Vesawkar 78, Khakurel 63, Vala 3-32) by two wickets
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File photo: Assad Vala top-scored with 87 and took three wickets © Peter Della Penna

Papua New Guinea registered a slender two-wicket win against Nepal in Abu Dhabi, by chasing down 233 with only three balls to spare. PNG's innings was led by Assad Vala's 87 until the 49th over after they were struggling on 138 for 6.

PNG were off to a brisk start, the opening stand putting up 35 in seven overs. However, two wickets each from Paras Khadka and Mahaboob Alam reduced them to 97 for 4 and they were soon six down in the 30th over. That brought together Vala and Charles Amini, who to put on a crucial stand of 65 runs to take them past 200. Once Amini fell for a 42-ball 35, PNG needed another 30 from 39 balls and Vala's presence till the penultimate over avoided further stutters, to take two points.

Opting to bat, Nepal lost Anil Mandal on the first ball of the match, trapped lbw by Norman Vanua. Subash Khakurel, the other opener, steered the innings until the 35th over with a patient 63 from 104 balls, as three more wickets fell around him. He shared a reviving stand of 56 runs for the fifth wicket with Sharad Vesawkar after they were 86 for 4 in the 23rd over. Once Khakurel was dismissed, Vesawkar led them past 200 with a brisk knock of 78 from 82 balls before falling in the last over, as Nepal reached 232 for 8 but it wasn't enough. Vala finished with 3 for 32.

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  • sweet2hrme on November 18, 2015, 9:08 GMT

    PnG is playing very well. Nepal bit disappointing performance. Great to see Teams PNG is raising . Hong Kong is also performing very well. But What happened to UAE. Poor twice beaten comprehensively.

  •   Roshan Budhathoki on November 17, 2015, 14:10 GMT

    well played nepal but poor captainy cost nepal the match

  • Udendra on November 17, 2015, 4:30 GMT

    Always a pleasure to see purely native cricket teams battle it out. Rather than "hired" players from other nations.

  •   Gr Bhatt on November 17, 2015, 3:59 GMT

    AFGUN_MUJAHID : You should check 1st before blaming Nepali players. I agree with you for rest of the teams, but Nepal has its own product. AFGAN team is strong but not undefeatable. Do you remember last T20 World cup? Shouting will be shut down soon.

    Nepali team playing with their strength. Its not to win always. PNG & Nepal both played very hard yesterday. Lets see tomorrow. I hope Nepal team will play stronger.

  • Afgun_Mujahid on November 16, 2015, 23:19 GMT

    apart from ma team Afghanistan, nepal, ireland Scotland, PNG the rest of them teams are artificial hybrid teams with players from PAKIstan India etc who shouldn't be in the competition. WELDONE PNG CONGRATS FOR THE WIN

  • eddsnake on November 16, 2015, 14:57 GMT

    Two of the up and coming nations in World Cricket, 100% home grown teams from both sides as well, unlike most of the top associates other than Afghanistan and Ireland.

  • Webba84 on November 16, 2015, 14:10 GMT

    Looks like it was a great match!

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