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All-round PNG finishes with win

After a minor scare, Dai, Amini help PNG to 168 for 5, before bowlers restrict Bermuda to 143 for 9

All-round PNG finishes with win - Cricket News
Charles Amini put on 66 runs off 41 balls with Mahuru Dai.
Papua New Guinea registered a comfortable 25-run win over Bermuda in the 55th match of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier at the ICC Academy Ground No. 2 in Dubai, on Sunday (November 24). 

After electing to bat first, PNG got off to a poor start, quickly finding itself at a precarious 26 for 4. But, Tony Ura, the opener, along with Mahuru Dai, led PNG’s fightback, with a 76-run stand off 51 balls. However, Ura was castled by Dion Stovell in the 14th over. He departed after a useful hand of 47 off 32 balls, striking four fours and three sixes. Following Ura’s dismissal, Charles Amini joined Dai for an unbroken sixth-wicket partnership of 66 runs off 41 balls. Amini remained unbeaten on 32 off 23 balls, having hit two fours and as many sixes, while Dai’s 42-ball 64 not out included six boundaries and a six. 

Malai Jones, who opened the bowling for Bermuda, returned figures of 2 for 28 off four overs. Stovell returned economical figures of 1 for 20 off his quota. 

Chasing a stiff target, Bermuda got off to a slow start and with just 44 runs on the board and two wickets lost, a special effort was needed. David Hemp and Janeiro Tucker, the captain, accelerated the scoring rate with 63-run partnership that came off 39 balls. However, once Tucker was caught off Charles Amini, Bermuda fell apart in the last six overs, losing six wickets for 30 runs to finish on 143 for 9. Hemp scored 64 off 49 balls, hitting seven boundaries and a six, while Tucker’s 25-ball 42 included four fours and two sixes.

Willie Gavera, the right-arm pacer, was the pick of the bowlers for PNG, returning figures of 3 for 17 off four overs. He found ample support from John Reva, who took 2 for 26, and Chris Amini, who finished with 2 for 25. 

Despite the win, PNG managed to finish only fifth in the Group B table, with seven points, while Bermuda finished two spots further down, on seventh place with four points.   

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