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Wilson, bowlers give Ireland five-wicket win

A collective effort from the bowling unit restricts PNG to 92 for 9 before Ireland chases down the target in 12.1 overs

Wilson, bowlers give Ireland five-wicket win - Cricket News
Gary Wilson's 33-ball 45 gave Ireland a five-wicket win against PNG in the first T20I.
Ireland's bowlers came up with a collective effort to take the team to a five-wicket in the first of three Twenty20 Internationals against Papua New Guinea on Saturday (February 6). 
 
Ireland backed the decision of William Porterfield, its captain, to field, restricting PNG to 92 for 9 in 20 overs at Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville. 
 
Gary Wilson then scored a 33-ball 45, with six boundaries, to take Ireland to 97 for 5 in 12.1 overs. 
 
Sese Bau, the No. 4 batsman, top scored for PNG with 22 and Charles Amini contributed 21, while Assad Vala chipped in with 11. Apart from the three, none of PNG's batsmen reached double figures. 
 
Kevin O'Brien had the most impressive figures among Ireland's bowlers, finishing with 2 for 10 off four overs. Craig Young returned 2 for 15 in four overs and Andy McBrine took 2 for 17 in three overs. Max Sorensen and George Dockrell took a wicket apiece. 
 
Ireland was reduced to 30 for 3 in reply, with Porterfield, Paul Stirling and Niall O'Brien dismissed early, and Wilson and Kevin O’Brien began the recovery by putting on 53 for the fourth wicket in 40 balls.
 
Amini, the legspinner, dismissed Wilson by having him caught by Assad Vala, and Andrew Poynter fell soon after, but Kevin O’Brien took Ireland over the line with a six off Amini, staying unbeaten on 19 off 16 balls. 
 
Norman Vanua, the right-arm medium pacer, was the best bowler for PNG, returning figures of 3 for 26 off four overs. 
 
Ireland and PNG play the second game of the series on Sunday at the same venue. 

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