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Sorensen, Dockrell steer Ireland to series win

Chasing 97 for victory in 11 overs in rain-hit second T20I, PNG is restricted to 89 for 9

Sorensen, Dockrell steer Ireland to series win - Cricket News
Three-wicket hauls from Max Sorensen and George Dockrell helped Ireland to a seven-run over Papua New Guinea on the Duckworth-Lewis Method in a thrilling rain-curtailed second Twenty20 International in Townsville on Sunday (February 7).

With the result, Ireland took a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series, having already won the first game by five wickets.

The match was curtailed to 11 overs a side with rain arriving soon after PNG chose to field. Ireland posted 96 for 5 in its quota, and although PNG fought hard with the bat, it kept losing wickets and ultimately settled for 89 for 9, falling tantalisingly short.

In Ireland's innings, Assad Vala dismissed Andy Balbirnie in the first over after the rain interruption but William Porterfield, the captain, led his side's charge with a flurry of boundaries, taking it to 48 in the fifth over.

Vala removed Porterfield for a 15-ball 30 but Stuart Poynter continued the attack, smashing two sixes and a four in his 24-ball 35. Pipi Raho, the medium-pacer, struck thrice towards the end of the innings but Ireland managed a total close to 100.

Vala, also the opening batsman, started PNG’s chase briskly but Ireland kept striking at the other end. Tim Murtagh and Sorensen, the pacers, started the slide and the spin duo of Dockrell and Andy McBrine (2 for 7) joined in soon to derail the chase. Only one of PNG's top eight batsmen managed a double-digit score, leaving the team was struggling at 51 for 7 in the eighth over.

Normal Vanua, the No. 9, gave PNG a glimmer of hope with an unbeaten 15-ball 26 that included two sixes, but Ireland held its nerve to seal the series.

The two sides will meet for the third and final T20I on Tuesday at the same venue.

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