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Bowlers secure consolation win for PNG

Chasing 117 for clean sweep of T20I series, Ireland is bowled out for 105 in third game

Bowlers secure consolation win for PNG - Cricket News
Papua New Guinea's bowlers came to the fore to help the team defend a total of 116 for 8 and win the third and final Twenty20 International against Ireland on Tuesday (February 9).

Chad Soper, the right-arm medium-pacer, led the way with figures of 3 for 13 in 3.1 overs as Ireland was bowled out for 105 and PNG bagged a consolation 11-run win at the Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville. Ireland had already clinched the series after winning the first two matches respectively by five wickets and seven runs, via the Duckworth-Lewis method.

After a 26-run opening stand between Assad Vala, the captain, and Vani Morea (19), PNG lost three wickets for the addition of two runs.

Mahuru Dai and Sese Bau then added 48 for the fourth wicket - the highest of the innings. The stand was broken when Bau was caught off George Dockrell, the left-arm spinner. Bau top-scored with 25. Dai fell soon after for 19 before Charles Amini chipped in with a run-a-ball 24.

Tim Murtagh, the right-arm medium-pacer, was the best bowler for Ireland, returning figures of 3 for 23 in four overs. Dockrell finished with 2 for 15, while Andy McBrine, Paul Stirling and Kevin O'Brien picked up a wicket apiece.

Ireland was reduced to 18 for 2 in its reply with Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie, the openers, going early.

Niall O'Brien, the wicketkeeper-batsman who top-scored with 27, and Gary Wilson, the captain, put on 31 for the third wicket. But Wilson's dismissal for 15 once again led to a flurry of wickets. There was no contribution of note from the rest of the order as Ireland was bundled out off the first ball of the last over.

Norman Vanua, who shared the new ball with Soper, picked up 1 for 23 in four overs. Mahuru Dai finished with 2 for 26, while Amini, Nosaina Pokana, the left-arm pacer, and Vala were also among the wickets.

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