53-run fourth-wicket stand helps Scotland win by six wickets after spinners restrict PNG to meager total
Chasing 109 for victory, Scotland suffered early blows with medium pacer Alei Nao removing the two openers, Andrew Umeed (5) and Ross McLean (3) cheaply. Soon after, Kabua Morea trapped Michael English leg before wicket to reduce Scotland to 24 for 3 in the 11th over.
This brought Muir and Farrar together, who paced their innings with caution to take the side within touching distance of the target. Farrar took 48 balls for his 26 before returning a catch to Morea off his own bowling in the 26th over. Kyle Sterling, batting at No. 6, ably supported Muir, who remained unbeaten on 39, to eventually take Scotland home, with 20.2 overs remaining.
Earlier, choosing to bat first, PNG got off to a shaky start. Chayank Gosain, the left-arm spinner, went past the defense of Raho Sam off the first ball of the second over. Pacer Gavin Main struck three overs later, dismissing Gaudi Toka (2) to reduce PNG to 10 for 2. Opener Kipli Doriga and captain Dogodo Bau added 22 runs for the fourth wicket before Gosain struck again in the 10th over, removing Doriga for a 23-ball 19.
Bau and Hiri Hiri put up a fight with a fourth-wicket stand of 26, but Abdul Sabri had the latter caught by McLean for 15. Tom Willie and Morea showed some resistance but McLean, the offspinner, snared three wickets to restrict PNG to a paltry total of 108 in 36.3 overs.
McLean returned figures of 3 for 15 in his six overs while Gosain bagged 3 for 17 in his 8.3 overs.
Scotland will play defending champions India at the Dubai International Stadium on Monday in its next match while PNG take on Pakistan at the ICC Academy on the same day.