Papua New Guinea goes down by six wickets in ICC Under-19 World Cup ninth-place playoff quarter-final
O’Donnell was part of an unbeaten 46-run fifth-wicket stand with Leo Carter (8 not out), taking New Zealand to victory with 22 balls to spare after PNG had put on 186.
O’Donnell’s 57 was studded with seven fours and a six as he stitched an important 38-run partnership with Josh Finnie for the fourth wicket after New Zealand lost Henry Collier (33) and Ken McClure (51) in the space of six runs.
PNG skipper Dogodo Bau introduced as many as six bowlers, but only pacers Nosaina Pokana and Alei Nao were successful, picking up a wicket each.
Earlier, having opted to bat, PNG’s batsmen started well with Kiplin Doriga putting up an 86-run opening stand with Riley Hekure, setting the base for PNG to build a good score. The partnership was broken when Tim Seifert stumped Hekure off Collier in the 27th over for 35.
Not long after that, Gaudi Toka was caught by Carter off Raki Weerasundara for a duck and Bau fell three balls later – PNG was suddenly struggling at 91 for 3 after 29 overs.
Hiri Hiri tried to repair the damage with a 46-ball 37 but ran out of partners with Weerasundara striking twice in the 33rd over to remove Doriga (50) and Anthony Vare.
That brought Hiri and Tom Willie together with PNG at 105 for 5 and the duo put on 56 runs in just 65 balls to put the innings back on track.
Right-arm medium pacer Brett Randell broke the partnership when he picked up Hiri in the 45th over, and PNG was eventually dismissed in 48.3 overs with Randall and Weerasundara bagging three wickets each.
New Zealand will now play the United Arab Emirates in the first plate semi-final in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday while PNG takes on Scotland for the first plate playoff a day earlier.