Anshy Rath starred with a brisk century as Hong Kong overcame a fighting Papua New Guinea for a 93-run win in its final ICC World Cricket League Championship match at the ICC Academy in Dubai on Friday (December 8).
Rath’s unbeaten 143 off 137 balls and Babar Hayat’s 89 off 80 propped Hong Kong up to a strong 323 for 4 in 50 overs. A fifty from Kiplin Doriga and a cameo from No.10 Alie Nao rescued PNG from a precarious 90 for 6, and gave it a glimmer of hope, but it was not to be, as the team was bowled out for 230 in 42.2 overs.
PNG’s chase was derailed early when it was reduced to 20 for 3 in the seventh over.
Sese Bau and Doriga steadied the innings with a 43 run stand, but when Bau was bowled by Ehsan Nawaz, PNG’s situation looked dire.
John Reva (36 off 35 balls) came in and entertained with a couple of sixes, and Doriga got his half-century, as the duo added 61. Nao smashed two sixes and three fours in a 37-ball 46 to push PNG past 200, but there was to be no miracles.
Doriga was unbeaten on 89 off 90 balls, with three sixes and six fours. Nawaz finished with 4 for 54, while Ehsan Khan and Nadeem Ahmed had two wickets each.
Earlier, put in, Hong Kong’s openers gave it a good start, adding 84. Rath and Hayat then combined for a bruising 142-run stand for the third wicket. Rath’s innings included nine fours and three sixes, while Hayat slammed five over the fence, with as many boundaries.
Cameos from Tanwir Afzal (23 off 13 balls) and Scott McKechnie (11 off 6) took the total past 300.
With this win, Hong Kong finished third on the table, with 18 points from 14 matches, while PNG was fourth with 16 points. Both teams have made it to the ICC World Cup 2019 Qualifier.