ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Scotland vs. Papua New Guinea, Scotland Won by 17 Runs

In the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup, Scotland continued to shine. They defeated PNG by 17 runs on Tuesday to edge closer to a Super 12 position in the championship event. Scotland, who had surprised Bangladesh in their opening match, hindered the chances of PNG in the tournament, with a half-century by Richie Berrington and efficient bowling performances.

They posted a manageable total of 165/9 in 20 overs, thanks to Richie Berrington’s entertaining half-century. However, PNG was bowled out for 148 in 19.3 overs against Scotland.

Highlights from the Match

Scotland won the toss and chose to bat first. Richie Berrington’s 70runs off 49 balls helped them reach 165 for nine in 20 overs. Matthew Cross was also in good form, hitting 45 in 36 balls. PNG was bowled out for 148 in 19.3 overs, chasing 166, with Josh Davey getting four wickets in 3.3 overs for Scotland. Scotland is now in first place in Group B, with four points from two games. On the other hand, Papua New Guinea is at the bottom of the table with zero points from two games.

What went wrong for Papua New Guinea?

  • PNG lost five wickets in the Powerplay after coming up against some disciplined bowling from the Scots.
  • Tony Ura’s bad tournament record continued in the second game as he got out in the second over, giving Josh Davey the first wicket of the day.
  • Lega Siaka tried to dance down the pitch again after taking Brad Wheal for a four on the first ball of the over, only to edge to the wicketkeeper.
  • Assad Vala had greeted Alasdair Evans, who was starting his first game of the World Cup in place of Safyaan Sharif, with a flurry of fours. However, on the lookout for the third boundary of the over, Vala could only hit the ball in the air, allowing Wheal at mid-on to take an easy catch inside the circle.

PNG’s positives

  • Norman Vanua, who scored 47 runs off 37 balls for Papua New Guinea, was the standout performer for PNG.
  • Papua New Guinea’s Kabua Morea was the in-form bowler, taking four wickets in four overs.

Man of the Match

Richie Berrington, the Man of the Match, built Scotland’s innings with his 70 off 49 balls. Amidst a flurry of wickets at the start and the end of the innings, he contributed a crucial 92 runs for the third wicket with Matt Cross. Scotland was 26/2 in the fourth over when wicketkeeper Matthew Cross and Barrington put on a 92-run third-wicket stand for a total of 118. Calum MacLeod and Barrington then brought the score to 151 when MacCallum was dismissed, resulting in another Scotland collapse, this time at 151/3 in 18.2 overs. After two overs, the score was 165/9.

Team Squad

Scotland: George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer (capt), Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross (wk), Calum MacLeod, Chris Greaves,  Michael Leask, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Bradley Wheal, and Alisdair Evans.

Papua New Guinea: Tony Ura, Assad Vala (capt), Lega Siaka, Charles Amini, Simon Atai, Sese Bau, Norman Vanua,  Chad Soper, Kiplin Doriga (wk), Chad Soper, Kabua Morea, and Nosaina Pokana.

Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG), Kumar Dharmasena (SRI)

TV umpire: Ahsan Raza (PAK)

Final Thoughts

‘Fortune favors the brave,’ as the saying goes. This is apt to define this Scotland side as they rode their luck against PNG and came out on top in the match. Though they did require some luck to go over the line in this match, the three pacers displayed a commanding exhibition of fast bowling. Scotland will be pleased to have won this match and are almost certain to advance to the tournament’s next round.

Reference Links:

  1. https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/sco-vs-png-scorecard-live-cricket-score-icc-wt20-2021-match-5-scpg10192021204816#pfrom=insidearticle
  2. https://www.firstpost.com/firstcricket/sports-news/highlights-scotland-vs-papua-new-guinea-t20-world-cup-2021-full-cricket-score-scotland-win-by-17-runs-10068301.html
  3. https://www.india.com/sports/t20-world-cup-2021-scotland-beat-papua-new-guinea-for-second-win-in-a-row-5060900/

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