Errant PNG no match for clinical USA


[File picture] Monank Patel hit a half-century in a modest chase

[File picture] Monank Patel hit a half-century in a modest chase © USA Cricket

PNG slid to their second straight defeat of the tour, going down this time by 6 wickets and nearly 20 overs to spare. Earlier in the week, they were beaten by Namibia by as many as 35 overs to spare.

Put into bat on a slow wicket, PNG let their innings meander along without a sense of intent or urgency only to be bundled out for 149 in the 48th over. The dreary batting approach mirrored their performance on the field with as many as 4 catches going down in the space of 30 overs. While PNG looked bleak, USA remained far from complacent as they made mincemeat of PNG total on the back of Monank Patel’s half century.

PNG lost opener Gaudi Toka off the third ball of the game as Saurabh Netravalkar squared him up off a vicious outswinger that took a faint edge of Toka’s willow. Tony Ura crunched a couple of boundaries of Ian Holland, but failed to sustain the momentum as he skied one to mid off of Netravalkar in the seventh over. Sese Bau and PNG talisman Assad Valla added 40 runs for the third wicket in the only partnership of substance from PNG. The pair managed to cope with pace but remained at sea once USA introduced spin on a sluggish wicket.

Veteran left arm spinner Nisarg Patel broke through Bau’s defence just before the drinks break. Steven Taylor cleaned up Valla three overs later. After Valla’s dismissal, PNG threw in the white towel and batted aimlessly. After Amini’s dismissal in the 21st over, Hiri Hiri and Kiplin Doriga added 30 in the next 10 and limped to another 20 runs between overs 30 and 40. PNG batted painstakingly slow in the final 10 as well with no effort to launch a recovery of any sorts. Ian Holland ended PNG’s misery by having the number 11 Semo Kamea chop one to his stumps.

USA exercised vigil for the first 4 overs in their pursuit of 150 on a wicket non conducive to shot making. Taylor got stuck into Kamea in the 5th over to get the USA chase solid underway with crisply struck drives on either side of the wicket along with a nonchalant head down flick that sailed over the ropes. Sushant Modani found it tough to come to grips with the slow nature of the track and was dismissed at bat-pad thanks to some innovative captaincy from Valla. Taylor departed after a short blitz as Valla finally had his man after two catches went begging in the previous over. However, Monank made most of his reprieves to bring up his 7th ODI half century to have USA canter home with minimal fuss.

Brief Scores: PNG 149 in 50 overs (Assad Valla 29, Nosthush Kenjige 2-18) lost to USA 152-4 in 30.3 overs (Monank Patel 50, Assad Valla 2-25) by 6 wickets

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