PNG Lewas claim dramatic win over UAE

first_imgCricket The PNG national woman’s cricket team, the City Pharmacy Lewas have snatched a dramatic win at the World T20 qualifiers. After a disappointing start to their campaign, the Lewas roared back to snatch a 2-wicket victory with just one ball to spare from the United Arab Emirates. The day started with UAE captain Humaria Tasneem making a generous gesture on behalf of UAE Cricket and giving Pauke Siaka a UAE cap at the toss, before choosing to bat first against the Lewas. UAE made a steady, if not spectacular start with openers ER Oza and Chaya Mughal seeing out the powerplay without losing their wickets and reaching 21 after 6 overs. If the openers had given UAE team a platform to attack from, the PNG Lewas bowlers tore that platform to bits in a sensational session of bowling and fielding. The dangerous looking Mughal 18 from 29 balls which included two boundaries. However, her innings came to an end, run out thanks to some nifty work in the field by Brenda Tau as Oza 10 (23b) was dismissed by Sibona Jimmy, taking a fantastic catch from her own bowling. Nisha Ali, who was player of the match for her outstanding knock against Netherlands, was dismissed on the very next ball to Oza, thanks to another run out. This time, Tanya Ruma and Sibona Jimmy combining. Kaia Arua took a stunning catch of CR Seneviratna, off her own bowling and yet another run out, this time of UCKA Dona who left without playing a single ball. This had UAE in absolute despair at 5 wickets down for 37 after 11 overs. The last 5 wickets falling, with only 9 runs scored. The damage wasn’t done yet as Sibona Jimmy got through the bat and pads of Hotchandan, leaving her stumps in a mess and when KKN Egodage became another victim of a run out, this time Vicky Ara’a the fielder, UAE were 7 for 45 after 13 overs. A proper scrap ensued as a crucial partnership between UAE’s opening bowlers Roopa Nagraj 10 (17b) and S Srinivasan 22 (26b, 2x4s. Srinivasan was run out on the last ball of the innings after bringing the UAE total up to a respectable mark of 83. This was the first time in 3 games against the UAE, that the Lewas had been able to dismiss the entire team. The bowlers definitely looked very dangerous as they took 7 wickets for 17 runs were bookended by the first and the 8th wicket. In response, the PNG Lewas started their chase with a bit of a hiccup as Sibona Jimmy 7 (9b) departed early. Kopi John and Brenda Tau tried to put together a partnership, but it was short-lived as John 12 (22b, 1x4s) fell in the 8th over to CR Seneviratna. Brenda Tau was stroking the ball well and brought the total to 50 in the 12th over before she was dismissed by Srinivasan, who had an excellent day of cricket herself. Tau’s wicket was followed by the wicket of captain Pauke Siaka who made 11 facing 17 balls. Siaka became Egodage’s only victim of the game. PNG were still very much in control of the game at this point needing 30 runs to win in 8 overs, with the score 4 for 56 in 12 overs. Kaia Arua and Tanya Ruma appeared to be steadily inching the Lewas to victory, but Srinivasan was not about to give up just yet. With 11 runs to win from 22 balls, she picked up the wicket of Arua 8 (11b) and 2 balls later, Ruma 12 (16b, 1x4s). Despite being in a position of relevant comfort, the wickets stemmed the flow of runs as a result of which there were some nervy decisions while running that led to Veru Kila Frank getting run out for just 1 and suddenly, the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas needed 8 Runs from the last 2 overs. That became 6 from 6 as Seneviratna bowled a stellar over, giving away just 2 runs in the 19th over to finish with figures of 4-1-7-1. It was up to Ravini Oa and debutant Naoani Noinoi Vare to get PNG over the line in the final over. Vare picked up 3 from the first two balls of the final over and Oa picked up 2 from the 3rd to bring the scores level, but the drama was not over there. Oa lost her wicket, run out while attempting to steal a single and win the match and with 1 run to win from 2 balls, it was down to the debutant to bring it home. Vare struck the ball confidently to put 2 points on the board as the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas won the match sensationally, by 2 wickets with 1 ball to spare. This should fill the Lewas with confidence going into their final group game against Netherlands. A magnificent, pulsating game of cricket, which twisted and turned till the very end means that the City Pharmacy Lewas still have a chance to qualify for the semifinals, with a win over the hosts today.last_img

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