New Delhi. Scotland registered its second consecutive win in the T20 World Cup 2021. They defeated Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 17 runs on Tuesday in the qualifier match played in Al Emirates. With this win, he got full 2 points and he has reached the top of Group-B with 4 points. At the same time, the PNG team had to face the second consecutive defeat. In the match played in Al Emirates, Scotland scored 165 for 9 in 20 overs, thanks to Richie Berrington’s brilliant innings of 70 runs. PNG team tried well but could score only 148 runs.
Richie Berrington performed brilliantly and hit 6 fours and 3 sixes in 49 balls. He shared a 92-run partnership with Matthew Cross (45) for the third wicket and laid the foundation for Scotland’s challenging score. Cross faced 36 balls and hit 2 fours and as many sixes. For PNG, left-arm fast bowler Kabua Morea took 4 for 31 while pacer Chad Soper took 3 for 24.
Chasing the target of 166 runs, the PNG team had a very poor start and then their wickets also fell at regular intervals. Half of the PNG team returned to the pavilion for only 35 runs. Then it seemed that the team would not even be able to cross the 100-run mark, but Norman Vanua raised hope and scored 47 runs while batting at number 7. He hit 2 fours and 2 sixes in his 37-ball innings. Vanua also shared a 53-run partnership for the 7th wicket with Kiplin Doriga (18). Sesse Bau added 24 runs and shared a 32-run partnership with Norman for the sixth wicket. Sesse hit 1 four and 1 six in 23 balls. Josh Davy took 4 wickets for 18 runs for Scotland.
Earlier, Scotland won the toss and elected to bat but the team did not start well and lost the wickets of both openers George Munsey (15) and captain Kyle Coetzer (06) till the fourth over. Coetzer was bowled by Morea. Munsey was looking in good rhythm. He opened the account with a four on Noceina Pocana and then also hit two consecutive fours on Charles Amini. However, in the next over of Amini, Munse took the catch to Seika by waving the ball in the air.
Berrington and Cross then finished the innings. Both took the team’s score to 37 runs for 2 wickets in the powerplay. Berrington hit the first six of the innings on Seika and then completed the half-century of the team’s runs in the eighth over with a four on Amini. Cross hit a six on Amini after a slow start and then hit a four and a six off successive deliveries from Pokana to take the team’s score past 100 runs in the 13th over.
Atai broke this partnership by getting the cross caught by Amini in the 15th over. Cross faced 36 balls and hit two fours and two sixes. Berrington completed his fifty in 37 balls with a four off Morea and then hit his third six in the next over on Soper. Soper dismissed Callum McLeod (10) and Berrington in the 19th over, while Moria’s last over saw 3 wickets falling as Scotland could manage only 19 runs in the last 3 overs.