WI vs PNG, T20 World Cup 2024: West Indies Bank On 'Chase' To Outclass Spirited Papua New Guinea In Guyana

WI vs PNG, T20 World Cup 2024: West Indies Bank On 'Chase' To Outclass Spirited Papua New Guinea In Guyana

West Indies and Papua New Guinea are facing off for the first time in the shortest format of the game.

Hrishikesh DamodarUpdated: Sunday, June 02, 2024, 11:40 PM IST
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Final Result:

The formidable West Indies team launched their T20 World Cup campaign with an emphatic 5-wicket victory over Papua New Guinea, who displayed commendable skills on the global stage in Guyana on Sunday.

Roston Chase spearheaded the successful chase of a 136-run target with an unbeaten 42 off 27 balls. Although Andre Russell (15*) was at the crease with him, Chase handled the bulk of the task. Brandon King set the tone for the two-time champions with a steady 29-ball 34 at the top of the order.

Papua New Guinea put up a strong fight, making the West Indies work hard for their victory. At one stage, the required run rate climbed to 12, and West Indies had lost half their side, causing some anxiety. However, Chase and Russell delivered crucial hits just when they were needed, overcoming the impressive performance from PNG's bowlers. Alei Nao shone with the new ball, and the spin pair of Assad Vala and John Kariko kept the pressure on.

West Indies eventually secured the win with 136/8, thanks to Roston Chase's decisive innings and Assad Vala's notable bowling figures of 2/28. This victory underscores the strength and depth of the West Indies squad as they continue their World Cup journey.

Mid-Innings Score

Two-time champions West Indies managed to restrict Papua New Guinea to 136 for 8 in 20 overs after electing to bowl first in Guyana. Credit to PNG for reaching this total after struggling in the first half of their innings when they were reduced to 50 for 4 by the 9th over.

Sese Bau top-scored with a half-century while Andre Russell and Alzarri Joseph grabbed a couple of wickets each for West Indies.

Toss Update

West Indies won the toss and opted to bowl first against West Indies in the T20 World Cup 2024 match at the at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Sunday, June 2.

Given the pitch conditions, West Indies decided to go with two all-rounders and three spinners. Papua New Guinea are relying on their all-rounders to deliver their best in their opening campaign of the prestigious tournament.

Captain's corner:

Rovman Powell: We are going to bowl first. It is a fresh wicket, we will hope to restrict them and then our batters can chase it down. It is going to be the same Providence wicket and it provides us an opportunity to play good cricket. I am excited and the team is excited to win a home WC, it is something we are looking forward to and hopefully we can deliver. We have two all-rounders and three spinners.

Assad Vala: It looks like a good wicket even though there's been rain around for the last two days. We have the right balance at the moment with a lot of all rounders. The preparation has been very good, we have been here for over two weeks and are looking forward to the tournament.

Playing XI:

WI:  Johnson Charles, Brandon King, Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Rovman Powell (C), Andre Russell, Romario Shepherd, Sherfane Rutherford, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie

PNG: Tony Ura, Sese Bau, Assad Vala (C), Lega Siaka, Hiri Hiri, Charles Amini, Kiplin Doriga (WK), Alei Nao, Chad Soper, Kabua Morea, John Kariko

Preview:

West Indies and Papua New Guinea will take on each other in the second match of the T20 World Cup 2024 at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Sunday, June 2.

The Caribbean side is touted considered strong favourites to win the match, given their home advantage. However, Papua New Guinea cannot be taken slightly as they have been one of the most improved teams in T20I in recent times.

West Indies and Papua New Guinea are facing off for the first time in the shortest format of the game.

Ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024, West Indies and Papua New Guinea skippers spoke about the team's preparation for the tournament.

Rovman Powell stated that West Indies are happy with three quality three spinners in Gudakesh Motie, Akeal Hosein and Roston Chase.

"I think I am very, very pleased at this moment to see that we have three quality spinners. Not often, our West Indies team has been selected with three quality spinners. So that is something that I'm very, very excited about," ICC quoted Powell as saying.

Assad Vala, on the other hand, backed his Papua New Guinea squad to give their best, adding that they have experienced players in their squad this time.

"I think there's more experience in the team. The preparation has been different to the last one we went to, as it was held during the COVID. So, we didn't play any international cricket over 12 to 18 months and just going to the World Cup. But there's no excuses as the other teams went through the same phase as well." Vala quoted as saying by ICC.

Squads:

WI: Brandon King, Johnson Charles(WK), Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell (C), Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, Gudakesh Motie, Alzarri Joseph, Shai Hope, Obed McCoy, Sherfane Rutherford, Shamar Joseph

PNG: Tony Ura, Sese Bau, Assad Vala (C), Lega Siaka, Hiri Hiri, Hila Vare, Chad Soper, Kiplin Doriga(WK), Alei Nao, Kabua Morea, Semo Kamea, Jack Gardner, John Kariko, Charles Amini, Norman Vanua

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