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T20 World Cup East-Asia Pacific qualifiers: Vagi-Morea’s hat-trick steals win for PNG, Japan win their second

Port Moresby [Papua New Guinea], July 23 (ANI): A hat-trick and five-wicket haul from Papua New Guinea fast Kabua Vagi-Morea helped Papua New Guinea to a second successive win on the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 East-Asia Pacific qualifiers in opposition to Philippines, whereas Japan proved too sturdy for Vanuatu to additionally stay undefeated, as per ICC.

Vagi-Morea wanted no assist in his efforts, with 4 bowled dismissals and an lbw to complete with 5/9 from 4 overs, one of the best figures by a Papua New Guinea bowler in males’s T20Is. After a wicket in his first over, the left-armer claimed the hat-trick in his second over, earlier than eradicating Miggy Podosky for quantity 5 in his third.

At 3/5 inside 5 overs the Philippines’ chase of 163 was virtually over earlier than it started, finally bowled out for 45 for a 117-run win, although Daniel Smith’s aspect did take pleasure in their share of highlights early in Papua New Guinea’s innings.

Taking the brand new ball within the Powerplay, 16-year-old left-arm orthodox spinner Kepler Lukies confirmed a shrewdness past his years, dismissing arguably one of the best batter on the event, PNG captain Assad Vala, lbw for only one. The youngest participant on the occasion additionally claimed Charles Amini, ending with 2/17 from 4 overs.

The Philippines had Papua New Guinea 76/4 inside 12 overs, although a counter from Lega Siaka (43 from 31 balls) and Hiri Hiri (46 from 27) moved the hosts into the ascendancy.

In the morning fixture Japan climbed out of a Powerplay gap to brush Vanuatu apart in a 21-run win.

Vanuatu off-spinner Joshua Rasu claimed openers Lachlan Yamamoto-Lake and Alex Shirai-Patmore for geese within the first over, whereas a mix-up operating between wickets price Supun Navarathna (3) his wicket, run out by Ronald Tari.

Looking hemmed in at 6/3, skipper Kendel Kadowaki-Fleming (65 from 54 balls) was joined by the promoted Ibrahim Takahashi (20) in a vital 48-run stand, with Sabaorish Ravichandran (19) teaming up with the captain in a partnership of 59.

Kadowaki-Fleming dug in early whereas coping with the gradual Amini Park deck, although went on to strike 4 sixes in his half-century, backing up his 60 in opposition to the Philippines on Saturday.

A late flurry took Japan to a defendable 131, and an expert job with the ball within the area ensured the goal remained out of attain. Coming in for Kohei Kubota in a like-for-like quick bowling change, Ryan Drake eliminated Nalin Nipiko (18), Jarryd Allan (4) and Junior Kaltapau (7) to complete with 3/16 from three overs. He was complemented by fellow quicks Reo Sakurano-Thomas (1/18) and Declan Suzuki-McComb (1/16), although it was spin that arguably stifled Vanuatu’s males, most notably Piyush Khumbhare (2/23), backing up from his two-wicket effort on day one.

Vanuatu completed on 110/8 from the 20 overs, that means Japan be a part of Papua New Guinea on two wins from two to start the event.