PNG add Kenya to list of scalps in UAE

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Papua New Guinea's surprising good run at the World Twenty20 qualifiers continued on Friday as they beat Kenya by four wickets in Abu Dhabi, following in from their win over Ireland earlier in the week.

Papua New Guinea's surprising good run at the World Twenty20 qualifiers continued on Friday as they beat Kenya by four wickets in Abu Dhabi, following in from their win over Ireland earlier in the week.

Kenya posted a very defendable 176 for five in their 20 overs, before PNG chased that down with 14 balls to spare, thanks to knocks in the 40s from Kia Pala and former England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones.

The Kenyans won the toss and chose to bat first, thinking the track a good one, and they were correct. Alex Obanda and Steve Tikolo put on 51 for the first wicket in six overs, before 42-year-old Tikolo was trapped LBW by Mahuru Dai for 38.

Obanda stuck around for another 17 runs, making 26 in total himself, before he was out to Asad Vala. This left Collins Obuya and Morris Ouma to continue the knock, and they pushed the score to 136.

Ouma was out for 37 off 25 balls in the 17th over, leaving the skipper to bash at 10 to the over till the end, with the help of Ragheb Aga, who made 13 off five balls. Obuya ended unbeaten on 53 off 40 balls.

PNG's chase got off to a blistering start, making 38 runs in less than three overs. Nehemaiha Odhiambo and Tikolo were smashed for 28 runs each in their first two overs, as Tony Ura made 28 off just eight balls.

He was out to Shem Ngoche, before Vala fell to Elijah Otieno for 21. This left Pala and Jones to score the bulk of the runs, before Jones fell for 44 off 32 balls. Pala continued to 46 off 30, before Ngoche claimed him too.

The rest of the runs were scored by Christopher Kent, who made 21, and while wickets fell at the death, PNG had done enough early on to make the chase an easy one. It left them well placed near the top of the group B table.

It was not a good day for Africa in general, as Uganda and Namibia also lost their encounters, to the UAE and Ireland respectively.

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