All-Round performance and a first 50 of the tournament from Sibona Jimmy help PNG to qualify for Knockouts
Top Performers :
1) Sibona Jimmy – The All-rounder from PNG is one of the top performers of the tournament. Coming to this match, she was excellent with both the bat and ball. Opening the inning she scored dynamic 58 runs, becoming the 1st player to score a Half-Century in the tournament. Not only with bat, but she was also amazing with the ball as she picked up 3 wickets in 4 overs with an economy rate of just 3.8. Undoubtedly, it was one of the best performances of the tournament.
2) Erica Rendler – This match saw another opener shining too with the bat, the opener of the USA team played a dynamic inning of 35 in just 26 balls including 3 fours and 2 sixes. Sadly, it went in vain as her team lost by 22 runs.
The best innings of the tournament from Sibona Jimmy helped Papua New Guinea to reach the knockout stages of the tournament by defeating the USA team at Arbroath on Tuesday.
Winning the toss, USA opted to bowl on a good batting surface. Opening the inning for PNG, Sibona Jimmy was off to a terrific start, she scored the first 50 of the tournament. Her inning included 58 runs, it was all class from her as it included 6 boundaries without any big hits. Though she lost her partner early, wicket keeping better Tau and also Roma helped her playing the supporting role. In the end, PNG scored 133 for 3 in 20 overs. This was the highest score by any team in this tournament.
Chasing the target of 134, the rain interfered again, which has been the story of the tournament so far, The new target for the USA was 117 in 17 overs. Opening the inning for the USA, Erica Rendler was off to a dynamic start as she scored 35 in just 26 balls including 3 fours and 2 sixes. She was dismissed for 35 as she was trying to hit a big one. Sadly, no other batters did not support her, all credits to Sibona Jimmy as she bowled an excellent spell of 3 for 15 in 4 overs and she was well supported by 2 for 15, who damaged the batting order of the USA. Which made them lose the match by 22 runs as they ended the inning on 94 for 7 in 17 overs.
With this win, PNG qualified for the knockout stages surpassing Scotland. On the other side, the USA remains winless in the tournament sitting at the bottom of the points table.
Brief Score: PNG 133 for 3 ( Sibona Jimmy 58, Farooq 1 for 24) defeated The USA 94 for 7 ( Erica Rendler 35, Sibona Jimmy 3 for 15 ) by 22 runs ( DLS method).
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