ICC WC Qualifier: West Indies beat PNG by 6 wickets
March 8 (CRICKETNMORE) - West Indies beat PNG by 6 wickets in ICC WC Qualifier.
At the Old Hararians, the Windies' decision to rest Chris Gayle against PNG almost backfired when they were reduced to 58 for four in pursuit of a 201-run victory target. But, captain Jason Holder came to his side’s rescue when he struck an unbeaten 99 off 101 balls with nine fours and four sixes, and added 143 runs for the unfinished fifth wicket with Shai Hope (49 not out) to avert one of the biggest upsets in the history of ODI cricket.
Earlier, PNG’s 200 all out in 42.4 overs revolved around captain Assad Vala (57), Tony Ura (37), Mahuru Dai (35) and Norman Vanua (35).
PNG 200 all out, 42.4 overs (Assad Vala 57, Tony Ura 37, Mahuru Dai 35, Norman Vanua 35; Carlos Brathwaite 5-27, Nikita Miller 2-25)
Windies 201-4, 43 overs (Jason Holder 99 not out, Shai Hope 49 not out, Marlon Samuels 24))
Player of the match – Jason Holder (Windies)
ICC Media Release