Argentina v Papua New Guinea at Corimayo.
Dikana repeats his five-wicket heroics as PNG win thriller against
25 January 2009
Rarua Dikana’s remarkable tournament continued as the Papua New Guinea skipper took five wickets for the second consecutive day as he helped his side achieve a brilliant 21-run win over Argentina at the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3.
He recorded outstanding figures of 5-5, leaving him with tournament statistics of 10-19, to help his side top the table with Uganda, who enjoyed a comfortable nine-wicket over Cayman Islands, while Afghanistan got its campaign on track with a tense 13-run win over Hong Kong.
“It is so far, so good for us,” said Dikana. “I am enjoying my time with the ball in this tournament.
“I concentrate on bowling in the right areas and we do a lot of work on this and try and make the batsmen play.”
Vani Vagi Morea was again in good form for
But the hosts, who had suffered a heavy defeat to
Dikana, who took 5-14 in his opening match against Cayman Isands, is looking forward to taking on the challenge of
“I think there’s still a long way to go, but two wins out of two games is good,” said Dikana.
“We still have a lot of improvements to make, especially in our batting, and we need to play better against
“It was a very good game, there were plenty of nerves, but I was very confident in my team and it was a good win for us as it kept alive our hopes in the tournament,” said Kabir.
“I was worried as we didn’t have any of our regular bowlers left and Nabi started bowling medium-pace as it is a short ground and it doesn’t spin and anything could go for six.
“The players have started thinking now and they are adjusting to different situations which makes me proud to be with them and proud to be their coach.”
Openers Karim Khan and Shafiqullah Shafaq displayed excellent shot selection in putting on a disciplined opening stand of 72, but when both fell within the space of three balls,
Some excellent spin bowling from Nadeem Ahmed (2-23) and Najeeb Ahmed (2-35) helped contain some solid middle order batting, although nobody could go onto make a really big score, with Mohammad Nabi (40) and Norooz Mangal (35) both getting out when set for a long innings.
Samiullah Shenwari, who yesterday made an excellent half century against
A regular fall of wickets was to prove to be Hong Kong’s problem, with none of the top eight batters getting to 20 as Afghanistan bowled a disciplined line and took advantage of the bouncy Belgrano track.
Some late-order hitting from Moner Ahmed, who scored 49 off 38 balls, including three consecutive sixes off Mohammad Nabi, threatened a dramatic finish to the game, but once Samiullah Shenwari bowled him,
But number eleven Nadeem Ahmed, who actually opened the batting in the Division 4 final as a pinch-hitter, scored a remarkable 27 off 18 balls, only to be dismissed by Mohammad Nabi when a top-edged hook was caught on the boundary edge by Mawais Naziri.
“In the end it was a good effort, especially from Moner, as he looked like he was desperate to win the game and it could have gone either way,” said
“He has won us the game at number eight before and we bat all the way down to eleven, so we always have a chance of winning the game.”
A brilliant 81 not out from Roger Mukasa helped
Monday is a rest day at the tournament, with a full set of fixtures on Tuesday.