T20 World Cup 2024: Papua New Guinea vs Uganda Live Match Excitement

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Witness the adrenaline-pumping action of the Papua New Guinea vs Uganda live match in the T20 World Cup 2024. Get ready for non-stop excitement!

Papua New Guinea vs Uganda Live Score:: T20 World Cup 2024

First Innings Second Innings
PNG Score – 77/10 in 19.1 overs Uganda Score – 78/7 in 18.2 overs
PNG batting performance Uganda batting performance
Hiri Hiri 15(19) Riazat Ali Shah 33(56)
Lega Siaka 12(17) Juma Miyagi 13(16)
Frank Nsubuga 4-4-2 Alei Nao 4-16-2
Juma Miyagi 4-10-2 Norman Vanua 4-19-2

Triumph on a Challenging Pitch

In a remarkable display of resilience, Uganda clinched their first-ever victory in the T20 World Cup, overcoming Papua New Guinea (PNG) in a tense encounter. The match, held in Guyana, witnessed a fierce battle as both teams sought their maiden win in the tournament.

PNG’s Batting Collapse

Facing a daunting challenge, PNG’s batting lineup faltered, crumbling to a mere 77 runs all out after being sent into bat. The pressure mounted as Uganda’s bowlers maintained a tight grip, exploiting the challenging pitch conditions.

Uganda’s Comeback

Despite facing adversity at 26 for 5, Uganda refused to succumb to the pressure. Displaying remarkable resilience, they rallied together, eventually crossing the finish line in the 19th over to secure a historic victory.

Riazat Ali Shah, an emerging talent from Uganda, exhibited cautious innings with a low backlift, scoring 33 runs off 56 balls to guide his team through the challenging chase. However, he fell just three runs short of Uganda’s target, leaving a mark on the match.

The spotlight of the evening, however, was on Uganda’s bowling prowess in the first innings, led by the contrasting duo of 43-year-old Frank Nsubuga and 21-year-old Juma Miyagi.

Nsubuga delivered an exceptional performance, recording the most economical spell (minimum four overs) in T20 World Cup history, with remarkable figures of 4-2-4-2. He also achieved the milestone of bowling 20 dot balls, becoming only the second bowler to do so in a T20 World Cup match, following Ajantha Mendis in 2012.

Ugandan pace duo strikes early

The momentum for Uganda was set right from the beginning when Alpesh Ramjani claimed a wicket off the second ball, dismissing left-handed batsman Assad Vala with a cleverly angled delivery. Miyagi and Cosmas Kyewuta further troubled PNG’s batting lineup with their pace and precision.

Left-handed batsman Sese Bau’s innings were cut short by Miyagi, who induced a mistimed shot, resulting in a tumbling catch by Roger Mukasa at mid-off. Kyewuta struck a crucial blow by dismissing Tony Ura, PNG’s top run-scorer in T20Is, with a well-executed delivery.

Nsubuga’s precision bowling

Nsubuga’s experience came to the forefront as he deceived Charles Amini, sending one through his leg stump in the 11th over, thereby becoming the second-oldest bowler to take a wicket in the T20 World Cup. He further added to his tally by dismissing Hiri Hiri lbw, aided by a successful review in Uganda’s favor.

Ramjani claimed his second wicket by trapping Kiplin Doriga lbw, while Captain Brian Masaba showcased his spin skills with a delivery that dismantled Chad Soper’s defenses. Miyagi and Kyewuta wrapped up the innings, as PNG was bowled out with just five balls remaining.

Nao Strikes Back

PNG Loses Early Wickets

Alei Nao replicated Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) early breakthrough by dismissing Mukasa in the opening over for a second consecutive duck. Norman Vanua followed suit by removing Robinson Obuya, who skied a catch to mid-on, where Vala made an easy grab.

Uganda Under Pressure

Nao continued to trouble PNG by dismissing Simon Ssesazi lbw in the third over, leaving PNG in a precarious position at 6 for 3. Despite Ramjani and Riazat attempting to stabilize Uganda’s innings, Soper managed to dismiss Ramjani with a well-directed delivery in the sixth over.

PNG Seizes Control

As PNG captain Vala claimed Dinesh Nakrani’s wicket, PNG gained momentum and asserted dominance over the match.

Riazat’s Composure Leads Uganda’s Fightback

At 35 for 5, Amini’s dropped catch of Riazat at 8 marked a pivotal moment. Riazat capitalized on the opportunity, showcasing resilience. He found a rhythm with a well-executed cover drive for a boundary in the 11th over.

Partnering with Miyagi, Riazat contributed 35 runs for the sixth wicket, until a miscommunication led to Miyagi’s run-out in the 14th over. Undeterred, Riazat maintained his composure. Despite another dropped chance by Bau, Riazat’s innings concluded in the 18th over with a catch by Kariko at deep third, sealing Uganda’s triumph.

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