Steven Taylor’s innings of 82 runs in 55 balls
By Sangeeta Viswas
on Tue Sep 07 2021
Steven Taylor’s 82 off 55 balls helped Papua New Guinea beat Papua New Guinea by 7 wickets at the Al Amarat Cricket Ground in Muscat. Rising up the order under new coach J Arun Kumar, Taylor displayed his prowess at full swing, hitting 7 sixes and 7 fours.
United States ran to their objective of 159 runs with 21.4 overs to complete the clinical victory. It was quite a change of fortune for the United States.
PNG won the toss and opted to bat in very hot conditions. The wicket provided little fast bowlers. The USA skipper Saurabh from drawing first blood. He sent Sika packing in the third over of the match as Sika drove up to cover one.
The PNG Captain Asad one through cover indicating his views to Jasdeep Singh. Netravalkar and Elmore Hutchinson bowled impeccable lines as the runs dried up for PNG. He scored just 29 runs on the board in the first powerplay, scoring 5 off Ura’s 27.
Hutchinson ended Ura’s mourning, a wicket in the 14th over as Nostash Kenzige took the second. Giving the lead to Charles Amini, who attempted to cut a ball that was not too short.
Seuss Bua and Valla started partnering in low gear. Netravalkar mainly engaged in bowling to his spinners. Bua and Valla seemed a little upset by the introduction of spin from either end in their attempts to rebuild the innings.
Nisarga broke Bua and Valla’s 54-run stand as Bua got a long out in an attempt to hoist one over the ropes. He struck again with a charming delivery on the off-stump in the space of two balls, which was completed in the 29th over at 99 for 5 with PNG taking the outside edge of new batsman Doriga. Valla looked different PNG batsmen and completed his half-century off 66 balls.
PNG were bowled out for 158 with Netravalkar and Kenjige returning to brush the tail aside. Nisarga, who played his first international game, took a career-best 4-wicket haul with his newly remodeled action.
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United States opener Steven Taylor and guide Sushant Modani started with beautiful looking boundaries from all. Taylor swung a couple into the offside area. The bowler through and took an easy one off his feet.
PNG opened the spin in the sixth over with left-arm spinner Killa. Taylor, who was already timing the ball, seemed to be full of one man at a speed. He looted 29 with a barrage of sixes in Qila’s over. He smashed Qila for 3 consecutive sixes in the over with 4 sixes and a four in total.
Steven Taylor continued his rage as a boundary boundary hit 50 off 31 balls, the fastest by an American. Taylor separates the PNG spinners, clobber them high and long over wide long off and midwicket.
Damien drags him the wrong way to midwicket and one for one goes too high. Steven Taylor’s dominance that he came back. An individual score of 82 in the 17th over. taking the team’s total to 107. In the very next over, Modani was dismissed for 24 by giving a simple return catch to leg Charles Amini.
Monak Patel and guide Gajanand Singh trampled USA’s innings close to the target. Singh scored 9 runs in his first innings to get himself out for 9 with 9 needed to win. Monank remained unbeaten on 34 as the US chased down the target of 159 runs in the 29th over for a resounding victory.
USA will face PNG again on Thursday ahead of the World Cup League 2 tri-series involving hosts Oman and Nepal.