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T20 World Cup 2024 WI vs PNG: Match Highlights, Key Moments And Videos

West Indies defeated PNG by 5 wickets at Guyana (x.com)West Indies defeated PNG by 5 wickets at Guyana (x.com)

Hosts West Indies kicked off their T20 World Cup 2024 campaign with a nail-biting victory, edging out Papua New Guinea by five wickets in Match 2 at Providence Stadium in Guyana on Sunday.

Choosing to field first, West Indies successfully kept PNG to a modest total of 136/8 over their 20 overs. In their pursuit, the West Indies began solidly but stumbled with a few quick wickets threatening their chase.

However, a crucial 40-run partnership between Roston Chase and Andre Russell steadied the ship, guiding them to a win with five wickets in hand and an over to spare.

Here’s the timeline of how WI vs PNG panned out in Guyana:

WI vs PNG Highlights: PNG Top-Order Gets Out Cheaply

The Caribbean pacers harnessed the new ball effectively, unsettling the PNG batsmen. Romario Shepherd struck an early blow, sending Tony Ura back to the pavillion for just 2 runs. Akeal Hosein also made his mark, dismantling Lega Siaka's stumps.

Skipper Assad Vala scored 21 filled with flair before succumbing on the powerplay's final delivery to Alzarri Joseph as PNG scored 34/3 in the first overs.

WI vs PNG Highlights: Bau Builds & Doriga Provides Late Flourish

Following the top-order tumble, Hiri Hiri entered with hopes high but his innings was cut short at just two runs by Gudakesh Motie.

Sese Bau, unflinched by the falling wickets, anchored the innings. His partnership with Charles Amini began to blossom as they carefully compiled runs. Bau took the fight to Motie in the 13th over, hammering 14 runs and steering his way to a commendable half-century off 42 balls.

However, just as he reached this milestone, he was bowled, halting his resistance at exactly 50. Amini followed soon after for 12, and despite a series of departures, Kiplin Doriga’s late cameo of 27 not out helped PNG push the total to a challenging 136/8.

WI vs PNG Highlights: Charles Departs Early, King-Pooran Steady Ship

West Indies' chase got off to a rocky start with Johnson Charles dismissed for a golden duck early in the second over. A brief rain delay paused the game for about 15 minutes, adding to the initial jitters.

However, Brandon King and Nicholas Pooran began rebuilding the innings, stitching together a 53-run partnership for the second wicket. Their steady approach helped steady the West Indies ship amidst choppy waters.

WI vs PNG Highlights: Middle-Order Hiccups Tighten the Contest

The rebuilding phase faced hurdles as John Kariko, in a spell of economical bowling, dismissed Pooran in the ninth over.

Assad Vala then delivered a blow with a wicket maiden that saw King heading back to the pavilion. The quick loss of skipper Rovman Powell, who added a swift 15 runs, further complicated matters for the hosts.

WI vs PNG Highlights: Chase and Russell Seal the Deal

Despite the middle-order wobbles, West Indies found their heroes in Roston Chase and Andre Russell. Vala's strike removing Sherfane Rutherford momentarily raised PNG's hopes, but it was short-lived.

Chase, with a crucial unbeaten 42 off 27 balls, and Russell, who hammered an unbeaten 15 from 9 balls, steered through the tense moments to steer West Indies home in the penultimate over, clinching a thrilling victory.