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'Backed My Skills': Roston Chase On How He Rescued Under-Par West Indies Vs PNG

Chase in action Vs PNG [AP]Chase in action Vs PNG [AP]

Roston Chase pulled off a rescue act at the death as West Indies (WI) survived a scare against Papua New Guinea (PNG), winning by 5 wickets to kick off their T20 World Cup campaign on a high note.

Papua New Guinea, batting first, posted a total of 136/8 in their 20 overs. Sese Bau was the standout performer for PNG, scoring a steady 50 runs off 43 balls while wickets fell regularly at the other end. 

The West Indies bowlers started strong, reducing PNG to 10/2 early on. Akeal Hosein dismissed Lega Siaka, and Romario Shepherd took out Tony Ura. Assad Vala tried to counter-attack but was dismissed by Alzarri Joseph during the powerplay. 

Chasing 137, West Indies faced some challenges, but ultimately won, thanks to Chase's crucial performance towards the end of the innings. 

Roston Chase Opines After Defeating PNG 

Roston Chase after performing and turning things in favour of the West Indies, was given the man of the match and he expressed himself and stated that he had backed himself and given himself time on the field to understand things at the pitch and play shots effectively. 

Well, I always knew that it was hard for the batter coming in to start. I gave myself some time and backed myself. I watched the PNG batters. They got going once they spend some time in the middle. So, I backed my skills. We have been putting in a lot of hard work. We have had a camp in Antigua and we have been working hard. PNG are not a less team. We won't be taking any team lightly. They are here means they are a quality team. We had a chat at the halfway stage to rally around and bring out the best game." Roston Chase said. 

A power-packed West Indies should have chased down the below-par total comfortably but PNG made them work hard for the win despite their limitations.

PNG's spinners as well medium pacers did not allow the hard-hitting West Indies batters to cut loose on a slow surface. The tournament co-hosts eventually got home in 19 overs with significant contributions from Roston Chase (42 not out off 27 balls) and Andre Russell (15 off 9).