08 Oct 2018

PNG emerge victorious at Hebou International T20 Tri-Series!

The Hebou PNG Barramundis completed a perfect series on Sunday afternoon - after finishing the group stages unbeaten, they proceeded to beat Hong Kong by 69 runs in the final, and were crowned champions of the Hebou International T20 Tri-Series.

They won the toss and elected to bat first at Amini Park. Tony Ura and Assad Vala got them off to a flying start, putting on 49 runs in 4.4 overs, before Tanveer Ahmed struck for HK. Tony Ura was caught at the boundary for 28 off just 18 balls (2 fours 2 sixes). The 50 came up on the final ball of that over, and they were 57/1 after the Powerplay.

HK began to pull things back from there. Ehsan Khan dismissed Assad Vala (38 off 31, 5 fours) and Charles Amini Jnr on the first balls of the 9th and 11th overs, and Tanveer Ahmed dismissed Lega Siaka (28 off 19, 4 fours) on the penultimate ball of the 15th. 66/3 in those 9 overs, and PNG were 123/4 with 5 overs to go. Sese Bau (22 off 17, 3 fours) kept finding the fence, but wickets kept tumbling. Tanveer Ahmed bowled a fantastic final over - 2 wickets and 2 runs from it - and PNG ended their innings at 161/9. 4/38 for Tanveer Ahmed, and 2 wickets a piece for Ehsan Khan and Ehsan Nawaz.

Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath got HK off to a rapid start - 35 in 2.1 overs - but then Damien Ravu and Assad Vala turned things around. Rath, Nizakat, Umar and Wasif were all dismissed in the next three overs, and after 5 overs HK were struggling at 44/4. Youngsters Raag Kapur (17 off 23, 1 six) and Waqas Khan (12 off 20) tried to rebuild, but there was too much for them to do. Chad Soper dismissed them both in the 13th over, and 3 runouts and one more Soper wicket later HK were bowled out for 92 in 16.5 overs. Man of the Match Damien Ravu finished with 3/16 in 3 overs, and Chad Soper 3/19 in 3.5.

1st Innings Scoresheet
2nd Innings Scoresheet

"Going into a T20 series was always going to be a hard adjustment to make when we have been playing 50 over cricket for the last 2 months." Said Head Coach Simon Cook after the final.

"We have chosen this tour to have a look at some of our most promising young players and also give players that are on the fringe a regular run to see what they can do. "

"Loosing a final is always disappointing, I have been impressed with the team atmosphere and desire to learn and put the hard work in. Its just a case of applying what we do in training into a game situation and the results will start to come."

When discussing what the squad has gained from this series, Simon highlighted the performances of Mohammad Ghazanfer, and the roles given to the Senior players.

"This tour has also been about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. I have been very impressed with Ghazanfer, he has probably been our most consistent bowler. We have also been taking some of the senior players out of their comfort zones with Ehsan Khan bowling at the death in most of the pool games to allow him to practice his skills under the pressure of batters trying to hit him and giving some of the bowlers more exposure when batting in pressure situations."

Hong Kong now play PNG in three One Day games, on Tuesday (9th October), Wednesday (10th October) and Friday (12th October). You can follow our social media platforms for regular updates. Be sure to follow the games and sure your support!