A half century from PNG’s Tanya Ruma (69 off 61 balls) has powered the PNG Lewas to a 78-run win over Japan at the 2018 ICC Women’s World T20 – East Asia-Pacific Qualifier 2017 in Japan.
After the morning match between Vanuatu and Samoa was rescheduled due to a wet pitch, Japan won the toss and sent PNG in.
Ruma and Sibona Jimmy (27) got PNG off to the perfect start with a 77-run opening partnership on the way to the tournament’s highest score so far of 138.
Player of the match Ruma was the main stay of the innings, batting until the 19th over and scoring the tournament’s first half century.
She dedicated the performance to her family saying that “I was really happy to make 60, I made it for my first baby.”
The Japanese batters made a positive start but did not have the power hitting needed for the huge run chase.
Vicky Araa (3 for 9 from 4 overs) and Kaia Arua (2 for 11 from 4 overs) were the main wicket takers for PNG as they restricted Japan to just 60 runs from their 20 overs.
The win provides PNG a much-needed lift in their run rate.
“For this game it’s really important for us to boost our run rate. We needed to score more runs and get Japan all out,” said Ruma.
After losing to Samoa yesterday, PNG now need to beat Samoa in the second round and finish with a higher run rate.
Samoa and PNG will meet again on Thursday May 4 at the Sano International Cricket Ground, while round one matches will conclude tomorrow with the rescheduled match between Vanuatu and Samoa.
The 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 – East Asia-Pacific Qualifier 2017 is taking place in Sano, Japan from April 28 to May 5 and will feature teams from Japan, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Vanuatu.
The top team will qualify for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier to be held in later 2017 or early 2018.
PNG 3/138 (20) Ruma 69, Jimmy 27 defeated Japan 7/60 (20) Miyaji 15, Araa 3/9 (4), Arua 2/11 (4) by 78 runs