Playing more games against quality opposition would be good, asserts Vala

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19 Oct 2021 | 03:52 PM
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Playing more games against quality opposition would be good, asserts Vala

PNG have almost confirmed their exit from the T20 World Cup but this has been a big learning curve for them

Richie Berrington smashed 70 to set up Scotland's second successive win at the ICC T20 World Cup as they beat Papua New Guinea by 17 runs on Tuesday. With two successive losses, PNG have almost confirmed their exit from the T20 World Cup but this has been a big learning curve for them. Playing their first mega event, PNG have created history already and have also shown to the world that with proper exposure, they can grow really fast as a cricketing nation.

"Getting exposure, playing more games and testing ourselves against quality opposition would be good. If we can get more exposure we might be able to express ourselves better," PNG skipper Assad Vala said.

"Scotland are a really good bowling team and they put us under pressure and we crumbled. The lower order brought us back into it."

Scotland beat Bangladesh in the opening game and know that victory against Oman in their third Group B clash on Thursday will see them win Group B and secure safe passage to the Super 12s. Skipper Kyle Coetzer believes that there is much more to come from Scotland after they continued their impressive start on Tuesday.

“I certainly would have taken this before the first game of the tournament, so I am very happy and now we just need to keep this momentum going,” Coetzer said. 

“There are a few things for us to look at going into our last game but I am very happy with where we are. We didn’t nail everything we wanted to in the field, PNG run so well between the wickets and that put us under a bit of pressure. Our catching was not 100 percent either but it never always goes the way you want it to. Those are the things we need to keep an eye on. There were some nerves towards the end there with how fast Norman was swinging that bat, and anyone would get scared when he gets going. I am really happy at the end of the day.” 

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