Papua New Guinea have claimed victory in a men's T20I tri-series in Malaysia after winning all four games in the tri-series that also involved Hong Kong.
The series started on Tuesday with the hosts batting first against Hong Kong and scoring 181-8 thanks to Syed Aziz's 65. Virandeep Singh then took 4-10 as Hong Kong were bowled out for 79, losing by 102 runs.
Papua New Guinea's first match was on Wednesday, with Malaysia batting first and scoring 152-9, Ahmed Faiz top scoring with 49. The visitors got off to a blistering start, smashing 55 in four overs before the first rain interuption. When play resumed, Tony Ura reached 62 from 33 balls before he was out. Rain brought an end to the match one ball later with PNG on 108-1 and 45 runs ahead of the DLS par score.
In the third match on Thursday, Papua New Guinea scored 163-5 from their 20 overs against Hong Kong, Assad Vala's 45 their top score. Babar Hayat scored 62 for Hong Kong in reply, but they were kept to 141-9 and lost by 22 runs.
On Friday, Virandeep Singh scored an unbeaten 84 from 59 balls as Malaysia made 149-6 against Hong Kong. He was then one of three bowlers to take two wickets as Hong Kong were kept to 126-7, losing by 23 runs.
PNG secured the tri-series victory with a game to spare yesterday as they bowled the hosts out for 81, Charles Amini and John Kariko both taking four wickets. Lega Siaka's unbeaten 43 helped them chase down their target with 3.4 overs to spare to win by four wickets.
The tournament ended today with a low scoring contest between PNG and Hong Kong. The latter batted first and crawled to 89-9 from their 20 overs. Nasrulla Rana bowled superbly to take 6-12 in the PNG reply, but PNG held on to win by one wicket with eight balls remaining.
For Hong Kong and Malaysia the tri-series will have served as useful preparation for the upcoming Asian Games tournament which gets underway on Wednesday. Hong Kong are drawn in Group B against Cambodia - a team they have never played - and Japan, playing them in men's cricket for the first time since 1998. Malaysia's opponents in Group C are much more familiar, as they will play Thailand and rivals Singapore.