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Cricket: Desert rain robs PNG of win against lucky Afghanistan


AH, THE UNFAIRNESS OF IT ALL. In a rain-affected match in Sharjah, Afghanistan edged out Papua New Guinea after the Duckworth Lewis system was invoked, denying the Barramundis their third win of the ICC World 20/20 qualifiers.

PNG won the toss and scored a creditable 167 off their 20 overs, with Tony Ura producing another strong performance with the bat.

Then heavy rains lashed the ground and Afghanistan was given a revised and straightforward target of 69 from seven overs. Afghanistan won off the last ball.

Ura’s magnificent 56, after scoring a century in his previous match, was in vain.



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