ICC T20 World Cup

‘Beast mode’: Aussies crush ‘absolutely horrendous’ side in all-time World Cup swing

Aaron Finch’s side had to win the match in Dubai first and foremost with gaining a significant net run rate boost an important, albeit secondary, mission to make the semi finals.

Australia completed both tasks with ease, rolling Bangladesh for just 73, with Adam Zampa taking a career-best 5-19, before chasing down the meagre total with a whopping 82 balls to spare and inside 36 minutes,

It was the fewest balls ever needed in a successful T20I chase by Australia, and comes off the back of the nation’s heaviest-ever defeat in terms of balls remaining (50 against England).

PNG Barras in bubble

As part of the international travel requirements the team is currently in a bubble since Tuesday this week before the travel on Sunday.

Cricket PNG General Manager Tony Nadu said the boys have waited long enough for this since they qualified in 2019 and now is the opportunity to play on the world stage playing the best in T20 World Cup.

Nadu said the Barras have been fortunate enough to have lined up a number of warm up matches before the world cup which starts on October 17 to November 14.

Last Ball Thriller

In a day that culminated in the official announcement of the ICC T20 World Cup Barras squad, the final was a fitting entree.

Vala won the toss and elected to send the Legends into bat with the decision paying dividends immediately as Ura was dismissed by Bobby Diho without scoring. CJ Amini (5) was the next to go before L Siaka (14) and S Bau (16) put on a steadying partnership.

Hard work pays off

With over 100 countries playing cricket around the world of differing economic, social and geographical backgrounds, it is a monumental achievement by the Barras to reach the top echelon in world cricket.

Cricket PNG says this success justifies the investment that their organisation has put into their sport and the vision by their leaders to formulate a plan for success and to follow it through. They have attracted the right people in the likes of CEO Greg Campbell and Coach Joe Dawes who, with their expertise and passion for cricket, have delivered PNG to the world stage.