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ICC Men's T20 World Cup East Asia-Pacific Qualifier 2023: Kabua Morea Records A Hat-trick And PNG's Best T20I Bowling Figures

Papua New Guinea (PNG) left-arm pacer Kabua Morea claimed a T20I hat-trick against the Philippines and broke the best T20I bowling figures record for his nation to secure a giant win.

Sandipan Ghosh
Last updated: 24.07.2023
ICC Mens T20 World Cup East Asia-Pacific Qualifier 2023 Kabua Morea Records A Hat-trick And PNG Best T20I Bowling Figures

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In the fourth game of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup East Asia-Pacific (EAP) Qualifier 2023, Papua New Guinea (PNG) left-arm pacer Kabua Morea claimed a T20I hat-trick against the Philippines and broke the best T20I bowling figures record for his nation to secure a giant win.

It is the tournament where all four participating teams are eyeing to grab the only spot from the region to qualify for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

After PNG chose to bat first, they scored 162/7 in 20 overs. While the opener Tony Ura scored 36 runs, Lega Siaka (43) and Hiri Hiri (46) scored crucial 40s in the middle order.

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In the next innings, the 29-year-old Kabua Morea just destroyed the Philippines batting line-up. In the third over of that innings, Morea dismissed Jordan Alegre (1), Joseph Doctora (0), and Amanpreet Sirah (0) in three successive deliveries to become the second PNG bowler to record a T20I hat-trick.


Papua New Guinea (PNG) bowlers with T20I hat-tricks

Player

Opposition

Venue

Date

Norman Vanua

Bermuda

ICCA Dubai

19 October 2019

Kabua Morea

Philippines

Port Moresby

23 July 2023

(Updated till 23 July 2023)

While Morea finished with the bowling figures 4-0-9-5, the Philippines were bundled out for only 45 runs. The left-arm pacer ended the game with the record-breaking bowling figures in PNG T20I history.


Best bowling figures by a Papua New Guinea (PNG) bowler (Top 5)


Player

Bowling figures

Opposition

Venue

Date

Kabua Morea

4-0-9-5

Philippines

Port Moresby

23 July 2023

Damien Ravu

4-0-15-5

Vanuatu

Apia (No 3)

9 July 2019

Norman Vanua

4-2-17-5

Vanuatu

Apia (No 2)

13 July 2019

Damien Ravu

4-0-18-4

Singapore

Dubai (DSC)

25 October 2019

Norman Vanua

4-0-21-4

Samoa

Apia (No 2)

10 July 2019

(Updated till 23 July 2023)

PNG won the game by 117 runs, which was their second-largest T20I winning margin (by runs).


Largest T20I victory margins for PNG (by runs)

Winning margin

Opposition

Venue

Date

133 runs

Philippines

Port Moresby

22 March 2019

117 runs

Philippines

Port Moresby

23 July 2023

81 runs

Namibia

ICCA 2 Dubai

20 October 2019

59 runs

Vanuatu

Apia (No 2)

12 July 2019

45 runs

Kenya

Dubai (DSC)

27 October 2019

(Updated till 23 July 2023)

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