Navin Param match-winning blistering knock of 72 keeps Singapore hopes alive for the T20 World Cup 2020 as they overpower Bermuda with a resounding five-wicket win on Sunday. This is Singapore's third win in as many matches.
Param's go-getter attitude helped him seize the game in the 19th over as his side chased down a modest total of 150 with the top order failing to make a solid start.
His innings showed the virtue of courage and bravery as he came down with no clutter in his mind and smoked seven fours and four sixes with a massive strike rate of 175 in his action-packed performance.
Manpreet Singh, who scored 26, didn't let the innings nosedive and scored at run a ball, allowing Navin to take the lead role.
Navin is no run of the mill kind of a batsman as he used improvisation to full advantage by playing cheeky shots behind the square and executed deft touches that showed his batting versatility conspicuously.
Param credits his hockey experience helping him in cricket. "It's fortunate that I actually started off playing hockey first before I played cricket," beamed Param.
"So growing up, I kind of use what I've learnt in hockey, the strong wrists and manipulation of the ball when you play hockey, so I just transfer those skills over to cricket which makes my cricket technique not as orthodox.
"So given that, over the years that I've worked with my coaches as well and my mentors, that's where I have got that 360-degree sort of gameplay," added Param.
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On the other hand, Papua New Guinea emerged victorious against Namibia, downing them by 81 runs with top scorer Tony Ura (71) and PNG captain, Assad Vala, contributing with his invaluable 48 runs. Together they forged a mammoth 125 runs partnership that allowed PNG to put a colossal total of 197 in their 20 overs which proved too much for Namibia in the end.