India were off to a positive start after electing to bat first, with openers Ankush Bains and Akhil Herwadkar (37) putting up a 50-run stand inside 12 overs. PNG then got a breakthrough as Herwadkar holed out to deep square leg. Bains (58) continued the rampage, bringing up his half-century alongside captain Vijay Zol (35), who accelerated after a cautious start. The duo added 74 runs for the 2nd wicket, before Zol was bowled through the gates. Bains followed and India were 139/3 in the 33rd over.