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Papua New Guinea qualify for WT20 finals

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Last updated on: October 27, 2019 23:48 IST

Ireland, Dutch edge closer to finals

Papua New Guinea players celebrate defeating Kenya in the World T20 qualifier in Dubai on Sunday.

IMAGE: Papua New Guinea players celebrate defeating Kenya in the World T20 qualifier in Dubai on Sunday. Photograph: ICC

Papua New Guinea secured their place in the ICC men's Twenty20 World Cup in Australia next year with a 45-run win over Kenya, in Dubai.

 

Since Netherlands could not beat Scotland in 12.3 overs of their chase, PNG got into the premier event Down Under next year.

They were reduced to 19 for six within four overs, and it seemed they had blown their opportunity to secure automatic qualification. However, led by Norman Vanua's fighting 48-ball 54, PNG recovered to post 118 in 19.3 overs.

Kenya had Irfan Karim scoring a 22-ball 29, and that meant they were 40 for one after the Powerplay.

However, the slide began. There were only two more scores that reached double digits: Collins Obuya made a 19-ball 10, and Aman Gandhi fought to a 25-ball 14.

Assad Vala returned a brilliant 3/7, and Nosaina Pokana provided superb support with his 3/21.

Kenya were bundled out for 73 in 18.4 overs.

Having done their bit, the PNG players waited in anticipation for the Netherlands result.

The Dutch won by four wickets, but it wasn't sufficient on the day.

They will have to go through the play-offs to reach Australia.

Ireland, Dutch edge closer to finals

Ireland's Craig Young bowls in the World T20 qualifier against Nigeria.T

IMAGE: Ireland's Craig Young bowls in the World T20 qualifier against Nigeria. Photograph: ICC

The Netherlands and Ireland secured qualification for the play-offs in the World T20 qualifier after registering convincing victories over Nigeria and Bermuda by eight wickets and 92 runs respectively.

Craig Young's four for 13, alongside Mark Adair's two for ten, meant Nigeria always struggled, were not allowed to get going with the bat against Ireland and could only register 66 for nine from 20 overs on Saturday.

Ireland were never in trouble as Kevin O'Brien's 32 and Paul Stirling's 11 again got the side off to a fast start, and the target of 67 was reached in just 6.1 overs as they now sit top of Group B on eight points.

However, second-placed Oman still have one group game remaining.

In Group A, Bermuda were no match for the Netherlands as a Dutch record opening stand of 123 put them on their way to registering their highest ever team total of 206 for three.

Ben Cooper and Max O'Dowd both hit 58 and Colin Ackermann a late 43 before Paul van Meekeren took three wickets for 26 as Bermuda could only put up 114 for nine in reply, Kamau Leverock top scoring with 31.

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