PNG qualify for next year’s T20 World Cup after incredible comeback win over Kenya in qualifier
Papua New Guinea on Sunday secured their place in the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia next year with a 45-run win over Kenya.
Since Netherlands could not beat Scotland in 12.3 overs of their chase, it sent PNG 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 six overs.
At one point today PNG were 19/6 against Kenya, with their hopes of qualifying automatically for the #T20WorldCup rapidly fading before their eyes.— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) October 27, 2019
An inspired comeback and a nervous wait later and they're going to Australia.
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However, there were only two more batsmen who 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.