Papua New Guinea Secure 2020 World T20 Berth

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Papua New Guinea Secure 2020 World T20 Berth 

Papua New Guinea Secure 2020 World T20 Berth
PNG has qualified for T20 World Cup. Credits: Twitter.

Papua New Guinea has secured its berth for the next 2020 World T20 in Australia. This would be the first time that the team will play in any major ICC tournament. PNG has topped Group A as they won five out of the six matches they played.

Papua New Guinea had defeated Kenya by 45 runs on Sunday, 27 October. Subsequently, the Netherlands could not defeat Scotland in 12.3 overs, which meant PNG booked their slot for the next T20I World Cup.

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Papua New Guinea (Photo Source: ESPNcricinfo)

This is huge for PNG.

In fact, PNG players were there in the stand watching the Netherlands and Scotland match. The Netherlands went on to win by four wickets but as the Dutch could not secure their win in 12.3, PNG players were seen on cloud nine. The Netherlands also secured five wins from six matches but PNG had better Net Run Rate.

Meanwhile, PNG had to toil hard for their place in the next World Cup. The team was reeling at 19-6 against Kenya and all but made a mess of their strong position in Group A. However, Norman Vanua was able to rescue his team out of troubled waters. He scored a fine knock of 54 runs off just 48 balls to help PNG post a fighting score of 118 runs in 19.3.

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Norman Vanua. Credits: Twitter.

On the other hand, Kenya also made a solid start as they were 40-1 in the first six overs after Irfan Karim scored 22-ball 29. However, Kenya went down like a pack of cards to skittle out at 73 runs in 18.4 overs.

Norman Vanua also shined with the ball as he took two wickets. Thus, the all-rounder was awarded the Man of the match. Meanwhile, Nosaina Pokana and Assad Vala scalped three wickets each to help PNG register a 45 runs win.

On the other side, Ireland is also on the cusp of qualifying for the T20 World Cup in Australia.

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