Papua New Guinea secured its place at the T20 World Championship of the ICC Men 2020 in Australia next year. For the first time, they will attend a world championship in any format.
PNG defeated Kenya for the first time on Sunday, October 27th, with 45 runs in an exciting morning game, and the Netherlands’ failure to beat Scotland with 12.3 points meant that PNG would sell their tickets for the Premier Down event Under could book next year.
The scenes at the Dubai International Stadium on the occasion of the meeting between the Netherlands and Scotland, which was eagerly watched by the entire PNG team in the stands, were of unbridled joy. It will be her first big ICC tournament.
After moving into the final day of the group stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup qualifying tournament in 2019 – they were Group A leaders with a superior net run rate over the second-placed Netherlands – PNG almost messed things up for Kenya.
They were reduced to 19/6 within four overs and they seemed to have missed their chance of automatic qualification. Led by Norman Vanua’s 48-Ball 54, however, PNG rebounded from 19.3 overs to 118.
Then it was the bowlers. In Kenya, Irfan Karim scored a 29-22 ball, which meant they were 40-1 after the power play. The slide began, however. There were only two more points, which were double-digit: Collins Obuya scored a 10 with 19 balls and Aman Gandhi a 14 with 25 balls *.
Assad Vala scored a brilliant 3/7 result, and Nosaina Pokana provided excellent support with his 3/1 success. Kenya was bundled for 73 in 18.4 Overs, and after they had made their contribution, the PNG players waited in anticipation of the Dutch result.
The Dutch won with four wickets, but it was not enough on that day. You have to go through the play-offs to reach Australia. For PNG they can already plan their itinerary.