Netherlands beat PNG by 7 wickets in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier final
The Netherlands sealed the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 title with a seven-wicket triumph over Papua New Guinea at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Netherlands won by 7 wickets
Papua New Guinea 128/8 (19.6 Ov)
Netherlands 134/3 (18.6 Ov)
Using a mix of pace and wily orthodox slow bowling, Netherlands’ attack of Brandon Glover (three for 24), Roelof van der Merwe (two for 15) and Timm van der Gugten (two for 18) undid PNG’s batsmen, never allowing them to up the run rate aside from a final over blitz from Jason Kila (27 not out).
Lega Siaka scored 36 but their effort of 128 for eight from 20 overs never looked enough and so it proved when the Dutch batsmen arrived at the crease.
Ben Cooper (41) settled any nerves there may have been with a 33-ball knock of 41, including four fours and two sixes, before Colin Ackermann and Ryan ten Doeschate saw the team home with seven wickets and an over to spare.
Netherlands ended on a score of 134 for three from 19 overs as PNG finished second.
As a result of the final tournament standings, the first round groupings for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 are now confirmed with PNG, Ireland and Oman in Group A with Sri Lanka. Group B will see the Netherlands, Namibia and Scotland join Bangladesh.
Netherlands - Max O'Dowd, Tobias Visee, Ben Cooper, Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate, Pieter Seelaar(c), Roelof van der Merwe, Scott Edwards(wk), Timm van der Gugten, Paul van Meekeren, Brandon Glover
Papua New Guinea - Assad Vala(c), Tony Ura, Lega Siaka, Charles Amini, Sese Bau, Riley Hekure
Kiplin Doriga(wk), Norman Vanua, Jason Kila, Damien Ravu, Nosaina Pokana
Start Time: 15:30
Toss: Papua New Guinea won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Officials: Ahsan Raza, Sam Nogajski, Sharfuddoula Saikat, Jeffrey Crowe
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 leading positions:
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 first round groups:
Four teams from the first round will advance to the Super12s, joining Afghanistan, Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and the West Indies.
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