Papua New Guinea vs Namibia, 2nd Semi-Final

ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier, 2019 | 2nd Semi-Final | Friday 1st November | 15:30
 Match Ended
Papua New Guinea
130/5 (20.0) RR:6.5
112/5 (20.0) RR:5.6
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  • Papua New GuineaPNG
  • NamibiaNAM

So, the losing teams of today, Ireland and Namibia, will face off in the third place play off. Howver, it will be Netherlands against Papua New Guinea in the final of the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers. The match promises to be an exciting one as both of them have won their semifinals in convincing fashion. Join us for the third place play off on Saturday which starts at 1410 Local (1010 GMT). Till then, cheers and take care!

Assad Vala, the Papua New Guinea skipper, starts by saying that they felt that they were 15-20 runs short but credits the bowlers for doing a very good job. Says that they still need to do better and need to work on a couple of aspects like their fielding. Tells that they are not going to be overjoyed and wants the side to win the tournament.

Gerhard Erasmus, the Namibian skipper, says there is nothing much to talk about this game. Adds that they will focus on the third place playoff game now. On the positives from this tournament, the skipper says that emotions were on display when they qualified for the main event in Australia. Adds that this will inspire people back home to pick the game and look up to the players of the national team. Mentions that they are happy to be doing the perfect job.

Man of the Match, Norman Vanua, says that it's tough playing against a side like Namibia. Adds that hitting was hard on this surface. Feels that their bowlers took the pace off the ball to good effect. Mentions that he kept mixing up his lines and lengths in between which made it difficult for the batters to hit him.

Earlier in the day, it was Sese Bau and Charles Amini who slowly and steadily pushed Papua New Guinea to a competitive total. Norman Vanua scored 20 off 13 balls and provided some much needed momentum for PNG. All the main bowlers for Namibia were good and they could not have done much more to restrict the PNG batters.

What can we say about Papua New Guinea? They were absolutely top class with the ball. Nosaina Pokana and Norman Vanua were splendid and they did not offer any loose deliveries. Although Vanua did get a couple of wickets, he bowled 14 dots which was even more remarkable and that kept the pressure on the Namibian batters.

Papua New Guinea have stormed into the finals of the tournament and will face the Netherlands. They were absolutely clinical in defending the total they put on the board and never allowed the Namibian batters to free their arms. Jason Kila struck in the very first over to dismiss Davin for a naught. Kotze played a couple of good looking shots and added 35 runs with Baard. However, Baard could never get going and struggled for timing during his stay at the crease. The run scoring became difficult further as the asking rate kept climbing. Namibia eventually fell short in the end by 18 runs to get knocked out into the playoffs against Ireland.

Over: 20 | 12 Runs
6 19.6
Norman Vanua to JJ Smit

SIX! Maximum for Namibia but it comes too little too late. PNG PROGRESS TO THE FINAL of the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers. Full ball on middle, Smit smashes this over the long on fence. Victory by 18 runs for the finalists.

1 19.5
Norman Vanua to Zane Green

Green plays this one straight down the ground and the batters take one.

lb 1 19.4
Norman Vanua to JJ Smit

Almost a full toss down the leg side, Green looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards cover and the batters take a leg bye.

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