Papua New Guinea vs Namibia, 2nd Semi-Final:
Papua New Guinea: 130/5
Namibia: 112/5 (20/20 overs, target 131)
Papua New Guinea won the match by 18 runs.
Papua New Guinea defeated Namibia in the 2nd Semi-Final of the T20 World Cup Qualifier. They scored a total of 130 runs at the cost of 5 wickets from 20 overs while batting first against the opposing team. Namibia could only score 112 runs for 5 wickets from 20 overs, falling 19 runs short of the target. Papua New Guinea qualified for the T20 World Cup Qualifier’s final and will face Netherlands for the title. Namibia will face Ireland for the Third Place at the T20 World Cup Qualifier.
Papua New Guinea’s Sese Bau scores an unbeaten 40:
Papua New Guinea won the toss and elected to bat first in the second Semi-Final. They sent Tony Ura and captain Assad Vala to open their innings. Tony Ara got caught by Captain Gerhard Erasmus towards mid-on on JJ Smit’s delivery after scoring 13 runs from 12 balls, in the third over of the match. Captain Assad Vala also got dismissed after adding 5 runs to his team’s total. Lega Siaka contributed 7 runs from 10 balls before getting caught on the deep square leg by Nikolaas Davin on Ben Shikongo’s delivery.
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Papua New Guinea had a slow start as they scored only 35 runs for 3 wickets during the powerplay, but they kept on playing at the same pace without losing many wickets in the process.
Charles Amini and Sese Bau shared a 50 runs partnership before Charles Amini lost his wicket after scoring 31 runs from 28 balls. Wicketkeeper-batsman Kiplin Doriga added 10 runs before getting dismissed by JJ Smit at the start of the 17th over.
Sese Bau and Norman Vanua remained not out throughout the innings. Sese Bau scored 40 runs from 38 deliveries with only 2 boundaries, while Norman added 20 runs from 13 balls. Papua New Guinea finished their innings on 130 runs for 5 wickets from 20 overs. Netherlands’ JJ Smit claimed 2 wickets after conceding 29 runs from 4 overs. Christi Viljoen, Ben Shikongo, and Captain Gerhard Erasmus took 1 wicket each for their team.
Papua New Guinea’s bowlers restrict Namibia on 115 runs:
Namibia required 131 runs from 20 overs to qualify for the finals of the T20 World Cup Qualifier. They sent Stephen Baard and Nikolaas Davin to bat first. Jason Kila bowled Nikolaas Davin in the second over of the innings for none. JP Kotze added 30 runs to his team’s total on 27 balls with2 fours and 2 sixes before getting lbw by Charles Amini.
Opener Stephen Baard spent some time on the pitch as he scored 34 runs from 40 deliveries for 2 fours and a six, before getting dismissed by Damien Ravu in the 16th over. Damien Ravu got injured while taking the catch and Riley Hakure bowled the remaining 4 balls of the over.
Craig Williams scored 14 runs, while Captain Gerhard Erasmus added 4 runs to the team’s total. Namibia required 39 runs from 17 balls to win the match, but Papua New Guinea bowlers made sure it does not happen. JJ Smit and wicketkeeper-batsman Zane Green remained not out. JJ Smit scored 16 runs from 13 deliveries, while Zane Green contributed 9 runs from 12 balls as Namibia finished their innings on 112/5 after 20 overs.
Norman Vanua bowled outstandingly well as he claimed 2 wickets for just 16 runs from his four overs. Jason Kila Damien Ravu and Charles Amini all took 1 wicket for their team.
Norman Vanua was awarded man of the match for his all-round performances, scoring 20 runs from 13 deliveries and claimed 2 wickets for 16 runs from his 4 overs. Papua New Guinea ended Namibia’s winning streak of 5 matches.