Papua New Guinea, Ireland qualify for T20 World Cup
Papua New Guinea qualified for the T20 World Cup for the first time in their history. After a couple of hours, Ireland also confirmed their qualification for the 2020 World Cup.
Papua New Guinea have made history as they qualify for the T20 World Cup for the first time in their cricketing history. After winning the game comfortably by 45 runs against Kenya, they had to depend on the outcome between Netherlands and Scotland.
The Netherlands needed to chase down 130 runs within 12.3 overs. But they failed to do so and PNG sealed their spot in Australia. With 19/6 against Kenya, PNG almost lost all their hope, but a stunning comeback changed things all for the side.
PNG and Netherlands played six matches each and registered five wins from the six games in the group stage.
Meanwhile, Ireland also qualified for the T20 World Cup in Australia after defeating Nigeria by eight wickets on Saturday. However, their hopes of qualifying for the next year’s ICC event depended on the outcome of the Oman and Jersey match.
If Oman would have won the game against Jersey in their Group B encounter, they would have topped the group and qualified for the 2020 T20 World Cup. But Jersey’s 14-run win over Oman sealed Ireland’s place in the next year’s showpiece event.
Both Oman and Ireland won four games each. But Ireland topped the group and qualified for the World Cup on the basis of the better net run-rate.