Last Update on: July 15th, 2022 at 09:21 pm
After defeating USA and PNG in the semifinals of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier B, respectively, Netherlands and Zimbabwe secured their spots in the 2022 tournament.
After holding the Americans to 138 runs in 19.4 overs, the Netherlands defeated the USA by seven wickets to advance to the final. At the same time, Zimbabwe defeated the tenacious PNG by 27 runs.
United States of America vs Netherlands
For the USA, which wanted to compete in their first ever international ICC competition, it was the perfect beginning. With a 51-run opening partnership from just five overs, the in-form Steven Taylor and captain Monank Patel set the stage for success. Taylor, who fell for 26 – his lowest score in the tournament thus far, was the first victim for the Netherlands thanks to an essential wicket by Paul van Meekeren. Sadly for the USA, the wicket brought about a collapse. In the end, the US could manage only 138 runs and didn’t play their full 20 overs.
The Netherlands did stutter a bit in their chase but a brilliant knock by Bas de Leede in the middle saw the Netherlands through to the final.
Zimbabwe VS Papua New Guinea
The tournament’s organisers Zimbabwe’s decision to have a bat first proved fruitful. The experienced duo of Regis Chakabva and skipper Craig Ervine got things going well, with the former taking an aggressive approach. Vital contributions from the middle order helped Zimbabwe post 199 runs in their 20 overs. Papua New Guinea in their chase kept losing wickets at regular intervals and even though Tony Ura tried his best to keep his team in the chase he too was dismissed.
Netherlands and Zimbabwe are the final two teams who have qualified for the T20 WC in Australia and will play in the first round.
Ireland and UAE had qualified for the event earlier this year while Scotland and Namibia had qualified courtesy of qualifying to the super 12 stages in the last year’s T20 WC hosted by India in the UAE.
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