Zimbabwe, Netherlands qualify for T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia
Zimbabwe and Netherlands defeated Papua New Guinea and Netherlands in the semifinals of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifiers B respectively on Friday to book their berths in the 2022 edition of the T20 World Cup that is set to be played in Australia later this year.
While Zimbabwe beat PNG by 27 runs, Netherlands romped past USA by 7 wickets.
𝗤𝗨𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗙𝗜𝗘𝗗! Australia here we come for the ICC Men's #T20WorldCup 2022 🏆 🛫— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) July 15, 2022
🇿🇼 beat Papua New Guinea by 2⃣7⃣ runs, Congrats Lads!#ZIMvPNG | #T20WCQualifier | #T20WorldCup | #VisitZimbabwe pic.twitter.com/5E1FB5jjmW
Zimbabwe posted 199/5 batting first. Wesley Madhevere was their top scorer with 42 runs to his name off just 29 deliveries. PNG all-rounder Charles Amini once again carried his good bowling form forward, registering figures of 2/28 in three overs. PNG didn't give up easily, though. They lost wickets early but Tony Ura raised their hopes with a magnificent knock of 66 off just 35 deliveries, after walking in to bat at No. 5. However, his superb knock was brought to an end by Sean Williams in the 15th over and Zimbabwe regained control from there.
Netherlands, on the other hand, chased down a target of 139 set by USA comfortably. Bas de Leede was the star of the match as he registered bowling figures of 2/23 in three overs and then went on to smash an unbeaten 91 off just 67 deliveries to power the Dutch home with seven wickets and an over to spare.