What a tournament this has been for Papua New Guinea. At the start of the 2019 ICC T20 Qualifier in UAE, none would’ve thought that PNG would’ve topped their group with 5 wins in 6 games and secured a place to Australia for the ICC 2020 World Cup. However, they’ve managed it and then won their semi final against Namibia too. While their spot is secured, they now have the chance to gain all bragging rights by winning the final too.
In the other semi final, Netherlands got past Ireland to book their spot in the final too. Netherlands also bagged 5 wins in 6 games in the group stage before beating UAE in the qualifier and then winning their semi-final. Their only loss coincidentally came against PNG itself. Keep reading for our complete Howzat (sign-up with code “READ1234”) fantasy preview of the NED vs PNG final…
- Tournament: ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019.
- Date: 2nd November 2019, 9:00pm IST.
- Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.
- Capacity: 25,000+
- Series status: FINAL.
Form (recent first)
- NED: W W W W L
- PNG: W W W W L
- Head to head in T20Is, PNG leads 1-0.
- Last 6 games this tournament – 5 have been won batting first.
- Highest successful chase this tournament – 168/5 (Scotland).
- Paul van Meekeren – 15 wickets in 8 games so far.
- Colin Ackermann – world record 7/18 for Leicestershire in August.
It has been the experienced likes of Ryan ten Doeschate and Roelof van der Merwe that have been carrying this team on their shoulders, with ten Doeschate having 2 fifties and 199 runs in 8 games while Merwe having 12 wickets in his 8 games so far. Both should be a part of your fantasy team while another player with 2 fifties is Max O’Dowd; he also scored 2 fifties in 2 ODIs before this tournament.
With the ball, the seamers have been brilliant including Paul van Meekeren who is their top wicket-taker, just 3 wickets behind the tournament leader. Captain Pieter Seelaar hasn’t been bowling much but h bagged 3 wickets in the last game and is a useful batsman too, so I will now pick him. The x-factor player for you can be Colin Ackermann; the South African born has 134 runs and 3 wickets in 6 games here.
One player I have seen a lot of fire in, in recent games is Damien Ravu. He’s bagged 11 wickets in 7 games and bowls quick, always looking like he’s hungry for more wickets, currently their highest wicket-taker in the tournament and also going at an economy of just 4.86! Captain Assad Vala is also a must-have, maybe even as captain or vice-captain. He has 9 wickets and 189 runs in this tournament so far.
With 10 wickets and 109 runs in the tournament, Norman Vanua is someone you should definitely include in your Howzat (sign-up with code “READ1234”) fantasy team; he recently scored 54 against Kenya when the PNG top order collapsed. Another player who is always contributing with bat and ball is Charles Amini who has managed 7 wickets and 100 runs with a best of 41* so far in UAE.
NED vs PNG Betting
T20 Qualifier FINAL: NED vs PNG
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— Read Scoops (@ReadScoops) November 2, 2019