ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier, 2019

Netherlands vs Papua New Guinea - Final

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Date & Time: 02 November 2019

Netherlands 134/3

RR: 7.05 | Netherlands beat Papua New Guinea by 7 wickets

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The Dutch team celebrates and that ends the T20 World Cup Qualifier, 2019! Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Ireland, Namibia, Scotland and Oman are the ones featuring in the 2020 T20 World Cup, along with the big guys. All the best to them. We take your leave, hoping to have your company for future events. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious Netherlands skipper, Pieter Seelaar, says that he is very proud of his team. Adds that there were some questions raised about their chances but is happy to have won it outright, having shared the trophy with Ireland and Scotland in the earlier editions. Praises the experience of Cooper, Ackermann and ten Doeschate for seeing their team through. Is eager to go to Australia and believes that his team is well placed to do well over there. On Brandon Glover, Pieter says that the former impressed them in a club game back in Holland and to win the Man Of The Final award is impressive. Is looking forward to celebrate the win tonight and thanks the crowd for coming in large numbers to support. On PNG, Seelaar praises them, crediting them for stifling the batsmen, not giving easy runs away and showing the world that they belong.

Papua New Guinea captain, Assad Vala, accepts that it was not their day but believes that the team has done the country proved. Praises Ackermann and Cooper for showing them how to bat on this surface and hopes that his team can learn from them. Praises Damien Ravu for coming back strongly after being dropped midway in the tournament. On the learnings and the shortcomings, Vala is happy where the team is but wants his batsmen to work harder and get bigger scores.

NAMIBIA'S GERHARD ERASMUS HAS BEEN NAMED THE PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT.

NETHERLANDS' BRANDON GLOVER HAS BEEN NAMED THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH. Says that this win is incredible after seeing so many months of hard work. On his performance tonight, Glover says that one has to do his job and it was more about rhythm, coming in, running in and hitting the right areas consistently. Says that he is very much looking forward to playing in Australia.

Time for the final presentation of the tournament. The match referee and the umpires get their medallions.

Ryan ten Doeschate says that it was very tough in the middle. Says that he could have got out a couple of times, so 150 would have been very difficult. Says that they believed they could win the game, if they batted 20 overs, although, rues that final over which went for 22. Praises Papua New Guinea for not giving Netherlands any thing and says that it is always nice to beat that quirky team. On the tournament win, Ryan says that qualifying for the World Cup was a big thing but a win here is an icing on the cake. On the preparations for that tournament, Tendo says that he is not sure how Netherlands would go about things as a couple of young batters are coming up the ranks. Then says that there is still a year to go, so there is time to think about it.

Netherlands coach, Ryan Campbell, says that he is relieved with the win. Admits that there were plenty of issues internally but the group stuck together. Puts it down to the entire unit, with the seniors and the juniors gelling well. On the run chase, Campbell says that Netherlands' strength is to score 160 - Not 200, but 160 and for that, wickets in hand are needed and that is how the Dutch played. On the team selection, Ryan says that when he selected 5 fast bowlers for the Middle East, everyone questioned his selection but they did well. Now, he says, he might need 6 fast bowlers for Australia.

Time for a couple of quick chats.

As usual, Papua New Guinea bowled well. Ravu and Vala kept the pressure in the middle overs but towards the end, the others could not handle the pressure. One of the most consistent teams in this tournament, they have displayed their quality nicely.

A decent outing for the Dutch. The bowlers set it up, restricting PNG to 128, although 22 of those came in the final over. This tournament has shown us so many times that any total close to 130 or 140 can be defended. Netherlands did start off shakily, losing Visee early but Ben Cooper and later on, Colin Ackermann, ensured that there was no collapse. Towards the end, Ryan ten Doeschate's cameo helped.

The champions celebrate. Before the tournament, it was supposed to be one among Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands to win but while that did prove to be correct, no one expected Papua New Guinea to qualify for the T20 World Cup, let alone make it to the final. The group has a moment for themselves, patting each other before breaking off.

18.6
6
N Pokana to ten Doeschate, SIX! Finishing it off in style! A length ball, around off, ten Doeschate waits for the slower ball to arrive and swings it cleanly over mid-wicket! NETHERLANDS WIN BY 7 WICKETS!
18.5
1
N Pokana to C Ackermann, Around off, worked towards long on for a run to level the scores.
18.4
2
N Pokana to C Ackermann, Full and wide outside off, Ackermann slaps it towards cover and takes a single. The throw comes in to the stumps at the bowler's end and then deflects away towards long on. A second is taken.
18.3
0
N Pokana to ten Doeschate, Down the leg side, ten Doeschate misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads past the keeper. Doriga himself runs after it towards fine leg and keeps the batsmen to a single.
18.2
1
N Pokana to C Ackermann, A length ball, down the leg side, flicked towards square leg for a single.
18.2
0
N Pokana to C Ackermann, WIDE. Full and down the leg side, flick shot missed.
18.1
2
N Pokana to C Ackermann, Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a couple.
17.6
1
N Vanua to C Ackermann, Outside off, swung off the inner half through mid on for a run. 9 needed from 12 balls now.
17.5
1
N Vanua to ten Doeschate, Another full toss, Vanua losing his radar, Ryan pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
17.4
4
N Vanua to ten Doeschate, FOUR! LOVELY! A full toss outside off and ten Doeschate is set enough now to make use of that, driving it through the covers.
17.3
1
N Vanua to C Ackermann, It's been driven superbly through the covers. One run added to the total.
17.2
1
N Vanua to ten Doeschate, Around off, pushed towards long on again, for a run.
17.1
1
N Vanua to C Ackermann, Full on middle, pushed towards long on for a single.

Norman Vanua is back on. 2-0-15-0 so far.

16.6
0
N Pokana to ten Doeschate, Outside off, placed straight to point. Bizarre over. A single, 4 dots and a six.
16.5
6
N Pokana to ten Doeschate, SIX! BOOM! That releases the pressure a bit. The ball is around the half volley mark and ten Doeschate goes after it. Down on a knee, fetching it from outside off and slogging it over mid-wicket. 18 needed from 19 balls now.
16.4
0
N Pokana to ten Doeschate, Landed outside off, cut straight to point.
16.3
0
N Pokana to ten Doeschate, Full on middle, pushed towards mid on.
16.2
0
N Pokana to ten Doeschate, Around off, played with soft hands towards point. Ackermann takes off for the single, is sent back, slips but recovers and gets back in time.
16.1
1
N Pokana to C Ackermann, Full and around middle, played with soft hands wide of mid on for a single.

Nosaina Pokana returns. 2-0-17-1 so far.

15.6
4
D Ravu to ten Doeschate, FOUR! Off the edge and this helps too! A length ball outside off, ten Doeschate throws the kitchen sink at it but gets a thick outside edge. However, luckily for him, the edge flies through the vacant slip cordon to the third man fence! 13 from the over.
15.5
6
D Ravu to ten Doeschate, SIX! BLUDGEONED! How crucial is that hit? Ravu goes short and ten Doeschate pulls it massively into the crowd at mid-wicket! 29 more needed from 25 balls now.
15.4
1
D Ravu to C Ackermann, A short ball, down the leg side, Ackermann looks to pull but is cramped for room. The ball takes the gloves and lobs in the air but is wide of the keeper.
15.3
1
D Ravu to ten Doeschate, Around off, pushed towards long on for a single.
15.3
0
D Ravu to ten Doeschate, WIDE. Tendo comes down the track and Ravu, anticipating that, bowls a bouncer. But gets it too high.
15.2
0
D Ravu to ten Doeschate, Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
15.1
0
D Ravu to ten Doeschate, Outside off, pushed straight to point.

Damien Ravu gets a change of ends. 2-0-5-1 so far.

14.6
1
C Amini to ten Doeschate, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for another single. 4-0-31-0 for Amini.
14.5
1
C Amini to C Ackermann, On middle, pushed down to long on for one. 39 needed from 31 balls.
14.4
1
C Amini to ten Doeschate, TOP EDGE, SAFE! Full and outside off, ten Doeschate comes down the track and looks to go inside out but the ball spins away and takes the top edge. Three men run after it - short third man, point and cover - but the ball eludes them. A single taken.
14.3
1
C Amini to C Ackermann, Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a run.
14.2
1
C Amini to ten Doeschate, Outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
14.1
0
C Amini to ten Doeschate, Full and around off, driven straight back to the bowler.

Charles Amini returns. 3-0-26-0 so far.

13.6
0
A Vala to C Ackermann, Landed outside off, dabbed straight to short third man. Just 2 from the over. The Netherlands are feeling the pressure. Vala is done - 4-1-15-1. Another superlative effort.
13.5
0
A Vala to C Ackermann, Outside off, whipped straight to short mid-wicket.
13.4
1
A Vala to ten Doeschate, On middle, pushed through mid on for a single.
13.3
0
A Vala to ten Doeschate, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
13.2
1
A Vala to C Ackermann, Outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
13.1
0
A Vala to C Ackermann, Full and around off, pushed back to the bowler.
12.6
0
D Ravu to ten Doeschate, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
12.5
1
D Ravu to C Ackermann, Full and outside off, hitting the deck and then gripping away, Ackermann looks to drive but the ball takes the outside edge and goes to third man. A single taken.
12.4
1
D Ravu to ten Doeschate, Outside off, punched through the line, through the covers for a single.

Ryan ten Doeschate walks in at number 5, replacing Cooper.

12.3
0
D Ravu to Ben Cooper, OUT! Caught! Massive wicket. Set batsman falls and folks, we have a game on our hands. A short ball, outside off, Cooper swivels and pulls but it travels in the direction of the man at deep backward square leg. Lega Siaka over there, watches the ball carefully, judges it nicely, comes running in and takes a beautiful catch diving forward! Another good innings from Cooper ends. 47 needed from 45 now.
12.2
0
D Ravu to Ben Cooper, Outside off, punched straight to cover.
12.1
0
D Ravu to Ben Cooper, A length ball, around middle, blocked from the crease back to the bowler.

Damien Ravu returns. 1-0-3-0 so far.

11.6
0
A Vala to C Ackermann, Full and around off, watchfully blocked out.
11.5
2
A Vala to C Ackermann, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. They manage to come back for the second.
11.4
1
A Vala to Ben Cooper, Full and around off, driven straight back down the ground for a single.
11.3
1
A Vala to C Ackermann, The batsman drives this through the covers. One run added to the total.
11.2
0
A Vala to C Ackermann, Outside off, driven straight to mid off.
11.1
0
A Vala to C Ackermann, Full and around middle, pushed towards mid on.
10.6
6
C Amini to Ben Cooper, SIX! Clean hitting. Full and around middle, Cooper comes down the track and flicks it over mid-wicket! 13 from the over!
10.5
0
C Amini to Ben Cooper, Full and around middle, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
10.4
1
C Amini to C Ackermann, A short ball once more, pulled to deep mid-wicket for another single.
10.3
2
C Amini to C Ackermann, A long hop again, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a hat-trick of braces.
10.2
2
C Amini to C Ackermann, Short this time, pulled to deep square leg for a couple.
10.1
2
C Amini to C Ackermann, Full toss, on middle and leg, paddled fine for a couple.
9.6
1
A Vala to C Ackermann, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single.
9.5
2
A Vala to C Ackermann, Full and down the leg side, paddled fine for a couple.
9.4
1
A Vala to Ben Cooper, Outside off, punched off the back foot for a run.
9.3
4
A Vala to Ben Cooper, FOUR! 'Catch it!' is the call but no one is there. Full and around off, Cooper just lofts it over the bowler and just about beats long off. That is just the 4th boundary conceded in 15 overs in the middle overs of this tournament by PNG!
9.2
0
A Vala to Ben Cooper, Ripper! How good is that? Floated outside off, barely any pace, Cooper stays back to defend but the ball lands and then turns away past the outside edge!
9.1
1
A Vala to C Ackermann, Full and around off, flicked wide of short mid-wicket for a single.
8.6
0
C Amini to Ben Cooper, Full and around off, watchfully blocked out.
8.5
0
C Amini to Ben Cooper, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
8.4
2
C Amini to Ben Cooper, Full and around middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple.
8.3
0
C Amini to Ben Cooper, The batsman goes after a wide one and misses.
8.2
6
C Amini to Ben Cooper, SIX! That has gone all the way. Full and around middle, Cooper comes down the track and swings it cleanly over mid-wicket! There is a fielder in place but it goes well wide of him.
8.1
0
C Amini to Ben Cooper, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
7.6
0
A Vala to C Ackermann, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. A WICKET MAIDEN FOR VALA!
7.5
0
A Vala to C Ackermann, Full and around middle, pushed towards mid on.
7.4
0
A Vala to C Ackermann, Oh dear... how has he missed that? A full toss, outside off, Ackermann looks to play the reverse sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. Vala appeals but the umpire turns it down. Impact was outside off.
7.3
0
A Vala to C Ackermann, Full and around middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
7.2
0
A Vala to C Ackermann, Beaten first up! Superb from the captain again. Landed around off, Ackermann looks to defend but the ball pitches, drifts away and then straightens, to beat the outside edge, squaring Colin up!

Colin Ackermann walks in at number 4, replacing O'Dowd.

7.1
0
A Vala to Max O'Dowd, OUT! Caught! Stunner, absolute stunner from Charles Amini! Boy, PNG are ecstatic. Does the game turn from here on? Tossed up, around off, O'Dowd goes back and looks to flick but cannot keep it down. The ball flies and at the same time, Charles Amini flies to his left. Superb acrobatic catch. 81 needed from 77 balls.

The skipper, Assad Vala, brings himself on.

6.6
1
C Amini to Max O'Dowd, Outside off, chipped over cover for a run.
6.5
2
C Amini to Max O'Dowd, BEATEN! Landed outside off, Max goes back to cut but the ball spins back in a long way, cramps O'Dowd for room, takes the inside edge and goes past the leg stump! Two runs taken.
6.4
1
C Amini to Ben Cooper, Full and outside off, lofted wide of long off for a run.
6.3
0
C Amini to Ben Cooper, Full and around off, Cooper gets a good stride to defend.
6.2
1
C Amini to Max O'Dowd, The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
6.1
0
C Amini to Max O'Dowd, Full and around middle, Max looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.

Charles Amini to bowl his leg breaks.

5.6
1
N Vanua to Max O'Dowd, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. That is 43/1 in the Powerplay. Papua New Guinea were 30/3 at this stage.
5.5
1
N Vanua to Ben Cooper, Around middle, flicked towards square leg for a quick single.
5.4
0
N Vanua to Ben Cooper, Short and outside off, cut straight to point this time.
5.3
4
N Vanua to Ben Cooper, FOUR! Short and outside off, Cooper slashes hard and cuts it to the point boundary!
5.2
4
N Vanua to Ben Cooper, FOUR! Up and over! Full and outside off, Cooper lofts it over mid off and gets it to the fence.
5.1
0
N Vanua to Max O'Dowd, Full and down the leg side, O'Dowd looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. The ball goes towards square leg and a leg bye is taken.
4.6
0
D Ravu to Ben Cooper, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
4.5
1
D Ravu to Max O'Dowd, Landed outside off, dabbed to third man for one more.
4.4
1
D Ravu to Ben Cooper, The batsman guides it to third man. One run added to the total.
4.3
1
D Ravu to Max O'Dowd, Around middle, worked through mid-wicket for a run.
4.2
0
D Ravu to Max O'Dowd, Short and outside off, Max looks to cut but misses.
4.1
0
D Ravu to Max O'Dowd, Around off, defended watchfully.

Damien Ravu to bowl now.

3.6
0
N Vanua to Ben Cooper, On a good length on leg, Cooper looks to flick but gets hit on the thigh pad. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head.
3.6
0
N Vanua to Ben Cooper, WIDE! Bowls it down the leg side, Cooper looks to flick but misses it.
3.5
0
N Vanua to Ben Cooper, Full delivery on off, Cooper drives it to covers.
3.4
1
N Vanua to Max O'Dowd, On a length on leg, O'Dowd nudges it through square leg for a run.
3.3
2
N Vanua to Max O'Dowd, On a length on off, O'Dowd guides it towards third man. The fielder in the deep misfields and concedes two runs.
3.2
0
N Vanua to Max O'Dowd, Full delivery on middle, O'Dowd drives it back towards the bowler.
3.1
1
N Vanua to Ben Cooper, Full delivery on off, Cooper drives it through mid off. The batsmen cross ends.

Norman Vanua is into the attack.

2.6
3
N Pokana to Ben Cooper, Full delivery on middle, Cooper drives it through mid on. The fielder at long on does well to stop it before the ropes. The batsmen get three runs.
2.5
1
N Pokana to Max O'Dowd, Full and wide outside off, O'Dowd looks to drive but gets a thick outside edge which flies through the vacant slip cordon to the third man region. A single taken.
2.4
0
N Pokana to Max O'Dowd, On a good length on leg, O'Dowd looks to flick but gets it off the pads.
2.3
1
N Pokana to Ben Cooper, Full delivery on off, Cooper drives it towards mid off. The batsmen take a run.
2.2
0
N Pokana to Ben Cooper, On a length on middle, Cooper nudges it to the leg side.
2.1
1
N Pokana to Max O'Dowd, Length delivery on middle, O'Dowd flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen cross ends.
1.6
4
S Bau to Ben Cooper, FOUR! Nice shot. Flighted delivery on middle, Cooper sweeps it through square leg for a boundary.
1.5
0
S Bau to Ben Cooper, Tossed up delivery on off, Cooper drives it back towards the bowler.
1.4
1
S Bau to Max O'Dowd, Flighted delivery on leg, O'Dowd plays a sweep towards square leg for a run.
1.3
1
S Bau to Ben Cooper, Full delivery on middle, Cooper drives it through mid on. The batsmen cross ends.
1.2
0
S Bau to Ben Cooper, Tossed up delivery on middle, Cooper flicks it to mid-wicket.
1.1
1
S Bau to Max O'Dowd, Flighted delivery on off, O'Dowd drives it towards mid off for a single.

Max O'Dowd is the new batsman in. Sese Bau to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
N Pokana to T Visee, OUT! CAUGHT! On a good length on off, Visee looks to loft it over mid off but gets early into the shot. It goes towards Norman Vanua who takes a comfortable catch. 11 runs and a wicket from the first over.
0.5
2
N Pokana to T Visee, On a length on off, Visee taps it through point. The batsmen get two runs.
0.4
4
N Pokana to T Visee, FOUR! Second boundary of the over. Full delivery on off, Visee lofts it over covers for a boundary.
0.4
0
N Pokana to T Visee, WIDE! Bowls it wide outside off, Visee lets it go.
0.3
0
N Pokana to T Visee, Length delivery on off, Visee punches it to point.
0.2
0
N Pokana to T Visee, On a length on middle, Visee flicks it to mid-wicket.
0.1
4
N Pokana to T Visee, FOUR! That is a poor start. Pokana starts with a short delivery well outside off, Visee takes it with both hands and cuts it over point for a boundary.

We are back for the chase. The Papua New Guinea players are out in the middle. Tobias Visee and Ben Cooper will open the batting for Netherlands. Nosaina Pokana will start the proceedings for Papua New Guinea.