Zimbabwe see off PNG to qualify for 2022 ICC T20 World Cup

Zimbabwe have qualified for the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup after seeing off Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 27 runs in the semi finals of the global qualifier at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Friday.
Shingi Matibiri, Sports Reporter

BULAWAYO – Zimbabwe have qualified for the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup after seeing off Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 27 runs in the semi finals of the global qualifier at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Friday.

The experienced duo of Regis Chakabva and skipper Craig Ervine provided a good start, with the former adopting an aggressive approach.

Chakabva struck the first boundary of the match in the very first over, and followed that up with a flurry of fours – three back-to-back off Sema Kamea. An over later, he smacked a six, looking even more dangerous.

However, his blazing innings was ended by Sese Bau, who had him trapped in front for a 19-ball 30. The wicket did not put the brakes on Zimbabwe’s flow of runs though as both Ervine and Wesley Madhevere struck regular boundaries. At the end of the 10th over, Zimbabwe looked strong on 90/1.

However, inside the next five overs, the hosts lost Ervine on 38, while Madhevere fell after top-scoring with a 29-ball 42. The middle-order contributed with valuable runs, helping their side post a strong 199/5 from the allotted 20 overs. 

Everything was going Zimbabwe’s way as they picked up a wicket on the very first ball of PNG’s innings with opener Lega Siaka’s dismissal. They lost two more wickets in quick succession as they were reduced to 45/3 in the Powerplay.

With the asking rate going up, Tony Ura started attacking with the bat, smashing two sixes in a row in Sikandar Raza’s over. His partner Charles Amini, too, was looking set for a big innings before falling prey to Luke Jongwe’s outside-off yorker. Ura, however, remained unperturbed as he continued with his business – smashing boundaries at will.

Zimbabwe missed a big opportunity when they had the danger man, Ura, caught when he was on 49 but the delivery was called a no-ball as the bowler Richard Ngarava had overstepped. Ura was eventually dismissed for a 35-ball 66. Thereafter, the bowlers kept the pressure up.

When Ura fell, PNG were 139/5. They ended on 172/8 after 20 overs, falling short by 27 runs. The home crowd went wild as Zimbabwe sealed their place in the marquee event in Australia.

The Netherlands also qualified for the world Cup after beating the USA by 7 wickets. Zimbabwe and the Netherlands will face off in the final of the qualifier on Friday at Queens Sports Club.

The 2022 ICC T20 World Cup is scheduled for October in Australia.

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