It will be a huge opportunity for Papua New Guinea to win their first major cricketing event among big associate nations when they lock horns against a much fancier Netherlands in the final of the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers. While the Netherlands has played some exceptional cricket in the tournament so far, PNG hasn’t been fare either.
In fact, they finished ahead of Netherlands in the group stage owing to their superior net run-rate. It has been a dream performance by Papua New Guinea in the tournament so far and they will look to finish off their campaign with a title win. It was an inspired bowling performance by PNG which saw them defend a score of just 130 in the semi-final against Namibia.
Venue- Dubai International Stadium
Time: 9:40 PM
There is certainly no doubt about this fact that PNG has taken the cricketing world by storm in the tournament. Such has been the dominance of Papua New Guinea that they have just lost a solitary match out of the 7 matches they have played so far.
The bowling department has been top class. Asad Vaala has done a terrific all-around job and has led the team with perfection. After a strong performance, it is highly unlikely that PNG will change their winning combination. Any update on injury or unavailability of any will be updated if we receive any information.
Predicted Playing XI
Tony Ura, Assad Vala (C), Lega Siaka, Charles Amini, Sese Bau, Kiplin Doriga (wk), Norman Vanua, Riley Hekure, Jason Kila, Damien Ravu, Nosaina Pokana
Like PNG there isn’t any realistic possibility that the Dutch will change their combination for the final. Openers Max O’Dowd ad Ben Cooper has got the Netherlands off to sensible starts and have both scored over 200 in the tournament.
Ryan ten Doeschate produced a sensational performance in the semi-final as he scored a quickfire 43 of just 25 deliveries which included 3 fours and a couple of sixes. Van Meekeren, Brandon Glover and Van der Merwe have been consistently among the wickets for the Dutch.
Predicted Playing XI
Max O’Dowd, Ben Cooper, Colin Ackermann, Pieter Seelaar (C), Ryan ten Doeschate, Roelof van der Merwe, Scott Edwards (wk), Tim van der Gugten, Fred Klaasen, Brandon Glover, Paul van Meekeren
Two of the best sides in the tournament have gone through to the final of the tournament. The Netherlands have so far just lost a solitary match in the tournament and it came against PNG in the group stage.
Hence PNG will take heart from their victory against the Dutch earlier in the tournament. Both teams have won 6 and lost 1 out of their 7 completed matches in the tournament.
The Netherlands vs Papua New Guinea Dream 11 Team Combination
Wicket-keepers- Kiplin Doriga
Batsmen- Ryan ten Doeschate, Max O’Dowd, Tony Ura, Ben Cooper,
All-rounders- Roelof van der Merwe, Assad Vala, Colin Ackermann
Bowlers- Norman Vanua, Paul van Meekeren, Brandon Glover
Ryan ten Doeschate- Over the years, Ten Doeschate has gone onto establish himself as one of the best-limited overs batsmen among associate nations. He scored a brilliant 43 of 25 deliveries in the semi-final against Ireland. Adding to that he has also scored two more half-centuries in the tournament. In his career, Ten Doeschate has scored 499 runs at an impressive average of 41.
Assad Vala- His consistent all-round performances have helped PNG qualify for the final of the tournament. Not only he has bagged important wickets, Vala has also scored some important runs and has also led his team to perfection. Vaala has also scored more than 100 runs in the tournament and has bagged 9 wickets.