Papua New Guinea became the first team to secure automatic qualification into the T20 World Cup next year in Australia following their stunning win over Kenya in the Qualifier clash. The Associate nation has come a long way from the depths of mediocrity to now playing with the big boys in 2020.
PNG were down in the doldrums in their must-win encounter against Kenya in order to top their respective group. They were 19/6 within four overs of their innings before a remarkable rescue act spearheaded by Norman Vanua bolstered their batting effort and they reached 118 in 19.3 overs.
The fairytale comeback from PNG was completed by a dominant bowling display as they shot out Kenya for just 73 in reply. However, PNG still required another result to go their way and since Netherlands could not chase down 131 in 12.3 overs, the island nation progresses to their first T20 World Cup appearance.