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17-Mar-2018 15:08:00 GMT
PNG v HK, 9th Place Play off, Harare

PNG defeat Hong Kong to finish ninth in World Cup Qualifiers

PNG 200 (Ura 49, Shah 4-10, Nadeem Ahmed 2-41, Ehsan Khan 2-43) beat Hong Kong 142 (Babar Hayat 37, Vanua 4-24, Amini 4-27) by 58 runs

Harare: Meanwhile, in the 4000th ODI, which ironically was Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Hong Kong’s last ODI at least until 2022, PNG defeated Hong Kong by 58 runs in the ninth/10th play-off.

Batting first PNG were bowled out for 200 in 48.2 overs with 22-year-old off-spinner Kinchit Shah returning career-best figures of 3.2-0-10-4 and, Nadeem Ahmed and Ehsan Khan bagging two wickets apiece.

Opener Tony Ura top-scored with 49 while Chad Soper contributed 40.

Hong Kong maintained their trend in the competition when they once again faded away after making a brisk start.

At the Old Hararians, they reached 81 for two in 10 overs but were then dismissed for 142 in 35.2 overs after Babar Hayat fell for 37.

Charles Amini, the 25-year-old wrist spinner, was the destroyer-in-chief when he finished with career-best figures of 10-0-27-4 to walk away with the Player of the Match award, while fast bowler Norman returned figures of 7.2-1-24-4.

The top two sides from the Super Six will qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be staged next year in England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July.

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