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16 July 201517:04

PREVIEW: PNG looks to keep unbeaten run going

Ireland primed to bounce back from surprise loss while Namibia takes on Jersey

PREVIEW: PNG looks to keep unbeaten run going - Cricket News
Nepal v Papua New Guinea

The 29th match of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Dublin involves two sides who have had contrasting campaigns so far. While Papua New Guinea has been impressive and unbeaten till now with five points from three matches, Nepal, after losing to Hong Kong on Wednesday, now has just one win, a washout and two losses from four outings.

Nepal's batting has struggled all competition, managing totals of 122 for 4 (against United States of America), 53 all out (against Ireland) and 109 all out (against Hong Kong). Sharad Vesawkar and Rajesh Pulami contributed against Hong Kong, but if Nepal has to climb up from its current fifth position on the Group A points table, it would need the likes of Sagar Pun, Subash Khakurel, Gyanendra Malla and Paras Khadka, the captain, to fire.

Nepal's bowling has been spearheaded by Basant Regmi and Sompal Kami, with hardly any support from any other bowler.

PNG, on the other hand, comes into this match on the back of a fantastic two-wicket win against Ireland, the 2013 winners, in Belfast on Wednesday, making it the only unbeaten team left in the tournament. Assad Vala and Kila Pala have carried out the batting responsibilities nicely, while Willie Gavera, the right-arm pace bowler, has accounted for early wickets in each game.

A win in this match will take PNG at least temporarily to the top of the points table, ahead of Ireland, currently first with six points from four matches and which takes on Hong Kong later in the evening.

Teams (from):

Paras Khadka (captain), Pradeep Airee, Binod Bhandari, Shakti Gauchan, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Subash Khakurel, Siddhant Lohani, Gyanendra Malla, Anil Mandal, Jitendra Mukhiya, Rajesh Pulami, Sagar Pun, Basant Regmi, Sharad Vesawkar.

Papua New Guinea: Jack Vare (captain), Charles Amini, Sese Bau, John Boge Reva, Mahuru Dai, Willie Gavera, Loa Nou, Kila Pala, Pipi Raho, Lega Siaka, Chad Soper, Tony Ura, Vani Vagi, Assadollah Vala, Norman Vanua.

Jersey v Namibia

Namibia and Jersey lock horns Clontarf Cricket Club ground in Dublin, with the African side in with a chance of cementing its third spot on the points table with a win.

After starting the tournament with a seven-wicket loss to Ireland, Namibia steadied its campaign with a win over USA at Stormont on Monday, and is now tied on three points with Hong Kong and Nepal, who are placed lower on the points table on net run rate.

Stephen Baard (34) and Gerrie Snyman (62), with a fabulous opening stand of 97, were the heroes of the previous match, and with the likes of Raymond van Schoor, JP Kotze, and Sarel Burger also in its lineup, Namibia will fancy doing well in the batting department.

Jersey rode on great batting displays from Edward Farley and Peter Gough to begin the tournament with an impressive nine-wicket win over Hong Kong in its first ever ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier match, but has slumped to two heavy losses ever since - against PNG and USA.

With only three games left, it is important for Jersey to win this contest to keep its chances of making further progress alive.

Teams (from):

Peter Gough (captain), Corey Bisson, Dom Blampied, Corne Bodenstein, Paul Connolly, Ed Farley, Anthony Kay, Jonty Jenner, Ben Kynman, Tommy Minty, Rhys Palmer, Chuggy Perchard, Callum Rabet, Ben Stevens, Nat Watkins.

Namibia: Nicholas Scholtz (captain), Stephen Baard, Sarel Burger, Christopher Coombe, Jason Davidson, Michiel du Preez, Gerhard Erasmus, Louis Klazinga, JP Kotze, Bernard Scholtz, JJ Smit, Christiaan Snyman, Gerrie Snyman, Raymond van Schoor, Craig Williams.

Ireland v Hong Kong

Ireland, the defending champion and a co-host of this year's tournament, entered the competition as one of the favourites and not surprisingly, William Porterfield's side currently finds itself perched on top of the group points table. It won its first three matches - against Namibia, USA and Nepal - comfortably, but the hiccup came in the form of PNG in Belfast on Wednesday, when the islanders first restricted Ireland to 123 and then went past the total with two wickets in hand.

The loss would certainly have shaken up Ireland, and Hong Kong could face the brunt of its assault when the two sides meet for the 33rd match in Dublin.

While Porterfield has been the most successful batsman for Ireland, Kevin O'Brien and Stuart Thompson have led the charge in the bowling department, picking up 11 wickets between themselves from four matches.

Hong Kong, which has so far won just one of three matches, will expect Haseeb Amjad and Irfan Ahmed to continue their good form with the ball and hope for the batting unit to support its bowlers to help it move up the points table.

Teams (from):

: William Porterfield (captain), Andrew Balbirnie, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Tyrone Kane, Andrew McBrine, Graeme McCarter, John Mooney, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, Stuart Poynter, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young.

Hong Kong: Tanwir Afzal (captain), Irfan Ahmed, Nadeem Ahmed, Haseeb Amjad, Jamie Atkinson, Waqas Barkat, Mark Chapman, Aizaz Khan, Anas Khan, Nizakat Khan, Giacomo Lamplough, Ehsan Nawaz, Babar Hayat, Anshuman Rath, Kinchit Shah.