World Cup Qualifiers

World Cup Qualifiers – 9th Place Play-Off – Hong Kong vs PNG – Fantasy Preview

Two island nations Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea faces each other to finalize the last two spots of the World Cup Qualifiers tournament. Match between Hong Kong vs PNG is schedule to start at 9:30 AM Local | 1 PM IST on Saturday, 17th March 2018.



Hong Kong produced one major upset of the tournament when they beat Afghanistan in the group stage. The team had received lot of attention after that win but they were failed in keep that momentum high and lost next three matches on a row. Poor batting performances made Hong Kong’s campaign worse as they managed to post a total of less than 200 runs in 4 out of 5 matches. Skipper Babar Hayat tried his level best in almost every match but he didn’t a help from rest of the team. The bowling unit also has lot of ups and downs in the tournament but they were some far better than batting efforts. Captain Babar Hayat, Aizaz Khan, Tanwir Afzal, Kinchit Shah and Nizkat Khan are senior players in the squad and all of them have a role to play to finish at 9 in the tournament. Among bowlers Nadeem Ahmed, Ehsan Nawaz and Ehsan Khan are doing some decent jobs in every match and they are expected to bring similar efforts in this game too.



Five matches – Five defeats shut the door for Papua New Guinea side to retain the ODI status. The hard working team set to play their last match in the tournament with a goal of finish at no. 9. The only positive sign was Tony Ura’s stunning 150 runs knock in the early part of the tournament. Captain Assad Vala opens the batting with Ura and both of them were contributed for the teams. All-rounder Mahuru Dai is the other important player in the team and he takes care of middle-order batting along with good bowling spells. Wicket-keeper Kiplin Doriga, Sese Bau are other notable batsmen in their lineup. Among bowlers Chad Soper and Norman Vanua are the main bowlers and both of them offering control spells with wickets. Alei Nao is the other wicket-taking bowler in the lineup.




  • Nizakat Khan
  • Tanwir Afzal
  • Anshuman Rath
  • Babar Hayat
  • Nadeem Ahmed
  • Ehsan Khan



  • Assad Vala
  • Tony Ura
  • Kiplin Doriga
  • Mahuru Dai
  • Chad Soper
  • Norman Vanua




1. Christopher Carter / Scott McKenchie, 2. Nizakat Khan, 3. Babar Hayat, 4. Anshuman Rath, 5. Tanwir Afzal, 6. Kinchit Shah, 7. Simandeep Singh, 8. Aizaz Khan / Waqas Barkat, 9. Ehsan Nawaz, 10. Ehsan Khan, 11. Nadeem Ahmed.


1. Tony Ura, 2. Assad Vala, 3. Lega Siaka / Sese Bau, 4. Kiplin Doriga, 5. Mahuru Dai, 6. Charles Amini, 7. Jason Kila / Jack Vare, 8. John Reva, 9. Chad Soper, 10. Norman Vanua, 11. Alei Nao.




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