More Heartbreak: Zimbabwe Now Hoping For Fifteenth Place Finish

ESPNCRICINFO -It was a proud day for Papua New Guinea at the WEP Harris Oval in Brisbane, where they closed out a 12-run victory over Zimbabwe in the other 13th place play-off semi-final(The first one was played between Namibia and Nepal). It was their first win of the tournament and was a major turnaround after Zimbabwe beat them by 104 runs ten days ago. The win was set up by half-centuries to Charles Amini (63) and Lega Siaka (50), as PNG were dismissed for 235 from the last ball of their 50th over.

The Zimbabwean chase appeared to be well and truly on track as Kieran Geyle (42) and the captain Luke Masasire (68) put on a 108-run opening stand, but then things began to crumble for Zimbabwe. Kabua Vagi Morea collected three wickets in quick succession and Zimbabwe’s middle order struggled. Still, they remained favourites with 37 needed from six overs with four wickets in hand, but a pair of run-outs and another wicket hurt them, and the tenth wicket fell from the first ball of the 50th over, with 13 runs still required for victory.

Zimbabwe will face Namibia in the fifteenth place play-off on the 23rd of August at the WEP Harris Oval in Brisbane. The former will be hoping to avoid another upset as they beat Namibia by 7 wickets in their first warm-up match.

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