Watch: Zimbabwe players celebrate ICC T20 World Cup 2022 qualification in a unique way
After defeating the United States and Papua New Guinea in the semifinals of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier B, Netherlands and Zimbabwe secured their spots in the ICC T20 World Cup. After holding the USA to 138 in 19.4 overs, Netherlands defeated the USA by seven wickets in their semifinal match, while Zimbabwe defeated the resilient PNG by 27 runs.
In order to qualify for the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia, which will start in October 2022, Zimbabwe was able to secure one of the final two seats. Early in 2000, Zimbabwe was one of the top teams but due to their own corruption inside the Cricket Board they struggled so much.
To complete the arrangement, they had to play a qualifier, otherwise, they risked being eliminated and missing the next three-year ICC competition. Remember that Zimbabwe was unable to compete in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England.
Meanwhile, the squad can be seen celebrating this victory in an unconventional way by tapping their bats together in a video that Zimbabwe Cricket released on their social media accounts. There was a joyful shout that came after that.
Talking about the match, Zimbabwe batting first scored 199-5 in their 20 overs, skipper Craig Ervine scored 38 and Madhevere scored 42 runs in 29 balls. Sese Bau's blazing innings ended as he trapped in front for his 19-ball 30.
With the dismissal of PNG's opener Lega Siaka on the opening over of their innings, Zimbabwe had everything going their way. As they were down to 45 for 3 in the Powerplay, they quickly lost two more wickets. Tony Ura showed some intent with his bat after smashing 2 sixes of Raza but was unable to carry on. After 20 overs, they were out for 172 for 8, falling 27 runs short. As Zimbabwe confirmed their involvement in the major tournament in Australia, the home crowd went berserk.