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Hong Kong seal berth

Abu Dhabi: Hong Kong overcame a disastrous start to beat Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 29 runs at the Zayed Cricket Stadium, here, on Thursday to secure a maiden berth in next year’s ICC World Twenty20 to be held in Bangladesh.

Completing the line-up was the Netherlands, after they defeated Scotland by eight wickets with 13 balls to spare, following Wesley Barresi’s 75 not out, Ben Cooper’s 40 and Michael Swart’s 30 not out.

With captain Jamie Atkinson watching from the sidelines due to a broken thumb, Hong Kong recovered from 19 for four inside four overs to post 137 for nine.

Munir Dar then struck with three wickets for 26 runs and Haseeb Amjad bagged two for 18 as Hong Kong bowled PNG out for 108 with five balls remaining.