Sport: PNG cricketers one win from T20 World Cup despite loss

11:50 am on 20 July 2015

Papua New Guinea have kept alive their hopes of qualifying for next year's World Twenty20 tournament despite an 18 run defeat to USA overnight.

Having restricted the Americans to 147 for 6 from their 20 overs, the Barramundi's run chase started disastrously with openers Tony Ura and Lega Siaka dismissed in the first eight balls.

Sese Bau grafted 26 from 31 deliveries and was supported by Kila Pala and Mahura Dai but the run-rate proved too much with PNG only managing ten boundaries as they finished on 129 for 9.

The Barramundi's finished fourth in Group A with three wins, two defeats and one no result.

Ireland and Scotland sealed automatic qualification after finishing top of their groups, with four more spot up for grabs in the playoffs.

PNG have a few days off before their knockout clash on Thursday against the loser of Afghanistan vs Hong Kong, from which the winner will advance to the World Cup.