Sport: PNG cricketers miss out on World T20 spot

10:30 am on 24 July 2015

Papua New Guinea have missed out on a spot at next year's World Twenty20 cricket tournament after losing their winner-takes-all qualifying match against Afghanistan by six wickets.

The Barramundi's rallied from 66 for 5 after 15 overs to post 127 for 6 batting first, with Charles Amini and Norman Vanua finishing unbeaten on 37 and 22 at the end of their 20 overs.

Vanua gave PNG further hope, dismissing Mohammad Shahzad off the first ball of the second innings before Afghanistan consolidated with a 57 run stand for the second wicket.

In the end the total wasn't enough for PNG to defend with Najibullah Zadran smashing a six to send Afghanistan into the 2016 World T20 in India with ten balls to spare.

Ireland, Scotland, Hong Kong, Netherlands and Oman are also through to next year's tournament.