Afghanistan beat Ireland to book Cricket World Cup spot

Afghanistan beat Ireland to book Cricket World Cup spot

Afghanistan defeated Ireland by five wickets to qualify for 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup on Friday.

Chasing a modest target of 210, Afghanistan nearly made a hash of a straightforward run-chase before coasting home with five balls to spare in what turned out to be a battle of attrition.

Opener Mohammad Shahzad, who was named player of the match for a brisk knock of 54, said Afghanistan had found form in time.

We lost a couple of matches but we played good cricket in the Super Sixes. We had to win this game. The plan was simple - to wait for the loose delivery. I believe in myself and the senior management staff encouraged me. "West Indies, we are coming talking about the final". Afghanistan will now join other qualifiers for the World Cup 2019 in England, scheduled from May 30 to July 14, 2019. However, Afghanistan won their subsequent matches and more importantly had many other results going in their favour.

Sean Williams and Peter Moor, playing his first match of the tournament, lifted them to 124.

Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer echoed Porterfield's thoughts, conceding in his final press conference that he didn't see a set pathway for their chance hereafter to make progress as a cricketing country, given that the World Cup now will be limited to just ten teams.

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Yet wickets began to fall, with Simi Singh taking three crucial scalps as Ireland clawed their way back into the game. Stirling then added 44 runs with Niall O Brien, who scored 36.

Paul Stirling top scored with 55 off 87, while Kevin O'Brien provided some impetus with 41 from 37 but their total never looked likely to be enough.

To take the profession count to 99 ODI wickets, Rashid Khan, Afghanistan leg spinner completed with 3-40.

We were probably 25 runs short.

"Every 208 weeks you've got a six-week competition so two or three big teams can play nine games on TV, so that the ICC can cash in with a big cheque. They deserve it", Stanikzai said through an interpreter. We now get back for some rest and recuperation, he said. Afghanistan 213/5 in 49.1 ovs (Mohammed Shahzad 54). Afghanistan made a brilliant start in first 15 overs.

He batted in obvious pain and with a heavy dressing under his shirt, to score an unbeaten 39 off 29 balls, as he and Najibullah Zadran saw their team home with five balls to spare.