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Afghanistan beat Ireland to qualify for 2019 cricket world cup

After losing their first three games, Afghanistan had upset the odds to beat Ireland by five wickets on Friday to qualify for next 2019 Cricket World Cup. 

| Updated: 24 Mar 2018, 10:39:27
Afghanistan team (file photo) Source: PTI Afghanistan team (file photo) Source: PTI

After losing their first three games, Afghanistan had upset the odds to beat Ireland by five wickets on Friday to qualify for next 2019 Cricket World Cup. 

Asghar Stanikzai, coming back from a bout of appendicitis, hit an invaluable 39 not out off 29 balls to guide the Afghans to 213 for five in reply to Ireland's 209-7. Afghanistan will join fellow qualifiers West Indies in the 10-team World Cup to be staged in England and Wales from May 30-July 14, 2019, alongside defending champions Australia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, England, South Africa and New Zealand.

After Scotland and Zimbabwe had both suffered defeats in their concluding Super Six matches earlier in the week, Friday's game at the Harare Sports Club suddenly became a winner-takes-all clash.
 


First Published: 24 Mar 2018, 10:39:27

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