ICC WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS
Cricbuzz Staff •
Asghar Stanikzai broke in the course of the shackles to play an important cameo. © Getty
There we have now it. The Windies and Afghanistan will commute to England subsequent yr to take part within the 10-team ICC World Cup.
How did we get right here?
Afghanistan misplaced their first 3 video games of the match and appeared set to transform the primary of the numerous expected heartbreak tales from the match. Then, moulded through the dramatic occasions of the match thereafter (learn Zimbabwe-UAE conflict), they got an opportunity to play a winner-takes-all contest towards Ireland and appeared set to canter to the victory earlier than taking an agonisingly longer direction to delirium. They sooner or later chased down 210 with 5 wickets and 5 balls to spare with Asghar Stanikzai powering via heavy strapping round his abdomen to take his aspect house with a 29-ball 39.
Brief rankings: Ireland 209/7 in 50 overs (Paul Stirling 55, Kevin O’Brien 41; Rashid Khan Three-40) misplaced to Afghanistan (Mohammad Shahzad 54, Asghar Stanikzai 39*; Simi Singh Three-30) through 5 wickets