New Delhi, Mar 23: Afghanistan on Friday beat Ireland by 5 wickets to qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Asghar Stanikzai hit a smashing 39 not out off 29 balls leading Afghanistan to 213/5 against Ireland’s 209/7. Afghanistan will now join other qualifiers for the World Cup 2019 in England, scheduled from May 30 to July 14, 2019. Also Read - President Joe Biden to Withdraw US Troops From Afghanistan by September 11
Afghanistan will now face the West Indies in the Qualifiers’ final on Sunday, March 25. The other countries the winner will play alongside in the World Cup 2019 are Australia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, England, South Africa, and New Zealand. Also Read - Zimbabwe to Host 1st International Team in Over a Year
In Friday’s game, Ireland had won the toss and chose to bat first with opener Paul Stirling. Stirling made a decent 55 off 87 balls. In 50 overs, Ireland had scored 209/7. Afghanistan needed 210 runs to qualify for the 2019 ICC World Cup. Afghanistan made a brilliant start in first 15 overs. Also Read - Meet Afghanistan's Fearless Social Media Influencer Who Has More Followers Than The President | See Pics
After the matvh was over, Ireland captain William Porterfield congratulated the Afghanistani team and added that they (Ireland) were a few runs short today. He said that the team has learned a lot from the tournament.
Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad, Gulbadin Naib, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Stanikzai, Samiullah Shenwari, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.