Saturday, February 13, 2010
Afghanistan pip Ireland in World Twenty20 Qualifier 2010 (Final)
Afghanistan 147 for 2 (Shahzad 65, Johnston 1-28) beat Ireland 142 for 8 (Cusack 28, Nangal 3-23) by eight wickets with 15 balls remaining.
Afghanistan - new lighting in the cricket, they prove their worth. Today, it was their commitment, hard work, team effort which makes them proud.
Great achievement by this young team, they beat Ireland in the final of qualifier event by 8 wickets.
I commend each of them for their dedication and hard work. They deserve to be proud of their achievement. They really deserved this victory. They beat some of the best teams among the associates in this event. And today they finished the qualifying tournament in style cantering to victory over Ireland, much more reputed team amongst associates.
Now they will join India and South Africa in Group C of the event in the West Indies, joyful moment for them.
Ireland won the toss and elected to bat first - at Dubai International Cricket Stadium - in this final match of the event. They scored decent 142 for 8 in 20 overs.
Nowroz Mangal come up with a good spell of 3 for 23 in 4 overs for Afghanistan.
While chasing, Afghanistan lose 2 wicket and with the brilliant inning of Mohammad Shahzad (65 from 46 balls) they chase the score in 17.3 overs.
It's a bizarre quirk of the fixture list that means runners-up Ireland will be in Group D, which features, on paper at least, the slightly easier prospects of England and West Indies. Afghanistan, however, won't mind a jot and will feel like they can beat anyone following their triumph today.
Some pics of their remarkable victory: