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Afghanistan celebrate after winning the World Twenty20 Qualifier
Afghanistan celebrate after winning the World Twenty20 Qualifier © Associated Press
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A politically charged encounter

It's hard to ignore the social context in which the Afghanistan-USA match at the ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers is taking place. By Liam Brickhill

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Points Table

Super Four

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR
Ireland 3 2 1 0 0 4 +1.233
Afghanistan 3 2 1 0 0 4 +0.100
U.A.E. 3 1 2 0 0 2 -0.244
Netherlands 3 1 2 0 0 2 -1.105

Group A

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR
Afghanistan 3 3 0 0 0 6 +0.933
Ireland 3 2 1 0 0 4 +1.700
U.S.A. 3 1 2 0 0 2 -1.684
Scotland 3 0 3 0 0 0 -0.958

Group B

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR
U.A.E. 3 3 0 0 0 6 +1.174
Netherlands 3 2 1 0 0 4 +0.116
Kenya 3 1 2 0 0 2 +0.309
Canada 3 0 3 0 0 0 -1.611
Hamid Hassan celebrates another wicket as Afghanistan marched through to the World Twenty20 in style
Ian Jacobs / © ICC
The victorious Afghanistan team strikes a happy pose
© Associated Press
The jubilant Afghanistan team runs on to the field after sealing their berth in the ICC world Twenty20
© Associated Press
Alex Cusack was the foundation of Ireland's innings with a man-of-the-match winning 65
© International Cricket Council
The Afghan players watch nervously from the sidelines as their batsmen close in on a World Twenty20 place
© International Cricket Council
Afghanistan supporters celebrate the win that took their team through to the World Twenty20
© International Cricket Council

Squads

Gavin Hamilton (c) Richie Berrington
Kyle Coetzer Gordon Drummond
Gordon Goudie Majid Haq
Ross Lyons Neil McCallum
Dewald Nel Navdeep Poonia
Simon Smith (wk) Jan Stander
Ryan Watson Fraser Watts
Peter Steindl
Tournament Results
Afghanistan v Ireland at Dubai (DSC) - Feb 13, 2010
Afghanistan won by 8 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)
Ireland v Netherlands at Dubai (DSC) - Feb 13, 2010
Ireland won by 65 runs
U.A.E. v Afghanistan at Dubai (DSC) - Feb 13, 2010
Afghanistan won by 4 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
U.A.E. v Ireland at Dubai (DSC) - Feb 12, 2010
Ireland won by 22 runs
Afghanistan v Netherlands at Dubai (DSC) - Feb 12, 2010
Netherlands won by 4 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
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