ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2013-14

Afghanistan to meet Ireland in final

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 28, 2013

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Afghanistan celebrate the wicket of Sagar Pun, Afghanistan v Nepal, ICC World T20 Qualifier, 1st semi-final, Abu Dhabi, November 29, 2013
Afghanistan's bowlers made regular breakthroughs during the Nepal innings © ICC/Getty
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Afghanistan 96 for 3 (Mangal 48) beat Nepal 90 for 8 (Shenwari 3-19) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Nepal have provided the fairytale story at this World Twenty20 Qualifier but they were no match for Afghanistan, who set the template for Affiliate and Associate Members on the rise. Afghanistan qualified for the final, as they did last year, with a seven-wicket victory secured with 34 balls remaining. Nawroz Mangal made a brisk 48 before falling with 11 needed but Gulbadin Naib came in to strike a couple of boundaries, winning the match with a six. Last month, Afghanistan secured passage to their first World Cup and their bowlers proved too experienced for Nepal on this occasion. The biggest partnership of the innings was 21, for the third wicket, after Izatullah Dawlatzai had removed both openers. Paras Khadka, Nepal's captain, became the first of three victims for Samiullah Shenwari, having made 13, and only two other players reached double figures. Sharad Vesawkar's unbeaten 27 helped them bat out 20 overs but the target was not enough to trouble Afghanistan, who will get a chance to regain the title they lost to Ireland in 2012.

Ireland 147 (Johnston 35, O'Brien 31, Guruge 3-21) beat UAE 85 (Sorensen 4-15, Murtagh 4-24) by 62 runs
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Ireland's seamers tied a noose around United Arab Emirates batsmen to set up a convincing 62-run victory to secure their third consecutive final appearance in the World T20 Qualifier. Max Sorensen and Tim Murtagh picked up eight wickets between them as UAE were bowled out for 85.

Ireland's decision to bat first received a jolt as they were three down in the sixth over, but cameos from Kevin O'Brien and John Mooney sparked the revival. Their 41-run stand was followed by a blitz from Trent Johnston. His 18-ball 35 included five fours and a six and was instrumental in Ireland recording a competitive total. Manjula Guruge was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 21.

UAE's batsmen began briskly, but since the first strike in the third over, their momentum was hampered. Sorensen picked up the first four wickets with the home side still looking for their 50. Murtagh's 4 for 24 helped clean up the tail, with No. 6 Rohan Mustafa being the last batsman to register double figures.

Scotland 146 for 5 (Berrington 70*) beat Papua New Guinea 143 for 5 (Vare 35*, Haq 3-25) by five wickets
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Richie Berrington scored his second half-century in three innings to marshal Scotland's chase in a thrilling last-ball win against Papua New Guinea to finish seventh in the ICC World T20 Qualifier. With thirteen needed in the last over, Scotland lost a wicket and could only manage five runs in the first four balls. However, Matthew Cross hit the next two balls for a six and a four to push Scotland over the line. Berrington stayed unbeaten on 70 off 55 balls and was responsible for managing the chase along with Kyle Coetzer after Scotland were 31 for 3 at one stage. Matt Machan, the leading run-scorer in the tournament, could only score 1. PNG chose to bat and the top order made useful contributions to lift the team to 143, with Jack Vare scoring an unbeaten 35 off 24 towards the end of the innings. Majid Haq was the most successful bowler with three wickets for 25.

Netherlands 124 for 3 (Cooper 42, Khan 3-10) beat Hong Kong 121 for 7 (Hayat 46, Kingma 3-22) by seven wickets
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Fresh from his strong innings in the qualification decider against Scotland, Ben Cooper produced another good display with the bat to see Netherlands past fellow Bangladesh-bound Hong Kong. Cooper is coming into form late in the tournament and made 42 in just 30 balls to breese his side past a modest target. He struck five fours and three sixes to help take a big chunk from the chase for the first wicket. Cooper and Stephan Myburgh put on 67 in 47 balls before they fell in quick succession to Nizakat Khan. His third wicket gave Hong Kong a sniff of defending a target largely set up through Babar Hayat's 46 in 36 balls, but Tim Gruijters and Daan van Bunge both played controlled innings to steer Netherlands to victory with eight balls to spare.

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Posted by   on (November 30, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

Afghanistan cricket team qualified and reached final three times in a row, superb job by team Afghanistan. Inshallah we will beat Ireland also Best luck lads.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

@ Mr. Chhetri, Afghanistan and Ireland have already qualified for ODI world cup 2015 so best of luck for Nepal too :)

Posted by   on (November 30, 2013, 3:23 GMT)

The Pathan Blood Sparks and they win the spot in the world cup... They have the potential to win this tournament and even the world cup...What say guys?

Posted by Tama_Pokai66 on (November 30, 2013, 0:47 GMT)

Really impressed by Afghanistan players. Saw bit of the match and noticed, they looked more professional and assured on the field ay. Zadran reminds me of Akram, one of my favorite boyhood bowler along with Paul, Glen and Ambrose.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2013, 0:21 GMT)

The difference between Nepal and Afghan is the availability of experienced batman's and quality pace bowlers, who can run through opponents. Kudos to the Afghan side. Well played. Nepal has displayed potential in this tournament as well. Hope, you folks continue to improve. Cheers.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 22:57 GMT)

Well done Afghanistan, you deserve to play the final tomorrow. Also Nepal is a very promising team. They have real talent and they have proved they can beat anyone on any good day. ICC has been instrumental in expanding the game beyond the usual countries. We thank them for that.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 22:06 GMT)

Outstanding & Convincing performance by Afghanistan Lions. You were good in all aspects of today's game. It was really good to watch the game live from STAR & LEMAR TV here in Afghanistan. Actually, Millions Afghan watched it & enjoyed it, so thanks STAR & Afghan LEMAR TV. Now it is time to sleep good for the night & crash Ireland tomorrow. It is not enough, bring us the Trophy of this tournament, because you made us used to it . At the end thanks from Cricinfo as well. GHAMAI

Posted by RK204 on (November 29, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

It's very exciting to see AFG team .. I think this is the time to raise the helping hands of boards like bcci for them..Even BD is giving them opportunity to participate then in their various tournaments..So why mot BCCI..As we know they are the main funding source of ICC...cricinfo pls publish

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 20:18 GMT)

Afghans have a dream were going too closed to bring cup to afghansland

Posted by Azooz-Afgfan on (November 29, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

No words for Afghanistan cricket team it's just EPIC <3

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Tournament Results
Afghanistan v Ireland at Abu Dhabi - Nov 30, 2013
Ireland won by 68 runs
U.A.E. v Nepal at Abu Dhabi - Nov 30, 2013
Nepal won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
U.A.E. v Ireland at Abu Dhabi - Nov 29, 2013
Ireland won by 62 runs
Afghanistan v Nepal at Abu Dhabi - Nov 29, 2013
Afghanistan won by 7 wickets (with 34 balls remaining)
Hong Kong v Netherlands at Abu Dhabi - Nov 29, 2013
Netherlands won by 7 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
P.N.G. v Scotland at Abu Dhabi - Nov 29, 2013
Scotland won by 5 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
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