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Final, Dubai (DSC), Mar 24 2012, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier
(18.5/20 ov, target 153)156/5
Ireland won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
79 (38) & 1/17
paul-stirling
Player Of The Series
324 runs • 6 wkts
raymond-van-schoor
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• Ger Siggins

Stirling whirlwind takes Ireland to title

Ireland and Afghanistan served up a blistering classic in the final of the World Twenty20 Qualifier in Dubai, putting to rest any fears that the game would be an anti-climax

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Scorecard summary
Afghanistan152/7(20 overs)
Ireland156/5(18.5 overs)
Gary Wilson32 (39)
Aftab Alam2/34(3.5)

By the virtue of this win, Ireland are placed in group B of T20 World Cup alongside Australia and West Indies. Afghanistan will slot themselves into group A alongside India and England

Paul Stirling gets the Man of the match for his 79 and Raymond van Schoor gets the Man of the Series for his 324 runs and 6 wickets

18.5
4
Aftab Alam to Poynter, FOUR runs

fuller ball on the leg stump. Poynter flicks it past the midwicket fielder and does a Shahid Afridi in celebrating with the arms aloft. Ireland win the game by 5 wickets

18.4
Aftab Alam to Poynter, no run

comes forward and defends it back onto the pitch

18.3
1
Aftab Alam to White, 1 run

flicks it to deep midwicket for a single

18.2
1
Aftab Alam to Poynter, 1 run

pushes it to square-leg for a single

18.1
W
Aftab Alam to Wilson, OUT

fuller ball outside the off stump. Wilson lofts it straight into the hands of the fielder at long-off, Mirwais. And the tension boils over as Aftab speaks whats on his mind and Wilson responds but then better sense prevailed and both of them stopped brawling

Gary Wilson c Mirwais Ashraf b Aftab Alam 32 (39b 2x4 0x6) SR: 82.05
end of over 185 runs
IRE: 150/4CRR: 8.33 RRR: 1.50
Gary Wilson32 (38)
Andrew Poynter18 (14)
Gulbadin Naib 1-0-5-0
Aftab Alam 3-0-28-1
17.6
1
Gulbadin to Wilson, 1 run

fuller ball on the leg stump. Wilson rolls his wrists as he pushes it to short fine-leg and takes a quick single

17.5
1
Gulbadin to Poynter, 1 run

turns it to square-leg for a single

17.4
1
Gulbadin to Wilson, 1 run

flicks it to the deep midwicket fielder for a single

17.3
Gulbadin to Wilson, no run

turns it to midwicket

17.2
Gulbadin to Wilson, no run

comes forward and defends it to the off side

17.1
2
Gulbadin to Wilson, 2 runs

pushes it to deep midwicket for a couple

end of over 178 runs
IRE: 145/4CRR: 8.52 RRR: 2.66
Gary Wilson28 (33)
Andrew Poynter17 (13)
Aftab Alam 3-0-28-1
Izatullah Dawlatzai 3-0-33-0
16.6
1
Aftab Alam to Wilson, 1 run

fuller ball outside the off stump. Wilson is running towards the danger end and the bowler swings his arm back as Wilson is approaching the crease. Wilson has a go at the bowler and also at Shahzad, who for some strange reason gets involved

16.5
2
Aftab Alam to Wilson, 2 runs

short ball outside the off stump. Wilson rocks back and cuts it past the point fielder for a couple

16.4
1
Aftab Alam to Poynter, 1 run

fuller ball on the middle stump. Poynter looks to slog it and gets an inside edge to short fine-leg for a single

16.3
2
Aftab Alam to Poynter, 2 runs

cuts it to deep point for a couple

16.2
2
Aftab Alam to Poynter, 2 runs

pushes it to midwicket and sets off for a quick single. The throw hits the knee of the umpire and they take an extra run for the overthrow

16.1
Aftab Alam to Poynter, no run
end of over 1612 runs
IRE: 137/4CRR: 8.56 RRR: 4.00
Andrew Poynter12 (9)
Gary Wilson25 (31)
Izatullah Dawlatzai 3-0-33-0
Dawlat Zadran 4-0-21-3
15.6
1
Izat to Poynter, 1 run

pushes it to mid-off for a single

15.5
6
Izat to Poynter, SIX runs

short ball outside the off stump. Poynter moves back and hits it like a double handed forehand. Just that it would have sailed into the adjacent courts if it was tennis played on centre court. This is cricket and he gets a six for his efforts

15.4
Izat to Poynter, no run

Poynter is making room as the ball is being bowled. The bowler notices it and pitches it short. Poynter under edges the pull shot

Match details
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
TossAfghanistan, elected to bat first
SeriesICC World Twenty20 QualifierAfghanistan tour of United Arab Emirates
Season2011/12
Player Of The Match
Paul Stirling
Paul Stirling
Player Of The Series
Raymond van Schoor
Raymond van Schoor
Series resultIreland won the 2011/12 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier
Match numberT20I no. 240
Hours of play (local time)18.00 start, First Session 18.00-19.20, Interval 19.20-19.40, Second Session 19.40-21.00
Match days24 March 2012 - day (20-over match)
T20I debut
Aftab Alam
Aftab Alam
Umpires
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Buddhi Pradhan
New Zealand Image
Chris Gaffaney
Reserve Umpire
Scotland Image
Ian Ramage
Match Referee
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David Jukes