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72nd Match, Final (N), Abu Dhabi, Nov 30 2013, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier
225/7
(18.5/20 ov, target 226)157
Ireland won by 68 runs
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Rampant Ireland retain World T20 Qualifier title

Ireland successfully defended their World Twenty20 Qualifiers title with a comprehensive 68-run win over Afghanistan in the final in Abu Dhabi, thanks largely to blitzed fifties from Paul Stirling and Trent Johnston

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Scorecard summary
Ireland225/7(20 overs)
Afghanistan157/10(18.5 overs)

Ireland win the game by 68 runs and win the 2013/14 ICC WT20 Qualifier. Afghanistan got off to a brilliant start and for the time that Shahzad was at the crease, they actually looked like pulling the chase off. Dockrell put the brakes on by claiming the wickets of Mangal and Shahzad. From then on, despite Naib's good knock, it was all downhill for Afghanistan

Now to the man of the moment- Trent Johnston. In what is his final limited overs game, he came out and blasted a half-century, took three wickets and bowled a maiden too. If this isn't a fairytale finish, I would want to know what is

The two groups for the first round of the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 are:

Group A

Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal and Hong Kong

Group B

Zimbabwe, Ireland, UAE and Netherlands

Trent Johnston is the man of the match. Samiullah Shenwari is the man of the series

18.5
W
Murtagh to Shapoor, OUT
Shapoor Zadran b Murtagh 13 (25m 20b 0x4 2x6) SR: 65
18.4
Murtagh to Shapoor, no run
18.3
Murtagh to Shapoor, no run
18.2
1
Murtagh to Amir Hamza, 1 run
18.1
Murtagh to Amir Hamza, no run
end of over 187 runs
AFG: 156/9CRR: 8.66 • RRR: 35.00 • Need 70 from 12b
Shapoor Zadran13 (17)
Amir Hamza1 (3)
Alex Cusack3-0-18-2
Trent Johnston4-1-34-3
17.6
Cusack to Shapoor, no run
17.5
6
Cusack to Shapoor, SIX runs
17.4
Cusack to Shapoor, no run
17.3
1
Cusack to Amir Hamza, 1 run
17.2
Cusack to Amir Hamza, no run
17.1
Cusack to Amir Hamza, no run
end of over 177 runs • 1 wicket
AFG: 149/9CRR: 8.76 • RRR: 25.67 • Need 77 from 18b
Shapoor Zadran7 (14)
Amir Hamza0 (0)
Trent Johnston4-1-34-3
Max Sorensen4-0-22-1
16.6
Johnston to Shapoor, no run
16.5
6
Johnston to Shapoor, SIX runs
16.4
Johnston to Shapoor, no run
16.3
Johnston to Shapoor, no run
16.2
Johnston to Shapoor, no run
16.2
1w
Johnston to Shapoor, 1 wide
16.1
W
Johnston to Najib, OUT

fuller ball outside the off stump. Najibullah lofts it to cover. Porterfield while running back to take the catch slips and Mooney is at hand to take the catch

Najibullah Zadran c Mooney b Johnston 4 (19m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.67
end of over 163 runs
AFG: 142/8CRR: 8.87 • RRR: 21.00 • Need 84 from 24b
Shapoor Zadran1 (9)
Najibullah Zadran4 (5)
Max Sorensen4-0-22-1
Trent Johnston3-1-27-2
15.6
Sorensen to Shapoor, no run
15.5
Sorensen to Shapoor, no run
Match details
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TossIreland, elected to bat first
SeriesICC World Twenty20 QualifierAfghanistan tour of United Arab Emirates
Season2013/14
Player Of The Match
Trent Johnston
Trent Johnston
Player Of The Series
Samiullah Shinwari
Samiullah Shinwari
Series resultIreland won the 2013/14 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier
Match numberT20 No. 348
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 days30 November 2013 - night match (20-over match)
T20I debut
James Shannon
James Shannon
Umpires
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Michael Gough
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Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
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Steve Davis
Reserve Umpire
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Ian Ramage
Match Referee
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Dev Govindjee