x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Victory over Ireland is icing on cake for Afghanistan

Mohammed Shahzad Mohammadi guided his team to victory over Ireland in the final of the World Twenty20 Qualifiers.

DUBAI // Mohammed Shahzad Mohammadi added the gloss to a perfect day for Afghanistan by guiding the national cricket team to victory over Ireland in the final of the World Twenty20 Qualifiers last night. The big-hitting batsman smashed a six to take his personal tally to 62 and the Afghans to an eight-wicket win over the Irish, as well as sending the 6,000 supporters into raptures. Afghanistan had already claimed the all-important World Twenty20 berth, just by reaching the final. They secured their place in the West Indies with a win over a valiant UAE side earlier in the day.

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