Afghanistan vs Ireland, Highlights, ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018 Super Sixes at Harare: Afghanistan qualify for World Cup

Zimbabwe lost a World Cup qualifying thriller by just three runs to the United Arab Emirates at the Harare Sports Club on Thursday, allowing Afghanistan and Ireland to clash in a winner-takes-all tie for a place in the 2019 World Cup.

FirstCricket Staff, March 23, 2018

Afghanistan beat Ireland by 5 wickets

209/7
Overs
50.0
R/R
4.18
Fours
14
Sixes
3
Extras
9
213/5
Overs
49.1
R/R
4.34
Fours
16
Sixes
4
Extras
7

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Preview: Zimbabwe lost a World Cup qualifying thriller by just three runs to the United Arab Emirates at the Harare Sports Club on Thursday, allowing Afghanistan and Ireland to clash in a winner-takes-all tie for a place in the 2019 World Cup.

Afghanistan players get together during their World Cup Qualifier match against UAE. Twitter/@ACBofficials

Afghanistan players get together during their World Cup Qualifier match against UAE. Twitter/@ACBofficials

Chasing a rain-reduced target of 230 off 40 overs, Zimbabwe needed six off the last ball to win the Super Six match and join already-qualified West Indies in the 2019 showpiece.

But Craig Ervine was only able to take two off Man of the Match Mohammad Naveed (3-40) and the home side's hopes were dashed, breaking the hearts of the 12,000-capacity crowd.

"We'll pick ourselves up soon, but right now it doesn't feel too good," said Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer.

"We lost wickets in crucial periods. Taking nothing away from the UAE, they bowled and fielded excellently."

The UAE, who had no chance of qualifying for the finals, made 235/7 off 47.5 overs with Rameez Shazhad hitting a top score of 59.

After a rain delay at the Harare Sports Club, Zimbabwe were set a DLS target of 230 off 40 overs but despite a run-a-ball 80 from Sean Williams, the home side never recovered from a poor start which saw them slip to 45/3 at one stage.

"It's a great achievement for us, winning against a Test nation," said UAE captain Rohan Mustafa.

On Friday, Afghanistan and Ireland will meet at the same venue with the winner guaranteed a place in the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.

The match will be Niall O’Brien’s 100th ODI for Ireland while Rashid Khan will be looking to claim four wickets to become the quickest bowler to 100 wickets in the 50-over format.

With AFP inputs

Updated Date: Mar 23, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Chennai
4 3 1 0 6
2
Kolkata
5 3 2 0 6
3
Hyderabad
4 3 1 0 6
4
Punjab
4 3 1 0 6
5
Rajasthan
5 2 3 0 4
6
Mumbai
4 1 3 0 2
7
Bangalore
4 1 3 0 2
8
Delhi
4 1 3 0 2



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 5154 117
3 New Zealand 3886 102
4 Australia 4599 102
5 England 5029 97
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 7496 117
4 New Zealand 7081 114
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3763 130
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 4341 124
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 England 2402 114
6 South Africa 2551 111