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Afghanistan thrash West Indies to win ICC World Cup qualifying final

Get live cricket score of Afghanistan vs Ireland ICC World Cup qualifier 2018 Super Six here. It’s a virtual shootout between Afghanistan cricket team and Ireland cricket team for a spot in the 2019 ICC cricket World Cup Ireland miss out on cricket World Cup after agonising defeat to Afghanistan
Andrew Cummings | 26 March, 2018, 01:49

Mohammad Shahzad struck a lusty 84 runs to propel Afghanistan to a seven-wicket victory over the West Indies to win the World Cup qualifying tournament at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

Porterfield has launched a passionate and scathing denunciation of the International Cricket Council (ICC) after his side missed out on a place at the contracted 2019 World Cup.

"I am in too much pain but I was playing for the country".

"The way we guys played in Super Six was fantastic, we totally deserved to win", said Rashid.

As one of cricket newest Test nations, alongside Afghanistan, Ireland have at least their first Test match against Pakistan this summer on the horizon. "We used to only imagine if we will ever get an opportunity to ever play against them, and now beating them twice in the same tournament is something that sits on the very top of our cricketing history", Asghar said after Afghanistan went 3-1 ahead in five matches". "We came here to achieve a target, and various boys put their hands up", said Windies skipper Jason Holder. "That is good for cricket, says a lot about world cricket and the standard of cricket".

"Our spinners are the best in the world".

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A team which looked dead and buried in Bulawayo after losses to Scotland, Zimbabwe and Hong Kong in the group stage, the Afghans have Nepal to thank for ensuring they sneaked through to the Super Six.

Although Scotland could have lost the match, and probably would have lost it, the odds favoured them had the match been completed. "But my return has helped the spinners as they now feel more comfortable, while Rashid can concentrate on his bowling rather than thinking about game plans".

With 14 runs required from just 14 balls, things were looking nervy for both sides, until Najibullah Zadran blasted a huge six to all-but seal the victory.

Gayle, the 38-year-old attractive batsman, made his Test debut against Zimbabwe in Port of Spain in March 2000, while his first Test century (175) was also against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in July 2001.

Rovman Powell was the top scorer for the West Indies, scoring 44 valuable runs to take the Caribbean side to 204.

The World Cup itself has come under scrutiny lately, as they reduced the field to just ten teams. Rahmat Shah hit 51 off 78.

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