Afghanistan's big leap in international cricket, qualify for WC 2015


Afghanistan's Big Leap In International Cricket, Qualify For WC 2015. In a fantastic display of grit and determination, strife-torn Afghanistan today...

SHARJAH: In a fantastic display of grit and determination, strife-torn Afghanistan today qualified for its maiden ICC World Cup after defeating Kenya by seven wickets to finish second in the World Cricket League Championship here. Deciding to field first after winning the toss, Afghanistan dismissed Kenya for 93 in 43.3 overs and then achieved the target in 20.5 overs with seven wickets to spare.

The victory meant Afghanistan finished on 19 points -- five behind champion Ireland, which qualified for ICC's flagship event to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand in 2015. The architects of Afghanistan's victory were left-arm spinner Hamza Hotak, captain Mohammad Nabi and Hashmatullah Shaidi. Hotak finished as the pick of bowlers with figures of 10-1-19-3, while Nabi scored 46 not out and Shaidi 13 not out.
The pair of Nabi and Shaidi put on 62 for the fourth wicket, after Shem Ngoche had taken two wickets in five balls to reduce Afghanistan to 34 for three. By virtue of finishing second in the World Cricket League Championship, Afghanistan has earned a place in Pool A that includes co-hosts Australia and New Zealand, as well as Bangladesh, England, Sri Lanka and Qualifier 3.
Afghanistan will play its opening match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 against Bangladesh at Manuka Oval, Canberra, on February 18 while its other matches will be against Sri Lanka (February 22, Dunedin), Qualifier 3 (February 26, Dunedin), Australia (March 4, Perth), New Zealand (March 8, Napier) and England (March 13, Sydney).
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