Afghanistan beat Ireland in World Twenty20 qualifier

By Rhys Hayward

50-over cricket

Afghanistan continued their remarkable emergence as a cricketing nation with victory over Ireland in their opening World T20 qualifying fixture in Dubai.

The team, all of whom learned to play the game in Pakistani refugee camps whilst exiled from Afghanistan during the rule of the Taliban, have rapidly established themselves as one of the leading non-test sides and are competing for one of two remaining places at the tournament in the West Indies.

The 19 run victory was spearheaded by Mohammed Nabi who followed up his crucial 43 not out with a haul of 2-25 in his four overs. There were also key contributions for the Afghans from opener Noor Ali, who made 42 and off-spinner Karim Sadiq whose 3-17 included the Irish captain William Porterfield for 35.

It is a victory which will provide a serious boost in confidence for Afghanistan, particularly given Ireland’s standout performances at last year’s T20 World Cup in England and the 2007 World Cup.

Next up is a clash against Scotland before an encounter with the USA which is likely to attract attention for more reasons than just cricket.

MORE:

MORE: The latest football news

MORE: The latest tennis news

BIOGRAPHY: Daniel Sturridge

BIOGRAPHY: Kepa Arrizabalaga

Laver Cup 2018
The Sport Review
Laver Cup 2018: Federer, Djokovic and fellow top-10s relish European defence – ‘We’re ready!’
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning house in Madrid
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
The Sport Review
Laver Cup 2018: Rivals Federer and Djokovic ‘thrilled and excited’ to join forces on opening day
The Sport Review
Paul Scholes: What I really think about Man United’s progress
The Sport Review
Maurizio Sarri reveals Eden Hazard decision ahead of West Ham v Chelsea FC