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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