ICC congratulates West Indies, Afghanistan on World Cup qualification

Live Cricket Score Afghanistan vs Ireland World Cup Qualifiers 2018 Ireland Post A Target Of 210 For Afghanistan

Teenager Rashid Khan became the fastest bowler to 100 one-day global wickets as he helped Afghanistan win the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier with a comfortable seven-wicket success against the West Indies.

The World Cup cricket qualification is just about over, and after many days of exciting play, to some, the West Indies and Afghanistan, as predicted, are heading to England and the real contest: the World Cup of 2019.

Afghanistan endured a horrid start to the World Cup Qualifiers - losing their first three games in the group stages - and had all but given up hopes of qualifying for next year's World Cup.

Afghanistan's star leg-spinner Rashid Khan scripted history by becoming the fastest bowler to pick 100 ODI wickets.

The Afghans looked out going out of the tournament in the league round itself but the results going favour and a winning streak saw them making it to the 2019 World Cup along the Caribbean team.

Rashid takes 3-40 and Shahzad hits half-century as the Asian side beats Ireland by five wickets in the last Super Six match to complete miraculous turnaround.

As one of cricket newest Test nations, alongside Afghanistan, Ireland have at least their first Test match against Pakistan this summer on the horizon.

Hope posted 26 with Hetmyer for the fourth wicket but was one of two wickets to fall in quick succession as West Indies slipped to 101 for five in the 24th over.

The West Indies were bowled out for 204 and Afghanistan wasted no time and chased down the target easily. "Keep supporting us", said Afghanistan's key performer Rashid Khan. "That is good for cricket, says a lot about world cricket and the standard of cricket". "We've done some really good things but I don't think we have strung together the performances in batting, bowling and fielding, so that is my challenge to get into this last encounter, to end this tour on a high and win this final".

It is our dream to qualify for the World Cup.

The Irish batsmen could only muster a sub-par 209-7 from their 50 overs in the winner-takes-all clash, with Afghanistan chasing it down with just five balls to spare. "They deserve it", Stanikzai said through an interpreter.

They followed their losses by victories over Nepal, West Indies and UAE.

Gulbadin Naib made a watchful 45 off 91 balls before he was out to Rankin and the Afghan run rate slowed when Rahmat Shah went for 12 to Singh in the 29th over with Ireland perhaps scenting an unlikely victory.

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