Afghanistan was close to get a chance in the 2011 World Cup. They had to return back. This time, however, they are not leaving the opportunity. The fought their way to become the second in World Cricket League and joined Ireland as the second Associate team for the 2015 World Cup. Their last match against Kenya on Friday brought them an easy victory of seven wickets. They are qualified as the second group with 19 points, to visit Australia and New Zealand and play their first World Cup.
Afghanistan defeated Kenya on their last meet by a big margin of 89 runs. Their victory on the last match would allow them to create history for the Afghanistan Cricket Team. They proved their strength again in the last match of the tournament and achieved another great win. Afghans have made themselves a place in Group A of the World Cup. Their companions will include Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and another qualifier.
Afghanistan and Ireland’s sure places in the World Cup leaves only two more places to be filled. Next year in New Zealand, another tournament will be held for United Arab Emirates, Netherlands, Scotland, Kenya, Namibia, Canada, Uganda, Hong Kong, Nepal and Papua New Guinea to compete for the last two Associate berths.
Kenya’s batsman could not strike against the Afghan bowlers in the last match of the tournament. Only two batsmen could reach double figures. The highest runs came from Morris Ouma; he collected 39 runs. Rakep Patel contributed with 18 runs. The team lost all the wickets in their 43rd over, and collected only 93 runs.
Hamza Hotak captured three wickets from amongst the Afghan bowlers. Mohammad Nabi, Karim Sadiq and Hamid Hassan picked up two wickets each. It was also notable that most of their bowlers had an economy of below 2 runs.
Aiming for a place in World Cup, Afghanistan had to lose three wickets when their score was only 34. However, they did not have difficulty to chase down the small target. Captain Nabi’s 46* runs helped them cross the target with 175 balls to spare. He sealed a position for Afghanistan in World Cup with his winning boundary.