Sharjah, October 04, 2013
Afghanistan thrashed Kenya by 7 wickets to secure a place at the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. This will be maiden World Cup for the Afghan team.
Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field. All the bowlers gave their best to restrict Kenya for mere 93 runs. Hamza Kotak bowled 10 overs giving only 19 runs and taking three wickets. Captain Mohammad Nabi also bowled an excellent spell, taking two wickets for 10 runs. Karim Sadiq and Hamid Hassan also took two wickets each.
Chasing the target 94 runs, Afghanistan lost two quick wickets, but Nabi once again came to the rescue and scored an unbeaten 46 runs to lead his team to victory. They reached the target in the 21th over and lost only 3 wickets.
The Afghanistan cricket fans who were gathered at the stadium in Jalalabad watching the match on a giant screen erupted in joy as Captain Nabi scored the winning runs. It’s a second moment to rejoice this year for the Afghan sports fans. Last month, Afghanistan won the South Asian Football Federation Championship, beating India 2-0.
Afghanistan have now earned a spot in “Pool A” which includes Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the co-hosts Australia and New Zealand. Another team will join the pool after the final qualifier in 2014.
The 11th edition of the Cricket World Cup will take place from 14 February to 29 March 2015. A total of 49 matches will be played across 14 venues in Australia and New Zealand. Ticket sales for the World Cup is expected to start before the year’s end.
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