PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Sharjah, 4 October
In a fantastic display of grit and determination, strife-torn Afghanistan today qualified for its maiden ICC World Cup after defeating Kenya by seven wickets to finish second in the World Cricket League Championship here. Deciding to field first after winning the toss, Afghanistan dismissed Kenya for 93 in 43.3 overs and then achieved the target in 20.5 overs with seven wickets to spare. The victory meant Afghanistan finished on 19 points — five behind champion Ireland, ensuring qualification for ICC’s flagship event to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand in 2015.
The architects of Afghanistan’s victory were left-arm spinner Hamza Hotak, captain Mohammad Nabi and Hashmatullah Shaidi. Brief scores: Kenya 93 all out, 43.3 overs (Morris Ouma 39, Rakep Patel 18; Hamza Hotak 3-19) v Afghanistan 96-3, 20.5 overs (Mohammad Nabi 46 not out, Hashmatullah Shaidi 13 not out)