Twitter hails Afghanistan for winning the World Cup Qualifiers 2018
Afghanistan won the final by 7 wickets to make it a memorable tournament.
Updated - Apr 27, 2018 4:53 pm
Before a couple of days, Afghanistan won their most ODI important match of the year game against Ireland and with that, qualified for the Cricket World Cup 2019 to be staged in England and Wales. However, they still had incentives to churn out from the qualifiers as the winner of the tournament was yet to be decided. The Afghans were pitted against the Windies in the final at the Harare Sports Club.
They have had an upper hand over the Caribbean team in the last one year or so and they continued their domination over Jason Holder’s men. Chasing a target in the final, Asghar Stanikzai’s team romped home in an authoritative manner with seven wickets in hand and emerged victorious in the championship. The Windies were no match for their inspired opponents and slumped to their second defeat of the event, both at the hands of Afghanistan.
Afghanistan– The Champions
Windies won the toss and elected to bat first. The decision backfired to a large extent as their batsmen faltered hysterically. To add to their frustration all the batsmen did the hard yards before perishing to the Afghan bowlers. Within the 25th over, they lost half their side with not too much on the board. Shimron Hetmyer top-scored with 38 runs and they could muster only 204 runs.
For Afghanistan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman was the pick of their bowlers with four wickets and as many as 39 dot balls. The other bowlers lent him apt support and tied down the Windies from playing their extravagant brand of cricket. The run-chase turned out to be a cakewalk for the Afghans as they stomped home with nearly ten overs to spare.
Mohammad Shahzad went hammer and tongs from the word go, scored 84 runs and helped his team trace down the target without many hiccups. Afghanistan lost their first wicket for 58 runs in the form of Gulbadin Naib. Rahmat Shah joined Shahzad and took the sting out of the Windies attack. Meanwhile, Shah notched his 11th half-century in ODIs. Mohammad Nabi played a quick-fire cameo and brought the curtains down on the game. Meanwhile, Twitter heaped praises on the Afghans for their dream run.
Here are some ecstatic replies from the Afghanistan fans:
— Afghan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) March 25, 2018
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) March 25, 2018
— Dharya (@Dharya1997) March 25, 2018
— Gaurang (@Gaurang321) March 25, 2018
— Lutfullah Mashal (@Mashalgul) March 25, 2018
What a way to finish the tournament. Nabi gives Gayle the taste of his own medicine, hits three mighty sixes to decimate the T20 World Champions and help his side finish as table-toppers. Another scintillating knock from Shahzad and again terrific bowling by Mujeeb. #AFGvWI
— Zafar Mehdi (@mehdizafar) March 25, 2018
— Essakhan (@essakha97347560) March 25, 2018
Congratulations to @ACBofficials cricket for not only qualifying for the @ICC world cup, but for beating @vCricketWI to win the qualifier out right.Have come a long way.#aggressivecricketers #AFGvWI #ICCWCQ
— Abrar Dar (@abrarcricket) March 25, 2018
— Ghani Khan (@Ghanidadkhan) March 25, 2018
— Mohamed Aazir (@AzOmarBeen) March 25, 2018
— Sankalp Sharma (@SankalpSharma_) March 25, 2018
Coming back from the brink of elimination, Afghanistan have now won the tournament and will be seeded higher that West Indies in the #CWC19 ! What a comeback! What a team! Congrats and well deserved! #AFGvWI #CWCQ18
— Rishyan R G (@RishyanRG) March 25, 2018