ICC World Twenty20 2012 Qualifier Final

Both Ireland and Afghanistan have qualified for Sri Lanka, and Ireland have already played one match today, but hopefully the final will be a close game.  Afghanistan won the toss and decided to bat.  Live text ball-by-ball commentary hereAdds  Or, thanks to John below, watch it live here.

Afghanistan 152 for 7 from 20 overs.

Update  Afghanistan made 152 from their 20 overs.  Not as high a total as they were threatening, thanks to a spirited bowling and fielding performance by Ireland.  Key moment being the fall of Shahzad’s wicket in the 19th over.  But he had already made 77 runs from 57 balls, top-scoring for Afghanistan.  Target for Ireland 153 runs.  A tough ask against the reigning champions [Afghanistan beat Ireland in the 2010 qualifer final].

Porterfield bowled out by the first ball.

WTS Porterfield b Dawlat Zadran 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) FoW 0 for 1 from 0.1 overs.

EC Joyce c Mohammad Nabi b Aftab Alam 11 (16b 2×4 0x6) FoW 33 for 2 from 3.4 overs.

PR Stirling c Gulbodin Naib b Dawlat Zadran 79 (38b 9×4 3×6)  FoW 113 for 3 from 12.5 overs

KJ O’Brien c †Mohammad Shahzad b Dawlat Zadran 0 (1b 0x4 0x6)  FoW 113 for 4 from 13 overs

GC Wilson c Mirwais Ashraf b Aftab Alam 32 (39b 2×4 0x6)  FoW 150 for 5 from 18.1 overs

Ireland 156 for 5 from 18.5 overs

Ireland win by 5 wickets!  With 7 balls remaining.  Great run chase after a very early scare.  Magnificent batting by Stirling, 79 runs from 38 balls, making him the highest scorer of the tournament.  Ireland will now go into the group of Australia and West Indies in Sri Lanka in September.

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  • john

    watch the game here
    http://www.espnstar.com/live/

  • Pete Baker

    Thanks john.

    After 7 overs Ireland are 74 for 2.

    Stirling has hit the second fastest 50 [from 17 balls] in Twenty20 history.

    Ireland require 79 runs to win with 8 wickets and 13.0 overs remaining.

  • Pete Baker

    With 5 overs to go Ireland are on 125 for 4.

    To win – 28 runs with 6 wickets and 30 balls remaining.

  • Pete Baker

    Ireland win by 5 wickets! With 7 balls remaining. Great run chase after a very early scare. Magnificent batting by Stirling, 79 runs from 38 balls, making him the highest scorer of the tournament.

    Ireland will now go into the group of Australia and West Indies in Sri Lanka in September.

  • john

    Paul Stirlings 50 off 17 balls was the second quickest ever – not bad eh?

  • lover not a fighter

    Well done to the cricket boys for qualifying for the twenty twenty world cup.