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World Cup Qualifiers 2018: Afghanistan Beat Ireland By 5 Wickets 

Afghanistan beat Ireland by five wickets on Friday to qualify for Cricket World Cup 219. Asghar Stanikzai hit 39 runs not out off 29 balls to guide his side to 213 for five in reply to Ireland’s 209-7. Afghanistan will join fellow qualifiers West Indies in the 10-team World Cup to be staged in England and Wales from May 30-July 14, 2019, alongside defending champions Australia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, England, South Africa and New Zealand.

Brief scores:

Ireland 209/7 in 50 overs (Paul Stirling 55, Kevin O’Brien 41; Rashid Khan 3-40) 

Afghanistan 213/5 in 49.1 overs (Mohammad Shahzad 54, Asghar Stanikzai 39*; Simi Singh 3-30)

Player of the match: Mohammad Shahzad

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