Dean Elgar* 10(16); | Aiden Markram 14(16);
Josh Hazlewood* 3-1-10-0; | Mitchell Starc 4-1-14-0
Shashikala Siriwardene* 0(5); | Prasadani Weerakkody 2(5);
Nashra Sandhu* 3-2-2-2; | Sana Mir 4-1-16-2
Henry Nicholls* 52(152); | BJ Watling 18(152);
Stuart Broad* 21-6-37-1; | James Anderson 21-7-56-3
Asghar Stanikzai* 39(29); | Najibullah Zadran 17(29);
Barry McCarthy* 9.1-0-57-1; | Boyd Rankin 10-0-41-1
Afghanistan after first three games - L L L. They needed a miracle just to enter the Super Sixes and Nepal gave them that by beating Hong Kong. Their journey began from there as they defeated Windies, who were unbeaten till then in the first game. UAE provided little fight against the Afghanistan spinners. Even after two wins in the Super Sixes they were not safe. Another miracle needed to happen and it was another Asian team - UAE defeating hosts Zimbabwe to give them the lifeline. That result made sure Afghanistan had their fate in their own hands and boy haven't they made the most of it. From being dead and buried in the initial part of the tournament to finding themselves among the 10 best teams, Afghanistan's journey has come a full circle. On that note, this is Akshay Maanay signing off on behalf of my co-commentators Pratyush Sinha and Varun Dixit. Goodbye!
Stanikzai: We qualify for the 2019 WC. There is pain but playing for country is important. It is a dream. Afghanistan is famous for coming back; after losing three games at the start we came back. Of course (the whole country will be celebrating).
Porterfield: First of all congratulations to Afghanistan. We were 20-25 runs short with the bat. The boys did a great job of defending that target. We have several weeks off before we get back. It (playing Tests) gives us something to look forward. Everything is pretty raw at the minute. If you lose three games, you are not going to qualify. We had a few key moments in the game and we could have played them better.
The Afghanistan players are still celebrating. This is not going to stop anytime soon. Some of players have the Afghanistan flag wrapped around them. And Stanikzai has been picked up on the shoulders. He certainly gave meaning to a captain's knock today. Under tremendous pain and with heavy strapping the Afghanistan captain battled his physical demons to win the game for his country. However, there needs to be a pause in the celebrations as Stanikzai is summoned for the presentations..
Mohammad Shahzad - Player of the Match: We lost matches before coming to super six but here we played good cricket. The plan was simple - to wait for the loose delivery. I don't care if it's a spinner or a fast bowler. I believe in myself. My coaching staff and senior players motivate me. Thanks to them, my form is back in a crucial game. West Indies, we are coming (talking about the final).
Earlier in the day, the four Afghanistan spinners restricted Ireland to 209. They never allowed the Irish batsmen to get on top of them and if not for the two O Brien brothers, the target would have been much less. Rashid was the pick of the lot with figures of 3/40 and was well backed up by the remaining bowlers. Ireland would rue the fact that they didn't show more intent in their innings and a matter of 10-15 might have made a huge difference.
16:45 Local Time, 14:45 GMT, 20:15 IST: What a game! It kept tilting and turning until that mighty six from Najibullah in the 48th over. However, it was the calmness of skipper Asghar Stanikzai that was the difference between Ireland and Afghanistan. Mohammad Shahzad, out of sorts for the most of the tournament, decided to turn up today. The wicket-keeper got the Asian side off to a flier with a 50-ball 54. But his wicket brought Ireland back in the game and some disciplined bowling saw them take the required rate past six. Then comes a half fit Stanikzai, who mixed caution with aggression to take his side into the 2019 WC.
Barry McCarthy [9.0-0-53-1] is back into the attack
One run separates Afghanistan and a WC spot. McCarthy to bowl the final over. Here we go..
7 off 12. Ireland need a special effort to pull this off now. Afghanistan have this in the pocket. But cricket finds a way to surprise. Is there a twist left in the game? Here's Rankin with the penultimate over..
Third man is inside the ring. Point, cover and mid-wicket the other three..
The physio is out there again attending to Stanikzai. He has heavy strapping near his stomach. Seems to be in a lot of pain. But he knows he has to continue for his country's sake. Stanikzai is grimacing in pain. Meanwhile, Porterfield has a word with Murtagh. Ready to resume..
Boyd Rankin [8.0-0-31-1] is back into the attack
Just the 20 required off four overs. Two big overs have put Afghanistan ahead. 23 have come off the last two.. Remember Stanikzai is not a 100 percent. The physio is out there strapping him near the tummy region. He's ready to continue..
Four men in the deep on the leg-side for Stanikzai.. Nope. Deep square leg comes in and goes to mid-wicket. Third man in
Tim Murtagh [8.0-0-29-0] is back into the attack
Last five overs and the equation reads 28 needed with 5 wickets in hand. Who's your money on? Can Afghanistan mess it up from here? Or Ireland throw away all the hard work done in the middle overs? Buckle up folks we are in for a tight finish..
Najibullah Zadran, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Barry McCarthy to Shenwari, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Barry McCarthy [8.0-0-38-0] is back into the attack
Ireland have tilted the game in their favour. The asking rate has shot past 7 and the current pair are struggling to even put the bad balls away.
Andy McBrine [9.0-1-34-0] is back into the attack
The required rate is close to 7 now. 47 off 42.
Boyd Rankin [7.0-0-29-1] is back into the attack
Asking rate above 6 now. 49 off 48.
Six off the over and Afghanistan keep up with the asking rate. 53 off 54 now
Final 10 overs and Afghanistan need 59. Ireland can afford to have an extra man outside the 30-yard circle now.
Almost a run-a-ball now. 63 off 66.
Barry McCarthy [6.0-0-31-0] is back into the attack
Runs - 64. Wickets - 6. Overs - 12.
Asghar Stanikzai, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Simi Singh to Nabi, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Simi Singh [7.0-2-19-2] is back into the attack
Afghanistan need 67 runs in 13 overs.
Tim Murtagh [7.0-0-27-0] is back into the attack
Drinks are on the field now.. This game is not over by any stretch of imagination. Couple of wickets and the pressure will be on Afghanistan, the experienced pair know that and are showing more purpose in their approach
The asking rate has touched 5
Afghanistan need 78 runs
Andy McBrine [7.0-1-27-0] is back into the attack
CRAJ: 4.06 | REQ: 4.44
Barry McCarthy [3.0-0-21-0] is back into the attack
Mohammad Nabi, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Rankin to Naib, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
A second slip in now
Afghanistan need 97 runs from 24 overs
Samiullah Shenwari, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Naib has to bat through here, if Afghanistan are to win this comfortably
Simi Singh to Rahmat, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Simi Singh [3.0-1-10-1] is back into the attack
Boyd Rankin [4.0-0-21-0] is back into the attack
Last 5 overs: 15 runs, 0 wkts
Afghanistan need 110 runs
A short mid-wicket in place now, keeper up to the stumps
Tim Murtagh [5.0-0-23-0] is back into the attack
Rahmat Shah, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Simi Singh to Mohammad Shahzad, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Simi Singh, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Andy McBrine, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Boyd Rankin, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Tim Murtagh, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Mohammad Shahzad and Naib are at the crease. Mohammad Shahzad is on strike. Barry McCarthy will open the attack