Ireland win World Twenty20 qualifying tournament
Posted on: 11:39 PM IST Nov 30, 2013
Abu Dhabi: Veteran Trent Johnston's superb all-round show in his last Twenty20 international helped Ireland beat Afghanistan by 68 runs in the final of the World Twenty20 qualifiers on Saturday.
Opening batsman Paul Stirling scored 76 off 43 balls and the 39-year-old Johnston hit a rapid 62 off 32 with five fours and four sixes in Ireland's strong total of 225 for 7 after they won the toss and elected to bat.
Medium fast Johnston - who will quit international cricket at the end of the year - took 3 for 34 with the ball, including Afghanistan top scorer Gulbadin Naib (43) and Samiullah Shenwari (5) off successive deliveries.
Afghanistan were bowled out for 157 in 18.5 overs. Nepal finished third in the tournament with a five-wicket victory over United Arab Emirates in the playoffs.
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