Monday, April 13, 2009

Afghanistan out of 2011 ICC World Cup

Following a historic victory over tournament favorite Ireland just two days ago, hopes of Afghanistan to clinch one of the four spots of 2011 ICC World Cup has now literally been finished as they were beaten to in-from Canada by 6 wickets. To reach the tournament semi final, Afghanistan was needed to win three of their last three super eight matches after defeating Ireland. However, the tournament’s surprise package failed to bring about another surprise against Canada who did not face any problem while chasing Afghanistan’s fighting total of 265 runs.

Canada won the toss and sent Afghanistan to bat first and the Afghans put on 265 runs losing 8 wickets, despite a wrenched start. Opener Noor Ali played a tremendous innings of 122 off 140, hitting 8 boundaries and an over-boundary. Along with Captain Nowroz Mangal, Ali added 118 runs for the third wicket, guiding Afghanistan towards a 250-plus total. Mangal got out just one run short of his half century. Rizwan Cheema picked up 3 wickets for Canada.

In reply, Canada reached the target losing just 4 wickets because of fiery batting display from Ian Billcliff who scored an unbeaten 96, hitting 8 boundaries and 2 over-boundaries. Before that, opener Rizwan Cheema brought a brisk start for Canada as they reached at 67 in 8 overs. Cheema got out when he was just 4 runs short of his half century. Canada captain Bagai scored 68 runs to ensure Canada’s easy victory. Despite Cheema’s all rounder performance, it was Billcliff who was awarded the man of the match award for his hard-hitting batting display.

Well, Afghanistan may have been ruled out of 2011 world cup, but the kind of performance they showed in the tournament this time, it is pretty much certain that the South Asian team will be seen among the elite members of cricket very soon, and I think, Afghanistan should not have any reason to be frustrated for not having been qualified for the next world cup cricket which is due to take place in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.


Anonymous said...

lol, stupid guy. they still can come in world cup, if Kenya lose against Ireland 2morrow , netherlands lose against Canada, and Afghanistan wins against namibia, then they will come to world cup

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