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Afghanistan and Ireland seal berths

Calcutta: Ireland and Afghanistan qualified for next year’s ICC World Twenty20 after winning their respective matches in the qualifiers on Sunday.

Ireland downed Hong Kong by 85 runs for their seventh successive victory, while Afghanistan defeated Kenya by 34 runs that gave the Asian side their sixth win in seven matches.

Sunday’s results mean Ireland and Afghanistan have topped their respective groups and they have qualified automatically.

This is Ireland’s fourth successive qualification for the World Twenty20, having played in the 2009, 2010 and 2012 tournaments.

For Afghanistan, this will be their third appearance.

Summarised scores

In Abu Dhabi: Ireland 207/4 (P. Stirling 77, Kevin O’Brien 62). Hong Kong 122 (Stirling 4/10). Ireland won by 85 runs.

In Sharjah: Afghanistan 148/9 (N. Zadran 50). Kenya 114 (S. Shenwari 5/13). Afghanistan won by 34 runs.