Afghanistan have earned the last available place in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after a thrilling victory over Ireland in Harare on Friday.
They had started off with consecutive losses against relatively week teams in the qualifiers. However, a strong comeback ensured that they stay in the mix for qualifications for the 10 teams World Cup in England.
Afghanistan, after beating Ireland by five wickets, celebrated their win in style. The team led by Rashid Khan, loudly shouted "we are in" multiple times to celebrate this iconic moment.
The qualification for Afghanistan in World Cup wasn't easy. Chasing 210, Afghanistan were 80/0 off 16, Mohammad Shahzad played a sensible innings of 54 off 50 balls in an opening stand of 86 with Gulbadin Naib. But soon after a good start, the scorecard read 117/3 in the 28th over and left the Afghanis worried.
Afghanistan required 59 from the final ten overs with six wickets remaining. The way to World Cup got a little easy with every ball and eventually, Afghanistan achieved the target with ease in the last over.
Earlier, Rashid (3/40) showed another excellent bowling performance to restrict Ireland to 209/7.
Here are the Afghanistan cricketers celebrating: