Afghanistan secured a world cup berth following a 5 wicket win over Ireland today.

After struggling in the group phase of qualifiers, a dramatic turnaround in the Super Six saw Afghanistan securing the second slot that was up for grabs.

Ireland won the toss and elected to bat, posting 209 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in an innings which saw Paul Stirling top scoring with 55 runs.            

Needing 210 runs to win Afghanistan made sure of qualification with an opening partnership stand between Mohammad Shazad and Gulbadin Naib producing 86 runs.

Shazad top scored with 54 runs while Gulbadin scored 45.

Despite losing 5 wickets Asghar Stanikzai and Najibullah Zadran held firm to steer Afghanistan to a 5 wicket win which ensured world cup qualification.