Ireland sets up third consecutive World Twenty20 Qualifier final against Afghanistan

Updated: 04 December 2013 17:02 IST

Defending champions Ireland defeated the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by 62 runs in the second semi-final at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Ireland set up a third successive final date with Afghanistan in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier after defeating hosts the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by 62 runs in the second semi-final at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

The defending champions overcame the loss of three wickets inside six overs to post a post a respectable 147 for eight, before Max Sorensen and Tim Murtagh shared eight wickets equally between them, conceding 15 and 24 runs respectively, to bowl the UAE out for 85 runs with 2.2 overs to spare.

In the first semi-final earlier on Friday, Samiullah Shenwari claimed three wickets for 19 runs and scored 24 not out as Afghanistan defeated Nepal by eight wickets.

Samiullah Shenwari's 3-19 helped Afghanistan restrict Nepal to 90-8, with Sharad Vesawkar scoring an unbeaten 27.

Shenwari then scored an unbeaten 24 as Afghanistan raced to 96-3 off 14.2 overs.

Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi said, "we will try our best tomorrow because last time Ireland played very well in the final."

(with AP inputs)

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