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Afghanistan beat Ireland to qualify for cricket World Cup

HARARE: Afghanistan, after losing their opening three qualifying games, upset the odds to beat Ireland by five wickets on Friday to qualify for next year's cricket World Cup. Asghar Stanikzai, coming back from a bout of appendicitis, hit an invaluable 39 not out off 29 balls to guide the Afghans to 213 for five in reply to Ireland's 209/7.  Afghanistan will join fellow qualifiers West Indies in the 10-team World Cup to be staged in England and Wales from May 30-July 14, 2019, alongside defending champions…

Switzerland edge out N. Ireland to qualify for World Cup

BASEL, Switzerland: Switzerland held off Northern Ireland to seal a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a 0-0 second-leg draw on Sunday that secured a 1-0 aggregate play-off victory. Vladimir Petkovic's side wasted numerous first-half chances as the Northern Irish stayed in the tie, but Ricardo Rodriguez's controversial first-leg penalty in Belfast proved enough for the Swiss to reach their fourth consecutive World Cup. Northern Ireland fell short in their bid to reach a first finals since 1986. Away manager…

What Karachi Kings need to qualify for playoffs?

DUBAI: Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars are battling to qualify for the playoffs of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017 with only one game of round-robin matches left to decide the fate. Lahore are dependant on Karachi Kings’ performance against Islamabad United today as Lahore have already played their eight games with six points and a Net Run Rate (NRR) of -0.223. While, Karachi are slightly better with six points and an NRR of -0.150. After last night's back-to-back thrillers! Here are the latest team standings.…