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Afghanistan win by 7 wickets

Afghanistan vs Nepal

ICC World Twenty20: Afghanistan through to another qualifier final after victory

Samiullah Shenwari: Bagged three wickets and also scored 24 runs as Afghanistan beat Nepal

Afghanistan booked their berth in a third consecutive ICC World Twenty20 qualifier final after defeating Nepal by seven wickets in the first semi-final in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

They will meet Ireland in Saturday's final after they brushed aside United Arab Emirates in Friday's second semi-final with a 62-run victory.

Man of the match Samiullah Shenwari helped Afghanistan chase down a modest 90-run target inside 15 overs, bagging three wickets and then scoring 24 not out.

"It is a very exciting especially for me and my teammates; we're in the final for a third time, so we're all happy," said Shenwari, who claimed three wickets for 19 runs and featured in a run out as Nepal were restricted to 90-8.

Happy

"I think we have been doing well in all the departments. I am happy and lucky to be part of the Afghanistan team."

Shenwari (24 not out), who is one of four players to have claimed a five-for in this tournament, put on a 69-run partnership with Nawroz Mangal (48).

Shenwari was still at the crease when Gulbodin Naib (12 not out) struck a six to seal a seven-wicket victory with 5.4 overs to spare. Nepal's Avinash Karn (two for 17) was the main wicket-taker.

Catch all the action on Saturday November 30 when Ireland tackle Afghanistan in the ICC World Twenty20 qualifier series final from 2pm on SkySports3HD

Match Details

Date
29th Nov 2013
Toss
Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
Sheikh Zayed Stadium
Umpires
J S Joel, S Sundaram
TV Umpire
S J Stephen
Match Referee
G F Graeme
Reserve Umpire
C Chettithody

afghanistan BATTING CARD

Batsman R
M.S. Mohammadi b Karn 5
K.S. Khan c Gauchan b Karn 5
N.A. Zadran ret hurt 1
N.K. Mangal s Khakurel b Regmi 48
S. Shenwari Not out 24
G.G. Naib Not out 12
Extras 1lb 1
Total 14.2 Overs 96 - 3
Full Batting Card

nepal BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
A. Karn 3 0 17 2
J.K. Mukhiya 3 0 21 0
B. Regmi 4 0 20 1
S.P. Gauchan 3.2 0 20 0
P. Khadka 1 0 17 0
Full Bowling Card