Afghanistan beats US to enter T20 semis

Afghanistan secured a place in the Super Fours stage of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier with a 29-run victory over the United States at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Afghanistan joins hosts United Arab Emirates, who have already qualified for the next stage.

The US opened the tournament with a win over Scotland but followed that up with consecutive losses to Group A rivals Ireland and Afghanistan.

If Scotland beats Ireland later in the day, all three teams will be locked on two points each with net run-rate deciding which team qualifies with Afghanistan.

In Group B, UAE beat Canada by 42 runs for its third consecutive victory and will be joined in the Super Fours by one of Kenya or Netherlands.

Afghanistan started slowly against the US and scored just 19 runs from their first five overs, but lost opener Mohammad Shahzad for no score. His opening partner Noor Ali hit three successive fours off first change bowler Imran Awan but was run out in Awan’s next over. Captain Nowroz Mangal (30) was also run out.

However, Karim Sadiq, Mohammad Nabi and Raees Ahmadzai ensured the in-form team managed to set a respectable target of 136.

The US tried to adopt a similar approach but Nabi and Hamid Hassan, who took four wickets in the previous game against Scotland, ensured wickets fell at regular intervals and the runs dried up. Hassan finished with a tidy spell of 3-14 in his four overs while Nabi ended on 2-22.

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