They then nearly made a hash of a straightforward run-chase before coasting home for the loss of five wickets with five balls to spare in what turned out to be a battle of attrition.
Next year's event, which will take place in England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July, will be Afghanistan's second successive ICC Cricket World Cup after they had also featured in the 2015 tournament in Australia and New Zealand, and famously defeated Scotland by one wicket with three balls to spare in Dunedin. It is our dream to qualify for the World Cup.
The chief architect of the crucial victory was Mohammad Shahzad, who played a patient inning of 54 runs off 50 balls while Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai assisted Shahzad with a quick-fire knock of 39 runs off just 29 balls.
Opener Paul Stirling top scored with 55 before he was run out while Kevin O'Brien contributed 41 batting at number six.
Ireland miss out on the tournament proper for the first time since 2003. The victor of the match was going to join Windies in the final and also would've qualified for the Cricket World Cup next year in England.
William Porterfield, the Ireland captain, blasted the International Cricket Council (ICC) for an obsession with the "big cheque" after his side was edged out of a spot at the 2019 World Cup by Afghanistan on Friday (March 23).
Afghanistan beat Ireland, qualify for ICC World Cup
Instead, Afghanistan will join fellow qualifiers West Indies in next summer's tournament, which will be made up of 10 teams for the first time as the ICC look to increase its revenue from TV deals sold to the big three of India, England and Australia.
The Afghanistan spinners registered a terrific turnaround in middle overs after they dismissed Stirling in the 33rd over. Obviously ourselves and Afghanistan got elevated [to Full Member status], which we're grateful for.
After winning both their Super Six matches against the West Indies and UAE, they received an unexpected lifeline on Thursday when the UAE shocked Zimbabwe. I can't express how happy they will be back home.
"For them to progress, it's going to be harder".
"I feel sorry for Scotland how it ended for them. Afghanistan is famous for coming back; after losing three games at the start we came back", Stanikzai said after the match.
The World Cup itself has come under scrutiny lately, as they reduced the field to just ten teams.
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