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Ireland hammer Afghanistan to win ICC Intercontinental Cup

John Mooney, in picture, ran through the Afghan tail in his second spell of the day to end the match with a ten-wicket haul © Getty Images (File Photo)
John Mooney, in picture, ran through the Afghan tail in his second spell of the day to end the match with a ten-wicket haul © Getty Images (File Photo)

Dubai: Dec 13, 2013

 

John Mooney’s second five-wicket haul in the match saw Ireland post a comprehensive victory by 122 runs over Afghanistan to win the ICC Intercontinental Cup final, on Friday.

 

Defending champions Afghanistan, chasing 347 runs for victory, were 136 for five overnight, but were dismissed for 224.

 

Medium pacer Mooney took five wickets for 36 in the Afghan second innings, giving him match figures of 10 for 81.

 

This was Ireland’s fourth title in six editions of the Intercontinental Cup, but this victory marked the first time a team has won three ICC tournaments across three different formats in the same calendar year.

 

Ireland won the World Cricket League Championship title in the 50-over format in October, and the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament in November, to go with the Intercontinental Cup title in the longer format.

 

“It is a fantastic feeling,” said Ireland skipper William Porterfield.

 

“We had obviously set out to do that. We won the 50-over stuff with a couple of games to go. I think we only lost one game throughout that campaign which was great for ourselves. Coming here (in UAE) last month, and beating Afghanistan in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier final was great.

 

I think it is all because of the hard work we put in. We are a pretty hard working bunch any time we come away on tour. Over the last four or five years, we have become a lot more professional outfit, both on and off the pitch. I think that has helped us massively with our cricket.”

 

Rahmat Shah and captain Mohammad Nabi took Afghanistan to 189 for five at lunch without being separated.

 

However, things changed after lunch when Ireland decided to take the second new ball in the 82nd over at 199-5.

 

Porterfield’s master stroke did the trick, when Mooney ran through Afghanistan’s lower order as the defending champions lost their last five wickets for 25 runs in just under 14 overs, with Rahmat Shah left stranded at 86.

 

 

Brief scores

 

Ireland 187 all out, 61 overs (John Anderson 55, John Mooney 33; Dawlat Zadran 4-44, Rahmat Shah 3-36) and 341 all out, 95.1 overs (Niall O’Brien 87, Ed Joyce 78, Kevin O’Brien 47; Mohammad Nabi 4-39) beat Afghanistan 182 all out, 77.5 overs (Mohammad Nabi 42, Asghar Stanikzai 41; John Mooney 5-45) and 224 all out, 94.5 overs (Rahmat Shah 86 not out, Mohammad Nabi 49; John Mooney 5-36) by 122 runs

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