122-Run Win Seals Treble For Ireland

Max Sorensen bowling
Max Sorensen provided the crucial breakthrough by dismissing Mohammad Nabi on day four
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Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi
Rahmat Shah and Nabi put on 114 together for the sixth wicket to raise Afghanistan's hopes
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Ireland 187 & 341 (Joyce 87) beat
Afghanistan 182 & 224 by 122 runs
ICC Intercontinental Cup Final, Dubai

Ireland completed a 2013 treble of titles as they beat Afghanistan by 122 runs on day four of the ICC Intercontinental Cup final in Dubai.

A brave fight from Afghanistan, which saw Rahmat Shah and Mohammad Nabi bat through the morning session, came to an end when they were bowled out after lunch for 224, well short of their victory target of 347.

They lost four wickets for 20 runs on day three and lost their last five wickets on the final day for 25 as John Mooney completed a 10-wicket match haul.

Afghanistan's defeat, which was their first in the 15 Intercontinental Cup matches they have played, handed Ireland a treble having already won the ICC World Cricket League Championship and the ICC World Twenty20 2014 Qualifier this year.

They are the first team to win ICC tournaments in three different formats in one year.

The day began with Afghanistan on 136 for five and for the majority of an absorbing, compelling opening session, Rahmat and Nabi played virtually no attacking strokes as they battled to keep their side in the game.

They frustrated Ireland and made it to lunch on 188 for five, having celebrated their century partnership.

After lunch, Ireland were able to take the new ball and once they finally got the breakthrough, when Max Sorensen trapped Nabi in front for 49 in 179 balls, Afghanistan quickly subsided.

Nabi and Shah had resisted for more than 61 overs but in 11.3 more overs, the game was done.

Mooney finished with five for 36 by bowling Samiullah Shenwari for four, trapping Mirwais Ashraf in front without scoring and then having both Dawlat Zadran (1) and Izatullah Dawlatzai (0) caught by Ed Joyce to complete Ireland's annus mirabilis.

Shah was left unbeaten on 86 in 246 balls while Ireland were able to give former captain Trent Johnston the perfect send-off in what was his final game before retirement.

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