Irish fight back after middle order collapse
A middle order collapse by the Irish has given Afghanistan the advantage in the final of the Twenty20 World Cup qualifies after William Porterfield and Niall O'Brien had got Ireland off to a good start.
Porterfield and O'Brien enjoyed an opening partnership of 42 before the impressive Mohammad Nabi struck to remove Porterfield who was caught by Mirwais Ashraf at mid off.
Cusack join O'Brien in the middle and the pair put on another useful partnership for Ireland scoring 39 runs before O'Brien was run out by Samiullah Shenwari for 28.
With O'Brien gone the middle order failed to fire losing Kevin O'Brien (2), Gary Wilson (5) and Nigel Jones (14) in the space of three overs leaving the Irish 111-6.
John Mooney could only add 5 runs to the total before he was bowled by Hamid Hassan leaving Trent Johnston (15), Andrew White () and Peter Connell () to guide the Irish to a total of 142/8.