DUBAI - Afghanistan reached their third successive World Twenty20 on Sunday to complete a memorable year, which also saw the war-hit nation break through to a maiden World Cup. Also securing their place at the World T20 tournament on Sunday were Ireland, who downed Hong Kong by 85 runs in Abu Dhabi for their seventh qualifying win.

Afghanistan defeated Kenya by 34 runs in Sharjah to give the Asian side their sixth win in seven matches. Both Ireland and Afghanistan now top their respective groups to earn automatic qualification to the finals in Bangladesh next year. For Ireland this will be a fourth successive appearance after they played in the 2009, 2010 and 2012 tournaments. There are still four places to be decided for the March 16-April 6 event.