Rashid Khan , Najbullah and Bowlers helps Afghanistan square the series
Rashid Khan’s allround performance and Najibullah Zadran’s excellent batting helps Afghanistan beat Ireland by 27 runs and square the series 2-2. Due to the rain the match was reduced to 11 overs a side. Batted first Afghanistan scored 132/6 in 11 overs and bowled Ireland out for 105. Rashid Khan named Player of the Match.
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Afghanistan opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz gives his side a good start by scoring 24 runs in just 13 balls. Ireland then comeback strongly into the match by picking wickets at regular intervals and pushed Afghanistan to 76/5. Najibullah Zadran 50(24) and Rasdhid Khan’s 31*(10) partnership of 50 runs in just 18 balls lift Afghanistan and set Ireland 133 to win.
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Gareth Delany (3/33) , Fionn Hand (1/11) , Mark Adair (1/23) and Barry McGarthy (1/25) are the wicket takers for Ireland. All the Irish bowlers economy was above 10.
During the chase Ireland lost wickets regularly at short intervals after the openers scores 28 runs in 1.4 overs. George Dockrell 41*(27) put up a good fight for Ireland but he run out of partners. Paul Strirling 20(9) , Captain Andy Balbirnie 15(5) and Harry Tector 13(9) are the other batters who scored runs in double figures. Four Irish players got out without scoring a run.
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Fareed Ahmed (3/14) , Rashid Khan (2/21) , Naveen-ul-Haq (2/25) and Azmatullah Omarzai (1/25) are the wicket takers for Afghanistan. Afghanistan spinners Rashid Khna and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (0/13) kept things tight in their 5 overs quata.
Rashid Khan named player of the match for his all round performances with both bat and ball.
Last and final T20 will be played in Belfast on August 17th , 8:00pm (IST).