Dawlat Ahmadzai Sets Up Win For Afghanistan

Dawlat Ahmadzai Sets Up Win For Afghanistan
Dawlat Ahmadzai Sets Up Win For Afghanistan
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Afghanistan 134-5 (Asghar Stanikzai 39no) beat
Ireland 133-9 (Mooney 42, Dawlat Ahmadzai 4-15) by five wickets
ICC World Twenty20 warm-up, Guyana

Afghanistan made it three Twenty20 wins over Ireland on the bounce by winning an ICC World Twenty20 warm-up match in Guyana by five wickets.

After Dawlat Ahmadzai's four wickets helped them limit Ireland to 133 for nine, Asghar Stanikzai stroked an unbeaten 39 to guide the first-time qualifiers to victory with three balls to spare.

Ahmadzai, by dismissing William Porterfield (0), Paul Stirling (6), Alex Cusack (6) and Kevin O'Brien (3), helped reduce Ireland to 30 for four and when Niall O'Brien was caught and bowled by Mohammad Nabi, Ireland were in desperate trouble at 32 for five.

John Mooney's 42 in 33 balls and Gary Wilson's 32 in 26 enabled their last four wickets to add 101 runs despite Shapoor Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari and Hamid Hasan all picking up wickets as well.

Afghanistan openers Noor Ali and Karim Sadiq both made 14 and when Mohammad Shehzad fell for one, the match was in the balance before their middle order wrested back the initiative.

Captain Nowroz Mangal scored a punchy 27 in 30 balls before Stanikzai's 27-ball innings, which included a four and two sixes, steered his side home with Nabi thumping 28 in 17 balls for good measure.

Cusack and George Dockrell both picked up two wickets.

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