Afghanistan stretch winning streak to 11 after Ireland whitewash
Afghanistan 233-8 (Nabi 89) beat
Ireland 205 (Wilson 59) by 28 runs
Third Twenty20 International in Greater Noida
Mohammad Nabi and Mohammad Shahzad scored 89 and 72 runs respectively as Afghanistan defended a total of 234 runs successfully and secured a 28-run victory against Ireland in the third Twenty20 International in Greater Noida to wrap up the series 3-0.
Ireland won the toss and decided to field first. Shahzad (72) started the innings with a six and two boundaries in the first over but Afghanistan lost Najeeb Tarakai (3) early at the other end.
Shahzad continue playing shots and scored three more fours and maximums to take Afghanistan to 63 for one at the end of powerplay and soon brought his fifty off 27 deliveries.
Shahzad also brought the 50-run stand with Usman Ghani (23) off just 28 deliveries and by the half-way mark, Afghanistan reached 95 for one.
The 74-run stand finally ended when Kevin O'Brien (4-45) castled Ghani. Ireland dented Afghanistan momentum further as Andy McBrine (1-11) had Asghar Stanikzai (12) caught at long on in the 12th over and in the next over bowled by Jacob Mulder (2-32) accounted for the wickets of Shahzad and Najibullah Zadran (1).
Just when Afghanistan were reeling at 122 for five in 13 overs, Nabi (89) changed the game on its head with his 30-ball knock which had six fours and nine maximums to take the total to 233 for eight in the 20 overs.
In response, Ireland got off to a tremendous start with Paul Stirling (49) and Stuart Thompson (43) adding 54 runs in the first four overs. Stirling missed on a deserving half century by one run after he holed out to deep square leg off Shapoor Zadran (1-60).
Thompson continued the onslaught to take Ireland to 91 for one at the end of the powerplay. Amir Hamza (2-39) provided the breakthrough by dismissing Thompson and from there on Gary Wilson (59) waged a lone fight that ended in vain.
Ireland were bowled out for 205 runs in 19.2 overs with Rashid Khan (3-28), Hamza and Karim Janat (2-34) sharing seven wickets between them. The win has extended Afghanistan's winning streak to 11 and they completed a 3-0 series win as well.
Nabi and Rashid were adjudged the player of the match and the player of the series respectively.
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