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Rashid, Rahmat power Afghanistan to 3-2 series victory

Afghanistan completed a 3-2 series win
Afghanistan completed a 3-2 series win

Afghanistan 231-3 (Shah 108no) beat
Ireland 229 (Rashid 4-29) by seven wickets
Fifth One-Day International in Greater Noida

After Rashid Khan's four-wicket haul restricted Ireland to 229, Rahmat Shah scored a blistering century to help Afghanistan complete the chase in 48.4 overs with seven wickets in hand to seal the series 3-2.

Ireland won the toss and decided to bat with injured Kevin O'Brien missing the game. Ed Joyce (42) and Paul Stirling (51) gave a perfect start for Ireland scoring 69 runs off 89 deliveries.

Rashid (4-29) provided the initial breakthrough when he castle Joyce following which Stirling added another 47 run stand for the second wicket with William Porterfield (34).

On completing his fifty, Stirling was bowled by Gulbadin Naib (1-39). Nial O'Brien (34) played a handy knock but once he and Porterfield fell, the innings lost momentum. George Dockrell's (21) late contribution helped Ireland post 229 before they were dismissed in 48.1 overs.

Afghanistan were dealt early blow in the chase with the dismissal of both the openers with score reading 25 runs.

However, Rahmat (108 not out) continued his good run adding a vital 73 run stand for the third wicket with skipper Asghar Stanikzai (39).

Dockrell (1-58) brought Ireland back into the game when he dismissed Stanikzai but Shah ensured there were no further hiccups with Samiullah Shenwari (62 not out) holding the other end.

The duo added unbeaten 133-run stand to help Afghanistan complete the chase in the 49th over and in the process Rahmat completed a deserving century while Shenwari went past his fifty. The win also ensured a 3-2 series win for Afghanistan.

Rahmat won the player of the match award while Stirling bagged the player of the series.

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