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Rashid, Tarakai hand Afghanistan another series win

Afghanistan have wrapped the series with their win in second T20I
Afghanistan have wrapped the series with their win in second T20I

Afghanistan 184-8 (Tarakai 90) beat
Ireland 93 (Rashid 5-3) by 17 runs D/L
Second Twenty20 International in Greater Noida

Najeeb Tarakai scored a brilliant 58-ball 90 while Rashid Khan demolished Ireland with a five-wicket haul as Afghanistan completed a 17-run win in the rain-affected second Twenty20 International in Greater Noida to seal a 2-0 series victory.

Afghanistan won the toss and decided to bat first. Barry McCarthy (4-33) had an impressive outing as he removed both Mohammad Shahzad (4) and Asghar Stanikzai (4) in his first two overs.

Tarakai (90) scored two sixes in the powerplay as Afghanistan scored 39 runs in it, losing two wickets. He shared a 54-run stand for the third wicket with Samiullah Shenwari (17) which ended when the latter was caught behind to give Stuart Thompson (1-44) a wicket and immediately Shafiqullah (0) was castled by Jacob Mulder as well (1-35).

Despite, wickets tumbling at the other end, Tarakai went on to notch his half-century off 35 balls. Following useful contributions from Karim Janat (20) and Mohammad Nabi (34), Afghanistan reached 175 for five in 19 overs.

McCarthy bowled a brilliant final over which had three wickets but conceded nine runs as Afghanistan ended their innings strong at 184 for eight in the 20 overs.

In the first over of the chase, Thompson (5) was dropped by Stanikzai at mid-off but was caught at backward point in the second over bowled by Shapoor Zadran (1-31).

Paul Stirling (34) and William Porterfield (22) counterattacked the Afghanistan bowlers and added 53 runs for the second wicket that came off just 21 deliveries.

Janat (3-24) halted Ireland's momentum when he castled Stirling in the final delivery of fifth over and when Ireland were 64 for two at the end of powerplay, the skies opened, delaying the proceedings. Ireland had a revised target of 111 runs from 11 overs, which meant they had to get 47 runs in the remaining five overs.

Rashid (5-3) once again dented Ireland hopes when he had Porterfield caught at extra cover and from there on they never recovered with Rashid (5-3) running through the middle and lower order. Ireland were bowled out for 93 runs in 11 overs and the 17-run win by D/L helped Afghanistan take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Tarakai and Rashid both shared the man of the match award for their heroics with bat and ball respectively.

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