Ireland locked horns with Afghanistan for the 2nd T20I on Thursday, August 11. The hosts, Ireland now leads the five-match series 2-0. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Usman Ghani came to the crease for Afghanistan. Afghanistan was in early trouble as they were at 42/3 in 6 overs. Hashmatullah and Azmatullah were sent back in a span of 3 balls. Afghanistan stood at 103/7 in 16.5 overs. Afghanistan gave a total of 122-8 to Ireland.
Ireland lost the wicket of Paul Stirling and stood at 27/1 in 5 overs. Ireland lost three wickets in quick time but they were still way ahead in the game. In fact, they only need 19 runs to win. After 16 overs, Ireland was at 104/4. Ireland won the match by 5 wickets and they also take home the series.
Let’s take a look at the match details and scorecard.
Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast
Toss: Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat first
Ireland Squad: Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Lorcan Tucker(w), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little, Fionn Hand, Stephen Doheny, Craig Young
Afghanistan Squad: Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Usman Ghani, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi(c), Ibrahim Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Afsar Zazai, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Karim Janat, Hazratullah Zazai, Darwish Rasooli, Noor Ahmad
Ireland: 125/5 (19 overs)
Afghanistan: 122/8 (20 overs)
MAN OF THE MATCH: Josh Little (2/18)
RESULT: Ireland won by 5 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
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