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Afghanistan beat Ireland by 57 runs, in UAE, to take Series 2-1

Afghanistan beat Ireland by 57 runs, in UAE, to take Series 2-1

Afghanistan beat Ireland by 57 runs, in UAE, to take Series 2-1

Afghanistan beat Ireland by 57 runs, in the 3rd T20I, to take the Series 2-1, in the UAE, today.

Match Summary

Afghanistan 155/7 (20 ov)

Ireland 98/10 (17.2 ov)

Result - Afghanistan won by 57 runs.

Match Analysis

Ireland Men lost their third and final T20I against Afghanistan on Monday night, with the hosts claiming the series 2-1 in the process.

After the Afghans posted 155-7 - the highest score of the series so far - Ireland battled hard but were bowled out for 98, ending a memorable and engaging tour on a down note, but a tour full of positives for a still young and evolving squad. In particular, fans will long remember the day Ireland Men claimed an historic first victory in Test cricket – and despite losing both white-ball series, the Irish side had some great moments with bat and ball, and had fought their way into potential match-winning positions on several occasions.

But today was not to be for the Men in Green. Paul Stirling's side remained unchanged from their loss the night before and were put into the field first, for the second game in succession.

As has been his want in the UAE over the past month, Mark Adair picked up an early scalp before Gareth Delany and Curtis Campher also chipped in with a wicket apiece, reducing Afghanistan to 63-3 after 10 overs.

Ireland's bowlers were impressive once again, with all six options used by Stirling claiming an Afghanistan wicket. Meanwhile, Ibrahim Zadran was the man who held his side's batting together with a new career best in T20I cricket of 72 from 51 deliveries - a total which helped the hosts to 155-7 from their 20 overs.

Andrew Balbirnie took nine from the first over, but the prodigious swing of Naveen-ul-Haq did for both Balbirnie and Lorcan Tucker in the second. Fazalhaq Farooqi then bowled Stirling to reduce Ireland to 15-3 and up against it in their pursuit of victory.

Their task got greater when in-form Harry Tector fell for 17 and, at 46-5 at the midway point of their run chase, the game was all-but over. A 36-run partnership between Campher and Delany threatened to get their team back into the game, but the task proved too great.

While Afghanistan's spinners had led the way in the previous games, their seamers did the damage in game three. Azmatullah Omarzai played the starring role with 4-9 from his four overs and Naveen collected 3-10.

Match Stats

Afghanistan Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Rahmanullah Gurbaz - 2.2 ov), 2-45 (Sediqullah Atal - 6.3 ov), 3-48 (Azmatullah Omarzai - 7.4 ov), 4-102 (Mohammad Ishaq - 14.1 ov), 5-116 (Mohammad Nabi - 16.4 ov), 6-142 (Rashid Khan - 18.5 ov), 7-154 (Ijaz Ahmadzai - 19.5 ov)

Ireland Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Andy Balbirnie - 1.1 ov), 2-9 (Lorcan Tucker - 1.2 ov), 3-15 (Paul Stirling - 2.4 ov), 4-39 (Harry Tector - 7.3 ov), 5-46 (George Dockrell - 9.5 ov), 6-82 (Curtis Campher - 12.6 ov), 7-91 (Mark Adair - 15.1 ov), 8-93 (Barry McCarthy - 15.5 ov), 9-93 (Gareth Delany - 16.1 ov), 10-98 (Ben White - 17.2 ov)

Match Details

Date - 2024-03-18 16:00:00

Venue - Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Toss - Afghanistan elected to bat

Umpires - Bismillah Jan Shinwari (Afghanistan), Izatullah Safi (Afghanistan), Ahmed Shah Pakteen (Afghanistan TV)

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