It goes without saying that the Ireland cricket team has improved a lot in the T20 format of cricket. After the fighting performance with the big teams of the cricket world, the Irish are not paying attention to Afghanistan. After winning the first match, Ireland lost Rashid-Navid by 5 wickets in the second T20 match of the five-match series.

Afghanistan did not get off to a good start when they came to bat first. In the first 12 overs of the match, only 69 runs were scored and the first five wickets were lost. Rahmanullah Gurbaz for 1 run, Usman Ghani for 1 run, Ibrahim Zadran for 17 runs, Najibullah Zadran for 8 runs and team leader Mohammad Nabi was out for 9 runs.

After that, Hasmatullah Shahidi managed the shock by forming the highest partnership of 30 runs with Azmatullah Omarzai. He got out for an innings-best 36 runs off 3 fours off 42 balls and broke this pair. After Naveen Ul Haq’s 10 runs, Afghanistan’s innings stopped at 122 after losing 8 wickets in 20 overs.

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Chasing the run, opener Paul Stirling hit the target with a personal 4 runs. However, the hosts did not have to be in trouble. Balbirnie continued to lead the team to victory with great batting. The captain made a partnership of 65 runs with Lorcan Tucker. Balbirni scored 46 runs off 36 balls with 6 fours and 1 six. Talker scored 27 runs.

However, the Irish lost two more wickets later. Harry Tector was out for 5 runs and Kurtz Kampfer was out for 7 runs. Later, George Dockrell and Gerard Delaney left the field with victory, Dockrell on 25 runs and Delaney remained unbeaten on 2 runs. Mohammad Nabi took maximum 2 wickets for Afghans. On the other hand, Josh Little of the host team was the man of the match with 18 runs in 4 overs and 2 wickets.

(12 August)

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