The third Twenty20 International between Afghanistan and Ireland completed Sunday in Belfast, with Afghanistan winning by 22 runs after losing the first two matches.
After winning the toss, Ireland’s captain chose to field first and invited Afghanistan to bat first. But this time, Gurbaz delivered a magnificent performance, scoring 53 runs in 35 deliveries with eight fours and a six. The opening stand between Gurbaz and Zazai lasted 11.2 overs and produced 90 runs. The final touches, however, were provided by the two Zadrans in the middle, when Najibullah Zadran scored 42 runs in only 18 balls, including 5 maximums. Afghanistan scored 189 for the loss of 5 wickets as a consequence of their batsmen’s joint effort.
Ireland’s start in chasing down this massive total was shaky, as they lost four wickets for 36 runs. And this quickly became 7 for 85, and this is where they found a good alliance. Ireland was led by George Dockrell and Fionn Hand from 7/85 to 8/159. Dockrell hit a superb half-century with six fours and two sixes, while Hand scored 36 runs with two sixes and four fours. Despite getting closer to the Afghan total, Afghanistan limited Ireland to 167 runs in 20 overs.
Naveen Ul Haq was the standout bowler, taking three wickets for 38 runs.
Afghanistan – 189/5 (20)
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (53), Najibullah Zadran (42), Ibrahim Zadran (36) and Josh Little (29)
167/9 for Ireland (20)
George Dockrell was 58, Fionn Hand was 36, Naveen-ul-Haq was 3/38, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman was 2/28.
Afghanistan Cricket team won by a score of 22 runs.