Match Report: Nabi Masterclass Helps Afghanistan Clinch T20I series
Afganisthan have continued their dominance in the T20I series as they managed to clinch the series 3-0 at Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground in India.
The hosts were put into bat by Ireland after winning the toss and Afghanistan got an ideal start as Mohammed Shehzad has gone all cylinders firing in the power-play overs. The stylish right handed batsman have managed to score 72 runs in just 43 balls.
However, Afghanistan was soon reduced to 121/5 in 13 overs as they were under the danger of being all-out before 20 overs. But Mohammed Nabi had different ideas all together as he the charge to Ireland bowlers in the final overs of the match.
He has been the star of the Afghan batting as he scored an incredible 89 runs in just 30 balls to help Afghanistan post a massive 233/8 in their full quota of 20 overs.
Kevin O’Brien was the pick of the Irish bowlers as the talented all-rounder has managed to get 4 wickets in his 4 over spell while Mulder managed another two.
The visitors had the best possible start that anyone can dream of as the openers Paul Stirling and Stuart Thompson have gone all guns blazing the first six overs. Both the players were dismissed by the end of 7 overs but the scoreboard read 95/2 in just 6.2 overs making the tie much more even.
Stirling have scored 49 from just 20 balls while his partner Thompson managed 43 from 18 balls. The Irish middle order had failed to fire in the middle of the innings as wickets fell at regular intervals.
Gary Wilson was the best player they had as the right hander stood firm at one end while SRH record signing Rashid Khan have managed to run through the middle order. Ireland were eventually bowled out for 205 runs handing Afghanistan an impressive win of 28 runs.
Mohammad Nabi was adjudged as Man of the Match while off-spinner Rashid Khan was awarded the Man of the Series trophy for his consistent showing in the three T20I series.
The result meant Afghanistan became the first team to win 11 international T20s in succession and have further justified their case to become a permanent member in the ICC. Despite the impressive victory, a lot of credit should also go for Ireland who have put in an incredible fightback in an improbable chase.
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