Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan’s magical spell of five wickets for three runs in only two overs against Ireland has created quite a buzz among the cricket fraternity. The 18-year old leg-spinner, who had grabbed the limelight after being sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL auctions for a whooping amount of INR 4 crores last month, now holds the record of best bowling figures by an associate bowler in Twenty20 Internationals. His incredible bowling performance has also made him the first bowler to take a five-wicket haul in as little time as two overs in the shortest format of the game. Rashid’s five-wicket haul is also the joint-most economical five-wicket haul in all T20s along with Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath who had taken 5 for three runs in 3.3 overs against New Zealand in the World T20 2014.

Meanwhile, Rashid’s stunning bowling performance helped Afghanistan to beat Ireland by 17 runs via Duckworth Lewis Stern Method to win their 10th consecutive T20I match, which is most by any team in this format. Afghanistan came into the match with nine straight wins in the shortest format which was already a world record and their hopes of continuing their streak received a huge boost after they posted an imposing total of 184 for 8 in the allotted 20 overs. However, their hope of extending their winning run was looking bleak when rain intervened as Ireland were 65 for 2 in 6.1 overs- 12 runs ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis par score considering the target was 185.

But the game totally changed when the play resumed as Rashid took five wickets in a space of 11 deliveries to restrict Ireland to 93 for 9 off 11 overs in pursuit of a revised target of 111. With this win, Afghanistan have taken an unassailable lead of 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Meanwhile, the Afghanistan leg-spinner has surpassed his compatriot Samiullah Shenwari as the associate bowler with the best bowling figures in T20Is. And here we are presenting you the top 10 best bowling figures by Associate players in the shortest format of the game.


Player Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Opposition
Rashid Khan (AFG) 2 1 3 5 v Ireland
Samiullah Shenwari (AFG) 4 0 13 5 v Kenya
Ahsan Malik (NL) 4 0 19 5 v South Africa
NN Odhiambo (KENYA) 4 0 20 5 v Scotland
AC Evans (SCOT) 4 0 24 5 v Netherlands
MRJ Watt (SCOT) 4 0 27 5 v Netherlands
SO Tikolo (KENYA) 1.2 0 2 4 v Scotland
Mudassar Bukhari (NL) 4 2 7 4 v U.A.E.
Mohammad Nabi (AFG) 2.2 0 10 4 v Ireland
PA van Meekeren (NL) 2 0 11 4 v Ireland

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