Afghanistan beat Ireland by 7 wickets, clinch series 3-2
KABUL (Pajhwok): After losing the third and forth One Day International (ODI), Afghanistan on Friday made a strong comeback and won the fifth and final ODI by seven wickets that gave the blue tigers 3-2 victory in the series.
Afghanistan who lost the toss on good batting surface was invited to bowl first. The Afghan bowlers did not allow the Irish batsmen to score free runs and bowled in good line and length.
Ireland batsmen took a careful start but Afghan bowlers made late inroads into the Irish batting line and restricted them to the total score of 229.
Afghan leg break spin bowler Rashid Khan was again impressive and economical. He grabbed four wicket and played great role in restricting to the Ireland side to 229 along with Farid Malak who took three wickets.
While chasing the target of 230 Afghan openers again failed to delivers and lost their wicket in early hours.
However, one down Rahmat Shah’s brilliant 128 balls 108 and Samiullah Shinwari 77 balls 62 helped Afghanistan won the fifth and final ODI.
Captain Asghar Stanikzai also played a helping innings of 50 balls 39 in the run chase. The team reached the target of 230 in 48.4 overs with the loss of three wickets. Rahmat Shah brought Afghanistan home with huge six. He was also declared man of the match for his 108 crucial runs that steered Afghanistan to victory.
PR Stirling from Ireland was awarded man of the series trophy. Afghanistan Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah and some members of parliaments were present during the award distribution event and applauded for the team’s victory.
Afghan International Company General Petroleum is the main sponsor of the series between Afghanistan and Ireland.
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