Afghanistan trounce Ireland by 39 runs in 2nd ODI
Mohammad Shahzad and Najibullah Zadran set the tone for the 39-run triumph in Belfast, where the two teams are playing a five-match ODI series, on Tuesday.
Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) spokesman Farid Hotak told Pajhwok Afghan News Ireland won the toss and invited the national squad to bat first.
Afghanistan were bowled out for 250in 49.2 overs of the game, as ShahzadMohammaditop-scored 66 runs and Najib Zadran 59. Javed Ahmadi contributed 29 and SamiullahShinwarichipped in with 24.
The visitors, cruising at 76 without loss, slipped to 125 for 4 but a 70-run stand between Zadran and Shinwari saw them waltz to gradual stability.
Zadran hit six fours and two sixes in his 61-ball knockbefore being dislodged by Barry McCarthy, who finished with 4 for 59 - the best ODI figures for the medium-pacer.
Ireland could not chase the target, losing all their wickets in the 49 overfor 211 runs.Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan took three wickets each, with Dawlat Zadran and Mirwais Ashraf claiming two scalps apiece.
O'Brien smashed a 27-ball 35, but Ireland came under pressure as the asking rate mounted steadily. He was fifth man dismissed before the hosts frittered away their last five wickets for 22.
The third match is scheduled for Thursday at the same venue.The first ODI was abandoned without a ball being bowled on Sunday due to heavy rainfall.
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