Ireland break Afghanistan’s winning spree
After winning the toss, Afghanistan decided to bat but early strikes from Irish bowlers left Afghanistan batting side reeling.
Afghanistan were five wickets down in less than 100 score, but all rounder Rashid Khan, Shafiqullah and Gulbadin who scored their fifties took Afghanistan to a commanding position of 264 in the allotted 50 overs.
In reply, Ireland’s opening batsmen were pretty good as they looked for a different game this time after losing two matches of the series to Afghanistan and played each ball with merit.
Opener Paul Striling brilliantly played with the bat once again helping his side reach close to the target, but he was dismissed just one run short of his century by Mohammad Nabi.
Middle order batsmen Balbirnie’s 85 off 74 balls and Wilson’s 28 off 28 balls were impressive in the successful chase of 264.
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