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Afghanistan Level Series with Ireland After Rashid Khan’s All-Round Heroics

In the second T20I match between Afghanistan vs Ireland, Rashid Khan played a pivotal role in helping Afghanistan level the three-match series.

Early Setbacks for Afghanistan

Ireland’s bowlers, Mark Adair and Josh Little, made early inroads into Afghanistan’s batting lineup, reducing them to 14 for 4 in the fourth over. However, Mohammad Nabi came to the rescue, forming a crucial 79-run partnership with Sediqullah Atal.

Nabi’s Counterattack

Nabi played aggressively, scoring 59 runs off 38 deliveries, including seven boundaries and two sixes. His innings helped Afghanistan recover from their early collapse and post a competitive total of 152 for 9.

Rashid’s Impact with the Ball

In Ireland’s chase, they were well-placed at 49 without loss after the powerplay. However, Rashid Khan turned the game in Afghanistan’s favor with his exceptional bowling. He took four wickets for 14 runs in his four overs, including a hat-trick.

Ireland’s Collapse

Rashid’s wickets triggered a collapse in Ireland’s batting order. They lost seven wickets for 73 runs, falling short of Afghanistan’s total by 10 runs.

Key Moments

  • Rashid Khan’s hat-trick in the 16th over, dismissing Lorcan Tucker, Harry Tector, and George Dockrell.
  • Mohammad Nabi’s counterattacking innings of 59 runs, which revived Afghanistan’s innings.
  • Nangeyalia Kharote’s two wickets, which removed Ireland’s openers Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie.

Player of the Match

Rashid Khan was named Player of the Match for his all-round performance, scoring 25 runs and taking four wickets.

Series Level

With this victory, Afghanistan has leveled the three-match series 1-1. The final match will be played on March 19 in Sharjah.

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