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10-Mar-2017 14:27:00 GMT
Afghanistan v Ireland, 2nd T20I, Greater Noida

Rashid 5 for 3 helps Afghanistan seal series

New Delhi: Afghanistan beat Ireland by 17 runs (D/L) on Friday and secured a 2-0 lead in the three-game T20 series.

Opener Najeeb Taraki hit 90 in Great Nodia as Afghanistan made 184-8 with Barry McCarthy taking 4-33.

Ireland were 65-2 after 6.1 overs when rain halted play and they were set a revised target of 111 in 11 overs.

The Irish were undone by Rashid Khan's superb 5-3 in two overs and they managed just 93-9 with Paul Stirling top scoring on 34.

Afghanistan won Wednesday's opener by six wickets and a formidable total of 184 set them on course to clinch a series win.

Taraki's 90 came off 79 balls while Mohammad Nabi (34) and Karim Janat (20) also added quick runs.

Ireland were in good shape on 65-2 when the covers came on and they would have levelled the series if no further play was possible.

But they came back out and the fall of captain William Porterfield (22) triggered a collapse with seven wickets falling for a mere 14 runs.

The teams return to the Great Noida Sports Complex Ground for the final T20 on Sunday before five ODIs and an Intercontinental Cup game at the same venue.

Brief scores
Afghanistan -
184 for 8 (Tarakai 90, Nabi 34, McCarthy 4-33)
Ireland - 93 for 9 (Stirling 34, Rashid 5-3)
Result - Afghanistan won by 17 runs (D/L method)

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