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24-Feb-2019 17:15:00 GMT
Afg v Ire - 3rd T20I, Dehradun

Rashid hat-trick, Nabi 81, Afghanistan seal 3-0

Dehradun: Rashid Khan took four wickets in four balls as Afghanistan beat Ireland to secure a 3-0 series win in the final Twenty20 international in India.

The world's top-ranked bowler in the game's shortest format ended the match with 5-27 after Ireland began their chase of 211 brightly.

Mohammad Nabi hit seven sixes as his 81 drove Afghanistan over the 200 mark for the second time in two days.

Ireland opener Kevin O'Brien top-scored for his side with 74.

Although Afghanistan's 2-0 lead meant Sunday's game was a dead rubber, Ireland came into the match hoping to restore some pride having been on the receiving end of a record T20 international score of 278-3 in the second game.

Brief scores:
Afghanistan 210 for 7 (Nabi 81, Rankin 3-53) beat Ireland 178 for 8 (O'Brien 74, Rashid 5-27) by 32 runs

Hazratullah Zazai scored a stunning 162 not out in that game and once again set off at a quick pace, racing to 31 after four overs.

Two quick wickets from Boyd Rankin helped check the Afghan innings but Nabi's 36-ball blitz ensured that Ireland were set another daunting run chase.

O'Brien spearheaded the chase for Ireland and reached his half-century while becoming just the fourth Irishman to reach 1,000 runs in the format.


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