Afghanistan rewrote the history books in their last meeting against Ireland as they posted the highest-ever Twenty20 International total in Dehradun on Sunday. Opting to bat first, Afghanistan went on to score a record 278 for the loss of three wickets. The 20-year left-handed opener, Hazratullah Zazai hit 162* from 62 balls which included 16 sixes. Moreover, Zazai and Usman Ghani stitched a record partnership of 73 runs off 48 balls which was highest for any wicket in the shortest format. With this, Afghanistan clinched the series and Ireland could only score 194 runs for the loss of six wickets and lost the match by 84 runs.
Chasing a record total, Paul Stirling started off with a six and stitched a partnership of 126 runs with Kevin O’Brien to keep up with the run rate. However, the fall of O’Brien added to the woes of Ireland as the team faltered before the bowling attack of Afghanistan. Now, when both the teams meet for the last match of the T20I series, while Afghanistan would look forward to win the series by 3-0, Ireland would out hope to avoid a clean sweep.
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Asghar Afghan(c), Shafiqullah Shafiq, Usman Ghani, Najeeb Tarakai, Karim Janat, Hazratullah Zazai, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Farid Malik, Sayed Shirzad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Zahir Khan, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Ziaur Rahman
Paul Stirling(c), Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Joshua Little, Andy McBrine, Kevin O Brien, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker
Afghanistan Playing 11
Asghar Afghan, Fareed Malik, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karim Janat, Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Usman Ghani, Shafiqullah Shafiq.
Ireland Playing 11
Simi Singh, George Dockrell, Stuart Thompson, Peter Chase, Kevin O Brien, Boyd Rankin, Stuart Poynter, Joshua Little, Paul Stirling, Shane Getkate, Andrew Balbirnie.
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