Rashid Khan secured 48 of 40 deliveries to help Afghanistan score 266/9.© Twitter
A brilliant all-round performance by Rashid Khan helped Afghanistan secure a series of ‘clean sweep’ against Ireland on Tuesday with a 36-run victory in the third one-day international in Abu Dhabi. Rashid’s tough 48 helped Afghanistan recover from 163-7 to post 266-9 from their 50 overs, before the leg-spinner took four wickets as Ireland fell short despite Paul Stirling’s second consecutive hundred. The whitewash sees Afghanistan rally 30 points in the race to qualify for the 2023 World Cup in India.
After a quick start, the Afghans were bogged down by the Irish spinners, with Simi Singh claiming 3-37.
But a stunning late strike from Rashid, whose 40-ball innings included three fours and three sixes, set Afghanistan to put down a competitive total.
Stirling’s 12th ODI ton helped Ireland stay in chase despite losing regular wickets, but the opener was bowled by Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the 37th over.
A 30-run eighth-wicket partnership between Singh and Andy McBrine kept the sleek Irish hopes alive.
But after Hashmatullah Shahidi messed up a catch of Singh at Rashid’s bowling alley, Mohammad Nabi was alert to the situation of running out of Singh.
Rashid tossed Craig Young with the next delivery, and Naveen-ul-Haq trapped McBrine lbw as Afghanistan completed the series in style with three wickets in as many balls.
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