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Nabi, Shahzad Star in Afghanistan's 3-0 Clean Sweep of Ireland

IANS |March 12, 2017, 8:30 PM IST
Nabi, Shahzad Star in Afghanistan's 3-0 Clean Sweep of Ireland

Greater Noida: Afghanistan completed a clean sweep against Ireland, winning their third and final Twenty20 International match by 28 runs on Sunday.

A blistering knock of 89 by Mohammad Nabi and a quickfire 72 by Mohammad Shahzad in the lower order helped Afghanistan post 233/8 in 20 overs.

For Ireland, Kevin O'Brien scalped four for 45 runs while Jacob Mulder took two wickets for 32.

Chasing the mammoth 234-run target, Ireland started the match on a good note as openers Paul Stirling (49) and Stuart Thompson (43) slammed 65 runs in 4.2 overs. But the magnitude of the target was big and Ireland were bowled out for 205 in the 20 overs.

Apart from wicketkeeper-batsman Gary Wilson (59), who kept the Ireland hopes alive by scoring at a strike-rate of over 170, no other batsman stepped up to the challenge.

Wilson's 39-ball knock was laced with five boundaries and two sixes. He was dismissed spinner Rashid Khan.

For Afghanistan, Hamza (2 for 39) and Karim Janat (2 for 34) made the crucial strikes upfront, while Rashid (3 for 28) cleaned the lower-order batsmen to clinch the match.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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