Afghanistan defeat Ireland by 36 runs, clean sweep the visitors 3-0. With this, the Afghan team grabbed up all 30 points which were up for grabs in this series. These 30 points helped them move a step closer to the World Cup 2023 qualification. This series was part of the World Cup Super League.
Afghanistan grabbed another 10 points in the World Cup Super League.
Afghanistan 266-9(50 overs). R Khan 48(40), A Afghan 41(82), S Singh 3/37, C Young 3/61.
Ireland 230-10(47 overs). P Stirling 118(119), H Tector 24(26), R Khan 4/29, M ur Rehman 2/4.
Man of the Match- Rashid Khan
Man of the Series- Paul Stirling
Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie won the toss and elected to field first. This was a good decision because defending a target has been difficult here at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The home team did not get a good start. Craig Young dismissed 3 top order batsmen relatively cheaply. Captain Asghar Afghan tried to stay patient on the crease and scored a 41 off 82 balls.
Rashid Khan scored a quickfire 48 to take his team to a respectable total.
At one point Afghanistan were in trouble at 163-7. But Rashid Khan scored his batting prowess and scored runs at a quick pace. He alongwith Gulabdin Naib ensured that the home team put up a decent score on the board.
Paul Stirling powered his way to 11th ODI century.
Ireland started well in their chase of 267 runs. Their opener Paul Stirling scored his second century of the series. But he was running out of partners from the other end. In fact, more than half of the team runs were scored by Paul Stirling.
Rashid Khan shone once again with the ball as well. He picked up 4 crucial wickets and gave away just 29 runs in his 9 overs. No wonder he was picked man of the match.
Paul Stirling was adjudged man of the series as he was the highest run getter in the series. He scored 285 runs at an average of 95. This also included 2 centuries. Afghanistan defeat Ireland by 36 runs .