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2nd T20I, Greater Noida, Mar 10 2017, Afghanistan tour of India
(11/11 ov, target 111)93/9
Afghanistan won by 17 runs (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
90 (58)
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Rashid's 5 for 3 keeps Afghanistan's streak alive

The 18-year old legspinner picked up five wickets in only two overs to ensure Afghanistan beat Ireland by 17 runs in a rain-shortened match and furthered their record-breaking winning streak

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Scorecard summary
Afghanistan184/8(20 overs)
Ireland93/9(11 overs)
end of over 1110 runs
IRE: 93/9CRR: 8.45 
Jacob Mulder5 (5)
George Dockrell5 (2)
Mohammad Nabi 2-0-14-0
Rashid Khan 2-1-3-5

6.30 pm That's all we have for you. Thanks for joining us. Goodnight.

"Very important that we won the series. When the rain came, we could have lost the match, but it stopped and thankfully we were able to pull it off. Congratulations to Tarakai for his 90," says Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai, "On this ground 111 in 11 overs was a very easy total. Rashid and the boys defended it very very well"

"It was frustrating when the rain came down. We had momentum before it, and it was quite a large break as well and we didn't have the 20 overs to play with," Ireland captain William Porterfield says,"I was pleased with how we had set the game up, but we couldn't do it as wel after the rain. We didn't set it up well in the first 10-12 balls after the break. It was always going to be difficult, 40 odd off four overs."

6.20 pm The Man of the Match award is shared between Najeeb Tarakai and Rashid Khan. "Match was in their hands before the rain. It was difficult to come back, but the coach and skipper told me that we had to do it and I had the confidence that I could do it as well. In the first over, it was difficult to grip the ball, but later on, I got used to it," says Rashid.

Najeeb spoke about how he paced his innings on a slow pitch, taking his time early and then hitting out in the end.

6.10 pm Afghanistan have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series and have moved onto their 10th straight win in T20Is. The streak is alive and 18-year of Rashid Khan with his remarkable 5 wickets for 3 runs is to be praised for that. Joint fourth-best figures in all T20Is and the best ever for Afghanistan.

Two hours ago, this result didn't seem likely. When the rain poured down and forced the players off the field, Ireland were ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern par score. They had 65 for 2 on the board in 6.1 overs. They lost seven wickets in the next 4.5 overs to crash out of the series.

Kapil: "Ireland were robbed off the momentum and they don't seem to have the power game to hit big runs by going big against spinners. And honestly 49 off 29 was chaseable on this ground with short boundaries and more importantly they had 8 wickets in hand"

10.6
2
M Nabi to Mulder, 2 runs

steps down, Nabi throws it wide of his reach, slogs it to the right of long-on, who sends in another direct hit. Mulder's safe, but Ireland are not.

Sajish: "Rashid Khan is touching Gold everywhere. What a class player he is. Got an IPL Deal last month and now bowling his heart out to a fine spell of 5 Wkts. Great future ahead for this 18 year old. Welldone. an Indian Fan"

10.5
1
M Nabi to Dockrell, 1 run

length ball outside off, slugs it to long-on

10.4
4
M Nabi to Dockrell, FOUR runs

bludgeons a half-volley down the ground, and its got enough power to beat the man at long-off, to his right

10.3
1
M Nabi to Mulder, 1 run

comes down and flicks a straight delivery to short fine leg

10.2
M Nabi to Mulder, no run

tosses it up outside off, because the batsman is making room outside leg, and Nabi essentially one-ups him. The ball is too wide for Mulder to make any connection

10.1
2
M Nabi to Mulder, 2 runs

down the track, but he ends up yorking himself. Nudge to long-on for a couple. There's a direct hit at the non-strikers'. A quick check on if the run has been complete. And it is.

Ireland need 28 off six balls. This is basically done. Mohammad Nabi to get the formalities over with

end of over 10Wicket maiden
IRE: 83/9CRR: 8.30 RRR: 28.00
Jacob Mulder0 (1)
George Dockrell0 (0)
Rashid Khan 2-1-3-5
Karim Janat 3-0-24-3
9.6
1b
Rashid Khan to Mulder, 1 bye

wanders outside off stump for a sweep, Rashid bowling a loopy legbreak, exactly where the batsman is, still beats him. That's a triple-wicket maiden

9.5
W
Rashid Khan to McCarthy, OUT

appeal for lbw and it's given. Rashid has five wickets in 10 balls - on he is a hat-trick as well. Although this one seems to be a bit lucky. The debutant McCarthy goes for a sweep and is struck on the back pad. Appears to be outside the line of off stump

Barry McCarthy lbw b Rashid Khan 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
9.4
W
Rashid Khan to Thompson, OUT

now the frustrated batsman loses his head, comes down the track and is done in by the googly. Superb bowling from Rashid. He ladled all the pressure on Thompson and then gave him a way out - the tossed up ball, but it spins in, skittles through bat and pad as he slogs, and Shahzad does the rest

Greg Thompson st †Mohammad Shahzad b Rashid Khan 1 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25
9.3
Rashid Khan to Thompson, no run

goes for the conventional sweep this time and still fails to connect

9.2
Rashid Khan to Thompson, no run

looks for the reverse sweep again, but the length ball is a little too wide for him to make proper connection

9.1
W
Rashid Khan to Tucker, OUT

third wicket in seven balls for the leggie. He's changed the game. Of course, having a target that forces the batsman to look for the big hits help. Here Tucker comes dancing down and pops a catch to the man at long-off

Lorcan Tucker c Najibullah Zadran b Rashid Khan 9 (9m 6b 2x4 0x6) SR: 150

Ireland need 29 off 12 balls to win. Rashid Khan to bowl the penultimate over.

end of over 911 runs • 1 wicket
IRE: 82/6CRR: 9.11 RRR: 14.50
Lorcan Tucker9 (5)
Greg Thompson1 (1)
Karim Janat 3-0-24-3
Rashid Khan 1-0-3-2
8.6
1
Karim Janat to Tucker, 1 run

slices a full delivery, swinging into him rather late, to long-off, who comes running in off the boundary

8.5
1
Karim Janat to Thompson, 1 run

plants a shortish delivery on leg stump into the captain's hands at extra cover

8.4
1lb
Karim Janat to Tucker, 1 leg bye

cramps the batsman up with a fuller delivery on middle and leg. Tucker swings from the hip, only makes contact off the thigh pad

8.3
4
Karim Janat to Tucker, FOUR runs

races down the pitch, gets a thick outside edge to a short delivery outside off and with third man up, Sadiq pays the price for bowling his normal pace. This is a field set for the slower ball

8.2
4
Karim Janat to Tucker, FOUR runs

they've been trying so very very hard and finally Tucker picks up a slower ball and slogs it between deep midwicket and long-on. It's all high-risk cricket

Four wickets in 12 balls since the resumption. Afghanistan are back big time

8.1
W
Karim Janat to McBrine, OUT

another Irishman goes out swinging. It's a length ball on middle, McBrine wants to smack it out of the ground. There is no time to get yourself in. Not even the time to steady this awful wobble. He has to go, and the slog to cow corner only goes as far as the fielder in the deep

Andy McBrine c Mohammad Nabi b Karim Janat 1 (5m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
end of over 83 runs • 2 wickets
IRE: 71/5CRR: 8.87 RRR: 13.33
Lorcan Tucker0 (1)
Andy McBrine1 (1)
Rashid Khan 1-0-3-2
Karim Janat 2-0-14-2
7.6
Rashid Khan to Tucker, no run

looks for the reverse sweep - showing every sign of his nerves, he premeditates the stroke, and the fuller, faster delivery outside off is past him before he knows it

Three wickets in 10 balls for Afghanistan. Fiercely protecting their streak, and going for the win in the series. Lorcan Tucker has one to face before the over ends

7.5
W
Rashid Khan to Wilson, OUT

Is that another wicket? Afghanistan believe they have got Wilson stumped and the third umpire will have to adjudicate on it. Googly again from Rashid, nicely tossed up, to draw the batsman under pressure to hit boundaries forward. Wilson goes for a cover drive, clearly he didn't pick the variation. The ball hurtles through bat and pad, Shahzad tips the bails over ever so quickly and Wilson's foot is on the line. That means he's outta here

Gary Wilson st †Mohammad Shahzad b Rashid Khan 1 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
Match details
Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, Greater Noida
TossAfghanistan, elected to bat first
SeriesAfghanistan tour of IndiaIreland tour of United Arab Emirates and India
Season2016/17
Player Of The Match
Najeeb Tarakai
Najeeb Tarakai
Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan
Series resultAfghanistan led the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberT20I no. 600
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, First Session 14.00-15.25, Interval 15.25-15.45, Second Session 15.45-17.10
Match days10 March 2017 - day (20-over match)
T20I debut
Barry McCarthy
Barry McCarthy
Umpires
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Ahmed Shah Durrani
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Ahmed Shah Pakteen
TV Umpire
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Nandan
Reserve Umpire
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Bismillah Jan Shinwari
Match Referee
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Graeme Labrooy