2nd T20I, Greater Noida, Mar 8 2020, Ireland tour of India
(20 ov, target 185)163/6
Afghanistan won by 21 runs
player of the match
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
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• The Report by Hemant Brar

Asghar Afghan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman give Afghanistan unassailable 2-0 lead

The captain's 28-ball 49 helped the side to a formidable total before the spinner picked up three wickets to restrict Ireland

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Commentator: Hemant Brar
Scorecard summary
Afghanistan184/4(20 overs)
Ireland163/6(20 overs)
end of over 204 runs
IRE: 163/6CRR: 8.15 
Simi Singh13 (10)
George Dockrell9 (5)
Shapoor Zadran4-0-25-1
Rashid Khan4-0-26-1

That's all from our side. See you soon.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the Man of the Match.

Asghar Afghan: Happy to win the series. We focused on some strike rotation before going for quick runs. The ball wasn't coming on to the bat. We know our strength, we bat long and can target the death overs. One the ball is a bit old, Rashid is very good. So we know what combination to go with. We want to stay positive because every game is important.

Balbirnie: We started pretty well but you have to good for the whole 20 overs. We tend to start well in the T20Is but need some balance in the middle order. The series is now gone but it's a big year and we need to focus on the third game.

Azweer: ""Little" expensive last over made the huge difference between the teams result.."

5.05pm So a 21-run win takes Afghanistan to an unassailable 2-0 lead in this three-match T20I series. Mujeeb picked up 3 for 38 while Nabi and Rashid were economical as usual. Earlier, Asghar Afghan's 28-ball 49 had lifted Afghanistan to 184 for 4 after a sluggish start.

Shapoor to Simi Singh, no run

fuller outside off, Singh cannot put bat on it

Shapoor to Dockrell, 1 run

fuller around off, hits it towards long-on for a couple. A direct hit at the bowler's end but Dockrell was in

Shapoor to Simi Singh, 1 run

length ball outside off, pulled towards deep midwicket for a single

Shapoor to Simi Singh, no run

slower length ball outside off, Simi Singh comes down the track but fails to connect

Shapoor to Dockrell, 1 run

length ball around off, pulled towards deep backward square leg

Shapoor to Simi Singh, 1 run

length ball around off, pulled towards long-on

Ireland need 26 from the 20th over, Afghanistan too had got 26 from their last over

end of over 1915 runs
IRE: 159/6CRR: 8.36 • RRR: 26.00 • Need 26 from 6b
Simi Singh11 (6)
George Dockrell7 (3)
Rashid Khan4-0-26-1
Shapoor Zadran3-0-21-1
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, 1 run

another googly, swept towards deep square leg

Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, SIX runs

down the track, reaches to the pitch and smashes it over long-off

Rashid Khan to Dockrell, 1 run

length outside off, hits it towards long-off from the back foot

Rashid Khan to Dockrell, 2 runs

a googly, chopped towards midwicket for a couple

Rashid Khan to Dockrell, FOUR runs

fuller around off, backs away and lofts it straight down the ground. Long-off cannot reach there

Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, 1 run

fuller down the leg side, sweeps it towards square leg

end of over 188 runs • 1 wicket
IRE: 144/6CRR: 8.00 • RRR: 20.50 • Need 41 from 12b
Simi Singh3 (3)
Shapoor Zadran3-0-21-1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman4-0-38-3
Shapoor to Tucker, OUT

fuller around off, lofted towards long-on but fails to clear Nabi

Lorcan Tucker c Mohammad Nabi b Shapoor Zadran 16 (14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 114.29
Shapoor to Simi Singh, 1 run

length ball, pulled towards backward square leg

Shapoor to Simi Singh, 2 runs

length ball around off, pulls it towards backward square leg. A direct hit would have been out. In fact, if the keeper was behind the stumps, that too would have resulted in the dismissal but instead he tried to deflect on to the stumps

Shapoor to Tucker, 1 run

goes for the pull but the ball hurries on to him. Only a single to deep midwicket

Shapoor to Tucker, FOUR runs

fuller outside off and smashed down the ground. Along the ground but long-off fails to spot it

Shapoor to Tucker, no run

length ball outside off, goes for the reverse sweep but fails to connect

49 required from 18 balls. Shapoor goes around the wicket

end of over 1712 runs • 1 wicket
IRE: 136/5CRR: 8.00 • RRR: 16.33 • Need 49 from 18b
Simi Singh0 (1)
Lorcan Tucker11 (10)
Mujeeb Ur Rahman4-0-38-3
Karim Janat3-0-32-0
Mujeeb to Simi Singh, no run

length outside off, backs away and cannot connect the cut

Ranjith R: "Shall v call Russell at No. 7." -- Think he's the only man who can help Ireland out here

Mujeeb to Tector, OUT

and again, this time Tector backs away and goes for the cut. Misses and the ball hits the top of the off

Harry Tector b Mujeeb Ur Rahman 37 (29b 3x4 1x6) SR: 127.59
Match details
Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, Greater Noida
TossAfghanistan, elected to bat first
SeriesIreland tour of India
Player Of The Match
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Series resultAfghanistan led the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberT20 No. 1079
Match days08 March 2020 - day match (20-over match)
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Ahmed Shah Pakteen
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Izatullah Safi
TV Umpire
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Bismillah Jan Shinwari
Reserve Umpire
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Ahmed Shah Durrani
Match Referee
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Richie Richardson