Allrounder hits 48 and picks 4 wickets as Afghanistan make ideally suited begin to World Cup Tremendous League marketing campaign
Afghanistan 266 for 9 (Rashid 48, Younger 3-61, Singh 3-37) beat Eire 230 (Stirling 118, Rashid 4-29) by 36 runs
Rashid Khan top-scored with 48 off 40 balls from No. 9 earlier than ripping out Eire’s center order with 4 low cost wickets to seal a 3-Zero clear sweep for Afghanistan and supply them with the perfect begin to their World Cup Tremendous League marketing campaign.
Eire had been well-placed of their chase of 267, with Paul Stirling‘s fourth hundred in his final six ODI innings driving their reply. After he was bowled with 14 overs remaining, they struggled to attain as Afghanistan’s spinners turned the screws, and ultimately fell 36 runs brief.
Afghanistan misplaced 4 wickets inside 12 overs after being requested to bat first, with Craig Younger eradicating every of the highest three within the powerplay and Andy McBrine having Hashmatullah Shahidi caught within the gully. Captain Asghar Afghan led the rebuilding efforts with Mohammad Nabi for firm, however they discovered run-scoring tough as McBrine and Simi Singh bowled tightly in tandem by means of the center overs.
Singh trapped Nabi lbw and had Afghan caught at deep midwicket. Then, Najibullah Zadran was caught at slip by way of the glove when reverse-sweeping – giving part-timer Harry Tector his first worldwide wicket – as Afghanistan had been in some hassle at 163 for 7. However in a usually ingenious innings of 40, which included three sixes, Rashid ensured they reached a aggressive rating, earlier than last-wicket pair Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Naveen-ul-Haq took 22 from the ultimate 11 balls to pull them as much as 266.
James McCollum opened the batting in Eire’s reply after being picked forward of Kevin O’Brien, who had struggled for runs all through this tour, however was given out lbw early on after being struck in entrance by Mujeeb. He opted to not assessment the choice, however replays indicated it will have gone on to hit leg stump.
However by that stage Stirling was up and operating, having swung Naveen over midwicket within the fifth over and cracked him for 5 fours in his first 4 overs. He then slapped Nabi for 2 sixes within the eighth and introduced up a 38-ball half-century by repeating the trick off Mujeeb, however misplaced an essential accomplice in captain Andy Balbirnie, who was caught behind by way of a skinny edge when sweeping within the 10th.
Stirling continued to drive the tempo in a 61-run stand with Tector, surviving on assessment after being given out lbw towards Nabi, however Rashid struck a telling blow in his first over when he bowled Tector with a depraved googly. Stirling’s scoring price slowed considerably as he approached his ton, making an attempt to play Rashid out, however he introduced up the landmark off his 101st ball within the 28th over. It was his 12th hundred in ODI, taking him clear off William Porterfield’s earlier Eire file.
However Rashid continued to chip away, eradicating Curtis Campher for 12 to depart Eire 4 down. Stirling discovered one other helpful accomplice in Lorcan Tucker, who cracked Mujeeb for 2 fours, however after Stirling was bowled for 118 by way of a skinny edge, the innings rapidly pale away.
Rashid bowled Tucker with one other googly to snare his third, earlier than Mark Adair and Singh had been each run out and Younger grew to become the third Irishman bowled by a Rashid googly to depart them 9 down. Naveen trapped McBrine lbw to finish the win.
The outcome provides Afghanistan 30 factors within the nascent World Cup Tremendous League desk, whereas for Eire it has considerably broken their possibilities of computerized qualification. That they had gained the third ODI of their sequence in England final summer time and hoped to repeat the trick on Tuesday, however their failure to take action leaves them with 10 factors after six video games and needing a number of upsets if they’re to keep away from the qualifying match.