Ireland takes 2-0 T20 series lead over Afghanistan
Published: 02:10 PM, 12 August 2022 Updated: 02:10 PM, 12 August 2022
Ireland has taken a double lead in the five-match T20I series against Afghanistan. Ireland beat Afghanistan by 5 wickets in the second match of the series in Belfast on Thursday night. The Irish won the first match by 7 wickets. As a result, Ireland is now 2-0 ahead in the series.
Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi chose to bat first after winning the toss, but the tourists left themselves too much to do with the ball after posting just 122-8 from their 20 overs.
Hashmatullah Shahidi top scored with 36 as Josh Little, Mark Adair, Curtis Campher and Gareth Delany each took two wickets.
Ireland had lost eight successive T20 internationals prior to the series opener on Tuesday, but looked set to cruise home thanks to captain Andy Balbirnie’s 46.
However, the loss of three wickets for 14 runs gave Afghanistan hope until Dockrell’s 19-ball cameo got Ireland over the line with an over to spare.
The host Ireland can seal the series when the two sides meet again on Friday in the Northern Irish capital.