The second ODI between Afghanistan and Ireland had been abandoned due to rain, after the Afghans won the toss and opted to have a bat first.
Hazratullah Zazai carried on his good run with the bat and put the pressure on the Irish bowlers alongside Javed Ahmadi as they accumulated a 90 run opening stand. Zazai’s wicket in the 16th over after smashing 67 (43) with 5 boundaries and 5 sixes under his belt.
Javed Ahmadi didn’t have much to offer in spite of staying in the middle for a good deal as he got dismissed for 22 (53). Rahmat Shah and Hasmatullah Shaidi played solid knocks as well, as they scored a couple of fifties to keep the Afghanistan scoreboard ticking.
Shah was bowled by Dockrell for 54 (66), while Hasmatullah Shahidi played a valuable knock of 52 (78). Mohammad Nabi scored 24(20), as Rashid Khan was getting to his groove with the bat with 11 (12), but that’s when rain interrupted play and abandoned the rest of the game, without the Ireland batsmen coming out to bat.
Afghanistan compiled a score of 250 for the loss of 7 wickets in 48.3 overs, George Dockrell and Andy McBrine being the pick of the bowlers with 3 and 2 wickets respectively from their end were the standout men.
But with rain having the last laugh, it’s Afghanistan who still have the lead in the series with three more games to be played in Dehradun.
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