Ireland win T20 series against Afghanistan

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George Dockrell edged Ireland to a T20 International Series victory over Afghanistan in a tense conclusion to a rain-stricken decider in Belfast.

Dockrell hit the decisive run as the home side cruised to a 3-2 win by seven wickets after going down to 56 with two balls from their allotted seven overs to spare.

After winning the coin toss and placing the Afghans, Ireland got off to a good start when Mark Adair retired openers Hazratullah Zazai, who had sent the previous two balls to the boundary, and Rahmanullah Gurbaz in his first over.

When Adair had Ibrahim Zadran caught by Barry McCarthy, he was 3-16 and the Tourists were down to 26 for three on four occasions.

Usman Ghani stabilized the ship, but Josh Little had Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi taken by Lorcan Tucker in successive deliveries in his second spell, but with Ghani unbeaten on 44 and his team having reached 95 for five of 15 overs, the rain has come.

Paul Stirling needed just five points to reach 3,000 in the T20 internationals as Ireland’s response began, and he did it in three balls, cutting Naveen ul Haq for four from the first and taking a single of the third.

Fellow opener Andrew Balbirnie was trapped in front for nine attempts to sweep Mujeeb Ur Rahman with the score of 17, Mujeeb had Stirling caught in the middle of the deep wicket for 16 to give his side hope, and Tucker had quickly followed for 14.

However, Harry Tector and Dockrell saw their team go home for the loss of three wickets.

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