Afghanistan go 2-1 up after 109-run win over Ireland in 4th ODI

first_imgAfghanistan go 2-1 up after 109-run win over Ireland in 4th ODIMohammad Nabi top scored for Afghanistan with 64 while captain Asghar Afghan and Rashid Khan also hit half-centuries to help the team recover after they were reeling at 81 for six at one stage.advertisement Press Trust of India DehradunMarch 8, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 23:38 IST Afghanistan will take on Ireland in the fifth and final ODI on Sunday (@ACBofficials Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAfghanistan managed to post 223 on the board after recovering from 81 for sixRashid Khan came up with an all-round effort as he smashed a fifty and picked up two wicketsFast bowler Aftab Alam shone as Ireland were bowled out for 114 in 35.3 oversSkipper Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, and Rashid Khan blasted superb fifties as Afghanistan notched up a dominating 109-run win over Ireland in the fourth ODI to grab a 2-1 lead in the five-match series in Dehradun Friday.Nabi, who top-scored with 64, starred in two crucial partnerships — sharing 50 with Afghan (54) and 86 with Rashid (52) to lift Afghanistan to 223 all out in 49.1 overs after they were struggling at 81 for six at one stage.Fast bowler Aftab Alam then returned with a four-wicket haul as Afghanistan bundled out Ireland for 114 in 35.3 overs. The spin duo of Rashid and Mujeeb Ur Rahman also contributed with two wickets each.”It was an important match. Top order batted poorly again but Rashid batted really well to get us to 223 on that wicket,” Asghar Afghan said after the match.Asked to take the first strike, Afghanistan looked down the barrel as they were 81 for six in the 18th over.Afghan then resurrected the innings with a 50-run stand for the seventh wicket with Nabi. After Afghan was run out, Nabi continued to score runs in the company of Rashid.Afghan’s 70-ball innings was studded with four fours and three sixes, while Rashid cracked six fours and a six during his stay.For Ireland, off-spinner Andy McBrine (2/37) tormented the Afghanistan team with his two wickets, while pacer Boyd Ranking snapped two wickets and James Cameron-Dow (3/32) took three.The fifth and final ODI will be held on Sunday.Also Read | Shikhar Dhawan hugely valuable player: Sanjay Bangar backs out-of-form India openerAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s 41st hundred not enough as India lose Ranchi ODI to AustraliaadvertisementAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Afghanistan vs IrelandFollow Dehradun ODIFollow Rashid KhanFollow Mohammad Nabilast_img read more

Hurricane Maria churns toward Turks and Caicos and leaves 32 dead

Dave Graham, Robin Respaut Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHurricane Maria: Puerto Rico may be months without powerSeptember 21, 2017In “World”Hurricane Maria pummels Puerto RicoSeptember 20, 2017In “World”Hurricane Irma causes devastation in the CaribbeanSeptember 7, 2017In “World” SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – Hurricane Maria churned toward the Turks and Caicos on Friday after lashing Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands with winds and rain that destroyed homes, flooded streets, crippled economies and left at least 32 people dead.Maria is the second major hurricane to hit the Caribbean this month and the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years. It knocked out the island’s power and several rivers hit record flood levels.Damaged boats are seen after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Salinas, Puerto Rico, September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia RawlinsAt least 15 people were killed in Puerto Rico, El Nuevo Día‏ newspaper reported. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello told cable TV news channel CNN he had reports of at least 13 people on the island being killed.“We have a lot of flooding,” he said in the interview, adding there “was a major disaster here in Puerto Rico.”Fourteen deaths were reported on the island nation of Dominica, which has a population of about 71,000. Two others were killed in the French territory of Guadeloupe and one on the U.S. Virgin Islands.The death toll in the Caribbean is likely to rise when searches resume at daybreak.Rossello imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew through Saturday for the island’s 3.4 million people. He said about 700 people have been rescued from floodwaters and communication was difficult with the southeastern part of the island.Among those killed in Puerto Rico were eight people who drowned in Toa Baja, about 20 miles (32 km) west of San Juan, Mayor Bernardo Márquez told the newspaper.Three elderly sisters were killed by a mudslide on Wednesday in the mountainous central municipality of Utuado, El Nuevo Día said, citing relatives and the mayor of Utuado.In the heart of the island’s capital San Juan, which has a fort and buildings from the Spanish colonial era, the storm left a trail of wreckage. Toppled trees cut power lines and streets were turned into rivers.U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters the island had been “totally obliterated” and he planned to visit.Puerto Rico was already facing the largest municipal debt crisis in U.S. history.A team of judges overseeing its bankruptcy has advised involved parties to put legal proceedings on hold indefinitely as the island recovers, said a source familiar with the proceedings.Residents working on their roof in badly damaged neighborhood are seen from a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey surveying the aftermath from Hurricane Maria in St. Croix, , U.S. Virgin Islands, September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan DrakeSTORM SURGESMaria is a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, with sustained winds of up to 125 mph (205 kph). It was 35 miles (55 km) east-northeast of Grand Turk Island as of 5 a.m. EDT, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.It was forecast to bring storm surges of up to 12 feet (3.7 m) to the southeastern Bahamas as well as the Turks and Caicos, it said, adding that a gradual weakening was forecast for the next 48 hours as it heads north in the Atlantic Ocean.Maria was expected to bring as much as 40 inches (102 cm) of rain to Puerto Rico and an island-wide flash flood watch was in effect. Between eight and 16 inches (20 to 40 cm) of rain was expected on Turks and Caicos, which could cause flash floods and mudslides, the National Hurricane Center said.Maria looked unlikely to hit the continental United States but its storm swells will reach the southeastern coast from Friday, the NHC said.“These swells are likely to cause dangerous surf and life-threatening rip currents along the coast for the next several days,” it said.Utility crews from the U.S. mainland headed to Puerto Rico to help restore the power grid and the U.S. military sent ground forces and aircraft to assist with search and rescue.More than 95 percent of wireless cell sites were not working on Thursday afternoon on the island, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, more than three-quarters of cell sites are out of service.LONG ROAD TO RECOVERYIn Dominica, Maria damaged about 95 percent of roofs, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said. It struck as a Category 5 storm on Monday, ripping foliage off plants and obliterating the island’s vital agricultural sector.The eye of the hurricane passed directly over Dominica (AFP)The storm caused flooding in the Dominican Republic when it passed nearby from Wednesday night.Maria passed close by the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix, home to about 55,000 people, early on Wednesday as a Category 5 storm, knocking out electricity and most mobile phone service.“The worst is behind us,” Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp told reporters on Thursday. The government has imposed a 24-hour curfew until further notice.About 600 people throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands are in emergency shelters and many parts are without power, Mapp said.“It’s going to be a long road to recovery,” Mapp said. Maria hit about two weeks after Hurricane Irma pounded two other U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Thomas and St. John.Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, killed at least 84 people in the Caribbean and the United States. It followed Harvey, which killed more than 80 people when it hit Texas in late August and caused flooding in Houston.More than two months remain in the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.Additional reporting by Jorge Pineda in Santo Domingo, Nick Brown in Houston, Devika Krishna Kumar and Daniel Wallis in New York and Steve Gorman and Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Writing by Jon Herskovitz and Lisa Shumaker; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg read more