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