Ireland and Afghanistan go head to head in the fourth T230I in Belfast on August 15. Afghanistan bounced back to win the third T20I after losing the first two games. The series is poised at 2-1 with two more games to go.
Afghanistan posted 189/5 batting first with their top-order firing cumulatively. Hazratullah Zazai (39), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (53), Ibrahim Zadran (36) and Najibullah Zadran (42) scored the runs to take them to a competitive score. Naveen-ul-Haq took three wickets and Fazalhaq Farooqi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman took two each to restrict Ireland to 168/9.
“Today we played as planned. Openers gave good partnership and we put a good total. Early wickets is more important to win the games. Put opposition teams under pressure. Much better we performed as a team today. We’ll try our best on Monday” said Nabi after the third T20I win.
Ireland meanwhile were dominated by Afghanist after winning two games on the bounce, They were never in the chase as they lost their top-order and were reduced to 36/4 inside the powerplay. It was a tall ask ever since and they fell well sort in the end.
“To see the fight at the back end. When you lose 3-4 early wickets, you’re up against it. With one short enough side we thought we could chase that. Needed a better start than we did. He seems to make things happen whether in the field, or with bat or ball (Fionn Hand). Has been knocking on the door a long time. He’s in fantastic form (Dockrell). Has become an important batter for us in international cricket” said Andrew Balbirnie praising the effort of his players.
IRE vs AFG Head-to-Head Records, Ireland’s Head-to-Head Record Against Afghanistan – Afghanistan Tour Of Ireland 2022, 4th T20I
Total number of matches played: 21
Matches won by IRE: 6
Matches won by AFG: 15
IRE average score against AFG: 146
AFG average score against IRE: 162
Most runs for IRE: 578 (Paul Stirling)
Most runs for AFG: 450 (Hazratullah Zazai)
Most wickets for IRE: 10 (George Dockrell)
Most wickets for AFG: 34 (Rashid Khan)
Most catches for IRE: 10 (George Dockrell)
Most catches for AFG: 15 (Mohammad Nabi)