Afghanistan vs Ireland, 2nd ODI Highlights: Afghanistan won by 7 wickets
Brief Scores: IRE - 259/9 (Stirling 128, Campher 47; Naveen-ul-Haq 4/42, Mujeen 3/46)
AFG - 210 All-out (Rahmat Shah 103*, Shahidi 82; Campher 1/28)
Player of the Match - Rahmat Shah
Afghanistan vanquishes Ireland in the second ODI played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi and takes an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match ODI series. This is probably one of Afghanistan's best run chases in the ODIs.But the day belongs to the Afghans' experienced lads in the form of Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi. Rahmat in particular timed the ball sweetly from ball one and Shahidi too got going as the innings progressed.
The rookie southpaw slams his maiden ODI century and remains unbeaten on 103 off 109 deliveries and takes his side home safely alongside an aggressive Asghar without any further harm done. Meanwhile, the Afghan duo of Rahmat and Shahidi has other ideas though as they stitched a gritty 184-run stand to sealed the series. Ireland's bowling lacked the runs on a surface that didn't misbehave much in comparison to the first match.
Rahmat Shah said in the post-match presentation, ''The coach and captain backed me to play my natural game, and the surface was good to bat on. Each team wants to win their games in the Super League, we're also keen to play to the best of our ability.''
Earlier, Ireland won the toss and have opted to bat first. The finish hasn't been ideal from Ireland, losing plenty of wickets in those last 10 overs and scored just 64 runs. They were led by Paul Stirling, who notched his 11th ODI century and made half the runs for his side to put a challenging score on a used pitch that's slowing down further.
Paul Sterling along with all-rounder Curtis Campher, who played a blitz cameo 47, changed the momentum in the middle overs. At one stage, Ireland might've been eyeing for the 300-run mark, but Afghanistan pulled things back, with Naveen-ul-Haq's brilliant bowling spells with his use of slower deliveries that were dug into the pitch.
The Afghan spinners led by Mujeeb Ur Rahman did a tidy job and picked three wickets while Rashid Khan took only one wicket by conceding 49 runs. Nabi was also bowled tight line and length but gone wicketless.