Rashid Khan played an all-round innings    Getty Images (File Photo)
Rashid Khan played an all-round innings Getty Images (File Photo)

All-rounder Rashid Khan played a brilliant innings and put up an impressive show with the ball, as his all-round performance allowed visitors Afghanistan to register a valuable 75-run win over hosts Ireland, in the fourth of the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series, at the Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast on Sunday, as they took an unassailable 2-1 lead. This means, that a win for Afghanistan or a washout in the next game would seal a series win for the visitors, while a win for Ireland would mean the series is tied all square as both the captains would be sharing the honours. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Ireland vs Afghanistan 2016, 4th ODI at Belfast

Earlier, Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai won the toss and elected to bat first, as with 28 runs on the board, the opening partnership was broken, as opener Noor Ali Zadran departed for mere 10. At the score of 54, it was fellow opener Mohammad Shahzad, who fell for 22. At the score of 83, it was Samiullah Shenwari, who fell for mere 11, quickly followed by the skipper, who was dismissed for an unfortunate duck, and again quickly followed by Najibullah Zadran for three, as they lost the opening five wickets at the score of 90.

At the score of 109, it was Rahmat Shah, who was going good, but fell for 48. Nevertheless, it was followed by a 54-run stand for the seventh wicket between Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan, before Nabi fell just after scoring his ninth ODI half-century. However, it was followed by the brilliant unbeaten innings for 60 by Rashid, as Afghanistan settles for an average total of 229 for the loss of seven wickets in the allotted 50 overs. It was also Rashid’s maiden ODI half-century. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Ireland vs Afghanistan 2016, 4th ODI at Belfast

Ireland began the chase on a slow note, as at the score of 27, opener Ed Joyce fell for mere 12, followed by fellow opener and skipper William Porterfield for mere 16, at the score of 36. Just 10 runs later, it was Sean Terry, who fell for mere nine, followed by Stuart Poynter for mere 15, at the score of 67. However, it was followed by a 63-run stand for the fifth wicket between Kevin O’Brien and Paul Stirling, before Kevin fell for 34, and just four runs later, it was Stirling, who fell for 31.

Following their fall, there were hardly any partnerships, as at the score of 136, it was Andy McBrine, who fell for a mere single, followed by Gary Wilson for mere six at 143, Tim Murtagh for mere single at 145, as Peter Chase was the final man to be dismissed at the score of 150, as Afghanistan won the game comfortably by 75 runs in 41 overs, while Rashid finished with the figure of four for 21.

Brief scores:

Afghanistan 229 for 7 in 50 overs (Mohammad Nabi 50, Rashid Khan 60*; Andy McBrine 2 for 29) beat Ireland 150 in 41 overs (Kevin O’Brien 34, Paul Stirling 31; Rashid Khan 4 for 21) by 75 runs.

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(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)