AFG vs IRE 2nd T20I Highlights: Ireland Win  2nd T20I by 5 Wickets, Lead Series 2-0
AFG vs IRE 2nd T20I Live Score

Afghanistan vs Ireland 2nd T20I Highlights: It was a fairly comfortable chase for Ireland and barring a moment where they lost three quick wickets, they looked very confident and assured in the chase.

Ireland need 123 runs to win. This should be an easy win unless Rashid Khan and other Afghanistan bowlers step up. This will be a huge win for Ireland if they get to the target after playing so well in recent times.

Afghanistan have lost 7 wickets and things are looking gloomy for them. They won’t be able to post a big score now and will have to ask for a miracle from their bowlers of they need to keep the series alive.

Ireland have choked Afghanistan by removing their top five batters in the second T20I. However, AFG have a good bowling attack and Hashmatullah Shahidi is still out there. If he can drag Afghanistan to 150 then it will not be easy for Ireland to chase.

The Mohammad Nabi– led Afghanistan will step on the Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast to save the three-match T20I series against Andrew Balbirnie-led Ireland. Ireland defeated Afghanistan by 7 wickets in the 1st T20I. Batting first, AFG scored 168-7 in 20 overs. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Usman Ghani gave the team a brisk start before the middle order comprising Mohammad Nabi, Hashmatulah Shahidi and Najibullah Zadran collapsed. A cameo by Ibrahim Zadran took Afghanistan to a decent total. Barry McCarthy was the most successful bowler and took 3 wickets.

Ireland got off a good start in the chase with Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie adding 61 runs. Lorcan Tucker came after the fall of first wicket and scored a half century. Later, a quickfire knock by Harry Tector helped Ireland to win the game. Afghanistan bowling comprising Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Naveen ul Haq bowled well but Ireland batters played them well.

Afghanistan vs Ireland 2nd T20I  Squads:

Ireland Squad: Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Lorcan Tucker(w), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little, Fionn Hand, Stephen Doheny, Craig Young

Afghanistan Squad: Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Usman Ghani, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi(c), Ibrahim Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Afsar Zazai, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Karim Janat, Hazratullah Zazai, Darwish Rasooli, Noor Ahmad

Live Updates

  • 11:21 PM IST

    AFG vs IRE Live Score: SIX!. Ireland have won the match by 5 wickets and they also take home the series. What a performance from then in the two T20Is. Against a strong Afghanistan team, they have come out with flying colours. A win to cherish for a long time.

  • 11:17 PM IST

    AFG vs IRE Live Score: 7 needed of 11 balls, can there be a twist in the tale? Ireland one shot away from a win. They would want to finish this in the 19th over itself. You never know what can happen in the last over.

  • 11:10 PM IST

    AFG vs IRE Live Score: WICKET! Another one down as Curtis Campher departs. However, it’s too late for AFG to make a comeback. Just 11 needed in 16 balls.

  • 11:04 PM IST

    AFG vs IRE Live Score: Ireland have lost three wickets in quick time but they are still way ahead in the game. In fact, they only need 19 runs to win. IRE 104/4 in 16.1n overs

  • 10:48 PM IST

    AFG vs IRE Live Score: Andrew Balbirnie is nearing his half-century, will be his second in a row. captain leading from the front.

  • 10:39 PM IST

    AFG vs IRE Live Score: IRE needed early wickets but that hasn’t happened. The hosts are cruising at 65/1 in 10 overs and look favourites to win from here.

  • 10:27 PM IST

    AFG vs IRE Live Score: Andrew Balbirnie has raced to 33 in 23 balls. After a brilliant knock in the last game, he has carried his form in the second game as well. Ireland are cruising now. IRE 44/1 in 7.3

  • 10:18 PM IST

    AFG vs IRE Live Score: Two boundaries off Rashid Khan and that will be a massive confidence booster for Ireland batters. 19 runs of the last two overs and Ireland are cruising to a win. But hang on cricket is very unpredictable. IRE 27/1 in 5 overs.

  • 10:07 PM IST

    AFG vs IRE Live Score: Ireland are not chasing a big score so they can take their time. The openers are ensuring that they don’t lose early wickets, even if they score a few runs less. Good approach. WICKET! As I write, Ireland have lost one as Paul Stirling departs. Afghanistan needed that. IRE 8/1 in 2.3

  • 9:54 PM IST

    AFG vs IRE Live Score – AFG finishes at 122-8, a way below par score. Will need a miracle to defend this. They will need a quick couple of wickets to create panic.

  • 9:24 PM IST

    AFG vs IRE Live Score: WICKET! Hashmatullah Shahidi and Azmatullah Omarzai have been sent back by Ireland in a span of 3 balls and things are looking very gloomy for Ireland. AFG 103/7 in 16.5

  • 9:05 PM IST

    AFG vs IRE Live Score: WICKET! Now Nabi walks back as well. Nothing going Afghanistan’s way at the moment. They need a miracle from here to save the match. They have a good bowling attack but they need to reach a respectable total. AFG 76/5 in 12

  • 8:52 PM IST

    AFG vs IRE Live Score: WICKET! Curtis Campher has removed Najibullah Zadran as well and Afghanistan are in a dire state now. Ireland have tightened the grip on the match and are looking good to restrict them to a low score. AFG 62/4 in 10

  • 8:33 PM IST

    AFG vs IRE Live Score: WICKET! Another bowler gets the wicket in his first over and it’s Curtis Campher this time. Ibrahim Zadran is out and AFG are in shambles now. Wanted to whip the ball off the pads, gets a thick inside edge as McBrine ran in from deep mid-wicket to take an excellent low catch diving forward. AFG 42/3 in 6

  • 8:29 PM IST

    AFG vs IRE Live Score: A couple of boundaries by Ibrahim Zadran off Barry McCarthy and Afghanistan will breathe a sigh of relief. A good start by Zadran and he along with Shahidi will have to bail the team out of early trouble. AFG 36/2 in 5

  • 8:19 PM IST

    AFG vs IRE Live Score: WICKET! Two down and AFG in early trouble. Half Centurian of the last game walks back as Joshua Little bamboozles him with a peach that goes past his defenses. AFG 20/2 in 3

  • 8:16 PM IST

    AFG vs IRE Live Score: AFH need runs from top order to set a decent target. Ireland bat deep, 150 won’t work on most occasions. AFG 19/1 in 2.3

  • 8:08 PM IST

    AFG vs IRE Live Score: WICKET! Mark Adair gets Rahmanullah Gurbaz on the first ball. What a start. Wide delivery, Guzbaz pushes with hard hands. The ball hits the outside half of the bat and goes straight into the hands of short third. AFG 6/1 in 1.1

  • 8:05 PM IST

    AFG vs IRE Live Score: Joshua Little to start for Ireland. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Usman Ghani at the crease for AFG

  • 7:46 PM IST
    Afghanistan (Playing XI): Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Usman Ghani, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi(c), Ibrahim Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi

    Ireland (Playing XI): Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Lorcan Tucker(w), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little
  • 7:45 PM IST

  • 7:28 PM IST

    IRE vs AFG Live Updates: After a string of losses, IRE managed to win a game and they will be looking to continue their momentum in the second game and win the series.