Mohammad Shahzad raised his 12th fifty and went past Virat Kohli's T20I score Photo Courtesy: Aditya Sahay (CC Reporter)
Mohammad Shahzad raised his 12th fifty and went past Virat Kohli’s T20I score Photo Courtesy: Aditya Sahay (CC Reporter)

With the series already done and dusted, Afghanistan did not show any mercy on Ireland to post 233 for 8 in 20 overs in the third and final T20I at Greater Noida on Sunday. Having already pocketed the three-match series convincingly, Afghanistan will look to extend their unbeaten streak to 11 when they come out to bowl. On the other hand, Ireland will have to bat out of their skin to salvage some pride in the series and earn a consolation win. Opting to field, William Porterfield s bowling attack remained rusty. Mohammad Shahzad blasted three fours in the first over to make his intentions clear. He lost his partner Najeeb Tarakai for 1 but continued to play attacking cricket from his end. Usman Gir got his first chance in the series and stitched a brief stand with Shahzad. Full Cricket Scorecard, Afghanistan vs Ireland, 3rd T20 at Greater Noida

Kevin O Brien dismissed Gir and Tarakai to bring his side back but George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy and Stuart Thompson continued to leak runs. Irish bowlers did not learn from the past matches as they kept bowling short and offered enough width to the batsmen. Shahzad slammed fifty in no time amidst the fall of Asghar Stanikzai (12) and Najibullah Zadran. Shahzad went for a 43-ball 72, which included 6 fours and 5 maximums. However, Mohammad Nabi and Samiullah Shenwari (13) did not curb the flow of runs and kept getting the odd boundaries. Nabi was in a punishing mood as he blasted a 30-ball 89 with 6 fours and 9 sixes.

This is Afghanistan s highest score in T20Is and versus Ireland. They are hot favourites to whitewash the series after this display.O Brien took a 4-for whereas Jacob Mulder earned a 2-for but still had no answers to Afghanistan s blitz with the long handle.

Ireland have already lost their last 4 matches against Afghanistan and will be hoping for the likes of Paul Stirling, Thompson, Porterfield and O Brien to come good and not display another meek surrender against Rashid Khan and co.

Brief scores:

Afghanistan 233 for 8 in 20 overs (Mohammad Shahzad 72, Usman Gir 23, Mohammad Nabi 89; Kevin O Brien 4 for 45, Jacob Mulder 2 for 32) vs Ireland