Rain played spoilsport as the second Afghanistan versus Ireland ODI had to be called off. @Twitter

Rain played spoilsport as the second Afghanistan versus Ireland ODI on Saturday was called off in Dehradun. The rain arrived as the Afghanistan innings drew closer and while it stopped for a while, the resumption of rain meant that no further play was possible. (AFG vs IRE, 2nd ODI: FULL SCORECARD)


Earlier, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi scored fifties after Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat.

Hazratullah Zazai scored his maiden ODI fifty as he and Javed Ahmadi provided Afghanistan a solid opening start. @ACB Media

The Asghar Afghan-led side had scored 250 for the loss of seven wickets in 48.3 overs before rain stopped play. (ALSO READ: 2nd ODI: Hazratullah Zazai blitz helps Afghanistan to 250-7 in rain-hit ODI)

George Dockrell, meanwhile, returned with the figures of 3/51 while Andy McBrine scalped two wickets.

Afghanistan enjoyed a solid start as Zazai and Javed Ahmadi scored 90 for the opening wicket before Andy McBrine dismissed Zazai after the left-hander scored a quickfire 67 off 43 balls with the help of five fours and as many sixes.

Andy McBrine dismissed Hazratullah Zazai to give Ireland their first breakthrough. @ACB Media

Ahmadi was the next man to get out as Dockrell got his first wicket of the match.

Shah and Shahidi then joined hands as the duo were involved in an 87-run partnership. But the two were dismissed in a space of nine runs as Dockrell dismissed Shah and Boyd Rankin sent Shahidi packing.

Pacer Boyd Rankin scalped 1 wicket, conceding 38 runs in his nine over. @ACB Media

Afghanistan had lost seven wickets before the rain arrived and eventually the match was called off.

Afghanistan, who had won the three-match T20I series 3-0, are leading the five-match ODI series 1-0 with three games to spare.

Brief scores: Afghanistan 250/7 from 48.3 overs (Hazratullah Zazai 67, Rahmat Shah 54, Hashmatullah Shahidi 52; George Dockrell 3/51, Andy McBrine 2/43) vs Ireland called off due to rain