Ireland slip to series T20 defeat by Afghanistan in India

Barry McCarthy impressed with four wickets in the defeat by Afghanistan in India
Barry McCarthy impressed with four wickets in the defeat by Afghanistan in India
Second Twenty20 international, Greater Noida:
Afghanistan 184-8 (20 overs): Tarakai 90, Nabi 34, McCarthy 4-33
Ireland 93-9 (11.0 overs): Stirling 34, Rashad 5-3, Janat 3-24
Afghanistan won by 17 runs (DLS method)

Ireland were beaten by 17 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method as Afghanistan secured a 2-0 lead in the three-game Twenty20 series.

Opener Najeeb Tarakai hit 90 in India as Afghanistan made 184-8 with Barry McCarthy taking 4-33.

Ireland were 65-2 after 6.1 overs when rain halted play and they were set a revised target of 111 in 11 overs.

The Irish were undone by Rashid Khan's 5-3 in two overs and managed just 93-9 with Paul Stirling top-scoring on 34.

Afghanistan won Wednesday's opener by six wickets and a formidable total of 184 set them on course to clinch a series win.

Tarakai's 90 came off 79 balls while Mohammad Nabi (34) and Karim Janat (20) also added quick runs.

Irish well placed before rain

Ireland were in good shape on 65-2 when the covers came on and they would have levelled the series if no further play had been possible.

But they came back out and the fall of captain William Porterfield for 22)triggered a collapse with seven wickets falling for a mere 14 runs.

"It was frustrating when the rain came down," said Porterfield.

"We had momentum before it, and it was quite a long break which meant we didn't have the full 20 overs to play with.

"It was always going to be difficult needing to score 40 odd off four-and-a-bit overs."

The teams return to the Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground for the final T20 on Sunday before five ODIs and an Intercontinental Cup game at the same venue.

Ireland fixtures
Afghanistan12 March (T20)
Afghanistan15 March (ODI)
Afghanistan17 March (ODI)
Afghanistan19 March (ODI)
Afghanistan22 March (ODI)
Afghanistan24 March (ODI)
Afghanistan28-31 March (Intercontinental Cup)

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