Afghanistan beat Ireland to win Twenty20 series in India

Ireland's Harry Tector is bowled for 37
Harry Tector made 37 off 29 balls in Ireland's unsuccessful pursuit of 185
Second Twenty20 international, Greater Noida, India
Afghanistan 184-4 (20 overs): Afghan 49
Ireland 163-6 (20 overs): Balbirnie 46; Mujeeb 3-38
Afghanistan won by 21 runs

Afghanistan beat Ireland by 21 runs in the second Twenty20 to win the series with a game to spare.

Captain Ashgar Afghan hit 49 off 28 deliveries in Afghanistan's 184-4 after winning the toss in Greater Noida, India.

Ireland - beaten by 11 runs in the first T20 - made 163-6 in reply despite skipper Andrew Balbirnie's 35-ball 46 as Mujeeb ur Rahman took 3-38.

The final T20 takes place at the same venue on Tuesday.

"We started quite well - we held them well. They're obviously a dangerous side, particularly in that powerplay," said Balbirnie.

"But against a side like Afghanistan, you have to be good for 20 overs to get a result.

"We tend to start [with the bat] quite well in Twenty20 internationals, but it's about getting that right balance in the middle to get us over the line in tight games."

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