AFGHANISTAN VS IRELAND, 2ND T20I
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Zazai smashed 162 not out off 62 as Afghanistan posted the best T20I complete. © Afghanistan Cricket Board
Hazratullah Zazai’s sensational 62-ball 162 helped Afghanistan put up the best T20I complete – 278 for three – earlier than they sealed an 84-run win over Eire to clinch the three-match collection 2-Zero in Dehradun on Saturday (February 23). Eire, in response, made an outstanding begin earlier than they ran out of steam and have been ultimately restricted to 194 for six.
On the day Sri Lanka made historical past, Zazai determined to create some area for his personal within the report books with the second-fastest century within the format. He struck a report 16 sixes throughout his innings – going previous Aaron Finch’s report of 14 in Southampton in 2013 – other than registering the second-highest rating by a batsman, one other report held by Finch (172). Asghar Afghan resolution to bat first labored magnificently as Zazai collaborated with Usman Ghani (73) to attain 236 for the opening wicket in 17.three overs.
The assault began solely within the third over – with simply seven scored within the first two – as Peter Chase leaked 15 from his first. That over gave Afghanistan the much-needed early momentum as they cruised to 64 after the powerplay with Zazai scoring 35 off 19. He obtained to his half-century of 25 balls and shortly after teed off from there. Within the 10th over by Kevin O’Brien, he struck two sixes and 4 to race to 83 of 35. Afghanistan have been completely flying because the 150-stand was introduced up within the 12th over. Most likely rattled by the assault, Paul Stirling bowled three wides on the trot within the subsequent over as Zazai appeared to make merry. The opener then struck three sixes to get to his century off 42 balls.
Because the strain mounted, the Eire bowlers too struggled for self-discipline and ultimately ended up conceding 14 wides within the innings. Sadly for them, it wasn’t a one-sided assault as Ghani too punished the bowlers to get to his half-century off 31 balls. Boyd Rankin obtained the primary wicket for Eire however the harm had already been achieved by then. Ghani was caught making an attempt to drag a brief ball from the pacer as the large opening stand got here to an finish. Mohammad Nabi struck 17 off 7 whereas Zazai confronted solely two balls within the final two overs.
Data damaged in #AFGvIRE 2nd T20I thus far:
????Highest complete in T20s – 278/three
????Highest p’ship for any wkt – 236 by Zazai & Ghani
????Most sixes by a crew in a T20I – 22
????Most sixes by a participant in a T20I – 16 by Zazai
????Second highest particular person rating in T20Is – Zazai (162*)
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) February 23, 2019
Left with no selection, Stirling got here out all weapons blazing to assist Eire make a quick begin. At the same time as Eire rating at greater than 10 runs per over within the first half of the chase, they have been nonetheless left needing 170 off 60. The Eire captain struck the primary ball of the chase for a six however O’Brien’s comparatively sluggish begin harm the crew’s probabilities. Eire have been 32 for no loss after the second over when O’Brien performed 4 dot balls within the third over to stall momentum. As Stirling raced to 38 off 18, his accomplice was caught at 6 off 6. Eire ended the powerplay with 69 on the board.
Afghan teased Eire as he held again Rashid Khan and allowed the carnage to occur. The No. 1 ranked T20I bowlers had simply the sort of impression that was anticipated. He gave away simply six from his opening over because the chase nosedived. O’Brien for a moderately underwhelming 25-ball 37 within the 12th over to Fareed Malik. This was additionally the third occasion the place each groups had century opening stand in a T20I. Stirling fell for 91 off 50 to Mujeeb ur Rahman within the 14th over as Eire wobbled in chase. Rashid ended with figures of Four-Zero-25-Four in a sport the place bowlers repeatedly appeared for an escape.
Transient scores: Afghanistan 278/three in 20 overs (Hazratullah Zazai 162*) beat Eire 194/6 in 20 overs (Paul Stirling 91; Rashid Khan Four-25) by 84 runs.