Afghanistan take on Ireland in the third T20I of the five-match series in Belfast. The hosts won the game by 5 wickets and are leading the five-match series 2-0. This is an important series for the Afghans who will be heading into the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup from here on.
Afghanistan is being led by Mohammad Nabi while Andrew Balbirnie is leading Ireland. he scored a crucial fifty in his team,’s win in the first T20I before Afghanistan came back with a bang in the second T20I. The series is nicely poised with some entertaining cricket expected with three games left in the series.
IRE vs AFG: Match Preview – Afghanistan Tour of Ireland 2022, 3rd T20I
For Ireland who lost against New Zealand, West Indies and England heading into this series, this is a very crucial series against Afghanistan. They recently lost a T20I series against India as well.
“Lot more fun to score runs and get a win. We have been hurting not getting over the line against a few great teams, but today feels good. I thought we bowled pretty well, and chased smartly. Lorcan Tucker played a brilliant knock – a bit of a complete chase” said the Irish skipper after the first T20I after was back amongst the runs.
Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Lorcan Tucker(w), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little, Fionn Hand, Stephen Doheny, Craig Young
Afghanistan won an ODI series against Zimbabwe heading into this series. They came up with an inspirational performance in the second T20I to come up with a win. This is an ever-improving side with the players gathering international experience as they are playing more and more matches, Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi still continue to be their premier players in white-ball cricket and they have a job to do in the upcoming Asia Cup and T20 World Cup.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Usman Ghani, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi(c), Ibrahim Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Afsar Zazai, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Karim Janat, Hazratullah Zazai, Darwish Rasooli, Noor Ahmad