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Afghanistan outclass Ireland in second ODI as World Cup qualification hopes dented

Rahmat Shah smashed an unbeaten century to guide Afghanistan to a seven-wicket victory in Abu Dhabi.

Record-breaking Paul Stirling’s splendid century couldn't stop Afghanistan from sealing the ODI series.
Record-breaking Paul Stirling’s splendid century couldn't stop Afghanistan from sealing the ODI series.

RAHMAT SHAH SMASHED an unbeaten century to guide Afghanistan to a seven-wicket victory over Ireland in their second one-day international in Abu Dhabi.

Rahmat hit two sixes and 10 fours in his 103 from 109 balls as the Afghans reached their victory target of 260 with 28 balls to spare, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

Rahmat was backed up by Hashmatullah Shahidi, whose 82 from 100 balls, saw the duo put on 184 for the third wicket.

Afghanistan skipper Asghar Afghan pitched in with an unbeaten 21 to help his side to victory.

Ireland had won the toss and chose to bat, Paul Stirling hitting 128 from 132 balls to help his team get to 259/9 from their 50 overs.

Naveen-ul-Haq claimed Stirling’s wicket, ending with 4-42 off his 10 overs.

The defeat dented Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for the 2023 World Cup in India through the World Cup Super League, and came as Irish cricket mourns the loss of the late, great Roy Torrens. 

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