IRELAND VS AFGHANISTAN, 3RD T20I by Cricbuzz Staff • Published on Share Tweet Gurbaz completed a 31-ball half-century. © Getty Afghanistan needed their players to step up and produce a big performance to stay alive in the five-match T20I series, and Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Fazalhaq Farooqi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman did just that. The first two played crucial hands at either end of the Afghanistan innings to help rack up a total of 189. The other two helped close out the team’s first win of the series – by 22 runs – after two indifferent performances. The visitors, who were sent in to bat by Andrew Balbirnie, didn’t overreact to their twin defeats at the start of the series and made but a solitary change to their personnel after Hazratullah Zazai, now recovered from his illness, replaced Hashmatullah Shahidi in the line-up. While Zazai didn’t blaze into action right away, his presence brought much-needed stability at the top of Afghanistan’s line-up. Today, the otherwise dynamic Zazai dropped anchor to let Gurbaz take charge. The keeper-bat dominated the 90-run opening stand with his 53, hitting eight fours and a six through the course of his 35-ball knock. The first 10… Read full this story
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