Afghanistan beat Ireland by seven wickets in the second ODI at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Sunday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Batting first after winning the toss, Ireland scored 259 for nine in 50 overs thanks to Paul Sterling’s brilliant 128 runs. In response, the Afghan team achieved the target, losing three wickets in 45.2 overs thanks to Rahmat Shah’s unbeaten 103 and Hashmatullah Shaheedi’s 82 runs.
The Afghan team lost the wickets of Rahmatullah Gurbaz (31), Javed Ahmadi (16) and Shaheedi, who hit eight fours and a six off 100 balls. Captain Asghar Afghan returned unbeaten after scoring 21 runs. Shah faced 109 balls and hit 10 fours and two sixes in his unbeaten innings.
Earlier, Sterling, who played a century for Ireland, faced 132 balls and hit 12 fours and four sixes. Also Kurtis Kampfer contributed 47 runs. For Afghanistan, Naveen-ul-Haq took four wickets for 42 runs, while Mujib ur Rehman scored three for 46 runs. Rahmat was voted man of the match.