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So that's it from all of us for this game. Hope you enjoyed our coverage for the same. We look forward to your company in the ODI series starting on March 15, 2017. Action begins 0930 local time (0400 GMT). Until then, it's goodbye and take care!

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Afghanistan skipper, Asghar Stanikzai starts off thanking the Almighty. Calls it a proud moment for Afghanistan, having won 11 T20Is in a row. About the score on board, he says that wicket was a good one and 180 was a par score. Credits Mohammad Shahzad for taking responsibility well and Mohammad Nabi for finishing well. He lauds the effort of the bowlers and was always sure of winning the series due to the presence of Rashid Khan. He then thanks the Afghan supporters.

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Ireland skipper, William Porterfield says that it was a fantastic game of cricket. Feels that they were in the game till the end but could not finish it off. Congratulates the Afghanistan team for the victory. Opines that bringing the game till the last over showed some grit. Applauds his team for playing some good cricket. Adds that India is a beautiful place to play in. Ends by saying that there would be a couple of new faces who will be joining them for the ODIs.

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Plenty of awards to follow. Best Batsman of the series - Mohammad Nabi, Best Bowler of the Series - Rashid Khan, Man of the Match - Mohammad Nabi, Man of the Series - Rashid Khan.

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Ireland will be disappointed with the way this T20I series panned out. They had their moments but were always catching up to the all-round skill of Afghanistan. Earlier today, they elected to bowl but allowed the hosts to get away with the game. Shahzad set it up with a 43-ball 72 and Nabi just nailed the Irish bowlers over the park, with a ballistic 89.

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Stuart Thompson unfazed by the loss of his partner, carried on the fireworks from the other end before he was castled by Amir Hamza. The middle order once again failed before Gary Wilson stepped up to register his second T20I fifty. He was threatening to take the game away but Rashid Khan then took three wickets in an over to ensure Afghanistan had the game in their kitty. Nabi was the man who hit a 30-ball 89 earlier and he rightly finished off the game in his last over with a wicket.

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A spirited chase from Ireland comes to an end, Paul Stirling gave them a blazing start as they notched up 91/1 in the Powerplay. Shapoor Zadran had him dropped off his bowling and he avenged the hits taking the Irish opener down after a 20-ball 49. Ireland did not give up though and kept playing their shots.

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Mohammad Nabi to George Dockrell

OUT! Afghanistan win by 28 runs! Floated outside off, Dockrell goes for a slog sweep but cannot connect it well. The ball goes in the air towards the fielder at deep mid-wicket. Ghani makes no mistake and pouches a simple catch. Afghanistan whitewash Ireland 3-0 in the T20I series!

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Jacob Mulder is the last man in.

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Mohammad Nabi to George Dockrell

OUT! Ireland are falling like a pack of cards! Full delivery on the stumps, Dockrell drills it down the ground towards long on. The batsmen go for a couple and the fielder from long on has a shy at the non-striker's end. He hits and Barry McCarthy is long way out! He has to walk back without facing a ball. Ireland need 29 runs off 5 balls.

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Mohammad Nabi to bowl the final over. Ireland need 30 runs from 6 balls.

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Barry McCarthy is the new man in.

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Rashid Khan to Greg Thompson

OUT! Bowled 'em! Googly tossed up outside off, Thompson kneels down and goes for a slog down the leg side. He misjudges the ball completely as it goes onto clip the bails. Brilliant over by Rashid Khan.

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Rashid Khan to George Dockrell

Dockrell works it through the mid-wicket region for a single.

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George Dockrell is the new man in. Ireland need 31 more runs in 8 balls.

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Rashid Khan to Lorcan Tucker

OUT! Cleaned up! Slider in the line of the stumps, Tucker tries to make room and smack it on the leg side. He misses it completely and Rashid Khan strikes again.

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Rashid Khan to Lorcan Tucker

Floated outside off, Tucker charges down the track and drives it through covers for a couple.

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Greg Thompson comes out to bat.

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Rashid Khan to Gary Wilson

OUT! Tossed up outside off, Wilson goes for a slog sweep but cannot time it well. Gets a top edge to it and the ball flies towards the mid-wicket region. Shenwari runs forward to take a really good catch. Wilson's brilliant innings comes to an end. Rashid finally strikes!

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Rashid Khan to Gary Wilson

Short ball this time by Rashid, Wilson drags it through the mid-wicket region for a couple. 200 runs up for Ireland.

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