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That is it from us then. Ireland are still winless on this tour. The next three games are must-win for them, if they have to stay alive in the series. Join us on Sunday, 19th March 2017, at 0930 local (0400 GMT) for the third ODI from this venue. In the meanwhile, do have a look at the Test matches across the globe as NZ-SA, SL-Ban and Aus-Ind are going on. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

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Victorious Afghanistan captain ASGHAR STANIKZAI praises his opening batsmen for starting the game well, which set the platform. Says that he wanted the game to go on for a long time as he has got excellent bowlers at the death in Rashid Khan and Dawat Zadran. Praises Rashid once again for bowling well.

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Ireland skipper WILLIAM PORTERFIELD admits that it is frustrating but believes that today they played better. Agrees that Ireland lost wickets at crucial intervals to Rashid Khan and those were the big moments of the game. Feels that his team has played good enough cricket and could have won both games and is not far away from getting back to winning ways.

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PAUL STIRLING HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH for his 6-fer and 95. Says that it feels nice to give all-round contribution but is disappointed that he could not finish it off. Admits that Rashid Khan has been the difference between the two sides and the batsmen will go back to the dressing room and try and work him out. On his reaction after being given out, Stirling says that the dressing room believes that the umpire is always right and that is the way it goes.

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It has all been about one bowler in each innings. Paul Stirling took 6 in the first, Rashid replied with 6 in the second. Only difference - the Afghan batsmen threw their wickets away while the Irish could not pick Rashid Khan at all, especially his googlies. He got good support from Dawlat Zadran who got three wickets with some sensational death overs bowling. Would have been 4, but for that no ball. Mohammad Nabi had a rare bad outing today.

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A bit of a farce in the end but a comfortable win for Afghanistan. Similar to the previous game, the top order fired for the visitors but then a familiar collapse in the middle order left them struggling. Stuart Thompson generated some interest with a late cameo but then, it was too much for one man to do.

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Rashid Khan to

OUT! BOWLED! This time it is not a no ball. That is the googly outside off, Chase has no idea about it as he looks to drive and is castled. AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 34 RUNS!

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Rashid Khan to

Floated outside off, Chase leans to sweep but misses.

47.1
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Rashid Khan to George Dockrell

Short and outside off, punched through the covers for a single.

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Dawlat Zadran to George Dockrell

Full on middle, worked through mid-wicket for a single.

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Dawlat Zadran to George Dockrell

BOWLED OFF A NO BALL. Dawlat bowls this short and straight and Dockrell pulls but misses. The ball hits the off stump and Afghanistan celebrate. But the umpires want to check for the overstepping. And replays show that Dawlat's foot landed on the line.

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Dawlat Zadran to George Dockrell

How did that miss the stumps? A length ball outside off, slower in pace, Dockrell looks to pull but the ball goes off the bottom edge towards the keeper.

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PETER CHASE is the last man in.

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Dawlat Zadran to Tim Murtagh

OUT! Soft dismissal. A length ball on middle, Murtagh chips it towards short mid-wicket. Another simple catch for Mohammad Nabi. His third.

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Dawlat Zadran to Tim Murtagh

FOUR! That is a lovely shot. On a length around leg, Murtagh backs away and swings it over mid-wicket for a boundary!

46.2
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Dawlat Zadran to George Dockrell

Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a quick single.

46.1
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Dawlat Zadran to George Dockrell

FOUR! A length ball outside off, Dockrell drives this wide of mid off for a boundary!

45.6
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Rashid Khan to George Dockrell

The batsman has driven it through mid off. One run added to the total.

45.5
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Rashid Khan to Tim Murtagh

The batsman works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.

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