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Nabi, Shahzad power Afghanistan past Ireland in Third T20I

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Afghanistan completed a clean sweep against Ireland, winning their third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket match by 28 runs on Sunday.

A blistering knock of 89 by Mohammad Nabi and a quickfire 72 by Mohammad Shahzad in the lower order helped Afghanistan post 233/8 in 20 overs. For Ireland, Kevin O'Brien scalped 4-45 runs while Jacob Mulder took 2-32.

Chasing a mammoth 234-run target, Ireland started the match on a good note as openers Paul Stirling (49) and Stuart Thompson (43) slammed 65 runs in 4.2 overs. But the magnitude of the target was too big and Ireland were bowled out for 205 in the 20 overs.

Apart from wicketkeeper-batsman Gary Wilson (59), who kept Ireland's hopes alive by scoring at a strike-rate of over 170, no other batsman stepped up to the challenge.

Wilson's 39-ball knock was laced with five boundaries and two sixes. He was dismissed spinner Rashid Khan.

For Afghanistan, Hamza (2 for 39) and Karim Janat (2 for 34) made the crucial strikes upfront, while Rashid (3 for 28) cleaned the lower-order batsmen to clinch the match.