KABUL (Pajhwok): Ireland crashed to a 36-run defeat to suffer a 3-0 one-day international series whitewash by Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi.
The defeat shattered Ireland’s hopes of making the 2023 tournament as the series was part of the World Cup Super League.
Ireland won the toss and decided to field, a decision that looked good as Afghanistan struggled to 167-7 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
But almost another 100 runs were added, with Rashid’s 48 coming off 58 balls to frustrate the Irish attack.
Spinner Simi Singh took 3-37 and paceman Craig Young 3-61 before the Irish started their run chase, with Stirling the central figure.
Rashid Khan starred with bat and ball – his 48 helped Afghanistan post a total of 266-9 before taking 4-28 as the Irish fell short of the target. That was despite Paul Stirling making it back-to-back centuries with 118.
Another 10 World Cup Super League points for Afghanistan moved them further clear of Ireland in the race to book an automatic spot in India.
Afghanistan won the opener by 16 runs and added a comfortable seven-wicket victory in the second ODI.