Ireland vs Afghanistan 2017: 2nd ODI, 5 Talking Points
- Stanikzai, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Shahzad helped Afghanistan overcome the Irish.
#4 Rahmat Shah's uncharacteristic knock
Afghanistan lost momentum after their openers departed in consecutive overs and Rahmat Shah walked in at the fall of Shahzad's wicket. A career strike rate of under 70 does not inspire confidence in the modern game but Shah altered his image with an aggressive half-century.
The middle-order batsman combined caution with aggression, latching on to anything short from the spinners. He dispatched Dockrell over mid-wicket twice in an over before rotating the strike calmly.
A few overs later he took on Chase and hit him for a six and four off consecutive balls. Shah raced to a run-a-ball half-century as Afghanistan recovered from 94/2 to 190/2 before Dockrell dismissed him for 68 to end the 96-run stand.