Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie© AFP
Ireland take a 2-0 lead over Afghanistan in best-of-five T20I series George DockrellK 25 not out helped the hosts win by five wickets in Belfast on Thursday. Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabiq Elected to bat after winning the toss, but the tourists left themselves with little to do with the ball after posting just 122-8 in their 20 overs. Hashmatullah Shahidi 36 as . scored top with Josh Little, Mark Adair, curtis kamper And Gareth Delaney Each took two wickets.
Ireland had lost eight T20Is in a row before the first match of the series on Tuesday, but the captain made it to home ground. Andy Balbirnieis 46.
However, the loss of three wickets for 14 runs gave Afghanistan hope until a 19-ball cameo from Dockrell brought Ireland over the line with one over remaining.
The hosts could seal the series when the two sides meet again in the Northern Irish capital on Friday.
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