George Dockrell’s valiant counter-attack was not sufficient to save lots of Eire from a 22-run defeat by Afghanistan within the third T20 worldwide at Stormont.
Eire, seeking to declare an unassailable 3-Zero lead within the five-match collection, had been in all types of hassle as they crashed to 7-85 chasing 190 earlier than Dockrell, in partnership with debutant Fionn Hand, gave the hosts hope.
The eighth-wicket pair placed on 74 in simply over six overs because the Afghanistan assault, together with star names equivalent to Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi, had been put to the sword.
Hand contributed 36 off solely 18 balls earlier than the stand was lastly damaged with the rating on 159 when he was caught making an attempt to scoop Naveen-ul-Haq.
Dockrell continued to combat, ending the day unbeaten on 58 having struck six fours and two sixes in his 37-ball knock, however he was unable to information Eire dwelling as they completed on 9-167.
Afghanistan had earlier made 5-189 after being despatched in, opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz top-scoring with 53 whereas Najibullah Zadran struck 5 sixes in his 18-ball 42.