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Rahmat Shah made a superb unbeaten 103 to guide Afghanistan to victory over Ireland in their second one-day international and secure an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series in Abu Dhabi.

Rahmat took 109 balls to compile his match-winnings knock, hitting two sixes and 10 fours as Afghanistan reached their victory target of 260 with 28 balls to spare.

Hashmatullah Shahidi provided Rahmat with superb support with 82 from 100 balls as the pair put on 184 for the third wicket following the loss of openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz (31) and Javed Ahmadi (16).

Hashmatullah eventually fell with Afghanistan needing 28 to win, but a quickfire 21 from captain Asghar Afghan helped see his side comfortably over the line.

Ireland had earlier won the toss and elected to bat, with opener Paul Stirling making a brilliant 128 from 132 balls which featured four sixes and 12 boundaries.

Stirling and Curtis Campher (47) put on 106 for the fourth wicket but Afghanistan’s bowlers kept the run rate down and Ireland eventually had to settle for a total of 9-259 from their 50 overs.

Naveen-ul-Haq got the crucial wicket of Stirling and finished with figures of 4-42 from his 10 overs.

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