T20 World Cup: Afghanistan vs Ireland match abandoned due to heavy rain

Photo: ACB

The Afghanistan vs Ireland match was abandoned without a single ball due to rain at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday, leaving the teams to split the points.

It was Afghanistan’s second wash-out in the Super 12’s after their New Zealand game at Melbourne was abandoned due to poor weather on Wednesday.

With this result, Afghanistan remain bottom of the Group with two points. The no-result left Ireland second in Group 1 on three points after three matches behind leading New Zealand.

The weather could yet shape the group, with fifth-placed Australia and fourth-placed England, each on two points, scheduled to play the late match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Afghanistan Cricket Board in a tweet called it “not good news,” when announcing that the match has been abandoned due to persistent rain in Melbourne.

The ACB said that Afghanistan will face Sri Lanka on Tuesday in Brisbane.

“Very disappointing. We played some really good cricket the other night and were looking forward to this fixture against the team we know really well,” Ireland skipper Andrew Balbarnie said.