STATS: Afghanistan's record winning run in T20Is

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Afghanistan players celebrating a win in the Desert T20 Challenge in January.

Coming into the three-match T20I series against Ireland, Afghanistan were tied with England and Ireland as the team having posted the most consecutive wins [8] in the format at the international level.

Now, having registered a 3-0 series win over the Irish, Afghanistan have recorded 11 successive victories in T20Is which sees them on top of the list alone.

Afghanistan’s winning run started during the ICC World T20 in 2016 when they defeated eventual champions West Indies in a group stage match. Since then, they have won every game in the format that they’ve played.

Apart from the victory over the West Indies, Afghanistan have posted five wins against Ireland, four wins against the United Arab Emirates and one win against Oman during this run.

Here are the best winning runs by teams in T20Is:

Afghanistan – 11 [2016 – ongoing]

England – 8 [2010-11]

Ireland – 8 [2012]

South Africa – 7 [2009]

Pakistan – 7 [2009]

India – 7 [2012-14]

India – 7 [2016]

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