Afghanistan Vs Ireland Live Score (T20)

Date: Thursday, 21 February, 2019 18:30 IST Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun Match Status: Match Ended

Afghanistan beat Ireland by 5 wickets

132/6
Overs
20.0
R/R
6.6
Fours
10
Sixes
3
Extras
7
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
George Dockrell not out 34 28 2 1
Stuart Poynter (W) not out 31 28 2 1
Bowling 0 M R W
Mujeeb Ur Rahman 4 0 20 1
Farid Maliks 4 0 34 0
136/5
Overs
19.2
R/R
7.08
Fours
13
Sixes
3
Extras
8
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Mohammad Nabi not out 49 40 5 1
Najibullah Zadran not out 40 36 3 1
Bowling 0 M R W
Boyd Rankin 4 0 39 2
Peter Chase 3.2 0 27 1
  • Ireland managed to get some sort of an understanding of the pitch with an unbeaten 67-run stand for the 7th wicket but one feels that it came a bit too late. Still, if they manage to pick up 2-3 wickets in the Powerplay for less than 40 runs, you never know. Stay tuned...
  • When Paul Stirling was dropped early, it seemed like it was going to be his night. But Afghanistan just are way too professional. Just as a balanced human being puts his life's troubles behind him and keeps looking for the future, the Men In Blue just kept thinking ahead. The wickets kept tumbling one after the other with everyone bowling well, barring Farid Malik, who was not too bad either.
  • Hmmm... to end with 132 from 65/6 is definitely a reasonable effort. But if Afghanistan were to be told that they would be chasing less than 140 at the toss, they would definitely take it. The pitch looks a good one to bat on and 133 is definitely chaseable.
  • 19.6 SIX! A biggie to end the innings! A short ball outside off, delivered slowly, Dockrell picks the change in pace, walks across, gets down on a knee and swats it over mid-wicket! IRELAND FINISH ON 132/6!
  • Last ball then... Four? Six? Wicket?
  • 19.5 Yorker on middle, dug out to the off side for a quick run.
  • 19.4 Full and around off, Dockrell gets a long way across as he looks to flick but misses. Is hit on the pads and there is an LBW appeal but no one is caring.
  • 19.3 Full and outside off, chipped wide of long off for a couple.
  • 19.2 FOUR! A full toss, around middle and leg. Dockrell helps it to the fine leg fence!
  • 19.1 A slower ball outside off, on a length, firmly struck through the covers for a single.
  • 18.6 Flighted delivery on off, Poynter cuts it towards point for a run. 117/6
  • 18.5 SIX! Good use of the feet. Flighted delivery on middle and leg, Poynter comes down the track and lofts it over long on for a biggie. 50-RUN STAND IS UP. Some sort of respectability now...
  • 18.4 That kept low. Tossed up on off, Poynter looks to cut but gets beaten on this one due to low bounce.
  • 18.3 Short delivery, Dockrell pulls it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 18.2 Tossed up on off, Dockrell drives it to covers.
  • 18.1 Bowls a googly on off, Poynter makes room and hits it over mid off. The batsmen take a single.
  • 17.6 Short on off, Poynter slaps it through covers for a run. 108/6
  • 17.5 Length delivery on middle, Dockrell punches it towards mid on for a single.
  • 17.4 Length delivery on middle, Dockrell flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • 17.3 Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a run.
  • 17.2 That ball has taken the inside edge and thudded into his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 17.1 Landed outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
  • Farid Malik returns. 2-0-13-0 so far.
  • 16.6 Floated on middle, Poynter sweeps it towards square leg for a run. 101/6
  • 16.5 Full on middle, Dockrell drives it towards mid on for a run.
  • 16.4 Short delivery, Poynter pulls it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 16.3 FOUR LEG BYES! Floated on middle and leg, Poynter looks to play the reverse sweep but misses it and gets hit on the pads. It goes towards fine leg. The fielder chases it but in vain. Rashid Khan appealed but no one to support.
  • 16.2 Comes down the track and pushes it to long on for a run.
  • 16.1 Outside off, chopped down to third man for a single.
  • Rashid Khan to bowl out now.
  • 15.6 That ball has taken the inside edge and thudded into the pads. 92/6
  • 15.5 SAFE AS A HOUSE. Short delivery on middle, Poynter looks to pull but gets a top edge. It goes towards short fine leg. The fielder collects it and throws it at the keeper's end. The keeper whips the bails off in a flash and appeals. It is referred upstairs and replays show that the batsman was well in.
  • Run out appeal! Looks safe...
  • 15.4 Tossed up on off, Poynter looks to cut but gets a bottom edge. It goes to the keeper on one bounce.
  • 15.3 Floated on middle, Dockrell sweeps it towards square leg for a run.
  • 15.2 FOUR! Good shot. Flighted delivery on leg, Poynter sweeps it fine towards fine leg for a boundary.
  • 15.1 Flighted delivery on middle, Poynter flicks it towards square leg for a run.
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman to bowl out. 3-0-13-1 so far.
  • 14.6 Short delivery, Poynter pulls it over mid-wicket for a run. 85/6
  • 14.5 FOUR! Nice shot. Plays it very fine. Floated on off, Poynter plays a late guide towards third man for a boundary. The fielder had no chance there.
  • 14.4 Flighted delivery on off, Poynter plays a reverse sweep towards third man.
  • 14.3 Floated on middle, Poynter defends it off the front foot.
  • 14.2 On the pads, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 14.1 Full and fast, at the stumps, blocked back to the bowler.
  • Sharafuddin Ashraf to have a go now. Bowls left-arm off spin.
  • 13.6 Tossed up on middle, Dockrell looks to defend but it goes of the inner half of the bat. It goes towards mid-wicket. The batsmen take a run. 79/6
  • 13.5 Short and outside off, Dockrell cuts it through point. The batsmen get two runs.
  • 13.4 Floated on middle, Poynter drives it towards the bowler where Khan dives but it goes through him. It goes towards mid on. The batsmen take a run.
  • 13.3 Full on off, Poynter plays it towards third man.
  • 13.2 Landed outside off, dabbed to short third man for a single.
  • 13.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 12.6 Tossed up on middle and leg, Dockrell nudges it towards the leg side for a run. 74/6
  • 12.5 Full on middle, Ponyter drives it towards mid on for a run.
  • 12.4 Floated on middle and leg, Dockrell sweeps it towards square leg for a run.
  • 12.3 Tossed up on middle and leg, Poynter sweeps it through square leg for a run.
  • 12.2 FOUR! Nice improvisation from Poynter. Flighted delivery on middle, Poynter plays a reverse sweep towards point for a boundary.
  • 12.1 Tossed up on middle, Poynter defends it off the front foot.
  • 11.6 Flighted delivery on middle and leg, Dockrell flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run. 66/6
  • 11.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • Stuart Poynter walks in at number 8, replacing Getkate.
  • 11.4 OUT! LBW! Second wicket in the over! Rashid is flying already. Full and fast, in line of the stumps, Getkate looks to sweep but misses. Is hit right in front of the stumps and the umpire does not take long to raise the finger. This team may not even play 20 overs.
  • 11.3 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • Shane Getkate is in at number 7, replacing Thompson.
  • 11.2 OUT! TIMBER! The leg spinner from Rashid. Rashid Khan strikes in his first over. Flighted delivery on leg, Thompson looks to play a sweep shot but misses it completely and gets bowled. Ireland lose half their side. The visitors lose their fifth wicket.
  • 11.1 Starts with a short delivery on middle, Dockrell pulls it through mid-wicket. The batsmen take a run.
  • Rashid Khan finally comes on to bowl.
  • 10.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 64/4
  • 10.5 A short ball around off, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 10.4 RUN OUT CHANCE! MISSED! Oh dear... what luck for Thompson. Floated on middle, Stuart flicked it towards mid-wicket. Two fielders get across from square leg and one of them throws the ball to the keeper. Now, there is some confusion between the batsmen as Dockrell is not ready to run while Thompson wants the second. But on seeing Dockrell stationary, Thompson stops dead. Now Dockrell starts to run but Thompson gives up. He is gone for all money but luckily for him, the ball shoots below and the poor keeper has no chance. Laughs all around.
  • 10.3 Full and around off, Thompson looks to sweep but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 10.2 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 10.1 Around off, pushed towards point.
  • 9.6 Good length delivery on off, Dockrell plays it towards point. 60/4
  • 9.5 Short of a length delivery, Thompson looks to pull but gets a top edge towards square leg. It falls in no man's land. The batsmen take a run.
  • 9.5 WIDE! Bowls it down the leg side, Thompson looks to pull but misses it.
  • 9.4 Good ball from Janat. Good length delivery on middle and leg, Thompson looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 9.3 Length delivery on off, Dockrell plays it towards point for a run.
  • 9.2 Full again on middle, Thompson drives it towards mid on for a run.
  • 9.1 FOUR! Fantastic shot from Stuart. Full and wide outside off, Thompson drives it beautifully through covers for a boundary.
  • 8.6 Full and around middle, worked straight to short mid-wicket. 2 runs and a wicket from the over, Nabi's figures read 2-0-4-2! 52/4
  • 8.5 Outside off, punched through the covers for a single to get off the mark.
  • George Dockrell walks in at number 6, replacing Simi.
  • 8.4 OUT! Stumped! The arm ball does the trick for Nabi and he has his second in the span of 6 balls. Bowled outside off, Singh comes down the track to defend but misses the line completely and gets stumped. Probably the bowler sensed that the batsman is going to dance. Accordingly changed the music. Decent glovework by Shafiqullah Shafaq.
  • 8.3 Tossed up on middle, Thompson flicks it through mid-wicket. The fielder tries to collect it cleanly but fumbles it. The batsmen take a run.
  • 8.2 Goes back and tucks it around the corner through square leg for a single.
  • 8.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 7.6 Length delivery on off, Thompson plays it towards point. The batsmen pick up a couple. 50 UP FOR IRELAND. Big over. 11 runs have come from it. 50/3
  • 7.5 Short delivery, the batsman pulls it towards fine leg for a run.
  • 7.4 SIX! First six of the match. HAMMERED AWAY! Length delivery on middle, Singh comes down the track and lofts this over long on for a biggie.
  • 7.3 Full on off, Thompson drives it through covers for a run.
  • 7.2 Length delivery on middle and leg, Singh flicks it towards square leg for a run.
  • 7.1 Good length delivery on off, Singh defends it off the back foot.
  • 6.6 Full and around off, watchfully defended. 39/3
  • Who is in next to face the music? Simi Singh in at number 5.
  • 6.5 OUT! Ireland lose their third wicket. They are in deep trouble now. Tossed up on middle, Stirling plays a slog sweep over mid-wicket. He does not get enough on it. Najibullah Zadran takes a comfortable catch near the boundary. So it takes just 5 balls for Nabi to strike.
  • 6.4 Comes down the track to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 6.3 Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 6.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 6.1 Follows the batsman down the leg side, seeing him itching to go off side, Stirling still manages to push it towards point for a single.
  • Mohammad Nabi into the attack now.
  • 5.6 FOUR! Good shot. Full on off, Thompson drives it through covers for a boundary. 10 runs and a wicket came from the over. 37/2 in the Powerplay. 37/2
  • Stuart Thompson walks in at number 4, replacing Balbirnie.
  • 5.5 OUT! Balbirnie departs! Good length delivery on middle, Balbirnie looks to flick but gets hit on the pads due to the inward movement on this one. The bowler appeals and the umpire raises his finger immediately. Ireland lose their second wicket.
  • 5.4 Good length delivery on off, Balbirnie defends it off the back foot.
  • 5.3 FOUR! Nice shot. Short of a length delivery, Balbirnie pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 5.2 Length delivery on middle and leg, Stirling flicks it towards square leg for a run.
  • 5.1 Length delivery on middle, Balbirnie tucks it towards mid-wicket. The fielder from mid-wicket goes for a direct hit at the bowler's end but misses it. The batsmen take a run.
  • Karim Janat introduced into the attack now.
  • 4.6 Full and outside off, Stirling gets down to sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. A mild LBW appeal goes up but the impact was outside off. 27/1
  • 4.5 Floated on off, Stirling plays it towards mid off.
  • 4.4 FOUR! Good improvisation from Paul Stirling. Flighted delivery on middle, Stirling gets down on one knee and plays a scoop over short fine leg for a boundary.
  • Andy Balbirnie comes in at number 3, replacing Kevin O'Brien.
  • 4.3 OUT! Caught! There comes the first wicket. Mujeeb strikes. Full and following the batsman down the leg side, Kevin is cramped for room as he looks to play the lofted shot. He does go through with the same but does not quite get the distance he needed. The height is nice but not the distance. Simple catch for Mohammad Nabi at long on. Probably a wrong choice of a shot too. Could have gone off side as there was a long on and a deep mid-wicket in place.
  • 4.2 Around off, swung towards square leg for a single.
  • 4.1 Full and down the leg side, fired on the pads, Stirling comes down the track but is beaten in flight. Is hit on the pads.
  • 3.6 Full on middle and leg, Stirling drives it towards mid on for a run. Big over for Ireland. 11 runs came from it. 22/0
  • 3.5 FOUR! Cracking shot. Short and outside off, Stirling smashes it hard through point for a boundary.
  • 3.4 Length delivery on middle and leg, Stirling pulls it to mid-wicket.
  • 3.3 Length delivery on off, Stirling gets on top of the bounce and cuts it to point.
  • 3.2 Full again on off, Stirling drives it over covers. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • 3.1 FOUR! First boundary of the match. Nice Shot. Full and outside off, Stirling drives it hard over point for a boundary.
  • 2.6 Flighted delivery on middle and leg, Stirling flicks it towards square leg for a run. 11/0
  • 2.5 Driven towards the mid on region. They pick up a single.
  • 2.4 Around off, comes back in, Kevin looks to flick but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 2.3 Flighted delivery on middle and leg, O'Brien looks to drive but gets an inside edge. It goes towards square leg. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • 2.2 Floated on middle, Stirling flicks it towards square leg for a run.
  • 2.1 The batsman has been struck on the pads as he looked to play that off the front foot. They pick up a single. The Umpire signals a leg bye.
  • 1.6 Full and outside off, driven towards mid off. 5/0
  • 1.5 Around off, coming in, Kevin looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. Takes a quick run.
  • 1.4 The ball sneaks between the bat and body of the batsman.
  • 1.3 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 1.2 That is a beauty. On a good length around off, O'Brien looks to defend but the ball comes back in a long way and cuts him into half. Beats the inside edge and goes over the off stump.
  • 1.1 EDGED, DROPPED! Big moment in the game. A length ball outside off, Stirling goes hard at the drive but gets a thick outside edge due to the extra bounce. Mohammad Nabi at first slip dives to his right but can only get a hand to it. Parries it to third man and the batsmen take a single.
  • Farid Malik to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 The batsman plays a sweep shot. One run added to the total. 3/0
  • 0.5 Full and around off, Stirling gets down to sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. There is a massive shout from the Afghans but nothing in it. Probably the impact was outside off.
  • 0.4 Tossed up delivery on middle and leg, O'Brien tucks it towards square leg for a run.
  • 0.3 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 0.2 The batsman has been hit on the pads as he tried to sweep that one.
  • 0.1 Starts with a tossed up delivery on middle, Stirling offers a forward defense on this one. It goes towards mid-wicket.
  • Time for the play to begin. Paul Stirling and Kevin O'Brien are opening for Ireland. Interesting pair. Mujeeb Ur Rahman to start off proceedings with the new ball. The skipper to face. Here we go!
  • TOSS - Paul Stirling gets his first call right as skipper. IRELAND WILL BAT FIRST.
  • WEATHER REPORT - It is heavily overcast and we can see a drop or two of rain. There is some wet weather forecast, so do not rule out interruptions.
  • A picturesque Himalayan range welcomes us all to this wonderful Thursday evening. Of course, the thing is that in such beautiful places, the temperature dips down pretty quickly. Still, not bad conditions to play cricket. But aren't India playing Australia from Sunday? Oh no o no, this is a neutral series between Afghanistan and Ireland in Dehradun. The series starts with 3 T20Is, then shifts to 5 ODIs before eventually, a one-off Test. Should be fun. Welcome to one and all.

Afghanistan Vs Ireland Live Score (T20) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • That is it from the first T20I. Afghanistan should have won and Afghanistan have won. But not without huffing and puffing. Some poor shot selection almost cost them the match, something they would be wanting to get rid of, before the second game. Ireland, well, they just need to play spin better. How can they achieve it is something debatable but they have to find an answer somehow. They do not have too much time to do it, for the second T20I is not far off - scheduled on Saturday, February 23, at 6.30 pm local (1300 GMT). Join us then. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • Asghar Afghan says that the first game of a series is very important and is extremely happy to be 1-0 up. Admits that the top order played some poor shots and credits the middle order for stepping up as the last time, the middle order had a lot of pressure. On the squad, Afghan says that he would like to win the series first and then give opportunities to the rest of the players.
  • Mohammad Nabi has been named the Man Of The Match. Says that as a batting side, Afghanistan were under pressure at 50/5 but he just focussed on playing normal cricket, taking singles, score 4-5 runs per over and take it till the end. Admits that sometimes the arm ball works on this type of a pitch.
  • Paul Stirling feels that they did not have a good score on the board. Though, he feels that at the halfway mark, they had a slight chance. Praises Afghanistan for fighting hard. Laments the loss of Stuart Thompson in the middle of the chase but does not look too seriously into the injury. Informs that an assessment will be taken on Friday morning.
  • Earlier in the match, Ireland opted to bat on what seemed like a flat track but did not counter the dew. In any which ways, they needed a minimum of 160-170 to stand a chance but they had no answer to the guile of Nabi, the spin of Rashid or the cunningness of Mujeeb. It is like answering Maths, Social Studies and Language on the same day of your board exam. All the best then. Please stay tuned for the presentation...
  • Coming to Ireland, they thought they were in the game but in reality, they weren't. They were just given some false hope. With the pitch not offering much and plenty of dew around, defending modest totals was always going to be difficult and so good is this Afghan batting line-up that they bat at least till number 10. Shane Getkate tried his best and so did Little but there was little that even the two combined could do.
  • Nabi and Zadran just illustrated that T20 is not about just boundary-hitting. They came together in the 8th over and did not score a single boundary till the 13th over. After settling down, they played their strokes, which is ideally the way the top order should have played too. As they say, experience cannot be bought or sold.
  • Comfortable win for the 'hosts.' We can go all ga-ga about the calmness instilled by Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran but to be honest, it was nothing but shoddy batting from the top order. Just throwing their wickets away and giving Ireland a hope of winning this.
  • 19.2 HIGH, HIGH, HIGH BUT NOT A SIX! Nabi does not get a 50 but AFGHANISTAN WIN. Full and outside off, Nabi backs away and goes for the glory shot, being on 45, targetting the long off boundary. He skies this miles in the air but unfortunately for him, the ball just lands inside the ropes! Stranded on 49 but a victory for his side.
  • 19.1 That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads.
  • Last over. 1 needed. Chase to bowl.
  • 18.6 The batsman gets an inside edge on that which goes fine down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single. 132/5
  • 18.5 The batsman tries to pull that one but failed to connect it.
  • 18.4 SIX! That is so sweet! Full and outside off, Nabi backs away and drives this without any effort way over extra cover!
  • 18.3 PARTNER-KILLER! Oh dear... you wouldn't want to do that, would you? Full and around middle, Nabi backs away and throws the kitchen sink at this. Hits this hard down the ground but Najibullah comes in his way. Is hit flush on the arm. The batsman deflects it off and smiles. The umpire smiles too because had Zadran not come in the way, the ball would have hit the umpire instead.
  • 18.2 Full and around off, Nabi looks to defend but the ball squirts off the inside edge to short fine leg.
  • 18.1 Works it down the leg side for a single.
  • 17.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 124/5
  • 17.5 Bounced short, pulled through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 17.4 Driven through mid off by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 17.3 Another leading edge, lands safely again. Single taken off the flick.
  • 17.2 FOUR! My dad always says that fighting scenes in old Bollywood movies towards the climax are kind of free for all. Just now, remembered that saying. With the match about to come to a close, both the batsmen are going for broke. A length ball, around middle, cleanly swung over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 17.1 Outside off, a swing and a miss.
  • 16.6 TOP EDGE, SAFE AGAIN! A full ball, around middle, MN gets across to flick but plays all around it, due to the late outswing. The ball goes off the leading edge towards third man where two fielders make a total mess of it. Or almost. Two runs taken. 10 from this one, 25 from the last 2. 117/5
  • 16.5 A short ball, around off, Nabi looks to pull but misses and is hit on the arm.
  • 16.4 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 16.3 FOUR! Oh yes... this is surely catapulting now. Full and on middle, Nabi backs away and bang. Hammers it down the ground and beats a poor diving long on.
  • 16.2 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
  • 16.1 TOP EDGE, SAFE! Full and outside off, Nabi swings hard but gets a top edge. Luckily for him, it lands safely, wide of deep backward point. Two runs taken.
  • 15.6 SIX! Over the ropes! Ha ha ha... going in for a quick finish? A short ball, around middle, Najibullah swivels and pulls it over deep backward square leg! 15 from the over and I daresay, it is game over for Ireland. 26 needed from the final 4. 107/5
  • 15.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 15.4 Looks for another swing but is beaten by the lack of bounce. The ball does not carry to the keeper.
  • 15.3 FOUR! Swung and swung hard! A length ball, around off, Zadran swings it wide of mid-wicket and beats the fielder in the deep! 50-RUN STAND COMES UP AS WELL! 100 is up for Afghanistan too. 32 needed from 27 now. Surely coasting...
  • 15.2 Outside off, driven through mid off for a single.
  • 15.1 FOUR! Welcome back into the attack! Full and outside off, Nabi drives this beautifully, wide of mid off and gets a boundary!
  • Joshua Little is back on. 2-0-6-1 so far.
  • 14.6 Works it with soft hands wide of long on and crosses over. 8 runs from the over without any risk. 92/5
  • 14.5 Full and outside off, eased through the covers for a brace. The stand moves to 41 from 45 balls. Nabi moves to 21 from 22.
  • 14.4 Dropped short, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 14.3 Works this down the leg side for a couple.
  • 14.2 A lovely delivery, coming in with the angle from outside off, Nabi misses his flick and is hit on the pads. Chase screams his lungs out in an LBW appeal but there seemed to be two sounds there. The umpire does not give any signal when the batsmen take a single. He too thinks that there was wood.
  • 14.1 That has hit him on the knee. Around leg stump, Zadran misses his tuck and the ball goes past the pad and hits him on the inner half of the knee. Deflects towards square leg and the batsmen cross over. Actually he limps across to the other end.
  • Peter Chase is back into the attack.
  • 13.6 Another cutter, played with a loose bottom hand towards long on for a run. That is not a bad comeback at all from Getkate - 6 from the first 3, just 1 from the next 3. He finishes with figures of 4-0-21-1. 49 more needed from 36 balls. Najibullah moves to 20 from 24 balls. 84/5
  • 13.5 Slower ball, around off, Najibullah is earlier into his punch and mistimes it back to the bowler.
  • 13.4 Yorker outside off, or say, just short of it, pushed towards cover.
  • 13.3 Works it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 13.2 FOUR! Easily done. Poor bowling, short and waist-high on a slow pitch, Nabi just uses his experience and maturity to swivel and direct the ball to the backward square leg fence. It was a pull but not full-blooded.
  • 13.1 Full and around middle, Zadran drives it straight back. Getkate gets a hand to it but diverts it to long off. A single taken and the bowler is annoyed with himself.
  • 12.6 Outside off, another missile, Nabi looks to cut but misses. 77/5
  • 12.5 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 12.4 Fired in quicker outside off, Najibullah looks to flick but gets a leading edge towards point.
  • 12.3 FOUR! A BOUNDARY AFTER 46 BALLS! That will come as a can of oxygen supply to the Afghans. Short and outside off, Zadran goes back and cuts it through point. There is no one square on the off side and by the time sweeper gets around, it is too late!
  • 12.2 Full and around leg, worked through mid-wicket with soft hands for a well-run couple.
  • 12.1 Landed outside off, steered straight to backward point.
  • George Dockrell comes on at last.
  • 11.6 Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a run. 70/5
  • 11.5 Outside off, pushed straight to point.
  • Hamid Hassan on air informs us that it has been 45 balls since a boundary has been scored. Adds further that he is very surprised as he reckons, AFGHANISTAN ONLY LOVES BOUNDARIES. Roger that, shouldn't we?
  • 11.4 Overpitched outside off, driven through the covers for a couple.
  • 11.3 Pushes this through mid on for a run.
  • 11.2 Driven through mid on by the batsman. A committed effort by the fielder to save runs for his team.
  • 11.1 Full and outside off, punched down to long off for a single.
  • 10.6 Full and outside off, Nabi gets a long way across to flick but misses and wears it on his pads. There is a massive shout for LBW but the umpire is not interested. Impact was a million miles outside off. 65/5
  • 10.5 Outside off, punched towards long off but short extra cover gets across quickly to his right to stop the ball.
  • 10.4 Full and down the leg side, flicked through square leg for a single.
  • Simi Singh will bowl the remainder of the over. Meanwhile, the groundstaff takes the opportunity to sweep the ground with the dew rope. Plenty of moisture on the outfield.
  • Some issues here for Thompson. He is clutching his hamstring. He tries walking a bit, but then calls for the physio. This is not looking good. STUART THOMPSON IS WALKING OFF.
  • 10.3 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 10.2 Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a run.
  • 10.1 Around middle and leg, helped through square leg for a single.
  • 9.6 The batsman opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. They pick up a single. 62/5
  • 9.5 Full and around off, Zadran looks to drive but is early into the shot. The ball goes off the inner half back to the bowler.
  • 9.5 ANOTHER WIDE. Number 7 so far from Ireland. Down the leg side, NZ misses his flick. There comes a noise when the ball goes. past. Did that brush the pad? No idea...
  • 9.4 Full and outside off, driven loosely towards long off for one.
  • 9.3 Another slower ball, holds off the deck, Zadran is early into his flick and the ball goes off the inner half of the bat, uppishly, wide of short mid-wicket. A single taken.
  • 9.2 Around middle and leg, helped through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 9.1 Full and around middle, pushed down the ground but short mid-wicket gets across to his left and stops the single.
  • 8.6 On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a run. 57/5
  • 8.5 The batsman plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. They pick up a single.
  • 8.5 WIDE. Down the leg side, short in length, Najibullah misses out on the pull. The bowler appeals for the catch but receives no support.
  • 8.4 Around middle and off, tucked through square leg for a run. Zadran wants the second but is sent back. Good call. The fielder came in quickly.
  • 8.3 Full and outside off, driven straight to point.
  • 8.2 Outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
  • 8.1 Around middle and off, solidly defended.
  • 7.6 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off. 52/5
  • 7.5 Outside off, punched through the off side for a run.
  • 7.4 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 7.3 Around middle and leg, helped towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • Najibullah Zadran walks in. This is not done yet. The batting keeps on coming...
  • 7.2 OUT! Caught! Get him, mate Getkate! This would have been the warcry from Stirling. And Getkate has got the wicket. Another one goes down. Are we in for an upset? Full and around off, Ashraf looks to flick but is a tad too early into the shot. It is a leg cutter, which does not help his cause either. Induces a leading edge which goes high in the air and surprisingly, carries to deep backward point. Joshua Little takes it with his palms facing skywards. Half the side is down... 83 needed from 76...
  • 7.1 Full and around middle, beautifully timed through mid-wicket with the flick shot earning Ashraf a couple.
  • Shane Getkate into the attack as well.
  • 6.6 Outside off, finally puts bat to ball, guiding it to third man for a run. 48/4
  • 6.5 Appeal for a catch! Turned down. The Irish did seem excited... Similar ball to the previous one, on a length outside off, Sharafuddin went out to play that too but was beaten by the away movement. Nothing much from the replays to give it out...
  • 6.4 Outside off, on a length, Ashraf feels for it but the ball kicks off nowhere and beats the outside edge.
  • 6.3 Landed outside off, steered behind point for a brace.
  • 6.2 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 6.1 Outside off, punched through the off side for a single.
  • Sharafuddin Ashraf walks in at number 6, replacing Shinwari. Stuart Thompson into the attack as well.
  • 5.6 OUT! Caught! Well, this is some serious competition between the Afghan batsmen to throw their wickets away. A length ball, around middle, Shinwari backs away, aiming to clear the infield but only manages to sky it in the air. He is in no control at all but luck seems to be on his side. It dips onto the fielder but the big man Kevin O'Brien covers good strides to his left, keeps his eyes on the ball and takes a good low catch! 43/4 in the Powerplay for Afghanistan as opposed to 37/2 from the Irish. They just need 90 from 84 balls but are making it look like 190 here... 43/4
  • 5.5 Around middle and off, solidly defended from the crease.
  • 5.4 Outside off, punched towards mid off.
  • 5.3 Around off, going away, Shinwari slashes hard but misses.
  • C'mon! Hello! Can you see me? The umpire is frantically signalling towards the groundstaff for some sawdust. Around 7-8 people are standing, looking at the action but not a soul is interested in obeying. Okay. Finally someone comes. A bit of sawdust sprinkled around the bowler's runup.
  • 5.2 Around middle and leg, worked to the leg side.
  • 5.1 Outside off, punched off the back foot.
  • 5.1 A short ball outside off, Shinwari bails out of the pull.
  • Joshua Little is back on. 1-0-5-0 so far.
  • 4.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 12 from the over, could have been a double-wicket maiden... 42/3
  • 4.5 Around middle and leg, helped through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 4.4 EDGED AGAIN, FOUR AGAIN! Does not matter if you are three down. Just throw your bats around. A carbon copy of the Shinwari boundary in this over. Full and wide outside off, like Samiullah, even Nabi throws his bat at that without moving his feet. He too, gets an outside edge. Luck helps him as well, taking the ball over first slip to the third man fence.
  • 4.3 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 4.2 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 4.1 EDGED, FOUR! There is no tomorrow for Afghanistan. Every ball has to be hit out of the park. Not totally understandable at this stage. Full and wide outside off, Shinwari throws his bat at it, does not move his feet and the ugly slog results in a thick outside edge. Luckily for him, it flies over the vacant slip cordon to the third man fence.
  • 4.1 WIDE. Down the leg side, flick shot missed.
  • Mohammad Nabi walks in at number 5, replacing Janat. Meanwhile, Peter Chase changes ends as well. 1-0-4-1 so far.
  • 3.6 OUT! Caught! Second wicket in the over! Boy - are we onto something here? A short ball, outside off, Janat looks to pull but the ball comes on quicker than his anticipation. Takes the top edge but goes nowhere - straight up in the air and George Dockrell takes it calmly at short mid-wicket. Change of ends works for Rankin - 5/2 in this one. 30/3
  • 3.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 3.4 Lovely ball to welcome the newcomer. On a length outside off, Janat plays inside the line and is beaten as the ball moves away late.
  • Karim Janat walks in at number 4, replacing Zazai.
  • 3.3 OUT! Terrific shot but straight to the fielder! Lucky wicket for the bowler. A nothing ball. Short and asked to be smashed, bowled on middle. Hazratullah swivels and pulls hard but finds Stuart Thompson to perfection at deep square leg. A meter either side of him and it would have been a boundary or a six. But...
  • 3.2 The batsman works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 3.1 FOUR! The bowler has changed ends but there has been no change in his bowling. Overpitched outside off, Shinwari drives it down the ground. Paul Stirling dives to his right but only parries it to the fence behind.
  • Change of ends for Boyd Rankin. 1-0-16-0 so far.
  • 2.6 Full and outside off, driven towards mid off for a single. 25/1
  • 2.5 Outside off, punched off the back foot.
  • 2.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 2.3 FOUR! Edged away, but poor piece of fielding. A short ball outside off, bit of width, Shinwari slashes hard and gets a thick outside edge. It flies down to third man where Boyd Rankin gets across, slides but slips due to the excess dew. At least, that is what he seemed to indicate. The ball goes through to the fence.
  • 2.2 Around off, punched towards the off side where a superb stop is made at gully.
  • 2.1 A good nut to start. On a good length around off, comes in a long way, Shinwari looks to defend but is cut into half. The ball takes the inside edge, hits him on the pads and goes above the stumps on the bounce to the keeper.
  • Joshua Little into the attack now.
  • 1.6 Backs away and punches this straight to point. 4 runs and a wicket from the over, of which, 3 were wides. 20/1
  • 1.6 THIRD WIDE IN THE OVER! This should actually be awarded as two wides, it was that far. Miles down the leg side, Zazai misses his flick and the poor keeper has to dive to his right.
  • 1.5 Excellent yorker on middle, watchfully dug out to the leg side.
  • 1.5 ANOTHER WIDE. Another one down the leg side, Hazratullah misses his pull and the ball goes off his pads to the keeper. Unlucky for the bowler.
  • 1.5 WIDE. Down the leg side, Zazai misses his flick.
  • 1.4 Full and around off, driven through mid on for a single.
  • 1.3 Around off, defended from the crease.
  • Samiullah Shinwari walks in at number 3, replacing his skipper.
  • 1.2 OUT! There goes the first wicket! Afghan is gone. A length ball, outside off, Asghar comes down the track and tries to blast it through the off side. But neither does he go over the top, nor does he keep it down. Simple catch to Shane Getkate.
  • 1.1 A length ball outside off, Afghan comes down the track and swings wildly but misses.
  • Peter Chase to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 SIX! Safe shot. Short of a length delivery, Zazai looks to pull but gets a top edge. It goes to the fielder at deep square leg who goes back to take the catch but steps into the boundary ropes. He throws it after landing into the rope. Big over for Afghanistan. 16 runs came from it. 16/0
  • 0.5 FOUR! Second boundary of the over. Short of a length delivery, Zazai looks to pull but gets an inside edge towards fine leg for a boundary.
  • 0.4 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot for a single.
  • 0.3 Another short ball, this is outside off, Asghar looks to pull but misses.
  • 0.2 FOUR! Superb placement. A slightly short ball, around middle, Afghan gets the first Afghan boundary by pulling this behind square leg. The ball just races away...
  • 0.1 A length ball, around middle and leg, Zazai looks to flick but gets a thick inside edge onto his thigh. The ball rolls towards square leg and the batsmen take a single.
  • Welcome back for the run chase. 133 to win for Afghanistan to go 1-0 up. What are the chances of a road blockage? Hazratullah Zazai and Asghar Afghan will open for the 'home' side. Boyd Rankin will start off proceedings. Zazai to face. Here we go...

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