Afghanistan and Ireland in India, 3 T20I Series, 2019
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun
Date & Time: 23 February 2019
RR: 9.7 | Afghanistan beat Ireland by 84 runs
Right! 2-0 then, very much expected. But what happened in this game has almost blown everyone away. Afghanistan have made the statisticians take note of them and be it against any team, still, making almost 280 is no bare feat. The two teams come back again on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at 6.30 pm local (1300 GMT) where one will look for a whitewash while the other would be aiming to take something from this series. Do join us then. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious Afghanistan skipper, Asghar Afghan, too, thanks the almighty for the victory in the game and also the series. Stresses that this is a historic moment. On the changes for the final game, Asghar says that there will be a team meeting on Sunday after which, some new guys might be given a chance. Agrees that Usman Ghani played very well which came as a positive in the misfiring top order. Adds that it also indicates how good a bench strength they have.
HAZRATULLAH ZAZAI HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Anyone surprised? Thanks the almighty for enabling him to play well tonight. Smiles and cheekily says that it was his day. Adds that the wicket was good for batting and all bowlers struggled, as he made merry.
Ireland captain Paul Stirling says that chasing over 270 is always a tough task and wants to forget this difficult evening and come back fresh tomorrow. Admits that around 220-230 would have been chaseable. Is happy from a personal point of view on this score tonight but also hopes that as a group, they came back better on Sunday.
Another series win for Afghanistan. But their bowling was finally tested tonight. They did not seem to have any answers to the openers' onslaught but Mujeeb and Rashid came out trumps again. 8-0-55-5 combined they wreaked and the opposition simply had no clue. Please do stay tuned to know what the two captains have to say...
Nothing much can be said about a side when it concedes 278 in the first place but as a positive, the visitors at least tried to fight. Their disappointment would be in the fact that none of the others stepped up after the openers. They might still not have won but the match would have been interesting.
Well, a defeat was expected but at least the Ireland gave some sort of a fight. They put in a 126-run opening stand but once O'Brien fell, so did the curtains. In such tall chases, one wicket mostly leads to another quickly and suddenly, the Irish were 165/6 from 126/0.
Karim Janat to bowl the final over of the match.
Mohammad Nabi is back on.
Stuart Poynter walks in at number 8, replacing Dockrell.
Simi Singh walks in next at number 7, replacing Dockrell. Samiullah Shinwari is back on. 1-0-14-0 so far.
Geroge Dockrell walks in.
Rashid Khan is into the attack.
Karim Janat returns. 2-0-14-0 so far.
Shane Getkate is the new batsman in.
Lorcan Tucker is the new batsman in. Mujeeb Ur Rahman to bowl out as well. 3-0-25-0 so far.
Andy Balbirnie is the new batsman in.
Fareed Malik is back on. 2-0-30-0 so far.
Here we comes. Rashid Khan into the attack, finally.
Samiullah Shinwari to roll his arm over.
What happened there? Janat came charging in but Kevin O'Brien was not ready at all. He was just taking strike and when he looked up, saw Karim running in. Backed away, then got a slower ball, but still swatted it towards long on. Then complained to the umpire who signalled it as a dead ball. Wonder what would have happened had he smashed it for a boundary?
Karim Janat is into the attack.
Mohammad Nabi is the first bowling change for Afghanistan.
Farid Malik to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the chase. Kevin O'Brien and Paul Stirling walk out to the middle to open the innings for Ireland in this mammoth chase. Mujeeb Ur Rahman to bowl the first over for Afghanistan.