Afghanistan and Ireland in India, 3 T20I Series, 2019

Afghanistan vs Ireland - 2nd T20I

Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun

Date & Time: 23 February 2019

Ireland 194/6

RR: 9.7 | Afghanistan beat Ireland by 84 runs

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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.

19.6
0
K Janat to S Singh, Full and outside off, Simi looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. That is the end of the game. AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 84 RUNS.
19.5
1
K Janat to S Poynter, Outside off, punched down to long on for a run.
19.4
4
K Janat to S Poynter, FOUR! Off the edge. 7 needed in 2 for that 200. On a good length outside off, Poynter looks to steer it to third man but is squared up. The ball goes off the outside edge past short third man for a boundary.
19.3
6
K Janat to S Poynter, SIX! Full length delivery outside off, Poynter clears his front foot and sends it over the long off fence for a maximum.
19.2
1
K Janat to S Singh, Short of a length delivery, Singh pulls it towards the keeper where he dives to collect but fumbles. It goes towards fine leg. The batsmen take a run.
19.1
1
K Janat to S Poynter, Short and outside off, Poynter makes room and cuts it through point for a run.

Karim Janat to bowl the final over of the match.

18.6
0
M Nabi to S Singh, Bowls full on off, Singh plays it back towards the bowler.
18.5
1
M Nabi to S Poynter, Full again on off, Poynter drives it through wide mid off for a run.
18.4
1
M Nabi to S Singh, Full on middle, Singh drives it through mid on for a run.
18.3
6
M Nabi to S Singh, SIX! This is huge. Once again Nabi bowls it short but this time he is punished. Singh sees the length early and rocks onto his back foot and sends this over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.
18.2
1
M Nabi to S Poynter, Once again off spinner which is bowled short, Poynter looks to pull but gets an inside edge onto the pad. The ball goes towards the off side and they take a single.
18.1
1
M Nabi to S Singh, Shorter around off, Singh punches it towards long on for a single.

Mohammad Nabi is back on.

17.6
1
R Khan to S Singh, Flighted delivery on middle, Singh sweeps it towards square leg for a run.
17.5
4
R Khan to S Singh, FOUR! Full and way outside leg, Simi gets down and paddles it past short fine leg for a boundary!
17.4
0
R Khan to S Singh, Floated on middle, Singh plays it towards the leg side for a run.
17.3
1
R Khan to S Poynter, Tossed up on off, Poynter looks to play a reverse sweep but it goes off the glove towards third man for a run.

Stuart Poynter walks in at number 8, replacing Dockrell.

17.2
0
R Khan to S Getkate, OUT!!! LBW. Quicker and straight from Rashid, Getkate looks to hit it on the off side. He expects the ball to turn but it does not and the ball strikes him on his front pad. Rashid thinks he has got the batsman and the umpire agrees with him and raises the dreaded finger. He gets his fourth of the match and once again proves to be a thorn like so many times in the past.
17.1
1
R Khan to S Singh, Floated on middle, Getkate sweeps it towards fine leg for a run.
16.6
6
S Shinwari to S Getkate, SIX! The use of the long handle continues. Full and around middle, Getkate reaches out and sends the ball sailing over long on. There is Mohammad Nabi stationed at the ropes but he can only watch the ball sail over.
16.5
1
S Shinwari to S Singh, Tossed up on middle and leg, Singh nudges it towards the leg side for a run.
16.4
1
S Shinwari to S Getkate, Short delivery on middle, Getkate pulls it over mid-wicket. It fell short of the deep mid-wicket fielder. The batsmen take a run.
16.3
1
S Shinwari to S Singh, Full on off, Singh drives it towards mid on for a run.
16.2
1
S Shinwari to S Getkate, Short delivery on middle, Getkate pulls it over mid on for a run.
16.1
4
S Shinwari to S Getkate, FOUR! Clean strike. Full and outside off, Getkate backs away and smashes it straight back over the bowler. The umpire checks it upstairs whether it is a four or a six and replays show that the ball bounced just inside the ropes.

Simi Singh walks in next at number 7, replacing Dockrell. Samiullah Shinwari is back on. 1-0-14-0 so far.

15.6
0
R Khan to G Dockrell, OUT! Bowled. Rashid gets his third. Quicker delivery on middle and off, Dockrell looks to hit it on the off side but he gets beaten by the pace and the ball hits the off pole. Ireland crumbling like a cookie here.
15.5
1
R Khan to S Getkate, Once again Rashid lands it short outside off, Getkate punches it towards cover and gets a single. 150 up for Ireland. Too little too late though.
15.4
0
R Khan to S Getkate, Rashid comes back stronger. Googly this time from Khan. He bowls it short, Getkate looks to pull it but misreads the spin and the ball hits him on his thigh pad. The bowler and keeper put in an appeal but the umpire is not interested.It looked like it is going down the leg side.
15.3
6
R Khan to S Getkate, SIX! Wrong 'un gone wrong. He bowls it full on middle and leg, Getkate heaves it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. Ireland are not going down without a fight here.

Geroge Dockrell walks in.

15.2
0
R Khan to L Tucker, OUT! Caught! The wickets are falling like ninepins now. Full and on middle and off, Tucker comes down the track and looks to go aerial but gets more height than distance. Simple catch for Mohammad Nabi at long off.
15.1
1
R Khan to S Getkate, On middle and leg, flicked away for a single.

Rashid Khan is into the attack.

14.6
0
K Janat to L Tucker, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
14.6
0
K Janat to L Tucker, WIDE. That is a harsh call. Full and outside off, Tucker reaches out to drive but misses.
14.5
1
K Janat to S Getkate, Full toss outside off, hit right through the legs of the bowler down to long off for a single.
14.4
0
K Janat to S Getkate, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
14.3
0
K Janat to S Getkate, Outside off, punched straight to cover.
14.2
1
K Janat to L Tucker, Outside off, eased through the covers for a single.
14.1
0
K Janat to L Tucker, Full and outside off, Tucker gets a long way across to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.

Karim Janat returns. 2-0-14-0 so far.

13.6
1
Ur Rahman to L Tucker, Floated on middle, Tucker plays a reverse sweep towards short third man.
13.6
0
Ur Rahman to L Tucker, WIDE! Bowls it down the leg side, Tucker leaves it alone.
13.5
1
Ur Rahman to S Getkate, Tossed up on off, Getkate plays it towards point for a single.
13.4
2
Ur Rahman to S Getkate, Flighted delivery on middle, Getkate flicks it towards mid-wicket. Two runs taken.
13.3
0
Ur Rahman to S Getkate, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
13.2
0
Ur Rahman to S Getkate, BEATEN! Beautifully bowled by Mujeeb. Floated on off, Getkate looks to defend but gets beaten due to the turn on this one.
13.1
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, OUT! Caught. Stirling departs now and Ireland are losing the plot here.. When you're chasing 279 you cannot take your time you have to attack all the bowlers. The skipper was playing really well but the scoreboard pressure gets to him. Flighted delivery on middle and leg, Paul looks to heave it over the deep square leg fielder. He does not time it well and the ball goes straight to the substitute fielder Najeeb Tarakai stationed there, who takes a comfortable catch.

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.

12.6
0
R Khan to A Balbirnie, OUT! Bowled. Rashid strikes again just like he does on most of the occasions. Quicker one from Rashid, it does not spin and goes straight. Balbirnie makes the same mistake like many batsman have done in the past. He looks to play it on his back foot and he misses. The ball goes onto hit the middle stump. Rashid Khan is up on his celebration.
12.5
1
R Khan to P Stirling, Floated on middle and leg, Stirling plays a sweep towards short fine leg for a run.
12.4
1
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Flighted delivery on middle and leg, Balbirnie nudges it towards square leg for a run.
12.3
0
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Floated on middle and leg, Balbirnie looks to sweep but gets hit on the pads.
12.2
1
R Khan to P Stirling, Floated on off, Stirling drives it towards mid off for a run.
12.1
1
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Tossed up on middle, Balbirnie plays it towards mid on for a run. Andy is off the mark.
11.6
4
F Malik to P Stirling, FOUR! The fielder did not pick it up at all! Full and wide outside off, Stirling drives it through the covers. There is a fielder at point but he does not see the ball at all and moves late. Ends up being too late! 15 runs but a wicket as well from the over. 149 more needed from 48 balls.

Andy Balbirnie is the new batsman in.

11.5
0
F Malik to K O'Brien, OUT! There goes the first wicket as Kevin O'Brien holes out! A full toss around off, Kevin looks to hit it over the deep cover fielder but he does not time it well. Ends up hitting it straight down the throat of the fielder, Karim Janat there, who takes a very comfortable catch. O'Brien is furious with himself. It was a hit-me ball, but he missed out. Still, a terrific fight in front of a mammoth total.
11.4
1
F Malik to P Stirling, Full on middle, Stirling drives it straight back towards the bowler where Malik slides to stop it but it goes through him towards mid on for a run.
11.3
2
F Malik to P Stirling, Brilliant come back from Malik. After being hit for two consecutive boundaries, he comes back and bowls a brilliant yorker outside off. He gets his bat down in time and it goes behind. The keeper dives to his right but cannot stop it and they get a couple.
11.2
4
F Malik to P Stirling, FOUR MORE! Full and wide outside off, Stirling reaches out and slices it over point for a boundary! This is now STIRLING'S HIGHEST T20I SCORE!
11.1
4
F Malik to P Stirling, FOUR! Amazing shot. Full length delivery around off, Stirling gets on his front foot and lofts it over behind point. The ball just bounces before the ropes and goes away for a boundary.

Fareed Malik is back on. 2-0-30-0 so far.

10.6
1
R Khan to P Stirling, Floated on middle, Stirling flicks it towards the leg side for a run.
10.5
1
R Khan to K O'Brien, Tossed up on off, O'Brien cuts it towards point for a single.
10.4
1
R Khan to P Stirling, Flighted delivery on middle, Stirling plays a slog sweep over mid-wicket for just a run.
10.3
1
R Khan to K O'Brien, Floated on off, O'Brien makes room and pushes it towards mid off for a run.
10.2
1
R Khan to P Stirling, Tossed up on middle, Stirling plays it towards mid on for a run.
10.1
1
R Khan to K O'Brien, DROPPED! 'At least call!' says Asghar to the other fielder. Well, that one barely moved. It was always Afghan's catch. Full and outside off, O'Brien looks to swing across the line but gets a top edge. The ball goes high in the air and there is a simple chance at cover. The skipper does not move, expecting the fielder at point to go for the catch but he is standstill too! In the end, Asghar goes for the catch, gets to it, but then spills it. He is livid with the fielder at point. A single taken.

Here we comes. Rashid Khan into the attack, finally.

9.6
4
S Shinwari to P Stirling, FOUR! Not a 20-run over but they get 14 off it. Shorter in length around off, Stirling rocks onto his back foot and punches it through covers for a boundary.
9.5
1
S Shinwari to K O'Brien, Flighted delivery on middle and leg, O'Brien nudges it towards the leg side for a run.
9.4
1
S Shinwari to P Stirling, Floated on middle, Stirling works it towards fine leg. The non-striker was in the danger end but the batsman was safe.
9.3
1
S Shinwari to K O'Brien, Full on middle, O'Brien plays it towards mid on for a run.
9.2
1
S Shinwari to P Stirling, Short on off, Stirling makes room and guides it towards short third man for a run.
9.1
6
S Shinwari to P Stirling,SIX! Shinwari strats with a juicy full toss and Kevin O'Brien says thank you very much and accepts the gift. He pulls it over the fielder at mid-wicket for a maximum. Good start to the over, now can they make it a big 20-run over?

Samiullah Shinwari to roll his arm over.

8.6
0
K Janat to K O'Brien, Length delivery on off, Stirling looks to drive but it goes off the bottom blade of the bat. Excellent over from Karim Janat. Just 5 runs came from it.

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?

8.5
3
K Janat to P Stirling, Great fielding. They have 278 runs on the board but Afghanistan are not taking it lightly. Good length delivery outside off, O'Brien cuts it through point. It looked like that the ball was gonna race away to the fence but Mujeeb comes running in from point and dives to his left and saves a certain boundary. Kevin O'Brien comes to the keeper's end for the third.
8.4
0
K Janat to P Stirling, Bowls wide outside off, Stirling looks to drive but misses it.
8.3
0
K Janat to P Stirling, Bowls a yorker outside off, Stirling does well to dig it out.
8.2
1
K Janat to K O'Brien, Short delivery, Kevin pulls it towards square leg for a run.
8.1
1
K Janat to P Stirling, Full toss on off, Stirling looks to drive but it goes of the toe end of the bat towards mid on. The batsmen cross ends.
7.6
1
M Nabi to P Stirling, Tossed up on off, Stirling makes room and guides it towards third man for a single.
7.5
1
M Nabi to K O'Brien, Tossed up on off, Kevin makes room and drives it over covers. The batsmen cross ends.
7.4
1
M Nabi to P Stirling, Floated on middle, Stirling plays it towards mid on for a run.
7.3
1
M Nabi to K O'Brien, Flighted delivery on leg, O'Brien sweeps it towards square leg for a run.
7.2
6
M Nabi to K O'Brien, SIX! What a hit! Full and outside off, O'Brien gives himself room to the leg side and smashes it right over the sightscreen!
7.2
0
M Nabi to K O'Brien, WIDE! Bowls it wide down leg, O'Brien lets it go.
7.1
1
M Nabi to P Stirling, Tossed up on middle, Stirling pushes it towards mid-wicket for a single.
6.6
1
K Janat to P Stirling, Short and outside off, Stirling cuts it towards covers for a run.
6.5
4
K Janat to P Stirling, FOUR! What a way to get to his fifty but the job is not done here for the skipper. Full toss outside off, Stirling hits it over backward point and into the fence for a boundary.
6.4
1
K Janat to K O'Brien, Short of a length delivery, O'Brien pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
6.3
1
K Janat to P Stirling, Short and outside off, Stirling cuts it through point for a single.
6.2
1
K Janat to K O'Brien, Length delivery on off, O'Brien pushes it towards covers and takes a quick run.
6.1
1
K Janat to P Stirling, Full toss on leg, Stirling flicks it towards square leg for a run.

Karim Janat is into the attack.

5.6
6
M Nabi to K O'Brien, Six. They need a lot more of these. Flighted delivery on the leg, O'Brien gets on one knee and sweeps it over square leg fence for a maximum. 210 runs more required off 84 balls. Afghanistan at this stage were 64/0. Can one of these play a heroic innings like Zazai did?
5.5
1
M Nabi to P Stirling, Floated on off, Stirling drives it towards mid off for a run.
5.4
0
M Nabi to P Stirling, Flighted delivery on off, Stirling plays it towards covers.
5.3
1
M Nabi to K O'Brien, Floated on middle, O'Brien punches it towards mid on for a run.
5.2
4
M Nabi to K O'Brien, FOUR! Excellent shot. Kevin O'Brien makes room by moving away from the leg stump. Nabi tries to bowl wide but ends up bowling a full toss on off. O'Brien hits it over cover for a boundary.
5.1
2
M Nabi to K O'Brien, Tossed up on middle, O'Brien flicks it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.

Mohammad Nabi is the first bowling change for Afghanistan.

4.6
1
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Floated on middle, Kevin drives it towards mid on for a run.
4.5
1
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Short delivery on middle, Stirling pulls it towards mid-wicket. The fielder misfields and it goes through him. The batsmen take a run.
4.4
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Tossed up on middle and leg, Stirling looks to push but gets hit on the pads.
4.3
4
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, FOUR! Another boundary for Paul Stirling. Tossed up delivery outside off, Paul just clears the in fielder and hits it over the mid on fielder.
4.2
1
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Floated on middle, O'Brien plays it towards mid on for a run.
4.1
1
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Tossed up on middle, Stirling flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
3.6
4
F Malik to K O'Brien, FOUR! Exquisite! 4 boundaries in Malik's last, 3 in this one. This is the best of the lot though. Length ball on off, Kevin stands tall and times it through extra cover. Malik has gone for 30 in his 2.
3.5
1
F Malik to P Stirling, Well fielded! Then a direct hit was needed but misses! A very full ball on middle, Stirling jams it out towards short third man. The fielder there dives to his right and saves a boundary. The batsmen then go for a single however, PS is late to take off. Tarakai is quick to get up and he has a shy at the non-striker's end. To Stirling's luck, he misses.
3.4
4
F Malik to P Stirling, FOUR! Raining boundaries here! Stirling has played really well through the off side. Not a very bad ball, behind a length on off, PS on the up strokes it past the diving mid off fielder and into the fence.
3.3
0
F Malik to P Stirling, Goes for it again, however, does not middle it and it goes off the inner half to mid off.
3.2
4
F Malik to P Stirling, FOUR! Width on offer and the bowler pays the price. Outside off, Stirling reaches out for it. It is not off the middle once again but once again he has hit it well enough to clear the in-field. Boundary.
3.1
0
F Malik to P Stirling, Slower one and outside off, Stirling looks to sweep but misses as the ball stays low.
2.6
0
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, A dot to end! Top, top over. Afghanistan needed this as there were two very expensive ones. Kevin O'Brien works it to mid-wicket.
2.5
0
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Fired on the pads again, Kevin looks to nudge it around but fails to do so. It hits his pads.
2.4
0
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Looks to sweep this ball which is down the leg side. Misses to get hit on the pads.
2.3
1
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Works this through mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
2.2
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, In the air... but well short. On the middle stump, PS looks to go downtown. He ends up mistiming it to mid on.
2.1
1
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Angles this one into the batsman, Kevin looks to drive but gets an inside edge, it goes off the pads towards short fine third man for a run.
1.6
4
F Malik to P Stirling, FOUR! Fourth boundary in the over! The previous three were on the off side, this is on the leg side. Full and on the pads, it is flicked over square leg, no one behind. A boundary. Another expensive over this. 17 from it.
1.5
4
F Malik to P Stirling, FOUR! Finds the gap again and gets the third boundary of the over! Slightly behind a length, Stirling makes room and hits it through covers. Second boundary in that region in this over.
1.5
0
F Malik to P Stirling, Looks to paddle but it is down the leg side. Stirling misses. The umpire signals it as a wide.
1.4
0
F Malik to P Stirling, The slower ball on middle, Stirling waits for it and guides it to cover-point.
1.3
4
F Malik to P Stirling, FOUR! That is not off the middle but enough to clear the in-field. Back-to-back boundaries. Length and outside off, Stirling lofts it over the man at covers.
1.2
4
F Malik to P Stirling, FOUR! Up and over! Stirling is going after it here. Full and on off, Paul clears his front leg and lofts it over mid off and it races to the fence. Ireland are also off to a flier.
1.1
0
F Malik to P Stirling, Lovely timing but straight to the fielder. Length ball around off, Stirling just opens the face of his bat, it goes right off the middle and to the man at cover-point.

Farid Malik to bowl from the other end.

0.6
5
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, FOUR OVERTHROWS! That might help Ireland a bit. Full and around middle, Stirling whips it over mid-wicket. He takes a single and is ready for the second, comes halfway down but is sent back. The throw comes in at the keeper's end but is way too wide and short third man cannot get anywhere near it.
0.5
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Flatter off spinner on middle and leg, the Irish captain nudges it to the fielder at mid-wicket.
0.5
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Wide! Second one of the over. Mujeeb once again misses the line and length and bowls it down the leg side. Stirling leaves it alone and the umpire signals it as wide.
0.4
1
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, On the pads again by Mujeeb. O'Brien nudges it towards mid-wicket and gets off the mark.
0.4
0
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Wide! Mujeeb misses his line and length and sprays this down the leg side. O'Brien looks to flick but misses. The umpire signals it as wide.
0.3
1
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Flatter on middle and leg, Stirling tucks it towards square leg and takes a single.
0.2
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, This is better from Mujeeb. Bowls it full on middle and leg, Paul this time blocks it.
0.1
6
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, What a start! Just what the Irish wanted. Tossed up delivery on off, Stirling gets on his front foot and heaves it over the long off fence for a maximum. They need a lot more of these though.

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.