Afghanistan and Ireland in India, 3 T20I Series, 2019
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun
Date & Time: 24 February 2019
RR: 8.9 | Afghanistan beat Ireland by 32 runs
Right then. 3-0 to Afghanistan. They were expected to win and thoroughly deserved to win too. They continue to take giant steps in international cricket. Ireland, on the other hand, can only hope to learn from this for the better. The format switches now as ODIs begin. The first of 5 will be played on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 1 pm local (0730 GMT). Do join us then. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious Afghanistan captain, Asghar Afghan thanks the almighty for helping them win the series. Says that this is for the people of Afghanistan. Admits that there is a heavy workload leading into the World Cup and hence a few players will be flown in for the ODIs. Thanks (in Pashto) to the crowd for supporting in large numbers.
MOHAMMAD NABI HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS 81 FROM 36 BALLS. Says that he is feeling very good about the fact that if he could not take wickets from the ball, he could do well with the bat and on the field. On his Big Bash experience, Nabi says that it does a world of good to the other members after sharing. MOHAMMAD NABI IS ALSO NAMED THE MAN OF THE SERIES.
Ireland captain, Paul Stirling says that they played better today, managing to spend some time in the middle. Adds that they were not far away from a win. Hopes that down the line, the guys from the middle order will learn to chip in and finish off games. On the upcoming ODI series, Stirling says that a few new guys are coming in which promises to be an exciting package.
Earlier, in the first innings, it was a Mohammad Nabi show with the bat as his 81 from 36 catapulted the home side post 200. The Irish struggled with the ball again with only George Dockrell standing out. Who will be the Man Of The Match? Nabi, or Rashid? Stay tuned for the presentation...
Kevin O'Brien tried hard after that to play a lone hand but it was too much for him to do. Rashid Khan then strut his stuff, picking up 4 wickets in 4 balls to end with a 5-fer. Mohammad Nabi played a key role too in keeping Ireland quiet in the middle overs, finishing with 0/28 in 4 overs.
Till that 'dewy' moment, Afghanistan were not at their best at all, putting catches down, bowling bad balls, misfielding, etc... But post that wiped off incident, they came out roaring. They needed one opportunity and they got that in the form of Andy Balbirnie. At that moment, Ireland needed 83 from 38 balls. That dismissal opened the floodgates and the hosts just went through.
Ireland began their chase of 211 in a decent fashion, not cowing down in spite of losing Stirling early. In fact, during the 96-run stand for the second wicket between O'Brien and Balbirnie, it seemed like the visitors would gun this total easily. But then came that moment at the end of the 13th over when the dew was swept across the outfield.
Another day. Same teams. Another match. But same result. Afghanistan continue their winning run and maintain their grapple on Ireland. Tonight was probably a case where the Men In Green could have won but after the dew was wiped across the outfield, the game changed totally.
Boyd Rankin walks in at number 10.
Sayed Shirzad to bowl the 19th over.
Joshua Little walks in at number 9 with plenty left to do...
Simi Singh to face the hat-trick ball.
Stumped first ball?
Stuart Poynter walks in at number 7, replacing Dockrell.
Shane Getkate walks in at number 6, replacing O'Brien. Mohammad Nabi returns too. 3-0-23-0 so far.
Rashid Khan is back on. Afghan playing his cards perfectly.
George Dockrell is the new man in. Sayed Shirzad into the attack as well.
Stuart Thompson is the new man in.
A bit of a break in play. The outfield is being swept off dew and the Afghans take that moment to have a pep talk. 89 more needed from 42 balls. Both teams still in it. Meanwhile, Zia-ur-Rehman returns. 3-0-35-1 so far.
Sharafuddin Ashraf is back on. 3-0-33-0 so far.
Mohammad Nabi is back on. Change of ends. 2-0-15-0 so far.
Rashid Khan is on, finally.
Zia-ur-Rehman is back on. 2-0-26-1 so far.
Mohammad Nabi is on now.
Direct hit! Is this wicket number 2? Referred upstairs...
Change of ends for Shirzad.
Sharafuddin Ashraf comes into the attack.
Andy Balbirnie walks in at number 3, replacing his skipper.
Sayed Shirzad to bowl from the other end.