Afghanistan and Ireland in India, 5 ODI Series, 2019

Afghanistan vs Ireland - 1st ODI

Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun

Date & Time: 28 February 2019

Afghanistan 165/5

RR: 3.94 | Afghanistan beat Ireland by 5 wickets

commentary

That's all from this match. Victory for Afghanistan was never in doubt but they took the longer route to reach the target. The second ODI is on Saturday at 1300 local (0730 GMT). Do join us for all the action. Until then, it's goodbye and cheers!

Afghanistan's skipper, Asghar Afghan is really happy with the performance and reckons that the first game of the series is really important. Adds that chasing is not an issue and they were just being careful. Praises Mohammad Shahzad for his knock. On Nabi's injury, Asghar informs that he's fine.

Man of the Match, Gulbadin Naib says that it's not easy to play in this kind of team and he is delighted to perform and contribute to this success. On his bowling, he replies that he just tried to maintain a tight line.

Ireland's skipper, William Porterfield says that picking early wickets would have given them a chance but it didn't come. Feels the wicket was a tough one and it was not easy to play strokes fluently. Reckons that 220-230 would have been a good chase. Admits that their batting let them down. Mentions that it's more mental for them as the pitch is going to remain more or so similar throughout this series.

Earlier, it was an abysmal batting show by Ireland. They were completely at sea against the spin of Mujeeb Ur Rahman and at one stage were tottering on 69/6. The 76-run stand between Paul Stirling and George Dockrell took them past the 150-run mark but it was never going to be enough. Afghanistan adopted a cautious approach in their run chase. The first two partnerships nearly sealed the deal and after a bit of hard work the 49-run stand between Gulbadin Naib and Asghar Afghan brought them close to 161. Towards the end, two lusty blows from Najibullah Zadran finished things off for the Afghans.

A victory in the 42nd over while chasing a target of 162 runs. Afghanistan really had to sweat hard to go 1-0 up in the 5-match series. Not even for once, the Afghans looked in trouble but the going was extremely slow from them. Whether Ireland bowled superbly or Afghanistan were too cautious, we leave that up to you to find out. The surface was on the slower side but not so tough to rotate the strike. 172 dot balls bowled by the Irish bowlers but they were defending such a small target that it didn't build enough pressure on the opposition.

41.5
6
G Dockrell to N Zadran, SIX! All over, finally. AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 5 WICKETS! Dockrell serves a flighted full ball around leg, Najibullah turns and dispatches it over mid-wicket for the winning runs.
41.4
0
G Dockrell to N Zadran, Short and outside off, punched down but straight to mid off.
41.3
6
G Dockrell to N Zadran, SIX! Lusty blow! Floated and full around middle and off, Zadran kneels down and launches it over long on for a biggie.

Najibullah Zadran walks in next.

41.2
0
G Dockrell to G Naib, OUT! Catching practice for the bowler! Naib won't get his fifty. A soft dismissal really. A flighted ball around middle and leg, Gulbadin tries to flick but closes the face of the bat early. It flies back to the bowler off the leading edge and Dockrell makes no mistake in his followthrough. Less than 10 runs needed for a win.
41.1
1
G Dockrell to A Afghan, Tossed up ball around leg, clipped towards square leg for a run.
40.6
4
B Rankin to G Naib, FOUR! A high full toss around leg, Naib turns and deflects it fine down the leg side for a boundary. Lucky it wasn't called a no ball for height. 16 from the over, 10 more needed.
40.5
6
B Rankin to G Naib, SIX! High and handsome, into the night sky. Rankin delivers another short ball and this time Naib is ready for it. As soon as the ball reaches in his half, Naib dismisses it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
40.4
2
B Rankin to G Naib, Digs in a short ball outside off, Naib is early into his pull shot this time. It goes off the bottom edge and sneaks past mid off for a couple.
40.3
0
B Rankin to G Naib, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
40.2
0
B Rankin to G Naib, Dropped by Dockrell! Short in length on off, Naib plays a crunching pull shot and it goes quickly to Dockrell at short mid-wicket. He fails to hold on and gives a life to Naib.
40.1
4
B Rankin to G Naib, FOUR! Neat and tidy! Too full in length on off, Naib climbs onto it and with mid on up inside the circle, he just lofts it over the infield for a boundary.

26 more needed as we enter into Powerplay 3. Five fielders allowed outside the ring now. Don't think Ireland will opt for that...

39.6
1
G Dockrell to G Naib, Presses forward to a full ball and bunts it through mid off for a run.
39.5
0
G Dockrell to G Naib, Naib has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
39.4
0
G Dockrell to G Naib, Full and flighted on off, defended off the front foot to the off side.
39.3
0
G Dockrell to G Naib, Strides forward to a full ball and blocks it watchfully.
39.2
1
G Dockrell to A Afghan, Skidding down the leg side, Asghar tickles it to short fine leg for one.
39.1
0
G Dockrell to A Afghan, Floated full ball on off, Afghan tries to flick but gets a leading edge towards covers. Looks for a run but is sent back immediately.
38.6
2
B Rankin to G Naib, Fine stop, McCarthy! Full in length and drifting down the leg side, Naib flicks it over backward square leg. McCarthy runs across to his left from fine leg, puts in a dive and stops it with one hand. A couple taken.
38.5
0
B Rankin to G Naib, Too full in length and on off, Naib just digs it out back to the bowler.
38.4
4
B Rankin to G Naib, FOUR! Brilliant shot! Once again from the bat of Gulbadin Naib. He just stands firm inside the crease, takes a short ball from around off and smashes it over mid-wicket.
38.3
1
B Rankin to A Afghan, Uses his wrists to work a length ball from around off to deep backward square leg. A single taken.
38.2
0
B Rankin to A Afghan, Good length ball on off, worked on the leg side but not in the gap.
38.1
0
B Rankin to A Afghan, Shortish delivery outside off, Asghar taps it down from the crease to point. Looks for a quick run but it's not on.

Boyd Rankin is back on.

37.6
0
G Dockrell to G Naib, Loopy and on off, defended off the front foot to end the over.
37.5
1
G Dockrell to A Afghan, Slower through the air, full and on off, it's pushed softly towards cover-point for a run.
37.4
0
G Dockrell to A Afghan, Fires it in full on off, Asghar defends it off his front foot to covers.
37.3
0
G Dockrell to A Afghan, Quicker and shorter on middle, defended off the back foot.
37.2
0
G Dockrell to A Afghan, Pushes it down towards mid on from the inner half of his bat.
37.1
0
G Dockrell to A Afghan, Flighted and full on off, Afghan is on the front foot with a straight bat in defense.

George Dockrell is back into the attack.

36.6
4
B McCarthy to G Naib, FOUR! Third boundary in the over! The fielder continues to be up and Naib takes full advantage. Fetches a shortish length ball from outside off and lifts it over wide mid on for a boundary. 12 from the over, 36 needed more.
36.5
0
B McCarthy to G Naib, Naib has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
36.4
4
B McCarthy to G Naib, FOUR! Two in two! A bit overpitched this time, around off, Naib once again attacks it with all his might and thwacks it over mid on for a cracking boundary. He has decided to shift gears now.
36.3
4
B McCarthy to G Naib, FOUR! Shot! McCarthy puts this one in the half for the batsman to have a real go at it. It's around off and Naib swings it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
36.2
0
B McCarthy to G Naib, Full and outside off, it's pushed off the front foot to mid off.
36.1
0
B McCarthy to G Naib, Shout for an lbw, too high! Back of a length ball angling in from around off, Naib tries to pull but misses and is hit high on the back leg.
35.6
0
S Singh to A Afghan, Flatter and on off, pushed back to the bowler. 10-1-19-1, Simi Singh ends with brilliant figures!
35.5
1
S Singh to G Naib, Full and flighted on off, driven square of the wicket on the off side for one.
35.4
0
S Singh to G Naib, Loopy and on off, blocked back safely off the front foot.
35.3
2
S Singh to G Naib, Flatter and angling down the leg side, Naib works it through square leg for a couple of runs.
35.2
0
S Singh to G Naib, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
35.1
0
S Singh to G Naib, Tossed up ball on off, driven off the front foot to covers.

Ha! Ha! What was that? Simi Singh gets into his delivery stride without having the ball in his hand. Returns to his mark with a big smile on his face. He is into his last over now...

34.6
1
B McCarthy to G Naib, A short ball, hurrying onto the batsman, it has been pulled to fine leg for a single.
34.5
0
B McCarthy to G Naib, Angling into the batsman, on a good length, Naib goes back and defends it to mid-wicket.
34.4
0
B McCarthy to G Naib, Just short of mid on! A length ball around off, Naib shows the first attacking instinct and tries to power it over mid on. Fails to get the required elevation and it falls just in front of the fielder (Boyd Rankin) inside the ring.
34.3
0
B McCarthy to G Naib, Fullish and on off, driven back in the direction of the bowler.
34.2
1
B McCarthy to A Afghan, Uses his wrists this time to turn a length ball through mid-wicket for a run.
34.1
0
B McCarthy to A Afghan, A length ball on off, Afghan taps it down to covers.

Barry McCarthy is back on.

Drinks break. Afghanistan continue to be on top. Although Ireland are doing well to make them sweat hard for every run. A few quick wickets from hereon and this match can become very interesting.

33.6
0
S Singh to G Naib, Flighted and on off, defended off the front foot by Naib. He has now faced 31 balls for just 7. The surface is slow alright but there are singles on offer. 53 needed off 96 balls.
33.5
0
S Singh to G Naib, Too full and around off, hit across the line but the short mid-wicket fielder made a fine diving stop.
33.4
2
S Singh to G Naib, Finally some runs to move the scoreboard. It's worked with the spin through mid-wicket for a brace.
33.3
0
S Singh to G Naib, A little short and on off, Naib punches it from the back foot but straight to covers.
33.2
0
S Singh to G Naib, A forward defense by Naib. He seems to be giving an audition for a Test berth.
33.1
0
S Singh to G Naib, Loopy and full on off, Naib lunges and opens the face of the bat to push it towards cover-point.
32.6
1
Tim Murtagh to G Naib, Fullish and on off, it's punched down the ground over mid off for a run.
32.5
0
Tim Murtagh to G Naib, Puts it on a fuller length around off, Naib pushes it back again. Too watchful and letting unnecessary pressure build.
32.4
0
Tim Murtagh to G Naib, Stays back to a shortish ball and strokes it on the up. Finds mid off.
32.3
0
Tim Murtagh to G Naib, Gets behind the line yet again and pushes a length ball back in the direction of the bowler.
32.2
1
Tim Murtagh to A Afghan, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
32.1
0
Tim Murtagh to A Afghan, On and around off, Afghan defends it by covering the line.
31.6
0
S Singh to G Naib, Naib has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 2 runs and a wicket from the over. Simi Singh has done a good job.
31.5
0
S Singh to G Naib, Turns it on the leg side and looks for a run. He's sent back quickly as the mid-wicket fielder gives a wild throw to the keeper.
31.4
1
S Singh to A Afghan, Immediately gets off the mark. He is a busy cricketer. Full and on middle, Afghan flicks it through mid-wicket and crosses.

Asghar Afghan is in next.

31.3
0
S Singh to H Shahidi, OUT! Another wicket falls! Ireland can still hope... A flighted off spinner landing full around off from 'round the wicket, Shahidi strides forward to play the cover drive but it spins away a touch to catch the outside edge. A sharp catch by Poynter and Afghanistan lose their fourth wicket. 58 needed more.
31.2
1
S Singh to G Naib, Skidding down the leg side, it's deflected behind square leg for one.
31.1
0
S Singh to G Naib, Full and floated on off, Naib tries to slog sweep but it comes off the inside half and rolls to mid-wicket.
30.6
0
Tim Murtagh to H Shahidi, Jumps out of the crease to a shortish ball outside off and pushes it with an angled bat to cover-point. A maiden!
30.5
0
Tim Murtagh to H Shahidi, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
30.4
0
Tim Murtagh to H Shahidi, Another dot ball. Fuller and around leg, Shahidi is on the front foot and pushes it towards mid on.
30.3
0
Tim Murtagh to H Shahidi, Angling away from the batsman outside off, Shahidi plays it down from the crease to point.
30.2
0
Tim Murtagh to H Shahidi, Wicket to wicket line, Shahidi walks forward and pushes it down to mid off.
30.1
0
Tim Murtagh to H Shahidi, Play and a miss! A length ball angling away from the left-hander, Shahidi pushes inside the line and misses. Deceived by the lack of pace.
29.6
0
S Singh to G Naib, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
29.5
0
S Singh to G Naib, Fullish and on off, flicked on the leg side but straight to mid-wicket.
29.4
0
S Singh to G Naib, Presses forward to a full ball and defends it to the off side.
29.3
0
S Singh to G Naib, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
29.2
1
S Singh to H Shahidi, Turns it off his pads to the leg side, in the gap, a run is taken.
29.1
1
S Singh to G Naib, NOT OUT! Flighted and full outside off, Naib drives it towards extra cover and sets off for a run immediately. The fielder quickly releases the ball to the bowler who breaks the stumps and they appeal. It's taken upstairs but the replays find Naib safe.

Appeal for a run out! Referred upstairs... No real excitement shown by Ireland.

28.6
0
P Stirling to H Shahidi, Good delivery! Around off, Shahidi has been pushed back to defend it.
28.5
4
P Stirling to H Shahidi, FOUR! Shorter delivery, Shahidi pulls it to mid-wicket and gets a boundary. 100 up for Afghanistan!
28.4
0
P Stirling to H Shahidi, Shahidi gets his front foot and defends this good length delivery onto the ground.
28.3
0
P Stirling to H Shahidi, On stumps, Shahidi defends it onto the ground.
28.2
1
P Stirling to G Naib, Good length on leg, Naib flicks it to mid-wicket and takes a single.
28.1
0
P Stirling to G Naib, On middle and leg, Naib looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the pads. A stifled appeal but turned down by the umpire.
27.6
0
S Singh to H Shahidi, Hangs back and punches this to the off side yet again. Just a single from the over. 66 more needed for the hosts.
27.5
0
S Singh to H Shahidi, Reads this one and taps it to the off side.
27.4
1
S Singh to G Naib, Finally a run. On the pads, worked away to the man at 45 and change ends.
27.3
0
S Singh to G Naib, Pitches this up again, Naib is happy to block it out. Simi's last 13 balls have given zero runs.
27.2
0
S Singh to G Naib, Fuller one on middle, turned to the man at mid-wicket.
27.1
0
S Singh to G Naib, Off spinner on the stumps, kept out on the leg side.
26.6
0
P Stirling to H Shahidi, Outside off, Shahidi drives it through covers.
26.5
0
P Stirling to H Shahidi, On off and middle, Shahidi defends it into the ground.
26.4
0
P Stirling to H Shahidi, HS gets behind the line of delivery and hits it towards the bowler.
26.3
2
P Stirling to H Shahidi, On leg, Shahidi works it to leg side and takes a couple.
26.2
0
P Stirling to H Shahidi, On off, the batsman hits the ball back to the bowler.
26.1
0
P Stirling to H Shahidi, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
26.1
0
P Stirling to H Shahidi, Flatter delivery outside leg stump, Shahidi looks to flick but misses. It's been wided.

Paul Stirling to bowl the next over.

25.6
0
S Singh to G Naib, Maiden from Singh. Gulbadin covers his stumps and defends it solidly.
25.5
0
S Singh to G Naib, On the stumps, Naib drives it straight to the bowler.
25.4
0
S Singh to G Naib, Gives this air on off, once again Naib hits it back to the bowler.
25.3
0
S Singh to G Naib, Over the stumps, punched back to the bowler.
25.2
0
S Singh to G Naib, Loopy ball on off, pushed to short covers.
25.1
0
S Singh to G Naib, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

Simi Singh is back into the attack.

24.6
0
B Rankin to H Shahidi, Yorker on off, Shahidi digs it out towards the bowler.
24.5
0
B Rankin to H Shahidi, Fullish on the pads, Shahidi eases it to square leg.
24.4
0
B Rankin to H Shahidi, On a good length, Shahidi keeps it out.
24.3
0
B Rankin to R Shah, OUT! Another one bites the dust. The reliable Rahmat Shah is back in the hut. Short ball on the body, Rahmat pulls it but doesn't get the distance on it. The ball goes into the night sky at deep square leg. Simi runs ahead, dives and takes a very good catch. One brings two, they say. Will Ireland get another one?
24.2
0
B Rankin to R Shah, Full and wide outside off, Rahmat makes room but doesn't bother playing at it.
24.1
0
B Rankin to R Shah, ALMOST! Back of a length ball around off. Rahmat blocks it with a straight bat. The ball bounces in front of him and almost sneaks back onto the timber.
23.6
0
S Singh to H Shahidi, Shahidi walks behind the line of the delivery and defends it off the front foot.
23.5
0
S Singh to H Shahidi, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
23.4
0
S Singh to H Shahidi, Just misses the off pole! On the 4th stump line the ball, Shahidi looks to defend but fails and the ball misses the stumps.
23.3
0
S Singh to H Shahidi, Flighted on middle, the batsman returns it back to the bowler.
23.2
2
S Singh to H Shahidi, Edged but safe. On middle and the ball turns away from the batsman. Shahidi looks to defend but the ball catches the outside edge and goes wide of the slip fielder. The batsmen take a brace.
23.1
0
S Singh to H Shahidi, Outside off, Shahidi dabs it to point.

Hashmatullah Shahidi is the new man in.

22.6
0
B Rankin to M Shahzad, OUT! One too many from Shahzad and he has to walk back. Similar ball like the one Shahzad hit for a boundary in this over. Shahzad goes for it again but this time gets only height. The ball goes high towards mid off where Murtagh backtracks and takes a safe catch. Afghanistan lose both their openers but still hold all the aces.
22.5
0
B Rankin to M Shahzad, Tries to be cute by guiding one to third man but misses it.
22.4
4
B Rankin to M Shahzad, FOUR! SHOT! Overpitched on off, Shahzad opens his arms and lofts this over the bowler's head. Doesn't get it off the middle but the power was enough to take it away to the boundary.
22.3
1
B Rankin to R Shah, Fuller on leg, flicked away past the man at mid-wicket to rotate strike.
22.2
1
B Rankin to M Shahzad, MS guides it to third man. They pick up a single.
22.1
0
B Rankin to M Shahzad, Length again, close to the off pole. Keeps a bit low. Shahzad doesn't use his feet and the ball goes past his outside edge.
21.6
0
B McCarthy to R Shah, Strides forward to a full ball and drives it back to the bowler.
21.5
0
B McCarthy to R Shah, Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. No run.
21.4
0
B McCarthy to R Shah, Beaten! A little bit of away movement around off, Shah pushes at it tentatively and gets beaten.
21.3
0
B McCarthy to R Shah, Gets on the front foot and defends it to the off side.
21.2
4
B McCarthy to R Shah, FOUR! Quality shot! Fullish ball angling into the batsman on middle, Rahmat brings down a straight bat and caresses it down the ground for a boundary.
21.1
0
B McCarthy to R Shah, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. No run.
20.6
1
B Rankin to R Shah, On leg, Shah flicks it to fine leg and takes a single.
20.5
0
B Rankin to R Shah, Fullish and on the 4th stump line, Rahmat Shah gets behind the line of delivery and defends it firmly.
20.4
0
B Rankin to R Shah, Serves it outside off, Shah hits it to point.
20.3
2
B Rankin to R Shah, Shorter and on middle, Shah pulls it to deep mid-wicket and manages to get a brace. Good running between the wickets.
20.2
0
B Rankin to R Shah, Rahmat defends it from within the crease.
20.1
0
B Rankin to R Shah, Short in length on the 4th stump line, Shah defends it off his back foot.

Boyd Rankin to bowl his 5th over.

19.6
1
B McCarthy to R Shah, Bowls it on leg, Shah flicks it to mid-wicket and takes a single.
19.5
0
B McCarthy to R Shah, Outside off, Shah drives it to mid off.
19.4
0
B McCarthy to R Shah, Fullish and on middle and leg, Shah looks to defend but the ball shapes in after pitching and deflects off his bat's inside edge.
19.3
0
B McCarthy to R Shah, Good length on off, Rahmat defends it on his front foot.
19.2
0
B McCarthy to R Shah, Fullish on middle, Shah punches it to mid on.
19.1
0
B McCarthy to R Shah, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
18.6
4
G Dockrell to M Shahzad, FOUR! Shahzad takes the charge. Flighted ball on off, Shahzad charges to it and lofts this over covers. Stirling tries to cut it out but makes contact with the ropes while doing so. Boundary.
18.5
1
G Dockrell to R Shah, Smart cricket. Steps out and drives this to long off for an easy single.
18.4
4
G Dockrell to R Shah, FOUR! Loose ball and rightly punished. Half-tracker outside off, Rahmat gets behind this and pulls it through the vacant deep mid-wicket region. One bounce boundary.
18.3
0
G Dockrell to R Shah, On off again, pushed to the man at covers.
18.2
0
G Dockrell to R Shah, Looped up ball outside off, Rahmat came forward and blocked it.
18.1
0
G Dockrell to R Shah, Fuller ball on the off stump, driven to the man at covers.
17.6
1
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, Fuller ball on middle, Shah drives it past the bowler for one. Just 2 from the over and Afghanistan don't look in any hurry.
17.5
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, Around off, Rahmat punches it to mid on for nothing.
17.4
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, On the money again, Shah shows the full face and defends it.
17.3
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, On the stumps, Shah blocks it out.
17.2
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, Shah goes back and taps this ball in front of him.
17.1
1
Tim Murtagh to M Shahzad, Outside off, punched to the cover region for a run.

Drinks break. Slow but steady going from Afghanistan. 97 needed more for a win. Looks like a cakewalk unless Ireland pick up wickets in clumps. The surface is on the slower side and stroke-making ain't easy by the look of things.

16.6
0
G Dockrell to R Shah, Quicker one outside off, Rahmat goes hard at it and mistimes his shot back to the bowler.
16.5
0
G Dockrell to R Shah, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
16.4
1
G Dockrell to M Shahzad, Advances down the track and tries to heave it over the leg side. But it flies off the leading edge and goes over the bowler for a single.
16.3
4
G Dockrell to M Shahzad, FOUR! Doesn't time it properly but it goes in the vacant space and crosses the line. A touch short in length wide outside off, Shahzad fetches it from there and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
16.2
0
G Dockrell to M Shahzad, Flatter delivery, an arm ball on middle, Shahzad lunges to defend but gets an inside edge onto it.
16.1
1
G Dockrell to R Shah, Nicely tossed up first up. It's full and around off, Rahmat drives it down to long off for a run.

George Dockrell is introduced into the attack. A slip in place.

15.6
1
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, Single to end the over. Shah pushes this off his back foot through covers. 103 more needed from 204 balls.
15.5
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, Length outside off, Rahmat once again gets behind this and sees it out.
15.4
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, On middle and leg, turned to the man at mid on.
15.3
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, Forward defense. Solid one. Strides forward and blocks this one with all his might.
15.2
1
Tim Murtagh to M Shahzad, Punches this through cover-point to give Rahmat the strike this time.
15.1
0
Tim Murtagh to M Shahzad, Another life for Afghanistan! Outside off, Shahzad guides this to backward point and is caught ball-watching. Shah from the other end is off his crease. The fielder throws it to the bowler who fails to collect it cleanly. Rahmat survives. Yes, the throw could have been better but all Tim had to do was collect the ball.
14.6
1
B McCarthy to M Shahzad, Shahzad rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball to the off side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
14.5
0
B McCarthy to M Shahzad, No timing again. Swings hard but off the inner half towards mid-wicket.
14.4
4
B McCarthy to M Shahzad, FOUR! Looks to take the charge on but not the best of timings. Fuller ball on off, Shahzad lofts this over mid-wicket for back-to-back boundaries.
14.3
4
B McCarthy to M Shahzad, FOUR! Inside edge and a boundary. Outside off, Shahzad looks to go hard at this. He ends up getting an inside edge past the keeper and into the fine leg boundary.
14.2
0
B McCarthy to M Shahzad, Driven through mid off by Shahzad.
14.1
0
B McCarthy to M Shahzad, Now then! This was a length ball on off. Shahzad with no feet movement looks to play at this but misses. At first, it looked like he got an edge to it which fell short of the keeper. But replays later show us that the ball clipped the off pole. Not enough on the ball to dislodge the bails. Shahzad gets lucky.
13.6
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, On off, Shah covers his stumps and blocks another one.
13.5
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, Stays inside and blocks this one out.
13.4
4
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, FOUR! Signature from Rahmat. Slightly overpitched on off, Shah strides forward and cover drives this beautifully. Once he beat the man at the circle, the ball raced away to the fence.
13.3
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, Tim goes full again on the leg stump, Shah cannot get it past square leg.
13.2
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, Fuller ball on off, driven to the cover region.
13.1
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, Good length ball around the off pole, Shah gets behind it and keeps it out.

Tim Murtagh to bowl.

12.6
0
B McCarthy to M Shahzad, Length again on the stumps, Shahzad blocks it with a straight bat. End of a good over for the visitors. A run and a wicket from it.
12.5
0
B McCarthy to M Shahzad, Outside off, Shahzad swings at it but gets a bottom edge towards fine leg for just a run.
12.4
1
B McCarthy to R Shah, On the leg side, flicked away through square leg to get off the mark.

Rahmat Shah is in next.

12.3
0
B McCarthy to H Zazai, OUT! Zazai holes out and his unusual stay comes to and end. Fuller ball on middle and leg, Zazai looks to get under it and loft it over long on but doesn't get it off the screws. He knows he's in trouble. O'Brien stationed at the ropes takes it at a good height. He though is not in full control of his balance and hence tosses the ball up, steps out, comes back in and makes no mistake. A good catch in the end. The 43-run stand is over.

OUT! But the umpire just wants to confirm if the catch is taken cleanly. Looks out and you never know.

12.2
0
B McCarthy to H Zazai, Zazai has pushed it to the cover region. Dot ball.
12.1
0
B McCarthy to H Zazai, Length outside off, Zazai cuts it to the man at point.

Change of ends for Barry McCarthy.

11.6
1
B Rankin to H Zazai, In the air... safe. Length ball outside off, the ball sticks in the surface a bit. Zazai is early in his drive and ends up chipping it towards covers. Luckily for him, it evades the fielders and goes above them. The batsmen cross.
11.5
1
B Rankin to M Shahzad, On the pads, flicked away through square leg to rotate strike.
11.4
1
B Rankin to H Zazai, Gets this off the middle outside off, Zazai cuts it through point to give Zazai the strike.
11.3
0
B Rankin to H Zazai, Drags his length back around off, Zazai hits it back to the bowler.
11.2
0
B Rankin to H Zazai, Full and wide outside off. Zazai makes room and looks to carve it but is too far to make any contact.
11.1
1
B Rankin to M Shahzad, Length outside off, cut away past point for one.

Boyd Rankin is back.

10.6
0
S Singh to H Zazai, On middle and leg, turned away to the on side. Three dots to end the over.
10.5
0
S Singh to H Zazai, Straighter one in line of the stumps, Zazai is happy to block it out.
10.4
0
S Singh to H Zazai, Fires this on off, Zazai gets a leading edge to the off side while trying to block it.
10.3
1
S Singh to M Shahzad, Outside off, Shahzad cuts it through cover-point this time to get to the other end.
10.2
1
S Singh to H Zazai, Quicker one keeps low. Zazai works this through mid-wicket for a single.
10.1
1
S Singh to M Shahzad, Outside off, Shahzad gets behind the ball and tucks it towards mid on for one.

Powerplay 2 time! Ireland can now have a maximum of 4 fielders outside the circle.

9.6
0
B McCarthy to H Zazai, Another miscued shot. Zazai seems to have lost his touch. Good length delivery outside off, Zazai rocks back to punch it but mistimes it towards mid off. Sets off for a run but is sent back. A maiden from McCarthy. Afghanistan are 36/0 after 10. At the same stage, Ireland were 15/3!
9.5
0
B McCarthy to H Zazai, Pitches it up and outside off, Hazratullah pushes it off his front foot to covers.
9.4
0
B McCarthy to H Zazai, A mistimed back foot punch from Zazai to covers.
9.3
0
B McCarthy to H Zazai, Provides width outside off, Zazai crunches it off his back foot towards covers. The cover-point runs across to his left to make the stop.
9.2
0
B McCarthy to H Zazai, Around leg again, Zazai turns it off his back foot but finds square leg.
9.1
0
B McCarthy to H Zazai, Length delivery on the pads, Zazai fails to make any use of that gift.
8.6
0
S Singh to M Shahzad, Flatter and quicker on off, defended off the back foot.
8.5
1
S Singh to H Zazai, Interesting dive by Porterfield. Zazai goes back to flick it aerially, the keeper shouts 'catch it' and the Irish skipper at mid-wicket dives even before the ball has arrived. Anyway, it's quite away from him. A single taken again.
8.4
0
S Singh to H Zazai, Fires in a quicker one on off, Zazai pushes it back from the inner half of his bat.
8.3
0
S Singh to H Zazai, Flatter and fuller on off, Zazai defends it from the crease.
8.2
1
S Singh to M Shahzad, A touch short around off and immediately MS goes back to pull it towards deep mid-wicket. A single is taken.
8.1
0
S Singh to M Shahzad, Loopy off spinner on off, Shahzad defends it off his front foot.
7.6
0
B McCarthy to H Zazai, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. No run to end the over.
7.5
1
B McCarthy to M Shahzad, A yorker on off, Shahzad gets it away off the bottom edge and it runs down to third man for a run.
7.4
0
B McCarthy to M Shahzad, Porterfield nearly takes a stunner! A length ball angling in on off, Shahzad chips it towards mid off where William dives across to his right but fails to hold on to the catch. Would have been a ripper.
7.3
2
B McCarthy to M Shahzad, Up and over the infield! Full and wide outside off, Shahzad mistimes his lofted shot over covers and returns for the second run.
7.2
1
B McCarthy to H Zazai, Fullish and on the pads, Zazai eases it through mid-wicket and takes a single.
7.1
0
B McCarthy to H Zazai, Nice timing but not in the gap. Fullish and on middle, Zazai plays an off drive but the mid off fielder cuts it off.

Barry McCarthy to bowl now.

6.6
0
S Singh to M Shahzad, Flatter one on off, Shahzad once again goes back to play the punch but finds the cover fielder. Just 2 from Simi's first over.
6.5
0
S Singh to M Shahzad, Hangs back to a short ball and punches it to the leg side. Finds short mid-wicket.
6.4
1
S Singh to H Zazai, Quicker and fuller on middle, Zazai forces it down to mid on for a run.
6.3
1
S Singh to M Shahzad, Good half-stop from the cover fielder. Flatter and fuller outside off, Shahzad drives it from the back foot towards covers. Porterfield there dives to take the sting off the ball. They pick up a single.
6.2
0
S Singh to M Shahzad, Flatter and shorter outside off, Shahzad cuts but finds the point fielder.
6.1
0
S Singh to M Shahzad, Flighted full ball on off, Shahzad defends it off his front foot.

Simi Singh comes on to bowl.

5.6
0
B Rankin to H Zazai, Some extra bounce on this occasion, Zazai fails to work it around and is hit on the thigh pad. Once again 9 from the over. 134 needed more.
5.5
4
B Rankin to H Zazai, FOUR! Not in control! Rankin angles across a good length ball around off, Zazai opts to slog it across the line but it catches the outside edge and goes over short third man.
5.4
1
B Rankin to M Shahzad, Aerial but safe! Rankin slants in a length ball on off, Shahzad gives the charge with the intention to heave it over the leg side. But he fails to keep his posture and gets into an ugly position. It flies off the leading edge and falls safely at third man. A single taken.
5.3
0
B Rankin to M Shahzad, Goes on the back foot to a short ball but mistimes his punch to covers.
5.2
0
B Rankin to M Shahzad, Fullish and on off, driven off the front foot to mid off.
5.1
4
B Rankin to M Shahzad, FOUR! Typical Mohammad Shahzad. A length ball landing around off and angling in, Shahzad lofts it cleanly over mid on for a boundary. Afghanistan getting a move on now.
4.6
0
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Plays a cover drive but fails to pierce the off side field. 9 from the over.
4.5
4
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, FOUR! Zazai is motoring now. Fetches a short ball from outside off and muscles it over mid-wicket. There is a wide long on in place but that fielder stands no chance of cutting it off.
4.4
4
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, FOUR! Swings and swings hard! Just cannot bowl this length to him. A touch short around middle and off, on the slower side, Zazai hangs on the back foot and powers it over backward square leg.
4.3
1
Tim Murtagh to M Shahzad, The line is quite straight this time, Shahzad turns it in front of square leg and crosses.
4.2
0
Tim Murtagh to M Shahzad, A textbook forward defense offered by Mohammad Shahzad. Wonderful to watch!
4.1
0
Tim Murtagh to M Shahzad, Too full in length on middle, Shahzad tries to flick but gets a little leading edge which rolls to covers.
3.6
0
B Rankin to H Zazai, Serves it on the pads, Zazai fails to get it away cleanly. A dot ball to finish the over. Afghanistan in no real hurry as the required rate is not demanding at all.

Mid-wicket drops back for Zazai. Third man is up to compensate for that move.

3.5
1
B Rankin to M Shahzad, Good length ball on off, Shahzad gets back, delays his shot a bit to play it late towards the left side of the point fielder. They pick up a single.
3.4
0
B Rankin to M Shahzad, Fuller and outside off, defended with firm hands to mid off.
3.3
1
B Rankin to H Zazai, A touch short around leg, Zazai gets on top of the ball and nudges it behind square leg for a run.
3.2
0
B Rankin to H Zazai, Puts it on a fuller length around off, Zazai remains on the back foot and pushes it out to short third man.
3.1
1
B Rankin to M Shahzad, Edged but safe! Shortish and outside off, Shahzad rocks back to cut but it takes the outside edge and flies down to third man for a run.
2.6
0
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Continues to deliver slower ones. It's on a length around off, HZ defends it back from the crease.
2.5
0
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Beaten comprehensively. A slower one, on a shortish length outside off and angling away, Zazai is very early into the swing of his bat and hence misses.
2.4
0
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, A slower one, full and on middle, Hazratullah offers a straight bat in defense.
2.3
0
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Around off on a length, defended from the crease by Zazai.
2.2
6
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, SIX! That's enormous! Enough of blocking and respecting the bowler. Murtagh delivers it full and around off, Zazai clears his front leg and heave it mightily over mid-wicket for a biggie.
2.1
0
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. No run.
1.6
0
B Rankin to M Shahzad, Maiden! A length ball on off, Shahzad plays it off his back foot to the off side. Not in the gap and it's a brilliant start made from Ireland.
1.5
0
B Rankin to M Shahzad, Goes on the back foot to a shortish ball and punches it to covers.
1.4
0
B Rankin to M Shahzad, Almost edged it behind! Rankin delivers it with a scrambled seam. It's on a length outside off, holding its line, Shahzad pushes inside the line without any footwork and gets beaten.
1.3
0
B Rankin to M Shahzad, A touch short and outside off, Shahzad sticks back and plays it with an angled bat to point.
1.2
0
B Rankin to M Shahzad, This time Boyd angles in a length ball on off, Mohammad immediately gets behind the line and blocks it on the leg side.
1.1
0
B Rankin to M Shahzad, Starts with a back of a length delivery on off, Shahzad pushes his weight on the back leg as he taps it down safely on the off side.

Boyd Rankin to bowl with the second new ball.

0.6
0
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Keeps it full and outside off, Hazratullah calmly plays it to the leg side. Dot ball to end a tidy first over.
0.5
0
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Fullish and on middle, Zazai hangs back and softly works it in front of square leg. Very watchful.
0.4
0
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Full and on the pads, flicked across the line, a bit uppish but safe as it didn't carry to short mid-wicket.
0.3
0
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Serves it up and outside off to the southpaw, Zazai pushes it off the inside half of his bat to mid on.
0.2
1
Tim Murtagh to M Shahzad, Width on offer outside off, this time Shahzad sensibly dabs it down to third man for a run.
0.1
0
Tim Murtagh to M Shahzad, Nearly drags it on first ball! A length delivery wide outside off, Shahzad tries to attack it by throwing his bat at it but gets an inside edge. It goes closely past the stumps.

Back for the run chase. Mohammad Shahzad and Hazratullah Zazai to open the batting for Afghanistan. Tim Murtagh to kick off proceedings with the first new ball. Here we go...