Afghanistan and Ireland in India, 5 ODI Series, 2019

Afghanistan vs Ireland - 2nd ODI

Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun

Date & Time: 02 March 2019

Afghanistan 250/7

RR: 5.15 | Match Abandoned

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A sorry end to this 2nd ODI. Afghanistan would have liked to have a go at the Irish and possibly take a 2-0 lead but that's not to be. The 3rd ODI will be played at this very venue at the same time - Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun at 1300 local (0730 GMT) on the 5th of March. Join in for that one. Till then, stay safe!

That is that! THE MATCH HAS BEEN CALLED OFF! It didn't seem like the showers wanted to stop and after much delay the umpires have put curtains to this affair.

We have no news yet of the revised score and will get back as soon as we are updated. For now the covers continue to stick to the playing surface. Let's hope we have some cricket left in this.

The tourists were below average on the field. They dropped catches and allowed the Men in Blue to take charge of the game. Porterfield kept changing his bowlers which he was rewarded for. Dockrell was the pick of the bowlers picking 3 wickets while his partner McBrine grabbed two. The ball is spinning here and the tweakers have made good use of the surface.

The home team started on a positive note. Especially, Zazai who got to his maiden half century. He gave his side the head-start that was needed stitching 90 runs for the opening wicket. Shahidi and Rahmat added 87 for the 3rd wicket where both reach their respective 50s. The lower order tried going after everything and eventually lost their way.

Ireland came back well at the death. They tightened things towards the end and ensured they do not chase a big total. The Afghans were 187/3 after 36 overs, and looked like they would reach close to the 300-run mark but lost wickets as the game progressed.

While the rain continues to fall, the Afghanistan innings has come to an end at 250/7 in 48.3 overs.

Update 1745 local - The covers are coming off! Wait a minute. We don't like to say it but just like the last time, the groundsmen have brought back the covers. The teasing game continues.

Update 1730 local - We have nothing for you. The covers are still on along with the floodlights. The forecast of rain till 2000 hrs is about 50 percent and gets worst post that. Let's hope we have good news to follow.

Update 1655 local - The covers are off. We hope we get the remaining 9 balls quickly. Scratch that. The groundsmen have brought the covers back on. Looks like we will have a further delay.

Bad news! It has started to drizzle a bit. Not heavy but enough for the umpires to ask the players to take shelter. Let's hope we resume the innings ASAP.

48.3
6
Tim Murtagh to R Khan, SIX! Amazing shot. Short of a length delivery, Rashid waits and pulls it over mid-wicket for a biggie. It was a much needed one for them as runs were coming very slow.
48.2
0
Tim Murtagh to R Khan, Full on off, Khan plays it to short third man.
48.1
1
Tim Murtagh to Ali Khil, Length delivery on middle, Ikram flicks it towards square leg for a run.
47.6
1
G Dockrell to Ali Khil, Tossed up on middle, Ikram comes down the track and plays it towards mid on for a single.
47.4
1
G Dockrell to R Khan, Short on off, Khan cuts it towards point for a run.
47.3
0
G Dockrell to R Khan, Flighted delivery on off, Khan guides it towards third man for a run.
47.2
1
G Dockrell to Ali Khil, Tossed up on middle, Khil drives it towards mid on for a single.
47.1
1
G Dockrell to R Khan, Floated on middle, Khan comes down the track and plays it towards the leg side for a run.
46.6
1
Tim Murtagh to R Khan, Length delivery outside off, Rashid cuts it towards point for a run.
46.5
1
Tim Murtagh to Ali Khil, Short of a length delivery, Ikram pulls it over mid-wicket for a run.
46.4
1
Tim Murtagh to R Khan, On middle, Khan flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
46.3
0
Tim Murtagh to R Khan, Short of a length delivery, Khan tries to hook it but misses it.
46.2
1
Tim Murtagh to Ali Khil, On a good length on off, Ikram defends it towards covers and takes a quick run.
46.1
1
Tim Murtagh to R Khan, Length delivery on middle, Khan flicks it towards the leg side for a run.

Tim Murtagh is back into the attack.

45.6
0
G Dockrell to Ali Khil, Drifts this down leg, Khil misses his flick. The fielding side ask the question but the umpire stays put. Looked like going down leg that. A maiden wicket over from Dockrell.
45.5
0
G Dockrell to Ali Khil, 5 dots. Ali cannot get it past the field on the off side.
45.4
0
G Dockrell to Ali Khil, On top of off, Ali Khil punches it to mid off.
45.3
0
G Dockrell to Ali Khil, On the pads, turned away to the man at square leg.

Ikram Ali Khil, the debutant, is the new batsman in.

45.2
0
G Dockrell to G Naib, OUT! GONE! Dockrell helds this back on off, Naib comes down the track and looks to clear the stadium. Is beaten all ends up and the ball goes below his bat. Poynter takes the bails off and Naib too has to walk back.
45.1
0
G Dockrell to G Naib, Driven through mid on by the batsman.
44.6
0
B Rankin to R Khan, Great ball to end the over. Back of a length outside off, Rashid hangs his bat outside off and almost gets his outside edge to the keeper. 2 runs and a wicket from the over.
44.5
0
B Rankin to R Khan, Bouncer! Rashid ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
44.4
0
B Rankin to R Khan, Played to the point region by the batsman.

Rashid Khan is the new batsman in.

44.3
0
B Rankin to H Shahidi, OUT! Three short balls in a row. He had the man at the boundary for it, forced Shahidi into it and gets the prize. Bangs it in short over the stumps, Shahidi pulls but finds Simi Singh at the ropes. Shahidi departs after a well made fifty.
44.2
1
B Rankin to G Naib, Another short ball pulled through mid-wicket to rotate strike.
44.1
1
B Rankin to H Shahidi, On middle, Shahidi pulls but it goes off the inner half through mid-wicket for a run.

Boyd Rankin is back to bowl at the death.

43.6
1
G Dockrell to H Shahidi, Shahidi hits this away from the mid on fielder to retain strike.
43.5
1
G Dockrell to G Naib, Full on off, Naib has driven it through mid off. They pick up a single.
43.4
1
G Dockrell to H Shahidi, 6th fifty for Shahidi. Been patient and has got his reward. Nudges this down fine leg to get to the other end.
43.3
1
G Dockrell to G Naib, Gets off the mark by punching this ball to the off side.
43.2
0
G Dockrell to G Naib, Naib has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
43.1
1
G Dockrell to H Shahidi, On the pads, flicked away through square leg for one.
42.6
1
S Singh to H Shahidi, Shahidi works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
42.5
0
S Singh to H Shahidi, On off, hit to mid on for a dot ball.
42.4
0
S Singh to H Shahidi, On off, Shahidi hits it back towards the bowler who dives to his left and stops the ball.

Gulbadin Naib is the new batsman in.

42.3
0
S Singh to M Nabi, OUT! Great catch. That is the end of Mohammad Nabi. Tossed up ball on off, Nabi goes for the slog but doesn't get it off the sweet spot. It goes towards Porterfield who comes running in from the long on boundary and takes a good catch. Nabi could have cost the Irish extra 10-20 runs at the death. The visitors will be happy to see his back.
42.2
1
S Singh to H Shahidi, On the leg side again, turned away to the on side for one.
42.1
1
S Singh to M Nabi, On middle and leg, hit to long on for an easy run.

Simi Singh to bowl the 43rd over.

41.6
1
G Dockrell to M Nabi, Tossed up on off, Nabi plays it towards point for a run. 11 runs come from the over. 12 have come off the last two overs.
41.5
6
G Dockrell to M Nabi, SIX! WHAT A SHOT! Floated on middle, Nabi lofts this over long on for a maximum.
41.4
0
G Dockrell to M Nabi, Short again outside off, Nabi cuts it to point.
41.3
1
G Dockrell to H Shahidi, Short on off, Shahidi cuts it towards point for a single.
41.2
0
G Dockrell to M Nabi, Floated on leg, Nabi looks to push but gets hit on the pads. It goes towards the leg side. The batsmen take a run. The umpire gives it as a leg bye.
41.1
2
G Dockrell to M Nabi, Tossed up on middle and leg, Nabi nudges it towards square leg. The batsmen pick up a couple.

George Dockrell is back into the attack.

40.6
0
B Rankin to H Shahidi, Short of a length delivery again, the batsman defends it off the back foot.
40.5
0
B Rankin to H Shahidi, Short and outside off, Shahidi cuts it to point.
40.4
0
B Rankin to H Shahidi, Bowls a quick bouncer, Shahidi had less time to react.
40.3
0
B Rankin to H Shahidi, On a good length on off, Shahidi keeps it out.
40.2
1
B Rankin to M Nabi, Length delivery on off, Nabi guides it towards third man for a run.
40.1
0
B Rankin to M Nabi, Full outside off, Nabi looks to loft over covers but it goes past the jumping fielder.

Powerplay 3 has been signalled by the umpire. 5 fielders can now stay outside the 30-yard circle.

39.6
4
Tim Murtagh to H Shahidi, FOUR! Good shot. Length delivery outside off, Shahidi guides it towards third man for a boundary.
39.5
0
Tim Murtagh to H Shahidi, Length delivery on off, Shahidi plays it to covers.
39.4
1
Tim Murtagh to M Nabi, Length delivery outside off, Nabi plays it towards point where the fielder does well to stop it.
39.3
1
Tim Murtagh to H Shahidi, Short delivery, Shahidi pulls it towards mid-wicket for a run.
39.2
1
Tim Murtagh to M Nabi, Full on middle, Nabi drives it towards mid on for a run.
39.1
1
Tim Murtagh to H Shahidi, Length delivery on middle, Shahidi works it towards fine leg for a run.

Tim Murtagh is back into the attack.

38.6
0
B Rankin to M Nabi, On a good length on middle, Nabi defends it off the back foot.
38.5
6
B Rankin to M Nabi, SIX! Amazing shot. Full on middle and leg, Nabi lofts it over long on for a biggie. It just cleared the ropes.
38.4
1
B Rankin to H Shahidi, On off, Shahidi guides it towards third man for a run.
38.3
1
B Rankin to M Nabi, Length delivery on off, Nabi guides it towards third man for a run.
38.2
1
B Rankin to H Shahidi, Length delivery on middle, Shahidi drives it through mid on for a run.
38.1
0
B Rankin to H Shahidi, On a good length on middle, Shahidi defends it off the back foot.
37.6
0
G Dockrell to M Nabi, On middle, Nabi keeps it out.
37.5
0
G Dockrell to M Nabi, Tossed up on middle, Nabi defends it off the back foot.
37.4
1
G Dockrell to H Shahidi, Loopy delivery on middle, Shahidi flicks it towards the leg side for a run.
37.3
1
G Dockrell to M Nabi, Floated on off, Nabi drives it through mid off for a run.
37.2
1
G Dockrell to H Shahidi, Flighted delivery on middle, Shahidi comes down the track and pushes it towards square leg for a run.
37.1
1
G Dockrell to M Nabi, Tossed up on off, Nabi drives it through mid off for a run.
36.6
1
A McBrine to M Nabi, Easy from Nabi. Flicks this through mid-wicket to rotate strike. A rewarding over for Ireland comes to an end.
36.5
1
A McBrine to H Shahidi, On middle and leg, eased to long on for another run.
36.4
1
A McBrine to M Nabi, Full on off, driven to long off to get off the mark.

The new man in is Mohammad Nabi.

36.3
0
A McBrine to A Afghan, OUT! BOWLED! McBrine gets his second wicket. It was bowled short and outside off, Afghan looks to cut it but gets a bottom edge on it. He drags it back onto the stumps. After hitting 2 boundaries the skipper departs. Came out with a plan which doesn't succeed. Two quick wickets for the Irish.
36.2
1
A McBrine to H Shahidi, Fuller ball again on middle, Shahidi hits it back past the bowler. McBrine gets finger tips to it. The ball goes away from him which enables them to take one.
36.1
0
A McBrine to H Shahidi, On middle and leg, Shahidi blocks it out with a straight bat.

Andy McBrine is back.

35.6
4
G Dockrell to A Afghan, FOUR! Consecutive boundaries from Asghar Afghan. Full on off, Afghan drives it beautifully through covers. The fielder at deep cover tries to stop it but fails. The skipper is out with a plan.
35.5
4
G Dockrell to A Afghan, FOUR! Nice shot. Flighted delivery on middle, Afghan lofts it over mid-wicket. The ball goes over the fielder and runs into the fence. The skipper is off the mark with a boundary.

Asghar Afghan walks out to bat.

35.4
0
G Dockrell to R Shah, OUT! BOWLED! Finally Ireland get the third wicket. It was a much needed breakthrough for them. Dockrell bowled a straighter one on off, Shah looks to defend but misses it. Leaves a big gap between bat and pad and the ball sneaks through the opening. Disturbs the stumps and Rahmat stands there in disbelief. This partnership was looking dangerous but it has been broken by Dockrell.
35.3
0
G Dockrell to R Shah, Full on off, Shah drives it to mid off.
35.2
0
G Dockrell to R Shah, Floated on off, Shah drives it straight towards the bowler.
35.1
4
G Dockrell to R Shah, FOUR! Cracking shot. Short and outside off, Shah makes room and cuts it through point. The fielder in the deep slides and tries to stop it but he takes the ball to the fence.

George Dockrell is back into the attack.

DRINKS! Afghanistan have looked in control after the start they have got. They have lost just two wickets and are a looking good to score more than 280. On the other hand, Ireland have looked off colour but have bowled some good overs to restrict the run flow.

34.6
0
B Rankin to H Shahidi, Great ball to end the over. Bangs it short over the stumps, Shahidi goes for the pull but fails to connect. Maiden over.
34.5
0
B Rankin to H Shahidi, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
34.4
0
B Rankin to H Shahidi, Fuller on off, Shahidi hits it back to the bowler. 4 dots on 4 balls.
34.3
0
B Rankin to H Shahidi, On off, Shahidi pushes it to the man at covers.
34.2
0
B Rankin to H Shahidi, This one catches Shahidi by surprise. He takes his eyes off this and the ball hits his glove.
34.1
0
B Rankin to H Shahidi, Shahidi goes on his back foot and punches it through the off side for nothing.

Boyd Ranking to bowl his 6th over.

33.6
1
Tim Murtagh to H Shahidi, Turns this behind square to retain strike for the next over.
33.5
1
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, Fifty for Rahmat Shah. His 13th in this format. Consistent like always. Shah stays back and eases this to the off side to get to the milestone.
33.4
1
Tim Murtagh to H Shahidi, Finds the gap behind point to give Rahmat the strike.
33.3
1
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, Rahmat flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
33.2
4
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, FOUR! Just over! Rahmat gets under the ball and lofts this over the man at mid off. It goes just over him and bounces away to the ropes.
33.1
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, On middle, Rahmat taps it back to the bowler.
32.6
1
S Singh to R Shah, Tickles this to the on side for a comfortable single.
32.5
1
S Singh to H Shahidi, Gets behind the ball and guides it through cover-point for a smart single.
32.4
4
S Singh to H Shahidi, FOUR! Good short! Gets under this ball on off and sweeps this through square leg. No one there and the ball flies to the fence.
32.3
1
S Singh to R Shah, On off, Rahmat plays this with soft hands towards covers and gets a quick single.
32.2
1
S Singh to H Shahidi, Flights this on off, Shahidi lofts this over covers for just a run.
32.1
0
S Singh to H Shahidi, Quick and flat on the off pole, Shahidi goes back but gets a bottom edge to this back to the bowler.

Simi Singh is called to bowl.

31.6
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, On the off side, once again Rahmat cannot get it past covers.
31.5
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, On leg, Rahmat plays a lovely straight drive but cannot get it past mid on.
31.4
1
Tim Murtagh to H Shahidi, Slower ball on middle, turned away through mid-wicket to give Shah the strike.
31.3
0
Tim Murtagh to H Shahidi, On middle and leg, Shahidi comes down but decides to block it. Good bowling, Tim saw him coming so cramped him for room.
31.2
1
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, Pitches it up again on off, Rahmat drives it away from covers to get off strike.
31.1
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, Fuller in line of the stumps, hit back with a straight bat to the bowler.
30.6
0
A McBrine to H Shahidi, On off, driven for the man at covers to get low and collect.
30.5
1
A McBrine to R Shah, Slower ball which turns into Shah. He flicks it to the man at 45 to get to the other end.
30.4
0
A McBrine to R Shah, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
30.3
1
A McBrine to H Shahidi, Fuller ball on the off side, driven back to the bowler.
30.2
1
A McBrine to R Shah, Works this around the corner for one more.
30.1
1
A McBrine to H Shahidi, Picks this up and drives it through covers for one.
29.6
1
Cameron Dow to H Shahidi, Played to the point region by Shahidi. The batsmen have run through for a single.
29.5
4
Cameron Dow to H Shahidi, FOUR! Lovely use of the feet and brings up the 150 for the hosts. Shimmies down the wicket and lofts this over covers for a boundary.
29.4
0
Cameron Dow to H Shahidi, Gets behind this and keeps it out to the off side.
29.3
1
Cameron Dow to R Shah, Rahmat rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball to the off side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
29.2
0
Cameron Dow to R Shah, Covers his stumps and blocks this one out to the off side.
29.1
4
Cameron Dow to R Shah, FOUR! Rahmat is looking comfortable now. Half tracker on middle, Rahmat rocks back and pulls this uppishly over mid-wicket for a boundary.
28.6
0
A McBrine to H Shahidi, Around off, Shahidi is solid in his defense.
28.5
1
A McBrine to R Shah, Rahmat has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
28.4
0
A McBrine to R Shah, On the pads, worked away to the on side.
28.3
0
A McBrine to R Shah, Defended off the front foot by Rahmat presenting the full face of the bat.
28.2
2
A McBrine to R Shah, Shah cuts this through point for a brace.
28.1
1
A McBrine to H Shahidi, DROPPED! Oh boy! Ireland put down another catch. Disappointing. Gives this air on middle, Shahidi swipes at this but gets a top edge which flies towards backward square leg. Murtagh gets under it, points his hands skywards but the ball goes through his hands. The batsmen take two. Third dropped catch already.

Another change. Andy McBrine is brought into the attack.

27.6
1
Cameron Dow to H Shahidi, In the air but away from the bowler. Fuller on the stumps, Shahidi lofts it away from the bowler to long on for one.
27.5
0
Cameron Dow to H Shahidi, On off, Shahidi taps it in front of him.
27.4
0
Cameron Dow to H Shahidi, A short delivery which has been pulled away to the man at square leg.
27.3
2
Cameron Dow to H Shahidi, Looped up on off, Shahidi drives this through extra covers. O'Brien dives near the ropes and makes a good stop. Keeps it to two.
27.2
1
Cameron Dow to R Shah, Arm ball on off, Rahmat gives room and drives this towards cover-point for one.
27.1
0
Cameron Dow to R Shah, On the pads, turned to the on side.
27.1
0
Cameron Dow to R Shah, WIDE! Drifting down the leg side, the umpire gives it as a wide.

James Cameron Dow to roll his arm over.

26.6
1
B Rankin to R Shah, Length delivery on off, Shah guides it towards third man for a run. 9 runs come from the over. Good one from Afghanistan's point of view.
26.5
4
B Rankin to R Shah, FOUR! Nice shot. Short of a length delivery, Shah pulls it through square leg. The fielder at deep square leg runs and slides to stop it but he tries to pull it back when he was in contact with the ropes. The third umpire wants to have a look. After so many replays, umpire signals it a boundary.
26.4
0
B Rankin to R Shah, On a good length on off, Rahmat keeps it out.
26.3
4
B Rankin to R Shah, FOUR! Cracking shot. Short and outside off, Shah cuts it through point for a boundary.
26.2
0
B Rankin to R Shah, Good length delivery on off, Shah defends it off the back foot.
26.1
0
B Rankin to R Shah, Outside off, Rahmat offers no shot.
25.6
0
S Singh to H Shahidi, Flighted delivery on middle, Shahidi sweeps it to the leg side.
25.5
0
S Singh to H Shahidi, Floated on off, Shahidi defends it off the front foot.
25.4
0
S Singh to H Shahidi, Full on off, Shahidi drives it to covers.
25.3
1
S Singh to R Shah, Floated on middle, Shah flicks it towards square leg for a run.
25.2
1
S Singh to H Shahidi, Short on off, Shahidi makes room and cuts it towards point for a single.
25.1
4
S Singh to H Shahidi, FOUR! Nice shot. Short on middle, Shahidi pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
24.6
1
B Rankin to H Shahidi, Length delivery on middle, Shah flicks it to mid-wicket.

The physio is out. The magic spray has done its bit for now. Shahidi is good to continue.

24.5
0
B Rankin to H Shahidi, On a good length on middle, Shahidi looks to defend but gets hit on the glove.
24.4
1
B Rankin to R Shah, DROPPED! It was a sitter from the fielder. Length delivery outside off, Shah looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes towards gully where Balbirnie tries to take the catch but spills it. It goes through him towards third man. The batsmen take a run.
24.3
0
B Rankin to R Shah, On a good length on off, Rahmat defends it out.
24.2
0
B Rankin to R Shah, Short and outside off, Shah cuts it to point.
24.1
0
B Rankin to R Shah, Length delivery on middle, Shah pushes it to the leg side.
23.6
1
S Singh to R Shah, Short on off, Shah cuts it towards point for a single.
23.5
0
S Singh to R Shah, On middle, Shah drives it straight towards the bowler.
23.4
0
S Singh to R Shah, Loopy delivery on off, Rahmat drives it towards the bowler.
23.3
0
S Singh to R Shah, Flighted delivery on off, Rahmat cuts it to point.
23.2
0
S Singh to R Shah, Floated on off, Shah plays it to point.
23.1
0
S Singh to R Shah, Tossed up on middle, Shah flicks it to the leg side.
22.6
1
B Rankin to R Shah, Short and outside off, Shah cuts it towards point. The fielder goes for a direct hit at the keeper's end but misses it. It goes for overthrows towards the leg side and as a result the batsmen cross ends.
22.5
0
B Rankin to R Shah, Length delivery on middle, the batsman flicks it to the leg side.
22.4
0
B Rankin to R Shah, Good length delivery on off, Rahmat blocks it well.
22.3
0
B Rankin to R Shah, Again on a good length on off, Shah plays it to short third man.
22.2
0
B Rankin to R Shah, On a good length on middle, Shah defends it off the back foot.
22.1
0
B Rankin to R Shah, Full on middle, Shah drives it straight towards the bowler where the bowler gets a hand to it and he stops it.

Boyd Ranking gets another burst with the ball.

21.6
0
S Singh to H Shahidi, On middle, Shahidi defends it off the front foot.
21.5
1
S Singh to R Shah, Tossed up on off, Shah cuts it towards point for a single.
21.4
0
S Singh to R Shah, Flighted delivery on off, Shah plays it to point.
21.3
1
S Singh to H Shahidi, Floated on off, Shahidi cuts it towards point for a run.
21.2
0
S Singh to H Shahidi, Tossed up on off, Shahidi keeps it out.
21.1
0
S Singh to H Shahidi, Short on off, Shahidi looks to cut but gets a bottom edge on this one. That was a good ball from Simi Singh.

Simi Singh is not another spell.

20.6
1
G Dockrell to H Shahidi, Full on middle, Shahidi drives it towards mid on for a run. 10 runs came from the over. Good one for Afghanistan.
20.5
0
G Dockrell to H Shahidi, Tossed up on off, Shahidi drives it straight back towards the bowler.
20.4
1
G Dockrell to R Shah, Flighted delivery on off, Shah plays it towards covers for a run.
20.3
4
G Dockrell to R Shah, FOUR! Consecutive boundaries from Rahmat Shah. Tossed up on off, Shah drives it through covers for a boundary. This is good batting from him.
20.2
4
G Dockrell to R Shah, FOUR! Cracking shot. Tossed up on off, Shah drives it through covers for a boundary. The short cover fielder did not have a chance to stop it.
20.1
0
G Dockrell to R Shah, Floated on off, Shah drives it straight towards the bowler.
19.6
1
A McBrine to R Shah, Tossed up on middle, Shah comes down the track and drives it towards mid on for a run.
19.5
0
A McBrine to R Shah, Flighted delivery on off, Rahmat plays it back towards the bowler.
19.4
0
A McBrine to R Shah, Floated on off, Shah plays it to point.
19.3
1
A McBrine to H Shahidi, Tossed up on middle, Shahidi comes down the track and plays it towards mid-wicket for a run.
19.2
0
A McBrine to H Shahidi, Full on off, Shahidi drives it to mid off.
19.1
0
A McBrine to H Shahidi, Appeal for lbw! Not given. Tossed up on middle and leg, Shahidi looks to defend but misses it and gets hit on the pads. McBrine appeals but the umpire shakes his head. Probably it was going to miss leg.
18.6
4
G Dockrell to R Shah, FOUR! Nice shot. Floated on middle, Shah sweeps it through square leg for a boundary.
18.5
0
G Dockrell to R Shah, Full on off, Shah drives it to the bowler.
18.4
0
G Dockrell to R Shah, Flighted delivery on middle, Shah defends it off the back foot.
18.3
1
G Dockrell to H Shahidi, Tossed up on middle, Shahidi flicks it towards the leg side for a run.
18.2
0
G Dockrell to H Shahidi, Floated on off, Shahidi cuts it to point.
18.1
0
G Dockrell to H Shahidi, Tossed up on off, Shahidi defends it off the front foot.
17.6
0
A McBrine to R Shah, Loopy delivery on middle, Shah defends it off the back foot.
17.5
0
A McBrine to R Shah, Flighted delivery on middle, Shah flicks it to the leg side.
17.4
1
A McBrine to H Shahidi, Tossed up on off, Shahidi defends it towards point and takes a quick run.
17.3
1
A McBrine to R Shah, Floated on middle, Rahmat pushes it towards square leg for a run.
17.2
1
A McBrine to H Shahidi, Flighted delivery on middle and leg, Shahidi sweeps it towards square leg for a run.
17.1
0
A McBrine to H Shahidi, Floated on middle, Shahidi defends it off the back foot.
16.6
1
G Dockrell to H Shahidi, Tossed up on off, Shahidi plays it towards mid off for a run.
16.5
0
G Dockrell to H Shahidi, Floated outside off, Shahidi lets it go.
16.4
0
G Dockrell to H Shahidi, Flighted delivery on off, Shahidi defends it off the back foot.
16.3
0
G Dockrell to H Shahidi, Tossed up delivery on middle, Shahidi blocks it well.

With that wicket, the players will take the Drinks break. Also, Hashmatullah Shahidi is out to bat next.

16.2
0
G Dockrell to J Ahmadi, OUT! Second wicket for Ireland. This was going to happen. Flighted delivery on middle, Ahmadi comes down the track and looks to loft it over mid on but does not get enough on it. It goes off the toe end of the bat towards William Porterfield who takes a comfortable catch. Ahmadi has thrown his wicket away after getting a eye in the game. Both the openers are now back in the hut.
16.1
0
G Dockrell to J Ahmadi, Tossed up on middle, Ahmadi defends it off the back foot.

George Dockrell to bowl his first over.

15.6
0
A McBrine to R Shah, On middle, Rahmat shuffles across and works it through square leg for a single.
15.5
1
A McBrine to J Ahmadi, Gives this air on off, driven to sweeper covers to get to the other end.
15.4
0
A McBrine to J Ahmadi, Loopy ball around off, bunted out by Ahmadi.
15.3
1
A McBrine to R Shah, Fuller ball on the pads, turned away towards mid-wicket to get off the mark.

Rahmat Shah is in at no. 3.

15.2
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, OUT! The bowling change does the trick for Ireland. McBrine strikes! Tossed up on middle and leg, Zazai looks to play a slog sweep but gets a top edge to it. The ball goes towards Andy Balbirnie, who from first slip runs behind and goes for the catch and takes it comfortably. The dangerous man, Zazai has to go. He was going bonkers here. It was a much needed breakthrough for Ireland.
15.1
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Bowls a quicker delivery on middle, Zazai defends it off the back foot.

Andy McBrine is back into the attack.

14.6
0
S Singh to J Ahmadi, Loopy delivery on middle, Javed keeps it out.
14.5
0
S Singh to J Ahmadi, Floated on off, Ahmadi defends it off the back foot.
14.4
1
S Singh to H Zazai, Tossed up on off, Zazai plays it straight towards the bowler where it goes past him towards mid off for a run.
14.3
1
S Singh to J Ahmadi, Tossed up on middle, Ahmadi flicks it towards the leg side for a run.
14.2
0
S Singh to J Ahmadi, Floated on middle, Ahmadi blocks it well.
14.1
4
S Singh to J Ahmadi, FOUR! Nice shot. Tossed up on off, Ahmadi lofts it over mid off for a boundary.
13.6
1
Cameron Dow to J Ahmadi, Short on off, Ahmadi cuts it through point for a run.
13.5
0
Cameron Dow to J Ahmadi, Floated on off, Ahmadi blocks it well.
13.4
1
Cameron Dow to H Zazai, Flighted delivery on middle, Zazai sweeps it towards square leg for a run.
13.3
1
Cameron Dow to J Ahmadi, Gives a bit of air on this one. Ahmadi plays it over covers for a run.
13.2
0
Cameron Dow to J Ahmadi, Flighted delivery on off, Zazai defends it off the front foot.
13.1
0
Cameron Dow to J Ahmadi, Tossed up on off, Ahmadi drives it to mid off.
12.6
4
S Singh to H Zazai, FOUR! Keeps a bit low, Zazai drives this through covers to end the over with a boundary.
12.5
0
S Singh to H Zazai, Another long appeal but with no reward. Quicker one on the stumps, Zazai misses his flick and gets hit on the pads. The bowlers appeal but nothing from the umpire. Would have been tight that.
12.4
0
S Singh to H Zazai, Flatter and quicker on leg, Zazai goes back and blocks it.
12.3
0
S Singh to H Zazai, Jaffa! Beauty from Singh. Bowls this around off, it spins away from Zazai who is caught in his crease. The only things missing was the ball crashing onto the stumps.
12.2
1
S Singh to J Ahmadi, Outside the off pole again, flat-batted to long on for an easy run.
12.1
0
S Singh to J Ahmadi, On off, played with a straight bat towards mid on.
11.6
0
Cameron Dow to H Zazai, Short on off, Zazai looks to cut but misses it due to the turn on this one. Expensive over from Ireland. 18 runs come from the over. Not the best of starts from the debutant.
11.5
4
Cameron Dow to H Zazai, FOUR! Flighted delivery outside off, Zazai lofts it over mid off for a boundary. The fielder at mid off did not have a chance there.
11.4
6
Cameron Dow to H Zazai, SIX! Back-to-back sixes for Hazratullah Zazai. Tossed up on middle, Zazai lofts it over long on again for a maximum. Goes at least 12 rows back.
11.3
6
Cameron Dow to H Zazai, SIX! WHAT A SHOT! Maiden fifty for Zazai in ODIs. Floated on middle, Zazai lofts this over long on for a biggie. What a way to get to your half ton and he has taken the onus completely on himself.
11.2
1
Cameron Dow to J Ahmadi, Floated on off, Ahmadi cuts it towards point for a single.
11.1
1
Cameron Dow to H Zazai, Tossed up on off, Zazai looks to play the helicopter shot but it goes off the inner half. It goes towards mid on where the fielder fumbles and gives an easy run.

Debutant, James Cameron Dow to have a go with the ball.

10.6
0
S Singh to J Ahmadi, Floated on off, Javed defends it off the front foot. Good start from Simi Singh. Just 2 runs come from the over.
10.5
0
S Singh to J Ahmadi, Tossed up on middle, Ahmadi plays it towards the bowler.
10.4
0
S Singh to J Ahmadi, On off, Javed blocks it off his front foot.
10.3
0
S Singh to J Ahmadi, Tossed up on off, Ahmadi keeps it out.
10.2
1
S Singh to H Zazai, Flighted delivery on leg, Zazai closes his eyes and flicks it over square leg for a run.
10.1
1
S Singh to J Ahmadi, Tossed up on middle, Ahmadi plays it towards mid on for a run.

Powerplay 2 has been signaled by the umpire. Maximum of 4 fielders can stay outside the circle till the 40th over. Meanwhile, Simi Singh is into the attack.

9.6
0
B Rankin to H Zazai, Length delivery on middle, Zazai flicks it to the leg side.
9.6
0
B Rankin to H Zazai, WIDE! Bowls a bouncer, Zazai does well to duck under it.
9.5
0
B Rankin to H Zazai, Good length delivery on off, Zazai defends it out.
9.4
2
B Rankin to H Zazai, Short of a length delivery, Zazai works it towards fine leg. The fielder tries to stop it but he fumbles and it goes past him. The batsmen pick up a couple.
9.3
0
B Rankin to H Zazai, On a good length on middle, Zazai defends it off the back foot.
9.2
1
B Rankin to J Ahmadi, Short and outside off, Ahmadi cuts it towards point for a run.
9.1
1
B Rankin to H Zazai, Length delivery on leg, Zazai flicks it towards square leg for a run.
8.6
0
Tim Murtagh to J Ahmadi, Good comeback after being hit for a boundary early on. Around middle and leg, Ahmadi turns his bat to the on side.
8.5
0
Tim Murtagh to J Ahmadi, Pitches it up on off again, Ahmadi pushes this towards mid off. Dot ball.
8.4
0
Tim Murtagh to J Ahmadi, Fuller on off, Ahmadi keeps it out to the off side.
8.3
0
Tim Murtagh to J Ahmadi, Ahmadi has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
8.2
4
Tim Murtagh to J Ahmadi, FOUR! The 50 comes up for Afghanistan. A bit short on off, Ahmadi comes out and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
8.1
0
Tim Murtagh to J Ahmadi, Full and around off, driven for the mid off fielder to collect.
7.6
0
B Rankin to J Ahmadi, APPEAL FOR LBW! Not given. It was on a fuller length on middle, Ahmadi shuffles across and looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. A loud appeal from the bowler but the umpire is not interested in it. The batsmen take a run which is given as a leg bye. There are no reviews in this series. Rankin cannot believe his luck and one will say Ahmadi has got another life. That looked like crashing onto the stumps.
7.5
0
B Rankin to J Ahmadi, On off, Ahmadi keeps it out.
7.4
0
B Rankin to J Ahmadi, On a good length on middle, Ahmadi defends it out.
7.3
4
B Rankin to J Ahmadi, FOUR! Good shot from Javed. Second boundary of the over. Short on middle, Ahmadi pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
7.2
1
B Rankin to H Zazai, Short of a length delivery, Zazai pulls it towards mid-wicket for a run.
7.1
4
B Rankin to H Zazai, FOUR! Poor delivery from Rankin. Short delivery on leg, Zazai pulls it towards fine leg for a boundary.

Boyd Rankin is the first bowling change.

6.6
0
Tim Murtagh to J Ahmadi, On the pads, Ahmadi tries to flick it but gets hit on his thigh pad. Maiden over for Murtagh.
6.5
0
Tim Murtagh to J Ahmadi, 2 off 19 now. Outside off, drives this to the cover-point region.
6.4
0
Tim Murtagh to J Ahmadi, Similar ball around off. Ahmadi is happy to block it out. He is just 2 runs off 18 balls.
6.3
0
Tim Murtagh to J Ahmadi, Fuller on off, Ahmadi covers his stumps and taps it to the off side.
6.2
0
Tim Murtagh to J Ahmadi, On the stumps, Ahmadi shows his front foot defense.
6.1
0
Tim Murtagh to J Ahmadi, Length ball on middle and off, Ahmadi tries to get Zazai back on strike but fails. Gives it to the man at mid on.
5.6
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Flighted delivery on off, Zazai looks to defend but gets an inside edge. It goes to the leg side. Big over for Afghanistan. 14 runs came from the over.
5.5
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Floated on middle, Zazai flicks it to the leg side.
5.4
4
A McBrine to H Zazai, FOUR! Consecutive boundaries from Hazratullah Zazai. Short again on off, Zazai lofts it over mid off for a boundary.
5.3
4
A McBrine to H Zazai, FOUR! Nice shot. Short on off, Zazai makes room and cuts it through point for a boundary.
5.2
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Tossed up on off, Zazai drives it to mid off.
5.1
6
A McBrine to H Zazai, SIX! THAT IS WHACKED OVER! Flighted delivery on middle, Zazai comes down the track and lofts it over long on for a biggie.
4.6
0
Tim Murtagh to J Ahmadi, On a good length on off, Javed defends it off the front foot.
4.5
0
Tim Murtagh to J Ahmadi, On a good length on middle, Ahmadi offers a forward defense on this one.
4.4
0
Tim Murtagh to J Ahmadi, Full on off, Ahmadi drives it straight towards mid off.
4.3
1
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Zazai pulls this through mid-wicket to get off strike.
4.2
2
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Misfield! Back of a length ball on top of off. Zazai cuts it towards cover-point. The ball goes through the hands of Balbirnie there. Simi covers up and keeps it to two.
4.1
0
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Full again on off, driven to the cover region.
3.6
1
A McBrine to H Zazai, Short on middle, Zazai pulls it towards mid-wicket for a run. 9 runs came off the over.
3.5
1
A McBrine to J Ahmadi, Full on middle, Ahmadi drives it through mid on for a single.
3.4
0
A McBrine to J Ahmadi, Floated on middle, Ahmadi defends it off the back foot.
3.3
1
A McBrine to H Zazai, Flighted delivery on off, Zazai plays it straight towards the bowler where McBrine goes for the catch but it fell short of him and it goes past him. The batsmen take a single.
3.2
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Tossed up on off, Zazai drives it straight towards the bowler.
3.1
6
A McBrine to H Zazai, SIX! Second maximum of the day. Short on middle, Zazai latches onto it and pulls it over square leg for a biggie.
2.6
0
Tim Murtagh to J Ahmadi, On the leg side, given to the mid on region.
2.5
0
Tim Murtagh to J Ahmadi, Two different game plans. Zazai is going after everything while Ahmadi is happy to play his game. Taps one on the off side for nothing.
2.4
1
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Not off the middle again. Shows the nature of the pitch. Full and on middle and leg, Zazai swings and just manages to get it over mid-wicket for a run.
2.3
1
Tim Murtagh to J Ahmadi, ALMOST! Ahmadi nearly chops on. Fuller ball outside off. Ahmadi looks to drive it but gets an inside edge which almost goes onto disturb the leg pole. The ball runs towards fine leg where take one.
2.2
0
Tim Murtagh to J Ahmadi, On the good length around off, Ahmadi gets behind it and keeps it out.
2.1
1
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Fuller ball in line of the stumps. Zazai swings but gets it off the toe end of the bat. It goes towards long on. They cross.
1.6
0
A McBrine to J Ahmadi, Floated on off, Ahmadi drives it to covers. Just one run from the over. Better from Ireland.
1.5
0
A McBrine to J Ahmadi, Flighted delivery on off, Ahamdi blocks it off his back foot.
1.4
0
A McBrine to J Ahmadi, Floated on off, Ahmadi keeps it out.
1.3
1
A McBrine to H Zazai, Floated on middle and leg, Zazai sweeps it through mid-wicket for a run.
1.2
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Tossed up on middle, Zazai blocks it well.
1.1
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Starts with a tossed up delivery on middle, Zazai defends it off the front foot.

Andy McBrine to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.

0.6
0
Tim Murtagh to J Ahmadi, On a good length on off, Ahmadi keeps it out. Good start for Afghanistan. 7 runs came from the over.
0.5
0
Tim Murtagh to J Ahmadi, On a good length on off, Ahmadi defends it off the back foot.
0.4
1
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Length delivery on middle, Zazai lofts it over mid on for a single. It fell short of the fielder at long on.
0.3
0
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, On a good length on off, Zazai defends it out.
0.2
6
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, SIX! First six of the match. What a shot from Hazratullah Zazai. Length delivery on middle, Zazai lofts it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
0.1
0
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Starts with a good length delivery on off, Zazai defends it off the front foot.

We are ready to begin. The players make their way to the middle along with the umpires. Hazratullah Zazai and Javed Ahmadi will open for the team in blue. For Ireland, Tim Murtagh will have the first go with the ball.

TEAM NEWS - Couple of new faces in playing XI today. Ireland have handed a debut to James Cameron Dow. For Afghanistan, debuts for Ikram Ali Khil and Sayed Shirzad.

TOSS - Afghanistan win the coin flip and have decided to bat first.

After a low scoring affair in the first ODI, the two teams lock horns for the second ODI in Dehradun. Ireland have a lot to ponder upon as they were humbled in the batting department. They will take positive from their bowling but need to up their game if they want to make a match of this. The hosts on the other hand will look to continue to strangle the visitors. Much to play for in this ODI. Let's hope it is a closer contest.

Ireland Team Squad -James McCollum,William Porterfield,Kevin O'Brien,Paul Stirling,Simi Singh,Andy Balbirnie,Lorcan Tucker,Stuart Poynter,Andy McBrine,Barry McCarthy,Boyd Rankin,George Dockrell,James Cameron Dow,Peter Chase,Tim Murtagh

Afghanistan Team Squad -Asghar Afghan,Hashmatullah Shahidi,Hazratullah Zazai,Ikram Ali Khil,Javed Ahmadi,Najibullah Zadran,Noor Ali Zadran,Mohammad Nabi,Rahmat Shah,Samiullah Shinwari,Mohammad Shahzad,Aftab Alam,Dawlat Zadran,Fareed Ahmad,Gulbadin Naib,Karim Janat,Mujeeb Ur Rahman,Rashid Khan,Sayed Shirzad,Shapoor Zadran,Zahir Khan

Four games played on this tour so far and Ireland are winless. They were first demolished in the 3-match T20I series and then in the first ODI also, they were outplayed in every department. The visitors are running low on confidence and have struggled to adapt to the conditions in India but they do have some positives to take from the first ODI. Paul Stirling was the only performer with the bat as he fought it out in the middle consuming more than half of the deliveries his team faced. The rest of the batting line-up will try to emulate him and support Paul in the second ODI as they look to level the series. They can also take heart from the fact that they delayed Afghanistan's chase of a paltry total till the 42nd over and were able to pick 5 wickets in the course of that. There is no question though, that they need to play better and perform as a unit, especially in the batting department. Afghanistan, meanwhile, are riding high on confidence and will look to continue winning all their games in the lead-up to their first World Cup. They will want to continue their impressive run of form against the Irish. They were brilliant with the ball even though Rashid Khan got only 1 wicket in the first ODI. Mujeeb was excellent with the new ball and took three wickets. The second ODI is being played at the same venue as the first so expect the pitch to be similar to the first one, low and slow while assisting the spinners. It will be interesting to see what team changes both sides make for this game if any. Will Ireland finally wake up and defeat the 'hosts' or will Afghanistan continue to inflict more pain on the away side. Expect an exciting game of cricket!