Afghanistan and Ireland in India, 5 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun
Date & Time: 02 March 2019
RR: 5.15 | Match Abandoned
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.
Tim Murtagh is back into the attack.
Ikram Ali Khil, the debutant, is the new batsman in.
Rashid Khan is the new batsman in.
Boyd Rankin is back to bowl at the death.
Gulbadin Naib is the new batsman in.
Simi Singh to bowl the 43rd over.
George Dockrell is back into the attack.
Powerplay 3 has been signalled by the umpire. 5 fielders can now stay outside the 30-yard circle.
The new man in is Mohammad Nabi.
Andy McBrine is back.
Asghar Afghan walks out to bat.
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.
Boyd Ranking to bowl his 6th over.
Simi Singh is called to bowl.
Another change. Andy McBrine is brought into the attack.
James Cameron Dow to roll his arm over.
The physio is out. The magic spray has done its bit for now. Shahidi is good to continue.
Boyd Ranking gets another burst with the ball.
Simi Singh is not another spell.
With that wicket, the players will take the Drinks break. Also, Hashmatullah Shahidi is out to bat next.
George Dockrell to bowl his first over.
Rahmat Shah is in at no. 3.
Andy McBrine is back into the attack.
Debutant, James Cameron Dow to have a go with the ball.
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.
Boyd Rankin is the first bowling change.
Andy McBrine to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
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!