Afghanistan and Ireland in India, 5 ODI Series, 2019

Afghanistan vs Ireland - 3rd ODI

Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun

Date & Time: 05 March 2019

Ireland 260/6

RR: 5.30 | Ireland beat Afghanistan by 4 wickets

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That is it from this game. Ireland have levelled the 5-match ODI series 1-1. The 4th ODI will be played on Friday, 8th March at the same venue. That game will begin at 1300 local (0730 GMT). Join us for that one. Till then, cheers!

Andy Balbirnie is the obvious choice for the Man of the Match award. He admits that there was some pressure and also adds that his form was not good. Talks about the pressure while playing against some world-class players. Says that the team will enjoy this win and carry the confidence forward in the series. Adds that they know that it was not a perfect performance and they will work on a few things.

Ireland skipper, William Porterfield says he is happy to win the game. Admits that they did not start well but Balbirnie played really well. States it is great to see an innings like Balbirnie's. Mentions that their series against Afghanistan is always closely contested and they will try to take the lead in the next match. Adds that it's great to see such superb performance from his team. Signs off by saying that this win will give them a lot of confidence.

Afghanistan skipper, Asghar Afghan says it is always disappointing to lose the game. Admits some batsmen played poor shots and that cost them. Regrets the dropped catches and credits Balbirnie for his excellent knock. Hopes to come back strongly in the next game.

Afghanistan will be disappointed here. They had the conditions conducive for their style of bowling but still failed to create enough pressure in the middle overs. The start though was a good one with Mujeeb removing the Irish skipper early and then Dawlat Zadran striking twice in the 8th over. But, from there, Ireland clawed their way back. Even when Dockrell got dismissed, the Afghans had 41 runs to play with but the presence of Balbirnie never allowed their spinners to settle down. The fielding from Afghanistan was also very sloppy as they dropped Balbirnie twice, once when he was on 51 and then towards the end with 7 needed off 11 balls.

Outstanding victory for Ireland to level the series 1-1! We witnessed a fabulous knock from Andy Balbirnie in a run chase and considering the sluggish nature of the deck, this knock has to be one of the very best from an Irish batsman. They were in the doldrums after losing four wickets for only 73 but the 143-run stand between Balbirnie and Dockrell revived their innings. The pair batted smartly against the Afghan spinners and always kept the required rate under check.

48.6
4
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, FOUR! IRELAND WIN BY 4 WICKETS! Zadran dishes out a full length ball outside off, Balbirnie throws his bat at it and slices it over backward point for a boundary. He roars in delight, what a win for the Irish team!
48.5
0
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Too full in length on off, a cracking square drive by Andy but he finds the point fielder.
48.4
4
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, FOUR! A low full toss on middle, Balbirnie moves back to make some room and drills his drive through covers for a boundary. Scores are levelled.
48.3
1
D Zadran to A McBrine, Good length delivery outside off, McBrine looks to defend but gets an inside edge. It rolls near the surface and they steal a run.
48.2
1
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Dropped. This game would have become very interesting here had he taken the catch. Slower bouncer on leg, Balbirnie goes for the pull but he mishits it and it goes towards the short fine leg fielder. Rahmat Shah there drops a dolly and they take a single.
48.1
1
D Zadran to A McBrine, Length delivery on middle and off, McBrine flicks it towards mid-wicket and gives the strike to Andy Balbirnie.
47.6
1
R Khan to A McBrine, Goes down on one knee and sweeps it wide of short fine leg for a run. 8 needed more.
47.5
0
R Khan to A McBrine, That ball has taken the inside edge of the batsman and thudded into his pads.
47.4
1
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Smartly gets a single after hitting a biggie. Knocks it down to wide long on for a run.
47.3
6
R Khan to A Balbirnie, SIX! Slog sweeps have been a special feature of this Balbirnie knock. Tossed up ball around middle, Andy is down on one knee in a flash and spanks it over mid-wicket.
47.2
1
R Khan to A McBrine, DROPPED! Another googly, McBrine fails to pick and has a tame push inside the line from the back foot. Edges it behind but Shahzad fails to catch it and they cross.
47.1
0
R Khan to A McBrine, A googly around off, a stunning delivery, McBrine leans to defend but it spins away to beat the outside edge.
46.6
1
D Zadran to A McBrine, Full length delivery on off, McBrine hits it straight to the fielder at mid off.
46.5
1
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Length delivery outside off, Balbirnie hits it towards point and takes a single.
46.4
0
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Slower bouncer on middle and leg, Balbirnie makes room but leaves it thinking it was too high. The umpires though have no problem with it.
46.3
6
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, SIX! Six the moment it left the bat. Shorter in length, Balbirnie picks it early and whacks it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
46.2
0
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Good length delivery on middle, Balbirnie hits it uppishly towards cover fielder.
46.1
2
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Shot! Dawlat runs in and angles in a length ball on middle and leg, Balbirnie hops back and smacks it over the bowler's head for a couple of runs.

Dawlat Zadran is back into the attack.

45.6
0
R Khan to A McBrine, Excellent delivery. Flighted just outside off. It pitches and goes straight. McBrine looks to defend but gets beaten and it goes past the outside edge.
45.5
1
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Leg spinner on middle and leg, Balbirnie tucks it towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
45.4
1
R Khan to A McBrine, On the pads, McBrine flicks it towards backward square leg and rotates the strike.
45.3
1
R Khan to A Balbirnie, On middle and leg, Balbirnie nudges it towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
45.2
1
R Khan to A McBrine, Good running. Fuller delivery outside off, McBrine pushes it to point and takes a very quick single.
45.1
0
R Khan to A McBrine, Shorter delivery on off, McBrine taps it back to the bowler.
44.6
1
Ur Rahman to A McBrine, Goes on the back foot and pushes it down through mid on for a run.
44.5
0
Ur Rahman to A McBrine, Flighted and outside off, McBrine defends it off his front foot.
44.4
1
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, Goes quicker through the air and fires in a full ball on the pads, Andy flicks it in front of square leg for a run.
44.3
4
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, FOUR! Poor delivery and punished! Short and wide outside off, Balbirnie camps back and crunches his square cut to the deep point fence.
44.2
1
Ur Rahman to A McBrine, Strides forward and eases it down through mid on for a run.
44.1
0
Ur Rahman to A McBrine, Starts the over from 'round the wicket and darts in a full ball on off, McBrine defends it off his front foot.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman to bowl out.

43.6
0
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Shorter in length outside off, Balbirnie cuts it to the fielder at point.
43.5
2
R Khan to A Balbirnie, On middle and leg, Balbirnie flicks it towards mid-wicket for a couple.

Andy McBrine is in next.

43.4
0
R Khan to S Poynter, OUT! Caught. Poynter holes out. Tossed up delivery on middle and off, Stuart goes for the slog sweep. It looked like it would clear the fielder for a moment but Hazratullah Zazai jumps and takes a good catch at deep mid-wicket. A very unnecessary shot from Poynter, he should have rotated the strike rather than going after Rashid. Balbirnie needs someone to stay there and support him now.
43.3
0
R Khan to S Poynter, Stumping opportunity missed. Leg spinner on off, Poynter stretches out to defend but misses. Shahzad behind the stump does not collect it and misses a clear stumping opportunity.
43.2
0
R Khan to S Poynter, In the air...but safe. Flighted delivery on middle, Poynter looks to flick it but gets a leading edge. The ball falls short of the cover fielder.
43.1
1
R Khan to A Balbirnie, On middle and leg, Andy nudges it towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end.

Rashid Khan is also back into the attack.

Stuart Poynter is the new batsman.

42.6
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, OUT! Yes, Dockrell is inches short! The 143-run stand has been broken and this game is nicely set up at the moment. 41 needed off 42 balls with the lower half batsmen left. Andy Balbirnie holds the key from hereon. Coming to the delivery, Nabi delivers a full ball outside off and Dockrell comes dancing down the track looking for a big shot. He misses the ball completely and it deflects behind off his pads. Shahzad does well to collect the ball with his right glove, in fact it got stuck in the webbing, as he takes the bails off. He appeals and the square leg umpire goes upstairs. The replays find George short and Afghanistan finally have a breakthrough.

Stumping appeal. It has been referred upstairs. Is Dockrell short?

42.5
2
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Goes down to sweep but it takes the top edge and travels over the keeper for a couple of runs.
42.4
6
M Nabi to G Dockrell, SIX! Tossed up delivery on off and middle, Dockrell walks forward and flicks it nonchalantly over wide long on for a biggie.
42.3
1
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, In the air...but just short. Flighted delivery on off, Andy gets on one knee and slog sweeps it. He does not time it well and it actually helps him as it falls just short of the diving fielder. Single taken by the batsmen.
42.2
1
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Tossed up delivery on off, Dockrell sweeps it towards square leg for a single.
42.1
3
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, On the pads, Balbirnie flicks it fine towards fine leg and gets three runs.

Mohammad Nabi back into the attack.

41.6
0
D Zadran to G Dockrell, Mistimed shot. Back of a length on off, Dockrell punches it back to the bowler off the inner half of his bat.
41.5
0
D Zadran to G Dockrell, Dawlat lets out a grunt and hurls in a slower short ball on off, Dockrell is on his toes as he defends it down on the off side.
41.4
1
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Pitches it up and outside off, Andy drives it on the up through covers for a run.
41.3
0
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Angles in a full ball on off, it's pushed off the front foot but straight to covers.
41.2
4
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, FOUR! What a shot! Balbirnie is now seeing the ball like a football. A touch short and on off, Andy is quickly on the back foot as he steers it through point for a cracking boundary.
41.1
1
D Zadran to G Dockrell, Shortish and on off, Dockrell taps it down to cover-point and steals a single.

Dawlat Zadran is back for another spell.

40.6
0
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Short and wide outside off, Balbirnie cuts it to the fielder at point.
40.5
1
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Tossed up on middle, Dockrell comes down the track and milks it towards long on for a run.
40.4
1
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Shinwari once again bowls it short and Andy punches it to the off side for an easy single.
40.3
1
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Short on off, Dockrell punches it to covers for a single.
40.2
2
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, In the air...but safe. Shorter in length on middle, Dockrell goes for the pull. It hits him high on the bat and goes towards deep mid-wicket. It falls short of the fielder in the deep and a couple is taken.
40.1
0
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Slower in the air on off, Dockrell blocks it.

Powerplay 3 signalled by the umpire. 5 fielders can now be placed outside the 30-yard circle. 65 needed off 60 balls. Samiullah Shinwari is also back into the attack.

39.6
1
Ur Rahman to G Dockrell, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. They have run through for a single.
39.5
1
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, Hundred for Andy Balbirnie! This has been a superb knock by him, his third century in this format. Full and flighted on middle, Andy nudges it off his pads and sends it to deep mid-wicket for a run. Now is the time to concentrate hard. 66 more needed for a win. Balbirnie needs to stay till the end.
39.4
1
Ur Rahman to G Dockrell, Shortish and outside off, hit through point for a run.
39.3
0
Ur Rahman to G Dockrell, Flatter and shorter on off, punched from the back foot to covers.
39.2
1
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, Full toss on leg, knocked down to long on for a run. Moves to 99!
39.1
6
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, SIX! High and handsome! Balbirnie loves slogging. Gets a full ball in his half and smokes it over mid-wicket for a biggie.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman is back on.

38.6
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Wrong 'un outside off, Dockrell looks to defend but gets hit on the pad. There is a stifled appeal from the bowler and keeper but the umpire turns it down.
38.5
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Shorter leg spinner on off, Dockrell hits it to the fielder at cover.
38.4
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Flighted delivery on middle and off, Dockrell blocks it off his front foot.
38.3
1
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Looped up delivery on off and middle, Andy nudges it towards long on for another single.
38.2
1
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Tossed up on off, George sweeps it towards square leg for a single.
38.1
1
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Shorter on off, Balbirnie pushes it towards point and takes a single.

Mohammad Nabi is back on.

37.6
1
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Leg spinner on middle and leg, Andy tucks it towards mid-wicket and takes a single.
37.5
0
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Shorter in length around off, Andy cuts it to the fielder at point.
37.4
1
R Khan to G Dockrell, On middle and leg, Dockrell flicks it towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
37.3
1
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Just outside off, Balbirnie drives it towards cover and takes a single.
37.2
0
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Leg spinner pitching on off, Andy looks to defend it but gets beaten.
37.1
0
R Khan to A Balbirnie, On off, Balbirnie watchfully defends it.
36.6
0
Ur Rahman to G Dockrell, Four leg byes! Mujeeb fires it down the leg side, Dockrell kneels and tries to sweep but fails to middle his shot. It rushes past the keeper and finds the fine leg fence. Given as leg byes by the umpire. Hmm... the batsman's pads were nowhere near the ball. Anyway, the stand is now worth a century. Great going.
36.5
0
Ur Rahman to G Dockrell, On the pads, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
36.4
1
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, Leans forward and then opens the face of his bat to push it to deep point. A single taken.
36.3
1
Ur Rahman to G Dockrell, Short and pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run.
36.2
0
Ur Rahman to G Dockrell, Gets forward to a full ball and defends it to the off side.
36.1
0
Ur Rahman to G Dockrell, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. No run.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman is back on.

35.6
6
R Khan to A Balbirnie, SIX! Excellent shot. Flighted delivery on off and middle, Balbirnie gets on one knee and slog sweeps it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
35.5
0
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Quicker one on leg, Andy looks to flick it but misses and gets hit on the pads.
35.4
1
R Khan to G Dockrell, On the pads, Dockrell flicks it towards mid-wicket and takes a single.
35.3
1
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Flighted delivery on off, Balbirnie hits it towards mid off and takes a single.
35.2
0
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Once again shorter in length, Balbirnie looks to cut it but gets a bottom edge on that one.
35.1
0
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Short, away turner from Rashid. Andy cuts it to the fielder at point.
34.6
1
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Leans forward and pushes it with an angled bat through backward point.
34.5
1
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Goes deep inside the crease and cuts it through cover-point for a run.
34.4
1
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Driven through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single.
34.3
4
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, FOUR! Easily done. Fullish and on middle, Balbirnie goes the aerial route and slog sweeps it with the spin over mid-wicket. The long on fielder rushes across to his right but fails to cut it off.
34.2
0
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Clever bowling. This one doesn't turn much and goes straight on. Balbirnie plays for the spin and is beaten.
34.1
0
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Allows the ball to spin back in and then tries to punch it through covers. But Andy gets an inside edge onto his pads.
33.6
0
R Khan to G Dockrell, Leg spinner on off, George drives it to the fielder at covers. The fielder there dives to his right and saves runs for his side. He releases it towards the bowler. Rashid collects and throws the ball angrily to the keeper.
33.5
0
R Khan to G Dockrell, Flighted on off, Dockrell defends it to the fielder at covers.
33.5
0
R Khan to G Dockrell, Wide. Rashid misses his line and sprays it down the leg side. The umpire signals it as a wide.
33.4
1
R Khan to A Balbirnie, On the pads, Balbirnie tucks it towards backward square leg and gets to the other end.
33.3
0
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Tossed up delivery on off, Rashid guides it to the fielder at cover.
33.2
1
R Khan to G Dockrell, Flighted outside off, Dockrell pushes it towards point and takes a single.
33.1
1
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Flighted delivery on middle and off, Balbirnie pushes it to long on and takes a single.

Rashid Khan back into the attack.

32.6
1
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Fires in a short ball outside off, it's cut from the back foot to sweeper cover for a run. Fine over by Nabi.
32.5
0
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Tossed up on off, turned off the pads to short mid-wicket again. Five dots.
32.4
0
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Taps a fullish ball down to short third man. Confusion over a run, no harm done.
32.3
0
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Gets forward to a full ball and pushes it off his pads to mid-wicket.
32.2
0
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
32.1
0
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Quicker one, short and outside off, Balbirnie tries to run it down but finds short third man.
31.6
1
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, 150 up! Fires it full and down the leg side, it's swept firmly behind square leg for a single. 9 from the over, 107 needed off 108 balls.
31.5
0
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
31.4
6
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, SIX! Into the empty stands! Shinwari lands it full and outside off, Balbirnie takes the calculated risk with mid on inside the ring. He swings his bat hard and sends it packing over wide long on.
31.3
1
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, The batsman plays a sweep shot. They pick up a single.
31.2
1
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Goes back and hits it through point for a run.
31.1
0
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Play and a miss! Short and wide outside off, Balbirnie tries to play the square cut but misses.
30.6
1
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Kneels to a full ball and sweeps it through backward square leg for a single. Three singles and a couple from this over.
30.5
1
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Flicks it off the inside half of his bat to short fine leg. Another run.
30.4
1
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Tossed up ball on off, swept down to fine leg for one.
30.3
2
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, A late cut wide of short third man. Mujeeb chases it down and they take a couple of runs.
30.2
0
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Gets back and punches a short ball, fails to find the gap on the off side.
30.1
0
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Flighted full ball on off, defended back to the bowler.

Mohammad Nabi is back on.

29.6
1
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, A short delivery which has been pulled away to deep square leg. They pick up a single.
29.5
1
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Driven towards the mid off region. One run added to the total.
29.4
0
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Flatter and full on off, driven straight to the cover fielder.
29.3
1
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Leans forward and lofts it over covers for one.
29.2
0
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Again a short ball, this time the pull shot has been dragged down to mid on.
29.1
1
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Short and pulled behind square leg for a run.
28.6
6
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, DROPPED, SIX! Tossed up ball around off, Balbirnie goes down on one knee and slog sweeps it over square leg. It goes aerially towards Rahmat Shah near the fence who tries to catch it with a jump but it bursts through his hands and falls beyond the rope.
28.5
0
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, The batsman has played it to the point region.
28.4
0
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, Gets on the front foot and eases it with the spin to covers.
28.3
0
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, Flatter and on off, defended close to the pads.
28.2
0
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, Presses forward to a full ball and pushes it to short extra cover.
28.1
1
Ur Rahman to G Dockrell, Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman is back into the attack.

27.6
0
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Beauty! Slows this one in the air and gets extra bite from the surface. Lands it full around off, Balbirnie tries playing at it but it turns at the last moment to beat the outside edge. 132 needed off 132 balls.
27.5
1
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Knocks a full ball through wide mid on for a run.
27.4
1
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Edged! Short again, Balbirnie tries to cut but gets a thick outside edge to short third man. Another run stolen.
27.3
1
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Goes back to a short ball and punches it to sweeper cover for a run. 50-run stand comes up!
27.2
1
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Fifty for Andy Balbirnie, his 8th in ODIs! Flighted and on leg, it's nudged to short fine leg for a run. Brilliant knock but he needs to continue.
27.1
0
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
26.6
1
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Quicker again, this one is short too, Andy goes back and steers it through backward point for a run. Rashid is still wicket-less on this helpful wicket. Has been unlucky too, many edges missed the mark.
26.5
0
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Slower through the air this time, full and on middle, Balbirnie leans forward and helps it to mid-wicket.
26.4
0
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Quicker and fuller on off, defended off the front foot to the off side.
26.3
1
R Khan to G Dockrell, Rashid shortens his length and bowls it outside off, George goes back and pulls it down to long on for a single.
26.2
1
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Gets forward and gently pushes it with the spin to cover-point for one.
26.1
1
R Khan to G Dockrell, Googly on the pads, helped in front of square leg for a run.
25.6
4
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, FOUR! Tonk! Cracking sound of bat meeting the ball. The length is short and Balbirnie immediately drops his weight on the back leg as he prepares to play the pull shot. Gets it from the meat of his bat and sends it screaming away to the deep mid-wicket fence. 11 from this over, this stand is now 44!
25.5
1
D Zadran to G Dockrell, Back of a length ball on off, Dockrell stands back and turns it in front of square leg for a run.
25.4
1
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
25.3
0
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Ouch! Dawlat replies with a snorter. A well-directed bouncer. Balbirnie decides to leave it but fails to move out from the line of fire. Takes a blow on his left shoulder. That must have hurt. Not showing much pain though.
25.2
4
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, FOUR! Superb straight drive. Full and around off, Balbirnie takes his front leg to the pitch of the delivery and drives it crisply past the bowler and mid off for a delightful boundary.
25.1
1
D Zadran to G Dockrell, Looks for a yorker first up but instead serves a leg stump half-volley, Dockrell clips it to long leg for a run.
24.6
0
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Excellent delivery to finish the over. Leg spinner pitches on off. Andy has no idea which way this one is turning. He looks to defend but it misses the outside edge by just a few inches.
24.5
1
R Khan to G Dockrell, Loopy delivery on off, Dockrell pushes it wide of point fielder and takes a single.
24.4
0
R Khan to G Dockrell, Tossed up delivery on middle and off, George looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
24.4
0
R Khan to G Dockrell, WIDE. Googly misses the mark. Rashid misses the line and lands it on leg stump. Dockrell looks to flick but misses. Wide signalled by the umpire.
24.3
4
R Khan to G Dockrell, FOUR! Edgy but Ireland will take it. Flighted delivery on off, Dockrell looks to hit to the off side but gets a thick outside edge. The ball goes past the slip fielder and to the third man fence for a boundary.
24.2
0
R Khan to G Dockrell, Peach! Absolute peach. Quicker leg spinner on off, Dockrell looks to defend it but misses it and the ball goes past his outside edge.
24.1
1
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Googly outside off, Balbirnie defends it with soft hands and takes a single as the ball goes towards cover.
23.6
0
D Zadran to G Dockrell, Overpitched this time, driven down to mid off. Another dot ball to complete the over.
23.5
0
D Zadran to G Dockrell, Keeping his line straight, not offering a lot to the batsman. Dockrell is forced to defend it back.
23.4
1
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Another defensive push, this time back past the bowler. The mid on fielder cuts it off and they cross.
23.3
0
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Lands it on a length around off, Balbirnie pushes it to the off side in a defensive manner.
23.2
1
D Zadran to G Dockrell, Direct hit would have been curtains for Dockrell! A length ball on off, George taps it down towards covers and looks for a risky run. The point fielder attacks the ball and immediately has a shy at the bowler's end. Zadran who was in the way quickly ducks to let it through but the ball misses the stumps. Dockrell was well short in case of a direct hit. Survives.
23.1
0
D Zadran to G Dockrell, Play and a miss! A seam up delivery, landing on a length outside off and holding its line along with staying low, Dockrell pushes inside the line and misses.

Dawlat Zadran is back on.

22.6
0
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Leg spinner on off, Andy looks to cut it but misses.
22.5
0
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Leg spinner on off, Andy looks to defend but gets beaten by the spin.
22.4
0
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Wrong 'un. Balbirnie does not pick it and looks to defend. He gets hit on the pads and there is an appeal from Afghanistan but the umpire turns it down. Looked like it was going down the leg side.
22.3
1
R Khan to G Dockrell, Tossed up on off, Dockrell punches it towards cover and gets a run.
22.2
1
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Flighted on off, Andy hits it towards point and takes a single.
22.1
0
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Starts with a beauty. Leg spinner pitching on off, Balbirnie looks to play it but gets beaten.

And here comes. The magician. Rashid Khan about to bowl on this helpful pitch. Shinwari has looked like Warne with his leggies. Rashid is much better than Shinwari in terms of quality. Tough period for the Irish.

21.6
1
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Shortish and punched from the back foot through covers. A single to end an excellent over.
21.5
0
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Short and outside off, cut towards point where the fielder made a good stop.
21.4
0
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Beaten comprehensively! This is a brilliant ball yet again from the leggie. Plenty of drift and then big turn from around off. Balbirnie lunges to defend but is beaten. Waiting for Rashid Khan to bowl on this surface...
21.3
1
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Goes on the back foot and turns it through mid-wicket for a run.
21.2
1
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Reaches out for a short ball and punches it to sweeper cover for one.
21.1
1
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Almost a drag-on! Flatter delivery, short and outside off, Dockrell tries to cut but it stays low and takes the inside edge. Misses the stumps and goes to short fine leg for a run.
20.6
2
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, On the pads, Balbirnie flicks it wide of mid-wicket and gets a brace.
20.5
0
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, On middle and leg, Andy flicks it to the fielder at mid-wicket.
20.4
1
M Nabi to G Dockrell, In the air...but safe. Shorter in length, the ball keeps a bit low. Dockrell looks to hit it across the line but gets a leading edge. Luckily for him, it goes over the bowler's head and between mid off and mid on. Single taken.
20.3
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Flighted on off, George blocks it off his front foot.
20.2
2
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Tossed up delivery on off, Dockrell sweeps it wide of the deep square leg fielder and gets a couple.
20.1
1
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Flighted delivery around off, Balbirnie sweeps it to deep square leg for a single.
19.6
2
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Flatter and shorter on middle, this time it has been pulled wide of mid on for a couple of runs.
19.5
0
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Whoa! Shane Warne would be proud of this delivery. Shinwari produces a gem. He gets it to drift in around leg and then it spins away big time towards off. Dockrell is opened up in his back foot defense and the ball beats the outside edge and the off stump by a whisker. This is cricket. A wicket off a very poor delivery and nothing from a ripper.
19.4
0
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Serves it short and wide outside off, GD plays the square cut but finds the short third man fielder.
19.3
0
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Dockrell has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. Three dots.
19.2
0
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
19.1
0
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Just short of mid on! Flatter and shorter wide outside off, Dockrell gets back and drags his pull down towards Asghar who collects it on one bounce.

Drinks break. 174 runs more required off 186 deliveries.

18.6
0
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Defended off the front foot by Andy presenting the full face of the bat.
18.5
0
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Shout for lbw. Nabi bowls it outside off, the ball spins in slightly after pitching. Balbirnie offers no shot to it and it flicks his pad on its way to the keeper. Nabi and keeper go up in appeal but the umpire turns them down.
18.4
1
M Nabi to G Dockrell, On the pads, George nudges it to the leg side for a single.
18.3
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, On middle and leg, George tucks it to the fielder at mid-wicket.
18.2
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Tossed up delivery outside off, Dockrell looks to flick it but gets hit on the pads. There is a stifled appeal from the Afghanistan players but the umpire is not interested. The impact was outside off.
18.1
1
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Flighted on middle, Balbirnie nudges it towards long on and takes a single.
17.6
0
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. Fine over by Shinwari, 4 from it only, gave away 28 in the first three.
17.5
1
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
17.4
0
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Loopy and full on middle, Balbirnie presents a dead straight bat in defense after getting forward.
17.3
1
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Flatter and on middle, worked in front of square leg for a run.
17.2
0
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Slower one, landing too full on off, it's driven to covers where Shahidi makes a diving stop.
17.1
2
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Short in length on off, pulled away to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
16.6
1
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Three singles in a row. Flighted on off, George pushes it towards cover and keeps the strike.
16.5
1
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Tossed up delivery on off and middle, Andy sweeps it towards square leg for a single.
16.4
1
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Shorter in length on off, Dockrell punches it to the off side for a single.
16.3
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, How lucky is Dockrell? Shorter delivery on off, George defends it late with a dead bat. The ball bounces on the crease and goes behind. It misses the stumps by just a few inches.
16.2
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Flighted on the stumps, George defends it off his front foot.
16.1
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Flighted on off, Dockrell taps it back to the bowler.
15.6
1
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Flatter and shorter on off, Dockrell hangs back and plays at it at the last moment. It rolls in the gap at covers and George is off the mark.
15.5
0
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Presses forward to a full ball and pushes it with the spin to cover-point.
15.4
0
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Dockrell has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
15.3
0
S Shinwari to G Dockrell, Loopy and full outside off, Dockrell drives it off his front foot to covers.

A bit of a surprise from Ireland. George Dockrell is the new batsman in. He batted well in the first ODI hence the promotion we guess.

15.2
0
S Shinwari to K O'Brien, OUT! A wicket off a freebie. We have seen leggies picking wickets of full tosses before also. This is nothing new. They are mostly lucky. Shinwari cannot believe his luck. Kevin O'Brien is absolutely gutted. He could have put this one away in any corner of the ground. Chooses to go straight but it comes from the bottom half of his bat. Flies towards Afghan at mid on and this time it's a simple catch for the skipper. The promising 44-run stand has been nipped in the bud.
15.1
6
S Shinwari to K O'Brien, SIX! Goes long and goes all the way! Shinwari is a marked man. They have decided to attack him. Full and floated wide outside off, Kevin with a brilliant extension of his arms launches it over the bowler's head.
14.6
1
M Nabi to K O'Brien, This time Kevin finds the gap with his back foot punch and sends it to deep cover for a run.
14.5
0
M Nabi to K O'Brien, Misses out. Short and wide outside off, Kevin cracks it off his back foot but finds the only fielder inside the circle on the off side, the cover fielder.
14.4
0
M Nabi to K O'Brien, Fires in a flatter ball on middle and leg, O'Brien plays it down off his pads to mid-wicket.
14.3
2
M Nabi to K O'Brien, Goes hard at a full ball on off and gets it away off the inside edge. It rushes past the diving mid-wicket fielder and O'Brien collects a couple.
14.2
0
M Nabi to K O'Brien, A touch short and on off, Kevin goes on the back foot and blocks it to the off side.
14.1
0
M Nabi to K O'Brien, Strides forward to a full ball and drives a full ball to the cover fielder.
13.6
0
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, On the leg side, Balbirnie looks to flick but gets hit low on the pads. It was going down leg side. 16 from the over!
13.5
6
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, SIX! Flighted delivery on off and middle, Balbirnie goes down and smokes it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
13.4
4
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, FOUR! Oh, poor Shinwari. First a dropped catch now a misfield off his bowling. Shorter delivery outside off, Balbirnie looks to cut but gets a thick outside edge. It goes towards the short third man region. Mujeeb there runs to his left and dives to stop the ball but misses. It goes past him for a boundary.
13.3
1
S Shinwari to K O'Brien, Dropped. Flighted delivery on off, O'Brien slices it towards cover. Shahidi at short extra-cover runs to his right and puts a dive to catch it. He gets his hand to it but cannot hold on to the catch. The batsmen take a single as the ball goes towards long off.
13.2
4
S Shinwari to K O'Brien, FOUR! Aggressive shot from O'Brien. Flighted delivery on off, Kevin goes over covers and the ball bounces away before crossing the ropes for a boundary.
13.1
1
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Leg spinner on middle and off, Balbirnie tucks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
12.6
0
M Nabi to K O'Brien, A loopy one on off, turning back in, Kevin leans forward to defend but it spins back in and takes the inside half of his bat. Tidy stuff from Nabi!
12.5
0
M Nabi to K O'Brien, Goes on the back foot and punches it down to mid on. A diving stop there by Afghan.
12.4
0
M Nabi to K O'Brien, Flighted and full just around off, O'Brien lunges and defends it near his front pad.
12.3
0
M Nabi to K O'Brien, Gets forward to flick but it goes off the inner half to short mid-wicket.
12.2
1
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Slower through the air, it's around off but on the shorter side, Andy stays back and taps it down towards point for one.
12.1
1
M Nabi to K O'Brien, Spinning down the leg side, eased through square leg for one.

Mohammad Nabi is also introduced into the attack.

11.6
0
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Straight to point. Extra flight on this delivery, it lands full and outside off, Andy slices his attempted cover drive and finds the fielder. Luckily, he kept it all along the ground.
11.5
2
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Slips a full ball down the leg side, Andy clips it through mid-wicket and collects another couple of runs.
11.4
2
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Serves this one short and wide outside off, Balbirnie quickly goes back and chops his square cut through point for two.
11.3
0
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Flighted and on off, Andy leans forward and defends it back to the bowler.
11.2
0
S Shinwari to A Balbirnie, Balbirnie has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
11.1
1
S Shinwari to K O'Brien, In the air... just wide of the bowler! Flighted and on middle, stopping a bit onto the batsman, O'Brien offers a straight bat in defense but pushes it too early. It goes uppishly but wide of Shinwari for a run to long off.

Leg spinner, Samiullah Shinwari is inserted into the attack.

10.6
6
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, SIX! Up and just over the jumping deep square leg fielder. Floated off spinner landing on off, Balbirnie goes for an ambitious sweep shot but fails to middle his shot. It flies off the top half and just clears the fielder in the deep. Heart in mouth stuff! 11 from the over.
10.5
0
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, Loopy and full on off, Balbirnie leans forward and defends.
10.4
1
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Goes on the back foot and punches it past the diving Shinwari at mid-wicket for a run.
10.3
4
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, FOUR! Slapped! Flatter and a touch shorter on off, O'Brien eases himself on the back foot and smashes it through covers for a boundary.
10.2
0
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Gets on the front foot and drives it to mid off.
10.1
0
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region.

Powerplay 2 begins. A maximum of 4 fielders allowed outside the ring now.

9.6
0
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Pitches it up and outside off, Balbirnie leans into another drive, this time to the left of mid off. The fielder quickly gets to the ball and releases his throw at the bowler's end. Not much movement from the non-striker.
9.5
0
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Misses out! A gift on the pads, Balbirnie fails to get any wood behind it. It brushes his back leg and goes to Shahzad.
9.4
0
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Full and outside off, Andy plays a delightful cover drive but fails to beat the fielder inside the ring.
9.3
0
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Just wide of short mid-wicket! This one stops onto the batsman a bit. Good length delivery on middle, Balbirnie is early into it and just checks his push shot. It flies wide of Rashid to mid on.
9.2
0
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Beaten! This one stays a bit low. A length ball outside off, holding its line, Andy pushes inside the line and misses.
9.1
0
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Good length ball on middle, Balbirnie is on the back foot as he defends it on the leg side.
8.6
0
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. Fine over by Mujeeb, applying relentless pressure from one end.
8.5
0
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Fires one in on middle, fuller in length, KOB flicks but finds the mid-wicket fielder again.
8.4
0
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Once again goes on the back foot and helps a length ball to mid-wicket.
8.3
0
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Flatter and on middle, fuller in length, O'Brien keeps it out on the leg side at the last moment. Should be getting forward.
8.2
0
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Kevin has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
8.1
1
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, Fullish and on middle, swept down to fine leg for one.

Kevin O'Brien is in next.

7.6
0
D Zadran to S Singh, OUT! Two wickets in the over and Ireland have been pegged back early in this run chase. A marginal lbw decision, this. Could have gone either way. A bit like Shahzad's early in the day. Zadran serves a length ball on off, angling into the batsman on middle and leg. Singh is late in bringing his bat down and gets rapped on the pads. They appeal and the umpire agrees. Superb over by Dawlat, 2 runs and a couple of wickets from it.
7.5
1
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, A back foot punch to covers where the fielder makes a half-stop and a single is taken.
7.4
1
D Zadran to S Singh, This one is angled into the new batsman, Singh tries to flick and it goes off the inner half to mid-wicket. They cross as the bowler appeals for an lbw. Not given. Clear inside edge.

Simi Singh is the new batsman.

7.3
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, OUT! Brilliant catch from Asghar Afghan and it's a massive breakthrough for the 'hosts'. A delivery landing on a length and outside off, Stirling tries to fetch it from there and lift it over mid on. But he fails to middle his shot and chips it towards the fielder inside the ring. Afghan there backtracks a bit and grabs a fantastic catch over his head with a jump. 230 needed off 255 balls.
7.2
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, Gets behind the line of the delivery and pushes it towards mid on.
7.1
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, Angles in a length ball on off, Paul draws forward and defends it near his front leg.
6.6
0
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, Length delivery on middle. This one spins into the batsman. Balbirnie looks to flick but gets hit high on the pads. There is a stifled appeal but the umpire turns it down.
6.5
1
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Flighted delivery on off, Stirling sweeps it towards square leg for a single.
6.4
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Paul has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
6.3
1
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, Shout for an lbw turned down by the umpire. Tossed up delivery on off, Andy gets down on one knee and looks to sweep. The ball takes a slight inside edge and then goes to the fine leg region after clipping his pads. There is an appeal from the Afghanistan players but the umpire turns it down. A single taken by the batsmen.
6.2
0
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, On middle and off, Andy blocks it off his front foot.
6.1
0
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, Play and a miss. Arm ball outside off, Balbirnie looks to defend but gets beaten.
5.6
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, Dot ball to finish the over. Good length delivery on middle and leg, Paul blocks it away.
5.5
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, Follows the boundary with a solid back foot defense to this length delivery.
5.4
4
D Zadran to P Stirling, FOUR! Brilliant shot. Length delivery around off, Stirling comes down the track and lofts it over square leg. The ball bounces and goes past the ropes for a boundary.
5.3
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, Full length delivery on middle, Stirling defends it off his front foot.

Paul Stirling has damaged his bat and will take a new one now.

5.2
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, Full length delivery outside off, Stirling looks to hit it over mid on but it comes off the bottom half of his bat.
5.1
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, Lands it on a length just around off, Stirling is on the front foot as he pushes it back to the bowler.
4.6
1
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Single to finish the over. Flighted ball on middle, Stirling sweeps it to keep the strike.
4.5
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Flighted on off and middle, Stirling brings out his front foot and blocks it.
4.4
1
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, Tossed up on middle and off, Andy sweeps it to square leg for a single.
4.3
0
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, Close! Shorter and straighter outside off. Balbirnie looks to cut with minimal foot movement and he misses it.
4.2
0
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, Flighted delivery on off, Andy blocks it off his front foot.
4.1
0
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, Tossed up delivery outside off, Balbirnie defends it off his back foot.
3.6
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, Good length delivery on middle, Stirling keeps it out.
3.5
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, Length delivery on off and middle, Paul follows the boundary with a solid front foot defense.
3.4
4
D Zadran to P Stirling, FOUR! Good shot. Good length delivery on off, Stirling picks the length early and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. He did not time it to perfection but just went ahead with the shot.
3.3
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, Full length delivery on off, Paul drives it straight to the fielder at cover.
3.2
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Stirling tucks it to the fielder at mid-wicket.
3.1
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, Full length delivery on off, Stirling pushes it straight back towards the bowler. It goes between the legs of Zadran but the mid off fielder stops it.
2.6
1
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total. Expensive but a successful over for Mujeeb, 8 runs and a wicket from it.
2.5
1
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, Quicker one, flat and on off, Mujeeb goes on the back foot and works it through square leg for a run.

Andy Balbirnie walks out at number 3 for Ireland.

2.4
0
Ur Rahman to W Porterfield, OUT! Plumb in front! Mujeeb loves bowling to the left-handers. He switches to 'round the wicket and darts in a flatter full ball on off. The ball skids on with the angle, Porterfield is caught inside the crease as he tries to play at it. Misses the ball completely and is rapped on the pads. They appeal and the umpire has no hesitation in lifting his finger. Early setback for Ireland, William once again falls cheaply to Mujeeb.
2.3
0
Ur Rahman to W Porterfield, Flatter on off, defended back to the bowler from the crease.
2.2
1
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Floated and fuller on off, swept down to fine leg for a run.
2.1
4
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, FOUR! Very good shot! Stirling kneels again, this time the line is outside off and he fetches it from there to sweep it through square leg. Two fielders in the deep on the leg side, still he finds the gap. Bravo!
2.1
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Wide! Starts this over with a full ball well down the leg side. Paul with a failed attempt to sweep.
1.6
0
D Zadran to W Porterfield, Length delivery again on off, Porterfield pushes it to the cover fielder to see off the over.
1.5
0
D Zadran to W Porterfield, Length delivery on off and middle, Porterfield gets an inside edge onto the pads.
1.4
0
D Zadran to W Porterfield, Play and a miss. Good length delivery on the fourth stump line, Porterfield looks to drive but misses.
1.3
0
D Zadran to W Porterfield, Length delivery on off, William pushes it to the fielder at mid off.
1.2
2
D Zadran to W Porterfield, Beautiful shot and good fielding. Good length delivery on off, Porterfield gets on his back foot and punches it through covers. Rashid Khan gives it a chase and stops the ball from going to the boundary with a slide. He saves two runs for his side.
1.1
0
D Zadran to W Porterfield, Starts with a full length delivery on middle and off. Porterfield hits it straight to the fielder at mid on.

Dawlat Zadran to take the second new ball.

0.6
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Tossed up ball outside off, Paul drives it uppishly through the line but it doesn't carry to the extra cover fielder. A decent start to the chase for both teams.
0.5
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Floated and full on off, it's defended back off the front foot.
0.4
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Yet another sweep shot. This time it has gone straight to short fine leg. Seems like a plan to sweep Mujeeb.
0.3
4
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, FOUR! First boundary of the chase! Tossed up ball on middle, landing full, Stirling gets down on one knee and sweeps it past short fine leg for a boundary.
0.2
1
Ur Rahman to W Porterfield, Uppish but safe! Tossed up ball landing full around off, Porterfield leans forward and flicks it again. A bit aerial but wide of mid-wicket. They take a run. Ireland are underway.
0.1
0
Ur Rahman to W Porterfield, Fullish and on middle, it's flicked off the front foot to mid-wicket.

Welcome back for the run chase. William Porterfield and Paul Stirling are the Irish openers. The start against the two new balls will be crucial as the pitch is expected to further slow down as the game progresses. Mujeeb Ur Rahman to bowl first up as expected.