Afghanistan and Ireland in India, 5 ODI Series, 2019

Afghanistan vs Ireland - 4th ODI

Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun

Date & Time: 08 March 2019

Ireland 114/10

RR: 3.21 | Afghanistan beat Ireland by 109 runs

commentary

Right then! Yet another series for the Afghans where they cannot lose. They have the chance to win it come Sunday where they have just one box to tick - the top order throwing it away. Their batting runs deep, which is nice but they cannot keep on leaving it to the lower order. Ireland, well, need to bat better. Period. They have got one final chance on Sunday, March 10, 2019 when the 5th ODI will be played, at 1 pm local (0730 GMT). Join us then. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious Afghanistan skipper, Asghar Afghan, says that this game was very important for them. Laments the top order throwing its wickets away but praises Rashid's fightback. On players getting a chance in this game, Afghan says that more players will be given a chance come Sunday. On Rashid winning the Man Of The Match award, Asghar says that no one plays for the award, everyone plays for the team. On his injury during his dismissal, Afghan says that there were some MRI scans done and nothing came out to be serious. Adds that he just wanted to take some rest.

RASHID KHAN HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH, for his all-round show of 52 and 2/22. Thanks the almighty for enabling him to perform well tonight. Adds that he is always confident about his batting and is happy that he perform when his team needed him to. On playing cricket all round the world, Khan says that one needs to enjoy the game and keep oneself fit.

Ireland skipper, William Porterfield, says that the confidence was high coming into this game and feels that some individual errors with the bat cost them the match. Admits that 223 was perhaps a bit more than they conceded but he is not too concerned about that, as he is very happy with the bowling. On the batting front, the skipper says that they got a half decent start but then his side 'managed' to get into a hole. On the preparations for Sunday, William says that there is not a lot one can do in one day but he will certainly hit the nets and try and work on the mistakes committed in this game.

Now, about Afghanistan. Champion bowling. Who said they are all about Rashid or Mujeeb? Tonight was Aftab Alam's night. His 4/25 broke the spine of Ireland's batting, with wickets of Porterfield, O'Brien, Poynter and Murtagh. The others were decent too, crucially not letting the team down, maintaining excellent pressure. Please do stay tuned for the presentation...

Was it the rain which spiced things up? Perhaps. The ball was skidding onto the bat and there was some inconsistent bounce as well. Ireland simply could not adjust to the pace and bounce and kept mistiming their shots and eventually lost their wickets.

Normally, small totals are always difficult to chase. Because one gets muddled in the mind. Should I play attacking cricket? Should I be cautious? Well, Ireland seemed to start off well, racing off to 31 inside 6 overs but then suddenly lost 3 quick wickets. Then, there was a brief partnership brewing between Simi Singh and Kevin O'Brien but once the former was dismissed, the floodgates opened. Ireland slipped from 66/3 to 114 all out.

Easy-peasy then for Afghanistan. Who would have thought? After they were 81/6, scraped to 223, it always looked like another defeat was looming. But the hosts have pulled off something spectacular.

35.3
0
M Nabi to B Rankin, OUT! LBW! That is the end of the game. Afghanistan have won by 109 runs. Tossed up on off, Rankin looks to defend but misses the line completely and gets hit on the pads. Nabi appeals and the umpire raises his finger. That was as plumb as it got. Afghanistan take a 2-1 series lead!
35.2
0
M Nabi to B Rankin, Floated delivery on middle, Rankin flicks it to the leg side.
35.1
2
M Nabi to B Rankin, Tossed up on middle, Rankin plays a slog sweep over mid-wicket. It lands in no man's land. The batsmen pick up a couple.

Mohammad Nabi into the attack now. 7-1-16-0 so far.

34.6
4
R Khan to Cameron Dow, FOUR! A rare bad ball, short and around off, the googly, Dow picks the length, goes back and pulls it past short mid-wicket for a boundary!
34.5
0
R Khan to Cameron Dow, Down the leg side, flicked towards short fine leg.
34.4
0
R Khan to Cameron Dow, Very full, Dow misses his flick and is hit on the pads. Rashid appeals for LBW but it is turned down by the umpire. Perhaps missing leg stump.
34.3
0
R Khan to Cameron Dow, Tossed up, around middle, pushed towards cover.
34.2
1
R Khan to B Rankin, Around middle, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
34.1
0
R Khan to B Rankin, ALMOST! Terrific ball. Rashid nearly cleaned him up. Yorker ball, around leg, Rankin looks to defend but is slightly late in getting his bat down. The ball takes the inside edge and just beats the leg stump!
34.1
0
R Khan to B Rankin, Leg spinner going down the leg side for a wide.
33.6
2
A Alam to Cameron Dow, Length delivery on leg, Dow nudges it towards fine leg. The batsmen pick up a couple. Mujeeb at deep fine leg slides and does well to pull it back. He saves two runs for the team.
33.5
0
A Alam to Cameron Dow, Full on off, Dow defends it out.
33.4
0
A Alam to Cameron Dow, On off, Dow defends it off the front foot.
33.3
1
A Alam to B Rankin, Length delivery on off, Rankin plays it towards covers for a run.
33.2
0
A Alam to B Rankin, On a good length on leg, Rankin makes room and defends it off the back foot.
33.1
0
A Alam to B Rankin, Full toss and outside off, Rankin plays it to point.
32.6
0
R Khan to Cameron Dow, Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
32.5
0
R Khan to Cameron Dow, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
32.5
0
R Khan to Cameron Dow, WIDE. Down the leg side, flick shot missed.
32.4
1
R Khan to B Rankin, Around middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
32.3
2
R Khan to B Rankin, Driven through the covers by the batsman. Two runs added to the total.
32.2
0
R Khan to B Rankin, Outside off, a play and a miss.
32.1
1
R Khan to Cameron Dow, Full and around middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
31.6
0
A Alam to B Rankin, Bowls a yorker on middle, the batsman manages to dig it out. What an over from Aftab Alam. 2 runs and 2 wickets have come from the over.
31.5
2
A Alam to B Rankin, Length delivery on off, Rankin plays it over covers. The batsmen pick up a couple.
31.4
0
A Alam to B Rankin, NO Hat-trick for Aftab Alam! Full on off, Rankin plays it back to the bowler.

Boyd Rankin is the only man left...

31.3
0
A Alam to Tim Murtagh, OUT! Another one loses his stumps! Fifth bowled dismissal of this innings. On a length, around off, coming in, Murtagh looks to defend but the ball stays low, breaches his defense and hits the timber! 9 down, Aftab has four, what is more, he is on a hat-trick!
31.2
0
A Alam to K O'Brien, OUT! BOWLED! The last recognized batsman goes for Ireland. On a good length on off, O'Brien looks to pull but he misses the line and gets bowled. Fourth bowled dismissal of the innings. Sadly, the only part left in the run chase was O'Brien's half century, which goes too...

Tim Murtagh is in at number 10, replacing O'Brien.

31.1
0
A Alam to K O'Brien, On a good length on off, O'Brien looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

James Cameron Dow walks in at number 9, replacing McBrine.

30.6
0
R Khan to A McBrine, OUT! Bad ball, but a stunning return catch! Afghanistan are all over Ireland here. Absolute ripper this one from Rashid Khan. Full toss outside off, McBrine drives it straight back, where Rashid sticks out his right hand and takes a single-handed beauty. 7th wicket down for Ireland.
30.6
0
R Khan to A McBrine, Big leg spinner this one, but going down the leg side for a wide.
30.5
0
R Khan to A McBrine, Defended off the back foot.
30.4
0
R Khan to A McBrine, Quicker ball driven towards mid off.
30.3
1
R Khan to K O'Brien, Width on offer, driven through the point region for a single.
30.2
2
R Khan to K O'Brien, Drives this one past the cover fielder for a brace.
30.1
0
R Khan to K O'Brien, Full ball spinning away, played towards the cover fielder.

Rashid Khan is back on. 3-0-7-1 so far.

29.6
1
A Alam to K O'Brien, Pushed down to long on for a run.
29.5
1
A Alam to A McBrine, Quick single. Risky single. Could have been curtains. In fact, replays show that direct hit would have seen McBrine back in the pavilion. Full and around middle, Andy looks to defend but the ball bounces suddenly and goes off the outside edge towards cover. The batsmen go for the quick single and the fielder charges on equally quickly, gets to the ball, has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
29.4
0
A Alam to A McBrine, Outside off, fractionally short, McBrine looks to cut but the ball stays low and beats the inside edge.
29.3
0
A Alam to A McBrine, Full and just outside off, watchfully defended.
29.2
0
A Alam to A McBrine, Outside off, a play and a miss from McBrine.

Andy McBrine walks in at number 8, replacing Poynter.

29.1
0
A Alam to S Poynter, OUT! BOWLED! The bowling change immediately does the trick. Poynter has dragged it back onto the stumps. On a good length and outside off, Poynter looks to cut but gets an inside edge onto the stumps. Ireland lose their sixth wicket and are in serious trouble now. Kevin O'Brien is running out of partners. The visitors still need 134 runs in 125 balls.

Aftab Alam returns. 5-2-18-1 so far.

28.6
1
Ur Rahman to S Poynter, Full ball, driven to deep extra cover for a single.
28.5
0
Ur Rahman to S Poynter, Driven on the on side.
28.4
0
Ur Rahman to S Poynter, The batsman tried to sweep that one but missed it and was hit on the pads. A strong appeal from the bowler and fielders but the umpire denies it as it was clearly hit outside off.
28.3
0
Ur Rahman to S Poynter, Excellent delivery, full just outside off misses the outside edge by an inch.
28.2
1
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Full ball onto the pads, O'Brien sweeps it to square leg for a single.
28.1
0
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Leg cutter outside off, defended towards the bowler.
27.6
0
G Naib to S Poynter, Outside off, punched straight to point.
27.5
2
G Naib to S Poynter, Outside off, punched through the covers for a couple.
27.4
0
G Naib to S Poynter, A desperate shout for LBW but the impact was too high. On a length around middle, coming back in, Poynter looks to whip it to the leg side but misses and is hit high on the thigh.
27.3
0
G Naib to S Poynter, Full and around off, watchfully defended from the crease.
27.2
1
G Naib to K O'Brien, Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single.
27.1
0
G Naib to K O'Brien, Full and around off, driven back to the bowler.
26.6
0
Ur Rahman to S Poynter, Quicker ball this time, the batsman looks to defend but fails to make contact with the ball and it just misses the outside edge.
26.5
0
Ur Rahman to S Poynter, Straight ball defended towards the bowler.
26.4
1
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Driven on the on side this time for another single.
26.3
1
Ur Rahman to S Poynter, Driven to the cover fielder for a quick single.
26.2
0
Ur Rahman to S Poynter, Yorker this time, Poynter misses to hit and the ball misses the off stump.
26.1
1
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Width on offer, O'Brien drives it from the cover region for a single.

Stuart Poynter walks in at number 7, replacing Dockrell.

25.6
0
G Naib to G Dockrell, OUT! TIMBER! No heroics from Dockrell today. Ireland have half their side back in the hut. On a good length on off, Dockrell looks to play a wild pull shot but it stays low and he gets bowled. Naib shows off his biceps with a big smile on his face. Ireland are losing the plot. Frustration got the better of Dockrell. He could have taken his time.
25.5
0
G Naib to G Dockrell, Full on off, Dockrell drives it to covers.
25.4
2
G Naib to G Dockrell, Length delivery on middle, Dockrell flicks it towards square leg for a run.
25.3
0
G Naib to G Dockrell, On middle, George defends it off the back foot.
25.2
0
G Naib to G Dockrell, Length delivery on off, Dockrell drives it to covers.
25.1
1
G Naib to K O'Brien, On a length on middle, O'Brien punches it towards mid on for a run.
24.6
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Quick on the pads, Dockrell nudges it on the on side. Maiden Over.
24.5
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Pitched outside off, played towards the bowler.
24.4
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery and plays it near short fine leg.
24.3
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Bowled on the middle stump line this time, defended.
24.2
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Fuller this time, places it off the front foot.
24.1
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Short outside off, driven towards extra cover.
23.6
0
G Naib to K O'Brien, On a good length on off, Kevin plays it to mid off.
23.5
0
G Naib to K O'Brien, On a good length on off, the batsman defends it off the back foot.
23.4
2
G Naib to K O'Brien, Length delivery on middle and leg, O'Brien flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
23.3
0
G Naib to K O'Brien, Short delivery, Kevin pulls it to short fine leg where the fielder does not collect it cleanly.
23.2
0
G Naib to K O'Brien, On a good length and outside off, O'Brien looks to cut but gets beaten due to the away movement on this one.
23.1
0
G Naib to G Dockrell, Full on leg, O'Brien looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. It goes towards fine leg. The batsmen take a run. The umpire gives it as a leg bye.
22.6
1
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Bowled on the leg stump line, nudges it on the side for a single.
22.5
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Defended off the front foot.
22.4
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Comes forward and plays it towards the bowler.
22.3
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
22.2
2
M Nabi to G Dockrell, The batsman delicately works it fine down the leg side. They manage to come back for the second.
22.1
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Full on middle, played on the on side.

DRINKS BREAK.

21.6
2
G Naib to K O'Brien, Another slower ball onto the pads, O'Brien clips it on the on side for a brace.
21.5
1
G Naib to G Dockrell, Full ball driven to the cover area and they take a quick single.
21.4
0
G Naib to G Dockrell, Slower ball on middle stump, Dockrell drives to the on side where Nabi stops it.
21.3
0
G Naib to G Dockrell, Another full ball, played on the on side for no run.
21.2
0
G Naib to G Dockrell, Fuller in length this time, he defends it towards cover.
21.1
0
G Naib to G Dockrell, Short ball near the waist, Dockrell plays it on the off side.

Gulbadin Naib into the attack now.

20.6
0
M Nabi to K O'Brien, Loopy delivery on off, O'Brien defends it off the back foot. Just 2 runs from the over. A good one from Afghanistan's point of view. They are keeping it tight. Ireland need 154 runs in 174 balls.
20.5
1
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Flighted delivery on middle, the batsman flicks it towards square leg for a run.
20.4
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Tossed up on off, George keeps it out.
20.3
0
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Flighted delivery on middle, Dockrell defends it off the back foot.
20.2
1
M Nabi to K O'Brien, Floated on middle, O'Brien flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
20.1
0
M Nabi to K O'Brien, Tossed up on middle, Kevin tucks it to the leg side.
19.6
1
R Khan to K O'Brien, Outside off, the googly again, punched down to long on for a run.
19.5
0
R Khan to K O'Brien, Full and around off, driven back to the bowler this time.
19.4
0
R Khan to K O'Brien, Full and outside off, driven towards cover.
19.3
1
R Khan to G Dockrell, Full and on middle, worked through square leg for a single.
19.2
0
R Khan to G Dockrell, Outside off, pushed through point but straight to the fielder.

George Dockrell comes in now, at number 6, replacing Simi.

19.1
0
R Khan to S Singh, OUT! BOWLED! Rashid Khan is on the money this time. He bowls a googly, pitching outside off, Singh tries to sweep but misses it altogether & the ball hits the timber. After showing some patience, Singh loses his cool. The 33-run stand has been broken & Ireland now need 158 runs from 185 balls.
18.6
0
M Nabi to K O'Brien, Tossed up on off, O'Brien defends it off the back foot.
18.5
1
M Nabi to S Singh, Floated on off, Singh plays it towards mid on for a run.
18.4
1
M Nabi to K O'Brien, RUN OUT CHANCE! SAFE! Short on off, O'Brien punches it towards mid on where the fielder throws a direct hit at the bowler's end where Simi Singh was just in. It is referred upstairs and the third umpire gives it not out.
18.3
1
M Nabi to S Singh, Full on middle, Singh drives it towards mid on for a run.
18.2
1
M Nabi to K O'Brien, Floated on middle, O'Brien flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
18.1
0
M Nabi to K O'Brien, DROPPED! Tossed up on off, O'Brien looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes towards Ikram Ali Khil who drops a sitter.
17.6
0
R Khan to S Singh, Full on middle, defended off the front foot.
17.5
0
R Khan to S Singh, Bowled this one faster, Singh plays it to backward point.
17.4
1
R Khan to K O'Brien, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. One run added to the total.
17.3
1
R Khan to S Singh, Sweeps this full ball to the long leg for a single.
17.2
1
R Khan to K O'Brien, Straight on middle, played towards the bowler, he gets a hand to it but they take a run.
17.1
0
R Khan to K O'Brien, Quick leg cutter defended to the point fielder.
16.6
1
M Nabi to K O'Brien, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
16.5
0
M Nabi to K O'Brien, On the pads again, O'Brien flicks it to short fine leg.
16.4
0
M Nabi to K O'Brien, Continues bowling the straighter line, it is worked towards mid-wicket.
16.3
0
M Nabi to K O'Brien, On the pads again, it is worked towards mid-wicket.
16.2
0
M Nabi to K O'Brien, On the stumps, the batter goes back and keeps it out.
16.1
1
M Nabi to S Singh, Flatter and on middle, this is pushed down to long on for a run.

It has started to drizzle here! Not that heavy though, the umpires are happy to continue.

15.6
0
R Khan to K O'Brien, Full outside off, played towards the gully region for no run.
15.5
0
R Khan to K O'Brien, Played on the leg side for no run.
15.4
0
R Khan to K O'Brien, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
15.3
0
R Khan to K O'Brien, Defended to the covers.
15.2
1
R Khan to S Singh, Full ball driven to the covers for a single.
15.1
1
R Khan to K O'Brien, Short leg spinner outside off, played on the side for a single.

Rashid Khan is into the attack.

14.6
0
M Nabi to S Singh, Once again it is the straighter line, it is worked towards mid-wicket.
14.5
0
M Nabi to S Singh, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
14.4
0
M Nabi to S Singh, Down the leg side, Singh walks right across and flicks it to backward square leg.
14.3
0
M Nabi to S Singh, Now with the turn, it is flicked towards mid-wicket.
14.2
1
M Nabi to K O'Brien, This is fired on the pads, the batsman walks across and then clips it towards square leg for a run.
14.1
1
M Nabi to S Singh, Flatter and slightly shorter in length, Nabi pushes it down to long on for a run.
13.6
0
G Naib to S Singh, Leg bye! Good length ball on the pads, Singh tries to flick but misses. He gets hit high on the pads. An appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. The batsmen in the meantime, take a run.
13.5
0
G Naib to S Singh, Full ball on the pads, Singh gets his bat down in time and defends it.
13.4
0
G Naib to S Singh, Pitched outside off, played to extra cover for a run.
13.3
1
G Naib to K O'Brien, Another ball outside off, driven towards cover, the fielder gets a hand to hit but they run a single.
13.2
1
G Naib to S Singh, Straight on the off stump, driven to extra cover for a quick single.
13.1
0
G Naib to S Singh, Full ball swinging away, the batsman tries to drive but misses.
12.6
1
M Nabi to S Singh, With the turn works it towards mid-wicket and takes a run.
12.5
0
M Nabi to S Singh, Covers the line and defends it onto the ground.
12.4
1
M Nabi to K O'Brien, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
12.3
0
M Nabi to K O'Brien, Flatter and on off, the batter blocks it out.
12.2
1
M Nabi to S Singh, On the pads, it is worked towards short fine leg for a run.
12.1
0
M Nabi to K O'Brien, Missed stumping! Tough chance though. This is tossed up on leg stump, the batsman looks to flick but misses. it hits his pads and deflects off the keeper shoulder and towards short third man. Tough chance that. The batsmen take a leg bye.

Mohammad Nabi is on now.

11.6
0
G Naib to S Singh, A dot to end a good over for the visitors! Length ball on off, it is kept out.
11.5
4
G Naib to S Singh, FOUR! Short and wide outside off, Singh cuts it hard & the ball races away through the backward point region for a boundary.
11.4
0
G Naib to S Singh, Continues to bowl outside off, Singh shoulders arms and lets the ball go.
11.3
0
G Naib to S Singh, Fuller in length on the off stump, driven to the covers.
11.2
4
G Naib to S Singh, FOUR! Short and it sits up to be hit! Singh goes back and smashes it through mid-wicket for a much-needed boundary.
11.1
0
G Naib to S Singh, Length ball wide outside off, just inside the white line, got saved by an inch.
10.6
0
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, On the fuller side, the batter works it with the turn to mid-wicket.
10.5
1
Ur Rahman to S Singh, Slightly shorter, easy for the batsman to go back and punch it down to long on for a run.
10.4
0
Ur Rahman to S Singh, On the stumps this time, this is pushed to covers.
10.3
0
Ur Rahman to S Singh, Outside off this time, the batter lets it be.
10.2
0
Ur Rahman to S Singh, On the off pole, the batsman defends it out.
10.1
1
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Flatter and on middle, this is pushed down to long on for a single.

Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring.

9.6
0
A Alam to S Singh, Pitched on middle, hits the pad but it's going down the long side. Loud appeal from the bowler but the umpire nods his head.
9.5
0
A Alam to S Singh, Fullish and just outside off, defended on the front foot.
9.4
0
A Alam to S Singh, Fuller in length on the off stump line, the ball stays low but Singh digs it out in the end.
9.3
0
A Alam to S Singh, Short ball, played off the back foot for a dot.
9.2
0
A Alam to S Singh, Fuller ball, driven to the cover for no run.
9.1
0
A Alam to S Singh, Pitched outside off, played to the point fielder.
8.6
0
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Tossed up on middle, O'Brien nudges it to the leg side. Just 2 runs from the over. Mujeeb continues to bowl well.
8.5
1
Ur Rahman to S Singh, Full on middle, Singh drives it towards mid on for a run.
8.4
0
Ur Rahman to S Singh, Loopy delivery on off, Singh keeps it out.
8.3
0
Ur Rahman to S Singh, Flighted delivery on off, Singh defends it off the front foot.
8.3
0
Ur Rahman to S Singh, WIDE! Bowls it down the leg side, Singh looks to flick but misses it.
8.2
0
Ur Rahman to S Singh, Floated delivery on off, Singh plays it to point.
8.1
0
Ur Rahman to S Singh, Tossed up on off, Singh defends it off the front foot.
7.6
0
A Alam to K O'Brien, Length ball outside off, defended to the covers for no run. Maiden over.
7.5
0
A Alam to K O'Brien, Straight on middle, defended off the back foot.
7.4
0
A Alam to K O'Brien, Full outside off, O'Brien drives it to the cover fielder.
7.3
0
A Alam to K O'Brien, Pitched outside off, placed on the leg side.
7.2
0
A Alam to K O'Brien, Width outside off, driven to the cover fielder for another dot.
7.1
0
A Alam to K O'Brien, Full ball on middle, played on the back foot for a dot.
6.6
1
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.

Kevin O'Brien is the next man in.

6.5
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, OUT! That is a terrific stumping from Ikram Ali Khil! All of a sudden, Ireland have lost their third. Full and outside off, Stirling lunges to defend but the ball just spins away, past the outside edge. The keeper collects the ball and whips the bails off in a flash and is reasonably confident. The umpire takes it upstairs and replays show that the foot is on the line when the bails are dislodged! This is from the stump camera. From the side angle, it looks like some part of the foot is inside the line. Anyways, out signalled.
6.4
1
Ur Rahman to S Singh, Outside off, pushed through point for a quick single.

Simi Singh walks in at number 4, replacing Balbirnie.

6.3
0
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, OUT! The man who hit a century in the last match departs! It was tossed up on off, Balbirnie comes forward and chips it straight towards Mujeeb who takes the simplest of catches. The ball holed up a bit in the pitch and that was the reason for his dismissal.
6.2
1
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Floated on middle, Stirling sweeps it towards square leg for a run.
6.1
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Tossed up on middle, Stirling defends it out.
5.6
0
A Alam to A Balbirnie, Length ball on the leg stump, played towards mid-on for no run.
5.5
0
A Alam to A Balbirnie, Full on middle, pushed straight to mid on.

Andy Balbirnie is the new batsman in.

5.4
0
A Alam to W Porterfield, OUT! LBW! There goes the first one! Aftab Alam has struck and boy, is he pumped up! Full and fast, straight and in line of the stumps, coming in from around the wicket, Porterfield plays all around it, looking to flick and misses. Is hit on the pads and Alam appeals. Umpire Ravi thinks for a while, takes his time and eventually raises his finger. Porterfield is not happy, perhaps he thinks that was missing leg. Replays seem to indicate that was plumb. Early break for Afghanistan.
5.3
4
A Alam to W Porterfield, FOUR! Another ball on the pads, he flicks it again but this time towards the mid-wicket region for a boundary. Porterfield is enjoying it here. 3 Consecutive fours in the over.
5.2
4
A Alam to W Porterfield, FOUR! Full ball outside off, drives it above the cover fielder for another boundary.
5.1
4
A Alam to W Porterfield, FOUR! Pitched outside leg onto the pads, Porterfield flicks it to long leg for a BOUNDARY.
4.6
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Floated on off, Stirling defends it off the front foot.
4.5
1
Ur Rahman to W Porterfield, Tossed up on middle, the skipper nudges it towards square leg for a run.
4.4
0
Ur Rahman to W Porterfield, Floated on leg, the left-hander looks to flick but gets hit on the pads.
4.3
0
Ur Rahman to W Porterfield, Flighted delivery on middle, Porterfield sweeps it to the leg side.
4.2
0
Ur Rahman to W Porterfield, Tossed up on off, Porterfield plays it to covers.
4.1
3
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Full and down the leg side, Stirling sweeps it fine. The fielder gives it a good chase and stops it just before the ropes.
3.6
0
A Alam to W Porterfield, On middle, the left-hander defends it off the back foot.
3.5
0
A Alam to W Porterfield, On a good length on off, Porterfield plays it to covers.
3.4
0
A Alam to W Porterfield, On a good length on off, Porterfield defends it off the front foot.
3.3
1
A Alam to P Stirling, Full on off, Stirling drives it towards covers for a run.
3.2
0
A Alam to P Stirling, On a good length on middle, Stirling looks to defend but it goes of the inner half of the bat towards mid-wicket.
3.1
0
A Alam to P Stirling, Full on middle and leg, Stirling drives it to mid on.
2.6
4
Ur Rahman to W Porterfield, FOUR! Overpitched on off, Porterfield drives it through the covers for a boundary. The last ball spoils the over.
2.5
0
Ur Rahman to W Porterfield, Full ball, defended on the front foot.
2.4
1
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Nicely played. Stirling gets down on one knee and sweeps this behind square leg for a run.
2.3
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Floated delivery, wrong 'un gets on top of the bat, defended towards cover.
2.2
1
Ur Rahman to W Porterfield, Flighted on off, driven straight to long on for a single.
2.1
0
Ur Rahman to W Porterfield, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
1.6
0
A Alam to P Stirling, On off, the batsman blocks it off his front foot. Just 5 runs have come from the over.
1.5
0
A Alam to P Stirling, On a good length on off, Stirling keeps it out.
1.4
0
A Alam to P Stirling, On a good length on off, Paul blocks it well.
1.3
4
A Alam to P Stirling, DROPPED AND FOUR! Najibullah Zadran drops the catch. Length delivery outside off, Stirling drives it towards point where Zadran jumps to take it but it goes through him for a boundary. That was a tough chance for Najibullah Zadran.
1.2
0
A Alam to P Stirling, On a good length on off, Stirling defends it off the back foot.
1.1
1
A Alam to W Porterfield, Full on leg, Porterfield flicks it towards fine leg for a run.

Aftab Alam will bowl with the second new ball.

0.6
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Flighted delivery on off, Stirling defends it off the front foot. Good start from Afghanistan. 3 runs have come from it.
0.5
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Floated on off, Stirling keeps it out.
0.4
1
Ur Rahman to W Porterfield, Full on middle, the skipper drives it through mid on for a run.
0.3
1
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Flighted delivery on middle, Stirling defends it towards covers and takes a run.
0.2
1
Ur Rahman to W Porterfield, Floated on off, Porterfield drives it through mid off for a run. The skipper is off the mark.
0.1
0
Ur Rahman to W Porterfield, Starts with a tossed up delivery on off, Porterfield defends it off the front foot.

Welcome back for the chase. The players and umpires are out in the middle. William Porterfield and Paul Stirling will open the batting for Ireland. Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman will start the proceedings for Afghanistan.