Afghanistan in Ireland, 2 ODI Series, 2019

Ireland vs Afghanistan - 1st ODI

Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast

Date & Time: 19 May 2019

Afghanistan 138/10

RR: 3.86 | Ireland beat Afghanistan by 72 runs

commentary

So that is all from here at Stormont! An emphatic victory for the Irish. They will now look to win the 2nd game and seal the series on Tuesday, 21st of May. That game will begin at 1045 local (0945 GMT). Join us for the coverage of the same to find out whether Afghanistan can come back harder in the second game and level in the series or not. Till then it is goodbye from us. Take care and cheers!

Victorious Ireland skipper, William Porterfield says that they have played good cricket in patches over the past month but admits that this was a pleasing performance, especially winning by 70-80 runs. Tells that he has built a good relationship with Stirling over the years and it is always good to bat with him. Mentions that they felt that the score was a bit under par and during the start of the defense, they were not bowling well but came back into the game and won it comprehensively in the end.

Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib says that the bowlers did their job but their batting was not good. Credits the way Ireland bowled and never let them get away. Also praises Stirling and Porterfield for their stand which took Ireland to that total.

Well, not much cannot be said about the batting of Afghanistan as a highest score of 29 will never be good enough. All the batsmen struggled against the right line and lengths bowled by the Irish bowlers. When you get bowled out and five batsmen get single-digit scores, you are always going to be in trouble. That is exactly what happened and Afghanistan slid to a horrific defeat here in Belfast. The captains' thoughts to follow...

The bowling performance was started off brilliantly by Tim Murtagh and Andy McBrine who bowled economically as well as picked two wickets in their opening spell. There on, the pressure was unrelenting and Mark Adair added the gloss on the performance picking up 4 wickets of his own. Boyd Rankin had a tough opening spell but his captain kept him on and he proved the worth with 3 wickets in the middle stages which put Ireland on the top in this game.

This has been an incredible bowling performance from the hosts but on the other hand, a very poor batting show from the away side, Afghanistan. They never got going in the chase of a total that looked under par on that wicket. They were too cautious in the beginning and lost wickets too while playing extremely slowly. They did have a decent stand in the middle when Mohammad Nabi and Asghar Afghan stitched 54 runs together and brought some hopes of a win back but once that was broken, eventually the pressure got to them and they kept losing wickets post that, crumbling to a defeat. Ireland though must be credited for the right lines and lengths that they bowled, never letting the visitors get any sort of advantage in the chase.

35.4
0
M Adair to Ur Rahman, OUT! Caught and bowled! It is all over here! IRELAND WIN BY 72 RUNS!!! A remarkable catch to bring the game to an end. A fuller ball on middle, Mujeeb hits the ball back to the bowler who gets his arm up in front of his face and holds onto the sharp return catch. Mujeeb cannot believe this. Meanwhile, Adair picks up his 4th wicket! We cannot believe this, Afghanistan have blown up a chase of 210 and fallen to a demoralizing loss.
35.3
0
M Adair to Ur Rahman, Fuller one on middle first up to Mujeeb, he hits it firmly to mid on who makes a good tumbling stop. He even throws the ball back in anger at the non-striker's end.
35.2
0
M Adair to G Naib, OUT! That could be the final nail in the Afghanistan coffin. Naib holes out at long on trying to smash his way to a win. A length ball on off, Gulbadin wants to hit a maximum over the bowler's head but fails to get enough power on that ball as it goes off the inside. It goes high and the substitute fielder, Kane there settles under the ball and takes a very good, calm catch! Just one away now from the win are Ireland!
35.1
0
M Adair to G Naib, Defended off the back foot by Naib to this ball on a length outside off.
34.6
4
B Rankin to A Alam, FOUR! Shot! Aftab Alam had no half-measures there. A short of a length ball on middle, Alam pulls this through mid-wicket. The ball raced away to the fence. Brilliant shot, just swung through the line.
34.5
0
B Rankin to A Alam, Back of a length outside off, Aftab pushes the ball towards backward point after getting out of the way.
34.4
0
B Rankin to A Alam, Aftab Alam defends the ball with a straight bat.
34.3
1
B Rankin to G Naib, Gulbadin pushes the ball through point for a single.
34.2
4
B Rankin to G Naib, Poor ball! On the pads, Naib has nudged the ball fine down the leg side. The ball races to the boundary. Four runs have been signalled by The Umpire.
34.1
2
B Rankin to G Naib, Back of a length outside off, Naib gets it off the outside half to the left of point. Two runs taken.
33.6
0
M Adair to A Alam, Outside off on a length, Aftab looks to hit the ball outside off but is beaten.
33.5
1
M Adair to G Naib, Pulled away to deep mid-wicket by Naib for a run.
33.4
1
M Adair to A Alam, This ball is hit towards mid on uppishly by Alam and the ball lands just short. That could have been out had the fielder reacted a bit more quickly there. A single is taken as the batsmen run through.
33.3
1
M Adair to G Naib, A misfield slight one by Dockrell at cover means the batsmen can pick up a single.
33.2
0
M Adair to G Naib, Defended towards the offside by GN.
33.1
4
M Adair to G Naib, FOUR! Good effort but in vain! A short length ball on middle, Naib pulls this away through mid-wicket. The fielder chases it, dives to keep it in but the effort goes in vain as the body was in contact with the rope at the same time as the ball.

Mark Adair comes back on now.

32.6
0
B Rankin to A Alam, Outside off, Aftab wanted to play that ball but lets it alone in the end.
32.5
0
B Rankin to A Alam, Defended off the front foot by the new batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

Aftab Alam walks in at number 10.

32.4
0
B Rankin to D Zadran, OUT! Third wicket for Rankin! The wheels are coming off really hard here for the visitors. A short length ball on middle, Zadran looks to pull this but gets a top edge. The ball lobs towards the keeper, Gary Wilson who takes the simplest of catches. This has been one big turnaround from the hosts!
32.3
0
B Rankin to D Zadran, On a length on middle, pushed defensively back to the bowler.
32.2
0
B Rankin to D Zadran, Back of a length on off, Zadran defends the ball towards cover. Looks for a quick single but it would have been suicidal.

Drinks break. Ireland are cruising at the moment. With 91 needed off 107 balls. This is surely Ireland's game to lose now. They are just 3 wickets away from sealing this game here. Dawlat Zadran will walk out to bat after the break.

32.1
0
B Rankin to R Khan, OUT! The seventh one goes down! Afghanistan are now in a huge spot of bother. Rashid Khan departs now. A short ball outside off, Rashid looks to hit it over mid off but fails to time it. It goes straight to William Porterfield at mid off who makes no mistake. Ireland will now feel really in the driver's seat! Gulbadin Naib would be the only one who can really take the game away from them now onward.
31.6
1
K O'Brien to R Khan, Rashid will keep the strike. He strokes the last ball to long on and gets a run.
31.5
6
K O'Brien to R Khan, SIX! Second six in the over and Rashid is playing the way he knows to play. As they say attack is the best form of defence. Rashid gets another full ball on off, this time he smashes it over the long off fence for a six.
31.4
0
K O'Brien to R Khan, On the stumps, Rashid blocks it with a straight bat.
31.3
0
K O'Brien to R Khan, Good length ball on off, Rashid hits it straight to cover.
31.2
2
K O'Brien to R Khan, Back of a length ball on off, Rashid pulls it wide of the fielder at deep mid-wicket for a couple.
31.1
6
K O'Brien to G Naib, SIX! That's out of here! Full length ball on off, it is in Rashid's zone. He whacks it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.
30.6
1
B Rankin to R Khan, Another length ball on middle, Rashid blocks it off his front foot and takes a single as the ball goes towards cover.
30.5
0
B Rankin to R Khan, Back of a length ball on off, Khan defends it with straight bat.
30.4
0
B Rankin to R Khan, Another incoming delivery on middle and leg, Rashid cannot do much but just block it.
30.3
0
B Rankin to R Khan, Length ball on the body, Rashid cannot do much but just block it.

Rashid Khan walks out to bat.

30.2
0
B Rankin to A Afghan, OUT! Boyd Rankin strikes. Ireland have got the wicket they were looking for. Good length ball pitching on off. It comes in after hitting the deck. Afghan looks to defend but gets beaten by the inward movement. The ball hits him on his knee roll. The Irish players all go up in appeal and the umpire slowly raises his finger.
30.1
1
B Rankin to G Naib, A length delivery on middle and leg, Gulbadin Naib flicks it to fine leg for a run.
29.6
1
K O'Brien to G Naib, Single to end the over. On the pads, Naib flicks it down the leg side for a run.
29.5
0
K O'Brien to G Naib, On off, Naib blocks it.
29.4
1
K O'Brien to A Afghan, Back of a length ball on off, Afghan defends it with soft hands and takes a quick single as the ball goes towards cover. George Dockrell gets to the ball and has a shy at the keeper's end. He hits the target and Wilson was confident they had got their man. But the square leg umpire says that Naib was in and rules his decision in the batsman's favour.
29.3
1
K O'Brien to G Naib, On the pads once again and Naib flicks it to the on side for one.
29.2
0
K O'Brien to A Afghan, On the pads, Afghan looks to flick but it goes off his thigh pad towards fine leg and they take a leg bye.
29.1
1
K O'Brien to G Naib, Length ball on off, Naib plays it towards cover and gets a run.
28.6
0
B Rankin to A Afghan, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
28.5
1
B Rankin to G Naib, Pulled away for a single to deep square leg.
28.4
0
B Rankin to G Naib, Short of a length this time, Naib goes for the pull but fails to connect.
28.3
0
B Rankin to G Naib, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
28.2
2
B Rankin to G Naib, Angled fine on the off side for a couple of runs this time by Naib.
28.1
1
B Rankin to A Afghan, A length ball outside off, Afghan looks to cut this through point The ball goes to third man for a single.

Gulbadin Naib walks out to bat next.

27.6
0
K O'Brien to M Nabi, OUT! No luck this time and Kevin this time finds the outside edge of Nabi's bat. Good length ball outside off. Nabi goes chasing after it. He plays a lazy drive and after the previous ball missing the outside edge, this time they get it. The 54-run stand is broken and Afghanistan have half their side back in the hut.
27.5
0
K O'Brien to M Nabi, Just misses. Length ball outside off, Nabi looks to drive but misses. It was not too far away from the outside edge.
27.4
1
K O'Brien to A Afghan, On the pads, Asghar flicks it to square leg for a run.
27.3
0
K O'Brien to A Afghan, Length ball on the stumps, Asghar defends it with straight bat.
27.2
0
K O'Brien to A Afghan, Length ball on off, Afghan blocks it off his front foot.
27.2
0
K O'Brien to A Afghan, WIDE! Kevin misses his line and bowls it down the leg side. Afghan looks to flick it but misses. Wide signalled.
27.1
0
K O'Brien to A Afghan, Fuller on off, Afghan blocks it off the front foot.

Kevin O'Brien into the attack now.

26.6
0
B Rankin to M Nabi, Good length ball outside off, Nabi lets it go the keeper.
26.5
1
B Rankin to A Afghan, On the pads, Afghan flicks it to fine leg for a run.
26.4
2
B Rankin to A Afghan, Length ball outside off, Afghan slaps it over point and wide of sweeper cover for a couple.
26.3
1
B Rankin to M Nabi, In the air...but safe. Back of a length ball on off, Nabi pulls it over mid-wicket but does not time it well. The ball falls short of the fielder in the deep and they take a run.
26.2
0
B Rankin to M Nabi, Good length ball outside off, Nabi looks to drive but misses.

Mohammad Nabi needing some attention now after copping a blow on the finger of his right hand.

26.1
0
B Rankin to M Nabi, A short delivery on off, Nabi looks to defend it on the back foot but the ball hits him on his glove.
25.6
0
G Dockrell to A Afghan, Fuller length around off, Afghan tries looks to defend but misses the ball, the ball hits the pads. A huge appeal by the bowler denied by the umpire.
25.5
1
G Dockrell to M Nabi, Full on off, Nabi drives it to mid off for a run.
25.4
6
G Dockrell to M Nabi, SIX! A short delivery this time, Nabi rocks back and pulls it above the mid-wicket region for another maximum.
25.3
6
G Dockrell to M Nabi, SIX! Just what Afghanistan wanted. A flighted delivery on middle and leg, Nabi dances down the track and lofts it over the mid-wicket fence for a huge six.
25.2
0
G Dockrell to M Nabi, Full on leg, Nabi plays it back to the bowler.
25.1
0
G Dockrell to A Afghan, Back of a length on off, Asghar looks to defend it but gets beaten, miss by the keeper results in a run. Bye signalled.
24.6
1
B Rankin to A Afghan, Another flick for a single by AA. 10 runs off this over, just what the doctor ordered for Afghanistan.
24.5
1
B Rankin to M Nabi, Nabi flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
24.5
0
B Rankin to M Nabi, Wide! This one is down the leg side and has been penalised by the umpire. Rankin is all over the place today.
24.4
1
B Rankin to A Afghan, Afghan pulls this short ball away on the leg side. Single taken easily.
24.3
0
B Rankin to A Afghan, Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
24.2
4
B Rankin to A Afghan, FOUR! Rankin is proving to be just the blessing in disguise that Afghanistan needed. The ball is full on the pads, flicked away through backward square leg and all the way to the fence for a boundary.
24.1
0
B Rankin to A Afghan, Straying down the leg side again, Afghan looks to flick that ball away but misses. It takes the shirt on its way through. The bowler mistakes it for an edge and hence appeals but the umpire is unfazed.
24.1
0
B Rankin to A Afghan, Wide! Bowled way, way down the offside. It is outside the tramline and hence has been wided by the umpire.
24.1
0
B Rankin to A Afghan, Wide! This one is down the leg side and has been wided by the umpire.
23.6
1
G Dockrell to A Afghan, Flights it on off, Afghan strokes it towards cover and gets a run.
23.5
4
G Dockrell to A Afghan, FOUR! Swept and swept fine. Floated on middle and leg, Afghan plays the sweep wide of short fine leg towards the square leg region for a boundary.
23.4
0
G Dockrell to A Afghan, On the stumps, Afghan calmly blocks it.
23.3
0
G Dockrell to A Afghan, On the pads, Afghan flicks it to the man at square leg.
23.2
1
G Dockrell to M Nabi, Shorter on off, Nabi slaps it to sweeper cover for a run.
23.1
0
G Dockrell to M Nabi, Floated on off, Nabi blokc sit off his front foot.
22.6
0
B Rankin to M Nabi, Bowled on the hips, Nabi misses the flick. The ball goes off the side of the batsman and a leg bye is stolen.
22.5
4
B Rankin to M Nabi, FOUR! Another freebie from Rankin. A length ball on the pads, Nabi runs the ball fine on the leg side with ease. Another boundary, the second of the over. This comes as a welcome change of pace for Afghanistan.
22.4
0
B Rankin to M Nabi, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
22.4
0
B Rankin to M Nabi, Wide! Down the leg side and it is wided.
22.3
4
B Rankin to M Nabi, FOUR! Welcome runs for Afghanistan! A length ball on the pads, Nabi runs it really fine on the leg side. These are easy pickings for a batsman of his caliber.
22.2
0
B Rankin to M Nabi, Defended solidly by MN onto the surface on the front foot.
22.1
0
B Rankin to M Nabi, A length ball outside off, Nabi looks to cut this ball away but fails to put bat on ball as it just moves away at the last moment.

Boyd Rankin comes on to bowl now.

21.6
0
G Dockrell to A Afghan, Floated on middle, Afghan tucks it to mid-wicket.
21.5
4
G Dockrell to A Afghan, FOUR! Excellent use of the feet. Tossed up on middle and leg, Afghan comes down the track and lofts it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
21.4
1
G Dockrell to M Nabi, Short on the body, Nabi milks it down to long on and rotates the strike.
21.3
1
G Dockrell to M Nabi, Short outside off, Afghn looks to cut but gets a thick outside edge towards third man for a single..
21.2
1
G Dockrell to M Nabi, Shorter off spinner on off, Nabi strokes it to covers and gets a run.
21.1
0
G Dockrell to M Nabi, Starts with a flatter delivery on off, Nabi looks to defend but does so off the inner portion of his bat.

George Dockrell replaces Andy McBrine.

20.6
0
M Adair to A Afghan, Dot to finish the over. 7 runs off the last 3. The last ball is on off, Asghar defends it to see off the over.
20.5
0
M Adair to A Afghan, Length ball on off, it moves away after pitching. Afghan has a poke at it but misses.
20.4
0
M Adair to A Afghan, On middle and leg, Afghan flicks it to mid-wicket.
20.3
1
M Adair to M Nabi, Good length ball on off, Nabi taps it to point and gets a run.
20.2
0
M Adair to M Nabi, On the stumps, Nabi defends it with straight bat.
20.1
0
M Adair to M Nabi, Length ball on off, Nabi gets on his front foot and blocks it.
19.6
0
A McBrine to Afghan, Stand up and applaud this guy! 4 maidens in an ODI! A flatter one on middle to end, pushed back to the bowler by the former skipper. McBrine finishes his quota of overs. He has incredible figures of 10-4-17-0!!!
19.5
0
A McBrine to Afghan, Fired in on the pads, flicked again to the same fielder.
19.4
0
A McBrine to Afghan, Flatter on middle, flicked by AA to mid-wicket.
19.3
0
A McBrine to Afghan, Another flatter one on off, cut away by Afghan towards the point fielder.
19.2
0
A McBrine to Afghan, Asghar looks to turn this ball towards mid-wicket but cannot time the ball well.
19.1
0
A McBrine to Afghan, Flatter on middle, kept out towards the offside by the batsman.

Mohammad Nabi walks out to bat.

18.6
0
M Adair to H Shahidi, OUT! Adair gets another one. He once again hits the length hard and bowls it outside off, Shahidi looks play it on the off side but gets a thick outside edge which goes straight to Gary Wilson behind the stumps. He takes a simple catch. Shahidi starts walking and the players are excited.
18.5
0
M Adair to H Shahidi, Play and a miss. Length ball outside off, Shahidi has a poke at it but misses.
18.4
1
M Adair to A Afghan, On the pads, Asghar flicks it to square leg and gets a run.
18.3
1
M Adair to H Shahidi, Outside off on a length, Shahidi taps it down to third man for a run.
18.2
0
M Adair to H Shahidi, Full on off, Shahidi hits it straight to mid off.
18.1
4
M Adair to H Shahidi, FOUR! What a shot! Full outside off, It is in Shahidi's slot. He cream his drive through covers for a boundary.

Drinks break! Ireland have choked Afghanistan's chase here and are right on top. Another wicket or two will mean that the visitors will be in extreme trouble. They need a partnership and some boundaries to get them going. The good thing working in their favour is that the total is not a very big one. A very entertaining passage of play lies ahead, who will come on top?

17.6
0
A McBrine to A Afghan, On the pads, Afghan flicks it but finds square leg.
17.5
0
A McBrine to A Afghan, On the stumps, Asghar blocks it off his front foot.
17.4
1
A McBrine to H Shahidi, Floated on off, Shahidi milks it to long on and gets a run.
17.3
2
A McBrine to H Shahidi, On the pads, Shahidi lofts it to mid-wicket but does not time it well so gets only one.
17.2
0
A McBrine to H Shahidi, Tossed up on off, Shahidi pushes it to cover.
17.1
0
A McBrine to H Shahidi, Floated on off, Shahidi blocks it off his front foot.
16.6
1
M Adair to H Shahidi, On off, Shahidi strokes it wide of mid off and gets a run.
16.5
0
M Adair to H Shahidi, On a length on off, Shahidi strokes it to the man at cover.
16.4
0
M Adair to H Shahidi, Good length ball on off, Shahidi strokes it to cover.
16.3
0
M Adair to H Shahidi, Length ball on off, Shahidi pushes it to point.
16.2
1
M Adair to A Afghan, Full again outside off, Afghan taps it to point and gets a run.
16.1
1
M Adair to H Shahidi, Full length ball on off, Shahidi drives it to covers and takes a quick run as the fielder there fumbles.
15.6
1
A McBrine to H Shahidi, Flatter on middle and leg, turned towards mid-wicket by Shahidi for a run. McBrine's figures read 8-3-14-0 now!!!
15.5
0
A McBrine to H Shahidi, Fired in on off, the batsman defends the ball back to the bowler once more.
15.4
0
A McBrine to H Shahidi, Flatter on middle, defended back down the ground to the bowler by the southpaw.
15.3
1
A McBrine to A Afghan, Turned away through mid-wicket for a single by AA.
15.2
2
A McBrine to A Afghan, Shorter this time outside off, Asghar chops the ball past extra cover to his right. Long off comes around and cuts the ball. 2 runs taken in the time.
15.1
0
A McBrine to A Afghan, Flatter on middle, pushed towards mid-wicket by Afghan.
14.6
0
M Adair to H Shahidi, Patted towards point by the batsman. Just 1 run off this over.
14.5
0
M Adair to H Shahidi, Back of a length on middle, HS defends back down the ground.
14.4
0
M Adair to H Shahidi, Another ball outside off that is left alone by Shahidi.
14.3
0
M Adair to H Shahidi, Outside off, left alone by the southpaw at the last moment.
14.2
1
M Adair to A Afghan, Quick single! This is what you need to do when the runs have dried up. Asghar pats this ball towards the off side and calls his partner for a quick single.
14.1
0
M Adair to A Afghan, Length ball outside off, Afghan looks to hit this ball on the off side but fails to put bat on ball once more.
13.6
0
A McBrine to H Shahidi, Maiden over. He has been very good in this game so far. He bowls a flatter one on the stumps, Shahidi comes down and taps it back to the bowler.
13.5
0
A McBrine to H Shahidi, 5 dots in a row now. This is floated on off, strokes it to the man at cover.
13.4
0
A McBrine to H Shahidi, Quicker through the air on middle, Shahidi defends it off his inner half of his bat.
13.3
0
A McBrine to H Shahidi, Tosses it up on off, Shahidi comes down the track and defends it.
13.2
0
A McBrine to H Shahidi, Flighted on middle and leg, Shahidi taps it back to the bowler.
13.1
0
A McBrine to H Shahidi, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
12.6
1
M Adair to H Shahidi, Length ball outside off, Shahidi taps it down to third man and gets off the mark. Brilliant over from Adair. Tremendous start. Just a single and a wicket off his first.
12.5
0
M Adair to H Shahidi, On off, Shahidi does not take any risk and just blocks it.
12.4
0
M Adair to H Shahidi, On the stump now, Shahidi defends it with straight bat.
12.3
0
M Adair to H Shahidi, Outside off, Shahidi leaves it alone.

Hashmatullah Shahidi walks out to bat.

12.2
0
M Adair to H Zazai, OUT! Bowled 'em. Big wicket for Ireland. They know how dangerous Zazai can be having seen it in the T20I earlier in the year. Adair has got the breakthrough in his very first over. Length ball pitching on middle and off, Zazai looks to pull, but the ball is not short and it goes onto disturb the off stump. The Irish players are happy and why won't they be?
12.1
0
M Adair to H Zazai, Starts right on the money. Length ball going away with the angle. It is on the body of Zazai blocks it.

Mark Adair is introduced into the attack.

11.6
0
A McBrine to A Afghan, Floated on off and middle, Afghan keeps it out.
11.5
1
A McBrine to H Zazai, On middle and leg, Zazai glances it to mid-wicket for a run.
11.4
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Tossed up on off, Zazai defends it off his front foot.
11.3
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Appeal for lbw turned down. Floated on middle and leg, Zazai looks to sweep but gets hit on the pad. Andy was excited but the umpire was not. The keeper also was not too keen.
11.2
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Floated on the stumps, Zazai looks to defend but does so off the inner half of his bat.
11.1
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Tossed up on off, Zazai strokes it to the man at cover.
10.6
0
Tim Murtagh to A Afghan, Another maiden from Murtagh! A length ball wide outside off, left alone by the batsman. This is unbelievable stuff from Tim!
10.5
0
Tim Murtagh to A Afghan, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
10.4
0
Tim Murtagh to A Afghan, Back of a length on middle, Afghan looks to whip this ball away but misses and gets hit high on the thigh pad. An appeal comes, it is very optimistic though.
10.3
0
Tim Murtagh to A Afghan, Asghar looks to poke at this ball outside the off stump but fails to put bat on ball as it holds its line instead of coming inward like the first two balls.
10.2
0
Tim Murtagh to A Afghan, Coming in again, turned off the pads by Afghan towards mid-wicket.
10.1
0
Tim Murtagh to A Afghan, Back of a length and coming into him from outside off, defended from the crease
9.6
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Another defensive stroke from HZ. What a brilliant start this has been from the Irish! Afghanistan are 21/2 at the 10 over mark.
9.5
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Zazai comes ahead and keeps this ball out.
9.4
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Hazratullah looks to work this drifting ball on middle and leg away but fails to put bat on ball. He gets hit on the pad but nothing too worrisome.
9.3
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Zazai defends this ball onto the surface once more.
9.2
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
9.1
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Flatter on off, kept out by Zazai coming ahead.
8.6
1
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, On the pads, Zazai flicks it to fine leg and gets a single. End of an excellent over. Just 2 runs and a wicket.
8.5
1
Tim Murtagh to A Afghan, Murtagh bowls it on off, Asghar looks to cut but gets a thick outside edge down to third man for one.

Asghar Afghan is the new man in.

8.4
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, OUT! Caught! Three dots on the trot and Rahmat got under pressure. Murtagh smartly bangs one in short. Rahmat looks to pull it but gets a top edge which goes aerially to mid-wicket. Paul Stirling there takes a dolly. He is not going to drop those and Afghanistan lose their second wicket.
8.3
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, Fuller on off, Shah drives it straight to mid off.
8.2
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, Once again Tim bowls it on a length around off, Shah solidly blocks it.
8.1
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, Good length ball on off. The ball comes in after pitching. Rahmat looks to defend but it goes to mid-wicket off the inner half of his bat.
7.6
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, HZ goes for the wild swing this time but once again, completely loses the radar of the ball and misses it. This is excellent bowling so far from Ireland, the visitors are not even scoring at 2.5 runs per over.
7.5
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Length ball on middle and leg, Zazai tucks this towards the fielder at square leg.
7.4
4
A McBrine to H Zazai, FOUR! What a shot! Right off the middle of the bat. A flatter one on middle, Zazai hits this one through mid off. No stopping that one.
7.3
1
A McBrine to R Shah, Fuller on middle, driven to long on for a run by Rahmat.
7.2
0
A McBrine to R Shah, This time the batsman goes back in the crease and keeps the ball out from the crease.
7.1
0
A McBrine to R Shah, Flatter on off, Rahmat has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
6.6
0
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Hazratullah has failed to put bat on ball this time again outside off stump. The ball is moving a bit here!
6.5
0
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Zazai looks to smash this one through the offside but the ball moves away at the last moment to go past the outside edge.
6.4
4
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, FOUR! Terrific shot! A fluent drive from Zazai this time and the ball finds the gap through the covers. Some pressure relieved!
6.3
1
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, Only a single as Zazai falls while trying to turn around and come for the second run. A length ball on the pads, flicked away through mid-wicket. Two runs were easy there but unfortunately the batsman slipped at the non-striker's end.
6.2
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
6.1
0
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, On a length on off, Rahmat keeps this ball out back onto the surface.
5.6
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Shorter and quicker on middle, defended from the crease by the opening batsman.
5.5
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Flighted outside off, this time Zazai drives the ball to cover.
5.4
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Flatter on off, chopped towards cover.
5.3
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Fired in quicker and full on off, the southpaw comes ahead and defends the ball into the surface.
5.2
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Flatter outside off, patted towards point by the left-hander.
5.1
1
A McBrine to R Shah, Flatter on the pads, turned away through mid-wicket by Shah for a run.
4.6
0
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Hazratullah this time looks to smash this one over the bowler's head but fails to put bat on ball. Another excellent over for Ireland, 1 run off it and a wicket as well.
4.5
0
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Length ball outside off, punched hard but straight to mid off by the southpaw.
4.4
0
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Back of a length outside off, Zazai punches this ball towards cover.
4.3
1
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, Fuller one on middle, Rahmat is off the mark with a flick shot through mid-wicket. Single taken.

Rahmat Shah walks out at number 3.

4.2
0
Tim Murtagh to M Shahzad, OUT! Struck in front and the finger goes up! On a length on middle, Shahzad looks to flick this away but the ball is missed by him. He gets hit in front of the wickets. The appeal is not even completed and the finger went up! This is the early wicket that Ireland so desperately needed. This could be a really tricky chase if Afghanistan lose early wickets.
4.1
0
Tim Murtagh to M Shahzad, Back of a length outside off, Shahzad pushes this ball towards point.
3.6
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Zazai pushes this ball towards cover. 2nd maiden on the trot!
3.5
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
3.4
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Flatter one on the pads, Zazai looks to flick this ball but it goes away slightly aerially towards square leg.
3.3
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Another flatter one on off, kept out by Hazratullah coming ahead.
3.2
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Watchfully defended by the southpaw once more.
3.1
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Flatter outside off, Zazai defends the ball on the front foot.
2.6
0
Tim Murtagh to M Shahzad, Another back foot defense this time from Mohammad. Maiden from Murtagh!
2.5
0
Tim Murtagh to M Shahzad, On a length on middle, kept out from the crease towards mid-wicket by MS. They want a single but fail to get one.
2.4
0
Tim Murtagh to M Shahzad, On a length on middle, kept out again by Mohammad.
2.3
0
Tim Murtagh to M Shahzad, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
2.2
0
Tim Murtagh to M Shahzad, This keeps slightly low on middle but MS adjusts and keeps this ball out with a good defensive shot.
2.1
0
Tim Murtagh to M Shahzad, On a length outside off, Shahzad comes ahead and defends the ball back down the ground.
1.6
0
A McBrine to H Zazai, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
1.5
2
A McBrine to H Zazai, Flatter outside off, Zazai chops this ball really late past the slip fielder. 2 runs are taken.
1.4
1
A McBrine to M Shahzad, Shahzad mistimes a lofted shot over mid on. A single is taken. The batsman looked to go against the turn there, could have been really risky.
1.3
0
A McBrine to M Shahzad, MS prods ahead and defends this ball back down the ground.
1.2
0
A McBrine to M Shahzad, Shahzad flicks this ball towards the leg side to the square leg fielder.
1.1
0
A McBrine to M Shahzad, Flatter one outside off first up from the offie, Shahzad defends from the crease.
0.6
0
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Dot to finish the over. Four runs off the first over. It is outside off, Zazai taps it to the man at point.
0.5
2
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Zazai is off the mark too. He also does so with a flick wide of fine leg for a couple.
0.4
0
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Outside off on a length, Zazai taps it to short third man.
0.3
0
Tim Murtagh to H Zazai, Good length ball outside off, Zazai looks to defend but gets beaten.
0.2
1
Tim Murtagh to M Shahzad, Shahzad is off the mark. On the pads, he flicks it to fine leg for a run.
0.1
0
Tim Murtagh to M Shahzad, Now corrects his line and bowl it on off, Shahzad looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
0.1
0
Tim Murtagh to M Shahzad, WIDE! The chase is off the mark, albeit with a wide. Not the start Ireland would have wanted. Murtagh bowls it down the leg side, Shahzad looks to flick it but misses.

We are back for the chase. The Irish players are out on the field and take their fielding positions. Mohammad Shahzad and Hazratullah Zazai are the openers for Afghanistan. Tim Murtagh has one new ball in hand and will bowl the first over.