Afghanistan in Ireland, 2 ODI Series, 2019

Ireland vs Afghanistan - 2nd ODI

Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast

Date & Time: 21 May 2019

Ireland 179/10

RR: 4.33 | Afghanistan beat Ireland by 126 runs

commentary

The two skippers now are handed over the trophy which they share for drawing the series 1-1. They smile and pose for the shutterbugs. This has been a short but wonderful series. Ireland will now wait for Zimbabwe to come and visit them while Afghanistan head over to England and Wales for the Cricket World Cup! It has been wonderful covering this series. Hope you enjoyed following it too. Until next time which will be during the World Cup warm-ups, goodbye, take care and cheers!

Victorious Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib thanks the almighty first for a perfect finish to the series. Feels they played a really good game today as a team. He credits Ireland for a really perfect game on Sunday but credits his team now for turning it around today and performing to the best of their abilities. Looking ahead to the World Cup, the skipper feels it is a big tournament coming up and reckons this was good practice for them before that. He signs off by praising Shahzad, Rahmat and Najibullah Zadran who played really well today.

Ireland skipper, William Porterfield says that Afghanistan did the basics well for longer periods in the game, which was the reason they won. He mentions that he expected the pitch to have a bit more for the bowlers early on but also did not think that it will be difficult for batting. He admits that the series between these two sides have been really tight since Dehra Dun and even here. Signs off by saying that it was nice to give some game time to lots of young players.

Player of the series, Paul Stirling says that it is nice to win this trophy but it would have been even nicer had they won the game. Mentions they wanted to perform better and are disappointed with today's result. Informs that they did not get any partnership going during the chase and that made it difficult for them.

Coming to the bowling performance, one man stood out. It was the captain, Gulbadin Naib. He was terrific with his line and length and ended up picking 6 for 43, his best-ever figures in ODIs and the 3rd best ever by an Afghan bowler. Dawlat Zadran, Rahmat Shah and Aftab Alam picked up one wicket each too. Thus with this commanding bowling performance, it was a stroll in the park for the Afghan side in their last official ODI before the World Cup. The presentation to follow...

With 305 on the board, Afghanistan started bowling with a big cushion. They removed the opener, James McCollum early once more and even though Paul Stirling held up one end, they kept chipping away at the wickets' column on the other end. Stirling too fell soon after getting to 50 and when the experienced duo of Kevin O'Brien and William Porterfield did not do much, the writing was always on the wall. Wilson delayed the inevitable with the tail being around him for a bit but in the end, they succumbed to a huge loss with more than 8 overs left!

These two teams were inseparable when they met in India earlier this year and here too, they have shared an ODI series. After the commanding performance from Ireland in the first ODI, Afghanistan have stormed back with a comprehensive win over them in the second. It has been a brilliant bowling performance in defense of a total that always seemed to be a bit too much for the hosts to chase. The skipper picked up 6 wickets and led from the front as they bowled out Ireland for just 179!

41.2
0
G Naib to G Wilson, OUT! That is it. Wilson refused to take the single off the previous ball but that does not matter much as he departs the very next ball. Naib gets his 6th of the game. Fuller ball on off, Wilson hits it uppishly to short mid-wicket. Rashid Khan makes no mistake and takes an easy catch. Afghanistan win the game comprehensively by 126 runs.
41.1
0
G Naib to G Wilson, Good length ball on off, Wilson pulls it to long on and refuses to take a run.
40.6
0
R Khan to B Rankin, Another appeal for LBW but turned down again by the umpire. This one was missing leg comfortably too.
40.5
0
R Khan to B Rankin, Another ball down the leg side, Rankin misses the ball and gets hit on the pads down the leg side.
40.4
0
R Khan to B Rankin, Loud appeal but the ball was pitching outside leg. A flatter one, Rankin misses the flick and gets rapped on the pads outside the line of leg stump. An appeal arises from all the fielders but the umpire turns it down.
40.3
1
R Khan to G Wilson, Flatter on middle, Wilson sweeps this to deep square leg for a single.
40.2
0
R Khan to G Wilson, Wilson misses the shot as he tries to hit the ball to the off side. So close to the outside edge as well.
40.1
4
R Khan to G Wilson, FOUR! Streaky runs but Ireland do not care. A flatter one on middle, Wilson comes inside the line and looks to paddle the ball down to the fine leg fence but it goes very close to the keeper off the side of the blade. Luckily for Wilson though, the ball finds its way to the fence.

Powerplay 3 signalled by the umpire. Now 5 fielders can be outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the match. Also, Rashid Khan is back.

39.6
1
G Naib to G Wilson, Wilson opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. The batsmen have run through for a single.
39.5
0
G Naib to G Wilson, Short length ball on middle, Wilson pulls this to mid-wicket.
39.4
4
G Naib to G Wilson, FOUR! Shot! A half-volley outside off, Wilson times this beautifully over mid off. He clears the fielder in the circle with ease and hence picks up a boundary.
39.3
1
G Naib to B Rankin, DROPPED! Terrific attempt from Rashid Khan at mid off but he cannot hold on. A length ball outside off, Rankin goes to loft the ball over mid off but the bat turns in his hand and the ball goes just behind Rashid who runs and tries to catch it with his right hand but fails to hold on. The batsmen pick up a single.
39.2
0
G Naib to B Rankin, Pushes this one to mid-wicket does the southpaw.
39.1
1
G Naib to G Wilson, Wilson pulls this short ball to deep mid-wicket and picks up a single.
38.6
0
D Zadran to B Rankin, Full on off, Rankin taps it back to the bowler. The bowler has an unnecessary shy at the keeper's end and he misses. Zadran also apologizes to Rankin for the unwanted show of aggression there. So it ends in good spirits.
38.5
0
D Zadran to B Rankin, Good length ball on off, Rankin swings his bat at it but misses.
38.4
0
D Zadran to G Wilson, Ouch! That must have hurt. Short on the body, Wilson looks to pull but misses. The ball hits him on the helmet and they take a leg bye.
38.3
2
D Zadran to G Wilson, Outside off on a length, GW cuts it over backward point for a couple.
38.3
0
D Zadran to G Wilson, WIDE! Bouncer goes over the batsman's head. It is outside off, Wilson lets it go. Wide signalled.
38.2
0
D Zadran to G Wilson, Shorter on off, Wilson pulls it to the man at mid-wicket.
38.1
0
D Zadran to G Wilson, Fuller length outside off, driven to cover by Wilson.

Boyd Rankin is the last man in.

37.6
0
G Naib to Tim Murtagh, OUT! Five for Naib! Stand up and applaud this performance from the Afghan skipper! A length ball outside off, Murtagh looks to hit it over mid off but as he plays the shot, one hand comes off the handle and the ball flies meekly towards mid off where Afghan moves slightly to his right and takes the simplest of catches. This game is finishing quickly...
37.5
0
G Naib to Tim Murtagh, Short outside off, the batsman pushes this ball to the left of mid off.
37.4
0
G Naib to Tim Murtagh, Bowls this one from around the wicket, Murtagh defends the ball towards mid on.

Tim Murtagh walks out to bat next.

37.3
0
G Naib to B McCarthy, OUT! Big appeal from the bowler and the keeper, the LBW has been given. A length ball on middle and cutting in to the batsman, McCarthy misses the ball and gets hit on the pads in front of leg stump. The finger goes up and that is the end of this partnership worth 25 runs. Afghanistan 2 away now and 200 looks really out of reach now for the hosts. Naib meanwhile picks up his fourth wicket! What a bowling spell this has been from the skipper.
37.2
1
G Naib to G Wilson, Short of a length on middle, pulled away by Wilson to deep mid-wicket for a single. There was good timing on that one.
37.1
1
G Naib to B McCarthy, On a length outside off, pushed towards deep cover for a single by McCarthy.

Pace from both ends now, the skipper comes back on.

36.6
1
D Zadran to B McCarthy, On the pads, BM flicks it towards mid-wicket and keeps the strike.
36.5
4
D Zadran to B McCarthy, FOUR! Once again the batsman rides his luck. Nothing wrong in the delivery. He bowls a good length ball outside off, McCarthy looks to drive but gets a thick outside edge through the third man region for a boundary.
36.4
0
D Zadran to B McCarthy, Good length ball on off, BM hits it to the man at cover.
36.3
4
D Zadran to B McCarthy, FOUR! Not fair on the bowler. He bowls a very good bouncer on off, Barry looks to pull but gets a thick outside edge. It goes over the keeper's head.
36.2
0
D Zadran to B McCarthy, On a length on off, defended back towards the bowler on the front foot.
36.1
4
D Zadran to B McCarthy, FOUR! The pacer is welcomed back with a boundary. Short of a length on middle, McCarthy pulls this wide of deep fine leg for a boundary. Good shot. The 150 is brought up with that shot.

Dawlat Zadran is back on.

35.6
0
R Shah to G Wilson, Full on middle and leg, Wilson on drives it straight to mid on.
35.5
1
R Shah to B McCarthy, Good length ball on off, Barry drives it to covers for a run.
35.4
0
R Shah to B McCarthy, Fired on the pads, McCarthy looks to glance it but gets hit on the pads. The Afghanistan players put in the appeal but it is turned down the umpire.
35.3
0
R Shah to B McCarthy, Flatter on the pads, BM looks to flick but it takes a feather of his pad on its way to the keeper.
35.2
0
R Shah to B McCarthy, Floated on middle and leg, Barry drives it to mid on.
35.1
0
R Shah to B McCarthy, Tossed up outside off, Barry looks to drive but gets an inside edge which somehow misses the leg stump.

Drinks break! Afghanistan in supreme command of this defense. They are 3 wickets away from bowling out Ireland and salvaging a game in this series. The home side look all but down in this game and it looks like a near-to-impossible task for them here. They would love to delay the inevitable as long as possible.

34.6
0
R Khan to G Wilson, On middle and leg, GW flicks it to the man at mid-wicket.
34.5
1
R Khan to B McCarthy, Flatter on middle, Barry looks to flick but gets a leading edge which goes wide of cover and they get a run.
34.4
0
R Khan to B McCarthy, Tossed up on off, BM drives it straight to cover.
34.3
1
R Khan to G Wilson, Shorter on off, Wilson punches it towards cover for a run.
34.2
0
R Khan to G Wilson, On the pads, Wilson tucks it to mid-wicket.
34.1
0
R Khan to G Wilson, Quicker on off, Gary looks to reverse sweep it but misses. The ball hits him on his pad. Rashid Khan goes up in appeal but the umpire is not keen.
33.6
0
R Shah to B McCarthy, McCarthy misses his placement on this occasion and drives the ball to cover who once again makes a tumbling stop. The ball gets out of his grasp but the batsmen do not want to run on a misfield.
33.5
1
R Shah to G Wilson, Wilson drives this to deep cover and gets to the other end.
33.4
0
R Shah to B McCarthy, Bowled quick on the pads, McCarthy misses his flick. The ball rolls off his pads towards square leg. The fielder there picks the ball up and throws it to the bowler's end. The leg bye is completed easily though. There was also an appeal for LBW which was turned down.
33.3
0
R Shah to B McCarthy, Bowled quick on middle, Barry defends the ball back towards the bowler.
33.2
1
R Shah to G Wilson, Driven through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single.
33.1
1
R Shah to B McCarthy, Good effort from the fielder at cover but cannot prevent a single. A fuller one outside off, driven by McCarthy to cover where the fielder dives but cannot stop the ball fully. Single taken.
32.6
0
R Khan to G Wilson, Quicker outside off, Gary looks to block it but gets beaten. Good over from Rashid but the wicket is eluding him.
32.5
1
R Khan to B McCarthy, Flatter outside off, McCarthy runs it down towards third man for a run.
32.4
0
R Khan to B McCarthy, Flighted on middle, Barry defends it.
32.3
0
R Khan to B McCarthy, Quicker on off, Barry does well to keep it out.
32.2
1
R Khan to G Wilson, Tossed up on off, Wilson sweeps it over mid-wicket for a run.
32.1
0
R Khan to G Wilson, Shorter on off, Gary gets on his back foot and blocks it.
31.6
1
R Shah to G Wilson, Flighted outside off, Wilson keeps strike taking a single with a drive to deep cover. Another excellent over for Afghanistan.
31.5
0
R Shah to G Wilson, GW pushes this one to covers coming ahead.
31.4
0
R Shah to G Wilson, Gary comes ahead and defends this one with a straight bat.
31.3
0
R Shah to G Wilson, Bowled flatter on leg stump, Wilson drags this pull to short fine leg.

Barry McCarthy is the new man in.

31.2
0
R Shah to M Adair, OUT! Adair holes out in the attempt to go big! A flatter leg spinner outside off, Mark looks to clear long off but ends up hitting it straight to Najibullah Zadran in the deep. Ireland are going downhill here. Afghanistan coasting to a huge win meanwhile as Rahmat Shah, the part-timer picks up his first wicket.
31.2
0
R Shah to M Adair, The batsman tries flicking a ball that is down the leg side. The umpire has signalled a wide.
31.1
0
R Shah to M Adair, Flatter on the pads, tucked towards mid-wicket by Adair.
30.6
2
R Khan to G Wilson, Floats it on off, Gary strokes it towards cover and keeps the strike.
30.5
1
R Khan to M Adair, Tossed up outside off, Adair drives it to point and rotates the strike.
30.4
0
R Khan to M Adair, Flatter on off, Mark punches it to point and gets one.
30.3
0
R Khan to M Adair, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
30.2
3
R Khan to G Wilson, Flatter outside off, Gary looks to defend but gets a thick outside edge which goes past the first slip fielder. Asghar Afghan runs in and pulls the ball back in play. He does not have any cover so he runs and gets to the ball and throws it back himself.
30.1
0
R Khan to G Wilson, Leg spinner pitching on leg, Wilson looks to defend but misses and gets hit high on the knee roll. They put in a huge appeal but the umpire turns it down.

Change of ends for Rashid Khan.

29.6
0
R Shah to M Adair, What a ball! A loud appeal as well, probably for a stumping. The ball was bowled flatter outside off, Adair misses the ball as he looks to drive this one. Shahzad collects and whips off the bails. He then appeals for both catch and stumping but to no avail.
29.5
2
R Shah to M Adair, Really quick and on the pads, Adair runs the ball down fine on the leg side. A couple of runs taken easily.
29.4
1
R Shah to G Wilson, Shorter this time outside off, pulled away by Wilson for a single to deep mid-wicket.
29.3
0
R Shah to G Wilson, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
29.2
1
R Shah to M Adair, Quick single! A flatter one on the middle and leg stump line, flicked towards mid-wicket by Adair and he sets off for a run. The batsmen run through for a quick single even as the fielder almost had the ball hit straight to him. Luckily a weak throw means the batsmen make it in.
29.2
0
R Shah to M Adair, Wide! This one is bowled down the leg side by Rahmat. It is adjudged wide by the umpire.
29.1
1
R Shah to G Wilson, Flatter one outside off, cut away by wide of point for a single.

Rahmat Shah comes on to bowl now.

28.6
4
A Alam to M Adair, FOUR! Nice way to finish the over. Alam bangs it short but this time it comes on a comfortable height and Adair pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
28.5
0
A Alam to M Adair, On off, Mark takes no risk and calmly blocks it.
28.4
0
A Alam to M Adair, A well directed bouncer. It is on the body, Adair ducks under it.
28.3
1
A Alam to G Wilson, Nice shot for a single. Width on offer outside off, GW cuts it to deep point for a run.
28.2
0
A Alam to G Wilson, Good length ball on off, Gary defends it off his front foot.
28.1
0
A Alam to G Wilson, Shorter outside off, Wilson looks to pull but misses.
27.6
0
R Khan to M Adair, A flatter one on off and middle once more, Adair gets behind the line of the delivery and defends it.
27.5
0
R Khan to M Adair, Adair keeps the first ball he faces out by coming ahead.
27.4
1
R Khan to G Wilson, Flatter on the pads, flicked away through square leg for a single by GW.
27.3
0
R Khan to G Wilson, Wilson has defended this one back towards the bowler.

The new man in is Mark Adair.

27.2
0
R Khan to A McBrine, OUT! That was a suicidal run out! A flatter one on off, bounces really high. McBrine misses the pushed shot and the ball goes off the keeper's glove towards the leg side. The first slip fielder runs towards the ball which rolls and stops near square leg. Meanwhile, the striker, Andy who was ball-watching was forced to run by his partner, Wilson. Noor Ali Zadran throws the ball to Rashid who catches the ball and removes the stump before AM can make his crease. This is absolute hara-kiri by the hosts!
27.1
0
R Khan to A McBrine, Flatter one outside off, McBrine defends the ball towards cover.
26.6
0
A Alam to G Wilson,On the stumps, Wilson gets on his back foot and blocks it.
26.5
1
A Alam to A McBrine, Back of a length ball on off, McBrine pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single and he gets off the mark.
26.5
0
A Alam to A McBrine, WIDE! Alam misses his line and bowls it down the leg side. Wide signalled.
26.4
0
A Alam to A McBrine, Fuller on middle and leg, Andy drives it to mid on.
26.3
0
A Alam to A McBrine, Good length ball outside off,Andy plays it to point.
26.2
0
A Alam to A McBrine, Good length ball on off, McBrine defends it off his front foot.

Andy McBrine comes in at number 7, replacing Porterfield.

26.1
0
A Alam to W Porterfield, OUT! The skipper departs and with that the slight hope Ireland had is also fading away. Aftab bends his back and bowls it short. Porterfield goes for the pull and also times it well too but to his dismay he hits it too close to the fielder. Rahmat Shah at deep mid-wicket takes a very good catch running to his right.
25.6
0
R Khan to G Wilson, Wilson pushes this ball back down the ground but with no timing at all.
25.5
0
R Khan to G Wilson, Ooooh! Was that a chance? A flatter one outside off, Wilson looks to reverse sweep but the ball first goes off his thigh pad and then off the back of the willow. Mohammad Shahzad though fails to hold on and then appeals for an LBW. The umpire says not out though as the impact was outside off. A chance goes begging though...
25.4
1
R Khan to W Porterfield, Bowled really quickly outside off, the southpaw eases this ball to the left of point for a run.
25.3
0
R Khan to W Porterfield, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
25.2
1
R Khan to G Wilson, Pushed to the cover region by GW. They pick up a single.
25.1
0
R Khan to G Wilson, Flatter on off, Wilson looks to reverse sweep this ball but fails to put bat on ball. The ball gets the batsman on the pads and Rashid appeals but it was outside the line and hence the umpire says no.
24.6
0
A Alam to W Porterfield, Fuller on off, WP once again hits it back to the bowler.
24.6
0
A Alam to W Porterfield, WIDE! The bouncer bounces over the head of WP. He lets it go to the keeper. Wide signalled.
24.5
2
A Alam to W Porterfield, Back of a length ball on the body, WP pulls it towards deep mid-wicket and gets a brace.
24.4
0
A Alam to W Porterfield, On middle, William taps it back to the bowler.
24.3
2
A Alam to W Porterfield, Outside off, Porterfield punches it wide of sweeper cover and gets a couple.
24.2
0
A Alam to W Porterfield, Length ball outside off, William looks to drive it but the ball goes past his outside edge.
24.1
0
A Alam to W Porterfield, Good length ball on middle, WP blocks it towards the bowler.

Aftab Alam is back on.

23.6
2
G Naib to G Wilson, Back of a length ball on off, Wilson pulls it towards mid-wicket and gets a run. The fielder throws it at the bowler's end but the back up is weak and they get another one. 2 taken in total.
23.5
2
G Naib to G Wilson, Outside off on a length, Wilson cuts it wide of sweeper cover and gets a brace.
23.4
0
G Naib to G Wilson, Good length ball outside off, Wilson looks to push it but gets beaten.
23.3
0
G Naib to G Wilson, Outside off on a length, Gary hits it straight to point.
23.2
1
G Naib to W Porterfield, Length ball on off, William punches it towards cover and takes a quick single. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but mises. The back up was far and Wilson was looking for the second but his skipper was not too keen.
23.1
0
G Naib to W Porterfield, Fuller on off, Porterfield drives it straight to mid off.

STAT ALERT - Paul Stirling becomes the first-ever player from Ireland to have made four consecutive 50-plus scores. It is also the third time a batsman has done so in 2019, with de Kock and du Plessis having done so already this year. Quinton de Kock in fact, made 5 in row!

22.6
0
R Khan to G Wilson, Outside off, played straight to point.
22.5
0
R Khan to G Wilson, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
22.4
0
R Khan to G Wilson, Almost a yorker outside off, Wilson looks to dig it out but misses.
22.3
1
R Khan to W Porterfield, Around middle and leg, helped through square leg for one.
22.2
1
R Khan to G Wilson, Down the leg side, helped through square leg for a run.
22.1
1
R Khan to W Porterfield, Full and around off, worked through cover for a single.
21.6
0
G Naib to G Wilson, Good length ball on off, Wilson hits it straight to the man at point.

Gary Wilson walks in at number 6, replacing O'Brien.

21.5
0
G Naib to K O'Brien, OUT! What a catch! Good length ball on off and middle. It is not short enough to pull but Kevin still goes for it. He cannot get under the ball and it goes towards mid on. For a moment it looks like it will fall short of the fielder there but Asghar Afghan dives across to his right and takes a brilliant catch. Ireland in deep waters here, they have lost 4 wickets and they need something special from their skipper here if they want to win this game.
21.4
0
G Naib to K O'Brien, Fuller outside off, Kevin looks to drive but the ball moves after pitching and he gets beaten by it.
21.3
0
G Naib to K O'Brien, Good length ball on middle, Kevin hits it straight to the man at cover.
21.2
1
G Naib to W Porterfield, Outside off, this time William hits it wide of backward point and gets a run.
21.1
0
G Naib to W Porterfield, Good length ball outside off, Porterfield drives it but staright to point.
20.6
1
R Khan to W Porterfield, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. The batsmen have run through for a single.
20.5
1
R Khan to K O'Brien, Short and outside off, punched through the covers for a run.
20.4
1
R Khan to W Porterfield, On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
20.3
0
R Khan to W Porterfield, Around middle and off, worked straight to short mid-wicket.
20.2
0
R Khan to W Porterfield, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
20.1
0
R Khan to W Porterfield, Landed outside off, left alone.
19.6
0
G Naib to K O'Brien, Once again outside off, O'Brien has a poke at it but gets beaten again.
19.5
0
G Naib to K O'Brien, Better line this. It is outside off, O'Brien looks to defend but gets beaten.
19.4
4
G Naib to K O'Brien, FOUR! Pulled and pulled hard. Back of a length ball on middle and off, Kevin gets on his back foot and pulls it away through mid-wicket for a boundary.
19.3
1
G Naib to W Porterfield, On the pads, William flicks it to mid-wicket for a run.
19.2
0
G Naib to W Porterfield, On off, once again WP calmly blocks it.
19.1
0
G Naib to W Porterfield, Good length ball on off, Porterfield blocks it off the front foot.
18.6
0
R Khan to K O'Brien, Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
18.5
4
R Khan to K O'Brien, FOUR! Full and down the leg side, O'Brien paddles it fine for a boundary!
18.4
0
R Khan to K O'Brien, The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
18.3
1
R Khan to W Porterfield, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a single.
18.2
1
R Khan to K O'Brien, The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
18.1
1
R Khan to W Porterfield, Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single.

Rashid Khan has been introduced into the attack.

17.6
2
G Naib to K O'Brien, On the pads, Kevin flicks it wide of fine leg and O'Brien gets off the mark with a couple.

Drinks Break! Two quick wickets just before the break has seen Afghanistan bounce back strongly in the game. They now are in the driver's seat with Rashid Khan yet to come on to bowl. The set batsman in Paul Stirling has been dismissed and it will take a really good partnership now between the two new batsmen in the middle to take Ireland close to their target now. It is William Porterfield who will be partnered now by Kevin O'Brien, the latter to face after the break.

17.5
0
G Naib to P Stirling, OUT! Caught! The man in form, Paul Stirling is out of here. The visitors are happy and why not? The Afghanistan skipper hits the deck hard and bowls it on a length on middle and off, Stirling looks to pull it over the man at deep square leg but does not get the distance. It goes straight to Rashid Khan in the deep. He makes no mistake and Najibullah Zadran will be a happy man as he had dropped him earlier in the innings.
17.4
0
G Naib to P Stirling, Good length ball on off, Stirling blocks it off his front foot.
17.3
1
G Naib to W Porterfield, Length ball outside off, William strokes it to sweeper cover for a run.
17.2
0
G Naib to W Porterfield, Outside off and slightly shorter this time, Porterfield punches it to the man at cover.
17.1
0
G Naib to W Porterfield, Length ball outside off, WP drives it straight to cover.
16.6
1
A Alam to W Porterfield, Outside off on a length, William cuts it to point and gets a run.
16.5
0
A Alam to P Stirling, The ball strikes the batsman very low on the pads. One run added to the total.
16.4
3
A Alam to W Porterfield, Length delivery on the stumps, William punches it through covers, didn't time it well though but will still get 3 runs for it. The fielder did well to not concede a boundary.
16.3
0
A Alam to W Porterfield, Length ball, outside off, Porterfield drives it through the covers
16.2
0
A Alam to W Porterfield, Good length ball outside off, Porterfield looks to defend but gets beaten by the away swing.
16.1
1
A Alam to P Stirling, Stirling gets to his 21st fifty! His rich form in ODI format continues. Short of good length on the stumps, punched through covers for a single.
15.6
0
G Naib to A Balbirnie, OUT! That has taken a feather on its way through! A length ball outside off from Naib, Balbirnie looks to drive this through the covers but the ball takes a feather off the inside half of the bat. It carries to the keeper who catches it safely coming ahead. A breakthrough just at the right time for Afghanistan, this partnership was just beginning to bloom.
15.5
0
G Naib to A Balbirnie, AB has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
15.4
0
G Naib to A Balbirnie, Pushed back to the right of the bowler by Balbirnie. Naib gets low and fields the ball.
15.3
0
G Naib to A Balbirnie, Pushed towards mid off by the right-hander.
15.2
4
G Naib to A Balbirnie, FOUR! Excellent timing! A fuller ball on middle, driven back down the ground straight as an arrow. The ball reaches the rope. No chance for mid off or mid on.
15.1
0
G Naib to P Stirling, Back of a length outside off, Stirling tucks the ball to the right of mid-wicket. A single is taken.
14.6
0
A Alam to A Balbirnie, A front foot defensive push back to the bowler.
14.5
1
A Alam to P Stirling, On the pads, turned towards the right of mid-wicket by Stirling. A quick single is picked up.
14.4
0
A Alam to P Stirling, Back of a length outside off, defended back down towards the bowler.
14.3
1
A Alam to A Balbirnie, Length ball on the stumps, Balbirnie looking to play through the leg side, closes the bat face early and gets a leading edge past the cover-point fielder for a single.
14.2
1
A Alam to P Stirling, Length ball on the pads, eased out to square leg for a single by Stirling.
14.1
0
A Alam to P Stirling, Length ball on the off stump, defended to the off side.
13.6
1
G Naib to P Stirling, On the pads, Paul flicks it away to the leg side and keeps the strike.
13.5
1
G Naib to A Balbirnie, Outside off, Balbirnie taps it to point and gets to the other end.
13.4
0
G Naib to A Balbirnie, Good length ball on off, Andy blocks it off the front foot.
13.4
0
G Naib to A Balbirnie, WIDE! Naib misses his line and sprays one down the leg side. Andy looks to flick but misses. Wide signalled.
13.3
1
G Naib to P Stirling, On the pads, Paul flicks it to fine leg and gets a single.
13.2
0
G Naib to P Stirling, Good length ball outside off, Stirling looks to cut but gets beaten. Shahzad and Naib go up in appeal and are convinced they have got their man but the umpire is not moved.
13.1
6
G Naib to P Stirling, SIX! One handed stroke from Stirling. That's the sign of a man in form. When you are in form everything goes your way and that's what has happened here. Slower delivery outside off, Stirling smacks it over long off. Though the upper hand comes off the bat, it still carries all the way.
12.6
0
A Alam to A Balbirnie, A length ball on the pads, driven of the front foot to mid on.
12.5
0
A Alam to A Balbirnie, Pitched on a length around off, defended to point.
12.4
0
A Alam to A Balbirnie, Pitched on the off stump, driven to short cover.
12.3
0
A Alam to A Balbirnie, Outside off, pushed straight to cover.
12.2
1
A Alam to P Stirling, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
12.1
0
A Alam to P Stirling, Around off, solidly defended.
11.6
0
G Naib to A Balbirnie, Dot to end the over. On the stumps, Balbirnie keeps it out calmly.
11.5
0
G Naib to A Balbirnie, Full on off, Balbirnie drives it to mid off.
11.4
1
G Naib to P Stirling, Outside off, Paul drives it to point and gets a run.
11.3
0
G Naib to P Stirling, Good length ball outside off, Stirling looks to defend it on the off side but it goes off the inner half of his bat towards mid on.
11.2
0
G Naib to P Stirling, Follows it up with a solid front foot defense.
11.1
4
G Naib to P Stirling, FOUR! Not the start Naib would have wanted. He serves a full ball in the slot on off, Stirling says thank you very much and drives it through covers for a boundary.

The captain brings himself on. Gulbadin Naib into the attack.

10.6
4
A Alam to A Balbirnie, FOUR! Pulled with DISDAIN! Short ball in line with the stumps, Stirling sees it early and pulls it off the back foot over the mid-wicket for a boundary. Paul is looking in great touch with his strokeplay. With that boundary, Ireland's score goes past 50.
10.5
1
A Alam to P Stirling, Good length ball on off, Stirling eases it to deep cover and rotates the strike.
10.4
1
A Alam to A Balbirnie, Length ball outside off, punched through the off side for a single.
10.3
0
A Alam to A Balbirnie, Length ball coming in after hitting the deck. It is outside off, Balbirnie knows where his off stump is and he lets it go to the keeper.
10.2
0
A Alam to A Balbirnie, Outside off, pushed towards cover.
10.1
0
A Alam to A Balbirnie, A length delivery on the stumps, defended back to the bowler.

POWERPLAY 2 time. 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over. Aftab Alam into the attack now.

9.6
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, The batsman works it down the leg side. 47/1 in Powerplay 1.
9.5
1
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, Goes back and works it through mid-wicket for a run.
9.4
4
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, FOUR! Out comes the slog sweep. Hammered over mid-wicket. Full and outside off, Balbirnie gets down and mows it over cow corner.
9.3
1
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Length ball on the pads, driven to long on for a single.
9.2
2
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Good shot and brilliant effort in the field. Tossed up on off, Stirling hits the inside-out shot. The fielder from cover runs back and stops the ball from going to the fence with a brilliant dive. He succeeds in pulling it back before the ropes. Long on then gets across and returns the ball. Two runs taken.
9.1
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Flatter on middle, Paul hits it straight to mid-wicket.
8.6
0
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Good length ball on off, Balbirnie defends it straight back to the bowler.
8.5
2
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Back of a length ball on off, Balbirnie pulls it over mid-wicket. The ball does not have the legs to reach the fence and they get two.
8.4
1
D Zadran to P Stirling, Outside off, Stirling punches it towards cover for a run.
8.3
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, Length ball pitching on middle and leg, Stirling moves across his off stump and looks to pull but misses. Maybe it hit is thigh pad on its way to the keeper hence the wide has not been signalled. Shahzad does well diving to his left and stopping the ball.
8.2
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, Good shot but straight to the fielder. Length ball on off, Stirling gets on top of the ball and drives it perfectly but straight to cover.
8.1
1
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Good length ball outside off, Andy looks to drive it through covers but gets a thick outside edge which goes to third man on a bounce for a run.
8.1
0
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, WIDE! Dug in too short, Balbirnie ducks and Mohammad Shahzad leaps to take it.
7.6
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Short outside off, Paul cuts it hard but finds point.
7.5
2
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Tossed up on middle, Stirling hits it over mid-wicket. He does not time it well but gets two as the fielder from long on comes and gathers it.
7.4
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, On the pads, Paul flicks it but finds short fine leg.
7.3
1
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, Floated on middle and leg, Balbirnie nudges it to long on and gets off the mark.
7.3
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, WIDE! Mujeeb bowls it quick but down the leg side. Shahzad cannot hold onto the ball allowing them to tkae a run as well.
7.2
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Tossed up on middle, Stirling glances it to mid-wicket.
7.1
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Flatter on off, Stirling taps it to point.
6.6
0
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Down the leg side, helped straight to short fine leg.
6.5
0
D Zadran to A Balbirnie, Full and around off, watchfully defended.

Andy Balbirnie is the new man in at number 3, replacing McCollum.

6.4
0
D Zadran to J McCollum, OUT! A lazy shot from McCollum! Length delivery pitching outside off, the batsman looking to stroke it over mid off, doesn't connect well. The fielder at mid off didn't have to move an inch to take the easiest of the catches. The batsman's poor run continues! Ireland lose their first wicket.
6.3
0
D Zadran to J McCollum, Length delivery on off, defended from the crease.
6.2
1
D Zadran to P Stirling, A length ball pitching on off, driven to covers. A run added to the total.
6.1
1
D Zadran to J McCollum, Short of good length delivery on the stumps, Paul pulls it to deep square leg and they get a single.
5.6
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Once again tucks it to the same man there.
5.5
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, This time flicks it and finds the man at mid-wicket.
5.4
4
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, FOUR! Tossed up on middle and leg, this time Stirling gets the elevation right and hits it over mid-wicket for a boundary. Stirling is going after Mujeeb.
5.3
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Floated on the stumps, Stirling shows his experience and follows the six with a solid front foot defense.
5.2
6
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, SIX! The dropped chance is proving costly already. The very next ball Stirling has smashed it over the long off fence for a maximum.
5.1
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, DROPPED. Najibullah Zadran is the culprit. Mujeeb tosses it up on middle, Stirling looks to hit it over short mid-wicket. He does not get the elevation. Zadran stretches his left hand out and gets the ball in his hand but cannot hold onto it. You cannot drop the man in form.
4.6
0
D Zadran to J McCollum, Smart bowling. Zadran sees McCollum come down the track so he bangs it in short. James cannot do much but just let it go to the keeper.
4.5
1
D Zadran to P Stirling, Length ball on off, this time Paul drives it wide of cover and gets one.
4.4
0
D Zadran to J McCollum, Length ball on the pads, McCollum looks to flick but it goes off the thigh pad and they take a leg bye.
4.3
0
D Zadran to J McCollum, Good length ball moving away from the batsman. James looks to defend it with soft hands but gets a thick outside edge which goes to second slip on a bounce.
4.2
0
D Zadran to J McCollum, Good length ball on middle, McCollum gets on his front foot and defends it solidly.
4.1
1
D Zadran to P Stirling, On a length outside off, driven hard through covers by Stirling. There is a fielder in the deep and hence it is only a single.
3.6
0
Ur Rahman to J McCollum, Floated on the stumps, McCollum gets on his front foot and defends it to see off the over.
3.5
0
Ur Rahman to J McCollum, On the pads, James flicks it but finds the man at short fine leg.
3.4
0
Ur Rahman to J McCollum, On the pads, McCollum tucks it to mid-wicket.
3.3
0
Ur Rahman to J McCollum, Shorter and quicker on middle, McCollum defends it off the outer half of his bat.
3.2
0
Ur Rahman to J McCollum, Full this time on off, James defends it towards backward point.
3.1
0
Ur Rahman to J McCollum, Shorter on middle, James defends it to mid-wicket.
2.6
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, On a length on off, Stirling defends it off his front foot to see off the over.
2.5
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, Length ball on off, Stirling tucks it to the leg side.
2.4
2
D Zadran to P Stirling, Good length ball outside off, Stirling once again comes down the track and flicks it towards square leg. They take two as the fielder comes and mops it up.
2.3
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, Now bowls it on middle, Stirling solidly blocks it towards cover.
2.2
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, Pulls his length back on this occassion. Paul comes down the track a bit but seeing the length he just defends it.
2.1
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, Full and swinging away from the batsman. Paul drives it straight to the man at cover. Zadran is getting swing here.
1.6
1
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, On the pads, Paul flicks it away to the leg side and keeps the strike with a single. 4 runs off Mujeeb's first.
1.5
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, On the stumps, Paul taps it back to the bowler.
1.4
1
Ur Rahman to J McCollum, Short on middle, James pulls it off the inner half of his bat. The ball goes to square leg and they rotate the strike.
1.3
1
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Tossed up on middle and leg, Stirling nudges it to long on for a run.
1.2
1
Ur Rahman to J McCollum, On the pads, McCollum flicks it to square leg and gets off the mark with a single.
1.1
0
Ur Rahman to J McCollum, Starts with a floated delivery on the stumps, James blocks it.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman to take the second new ball and bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, Short of good length, defended of the back foot towards the off side.
0.5
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, Pitched on off, defended to the off side off the back foot.
0.4
4
D Zadran to P Stirling, FOUR! Make that two in two. Zadran pulls his length back this time Stirling just guides the ball past the diving point fielder for a boundary. Effortless shot.
0.3
4
D Zadran to P Stirling, FOUR! The run chase is off the mark and in some style. Zadran bowls it full on off, Stirling continues his fine form and smashes it through covers for a boundary.
0.2
0
D Zadran to P Stirling, A good length ball on the stumps, defended to covers.
0.1
0
D Zadran to P Stirling,Pitched around off, watchfully left through to the keeper.

We are back for the chase. The umpires walk out to the middle. Followed by Afghanistan players. Paul Stirling and James McCollum are the openers for Ireland. The first new ball is in the hands of Dawlat Zadran.