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Ireland vs Afghanistan - 2nd T20I

Series: Afghanistan tour of Ireland, 2018
Venue: Bready Cricket Club, Bready, Northern Ireland
Date & Time: 22 August 2018

Ireland 79/10 (15 Ovs) RR: 5.27 | Afghanistan won by 81 runs

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Paul Stirling c Rashid Khan & b Aftab Alamc Rashid Khan & b Aftab Alam2500
Stuart Thompson c Nabi & b Mujeebc Nabi & b Mujeeb3700
William Porterfield c Aftab Alam & b Rashid Khanc Aftab Alam & b Rashid Khan332322
Andrew Balbirnie c Mujeeb & b Mujeebc Mujeeb & b Mujeeb0100
Gary Wilson bowled Rashid Khanbowled Rashid Khan222801
Kevin O Brien c (sub)Usman Ghani & b Fareed Ahmadc (sub)Usman Ghani & b Fareed Ahmad3500
Simi Singh bowled Nabibowled Nabi0300
George Dockrell c Shenwari & b Mujeebc Shenwari & b Mujeeb3700
Joshua Little Not OutNot Out1300
Boyd Rankin bowled Rashid Khanbowled Rashid Khan7501
Peter Chase c Nabi & b Rashid Khanc Nabi & b Rashid Khan4310
Extras 1 (b 0, lb 0, w 1, nb 0)
Total 79 (10 Wkts, 15 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
6-1 (Paul Stirling,1.5), 8-2 (Stuart Thompson,2.2), 9-3 (Andrew Balbirnie,2.6), 46-4 (William Porterfield,8.2), 60-5 (Kevin O Brien,10.2), 64-6 (Simi Singh,11.3), 66-7 (Gary Wilson,12.4), 68-8 (George Dockrell,13.2), 75-9 (Boyd Rankin,14.3), 79-10 (Peter Chase,14.6),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Mujeeb Ur Rahman4 0 17 3 4.25
Aftab Alam2 0 7 1 3.50
Fareed Ahmad3 0 19 1 6.33
Mohammad Nabi3 0 19 1 6.33
Rashid Khan3 0 17 4 5.67
Mohammad Shahzad0 0 0 0 0
Hazratullah Zazai0 0 0 0 0
Asghar Stanikzai0 0 0 0 0
Najibullah Zadran0 0 0 0 0
Samiullah Shenwari0 0 0 0 0
Shafiqullah Shafiq0 0 0 0 0

commentary

Right. Afghanistan haven't lost a T20I yet this year. They have made it 7 out of 7 and are fast becoming a powerhouse in this format. Let us see if Ireland can halt the juggernaut in the final T20I on Friday. Until then, it's a goodbye from us here. Cheers!

Asghar Afghan: We won the series and today's game was important for us. Our target was above 140, lucky that we got to 160. We lost early wickets, myself and Zazai put up a good partnership but we didn't finish well once again. But these things happen and we need to learn quickly.

Gary Wilson: Not easy whenever you lose a game by 81 runs. We all know it's not good enough, expect everyone to give their 100 percent on Friday. I don't think we can point at the toss for this defeat. We would've batted first if we had won the toss. It was a good wicket.

18:58 Local Time: This match was so akin to the previous T20I. Runs on the board and then strangulate the opposition with spin - was Afghanistan's mantra. This was a below-par batting performance from Ireland. The required rate was 8 RPO from the start, but the hosts lost three early wickets in the chase and never really recovered from there. Just two batsmen in double figures sums up the tale for Ireland - who were blown away by some immaculate bowling efforts from Afghanistan. Once the top-order was wrecked havoc by the pacers and Mujeeb, Rashid then wiped off the middle-order and tail in no time, finishing with a four-fer.

14.6
0
Rashid Khan to Chase, out Caught by Nabi!! Gone. That's the end of the game. Wrong'un from Rashid, suckered Chase into a playing a big shot. The batsman got low and ended up toe-ending it towards long-on. Nabi charges forward, dives and swallows it up without any hassle. Afghanistan seal the series and take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Chase c Nabi b Rashid Khan 4(3) [4s-1]

Rashid Khan to Chase, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

14.5
4
Rashid Khan to Chase, FOUR, top-edge and four. Rashid won't mind these because the game is already in Afghanistan's kitty. Chase sat down on the slog-sweep, gets a fat top-edge which goes over the keeper
14.4
0
Rashid Khan to Chase, no run, uh-oh! Rippah. Leg-break, pitched on off and spun past a poking blade of Chase

Peter Chase, right handed bat, comes to the crease

14.3
0
Rashid Khan to Rankin, out Bowled!! You just can't take on Rashid and get away. He will come back at you. This was the quicker one, Rankin made an error by staying on the back foot. Couldn't combat the zip off the deck and the ball crashes onto the stumps before he could get his bat down to keep it out. Rankin b Rashid Khan 7(5) [6s-1]

Rashid Khan to Rankin, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

14.2
6
Rashid Khan to Rankin, SIX, woah. What a connection from Rankin. Rashid tosses a googly outside off, Rankin spots it well and smites it beautifully over deep mid-wicket
14.1
0
Rashid Khan to Rankin, no run, convincing shout from Rashid, but it was heading down leg. Leggie that skidded on and rapped Rankin on the pad
13.6
0
Mujeeb to Joshua Little, no run, jeez! How did that miss the stumps? It was so, so close to kissing the leg-stump there. Googly again from Mujeeb, Little went across a long way and missed it
13.5
0
Mujeeb to Joshua Little, no run, wrong 'un from Mujeeb, spinning into the right-hander and thudding Little high on the pad. Half-hearted shout for LBW from Mujeeb and Co. but it was too high
13.4
1
Mujeeb to Rankin, 1 run, in-drifter, Rankin mistimes the slog - off the inner half to deep mid-wicket
13.3
0
Mujeeb to Rankin, no run, fizzes off the deck, Rankin awkwardly defends it

Boyd Rankin, left handed bat, comes to the crease

13.2
0
Mujeeb to Dockrell, out Caught by Shenwari!! This is a soft dismissal. It was too short and asking to be hit. Dockrell ends up pulling it flat and straight to mid-wicket. Into the bread-bucket hands of Shenwari - who ain't dropping those. Afghanistan are all over the hosts here. Dockrell c Shenwari b Mujeeb 3(7)

Mujeeb to Dockrell, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

13.1
0
Mujeeb to Dockrell, no run, googly from Mujeeb, wristed to mid-wicket

Mujeeb Ur Rahman [3.0-0-16-2] is back into the attack

Three more wickets for Afghanistan to wrap up the series..

12.6
1
Rashid Khan to Dockrell, 1 run, loopier from Rashid, Dockrell slams it away to long-off. Rashid did well to take his boot out of the way, because that was hit extremely hard by Dockrell
12.5
1
Rashid Khan to Joshua Little, 1 run, bunted down to long-on

Joshua Little, right handed bat, comes to the crease

12.4
0
Rashid Khan to Wilson, out Bowled!! Knocked him over. Ireland are falling apart here. Wilson was the last hope and he has been cleaned up by Rashid Khan. The googly and the Ireland skipper went low in a bid to slog him across the line. Didn't read the wrong'un and the stumps are in a mess. Wilson b Rashid Khan 22(28) [6s-1]

Rashid Khan to Wilson, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

12.3
1
Rashid Khan to Dockrell, 1 run, nurdled through square leg
12.2
0
Rashid Khan to Dockrell, no run, this is risky from Dockrell. Exposing all three sticks against Rashid, trying to make room. Rashid is a skiddy customer; tamely blocked down the pitch
12.1
0
Rashid Khan to Dockrell, no run, driven to extra cover

Rashid Khan [1.0-0-4-1] is back into the attack

11.6
0
Nabi to Wilson, no run, cannoned into the blockhole, Wilson can only dig it back to the bowler. Tidy over from Nabi - just a single off it, including a wicket
11.5
0
Nabi to Wilson, no run, into the blockhole, Wilson keeps it out somehow
11.4
1
Nabi to Dockrell, 1 run, slower and Dockrell shows off the cross-batted pull to deep mid-wicket

George Dockrell, right handed bat, comes to the crease

11.3
0
Nabi to Simi Singh, out Bowled!! Scoreboard pressure gets onto Simi Singh. Two dots and had to do something to break-free. So, he moves across his sticks and Nabi kept it simple - angled the arm-ball at the stumps. You-miss-I-hit stuff. Simi Singh failed to lay a bat on his attempted sweep and hears the death rattle. Simi Singh b Nabi 0(3)

Nabi to Simi Singh, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

11.2
0
Nabi to Simi Singh, no run, closes the bat face early, leading-edge is found but it dies quickly
11.1
0
Nabi to Simi Singh, no run, quicker at the stumps, Simi waits back and defends it to the right of the bowler
10.6
2
Fareed Ahmad to Wilson, 2 runs, steered using Ahmad's pace to the left of third man and this time Wilson collects two fuss-free
10.5
0
Fareed Ahmad to Wilson, no run, swinging away outside off, Wilson flashes and misses
10.4
2
Fareed Ahmad to Wilson, 2 runs, a run-out check sent upstairs. Has the dive saved Wilson here? Appears touch and go. Is the bat in the air? That's what the third umpire will be looking at. The benefit of doubt goes to the batsman. NOT OUT is the decision from the third man. Cut away towards third man, Wilson took on the fielder's arm and hared back for the second. The throw was spot on and the keeper took out the bails in a flash. Reckon, direct-hit would've had him

A run-out check sent upstairs. Has the dive saved Wilson here? Appears touch and go. Is the bat in the air? That's what the third umpire will be looking at. The benefit of doubt goes to the batsman. NOT OUT is the decision from the third man.

10.3
0
Fareed Ahmad to Wilson, no run, Wilson gets cramped for space. Blunted down the pitch

Simi Singh, right handed bat, comes to the crease

10.2
0
Fareed Ahmad to Kevin O Brien, out Caught by (sub)Usman Ghani!! Huge blow for Ireland as the dangerous Kevin O Brien departs. The hopes are fast fading for the home team. Five down now. Short, gets rushed onto the batsman and Kevin O Brien miscues, sending into the sky. Plenty of height but not distance. Ghani steadies himself at mid-wicket to gulp it. Kevin O Brien c (sub)Usman Ghani b Fareed Ahmad 3(5)

Fareed Ahmad to Kevin O Brien, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

10.1
1
Fareed Ahmad to Wilson, 1 run, mistimed pull, skewed off the splice and luckily for Wilson, it loops over mid-wicket's head

Fareed Ahmad [2.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack

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