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Ireland vs Afghanistan - 2nd ODI

Series: Afghanistan tour of Ireland, 2018
Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast
Date & Time: 29 August 2018

Ireland 183/7 (43.5 Ovs) RR: 4.17 | Ireland won by 3 wkts

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
William Porterfield bowled Mujeebbowled Mujeeb0400
Paul Stirling stumped Nabistumped Nabi395031
Andrew Balbirnie c Najibullah & b Rashid Khanc Najibullah & b Rashid Khan609250
Niall O Brien c (sub)Shafiqullah & b Nabic (sub)Shafiqullah & b Nabi102010
Kevin O Brien lbw Rashid Khanlbw Rashid Khan8810
Simi Singh Not OutNot Out365911
Gary Wilson bowled Aftab Alambowled Aftab Alam41400
Andy McBrine lbw Rashid Khanlbw Rashid Khan1500
Tim Murtagh Not OutNot Out41100
Boyd Rankin dnbdnb0000
Peter Chase dnbdnb0000
Extras 21 (b 0, lb 7, w 14, nb 0)
Total 183 (7 Wkts, 43.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
0-1 (William Porterfield,0.4), 69-2 (Paul Stirling,16.2), 87-3 (Niall O Brien,22.1), 97-4 (Kevin O Brien,24.2), 144-5 (Andrew Balbirnie,34.5), 162-6 (Gary Wilson,39.3), 164-7 (Andy McBrine,40.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Mujeeb Ur Rahman10 0 41 1 4.10
Aftab Alam8 1 32 1 4.00
Gulbadin Naib7 0 28 0 4.00
Mohammad Nabi8.5 2 38 2 4.47
Rashid Khan10 0 37 3 3.70
Mohammad Shahzad0 0 0 0 0
Hazratullah Zazai0 0 0 0 0
Rahmat Shah0 0 0 0 0
Hashmatullah Shahidi0 0 0 0 0
Asghar Afghan0 0 0 0 0
Najibullah Zadran0 0 0 0 0

commentary

So, Ireland make a meal of a small score. Simi Singh in the end showed nerves of steel to see them through. And they wrap-up their first victory to be alive in this ODI series. Afghanistan are a champion team and you expect them to come storming back in the decider. Join us on Friday for that. Until then, this is Varun Dixit signing off on behalf of Ramakrishnan, Raju and Harish.

William Porterfield, winning skipper: Pretty good performance by the boys. Simi batted really well. It was nice to see us through. I didn't face too many balls so I can't tell you about the pitch. It was a great effort from them to take wickets in the middle overs. It would have been nice to get over the line with 10-15 overs to go but it is important that we won.

Asghar Afghan, losing skipper: We were 25-30 runs short. We lost too many wickets with the new ball. Our bowlers bowled really well after first 15 overs. Wicket was difficult.

Balbirnie: "We needed a win like that after the last game. Would have been nice if I remained not out. I enjoy playing for Ireland. I anticipate a close game again on Friday."

Excellent all-round effort by Simi Singh. Took a wicket and then kept his calm under pressure to steer his side home. Poterfield fell early in the chase, but Stirling and Balbirnie shared a 69-run stand for the second wicket to put Ireland on top. However, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan put the brakes on the scoring with regular inroads. Simi Singh stayed put at one end and saw off some tough phases when the Afghan spinners were on top. Balbirnie played very well to ensure a good start for the hosts.

43.5
2
Nabi to Murtagh, 2 runs, edged past slip and Ireland make it 1-1 with a game to go. Flighted delivery from Nabi, Murtagh tries to defend, gets a thick edge that runs away towards third man
43.4
0
Nabi to Murtagh, no run, on the leg stump, nudged towards square leg
43.4
5
Nabi to Murtagh, 5 wides, this is a big gift. Afghanistan have bowled too many extras. Fired down the leg-side, the keeper fails to collect and it's four extra runs
43.3
1
Nabi to Simi Singh, 1 run, short and outside off stump, cuts to deep cover
43.2
0
Nabi to Simi Singh, no run, punched back to the bowler
43.1
0
Nabi to Simi Singh, no run, flighted delivery on the stumps, Singh defends

Mohammad Nabi [8.0-2-30-2] is back into the attack

So it still is 8 runs needed and 3 wickets in hand

42.6
0
Mujeeb to Murtagh, no run, LBW shout turned down and rightly so. Mujeeb is unhappy and kicks the turf. Top call, because the ball spun away and would have just missed the stumps, Murtagh tried to play across the line and missed
42.5
0
Mujeeb to Murtagh, no run, Afghanistan are fighting hard. Mud coming off from the pitch when Murtagh tried to drag his back foot in has saved him here. Murtagh overbalanced on the defence and came out of the crease, the leg was on the line when the stumps were broken, but there wasn't any conclusive evidence to say that bails were completely off the groove when Murtagh was on the line
42.4
1
Mujeeb to Simi Singh, 1 run, very full, Singh flicks it to square leg
42.3
2
Mujeeb to Simi Singh, 2 runs, dabbed away late and past the diving slip fielder, let the ball come to him and then gets bat on ball
42.2
0
Mujeeb to Simi Singh, no run, fullish and on the off stump, Singh defends
42.1
1
Mujeeb to Murtagh, leg byes, 1 run, down the leg-side, Murtagh misses the glance, the ball rolls to fine leg off the pad

Mujeeb Ur Rahman [9.0-0-38-1] is back into the attack

Ireland need 12 runs. Mujeeb has one more over, he's coming on now

41.6
1
Aftab Alam to Murtagh, leg byes, 1 run, short ball into the helmet, Murtagh misses the pull, the ball flies to backward square leg
41.5
0
Aftab Alam to Murtagh, no run, defended to the left of the bowler
41.4
0
Aftab Alam to Murtagh, no run, very full and outside off stump, Murtagh drives it to mid-on
41.3
1
Aftab Alam to Simi Singh, 1 run, nudged away nicely by Simi Singh
41.2
1
Aftab Alam to Murtagh, 1 run, easily worked away to mid-wicket
41.2
1
Aftab Alam to Murtagh, wide, goes round the wicket and bowls down the leg-side
41.1
1
Aftab Alam to Simi Singh, 1 run, full toss, swung away to deep backward square leg, the fielder was swift enough to prevent the second run

Tense faces in both camps. Ireland need 17 runs, Afghanistan need 3 wickets.

40.6
0
Rashid Khan to Murtagh, no run, huuge shout for LBW, not given. Flighted delivery on the stumps, may have just pitched outside leg, Murtagh missed the defence and got hit on the pad

Slip and gully in now. Calls for a shoort mid-wicket as well

40.5
1
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, 1 run, full toss and it's easily driven to long-on
40.4
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, nicely leans forward and defends this leggie

This is the final over for Rashid Khan. Can he take one more in the next three balls?

40.3
1
Rashid Khan to Murtagh, 1 run, very full and on the stumps, Murtagh flicks it behind square on the on-side

Tim Murtagh, left handed bat, comes to the crease

40.2
0
Rashid Khan to Andy McBrine, out Lbw!! Appeal for LBW and the finger goes up. Andy McBrine immediately shakes his head. Oh a massive inside edge. Poor decision from the umpire. Flighted delivery on the stumps, the googly previous ball is followed up with a leggie, McBrine was on the front foot to defend, got a thick edge before the ball struck him in front of middle stump. The match has spiced up. 19 runs, 3 wickets to go. Andy McBrine lbw b Rashid Khan 1(5)

Rashid Khan to Andy McBrine, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

40.1
0
Rashid Khan to Andy McBrine, no run, googly, reads it off the pitch, defended off the back foot
40.1
1
Rashid Khan to Andy McBrine, wide, another one down the leg-side, McBrine thought of stealing a run, sent back
39.6
1
Aftab Alam to Andy McBrine, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off stump, McBrine guides it to the right of cover and opens his account
39.5
0
Aftab Alam to Andy McBrine, no run, full delivery outside off stump, McBrine pushes it to mid-on
39.4
0
Aftab Alam to Andy McBrine, no run, dug out to mid-on

Andy McBrine, left handed bat, comes to the crease

39.3
0
Aftab Alam to Wilson, out Bowled!! Now that's needless from Wilson and Afghanistan still believe. Simi Singh was batting so well at the other end, all Wilson had to was just rotate strike. He walks across to this one and tries to flick, completely misses the full ball rattles into leg stump. Can the visitors work on this opening and seal the series? Wilson b Aftab Alam 4(14)

Aftab Alam to Wilson, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

39.2
0
Aftab Alam to Wilson, no run, good length delivery just outside off stump, Wilson defends off the back foot
39.1
0
Aftab Alam to Wilson, no run, shortish delivery outside off stump, Wilson defends off the back foot

Aftab Alam [6.0-1-27-0] is back into the attack

Just 21 more needed for Ireland

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