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Ireland vs Afghanistan - 3rd ODI

Series: Afghanistan tour of Ireland, 2018
Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast
Date & Time: 31 August 2018

Afghanistan 127/2 (23.5 Ovs) RR: 5.33 | Afghanistan won by 8 wkts

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Mohammad Shahzad c Murtagh & b Rankinc Murtagh & b Rankin1200
Ihsanullah Janat Not OutNot Out576262
Rahmat Shah c Niall O Brien & b Murtaghc Niall O Brien & b Murtagh333550
Hashmatullah Shahidi Not OutNot Out344450
Asghar Afghan dnbdnb0000
Najibullah Zadran dnbdnb0000
Mohammad Nabi dnbdnb0000
Gulbadin Naib dnbdnb0000
Rashid Khan dnbdnb0000
Aftab Alam dnbdnb0000
Mujeeb Ur Rahman dnbdnb0000
Extras 2 (b 0, lb 0, w 2, nb 0)
Total 127 (2 Wkts, 23.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
3-1 (Mohammad Shahzad,1.1), 53-2 (Rahmat Shah,10.3),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Tim Murtagh7 0 39 1 5.57
Boyd Rankin7 1 30 1 4.29
Peter Chase5 0 33 0 6.60
Andy McBrine4.5 0 25 0 5.56
William Porterfield0 0 0 0 0
Paul Stirling0 0 0 0 0
Gary Wilson0 0 0 0 0
Andrew Balbirnie0 0 0 0 0
Simi Singh0 0 0 0 0
Kevin O Brien0 0 0 0 0
Niall O Brien0 0 0 0 0

commentary

That was some response from the Afghanistan team after the defeat in the last match. They brought their 'A' game to the fore when it mattered the most and overpowered the hosts in a hapless one-sided encounter. Mission 'IRELAND' accomplished and now mission 'ASIA' awaits them. They wouldn't be a pushover in that tournament too. They are steadily getting better and soon could challenge the best in the limited overs cricket. On that positive note for Afghanistan cricket. I, Varun Dixit take leave along with Kumar Abishek Das and Venky. Until next time, goodbye and take care.

Asghar Afghan, winning skipper: I will give credit to our fast bowlers. They were very good today. I will give credit to our fielding also. I congratulate to all the Afghanistan supporters specially to the ones who came and supported us.

William Porterfield, losing skipper: We batted poorly today and we made a modest total. Since then we were always up against it. We have lot of fixtures in the coming days. We need to do a lot of hard work in the winter.

Rashid Khan, Man of the Series: It is a pleasure for me to get Man of the Series in these conditions. Pitch isn't helpful here. I wasn't happy with my performance in the second ODI. I really enjoyed myself in the series.

A score of 124 from Ireland was never enough. Afghanistan did not even break a sweat to track this down. They lost Shahzad early but Janat and Rahmat Shah held fort. And after the break, Shahidi chipped in and helped Afghanistan track this total down. Ireland would be gutted given that they won the toss and decided to bat first. Hang on for the awards and the captain comments.

23.5
4
Andy McBrine to Shahidi, FOUR, short ball and that is it. That is the clincher. Pulled away to deep mid-wicket for a four. Afghanistan take the series 2-1
23.4
0
Andy McBrine to Shahidi, no run, well forward and blocked again
23.3
1
Andy McBrine to Ihsanullah, 1 run, too full and clipped away into the on-side for a single
23.2
0
Andy McBrine to Ihsanullah, no run, blocked again as it was tossed up
23.1
0
Andy McBrine to Ihsanullah, no run, tossed up delivery and defended into the on-side
22.6
0
Chase to Shahidi, no run, length delivery outside off and has been left alone
22.5
1
Chase to Ihsanullah, 1 run, back of a length delivery and has been pushed away to the mid-off region for a single
22.4
1
Chase to Shahidi, 1 run, jabs the ball away to fine leg for a single
22.3
0
Chase to Shahidi, no run, back of a length delivery and has been wristily nudged away into the on-side, just behind square
22.2
0
Chase to Shahidi, no run, length delivery outside off and has been left alone
22.1
4
Chase to Shahidi, FOUR, short ball, the batsman transfers his weight back and pulls the ball away for a four through the mid-wicket region

Only 9 more needed.

21.6
3
Andy McBrine to Shahidi, 3 runs, short ball outside off, chopped behind point for a triple
21.5
0
Andy McBrine to Shahidi, no run, gets behind the line of the ball and defends it into the track
21.4
0
Andy McBrine to Shahidi, no run, stays back and defends it into the off-side
21.3
1
Andy McBrine to Ihsanullah, 1 run, steps forward and pushes the ball away into the point region for a single
21.2
4
Andy McBrine to Ihsanullah, FOUR, the big booming sweep and he gets it behind square on the on-side for a four. Got it over the man at square leg and there was no stopping that
21.1
0
Andy McBrine to Ihsanullah, no run, plays it with the turn into the on-side
20.6
0
Chase to Shahidi, no run, back of a length delivery and has been left alone outside off
20.5
1
Chase to Ihsanullah, 1 run, hops up and tucks the ball away into the on-side for a single
20.4
0
Chase to Ihsanullah, no run, opens the face of the bat and guides the ball away to gully
20.3
4
Chase to Ihsanullah, FOUR, short ball, pulled away in front of square for a four as the man at deep square leg could not cut it off
20.2
1
Chase to Shahidi, 1 run, short ball at the ribs, the batsman helps the ball away to fine leg with a pull
20.1
1
Chase to Ihsanullah, 1 run, back of a length delivery outside off and has been steered away to deep third man for a single
19.6
0
Andy McBrine to Shahidi, no run, drawn into a drive outside off and misses as it was tossed up to lure him
19.5
1
Andy McBrine to Ihsanullah, 1 run, goes back, smothers the spin, tucks it between mid-wicket and square leg for a single
19.4
0
Andy McBrine to Ihsanullah, no run, stays back and pushes it back to the bowler
19.3
0
Andy McBrine to Ihsanullah, no run, knocked away to the man at mid-wicket
19.2
3
Andy McBrine to Shahidi, 3 runs, stays back and chops the ball down to beat the man at point this time and earn a triple. Runs coming at a good rate for the visitors. 25 more needed now
19.1
0
Andy McBrine to Shahidi, no run, short ball, the batsman backs away and finds the man at point
18.6
1
Chase to Shahidi, 1 run, push and run. A meek soft-handed push into the off-side yields a single
18.5
0
Chase to Shahidi, no run, back of a length delivery outside off and has been blocked into the off-side
18.5
1
Chase to Shahidi, wide, banged in short, too short and has been wided
18.4
0
Chase to Shahidi, no run, knocked away into the on-side as the ball was at the sticks
18.3
0
Chase to Shahidi, no run, back of a length delivery and has been patted away into the off-side with a loose bottom hand
18.2
0
Chase to Shahidi, no run, length ball, angling away and has been left alone
18.1
3
Chase to Ihsanullah, 3 runs, short ball, pulled away off the front foot and it does not have enough legs to go away into the fence. Was fetched back but not before they got a triple

Peter Chase [2.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack

17.6
2
Andy McBrine to Shahidi, 2 runs, down the leg-side and swept away to the man at short fine leg, who fumbles and allows the couple to be taken. 33 more needed now
17.5
0
Andy McBrine to Shahidi, no run, short ball, cut away to the man at point
17.4
4
Andy McBrine to Shahidi, FOUR, takes the full toss on and sweeps it fine behind square for a four
17.3
0
Andy McBrine to Shahidi, no run, well forward and defended into the off-side
17.2
0
Andy McBrine to Shahidi, no run, push driven to the man at mid-on
17.1
0
Andy McBrine to Shahidi, no run, tossed up delivery and has been defended into the deck

Andy McBrine [1.0-0-2-0] is back into the attack

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