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Ireland vs Afghanistan - 1st T20I

Series: Afghanistan tour of Ireland, 2018
Venue: Bready Cricket Club, Bready, Northern Ireland
Date: 20 August 2018

Ireland 144/9 (18 Ovs) RR: 8.00 | Afghanistan won by 16 runs - (Match reduced to 18 overs per-side due to rain)

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Afghanistan's level of cricket keeps elevating, Ireland will have a tough job catching up. They'll have to do so quickly in the second T20I which will be do or die. That's all for now. See you later.

20:03 Local Time, 19:03 GMT, 00:33 IST: Afghanistan looked like they had lost their way towards the end of their innings, but the way their bowlers started, it was as if they had never lost any momentum at all. Mujeeb Ur Rahman started off with two wickets in two overs, and Rashid Khan followed up with three of his own later on. Aftab Alam and Fareed Ahmad filled into their roles nicely too, ensuring that Ireland never found a grip on the chase. They needed Stirling and Wilson, who were the only ones to have found any sort of rhythm at all, to kick on for longer than they did. Actually, not many Afghanistan batsmen found it easy to get going in the first half too. That's where Hazratullah Zazai's brilliant 74 off 33 balls made all the difference.

17.6
4
Rashid Khan to Dockrell, FOUR, finishes with a powerful slog-sweep through midwicket, but it's a little too late for Ireland. Afghanistan hold on for a 16-run win and a 1-0 lead
17.5
1
Rashid Khan to Chase, 1 run, sweeps it hard to deep square leg

Peter Chase, right handed bat, comes to the crease

17.4
0
Rashid Khan to Tyrone Kane, out Caught by Najibullah!! Not bad footwork, going deep in the crease and opening up the pull shot, but he's caught at deep midwicket this time. Wasn't far from clearing the ropes, only that there wasn't enough elevation to take it over the fielder. Tyrone Kane c Najibullah b Rashid Khan 8(3) [4s-2]

Rashid Khan to Tyrone Kane, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

17.3
4
Rashid Khan to Tyrone Kane, FOUR, flat around off, Kane was cramped while looking to cut and his outside edge flies away through the vacant slip region
17.2
4
Rashid Khan to Tyrone Kane, FOUR, steps back, creates a short ball for himself and thumps it away through midwicket

Tyrone Kane, right handed bat, comes to the crease

17.1
0
Rashid Khan to Joshua Little, out Bowled!! Totally undone by the googly, the ball spins in through the gate and cleans everything up. Pretty audacious heave from Little, little idea he had about Rashid's variation. Joshua Little b Rashid Khan 0(1)

Rashid Khan to Joshua Little, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Joshua Little, right handed bat, comes to the crease

16.6
0
Aftab Alam to Simi Singh, out Caught by Mujeeb!! Short ball on middle, Simi pulls it away to fine leg. Straight to fine leg, that is. Thick top-edge probably. Simi Singh c Mujeeb b Aftab Alam 20(17) [6s-1]

Aftab Alam to Simi Singh, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

16.5
1
Aftab Alam to Dockrell, 1 run, makes room and clatters a middle-stump ball through cover
16.4
1
Aftab Alam to Simi Singh, 1 run, targets the stumps with a fuller delivery, Simi Singh drills it past mid-wicket, only a single on offer though
16.3
1
Aftab Alam to Dockrell, 1 run, goes back and across and slashes the ball back over the bowler's head, long-on tidies up
16.2
1
Aftab Alam to Simi Singh, 1 run, on the pads, helped away to fine leg
16.1
2
Aftab Alam to Simi Singh, 2 runs, slogged away over mid-wicket, the fielder in the deep comes running in and slips slightly to enable a second run

Aftab Alam [3.0-0-24-1] is back into the attack

15.6
1
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, 1 run, tossed up around middle, eased away to long-on
15.5
2
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, 2 runs, shuffles across and biffs the ball wide of long-on
15.4
6
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, SIX gets into position early, picks the flight and hammers it over deep square for a maximum
15.3
1
Rashid Khan to Dockrell, 1 run, full on off, driven down to long-off
15.2
2
Rashid Khan to Dockrell, leg byes, 2 runs, spins back in and clips the pads as Dockrell misses the flick, Shahzad appeals but no dice
15.1
1
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, 1 run, googly on middle, Simi sweeps to deep backward square

Rashid Khan [2.0-0-11-1] is back into the attack

14.6
1
Fareed Ahmad to Simi Singh, byes, 1 run, looking to heave it over to the on-side, but this is a clever slower ball - cutting across well wide of off and beating the bat. Fumble from Shahzad though, gives a single
14.5
1
Fareed Ahmad to Dockrell, 1 run, back of a length on middle, punches to point
14.4
0
Fareed Ahmad to Dockrell, no run, length ball slanted away from off, Dockrell swings and misses
14.3
2
Fareed Ahmad to Dockrell, 2 runs, hits the full toss wide of long-on
14.2
2
Fareed Ahmad to Dockrell, 2 runs, makes room, then struggles to reach it ironically but just gets there with the toe-end to slice it over backward point
14.1
1
Fareed Ahmad to Simi Singh, 1 run, back of a length on leg, clipped through square leg

Fareed Ahmad [3.0-0-23-1] is back into the attack

13.6
2
Nabi to Dockrell, 2 runs, fired in on leg, swept backward of square for two
13.5
1
Nabi to Simi Singh, 1 run, clips it away through midwicket
13.5
1
Nabi to Simi Singh, wide, down the leg-side
13.4
0
Nabi to Simi Singh, no run, stumping missed by Shahzad. Dragged back short from Nabi after spotting Simi advance, it straightened past his outside edge and surprised him for extra bounce. But it surprised the keeper too seemingly
13.3
1
Nabi to Dockrell, 1 run, swept through square leg
13.2
6
Nabi to Dockrell, SIX, skips out of the crease, close enough to the pitch and lofts cleanly over Nabi's head
13.1
1
Nabi to Simi Singh, 1 run, poked into the off-side

Mohammad Nabi [2.0-0-21-1] is back into the attack

12.6
1
Aftab Alam to Simi Singh, 1 run, clipped away through midwicket
12.5
0
Aftab Alam to Simi Singh, no run, that might have actually clipped leg-stump on the way to the keeper, but those bails didn't budge. Long way across goes Simi Singh, tries flicking the ball away but couldn't meet it. Alam has his hands on the head in disbelief
12.4
1
Aftab Alam to Dockrell, 1 run, back of a length outside off, steered to third man
12.3
1
Aftab Alam to Simi Singh, 1 run, full ball around off, clipped to long-on

George Dockrell, right handed bat, comes to the crease

12.2
0
Aftab Alam to Wilson, out Caught by Usman Ghani!! Short of length on middle, Wilson pulls off the front foot but was probably rushed by the skid on this delivery. The top-edge is found high on his bat, comfortable for Usman Ghani at square leg. Wilson c Usman Ghani b Aftab Alam 34(23) [4s-3 6s-1]

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

12.1
0
Aftab Alam to Wilson, no run, full ball outside off, Wilson throws his hands on the drive but fails to connect

Aftab Alam [2.0-0-21-0] is back into the attack

11.6
1
Rashid Khan to Wilson, 1 run, back in the crease to tuck this googly through square leg
11.5
1
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, 1 run, works it through mid-on

Simi Singh, right handed bat, comes to the crease

11.4
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, out Lbw!! Umpire has a long hard think, but there's no other conclusion that he could've reached. This was out. Balbirnie looking to sweep across a googly, misses it completely and gets hit on the back leg in front of off and middle. Andy Balbirnie lbw b Rashid Khan 8(9) [4s-1]

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

11.3
1
Rashid Khan to Wilson, 1 run, poked away through point as Rashid darts it back of a length
11.2
1
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, dabbed to backward point
11.1
4
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR, beautiful timing, that's all there was to the shot. Flighted leg-break outside off, Balbirnie simply extended his arms on the drive and creamed it inside out

Rashid Khan [1.0-0-3-0] is back into the attack

10.6
4
Fareed Ahmad to Wilson, FOUR, swung away through square leg, much needed boundary. Length ball on middle, Wilson came across heavily with the heave
10.5
0
Fareed Ahmad to Wilson, no run, now Wilson attempts the scoop, gets it all wrong. Thick under-edge from him, rolls back to the keeper
10.4
1
Fareed Ahmad to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, walks across the stumps trying to scoop it over short fine leg's head, but he got it right off the toe-end. Hence, the ball flew much squarer than intended, falling short of deep backward square
10.3
1
Fareed Ahmad to Wilson, 1 run, makes room and slaps this back of a length delivery to mid-off
10.2
0
Fareed Ahmad to Wilson, no run, played back down the pitch one-handed, Ahmad dives across to stop
10.1
0
Fareed Ahmad to Wilson, no run, back of a length just outside off, cuts it crisply to backward point

Fareed Ahmad [2.0-0-17-1] is back into the attack

9.6
1
Nabi to Wilson, 1 run, floated up on middle and leg, Wilson glances it to short fine leg
9.5
1
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, short and wide, slapped to deep point
9.4
1
Nabi to Wilson, 1 run, nudges it through midwicket
9.3
6
Nabi to Wilson, SIX, smashed into the hill over midwicket, excellent use of the feet from Wilson before roundhousing it with the spin
9.2
2
Nabi to Wilson, 2 runs, works it wide of long-on for two more
9.1
2
Nabi to Wilson, 2 runs, twinkles down and clips it wide of deep midwicket
8.6
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, almost a repeat of the second ball where Balbirnie looks to sweep a delivery that is very full. Only that this time, it was even wider making his attempt even more difficult. Misses out again
8.5
1
Rashid Khan to Wilson, 1 run, swept from outside off through square leg
8.4
1
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, better length to sweep against, gets it away to deep backward square
8.3
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, quick googly turning in towards off, Balbirnie keeps it out off the inside half
8.2
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, bad option against a very full ball which was fizzed through the hand, Balbirnie looks to sweep and it sneaks under him. Premeditated shot
8.1
1
Rashid Khan to Wilson, 1 run, drops it short outside off, cut to deep point

Rashid Khan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

7.6
1
Nabi to Wilson, 1 run, nudged into the on-side for one
7.5
4
Nabi to Wilson, FOUR, short ball outside off, Wilson thwacks it for four through midwicket

Andrew Balbirnie, right handed bat, comes to the crease

7.4
0
Nabi to Kevin O Brien, out Caught by Hazratullah Zazai!! Thick top-edge as Kevin O Brien looks to sweep, simple catch for short fine leg. Ireland in a big hole, if they weren't in it already. Very clever bowling from Nabi, firing it in and not giving the room to free the arms. Kevin O Brien c Hazratullah Zazai b Nabi 6(7)

Nabi to Kevin O Brien, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

7.3
1
Nabi to Wilson, 1 run, down the pitch again, tucked to short fine leg
7.2
0
Nabi to Wilson, no run, shimmies down but Nabi had shortened his length, Wilson is forced to defend it back
7.1
2
Nabi to Wilson, 2 runs, length ball turning into off, flicked to the left of deep midwicket, easy two

Mohammad Nabi, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

6.6
1
Fareed Ahmad to Wilson, 1 run, back of a length outside off, steered into the covers
6.5
4
Fareed Ahmad to Wilson, FOUR, scythes his first ball through backward point for four, too much width

Gary Wilson, right handed bat, comes to the crease

6.4
0
Fareed Ahmad to Stirling, out Caught by Aftab Alam!! What a sensational catch right at the edge of the boundary. Aftab Alam has probably surprised himself too. Stirling seemed to have pulled this quite well, went flat and quickly towards deep midwicket and was about to clear him. But Alam leaps one-handed and pulls it off above his head. Massive wicket this. Stirling c Aftab Alam b Fareed Ahmad 27(19) [4s-1 6s-2]

Fareed Ahmad to Stirling, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

6.3
1
Fareed Ahmad to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, length ball slanted across off, dragged off the inside half to long-on
6.2
1
Fareed Ahmad to Stirling, 1 run, bit close to cut, Stirling chops it off a thick under-edge onto the back leg for a quick single
6.1
1
Fareed Ahmad to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, back of a length on off, shaping in a touch, Kevin O Brien gets it off a thick inside edge to deep backward square
5.6
0
Mujeeb to Stirling, no run, tossed up at the stumps, closes the face of the bat early and leading edge takes it to cover
5.5
1
Mujeeb to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, quicker one at the stumps, clips it to the leg-side
5.4
1
Mujeeb to Stirling, 1 run, moves inside the line of it and sweeps it to deep square leg
5.3
1
Mujeeb to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, at the stumps and Kevin O Brien works it to the leg-side
5.2
1
Mujeeb to Stirling, 1 run, sweeps it again to short fine, it was touch wide of him this time and he takes a run
5.1
0
Mujeeb to Stirling, no run, moves to the off-side and sweeps it hard to short fine
4.6
2
Fareed Ahmad to Kevin O Brien, 2 runs, stands tall and drives it to mid-off, it bounces awkwardly in front of the fielder and that results in an extra run
4.5
0
Fareed Ahmad to Kevin O Brien, no run, good length delivery outside off, pushes it to point
4.4
1
Fareed Ahmad to Stirling, 1 run, slams it back to Fareed Ahmad, it came back at a rapid pace and Fareed Ahmad fails to grab it, it deflects off his hand to the leg-side
4.3
0
Fareed Ahmad to Stirling, no run, hint of inward movement on this fuller length delivery. Stirling misses the flick and it raps him on the pads. Huge appeal, it was always going down leg and umpire gets it right
4.2
6
Fareed Ahmad to Stirling, SIX, walks across to the off-side, gets inside the line of the ball and smashes it over fine leg for half a dozen. Timed to perfection!
4.1
0
Fareed Ahmad to Stirling, no run, off the pads and it goes back in the direction of the stumps

Fareed Ahmad, comes into the attack

Kevin O Brien, right handed bat, comes to the crease

3.6
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, out Caught by Aftab Alam!! He holes out at deep square leg. Mujeeb strikes again. It was at the stumps, Porterfield went for a slog sweep, fails to connect it and ends up mitiming it to deep square leg where Aftab Alam grabs it without much discomfort. Porterfield c Aftab Alam b Mujeeb 8(10) [4s-2]

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

3.5
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, looks to sweep, misses and Shahzad takes off the bails. His foot was in the crease
3.4
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, this time reverse sweep went straight to short third
3.3
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, pushes it to cover
3.2
4
Mujeeb to Porterfield, FOUR, brings out the reverse now. Executes it well and places it well too. It goes wide of short third
3.1
1
Mujeeb to Stirling, 1 run, watches the batsman come charging down and throws it wide of the pads. This might have hit the stumps and then deflects to the off-side
2.6
0
Aftab Alam to Porterfield, no run, another outside off delivery. This time Porterfield fails to reach it and it reaches the gloves of Shahzad
2.5
4
Aftab Alam to Porterfield, FOUR, too much width on this delivery. Porterfield throws his hands at it and drives it over cover for a four
2.4
1
Aftab Alam to Stirling, 1 run, good length delivery outside off, runs it down to third man
2.3
6
Aftab Alam to Stirling, SIX, picks up the slower bouncer off the hand, reaches for it and pulls it over deep square leg for a maximum
2.2
2
Aftab Alam to Stirling, 2 runs, yorker at the stumps, Stirling gets his bat down on time, opens the face of it and carves it wide of third man where fiedler dives, puts his body on the line and stops it from reaching the fence
2.1
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run, good length delivery outside off, it comes back off the inside edge onto his shoes and deflects to the off-side
1.6
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, wanted to clip it to the leg-side but ends up missing it
1.6
1
Mujeeb to Porterfield, wide, down the leg-side, Porterfield misses the sweep. It was down leg so umpire calls it wide
1.5
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, comes on the front foot and pushes it to cover
1.4
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, now an inside edge, wide of the leg-stump

William Porterfield, left handed bat, comes to the crease

1.3
0
Mujeeb to S Thompson, out Bowled!! Mujeeb disturbs the furniture. It took him just 3 balls to get the wicket. This one skidded off the deck, Thompson fails to gets his bat down on time and ends up missing it completely. It smashes the stumps. S Thompson b Mujeeb 5(5) [4s-1]

Mujeeb to S Thompson, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

1.2
4
Mujeeb to S Thompson, FOUR, takes out the reverse sweep and executes it brilliantly. It went fine of short third man for a boundary
1.1
0
Mujeeb to S Thompson, no run, almost a wicket off the first ball. It was a fuller length delivery and it comes back in with the arm and Thompson was rapped on the pads. Umpire wasn't interested

Mujeeb Ur Rahman, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

0.6
1
Aftab Alam to S Thompson, 1 run, at the pads and Thompson nudges it to the leg-side to retain strike
0.5
0
Aftab Alam to S Thompson, no run, fuller length delivery well outside off, S Thompson fails to reach it goes to the wicket-keeper
0.4
1
Aftab Alam to Stirling, 1 run, short of length delivery at the body, Stirling pulls it to dee square leg. It was in the air but falls short of the fielder
0.3
2
Aftab Alam to Stirling, 2 runs, fuller length delivery at the stumps, Stirling drives uppishly. He checks his shot in the end, manages to get it over the in-field on the off-side for a brace
0.2
4
Aftab Alam to Stirling, FOUR, luck favors the brave. Stirling dances down the track, gets an outside edge and it ends up fine of third man for a boundary
0.1
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run, good length delivery outside off, Stirling comes forward and defends it to cover

Stirling and S Thompson are at the crease. Stirling is on strike. Aftab Alam will open the attack