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Ireland vs Afghanistan - 2nd T20I

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

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

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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

9.6
1
Nabi to Wilson, 1 run, Wilson isn't intimidated by Porterfield's dismissal. Still keeps playing the reverse-sweep. Directed through point
9.5
2
Nabi to Wilson, 2 runs, tucked through square leg and they scamper back for the second
9.4
0
Nabi to Wilson, no run, stays back and nudges it to mid-wicket
9.3
6
Nabi to Wilson, SIX, wow. Wilson again uses his feet, dances out and keeps dancing before smoking it miles in the air. Connection is flawless and it goes all the way over long-on
9.2
0
Nabi to Wilson, no run, huge appeal by Nabi, the umpire took his time before shaking his head. Slower and Wilson stepped down the track, fails to counter the spin and gets hit above the knee-roll (front pad). Height was a factor there as well as the batsman was far down the track
9.1
1
Nabi to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, slower but too short. Allows Kevin O Brien wait on the back foot to play it through mid-wicket
8.6
1
Rashid Khan to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, flicked off the pads through square leg
8.5
1
Rashid Khan to Wilson, 1 run, swept behind square
8.4
1
Rashid Khan to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, goes back and across to wrist this flatter ball to long-on
8.3
0
Rashid Khan to Kevin O Brien, no run, eish. This was close. The floater, dipped late on Kevin O Brien as he failed to bring his bat down in time. Inches away from kissing the off-stump

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

8.2
0
Rashid Khan to Porterfield, out Caught by Aftab Alam!! No. 1 bowler in T20Is comes and strikes in his first over. This is what happens when you decide to sweep and reverse-sweep almost every ball against spin. World class bowlers like Rashid will work you out. Porterfield went for his pet shot once again and hit it uppishly, towards backward point and Aftab sprawls across to complete a stunner. Point to note is - he held it tightly so that the ball didn't pop out after his elbows hit the turf. Porterfield c Aftab Alam b Rashid Khan 33(23) [4s-2 6s-2]

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

8.1
1
Rashid Khan to Wilson, 1 run, flighted just outside off, Wilson bends low and sweeps it through square leg

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

7.6
6
Nabi to Porterfield, SIX, Nabi is shell-shocked. Wondering how quickly Porterfield picked the length. It was all that short, Porterfield camped back as far as he could to slot it over cow corner. These are small boundaries and it will go the distance
7.5
0
Nabi to Porterfield, no run, punched to extra cover
7.4
0
Nabi to Porterfield, no run, rifled quick outside off, Porterfield can't dig it out
7.3
1
Nabi to Wilson, 1 run, Wilson goes for the reverse-sweep, gets it high on the bat and hence, messes up the timing. Squirts it to short third man
7.2
1
Nabi to Porterfield, 1 run, drifting away outside off, Porterfield goes deep to flash it to the right of sweeper cover
7.1
0
Nabi to Porterfield, no run, flattish outside off, Porterfield makes room to hammer it straight to extra cover. Shenwari gets an awkward bounce and takes a blow to his left leg. Onto the fleshy area and that will sting.. physio is on the field and out comes the magic spray

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

6.6
1
Fareed Ahmad to Porterfield, 1 run, shortens his length and keeps it closer to off, Porterfield swings blindly and misses with the pull. Manages an inside-edge that brushes his left forearm to balloon into the off-side
6.5
4
Fareed Ahmad to Porterfield, FOUR, Porterfield is changing gears now. Poor follow-up ball from Fareed, wafts a full delivery on leg and Porterfield handsomely picks it behind square leg
6.4
4
Fareed Ahmad to Porterfield, FOUR, thrashed through extra cover! Porterfield gets the width to free his arms and he slaps it fiercely, right off the sweet spot of his willow. There's no stopping that
6.3
2
Fareed Ahmad to Porterfield, 2 runs, forced wide of mid-off, Aftab puts in a full-length dive and stops. But the ball dribbles away after his elbows jarred the ground and the batsmen steal a couple of runs
6.2
1
Fareed Ahmad to Wilson, 1 run, doles out a length ball outside off, Wilson slashes it to Rashid Khan at sweeper cover
6.1
0
Fareed Ahmad to Wilson, no run, fullish outside off, Wilson quells it to back and Fareed collects it in his followthrough
5.6
1
Mujeeb to Wilson, 1 run, sliding on leg, Wilson helps it to short fine leg with a tickle and keeps the strike
5.5
1
Mujeeb to Porterfield, 1 run, punched square past point
5.4
1
Mujeeb to Wilson, 1 run, Wilson takes a cue from Porterfield, pulls out the reverse sweep and drags it along the ground to short fine leg
5.3
1
Mujeeb to Porterfield, 1 run, googly from Mujeeb, Porterfield stays back and works it away to long-on
5.2
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, quicker and rushing on, gets cramped for room. So, plays it back to the bowler
5.1
6
Mujeeb to Porterfield, SIX, jee! Porterfield makes a superb connection of the reverse-sweep, so much so that it has gone all the way for a maximum. Picked the carrom ball and goes over point

Mujeeb Ur Rahman [2.0-0-6-2] is back into the attack

4.6
0
Fareed Ahmad to Wilson, no run, chases a wide ball and miscues the drive horribly towards backward point
4.5
0
Fareed Ahmad to Wilson, no run, drives the full ball but can't pierce the gap on the off-side
4.4
0
Fareed Ahmad to Wilson, no run, dropped! A big swing outside off and Shahzad fails to lock his palms on what seemed like a dolly of a straightforward catch. Big edge!
4.3
1
Fareed Ahmad to Porterfield, 1 run, stays solid inside the crease and hoicks the ball over mid-on, cries of catch it but it was a long way away from the fieldsman. Skewed off the splice of the bat
4.2
0
Fareed Ahmad to Porterfield, no run, slower full ball outside off, Porterfield swings and misses
4.1
1
Fareed Ahmad to Wilson, 1 run, too full around leg-stump, Wilson plonks it towards mid-wicket and hustles on seeing his partner run through for a single

Fareed Ahmad, comes into the attack

3.6
1
Aftab Alam to Wilson, 1 run, yorker on middle, Wilson jams it towards mid-on and nabs a quick single
3.5
0
Aftab Alam to Wilson, no run, fuller and wider of off, Wilson lets it go
3.4
0
Aftab Alam to Wilson, no run, pushed back to the bowler
3.3
0
Aftab Alam to Wilson, no run, huge shout for lbw! Was there an inside edge on that? Doesn't seem like it. Wilson gets away with one. Looked dead plumb to the naked eye. An inswinger on the stumps, Wilson was stuck in the crease and played all around it
3.2
1
Aftab Alam to Porterfield, 1 run, pitched up wide of off-stump, driven firmly past the diving right hand of mid-off
3.1
2
Aftab Alam to Porterfield, 2 runs, full on leg-stump, flicked away to the left of deep square

Gary Wilson, right handed bat, comes to the crease

2.6
0
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, out Caught&Bowled!! Ireland in deep trouble. Andrew Balbirnie gone first ball. He strode a long way forward seeking to turn it on the leg-side, but all he could manage was a thick leading edge back towards the bowler. Mujeeb tumbles before completeing the catch. No worries. Clean catch. Andy Balbirnie c and b Mujeeb 0(1)

Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!

2.5
1
Mujeeb to Porterfield, 1 run, slower and shorter down leg, Porterfield drags the pull towards deep backward square
2.4
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, quicker and straighter, played back to the bowler
2.3
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, pushed through on middle, blocked off the front foot

Andrew Balbirnie, right handed bat, comes to the crease

2.2
0
Mujeeb to S Thompson, out Caught by Nabi!! Lofted right off the cue end and Nabi takes the simplest of catches at long-on. Although he ran a few yards to his left, the ease at which he took the catch made it look so simple. Once again no timing on the shot. All brawn. S Thompson c Nabi b Mujeeb 3(7)

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

2.1
1
Mujeeb to Porterfield, 1 run, the carrom ball, Porterfield inside-edges the push past his leg-stump and towards short fine
1.6
1
Aftab Alam to Porterfield, 1 run, flicked away neatly to the left of deep square

William Porterfield, left handed bat, comes to the crease

1.5
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, out Caught by Rashid Khan!! Shuffles across and whips the full ball straight to Rashid Khan at mid-wicket. It swung a touch into his pads and Stirling's bat face turned slightly to restrain all the timing on that shot. Stirling c Rashid Khan b Aftab Alam 2(5)

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

1.5
1
Aftab Alam to Stirling, wide, slower ball, loses radar and drifts it down leg
1.4
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run, tries the late cut now, loops up off the splice and drops short of Mujeeb at short third
1.3
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run, aims to guide the ball to third man, but it comes back a long way and shaves the inside edge before escaping past leg peg
1.2
1
Aftab Alam to S Thompson, 1 run, thrashes a full and wide delivery, but it has come right off the toe-end and it falls well short of third man to his left
1.1
0
Aftab Alam to S Thompson, no run, short and skids away from the left-hander, done for zippy bounce outside off

Aftab Alam, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
1
Mujeeb to S Thompson, 1 run, pushed down to long-on and Thompson will keep strike with that
0.5
1
Mujeeb to Stirling, 1 run, waits on the back foot and works the ball through the mid-wicket gap
0.4
1
Mujeeb to S Thompson, 1 run, full on middle, drilled to long-on
0.3
0
Mujeeb to S Thompson, no run, another reverse sweep and this one goes straight to short third
0.2
0
Mujeeb to S Thompson, no run, tries the reverse swipe and gloves it towards short third, the length was short and hence he couldn't get the desired connection
0.1
1
Mujeeb to Stirling, 1 run, floaty full ball on middle and leg, Stirling gets down on one knee and brooms it to the left of short fine

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