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Ireland vs Afghanistan - 1st ODI

Series: Afghanistan tour of Ireland, 2018
Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast
Date: 27 August 2018

Ireland 198/10 (48.3 Ovs) RR: 4.08 | Afghanistan won by 29 runs

commentary

First ODI is done and dusted. Afghanistan have taken a lead and would want to double it in the next game. They looked like a well-oiled machine barring their batting. Ireland have plenty of problems to tender to. Meanwhile, we will ponder over our dinner menu and take a leave. Kumar Abhisekh Das signing off on behalf of Varun Dikshit, Sulthan and Akshay Maanay.

Asghar Afghan: First game is very important for any team. I would give credit to the fielders. We have not been finishing really well. We took some good catches and got a few run-outs. That was the main reason.

William Porterfield: It was tricky. We as a fielding side let ourselves down a bit. Balbirnie played really well. We just lacked partnerships through out the innings to put us over the line. The first 25-30 overs we were really scrappy on the field.

Afghanistan have defended a modest total thanks to their powerful bowling attack. Almost 30 overs between Nabi, Mujeeb and Rashid choked the life out of the chase as run scoring became very tough which resulted in a couple of untimely run-outs. The fielding also was top-class and that ensured Ireland were floored in the first ODI. Earlier in the day, Gulbadin Naib and Shahidi got fifties before the visitors lost their way to end up with what looked like a below par total. But as they say it ain't over till it actually is over. Afghanistan go 1-0 up in the series and I feel Ireland has a lot of catching up to do. Hang on for the captain comments.

48.3
0
Rashid Khan to Chase, out Caught&Bowled!! Ireland lose by 29 runs. Went up for the swipe across the line and only managed to lift it straight up in the air. The bowler hardly had to move to catch it. Two in two for Rashid after barren phase. Chase c and b Rashid Khan 0(1)

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

Peter Chase, right handed bat, comes to the crease

48.2
0
Rashid Khan to Wilson, out Bowled!! The fat lady is all ready now. Goes across the line and misses the slog sweep to be clean bowled. He had to throw caution to the winds and perished in the cause. Finally a wicket for the leggie. Wilson b Rashid Khan 38(50) [6s-1]

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

48.1
1
Rashid Khan to Rankin, leg byes, 1 run, direct hit at the bowler's end and he was gone. The batsman wanted to exchange ends after the ball dribbled away off the pads into the short mid region. The bowler got to the ball and ushered in a throw only to miss it
47.6
1
Aftab Alam to Rankin, 1 run, fuller length ball outside off and has been dragged away into the on-side for a single
47.5
1
Aftab Alam to Wilson, 1 run, heaves the low full toss away and it finds the man at deep mid on the bounce. Only a single. 32 more needed!!
47.4
1
Aftab Alam to Rankin, leg byes, 1 run, angling in to the pads of the batsman and he misses the clip. The ball dribbles away behind square for a single

Boyd Rankin, left handed bat, comes to the crease

47.3
0
Aftab Alam to Murtagh, out Bowled!! Slower short ball does the trick. The batsman going for the hack across the line and missing it completely. The ball pegged the off-pole back and Afghanistan celebrate. That might well seal it. Murtagh b Aftab Alam 2(7)

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

47.2
0
Aftab Alam to Murtagh, no run, full ball and has been driven powerfully back to the bowler
47.1
1
Aftab Alam to Wilson, 1 run, swats the ball away into the on-side towards long-on for a single

Aftab Alam [8.0-2-31-1] is back into the attack

46.6
1
Rashid Khan to Wilson, 1 run, gets his bat ahead of his pads and nudges the ball away into the on-side for a single. Only 4 of this one. Superb from the leggie
46.5
1
Rashid Khan to Murtagh, 1 run, too full again, drags the ball powerfully down to long-on
46.4
0
Rashid Khan to Murtagh, no run, slaps the ball back to the bowler
46.3
1
Rashid Khan to Wilson, 1 run, had that been taken, things could have been interesting. The batsman went for the reverse and the ball popped up off his boot. The keeper ran to his right, dived but the ball popped out. Amidst the chaos, they take a single
46.2
1
Rashid Khan to Murtagh, 1 run, drags the ball down to long-on as it was too full
46.1
0
Rashid Khan to Murtagh, no run, length ball outside off and the batsman misses the stroke on the up
45.6
6
Nabi to Wilson, SIX, goes for the swipe across the line and that stays hit! Fuller length ball and Wilson biffed it over cow corner for a maximum. 11 off the over and now 39 more needed
45.5
1
Nabi to Murtagh, leg byes, 1 run, drifting on the pads and the batsman missed the clip. The ball ricocheted off the pads and they get a single towards short fine leg
45.4
1
Nabi to Wilson, 1 run, charges at the bowler and wrists the drive powerfully to long-on
45.3
2
Nabi to Wilson, 2 runs, goes inside out and does it aerially for the man at sweeper cover to come into action. The fielder in the deep fumbled and allowed an easy couple to be taken

Tim Murtagh, left handed bat, comes to the crease

45.2
0
Nabi to Andy McBrine, out Caught by (sub)Najibullah!! Chipped down the track and looked to go big but only got height and no distance. The man from long-off came in and took it easily. Seventh wicket goes down. Nabi as expected was targetted but the execution went wrong. Andy McBrine c (sub)Najibullah b Nabi 12(16)

Nabi to Andy McBrine, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

45.1
1
Nabi to Wilson, 1 run, flatter ball and tucked away to deep square leg for a single

Mohammad Nabi [9.0-0-32-1] is back into the attack

Last 5 overs to go and Ireland need 50 runs. Must mention Rashid Khan should have had at least 2 wickets if not for poor umpring and some close escapes for the batsmen. Wilson is the key wicket.

44.6
1
Rashid Khan to Wilson, 1 run, pushes the ball away to cover and they take a quick single
44.5
1
Rashid Khan to Andy McBrine, 1 run, too full, dragged away to long-on for a single
44.4
0
Rashid Khan to Andy McBrine, no run, that looked close! The ball angled in and hit the back pad. That was dead. As dead as a dodo. McBrine survives
44.3
1
Rashid Khan to Wilson, 1 run, inside edge on the sweep and that is another single
44.2
1
Rashid Khan to Andy McBrine, 1 run, almost, well almost trudges the ball back on to the sticks. That was shortish and the batsman went back to cut it but inside edged it away into the off-side
44.1
1
Rashid Khan to Wilson, 1 run, sweeps the ball away towards deep backward square for a single
43.6
1
Aftab Alam to Wilson, 1 run, right up there and has been dug out towards long-on for a single. Now 55 needed off 36 balls
43.5
1
Aftab Alam to Andy McBrine, 1 run, too full and was clipped away behind square for a single
43.4
1
Aftab Alam to Wilson, 1 run, short ball and the top-edge went away towards fine leg for a single on a few bounces
43.3
1
Aftab Alam to Andy McBrine, 1 run, slower delivery on the pads and has been knocked away into the on-side for a single
43.2
1
Aftab Alam to Wilson, 1 run, too full and driven down to long-on for a single
43.1
0
Aftab Alam to Wilson, no run, full ball and has been nailed to the man at cover. The batsman was backing away but could not get under it

Aftab Alam [7.0-2-26-1] is back into the attack

60 off 42 balls.

42.6
1
Rashid Khan to Wilson, 1 run, nudged away into the on-side for a single
42.5
2
Rashid Khan to Wilson, byes, 2 runs, off the pads again and this time they get a brace. That was outside off and the batsman went for the sweep only to miss it. But the ball trimmed the pad and went away fine on the off-side before being tracked down
42.4
0
Rashid Khan to Wilson, no run, that was going down leg! It hit the pad on the way as the batsman missed the sweep off a very full ball
42.3
1
Rashid Khan to Andy McBrine, 1 run, too full, worked away to long-on for a single
42.2
0
Rashid Khan to Andy McBrine, no run, short ball, turning away, the batsman looks to cut and misses
42.1
1
Rashid Khan to Wilson, 1 run, plants his front foot forward and then gets his bat in front of it to steal a single into the mid-wicket region
41.6
1
Mujeeb to Wilson, 1 run, open face of the bat into the drive to the man at sweeper cover and they get a single. A picket fence over as singles came off every ball
41.5
1
Mujeeb to Andy McBrine, 1 run, slap drive down to long-off for a single
41.4
1
Mujeeb to Wilson, 1 run, chips down the track and then just tucks it uppishly for a single as the man at deep mid picks the ball up on a few bounces
41.3
1
Mujeeb to Andy McBrine, 1 run, a little fuller and has been pushed down to long-off for a single
41.2
1
Mujeeb to Wilson, 1 run, knocks it into the on-side from the crease and they take a single
41.1
1
Mujeeb to Andy McBrine, 1 run, lunges forward and knocks the ball away into the on-side for a single. 70 off 53 balls needed

Mujeeb Ur Rahman [9.0-0-26-1] is back into the attack

40.6
2
Rashid Khan to Wilson, 2 runs, heaves the full toss away and another tag team effort from deep mid and long-on allows only a couple to be taken
40.5
0
Rashid Khan to Wilson, no run, the ball hardly turns after landing on leg and the batsman missed the tuck. Rashid went up in an appeal but that was going down
40.4
2
Rashid Khan to Wilson, 2 runs, goes for the sweep and gets it behind square for a brace. Mujeeb was at it again but this time the batsman was quicker
40.3
1
Rashid Khan to Andy McBrine, 1 run, driven down the ground to long-off
40.2
0
Rashid Khan to Andy McBrine, no run, looks to drive at it and gets beaten. The googly turned away big for the man at slip to take it one-handed
40.1
1
Rashid Khan to Wilson, 1 run, too full and swept away to deep mid for a single

Rashid Khan [5.0-0-23-0] is back into the attack

39.6
2
Aftab Alam to Andy McBrine, 2 runs, short ball and the batsman takes it on. Pulls it uppishly for the man at deep backward square leg to put in the slide and stop it. Only a couple. Last 10 overs and Ireland need 77 runs
39.5
1
Aftab Alam to Wilson, leg byes, 1 run, full ball on the pads, the batsman failed to clip the ball away and it went off the pads into the on-side
39.4
1
Aftab Alam to Andy McBrine, 1 run, length ball on the pads, clipped away to the man at deep backward square for a single
39.3
1
Aftab Alam to Wilson, 1 run, short ball, pulled away to deep square leg but only a single as there is a fielder manning that region

These dot balls are creating a lot of pressure and hence the urge to take risky singles and doubles.

39.2
0
Aftab Alam to Wilson, no run, length ball on the pads, clipped to the man at mid-wicket
39.1
0
Aftab Alam to Wilson, no run, length ball and has been pushed away into the off-side

Aftab Alam [6.0-2-22-1] is back into the attack

38.6
0
Mujeeb to Andy McBrine, no run, and that went the other way as the batsman prodded forward for him to be beaten
38.5
1
Mujeeb to Wilson, 1 run, fuller and on the pads, clipped away to deep mid for a single
38.4
0
Mujeeb to Wilson, no run, little fuller and has been clipped back to the bowler
38.3
0
Mujeeb to Wilson, no run, opens the face of the bat but fails to beat the man at point
38.2
0
Mujeeb to Wilson, no run, angles it in and has been pushed back to the bowler
38.1
0
Mujeeb to Wilson, no run, pushed into the off-side

Andy McBrine, left handed bat, comes to the crease

37.6
2
Nabi to Wilson, out Kevin O Brien Run Out!! 2 runs completed. That is tragedy. The batsman played a deft reverse sweep and the ball kept running towards the fence. It was pulled back thanks to a tag team effort from Alam and Mujeeb, who threw it. The burly Ireland batsman was slow and was caught short of the crease. Kevin O Brien run out (Aftab/Mujeeb/Shafiqullah) 22(31) [4s-1]

Nabi to Wilson, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

37.5
0
Nabi to Wilson, no run, short, wide, the batsman was shuffling across and misses the cut. Wants a wide but was not given
37.4
1
Nabi to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, too full, push driven down to long-on

Naib is being escorted off the field. Seems to be some injury related to his leg.

37.3
0
Nabi to Kevin O Brien, no run, too full, hammers the drive back to the bowler who stops it with his right hand
37.2
1
Nabi to Wilson, 1 run, walks into the drive and gets it to long-on for a single
37.1
1
Nabi to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, punched off the back foot and got it past mid-wicket for a single
36.6
0
Mujeeb to Wilson, no run, looks to tuck the ball away but then a soft leading edge takes the ball back to the bowler
36.5
1
Mujeeb to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, waits on it and turns the ball away behind square for a single
36.4
0
Mujeeb to Kevin O Brien, no run, knocks the ball away into the on-side to find the man at mid-wicket
36.3
2
Mujeeb to Kevin O Brien, 2 runs, pounces the full ball outside off and they will get a brace as the man at deep cover cuts it off
36.3
1
Mujeeb to Kevin O Brien, no ball, too full, driven powerfully but found the man at cover. It is a no-ball as one of the fielders at square leg might well have been outside the circle
36.2
1
Mujeeb to Wilson, 1 run, too full outside off and the ball is jammed out of the outer edge of the bat towards short third man for a single
36.1
1
Mujeeb to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, turning away, pushed into the covers for a single

Mujeeb Ur Rahman [7.0-0-19-1] is back into the attack

35.6
0
Nabi to Wilson, no run, stays back again and pushes the ball away into the off-side
35.5
0
Nabi to Wilson, no run, stays back and tucks the ball away to the man at short mid
35.4
1
Nabi to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, pushes the ball down to long-on for a single
35.3
0
Nabi to Kevin O Brien, no run, stays forward and blocks
35.2
0
Nabi to Kevin O Brien, no run, goes back and tucks it to mid-wicket
35.1
1
Nabi to Wilson, 1 run, pushed into the off-side off the back foot for a single

Mohammad Nabi [7.0-0-25-1] is back into the attack

34.6
1
Naib to Wilson, 1 run, full ball outside off and has been nailed into the covers for a single
34.5
0
Naib to Wilson, no run, short ball, and the batsman under-edges the ball for the keeper to collect it
34.4
0
Naib to Wilson, no run, another push from the crease and it finds the man at point
34.3
0
Naib to Wilson, no run, back of a length delivery and has been pushed away to the man at point
34.2
0
Naib to Wilson, no run, goes fishing outside off and gets beaten. Poor shot as he tried to waft at it sans any feet
34.1
1
Naib to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, length ball and has been blocked into the off-side for a quick single

Gulbadin Naib [9.0-1-40-1] is back into the attack

33.6
0
Mujeeb to Wilson, no run, stays behind the line of the ball and blocks it into the on-side

Gary Wilson, right handed bat, comes to the crease

33.5
0
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, out Caught by Aftab Alam!! You live by the sword, you die by it as well. He had been playing the sweep for fun but this time hits it uppishly and finds the man at short fine leg. The fielder took one back step and pouched it over his head. Huge wicket for Afghanistan. Andy Balbirnie c Aftab Alam b Mujeeb 55(82) [4s-6]

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

33.4
1
Mujeeb to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, leans into the drive and gets it past cover for a single
33.3
0
Mujeeb to Kevin O Brien, no run, again defended into the off-side
33.2
0
Mujeeb to Kevin O Brien, no run, blocked away into the covers as the ball drifted in
33.1
0
Mujeeb to Kevin O Brien, no run, that drifted away after landing and the batsman was beaten on the outer edge as he tried to push at it

Mujeeb Ur Rahman [6.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack

32.6
0
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, no run, fuller length ball and has been pushed back to the bowler
32.5
4
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR, short ball, the batsman rolled his wrists on the pull and placed it between deep square and deep fine leg for a four
32.4
1
Aftab Alam to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, punched into the covers off the back foot and they get an easy single
32.3
0
Aftab Alam to Kevin O Brien, no run, length ball and has been blocked. The inside edge falls on to the deck as the batsman thought of a quick single
32.2
0
Aftab Alam to Kevin O Brien, no run, pitched up and driven to the man at mid-off
32.1
0
Aftab Alam to Kevin O Brien, no run, too full, clipped away to mid-wicket as the ball was aimed for the sticks

Aftab Alam [5.0-2-17-1] is back into the attack

31.6
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, the googly and the batsman miss the nudge on the on-side. The ball was going down leg and hence the appeal was turned down pretty quickly
31.5
1
Rashid Khan to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, hangs back and turns the ball away behind square for a single
31.4
1
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, squeezes the ball out into the covers as the ball was too full
31.3
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, open face of the bat into the push on the off-side
31.2
1
Rashid Khan to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, drives the ball down to long-off for a single
31.1
1
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, pushed into the covers and fifty for Andy Balbirnie. 6th ODI fifty for Andy Balbirnie. He has to kick on if Ireland are aspiring thoughts of chasing this down
30.6
1
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off and has been steered to deep third man for a single
30.5
4
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR, short, wide, cut away over point and that is a four
30.4
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, length ball channelling away and the batsman is lured into a drive outside off. The keeper failed to pouch it clean but there was no bat
30.3
4
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR, short, wide, slashed and it is a four. The man at point flew to his left but that was away from him and Andy Balbirnie gets a much needed boundary
30.2
1
Naib to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, back of a length delivery on the hips, tucked behind square for a single
30.1
1
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, length delivery and has been dabbed past point for a single
29.6
1
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, again too full, push driven to the man at mid-on for a single
29.5
1
Rashid Khan to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, the full toss slips out and has been driven down to long-on for a single
29.4
1
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, pushed into the covers for a single
29.3
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, a better throw at the bowler's end and Kevin was a goner! Kevin trying to eke a single out slipped mid-way and had to hurry back as the throw was not collected by Rashid
29.2
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, a little too full and has been driven back to the bowler
29.1
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, picks the googly late and blocks the ball into the on-side
28.6
4
Naib to Kevin O Brien, FOUR, goes through the hands of the slip fielder and that runs away into the fence. Short ball outside off and the Kevin O Brien slashes hard at it to get the result. Should go down as a drop but that went pretty quickly
28.5
0
Naib to Kevin O Brien, no run, driven straight to the man at cover as the length ball was bowled
28.4
1
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, punched into the covers for a single as the length ball was delivered
28.3
2
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, 2 runs, steers it past the man at point by using the pace of the bowler to take a brace. Ambled back for the second
28.2
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, another length ball and has been defended with a dead straight bat
28.1
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, back of a length delivery and has been pushed back to the bowler

Gulbadin Naib [7.0-1-22-1] is back into the attack

27.6
0
Rashid Khan to Kevin O Brien, no run, forward and blocked into the on-side as the ball was meant to attack the sticks
27.6
1
Rashid Khan to Kevin O Brien, wide, goes back to the googly and it has been wided as that turned well down leg
27.5
2
Rashid Khan to Kevin O Brien, 2 runs, quicker and fuller, driven into the covers for a double
27.4
0
Rashid Khan to Kevin O Brien, no run, prodding forward and beaten! That turned away ever so slightly and beat the bat on the outer edge. There was a noise and thus the keeper-bowler duo went up. But was turned down
27.3
1
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, fails to land it, full toss has been driven away to long-off for a single
27.2
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, poor shot! Looked to steer it with an open face of the bat and gets beaten as the ball turned away
27.1
1
Rashid Khan to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, flatter delivery and has been knocked away off the back foot into the on-side for a single

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

26.6
1
Nabi to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, flighted outside off and has been tucked away to long-on off the back foot

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

26.5
0
Nabi to Simi Singh, out Bowled!! Goes through the gate and he is bowled. The batsman was prodding forward, the ball turned in and took a bit of the inside edge to trudge back on to the sticks. Lovely piece of bowling from Nabi. Simi Singh b Nabi 16(31) [4s-2]

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

26.4
1
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, fuller ball on the sticks, driven away to long-on for a single
26.3
1
Nabi to Simi Singh, 1 run, turning in and has been turned away behind square for a single
26.2
0
Nabi to Simi Singh, no run, chopped away and it finds the man at short third man
26.1
0
Nabi to Simi Singh, no run, blocked back to the bowler

Mohammad Nabi [6.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack

25.6
1
Naib to Simi Singh, 1 run, back of a length delivery and outside off, punched into the covers for a single
25.5
0
Naib to Simi Singh, no run, length ball and has been blocked into the off-side
25.4
1
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, slower delivery and has been steered away to third man for a single
25.3
1
Naib to Simi Singh, 1 run, stays behind the line of the ball and tucks it away into the on-side for a single
25.2
0
Naib to Simi Singh, no run, slower delivery outside off and the batsman bailed out of the cut shot at the last moment. Wanted a wide but did not get it
25.1
1
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, driven away from the body and into the covers for a single

Gulbadin Naib [6.0-1-18-1] is back into the attack

24.6
1
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, bit too full and outside off, driven to sweeper cover
24.6
2
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, 2 wides, shuffles before Rashid is into his delivery stride, the bowler looks to hit the leg-stump with a googly but drifts it too far down, Shafiq does not glove it and it is an extra run
24.5
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, tossed up around off, Singh pushes it with an angled bat to backward point
24.4
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, now misses the sweep as the googly sneaks underneath the bat
24.3
4
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, FOUR, once more Singh moves inside the line and takes it off the stumps, swept in the air and over backward square leg, no chance for the fielder in the deep
24.2
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, leg-break and Singh has no clue about this, moves across and hangs his bat out, the ball turns to beat the outside edge
24.1
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, huge shout for LBW. Umpire Mark Hawthorne shakes his head. That is dead. Poor umpiring. Singh shuffles across and misses the sweep, struck in line with the middle stump. What more do you want for an LBW?
23.6
4
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR, finally, with all his attempts Balbirnie has a boundary off the sweep shot, bent low and rolled his wrists over to hit it along the ground in front of square on the leg-side
23.5
0
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, no run, spinning from outside off and Balbirnie's forward prod takes the inside edge, goes quickly to short fine
23.4
1
Nabi to Simi Singh, 1 run, makes some room and punches it against the turn through extra cover, sweeper tidies up
23.3
0
Nabi to Simi Singh, no run, slower but with a flatter trajectory, blocked back to Nabi
23.2
1
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, flighted and Balbirnie brooms it to deep square leg, just a single
23.1
1
Nabi to Simi Singh, 1 run, waits back in the crease and nurdles it with the spin to square leg
22.6
4
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR, edged and four. Flighted outside off, Balbirnie reaches for the drive and the ball turns to take the outside edge, wide of the slip fielder and runs away
22.5
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, throws the leg-break outside off, Balbirnie stretches forward and pushes it to cover
22.4
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, shortish googly cramping Balbirnie for room, defended back
22.3
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, faster googly and Balbirnie is late on the back foot punch, the inside edge almost brushed the leg-stump on the way to short fine. Rashid is on the money rightaway
22.2
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, wrong 'un and looked like Balbirnie picked it, went for the sweep and is beaten by the lack of bounce

Slip in

22.1
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, starts with a leg-break, bunted in front of backward point

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

21.6
0
Nabi to Simi Singh, no run, loud shout for LBW. Gould not interested. The conventional off-break that turns in to beat the inside edge and rap the pad. Impact was outside off and that is what saved Singh
21.5
0
Nabi to Simi Singh, no run, lobbed up and turning in, defended back
21.4
1
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, drifting in on leg, nudged towards deep mid-wicket, for a single
21.3
1
Nabi to Simi Singh, 1 run, fraction short and outside off, Singh slaps it to sweeper cover
21.2
0
Nabi to Simi Singh, no run, drags the arm-ball short and Singh can't beat the cover fielder with a punch
21.1
1
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, flighted around off and Balbirnie brings out the broomstick, swept to deep square leg
20.6
1
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, on a length outside off, Balbirnie drives on the rise to sweeper cover
20.5
1
Naib to Simi Singh, 1 run, fuller and teasing the batsman, Singh goes with hard hands on the drive and the outside edge rolls away to third man
20.5
1
Naib to Simi Singh, wide, very similar to the delivery that Singh cue-ended, this time he can't reach it and gets a wide
20.4
0
Naib to Simi Singh, no run, leg-cutter and Naib gets it to nibble away, Singh was looking to steer it to third man and is undone by the movement. Polite enquiry from Naib for a caught behind and the umpire shakes his head
20.3
0
Naib to Simi Singh, no run, fuller and outside off, a firmer push from Singh to mid-off
20.2
0
Naib to Simi Singh, no run, short and outside off, Singh throws his bat at that and cue-ends it on the bounce to a diving keeper. That would have been a wide had he let go
20.1
0
Naib to Simi Singh, no run, back of a length close to off, Singh knocks it in front of cover
19.6
0
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, no run, confusion between the batsmen. Balbirnie stabbed it in front of short third and set off, Singh was not interested and yelled a loud "no" to send his mate back
19.5
0
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, no run, quicker, fuller and outside off, Balbirnie mistimes the drive to cover
19.4
1
Nabi to Simi Singh, 1 run, this time he manages to beat Nabi with a much more forceful shot, single to long-on
19.3
0
Nabi to Simi Singh, no run, very full and on the stumps, Singh pushes it to the right of Nabi, who dives and stops
19.2
0
Nabi to Simi Singh, no run, nice and slow, Singh prods forward and defends
19.1
1
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, tossed up on off, swept along the ground to long leg

Drinks are on the field now..

18.6
4
Naib to Simi Singh, FOUR, in the air and wide of the fielder. Short and wide outside off, Singh cuts and does not bother to keep it down, slashed to the left of backward point where the fielder dives and the ball evades him, runs away to the fence
18.5
0
Naib to Simi Singh, no run, attacks the off-stump and Singh defends it down the wicket
18.4
0
Naib to Simi Singh, no run, good length ball on off, defended off the inner portion of the bat to mid-wicket
18.3
1
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, pushed on the up in front of mid-off and he set off, Asghar was slow to react
18.2
2
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, 2 runs, strays the back of a length delivery on the hips, clipped past the square leg umpire and Mujeeb had to get across from fine leg, he does and keeps it down to a brace
18.1
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, fuller and on off, Balbirnie drives it straight back, Naib gets a hand and deflects it to mid-on
17.6
1
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, floated up on off and the sweep to deep square leg brings a single to Balbirnie
17.5
0
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, no run, this is top class bowling from Nabi. He is mixing them up nicely. The straighter one around off, Balbirnie played for the turn and is beaten on the outside edge

Simi Singh, right handed bat, comes to the crease

17.4
0
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, out Niall O Brien Run Out!! Brilliant bit of work from Shahidi. Balbirnie went down to play the sweep again and toe-ends it towards mid-wicket, he was waiting for the ball to pass Shahidi, but Niall O Brien was off towards the striker's end. Shahidi dives full length to his left and stops the ball, the rest is easy - a lob to Nabi and the bails are removed. Niall O Brien run out (Shahidi/Nabi) 11(18)

Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

17.3
0
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, no run, oh! Nabi slows it up and Balbirnie had to fetch the sweep from outside off, the under edge hits the back thigh. If not for that, the ball was heading towards the stumps
17.3
1
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, wide, turns in from outside off and ends up down leg, Balbirnie misses the tickle
17.2
0
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, no run, drifter from Nabi and Balbirnie pushes it with a straight bat to cover
17.1
1
Nabi to Niall O Brien, 1 run, flighted around off, Niall O Brien shuffles and sweeps to deep mid-wicket, the fielder does well to keep it to one
16.6
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, short and outside off, Balbirnie cracks the cut straight to backward point. That is twice he is found the fielder with well timed shots
16.5
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, that's what happens when you are in a shell. Leg-cutter that deviates outside off, Balbirnie goes searching for the ball and is lucky not to have edged it behind
16.4
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, fuller and outside off, Balbirnie creams the drive straight to cover. Either side and that would have been four
16.3
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, short of length and Balbirnie is happy to bide his time, blocked to cover
16.2
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, good length ball around off, blunted with a straight to cover
16.1
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, back of a length on off, Balbirnie defends right under his eye
15.6
0
Nabi to Niall O Brien, no run, tossed up around off, Niall O Brien blocks it to cover
15.5
1
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, sweep is Balbirnie's go-to shot, nice roll of the wrists as he places it wide of short fine, long leg cleans up
15.4
0
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, no run, slower and turning in, glanced to short fine, straight to the man
15.3
1
Nabi to Niall O Brien, 1 run, sliding down leg and Niall O Brien helps it along the way, for a single
15.2
1
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, choses the delivery on the stumps to play the sweep, broomed to long leg
15.1
0
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, no run, straight roller outside off, dabbed to short third man
14.6
0
Naib to Niall O Brien, no run, good length ball on off, defended off the front foot
14.5
2
Naib to Niall O Brien, 2 runs, very casual from Niall O Brien. Almost got himself run-out. Short of length and outside off, cracked on the rise to deep point and it was an easy two as the sweeper tidied up. Niall O Brien did not ground his bat in and Shafiq flicked the throw onto the stumps. The right boot was halfway in when the bails came off. Lucky!

Run-out check sent upstairs. Afghanistan seem confident. Niall O Brien is just in. Not Out!

14.4
1
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, short and outside off, Balbirnie throws his hands and the outside edge flies away to third man
14.3
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, in the air and short of Naib. The slowness of the surface almost had another victim. Balbirnie is early on the drive and hits it uppishly to the left of the bowler, lands just in front of Naib
14.2
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, back of a length around off, Balbirnie is opened up slightly as he stabs it into the off-side
14.1
1
Naib to Niall O Brien, 1 run, pitched up outside off, Niall O Brien drives it to sweeper cover
13.6
0
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, no run, fired on leg-stump, tickled straight to short fine leg
13.5
0
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, no run, sharp turn and Balbirnie was rooted to the crease, brought his bat down in the nick of time and kept it out. The ball runs off the bat face and bounces over the sticks. Close!
13.4
1
Nabi to Niall O Brien, 1 run, tossed up on off, Niall O Brien is down on his knee and plays a controlled sweep to long leg
13.4
1
Nabi to Niall O Brien, wide, keeps gaining in angle and slips down leg, Niall O Brien can't meet with the glance, wide called
13.3
0
Nabi to Niall O Brien, no run, flatter and outside off, Niall O Brien plays it off the back foot to cover

Slip in

13.2
1
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, full on middle and leg, easy knock for Balbirnie down to long-on
13.1
1
Nabi to Niall O Brien, 1 run, at the pads, Niall O Brien nudges it wide of short fine for a single

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

12.6
1
Naib to Niall O Brien, 1 run, slower delivery and Niall O Brien angles it away to third man
12.5
0
Naib to Niall O Brien, no run, fraction short in length and Niall O Brien is right behind the line to defend
12.4
0
Naib to Niall O Brien, no run, on a length close to off, bunted in front of point and Niall O Brien was off, Balbirnie wasn't interested and he sent his partner back. Good call that

Slip still exists

12.3
0
Naib to Niall O Brien, no run, watchfully defends the pitched up delivery to backward point
12.2
0
Naib to Niall O Brien, no run, full and attacking the stumps, Niall O Brien closes the bat face and the ball rolls to mid-wicket
12.1
0
Naib to Niall O Brien, no run, fuller around off, Niall O Brien defends tentatively in front of cover
11.6
1
Mujeeb to Niall O Brien, 1 run, turning into the left-hander, Niall O Brien nurdles it round the corner - to backward square leg
11.5
1
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, too full and that allows Balbirnie to ease the drive to long-on
11.4
0
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, no run, quicker carrom ball and Balbirnie's drive finds the cover-point fielder
11.3
0
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, no run, wrong 'un on a fuller length and Balbirnie pushes it to cover
11.2
0
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, no run, can't beat the mid-wicket, who dives to his right to stop the single
11.1
0
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, no run, carrom ball drifts in and Balbirnie knocks it to mid-wicket
10.6
0
Naib to Niall O Brien, no run, on off-stump and a confident forward push straight to mid-on
10.5
2
Naib to Niall O Brien, 2 runs, full and on the stumps, neat little clip from Niall O Brien past mid-wicket to open his account with a brace

Niall O Brien, left handed bat, comes to the crease

10.4
0
Naib to Porterfield, out Caught by Shafiqullah!! Naib strikes in his first over. Very poor shot from the Ireland skipper. Full and way outside off, Porterfield went chasing after it and feathered a thin edge to the keeper. He could have left that alone. Porterfield c Shafiqullah b Naib 16(33) [4s-2]

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

10.3
0
Naib to Porterfield, no run, once again finds the mid-wicket fielder with a clip off the pads
10.2
0
Naib to Porterfield, no run, angled into the left-hander, flicked straight to mid-wicket

Round the wicket. Slip in

10.1
1
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, fuller and outside off, Balbirnie directs it square on the off-side with a drive

Gulbadin Naib, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

9.6
2
Mujeeb to Porterfield, 2 runs, short ball, cut away and they will come back for a double
9.5
1
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, kneels down and sweeps to send it to deep backward square leg for a single
9.4
0
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, no run, bends down and pushes it back to the bowler
9.4
1
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, wide, slips the ball down leg and has been wided
9.3
1
Mujeeb to Porterfield, 1 run, knocked away behind square for a single
9.2
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, that was a teasing delivery flighted outside off. The batsman sucked into a push and was beaten on the outer edge
9.1
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, pushed away into the off-side, finds the man at mid-off
8.6
0
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, no run, angling in and hits the batsman high on the pad. That was going down quite easily
8.5
0
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, no run, shortish delivery and has been chopped away to the man at point
8.4
0
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, no run, length ball and has been defended down to mid-on with a straigtish bat
8.3
4
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR, shortish ball outside off and that has been carved away through the off-side for a four
8.2
0
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, no run, angling in and the batsman misses the tuck. The ball hitting the batsman slightly high on his thigh pad
8.1
0
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, no run, little bit of nibble off the surface and has been left alone as it well away from the sticks
7.6
1
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, takes the flighted ball on the sweep and gets it to deep square leg for a single
7.5
0
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, no run, right up there and has been blocked down the deck
7.4
1
Mujeeb to Porterfield, 1 run, squeezy drive into the off-side and they get a single as the man at cover makes a tumbling stop
7.3
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, drops the ball short and meets a cut. The batsman fails to beat the man at point
7.2
4
Mujeeb to Porterfield, FOUR, just a mere push and that has run away. Leant into the drive and got it between cover and mid-off for a four
7.1
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, forward and defended into the off-side

Andrew Balbirnie, right handed bat, comes to the crease

6.6
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, out Caught by Shafiqullah!! Edged and gone. That was an away going full ball, the batsman was drawn into a push and ends up edging it to the keeper. Poor shot from the batsman. Ireland into early trouble. Stirling c Shafiqullah b Aftab Alam 10(20) [4s-2]

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

6.5
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run, shortish ball, slower in pace and has been crashed away to the man at cover
6.4
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run, walks down the track and misses the clip. The ball was going down
6.3
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run, length delivery and has been pushed away into the off-side
6.2
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run, shortish ball, was early into the pull and toe-ends the ball back down the wicket
6.1
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run, length delivery decking in and has been defended into the deck
5.6
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, too full, clipped away to the man at mid-wicket
5.5
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, open faced bat pushes the ball away into the off-side
5.4
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, slightly dropped short and the batsman chops the ball away into the off-side
5.3
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, too full and blocked into the off-side
5.2
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, prods forward and blocks it into the off-side
5.1
1
Mujeeb to Stirling, 1 run, tickles the ball away fine and they will get a single as the ball angled in
4.6
0
Aftab Alam to Porterfield, no run, gets his pads out of the way and pushes the ball back to the bowler
4.5
1
Aftab Alam to Stirling, leg byes, 1 run, the inside edge saves him. In fact no bat as he tried to clip the ball away. The ball takes the boot on its way into the on-side. That was again going down leg as the slower ball angled in
4.4
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run, chips down the track and pushes the ball back to the bowler
4.3
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run, length delivery and blocked into the off-side
4.2
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run, back of a length delivery outside off and has been left alone as he was advancing down the track
4.1
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run, little walk down the track and then the block into the deck
3.6
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, nudged away into the mid-wicket region
3.5
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, that was going down! Lucky is Porterfield. Hit on the back leg as he was trudging back. It kept low a bit as well to miss the tuck
3.4
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, looks to clip the ball away and the outer edge goes away towards short third man
3.3
1
Mujeeb to Stirling, 1 run, gets his bat ahead of his pads and knocks the ball away into the on-side for a single
3.2
0
Mujeeb to Stirling, no run, prods forward and outside halves the ball away into the off-side as he was unsure of the turn
3.1
0
Mujeeb to Stirling, no run, squares the batsman up and Stirling in returns defends it into the off-side
2.6
0
Aftab Alam to Porterfield, no run, length ball and angling away, the batsman lets it go
2.5
0
Aftab Alam to Porterfield, no run, shortish ball skidding on and the ball trims the inside edge on the attempted pull
2.4
4
Aftab Alam to Porterfield, FOUR, shortish ball outside off and has been punched away into the covers for a four. The man at cover gave it a valiant chase and could not fetch it back clean
2.3
0
Aftab Alam to Porterfield, no run, shortish ball keeps low outside off and has been tapped away into the off-side
2.2
0
Aftab Alam to Porterfield, no run, back foot punch to an away going delivery finds the man at point
2.1
0
Aftab Alam to Porterfield, no run, slightly shortish and angling away, the batsman misses the pull as he was too early into the shot
1.6
3
Mujeeb to Porterfield, 3 runs, back footed slash and that almost went all the way. Rashid Khan gave it a chase from mid-off and pulled it back. That was short and it sat up for the batsman to rock back and smash the ball away
1.5
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, looks to push at it and the ball takes the inside edge to bobble away to mid-wicket
1.4
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, lures the batsman forward and has been pushed away into the off-side
1.3
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, waits on it and tickles the ball to short mid-wicket
1.2
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, pushed back to the bowler
1.1
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, front footed push into the covers as the ball was tossed up

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

0.6
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run, huge appeal as the bowler cleared his throat completely to go up. Not given. That decked in after landing and miss the front footed prod. The ball took the pads on its way to the keeper
0.5
4
Aftab Alam to Stirling, FOUR, inside edges it! That was close. Almost trimmed the ball back on to the sticks but in the end the ball races away to the fine leg fence for a four
0.4
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run, length delivery and has been blocked back into the deck
0.3
4
Aftab Alam to Stirling, FOUR, pitched up delivery outside off and has been driven through the covers for a four. Lovely hands and that went through in to the shot to stroke it away
0.2
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run, little bit of shape into the batsman and has been awkwardly pushed away to the man at square leg
0.1
1
Aftab Alam to Porterfield, 1 run, looks to drive but squeezes the ball out into the on-side for a single

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