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Ireland vs Afghanistan - 2nd ODI

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

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

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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

38.6
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, flatter and on the off stump, Singh defends off the back foot
38.5
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, defended into the off-side
38.5
5
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, 5 wides, called a wide as Rashid Khan slips this googly down the leg-side, may have just brushed the pad. Actually missed everything I guess on the replay. Rashid Khan shakes his head in disappointment. The keeper couldn't gather as it was very quick
38.4
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, driven firmly and straight to cover again
38.3
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, very full and outside off stump, Singh drives it to cover
38.2
1
Rashid Khan to Wilson, 1 run, short and on the stumps, pulled behind square on the on-side
38.1
1
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, 1 run, pushed to mid-on for a sharp single
37.6
1
Mujeeb to Simi Singh, 1 run, quicker delivery, Singh flicks it to backward square leg
37.5
1
Mujeeb to Wilson, 1 run, pushed to long-on
37.4
0
Mujeeb to Wilson, no run, appeal for LBW, but the impact was well outside off stump, this was the straighter one from Mujeeb, Wilson played outside the line and let it pass
37.3
0
Mujeeb to Wilson, no run, just about manages to defend
37.2
0
Mujeeb to Wilson, no run, leans forward and keeps it out
37.1
0
Mujeeb to Wilson, no run, covers the line and defends
36.6
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, blocked
36.5
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, googly, not read, Singh is hit on the pad, but it was spinning down the leg-side, the ball rolls to short fine leg, wants a run, but sent back
36.4
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, leans forward and defends
36.3
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, spinning away outside off stump, Singh shoulders arms
36.2
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, leans forward and defends
36.1
1
Rashid Khan to Wilson, 1 run, tapped to point
35.6
6
Mujeeb to Simi Singh, SIX, over the top and that's a well-timed hit. Gets to the pitch of the ball and smashes it hard over the long-on fence. Ireland need only 31 runs now. Singh picked the googly ad nailed it to perfection
35.5
1
Mujeeb to Wilson, 1 run, goes back and pushes this flatter delivery through cover
35.4
0
Mujeeb to Wilson, no run, pushed back to the bowler
35.3
0
Mujeeb to Wilson, no run, flighted delivery on the off stump, Wilson defends
35.2
1
Mujeeb to Simi Singh, 1 run, defends it towards cover-point, sets off and the throw goes to the bowler's end, wasn't on target
35.1
0
Mujeeb to Simi Singh, no run, flatter delivery on the stumps, Singh defends

Mujeeb Ur Rahman [7.0-0-28-1] is back into the attack

34.6
0
Rashid Khan to Wilson, no run, defended from the crease
34.5
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, out Caught by Najibullah!! That's the fifth wicket down and Afghanistan are still in it. Big blow for Ireland, the well set Andy Balbirnie is dismissed. End of a fine 47-run stand. Flighted delivery spinning away outside off stump, Andy Balbirnie reaches out for the drive but gets a thick edge that carries to the left of first slip, who dives and catches the ball. Andy Balbirnie c Najibullah b Rashid Khan 60(92) [4s-5]

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

34.4
1
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, 1 run, worked away to mid-wicket
34.3
1
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, nicely driven away off the back foot to sweeper cover
34.2
1
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and dabs it to backward point. Oops! Andy Balbirnie slips while finishing the run and he fell on his elbow. Seems to be in some pain
34.1
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, plunges forward and defends it to cover
34.1
1
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, wide, down the leg-side. Wide called

Rashid Khan [6.0-0-22-1] is back into the attack

33.6
4
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR, sweeps and sweeps well, it beats the deep mid-wicket fielder and reaches the fence in canter. Good connection and equally good placement
33.5
1
Nabi to Simi Singh, 1 run, takes a good stride forward and works it to the leg-side
33.4
1
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, works it to deep square leg for a single
33.3
1
Nabi to Simi Singh, 1 run, comes forward and then rocks back to cut it to deep point
33.2
0
Nabi to Simi Singh, no run, comes on the front foot and blocks it back
33.1
0
Nabi to Simi Singh, no run, flatter one at the stumps, defended to mid-wicket

Mohammad Nabi [7.0-2-23-2] is back into the attack

32.6
1
Mujeeb to Simi Singh, 1 run, moves across to the off-side and nudges it to the leg-side to retain strike
32.5
0
Mujeeb to Simi Singh, no run, another defensive shot to the off-side
32.4
0
Mujeeb to Simi Singh, no run, defends it to the off-side
32.3
2
Mujeeb to Simi Singh, 2 runs, rush of blood for Simi Singh. He comes down the track and lofts it down the ground, fails to time it and it went up in the air. Rehmat Shah came running from long-off but it falls just in front of him
32.2
0
Mujeeb to Simi Singh, no run, this one held its line and it fizzes past the outside edge of Simi Singh
32.1
0
Mujeeb to Simi Singh, no run, Simi Singh dances down, Mujeeb watches that and drags his length back, Simi was defeated in the flight but he adjusts well to defend it to cover
31.6
1
Naib to Simi Singh, 1 run, goes on top of the ball and pulls it to backward square leg for a single
31.5
0
Naib to Simi Singh, no run, it was very wide of off, Simi Singh went for a slash away from the body, it misses his outside edge. Mohammad Shahzad went up in appeal, that was just to prevent the umpire from giving wide and he manages to do that
31.4
1
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, comes on the front foot in a flash and drives it to cover who gets a hand to it and stops it from going any further
31.3
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, checks his shot this time and defends it to cover
31.2
1
Naib to Simi Singh, 1 run, comes down the track and opens the face of the bat to guide it square of the wicket
31.1
1
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, inside half of the bat takes it to deep square leg
30.6
1
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, outside off delivery, Andy Balbirnie carves it to deep point for a single
30.5
0
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, no run, flighted one at the stumps, Andy Balbirnie sweeps it to short fine
30.4
0
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, no run, defends it to cover
30.3
0
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, no run, pushes it back to Mujeeb
30.2
2
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, 2 runs, goes on the back foot and cuts it to deep point for a brace. He brings up his fifty with it. This has been a fine knock
30.1
0
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, no run, it keeps a little low. Andy Balbirnie adjusts well to defend it back

Mujeeb Ur Rahman [5.0-0-22-1] is back into the attack

29.6
1
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, another fuller length delivery outside off, Andy Balbirnie plunges forward and drives it to deep cover to retain strike
29.5
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, pushes it to mid-off
29.4
1
Naib to Simi Singh, 1 run, another delivery outside off, Simi Singh opens the face of the bat and steers it to third man
29.3
1
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, goes on the back foot and cuts it square of the wicket for a single
29.2
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, on a good length and outside off, steers it to point, fails to beat the point who puts in a dive to stop it from going any further
29.1
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, on a good length and at the stumps, defends it to mid-on

Gulbadin Naib [5.0-0-21-0] is back into the attack

28.6
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, this one was directed at the stumps, Simi Singh defends it back to Rashid Khan
28.5
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, it went past the bat again. This is excellent bowling from Rashid Khan
28.4
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, huge appeal from Rashid Khan and Mohammad Shahzad but umpire shakes his head. It was a leggie, it pitched around off and goes past his outside edge. It might have clipped his pad. Stanikzai isn't bemused and he is having a go at Simi Singh, not required at all
28.3
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, waits for this one and defends it back
28.2
1
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, stays back and works it to deep square leg
28.1
1
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, 1 run, not much turn on this delivery at the stumps, Simi Singh pushes it to cover
27.6
2
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, leg byes, 2 runs, full-toss at the pads, Andy Balbirnie fails to get any bat to it. It deflects off the pads to deep square leg and they take a brace
27.5
4
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR, short of length delivery without much venom. Andy Balbirnie goes on top of the bounce and pulls it in front of square for a boundary
27.4
1
Aftab Alam to Simi Singh, 1 run, comes down the track and converts it into a yorker. He manages to dig it out to mid-off and charges for a single. Naib fails to pick it up cleanly and that allows them to take a single
27.3
1
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, short of length delivery aimed at the body, Andy Balbirnie pulls it to fine leg
27.2
1
Aftab Alam to Simi Singh, 1 run, moves across to the off-side to open up the leg-side for him and he delicately nudges it to deep square leg
27.1
1
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, Andy Balbirnie plunges forward and drives it wide of mid-off
26.6
1
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, quicker one around off, Andy Balbirnie goes on the back foot and cuts it to deep point
26.5
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, pushes it to point
26.4
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, looking for a poke on that outside off delivery. It beats his outside edge
26.3
1
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, 1 run, goes down and slog sweeps it wide of deep square leg
26.2
4
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, FOUR, kind outside edge. It beats slip and goes wide of the short third too and reaches the fence
26.1
1
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, pushes it with the turn to deep point for a single
25.6
0
Aftab Alam to Simi Singh, no run, almost a yorker length delivery outside off. There was some shape in the air for Aftab Alam. Simi Singh covers the swing well, plays it late and defends it to mid-off
25.5
1
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, fuller length delivery outside off, Simi Singh plunges forward and drives it to deep point
25.4
1
Aftab Alam to Simi Singh, 1 run, goes back and nudges it wide of mid-on for a single
25.3
0
Aftab Alam to Simi Singh, no run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, Simi Singh brings out the straight bat and defends it back to Aftab Alam
25.2
0
Aftab Alam to Simi Singh, no run, fuller length delivery outside off, Simi Singh pushes it to point
25.1
0
Aftab Alam to Simi Singh, no run, back of a length delivery outside off, inside half of the bat back to his shoe

Aftab Alam [4.0-1-17-0] is back into the attack

24.6
1
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, 1 run, at the stumps again, Simi Singh nudges it to short third for a single
24.5
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, moves across to the off-side. Rashid Khan bowls it at the stumps. Simi Singh manages to defend it to the leg-side
24.4
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, gets a good stride forward and defends it to cover
24.3
0
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, no run, outside half of the bat takes it to point
24.3
1
Rashid Khan to Simi Singh, wide, down the leg-side. Wide called

Simi Singh, right handed bat, comes to the crease

24.2
0
Rashid Khan to Kevin O Brien, out Lbw!! Rashid goes on a run after taking this wicket. The dangerous Kevin O Brien is back in the hut and Afghanistan are back in this match. It was a quicker delivery at the stumps, it keeps low after pitching. Kevin O Brien was pinned to his crease. He was beaten by the low bounce and was rapped on the pads. Umpire raises his finger instantly. That was plumb. Kevin O Brien lbw b Rashid Khan 8(8) [4s-1]

Rashid Khan to Kevin O Brien, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

24.1
4
Rashid Khan to Kevin O Brien, FOUR, outside edge and Nabi at first slip spills it. It was a leggie, Kevin O Brien was beaten in the flight, he gets an outside edge but slip fails to gather it

Rashid Khan [3.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack

23.6
1
Naib to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, Kevin O Brien was hurried on this delivery and he ends up mistiming the pull to deep square leg
23.5
0
Naib to Kevin O Brien, no run, good length delivery at off-stump, Kevin O Brien blocks it back to Naib
23.4
1
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, back of a length delivery around off, Andy Balbirnie rises in the crease and cuts it to deep point for a single
23.3
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, good length delivery around off, Andy Balbirnie stands tall and pushes it to cover
23.2
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, another one outside off, steers it straight to point
23.1
1
Naib to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, fuller length delivery outside off, Kevin O Brien comes on the front foot, outside half of the bat takes it wide(right) of point for a single
22.6
1
Nabi to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, at the stumps and Kevin O Brien politely pushes it wide of square leg to retain strike

Slip in for Kevin O Brien.

22.5
1
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, goes on the back foot and cuts it to deep cover
22.4
0
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, no run, blocks it back to Nabi
22.3
1
Nabi to Kevin O Brien, 1 run, steers it to deep extra cover for a single
22.2
0
Nabi to Kevin O Brien, no run, quicker one outside off, Kevin O Brien misses it. It went past his outside edge

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

22.1
0
Nabi to Niall O Brien, out Caught by (sub)Shafiqullah!! Nothing shot from Niall O Brien! He is dejected and he should be. It was a tossed up delivery at the stumps, Niall O Brien wanted to loft it over cover, fails to time it and ends up gifting an easy catch to cover. Afghanistan are still in the game. Niall O Brien c (sub)Shafiqullah b Nabi 10(20) [4s-1]

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

21.6
1
Naib to Niall O Brien, 1 run, on a good length and outside off, Niall O Brien opens the face of the bat and runs it down to third man for a single
21.5
1
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, slower delivery outside off, Andy Balbirnie waits for it and pushes it to deep point
21.4
1
Naib to Niall O Brien, 1 run, good length delivery coming into Niall O Brien who cuts it to third man
21.3
1
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, drifting on the pads this time and Andy Balbirnie nudges it to deep square leg
21.2
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, good length delivery at the stumps, Andy Balbirnie blocks it to cover
21.1
1
Naib to Niall O Brien, 1 run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, Niall O Brien clips it to fine leg

Gulbadin Naib [3.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack

20.6
0
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, no run, yorker length delivery at the stumps, Andy Balbirnie was hurried in his push back to Nabi. Maiden over!
20.5
0
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, no run, another defensive shot back to the bowler
20.4
0
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, no run, quicker one outside off, Andy Balbirnie misses the steer
20.3
0
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, no run, this one was tossed up, Andy Balbirnie waits and defends it back
20.2
0
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, no run, another delivery at the stumps, Andy Balbirnie blocks it wide of Nabi
20.1
0
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, no run, at the stumps and Andy Balbirnie defends it back to Nabi

Drinks are on the field now. Ireland are cruising at the moment. Afghanistan need wickets in bulk to come back in this match.

19.6
0
Rashid Khan to Niall O Brien, no run, another defensive shot to the off-side to end the over
19.5
0
Rashid Khan to Niall O Brien, no run, comes on the front foot and defends it to the off-side
19.4
1
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, clips it square of the wicket for a single
19.3
2
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, 2 runs, risky running this. He nudges it to the deep square leg and decides to come back for a double. Throw was wayward from the deep, had he hit it directly. Niall O Brien would have been gone
19.2
1
Rashid Khan to Niall O Brien, 1 run, flighted and at the stumps, clips it wide of square leg for a single
19.1
0
Rashid Khan to Niall O Brien, no run, pushes it away from the body to point
18.6
1
Nabi to Niall O Brien, leg byes, 1 run, off the pads, it goes to the leg-side and Niall O Brien take a single to retain strike
18.5
0
Nabi to Niall O Brien, no run, at the pads and Niall O Brien tickles it to short fine
18.4
1
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, at the pads and Andy Balbirnie nudges it wide of short fine and takes a quick single. Throw was a wild one from the fielder and they take the single easily in the end
18.3
1
Nabi to Niall O Brien, 1 run, plays down the wrong line totally, inside half of the willow takes it to the leg-side
18.2
0
Nabi to Niall O Brien, no run, defends it to point
18.1
4
Nabi to Niall O Brien, FOUR, cheeky from Niall O Brien! Gets a good stride forward, Nabi bowls this one at the stumps and he paddles it fine of short fine for a boundary

Body language of Afghanistan have improved after taking the wicket.

17.6
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, gets a good stride forward and defends it to point with an open face
17.5
1
Rashid Khan to Niall O Brien, 1 run, now a quicker one at the stumps, Niall O Brien defends it wide of cover and takes a quick single
17.4
0
Rashid Khan to Niall O Brien, no run, another googly. This one went past the outside edge
17.3
0
Rashid Khan to Niall O Brien, no run, wrong 'un. Niall O Brien fails to read it, outside half of the bat takes it to point
17.2
1
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, full-toss at the stumps, Andy Balbirnie carves it to sweeper cover for a single
17.1
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, at the pads and Andy Balbirnie defends it to the leg-side
16.6
0
Nabi to Niall O Brien, no run, flighted and well wide of off, Niall O Brien comes on the front foot and defends it to cover
16.5
0
Nabi to Niall O Brien, no run, at the stumps and Niall O Brien tucks it to the off-side
16.4
0
Nabi to Niall O Brien, no run, appeal from Nabi but there was an inside edge and umpire wasn't keen
16.3
0
Nabi to Niall O Brien, no run, blocks this one into the off-side

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

16.2
0
Nabi to Stirling, out Stumped!! Astute piece of bowling from Nabi gets the better of Stirling. He comes down the ground without any mission. Nabi watches that like a hawk and throws this one well wide of off. Stirling misses it and Mohammad Shahzad behind the stumps did the rest. Umpire isn't pleased with something and he is checking it. He might be checking whether Mohammad Shahzad collected the ball behind the stumps, he surely did and Stirling will have to depart. Stirling st Mohammad Shahzad b Nabi 39(50) [4s-3 6s-1]

Nabi to Stirling, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!

16.1
0
Nabi to Stirling, no run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, blocks it to the off-side with straight bat
15.6
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, full on middle, flicked straight to short fine. A loud no for the single
15.5
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, fired full outside off, Balbirnie looks to jam and he might have got some bat on that. Shehzad though fails to cling on and he seems to have done some damage to his chin, the ball ricocheted off the bat onto his gloves and then onto the unprotected area under his helmet
15.4
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, gets forward to drive and skews an inside edge into the leg-side
15.3
0
Rashid Khan to Andy Balbirnie, no run, full and quick on middle, flicked to mid-wicket
15.2
1
Rashid Khan to Stirling, 1 run, driven down to long-on
15.1
0
Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run, legbreak on off and Stirling misses the swipe, huge shout for lbw, but height would have been a factor. It hit him around the thigh pad

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

14.6
0
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, no run, punched back to the bowler
14.5
0
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, no run, pushed through just outside off, tapped to backward point
14.4
1
Nabi to Stirling, 1 run, drops the ball into the vacant spaces on the off-side and grabs a quick single
14.3
0
Nabi to Stirling, no run, seeks to cut off the back foot and gets beaten by the extra bounce
14.2
1
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, drags his length back and bowls it wide of off, Balbirnie uses the width to clatter it square of cover
14.1
0
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, no run, tossed up just outside off, driven straight to cover
13.6
1
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, stays beside the line of the ball and opens the bat face at the last moment to run it down to third man
13.5
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, shuffles forward and across, allows the ball to snick the splice on the push to the leg-side
13.4
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, gets in-line with the fullish delivery and drives to the right of mid-on, a diving stop there prevents the boundary
13.3
1
Naib to Stirling, 1 run, punches crisply through covers, off strike now. This is excellent batting from Stirling
13.2
2
Naib to Stirling, 2 runs, flicked away in the gap between mid-on and mid-wicket. Nabi had some chasing to do to his right from mid-on and they sneak a couple in the meantime
13.1
0
Naib to Stirling, no run, prods forward and then closes the bat face to dab it gently towards backward point
12.6
1
Nabi to Stirling, 1 run, transfers his weight onto the back foot and cuts the quicker delivery to the left of sweeper cover
12.5
0
Nabi to Stirling, no run, slower on middle and leg, Stirling turns it into the leg-side with soft hands
12.4
0
Nabi to Stirling, no run, jumps across and punches it into the off-side
12.3
1
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, low full toss at the stumps, Balbirnie drives back at the bowler and all Nabi could manage was a fingertip on his outstretched right hand
12.2
1
Nabi to Stirling, 1 run, flat again, this one had ample width outside off to slam the cut to deep point
12.1
1
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, flatter on middle, eased down to long-on
11.6
0
Naib to Stirling, no run, on-the-rise drive from Stirling, can't get it past the diving left hand of extra cover
11.5
0
Naib to Stirling, no run, pitched up on the stumps, Stirling drills it straight to mid-on
11.4
0
Naib to Stirling, no run, nicely forward, allows the ball to clonk the middle of the bat as he poses a defensive stroke into the off-side
11.3
2
Naib to Stirling, 2 runs, gets an inside edge onto pad on the flick, big gap there between fine leg and deep mid-wicket and they squeze two in no-time
11.2
1
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, offers the straightest of blades to claim a single to the left of mid-on
11.1
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, full and zips across towards middle and leg, Balbirnie drives with an bat face to the left of mid-off
10.6
0
Nabi to Stirling, no run, jumps on the back foot to flash a cut through point, it's flat and fast outside off, done for pace
10.5
6
Nabi to Stirling, SIX, runs down the pitch, gets underneath the flight on this and lambasts it over long-on. Clean as a whistle
10.4
0
Nabi to Stirling, no run, flicked straight to mid-wicket
10.3
0
Nabi to Stirling, no run, draws Stirling forward and gets the ball to spin past his inside edge, beaten on the drive
10.2
1
Nabi to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, helps it with the angle down towards deep backward square
10.1
1
Nabi to Stirling, 1 run, allows the ball to spin and taps it on its head towards square leg, smart batting

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

9.6
4
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR, clobbered away square on the off-side. Stands tall and flays this juicy length ball nonchalantly in the gap between backward point and cover
9.5
1
Naib to Stirling, 1 run, tries to drive, but the late movement away draws the outside edge and rolls down to third man
9.4
0
Naib to Stirling, no run, full outside off, Stirling pushes the drive to the left of cover
9.3
1
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, taps the ball to mid-on and takes on the fielder's arm. A aim and a miss, had that hit Balbirnie might have been in trouble
9.2
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, floats it full and wide of off-stump, Balbirnie slices the drive to backward point
9.1
0
Naib to Andy Balbirnie, no run, inswinging yorker aimed at the base of middle, Balbirnie brings his bat down in time to squeeze it back towards the bowler

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

8.6
0
Mujeeb to Stirling, no run, compact defence off the front foot
8.5
1
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, opens his bat face and slots the drive to the left of extra cover, easy single
8.4
1
Mujeeb to Stirling, 1 run, punches to mid-on and sprints through for a quick single
8.3
0
Mujeeb to Stirling, no run, strides forward and jams the defence into the covers
8.2
0
Mujeeb to Stirling, no run, carrom ball around leg stump, Stirling picks it late but does well to drop it dead near his feet
8.1
1
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, offbreak around off and middle, Balbirnie pushes it in the gap at mid-wicket and nabs a quick single
7.6
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run, attacks the stumps with a good length delivery, knocked away with soft hands into the leg-side
7.5
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run, gets across and pokes the ball into the off-side
7.4
4
Aftab Alam to Stirling, FOUR, shot of the day so far! Half-volley outside off, Stirling sits on one knee and hammers the drive through extra cover
7.3
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run, fails to pick the gap this time, blazes the drive but can't pierce the off-side ring
7.2
2
Aftab Alam to Stirling, 2 runs, whipped away off the pads, Mujeeb runs across to his left from fine leg and puts in a valiant dive to keep it down to two
7.1
4
Aftab Alam to Stirling, FOUR, stands tall and drills the drive on the up through extra cover. It was right in his arc and Stirling gave it all
6.6
3
Mujeeb to Stirling, 3 runs, clips to mid-wicket and there's an overthrow at the bowler's end. No-one backing up and they sneak two extra runs
6.5
1
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, nurdled to mid-wicket
6.4
4
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR, thick top-edge on the sweep and he gets lucky, it escapes past the keeper's gloves and into the fine leg fence
6.3
1
Mujeeb to Stirling, 1 run, gets across and flicks it with the spin into the leg-side
6.2
0
Mujeeb to Stirling, no run, seeks to cut, but more pace on the ball meant he could only chop it as far as cover
6.1
0
Mujeeb to Stirling, no run, chips down the track and forces a defence into the off-side
5.6
2
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, 2 runs, overcorrects and bowls it too straight, Balbirnie helps it to the right of fine leg and had ample time to come back for the second
5.5
0
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, no run, shuffles a tad towards his off-stump and blocks the good length delivery under his eyes
5.4
4
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR, opens the bat face and drills the drive to the right of backward point. Superbly timed!
5.3
0
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, no run, slanting into the pads, Balbirnie flicks but can't get it past short mid-wicket
5.2
0
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, no run, opens the bat face and punch-drives a length ball into the covers
5.1
1
Aftab Alam to Stirling, leg byes, 1 run, appeal for leg before but the impact seems to be well outside off, Stirling shuffled across and missed the flick against this fullish delivery
4.6
0
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, no run, slower on middle, worked into the leg-side
4.5
1
Mujeeb to Stirling, leg byes, 1 run, looks to clip this off his pads, but it bounces extra and hits him high on the pads, they sneak a leg bye as the ball rolls past the keeper
4.4
1
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, gets inside the line of this offbreak and flicks it square on the leg-side
4.3
1
Mujeeb to Stirling, 1 run, tucked round the corner
4.2
1
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, goes down on his kness and sweps it to deep backward square leg
4.1
0
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, no run
3.6
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run
3.5
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run
3.4
0
Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run
3.3
1
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, to fine leg
3.2
0
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, no run
3.1
0
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, no run
2.6
0
Mujeeb to Stirling, no run
2.5
0
Mujeeb to Stirling, no run
2.4
0
Mujeeb to Stirling, no run, blocked back to the bowler
2.3
4
Mujeeb to Stirling, FOUR, all hands! Sees the ball sit up outside off and flashes his hands through the drive, past cover and four
2.2
2
Mujeeb to Stirling, 2 runs, dances down, gets too close to the pitch of the delivery but still manages to chip it off his pads over deep mid-on
2.1
0
Mujeeb to Stirling, no run, straighter delivery, bowled full on the stumps, pushed into the off-side
1.6
0
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, no run, lovely away-nibbler outside Balbirnie's off-stump, he opts for a loose drive and gets beaten on the edge
1.5
0
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, no run, another inswinger, this one's touch fuller, Balbirnie dead-bats into the pitch
1.4
0
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, no run, swerves back in a long way, Balbirnie does well to play it late, punches with soft hands into the covers
1.3
0
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, no run, full and just outside off, Balbirnie leans into a drive to mid-off
1.2
0
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, no run, gets behind the line of this good length delivery and taps into the off-side
1.1
0
Aftab Alam to Andy Balbirnie, no run, full and swings away in the outside off channel, Balbirnie lets it go

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

0.6
1
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, 1 run, nudges a single round the corner and gets off the mark
0.5
0
Mujeeb to Andy Balbirnie, no run, drifts in just outside off, Balbirnie defends off the back foot

Andrew Balbirnie, right handed bat, comes to the crease

0.4
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, out Bowled!! Knocked 'im over! The slider from Mujeeb, keeps angling in with the arm and stays low to sneak past the defences of William Porterfield. He leant on the back foot and didn't expect the ball to stay as low as it did. Porterfield b Mujeeb 0(4)

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

0.3
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, punched straight to cover
0.2
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, another solid front foot block from Porterfield
0.1
0
Mujeeb to Porterfield, no run, flighted outside off, Porterfield prods forward and blocks to the off-side

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