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Ireland vs Afghanistan - 3rd ODI

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

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

commentary

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

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

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

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

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

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

Only 9 more needed.

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

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

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

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

16.6
0
Murtagh to Ihsanullah, no run, gets behind the line of the ball and defends it into the on-side
16.5
4
Murtagh to Ihsanullah, FOUR, short ball outside off and has been gate-crashed past point for a four. Invested all his power into the shot
16.4
0
Murtagh to Ihsanullah, no run, length delivery and he got behind the line of the ball to block it
16.3
4
Murtagh to Ihsanullah, FOUR, square drives the ball away as he leant into the drive and got it away from the man at point
16.2
0
Murtagh to Ihsanullah, no run,
16.1
0
Murtagh to Ihsanullah, no run, shuffles across and clips the ball away into the on-side
15.6
0
Rankin to Shahidi, no run, short of length delivery at the body, rises on his toes and blocks it down. It was at an uncomfortable height for him and he did well to keep it down
15.5
0
Rankin to Shahidi, no run, much fuller and outside off, opens the face of the bat to block it to the off-side
15.4
4
Rankin to Shahidi, FOUR, attempted yorker! Ends up bowling a full-toss, Shahidi drives it wide of mid-on and it races along the carpet
15.3
0
Rankin to Shahidi, no run, back of a length delivery outside off, Shahidi attempts a cut shot. It was too close to cut and ends up missing it
15.2
1
Rankin to Ihsanullah, 1 run, fuller length delivery well wide of off, walks across to the off-side and clips it to the leg-side for a single
15.1
0
Rankin to Ihsanullah, no run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, blocks it with a straight bat
14.6
1
Murtagh to Ihsanullah, 1 run, opens the face of the bat to guide it to cover point. Takes a single
14.5
4
Murtagh to Ihsanullah, FOUR, now goes into the T-20 mode. Clears his front leg and powers it over deep square leg for a boundary
14.4
0
Murtagh to Ihsanullah, no run, on a good length and around off, defends it to the off-side
14.3
0
Murtagh to Ihsanullah, no run, this was down the leg-side, Ihsanullah fails to get bat to it and it goes to the keeper. It might have clipped his pad
14.2
0
Murtagh to Ihsanullah, no run, defends this one to the off-side
14.1
2
Murtagh to Ihsanullah, 2 runs, this was a nothing delivery. Wanted to test him with a short one, ends up bowling at the waist height. Ihsanullah gets in a good position and half-pulls half-flicks it wide of mid-on for a brace
13.6
0
Rankin to Shahidi, no run, last short delivery pegged him back. This one was on a good length and Shahidi hesitantly comes on the front foot . He manages an inside edge and it clips it the leg-side
13.5
0
Rankin to Shahidi, no run, yes. This was coming. With Rankin around, short delivery is always round the corner. Shahidi did well to sway away from the line and ducks under it
13.4
0
Rankin to Shahidi, no run, on a good length and outside off, Shahidi opens the face of the bat to point
13.3
0
Rankin to Shahidi, no run, this one was a beautiful delivery. It straightens after pitching and goes between the bat and pad of Shahidi
13.2
0
Rankin to Shahidi, no run, at the pads and Shahidi tucks it to the leg-side
13.1
4
Rankin to Shahidi, FOUR, full-toss outside off, Shahidi uses straight bat to drive it wide of Rankin. Timing was good and it races along the carpet
12.6
0
Murtagh to Ihsanullah, no run, oh dear! Why was that not given. It was extremly close. In fact, I reckon that was OUT. Impact might have been outside off and that would have saved him. It was a good length delivery around off, it nips back in and keeps a tad low. Ihsanullah was pinned to his crease, fails to get any bat and that looked OUT. Replay showed it was clipping the top of off
12.5
1
Murtagh to Shahidi, 1 run, fuller length delivery outside off, Shahidi comes on the front foot and drives it wide of mid-off
12.4
0
Murtagh to Shahidi, no run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, gets his bat down on time to defend it to cover
12.3
0
Murtagh to Shahidi, no run, good length delivery angling across the left-hander, Shahidi watches the line of the ball and decides he is not going to play at it
12.2
0
Murtagh to Shahidi, no run, plunges forward and blocks it to mid-off
12.1
0
Murtagh to Shahidi, no run, on a fuller length and at the stumps, defended back
11.6
6
Rankin to Ihsanullah, SIX, whatta handsome hook shot! Ball sails into the crowd. It was banged in short without any mission. Ihsanullah gets on top of the bounce and hooks it over deep square leg for a maximum. There was a fielder there and he audaciously took him on and cleared him with utter ease
11.5
0
Rankin to Ihsanullah, no run, full-toss at stomach height. Ihsanullah was surprised by it and he ends up defending it back
11.4
0
Rankin to Ihsanullah, no run, perfect yorker at the stumps, Ihsanullah keeps it out to square leg
11.3
0
Rankin to Ihsanullah, no run, fuller length delivery, Ihsanullah clips it top square leg
11.2
0
Rankin to Ihsanullah, no run, on a good length and directed at the stumps, stands tall and defends back
11.1
0
Rankin to Ihsanullah, no run, back of a length delivery outside off, Ihsanullah rises in the crease and angles the bat to defend it to point

Boyd Rankin [4.0-1-15-1] is back into the attack

10.6
0
Murtagh to Shahidi, no run, gets a good stride forward and leaves it alone
10.5
0
Murtagh to Shahidi, no run, fuller length and aimed at the stumps, Shahidi plunges forward and defends it to cover
10.4
2
Murtagh to Shahidi, 2 runs, fuller length delivery at the stumps, Shahidi clips it wide of square leg for a brace

Hashmatullah Shahidi, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Welcome back folks.

Ireland started off well by removing Mohammad Shazhad early but then the partnership between Janat and Rahmat Shah seemed like taking it away from the hosts but Murtagh struck at the stroke of the break. Afghanistan though are well placed and need only 72 more to win this. Can Ireland script something dramatic? We shall see.

10.3
0
Murtagh to Rahmat, out Caught by Niall O Brien!! And a wicket right at the break. That angled in big and the batsman played all around it to miss the line of the ball. The batsman looked bemused after being given out. The keeper also appealed as he caught hold of the ball but there was no inside edge. The umpire got it wrong here! Afghanistan are two down but they are well placed in the chase. Rahmat c Niall O Brien b Murtagh 33(35) [4s-5]

Murtagh to Rahmat, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

10.2
0
Murtagh to Rahmat, no run, back of a length delivery and the batsman stands up tall to block the ball under the eyes
10.1
0
Murtagh to Rahmat, no run, length delivery and has been blocked from the crease

Tim Murtagh [3.0-0-21-0] is back into the attack

9.6
1
Andy McBrine to Rahmat, 1 run, goes back and punches the ball away to long-on
9.5
0
Andy McBrine to Rahmat, no run, chips down the track and clips the ball away to mid-wicket
9.4
0
Andy McBrine to Rahmat, no run, stays back and punches the ball into the off-side
9.3
0
Andy McBrine to Rahmat, no run, stays back and pushes the ball back to the bowler
9.2
1
Andy McBrine to Ihsanullah, 1 run, tucked away off the pads into the on-side for a single
9.1
0
Andy McBrine to Ihsanullah, no run, tossed up delivery and has been barricaded into the off-side

Andy McBrine, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

8.6
4
Chase to Rahmat, FOUR, now follows it up with a superb off-drive. That was full and the batsman leant into the drive to send it to the left of the man at mid-off
8.5
4
Chase to Rahmat, FOUR, fuller ball on the pads, clipped away with elan and that is a four. No one at deep square leg and the batsman hit it in the air without any hassles
8.4
0
Chase to Rahmat, no run, stands up tall and punches the ball on the up to find the man at mid-off
8.3
0
Chase to Rahmat, no run, on the pads, going down and the batsman misses the clip
8.2
0
Chase to Rahmat, no run, length delivery and has been defended into the off-side
8.1
4
Chase to Rahmat, FOUR, short ball, cut away with control between cover point and point for a four. That was short and allowed the batsman the room to free his arms
7.6
3
Rankin to Rahmat, 3 runs, looks to clip drive the ball away but the leading edge takes the ball away past cover for a triple. Lucky runs for Afghanistan
7.5
1
Rankin to Ihsanullah, 1 run, back of a length delivery and has been tucked away behind square on the on-side for a single
7.4
0
Rankin to Ihsanullah, no run, stays behind the line of the ball and blocks it behind square on the off-side
7.3
4
Rankin to Ihsanullah, FOUR, short ball, cut away and the ball races away through the point region for a four
7.2
0
Rankin to Ihsanullah, no run, back of a length delivery and has been tucked away into the on-side
7.1
0
Rankin to Ihsanullah, no run, fuller length ball outside off and has been defended into the off-side
6.6
0
Chase to Rahmat, no run, length delivery and has been defended into the off-side
6.5
1
Chase to Ihsanullah, 1 run, wrists the pull down awkwardly to get it to fine leg for a single. The ball was bumped in fiercely from the bowler
6.4
1
Chase to Rahmat, 1 run, clipped away and into the gap between mid-wicket and mid-on for a single,. Did not have enough pace on the stroke
6.3
0
Chase to Rahmat, no run, tucked off the pads into the on-side
6.2
1
Chase to Ihsanullah, 1 run, short and wide, carves the cut away past point to locate the man at deep third. Only a single
6.1
0
Chase to Ihsanullah, no run, squares the batsman up a touch and has been blocked into the off-side. Runs needed are now in double digits

Peter Chase, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

5.6
0
Rankin to Rahmat, no run, stays behind the line of the ball and defends it into the off-side
5.5
2
Rankin to Rahmat, 2 runs, uppish punch and the ball landed just short of the man at point, who dived forward. They take a double as the man at deep third cut it off
5.4
4
Rankin to Rahmat, FOUR, short ball, the batsman pivots on the back foot and pulls the ball away to send it quickly to the deep backward square leg fence
5.3
0
Rankin to Rahmat, no run, back of a length delivery outside off and the batsman stands up tall to defend the ball into the off-side
5.2
0
Rankin to Rahmat, no run, again, hitting the length mark outside off and has merited a block
5.1
0
Rankin to Rahmat, no run, length delivery, rising a tad outside off and has been defended
4.6
0
Murtagh to Ihsanullah, no run, that was chipped back and just out of reach of the right hand off Murtagh. That came out of nowhere. Can count it as a chance. Dropped I can write. The batsman just checked his shot and almost paid the penalty for it
4.5
6
Murtagh to Ihsanullah, SIX, wow! That is a walk in the park which has resulted in a maximum. Came down the track and lifted it away to send it over long-off for a sixer. Superb batting from Ihsanullah
4.4
2
Murtagh to Ihsanullah, 2 runs, lifts the length ball away and the ball does not have enough legs to go over the ropes. The man at mid-off gave the chase and tracked it down
4.3
1
Murtagh to Rahmat, 1 run, hangs in his crease and pushes the ball away into the covers for a single
4.2
2
Murtagh to Rahmat, 2 runs, walks down the track and opens the face of the bat on impact to send the ball past point for a double
4.1
0
Murtagh to Rahmat, no run, length ball and has been pushed back to the bowler off the front foot
4.1
1
Murtagh to Rahmat, wide, length delivery going down leg and the batsman fails to tickle it away
3.6
0
Rankin to Ihsanullah, no run, that is a corker! Short of a length ball, took off and the batsman swayed away to let it go. That rose from a length and thankfully for the batsman, it was well outside off
3.5
0
Rankin to Ihsanullah, no run, back of a length delivery and has been defended into the off-side
3.4
0
Rankin to Ihsanullah, no run, length delivery and has been blocked into the off-side
3.3
0
Rankin to Ihsanullah, no run, short ball, angled in, the batsman lets it go as he arched back
3.2
0
Rankin to Ihsanullah, no run, length ball, decks in and has been knocked away into the on-side
3.1
0
Rankin to Ihsanullah, no run, short ball, the batsman sways back and lets it go
2.6
4
Murtagh to Rahmat, FOUR, angles the ball in and has been clipped away through the vacant square leg region for a four
2.5
0
Murtagh to Rahmat, no run, length delivery and has been blocked into the off-side
2.4
0
Murtagh to Rahmat, no run, back of a length delivery and has been defended into the off-side
2.3
0
Murtagh to Rahmat, no run, fuller delivery and has been driven on the up to find the man at cover
2.2
2
Murtagh to Rahmat, 2 runs, angles it in and has been clipped away for a single to fine leg
2.1
0
Murtagh to Rahmat, no run, angles it in and has been tucked away into the on-side
1.6
0
Rankin to Ihsanullah, no run, length delivery and has been blocked again into the off-side
1.5
0
Rankin to Ihsanullah, no run, back of a length delivery and has been defended into the off-side
1.4
1
Rankin to Rahmat, 1 run, angles the ball in and the batsman fails to tuck it away off the meat of the bat. The inner edge took it away to fine leg
1.3
0
Rankin to Rahmat, no run, back of a length delivery and has been blocked again
1.2
0
Rankin to Rahmat, no run, back of a length delivery and has been poked out into the off-side

Rahmat Shah, right handed bat, comes to the crease

1.1
0
Rankin to Mohammad Shahzad, out Caught by Murtagh!! Short ball, slashed away and taken at deep third man. Very unlucky for Mohammad Shahzad. Rankin is thrilled to bits. That was a bad ball but a poor execution of the cut shot resulted in his dismissal. Mohammad Shahzad c Murtagh b Rankin 1(2)

Rankin to Mohammad Shahzad, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Boyd Rankin, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
0
Murtagh to Ihsanullah, no run, shuffles across and has been turned away into the on-side
0.5
2
Murtagh to Ihsanullah, 2 runs, length delivery and has been lifted over the man at covers for a couple
0.4
0
Murtagh to Ihsanullah, no run, defends it into the on-side as the ball angled in
0.3
0
Murtagh to Ihsanullah, no run, length ball and pushed away into the off-side
0.2
0
Murtagh to Ihsanullah, no run, push drives at the ball and the ball landed just short of the man at point
0.1
1
Murtagh to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, squares the batsman up and it takes the outer edge for the man at point to fumble and allow the single

Mohammad Shahzad and Ihsanullah are at the crease. Mohammad Shahzad is on strike. Murtagh will open the attack