3rd T20I, Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, Greater Noida, 12 March 2017

Afghanistan vs Ireland

Ireland 2nd Inn:205/10 (19.2)

Jacob Mulder 0 (0);
Mohammad Nabi* 3.2-0-43-1; Rashid Khan 4-0-28-3;

Last bat: George Dockrell

Result: Afghanistan won by 28 runs.

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Ireland Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Paul Stirling c Nabi & b Shapoor 49 20 6 3 245
Stuart Thompson b Amir Hamza 43 18 2 5 238.89
William Porterfield(c) c Nabi & b Amir Hamza 16 14 1 0 114.29
Kevin O'Brien c Nabi & b Karim Janat 3 6 0 0 50
Gary Wilson(wk) c Shenwari & b Rashid Khan 59 34 5 2 173.53
Andy McBrine lbw Karim Janat 13 8 0 1 162.5
Lorcan Tucker b Rashid Khan 16 14 0 1 114.29
Greg Thompson b Rashid Khan 0 1 0 0 0
George Dockrell c Usman Ghani & b Nabi 2 3 0 0 66.67
Barry McCarthy runout (Najibullah) 0 0 0 0 0.00
Jacob Mulder not out 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 1, w - 1, nb - 2)4
Total(205 all out in 19.2 overs)205 (10.6 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/65 (Paul Stirling, 4.2 ov.) 2/95 (Stuart Thompson, 6.2 ov.) 3/100 (Kevin O'Brien, 7.5 ov.)
4/123 (William Porterfield, 10.3 ov.) 5/159 (Andy McBrine, 13.4 ov.) 6/201 (Gary Wilson, 18.2 ov.)
7/203 (Lorcan Tucker, 18.4 ov.) 8/204 (Greg Thompson, 18.6 ov.) 9/205 (Barry McCarthy, 19.1 ov.)
10/205 (George Dockrell, 19.2 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Shapoor Zadran 4 0 60 1 15 (1w)
Amir Hamza 4 0 39 2 9.75  
Mohammad Nabi 3.2 0 43 1 12.91  
Karim Janat 4 0 34 2 8.5  
Rashid Khan 4 0 28 3 7  
               

Afghanistan Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Mohammad Shahzad(wk) c Dockrell & b Jacob Mulder 72 43 6 5 167.44
Najeeb Tarakai c Dockrell & b Kevin O'Brien 3 5 0 0 60
Usman Ghani b Kevin O'Brien 23 20 3 0 115
Asghar Stanikzai(c) c S Thompson & b Andy McBrine 12 5 1 1 240
Najibullah Zadran c Wilson & b Jacob Mulder 1 5 0 0 20
Samiullah Shenwari c Dockrell & b Kevin O'Brien 13 10 1 0 130
Mohammad Nabi runout (Barry McCarthy) 89 30 6 9 296.67
Karim Janat c Jacob Mulder & b Kevin O'Brien 6 2 0 1 300
Rashid Khan not out 1 1 0 0 100
Amir Hamza dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Shapoor Zadran dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 5, w - 7, nb - 1)13
Total(233 for 8 in 20 overs)233 (11.65 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/23 (Najeeb Tarakai, 2.4 ov.) 2/97 (Usman Ghani, 10.2 ov.) 3/119 (Asghar Stanikzai, 11.4 ov.)
4/121 (Mohammad Shahzad, 12.3 ov.) 5/121 (Najibullah Zadran, 12.5 ov.) 6/195 (Samiullah Shenwari, 18.1 ov.)
7/206 (Karim Janat, 18.5 ov.) 8/233 (Mohammad Nabi, 20 ov.)  
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Barry McCarthy 4 0 69 0 17.25 (1w)
George Dockrell 4 0 35 0 8.75 (2w)
Kevin O'Brien 4 0 45 4 11.25 (1w)
Stuart Thompson 3 0 36 0 12 (3w)
Jacob Mulder 4 0 32 2 8  
Andy McBrine 1 0 11 1 11  
               
All|Overs 1-50
4

to Stirling, FOUR, strays on Stirling's pads and this is basically a free-hit (not the official one) with fine leg up. Flogs it away to the boundary

6

to Stirling, SIX, this time changes the angle of attack, dishes a length ball right in the slot and Stirling rams it over long-on. Strong bottom-hand, allows for a free swing by clearing his front leg and bashes it with a straight bat

6

Hamza to Stirling, SIX, this time Stirling gallops down the track and swings through the line. From those first two balls, he realized that it wasn't turning at all. So he confidently swings it over long-on despite not meeting the pitch of it

4

Hamza to Stirling, FOUR, this is clever batting. He anticipated that Hamza would look to pull the length back after being hit down the ground. So he creates room and slashes it from the stumps over extra-cover. Stirling looking dangerous. He looked dangerous in the previous game too. But this time he'd like to kick on

4

Hamza to Stirling, FOUR, all timing on this occasion! Comes down the track to a flat dart from Hamza. Because he isn't to the pitch of the delivery, he doesn't try to be extravagant. Just eases into a cover drive and finds the gap. Lovely batting

D

to Stirling, 2 runs, dropped at extra-cover. This could prove to be costly. With the two protecting fielders being on the leg-side, Stirling makes a lot of room to hit it through the off-side ring. But follows him and denies any width. As a result, Stirling's attempted inside-out drive doesn't find much elevation and he hits it to the right of Shenwari at extra-cover. It wasn't straightforward. But it wasn't very difficult either, especially after he got there with both hands

D

to Stirling, 1 run, dropped again! Really ordinary from Afghanistan in the field. A length ball on the pads, Stirling whips it in the air to the right of fine leg. Karim Janat is the fielder there. He runs around and gets to the ball but puts it down

6

to S Thompson, SIX, stunning shot! If that's any indicator, his legs are doing just fine. Back of a length delivery outside off, Thompson hoists it off the back foot over extra-cover and it sails all the way. Quite an incredible shot

4

to Stirling, FOUR, shortish outside off, Stirling camps back and finds the gap through backward point with a crisp late-cut

4

to Stirling, FOUR, it's short again, and it's four again. Stirling is quite a short man so anything remotely short, he picks it up so quickly. Cuts it through point

6

to S Thompson, SIX, way too many short balls from in this over and he's been duly punished. Thompson is quick to rock back and pull it over deep mid-wicket. Fifty on the board in just four overs. This game is alive

4

to Stirling, no ball, FOUR, angles it in on a good length, Stirling heaves it over mid-wicket. There's a fielder in the deep there but Stirling has placed this wide of him. It's a no-ball too, so a free-hit will follow

6

to Stirling, SIX, the free-hit disappears. Belligerent batting from Stirling. Just clearing that front leg to anything which is on a length and then hitting through the line. Clears long-on comfortably

W

to Stirling, out Caught by Nabi!! Taken this time. can breathe. He's got a touch lucky actually. It's a low full toss which Stirling takes off the pads and whips effortlessly over square leg. But it's gone straight to Nabi in the deep, who judges it nicely. Stirling misses out on his half-century, but he's delivered the flier which Ireland so desperately needed. Stirling c Nabi b 49(20) [4s-6 6s-3]

6

to S Thompson, SIX, bam! Excellent strike. Length ball close to off, Thompson smashes it down the ground for a flat-six over long-on. Brutal timing on that

4

to S Thompson, FOUR, slower and fuller outside off, Thompson carves it over extra-cover. The runs keep coming

6

to S Thompson, SIX, hammers the low full toss straight back over 's head for six. This is good from Thompson, taking the charge post Stirling's departure and ensuring that the momentum isn't lost

6

to S Thompson, SIX, back to back sixes. This time he sinks in the crease and slog-sweeps from a length over backward square leg. The ball is sliding on beautifully off the pitch

4

Hamza to S Thompson, FOUR, he's spanked that through extra-cover. Just a little bit short, a little bit wide and Thompson throws his hands at it to crash it to the boundary. Ireland are flying

W

Hamza to S Thompson, out Bowled!! Gone. He's chopped it back on. Darted across off from round the wicket, Thompson doesn't quite get low enough on the pull, or maybe the length wasn't there for the shot. He under-edges it onto off-stump. So both the openers are gone and there will be two new batsmen at the crease. Critical passage of play coming up for Ireland. S Thompson b Hamza 43(18) [4s-2 6s-5]

W

Janat to Kevin O'Brien, out Caught by Nabi!! Such a soft dismissal. O'Brien has chipped it straight to long-on. What was he trying to do there? It was a full ball at the stumps; O'Brien meekly chips it in the air. He doesn't quite go through with the loft. May have wanted to hit it much straighter. But he should have backed himself there and gone all the way. Nothing shot this. Kevin O'Brien c Nabi b Janat 3(6)

4

Janat to Wilson, FOUR, can't be providing width with this field. Both point and third man are up in the ring. Wilson latches onto it and slaps it through the gap

4

Hamza to Porterfield, FOUR, Hamza falls into Porterfield's trap. He follows him down the leg-side. That's exactly what Porterfield was looking for and he flogs him away to the long leg boundary

W

Hamza to Porterfield, out Caught by Nabi!! Another massive wicket. Afghanistan are chipping away here. It's a good catch from Nabi, running in from long-on. Porterfield couldn't find the elevation on the loft down the ground. He hit it hard and flat. Nabi covers good ground and takes it on the run. Porterfield c Nabi b Hamza 16(14) [4s-1]

4

Hamza to Wilson, FOUR, quick and full outside off, Wilson uses the pace on the ball and opens the bat-face on the drive to guide it through backward point

6

Janat to Wilson, SIX, superbly struck. A full ball outside off, Wilson uses the width and carts it over extra-cover

4

Khan to Wilson, FOUR, drilled down the ground. Too full from this time. Wilson doesn't hold back and uses his bottom hand to good effect

6

Janat to Andy McBrine, SIX, powerfully swung across the line, clears the rope. Not a great delivery from Janat. A length ball on the pads and it disappears over long leg

W

Janat to Andy McBrine, out Lbw!! Oh that is plumb. Full and straight, McBrine misses with an ambitious reverse-scoop and he's dead in front of middle. Whenever Ireland seem to gather some momentum, Afghanistan make the breakthrough. Andy McBrine lbw b Janat 13(8) [6s-1]

6

to Wilson, SIX, Wilson continues to carry Ireland hopes. Dances down the track and slogs it with the turn over mid-wicket. He didn't get to the pitch of it but was confident to go through with the shot because he was playing with the turn

4

to Wilson, FOUR, quick low full toss on off; it's been drilled straight back down the ground to beat long-on

6

Khan to Lorcan Tucker, SIX, oh this is beautifully hit! The shot couldn't have been possible had he not picked the googly out of the hand. But because he did, he was able to swing through the line despite not being anywhere close to the ball after using the feet

OT

to Wilson, 2 runs, he's timing them beautifully. Crashes a full ball from off-stump through the covers and comfortably ambles back. The fielder in the deep had to make a good 10-15 yards to his right before sliding across. Fifty up for Wilson. He's the only one who can win it for Ireland from here

4

to Wilson, FOUR, lucky runs. It's a thick inside edge which brings four for Wilson and Ireland. But didn't quite find his mark either. It was an ordinary length ball and it's always susceptible to such consequences

W

Khan to Wilson, out Caught by Shenwari!! This could be the end for Ireland. A lot rested on Wilson's shoulders if the target was to be achieved. But he's gone now. The ball jumps up from a length and takes a thick top-edge on the slog-sweep. Simple catch at deep mid-wicket. Wilson c Shenwari b Khan 59(34) [4s-5 6s-2]

W

Khan to Lorcan Tucker, out Bowled!! skids one through Tucker. The trajectory is flat but the length isn't as short as Tucker expects. He goes for the pull, misses and is knocked over. Lorcan Tucker b Khan 16(14) [6s-1]

W

Khan to Greg Thompson, out Bowled!! Three in the over for . He's a real menace for the lower order. The googly snakes back in, right through Thompson's slog-sweep, and clips leg-stump. Greg Thompson b Khan 0(1)

W

to Dockrell, out Barry McCarthy Run Out!! 1 run completed. Direct-hit from long-on. McCarthy is well short. He's not even in the picture. They went through for the second after Dockrell squeezed the full ball to long-on but Najibullah is swiftly onto the ball and his throw is even better. Barry McCarthy run out (Najibullah) 0(0)

W

to Dockrell, out Caught by Usman Ghani!! It's all over. Dockrell miscues his slog-sweep in the air for a simple catch at deep mid-wicket. Afghanistan sweep the series 3-0. They've been quite brilliant here in Noida. Dockrell c Usman Ghani b 2(3)

4

McCarthy to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, you offer width to this guy and he'll punish you. It was short as well. Shahzad goes hard at it and elevates it behind backward point. What a way to get off the mark

6

McCarthy to Mohammad Shahzad, SIX, even better! Full and wide outside off, Shahzad gets low and tonks it over extra cover. The ball hits the boundary cushion on the full. Exciting start

4

McCarthy to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, 14 off the first over. Very full outside off, Shahzad opens his bat face at the point of contact and squits it through the point region. The ball races away into the fence

4

to Mohammad Shahzad, leg byes, FOUR, drifting down leg, Shahzad misses his flick. The ball brushes his leg and runs away into the fine leg fence

W

O'Brien to Najeeb Tarakai, out Caught by Dockrell!! There was just one man there in the deep and Tarakai has picked him to perfection. Fuller length delivery outside off, Tarakai fetches it from there and heaves across the line. Doesn't time it well and spoons a simple catch to Dockrell at deep mid-wicket. Najeeb Tarakai c Dockrell b O'Brien 3(5)

4

to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, shot! There wasn't width offered, Shahzad created his own by moving leg-side. It was slightly on the shorter side and Shahzad uses that to elevate it over the extra cover region for a boundary

6

to Mohammad Shahzad, SIX, that's a monster! tosses it up on off, Shahzad backs away and launches it over long-off to collect his second maximum

4

O'Brien to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, that's brute power! Short of a length delivery, Shahzad moves leg-side and muscles it through the mid-wicket region for yet another boundary

6

O'Brien to Mohammad Shahzad, SIX, shot! That's Dhoni-esque. Fuller length delivery on the pads, Shahzad waits for the ball, clears his front leg and wallops it over the cow corner fence

4

McCarthy to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, in the air and four! This is brilliant stuff. It was short and wide outside off, Shahzad arches his back a bit and elevates it between backward point and short third man. There is none stopping that

6

McCarthy to Mohammad Shahzad, SIX, the previous delivery he played along the ground. This time he is not afraid to go over the in-field. He spots the cutter early, comes forward and makes room to launch it over extra cover for a maximum

OT

Thompon to Mohammad hahzad, 1 run, 11th T20I fifty for Mohammad hahzad! He get there in 27 deliverie. Tap a length t mid-wicket and get there. Can he convert it into a hundred?

OT

Mulder to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, slower this time, bit of turn away from Shahzad who wrists it to long-on. Brings up the 50-run stand

4

Mulder to Usman Ghani, FOUR, overpitched and Ghani takes full toll of it. Comes forward and drills it hard down the ground. No chance for the long-off fielder

4

Thompon to Uman Ghani, FOUR, edged and four! Ghani wanted to cut it through point and get a fat edge that run down to the third man fence

4

Thompon to Uman Ghani, FOUR, hot! Theere wa a long-on fielder and he had move around five inche and he moved two. That wa the power behind that hot. Ghani heaved the fuller length delivery down the ground into the long-on fence

4

Mulder to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, offers width and Shahzad goes after it! He backs away and cuts it fiercely through the extra cover region. The fielder in the deep did well to run across and put in a dive. But he was in contact with the boundary rope when he tried to flick the ball back into play

W

O'Brien to Usman Ghani, out Bowled!! A wicket totally against the run of play. A short of length delivery on off, Ghani waltzes down and looks to go for the wild heave across the line. Fails to put bat on ball as the leather scoots under his blade to crash onto the stumps. The off stump goes for a walk. Usman Ghani b O'Brien 23(20) [4s-3]

6

O'Brien to Stanikzai, SIX, oh hello! That's a huge hit. Fullish length that is right in the slot for Stanikzai to swing his bat. He clears his front leg and smack it over deep mid-wicket for a monstrous six

6

McBrine to Mohammad Shahzad, SIX, low full toss, Shahzad reverses his stance and brooms it away into the backward point fence. The ball has enough wings to sail over the boundary rope

4

McBrine to Stanikzai, FOUR, this is carnage! Fired in quicker outside off from round the wicket, Stanikzai throws the kitchen sink. Gets enough wood on it to get it over backward point

W

McBrine to Stanikzai, out Caught by S Thompson!! Stanikzai departs looking to clear the fence. He hit that pretty well. Full and quick from McBrine, Stanikzai lofts it wide of long-on. Thompson there at wide long-on times his jump perfectly and takes it calmly. Stanikzai c S Thompson b McBrine 12(5) [4s-1 6s-1]

W

Mulder to Mohammad Shahzad, out Caught by Dockrell!! End of a fine knock from Mohammad Shahzad! A tossed up delivery pitching outside off leg and turning away a tad. Shahzad stepped out of his ground backing away. Goes on with his slog and slightly loses his shape as he isn't close to the pitch of the delivery. Ends up giving a straightforward catch to Dockrell at deep mid-wicket. Mohammad Shahzad c Dockrell b Mulder 72(43) [4s-6 6s-5]

W

Mulder to Najibullah, out Caught by Wilson!! Three quick wickets and Ireland are fighting back. Najibullah doesn't spot this quick wrong 'un. Sticks his bat out and gets a faint outside edge that is snared by the keeper. Najibullah c Wilson b Mulder 1(5)

6

Mulder to Nabi, SIX, Just out of the reach of the fielder. Nabi's heart would have been in his mouth. A nice leg-break, Nabi sinks low and slog sweeps it over long-on. The ball goes over the waiting long-on fielder

6

Mulder to Nabi, SIX, that has been walloped! It made a cracking sound when the bat made contact with the ball. Flat delivery on middle, Nabi sinks low and smacks it over deep mid-wicket. There was a man in the deep who was just a mere spectator

4

to Nabi, FOUR, wow! Nabi was initially looking to play the sweep shot. Seeing the length full and line outside off, he adjusts well to open his bat face and run it into the third man fence

6

to Nabi, SIX, wow! Just wow! This is a brilliant hot. There was width on offer outside off, but the length was very full. Nabi does well to lift it inside out over the covers for a maximum

6

McCarthy to Nabi, SIX, this is a gift and Nabi thanks him by depositing it into the stands. Full toss down leg. Nabi shuffles across and helps it away over long leg for a maximum

4

McCarthy to Nabi, FOUR, full toss outside off, Nabi moves across in his crease and muscles it between long-on and deep mid-wicket for a boundary

6

McCarthy to Nabi, SIX, same region and this time he fetches a six. Short ball that sits up nicely for Nabi to pull it between the two fielders in deep mid-wicket and long-on. No need to run for shots like that. Powerfully hit

4

Thompon to henwari, FOUR, premeditated weep hot! Get it well wide of hort fine leg for a boundary

4

Thompon to Nabi, FOUR, 2nd T20I fifty for Nabi! A timely knock from the experienced player. Drill thi overpitched delivery down the ground. The ball bullet away

6

Thompon to Nabi, IX, it raining boundarie! Length ball and Nabi make the bowler pay. He tand tall and end it into the orbit. A ix over long-off

W

O'Brien to Shenwari, out Caught by Dockrell!! Shenwari perishes trying to play the big shot. O'Brien bowls an off-cutter from a shortish length. Shenwari is early into his pull shot and gets it off the top portion of the blade. Dockrell settles under it at deep mid-wicket and gobbles it up. Shenwari c Dockrell b O'Brien 13(10) [4s-1]

4

O'Brien to Nabi, FOUR, wow! He has picked that beautifully all day. Very full, Nabi uses his wrists to clip it between deep mid-wicket and long-on. The timing was excellent

6

O'Brien to Karim Janat, SIX, short ball. Janat expects that, stands still in his crease and smacks it over deep wicket with a fierce pull shot

W

O'Brien to Karim Janat, out Caught by Jacob Mulder!! Gone! Karim Janat tries to go for another maximum and perishes. A fuller length delivery in the slot for Janat to go pver long-off. But, he didn't have power behind this shot. Easy catch for Mulder at long-off. Karim Janat c Jacob Mulder b O'Brien 6(2) [6s-1]

4

O'Brien to Nabi, FOUR, and again. That gap between long-on and deep mid-wicket has been split. Nabi wrists the pitched up delivery through mid-wicket. The long-on fielder dod well to get to the ball. But in the attempt to flick it back into the play he helped it past the boundary rope

6

McCarthy to Nabi, SIX, pitched up delivery, Nabi clears his front leg and tonks it over long-off for a maximum

6

McCarthy to Nabi, SIX, six more and even better shot! Short of a length delivery, Nabi moves across and launches it once again over long-off

6

McCarthy to Nabi, SIX, hat-trick of sixes! Nabi is on fire. A low full toss, Nabi shuffles across and muscles it deep into the mid-wicket fence

4

McCarthy to Nabi, FOUR, unlucky! Got to feel for the bowler. He darted it outside off, Nabi reaches for it and wants to swing it over mid-wicket. Gets a thick inside edge and the ball races away into the fine leg fence

W

McCarthy to Nabi, out Nabi Run Out!! Nabi is dismissed off the final ball! A full delivery, Nabi drilled it hard down the ground and the ball hits the stumps at the bowler's end. They go for a run, and McCarthy is quick to go to the stumps and uproot one of the stumps. Nabi is nowhere near the crease. Nabi run out ( McCarthy) 89(30) [4s-6 6s-9]