3rd Test W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth 14 December 2017

Australia vs England

1st ODI, Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah, 05 December 2017

Afghanistan vs Ireland

Ireland 2nd Inn:100/10 (31.4)

Stuart Poynter 27 (42);
Rashid Khan* 6.4-0-28-3; Mujeeb Zadran 10-2-24-4;

Last bat: Tim Murtagh

Result: Afghanistan won by 138 runs.

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Ireland Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
William Porterfield(c) c Naib & b Nabi 35 63 4 0 55.56
Paul Stirling lbw Mujeeb 5 13 1 0 38.46
Andrew Balbirnie b Mujeeb 0 5 0 0 0
Niall O'Brien(wk) c Javed Ahmadi & b Dawlat Zadran 4 7 0 0 57.14
Gary Wilson b Mujeeb 3 11 0 0 27.27
Kevin O'Brien b Mujeeb 3 8 0 0 37.5
Simi Singh lbw Rashid Khan 5 16 0 0 31.25
Stuart Poynter not out 27 42 2 0 64.29
George Dockrell c Shafiqullah & b Dawlat Zadran 10 12 1 0 83.33
Boyd Rankin c Ihsanullah & b Rashid Khan 1 8 0 0 12.5
Tim Murtagh c Rahmat & b Rashid Khan 0 5 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 2, lb - 1, w - 4, nb - 0)7
Total(100 all out in 31.4 overs)100 (3.16 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/6 (Paul Stirling, 3.3 ov.) 2/6 (Andrew Balbirnie, 5.2 ov.) 3/15 (Niall O'Brien, 6.6 ov.)
4/21 (Gary Wilson, 11.3 ov.) 5/30 (Kevin O'Brien, 13.3 ov.) 6/46 (Simi Singh, 17.5 ov.)
7/66 (William Porterfield, 22.5 ov.) 8/82 (George Dockrell, 26.1 ov.) 9/92 (Boyd Rankin, 29.3 ov.)
10/100 (Tim Murtagh, 31.4 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Dawlat Zadran 6 3 13 2 2.17 (2w)
Mujeeb Zadran 10 2 24 4 2.4 (1w)
Gulbadin Naib 3 0 11 0 3.67 (1w)
Mohammad Nabi 5 0 14 1 2.8  
Rashid Khan 6.4 0 28 3 4.2  
Javed Ahmadi 1 0 7 0 7  
               

Afghanistan Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Javed Ahmadi c & b Murtagh 10 18 1 0 55.56
Ihsanullah Janat c Niall O'Brien & b Rankin 10 15 0 1 66.67
Rahmat Shah c Niall O'Brien & b Rankin 50 75 3 1 66.67
Nasir Jamal c Wilson & b Murtagh 53 63 2 1 84.13
Asghar Stanikzai(c) b Rankin 2 22 0 0 9.09
Mohammad Nabi runout (Rankin) 0 4 0 0 0
Gulbadin Naib c Stirling & b Murtagh 17 27 0 1 62.96
Rashid Khan c Dockrell & b Kevin O'Brien 48 49 4 1 97.96
Shafiqullah Shafiq(wk) c Kevin O'Brien & b Rankin 36 23 3 3 156.52
Dawlat Zadran not out 1 4 0 0 25
Mujeeb Zadran dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 6, w - 5, nb - 0)11
Total(238 for 9 in 50 overs)238 (4.76 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/12 (Javed Ahmadi, 4.2 ov.) 2/22 (Ihsanullah Janat, 7.5 ov.) 3/127 (Nasir Jamal, 26.5 ov.)
4/130 (Rahmat Shah, 30.1 ov.) 5/130 (Mohammad Nabi, 30.5 ov.) 6/132 (Asghar Stanikzai, 32.6 ov.)
7/175 (Gulbadin Naib, 42.2 ov.) 8/230 (Shafiqullah Shafiq, 48.3 ov.) 9/238 (Rashid Khan, 49.6 ov.)
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Tim Murtagh 10 2 28 3 2.8  
George Dockrell 9 0 57 0 6.33  
Boyd Rankin 10 1 44 4 4.4 (1w)
Kevin O'Brien 10 1 50 1 5 (4w)
Simi Singh 5 0 36 0 7.2  
Paul Stirling 6 0 17 0 2.83  
               
All|Overs 1-50
4

to Stirling, FOUR, good length delivery outside off, Stirling comes forward to punch to cover, but gets an edge past slip to third man for a fortuitous boundary. That was the leg-break

W

to Stirling, out Lbw!! Looks like a googly, and he hasn't picked it and plays all around it, as it pitch outside off and turns sharply in to hit the front pad. Might have struck outside the line but that was definitely going on to hit the stumps. The Afghans have struck early with the wicket of Ireland's veteran opener Stirling Stirling lbw b 5(13) [4s-1]

W

to Andy Balbirnie, out Bowled!! The googly works again! Some (literal) gaps being discovered in the Irish batting technique as they is a huge gap between bat and pad and they haven't read the back-of-the-hand wrong'un. Goes through the defence and crashes into middle. Ireland in a bitspot of bother. Andy Balbirnie b 0(5)

4

Zadran to Porterfield, FOUR, another short one, another one that doesn't bounce much, and another failed pull which is almost played on to the stumps but a fortuitous chinese cut past leg stump for four to the fine leg fence

W

Zadran to Niall O'Brien, out Caught by Javed Ahmadi! As I was saying, the glance has caused the downfall of Niall O'Brien on this sluggish surface as he tried to tuck away a ball on his hips and got a leading edge that lobbed up to short mid-wicket for an easy catch. Ireland is in deep waters now; need a partnership to rescue them from this disastrous start! Niall O'Brien c Javed Ahmadi b Zadran 4(7)

W

to Wilson, out Bowled!! Another one for the teenager! Bowled down leg side, as he tries to sweep it! Not the usual dismissal but he will take it! It is his day and he is reaping the rewards for some excellent attacking bowling. Wilson b 3(11)

4

to Porterfield, FOUR, full and wide outside off, Porterfield drives it expansively to the deep extra cover fence, the the fielder puts in the dive, but the ball is stuck to him as he rolls onto the rope. That will be four for a struggling Porterfield. Hopefully his spirits will rise after that shot. He hasn't looked particularly comfortable out there

W

to Kevin O'Brien, out Bowled! Another wicket for this young prodigy. That wicked googly spins past Kevin O'Brien's sweep and takes the middle stick! That holy wrong'un again! Kevin O'Brien b 3(8)

4

Khan to Porterfield, FOUR, flighted delivery outside off, drags a pull away to the deep mid-wicket boundary for four. Very low for a pull, almost a sweep, that

W

Khan to Simi Singh, out Lbw!! Flipper aka the backspinner from Khan and Simi Singh tries to glance it away, misses completely and that was crashing into leg-stump. The other leg-spinner gets a wicket now! Simi Singh lbw b Khan 5(16)

4

Khan to Porterfield, FOUR

W

to Porterfield, out Caught by Naib!! Short ball. Porterfield goes back to pull and does well, times it so nicely that it carries to the man at deep backward sqaure leg. Porterfield c Naib b 35(63) [4s-4]

4

to Dockrell, FOUR, fuller ball. Dockrell wants to drive, gets an inside edge that runs past the stumps to the fine leg fence

W

Zadran to Dockrell, out Caught by Shafiqullah!! Quick bouncer this time. Dockrell goes for the pull but does not get enough bat on it, skies off the top edge towards fine leg. Niall O'Brien back-pedals and gets to it. Dockrell c Shafiqullah b Zadran 10(12) [4s-1]

4

Khan to Stuart Poynter, FOUR, he has cracked it. Fuller ball and Stuart Poynter whips it through the gap at mid-wicket

W

Khan to Rankin, out Caught by Ihsanullah!! Rankin goes hard on this fullish ball and hits it well, just does not get the elevation and holes out to mid-off. Rankin c Ihsanullah b Khan 1(8)

4

Khan to Stuart Poynter, FOUR, good length delivery, Stuart Poynter premeditates the reverse sweep and nails it as it races away to the backward point fence for four

W

Khan to Murtagh, out Caught by Rahmat!! Full on middle, Murtagh goes for the lofted drive over mid-on on but such has been the luck of the Irish today, that he lobs it into the hands of mid-on. He doesn't move an inch. Murtagh c Rahmat b Khan 0(5)

4

to Javed Ahmadi, FOUR, to deep mid-wicket

W

to Javed Ahmadi, out Caught&Bowled!! And he's out! Ahmadi skies a pull to a short delivery outside off, and gets a top-edge which gains a lot of height but no distance. calls loudly and collects a regulation catch. The Irish draw first blood. Javed Ahmadi c and b 10(18) [4s-1]

6

to Ihsanullah, SIX, full ball outside off, Ihsanullah makes more room to swing his blade and comes down the track to loft it over extra cover for an enormous six

W

to Ihsanullah, out Caught by Niall O'Brien!! What a ball! Back of a length on off, just nipping away off the seam, and looked like a leg-cutter as the ball stopped on the batsman and squared him up completely. He was stuck on the crease and got a feather through to Niall O'Brien behind the stumps. Ihsanullah c Niall O'Brien b 10(15) [6s-1]

4

to Nasir Jamal, FOUR, half-tracker, not much pace, and Nasir Jamal is too good a batsman to not put those away.Cut away to the deep backward point fence for four

4

O'Brien to Nasir Jamal, FOUR, good length on off, Nasir Jamal has an almighty heave at it as it is lofted over deep mid-wicket for a one-bounce four. Not great timing on that, but because of the sluggish run-rate, we knew something had to give. The Irish have piled on the pressure with some nagging lengths

4

Singh to Rahmat, FOUR, full and wide outside off, Rahmat gets down on his knee and slices it to the backward point fence for four. It took some time to trundle away to the fence, so the outfield isn't the quickest

4

O'Brien to Nasir Jamal, leg byes, FOUR, back of a length on the pads, the ball ricochets off the thigh-guard and away past a diving Niall O'Brien for four. Bonus runs for Afghanistan

4

O'Brien to Rahmat, FOUR, full ball on middle, and what pleasing sight to the eye that is! A straight-drive punched down the ground past a diving long-off for four, such was the timing on it

4

to Rahmat, FOUR, flat again but excellent work by Rahmat as he is nimble on his feet as he comes down the track and lofts it over extra cover for four, bisecting deep point and wide long-off

6

Singh to Nasir Jamal, SIX, flighted outside off, Nasir Jamal comes down the track and slog sweeps it over cow corner for a gigantic six!

6

Singh to Rahmat, SIX, the runs are coming thick and fast now and a flighted ball on middle is lofted straight down the ground for six. He came down the wicket with quick feet and deposited it into the second-tier of the stands

OT

O'Brien to Nasir Jamal, 2 runs, good length on middle, clipped to deep square leg for a couple. And that is the 50 for Nasir Jamal

OT

O'Brien to Nasir Jamal, 1 run, the partnership between Nasir Jamal and Rahmat is now 100 runs. Tucks off the back foot

W

to Nasir Jamal, out Caught by Wilson!! Full ball. Nasir Jamal tries to loft over long-on after clearing the front leg. Gets off the toe of the bat to find the man at long-on. Nasir Jamal c Wilson b 53(63) [4s-2 6s-1]

OT

to Rahmat, 1 run, steps out of the crease and pushes to sweeper cover to bring his fifty

W

to Rahmat, out Caught by Niall O'Brien!! What a ball to get rid of Rahmat. Just outside off and loaded with a lot of bounce. Rahmat pokes at it and gets a thick edge that settles into the mitts of the keeper. Rahmat c Niall O'Brien b 50(75) [4s-3 6s-1]

W

to Nabi, out Nabi Run Out!! Nabi pushes to cover and Stanikzai calls for a single that is not there. But Nabi is eventually coaxed into running one as Stanikzai is halfway down the wicket. The fielder collects the ball and fires it to the bowler who does the rest. Nabi run out (Dockrell/) 0(4)

W

to Stanikzai, out Bowled!! This ia a loose shot from Stanikzai and he has to go. Tried to force at a length delivery that was away from his reach, ended up playing down. Stanikzai b 2(22)

4

to Rashid Khan, FOUR, short and wide outside off. Rashid Khan slashes at it and sends to the deep point fence

6

to Naib, SIX, he packs a punch for sure. A length ball around off and Naib clubs over the long-on fence

6

to Rashid Khan, SIX, now Rashid Khan gives the charge and connects well. Clears the extra cover fence with ease

4

to Rashid Khan, FOUR, pushes from the crease and gets a thick edge that runs past a diving short fine leg fielder

W

to Naib, out Caught by Stirling!! He runs out of luck this time. Slower ball and Naib tries to slog over the cow corner. Gets off the toe of the bat and it skies towards cover. Stirling gets under it. Naib c Stirling b 17(27) [6s-1]

4

to Rashid Khan, FOUR, short and wide. Rashid Khan cuts it wide of backward point

4

to Shafiqullah, FOUR, short ball. Shafiqullah goes for the pull and top edges it wide of the man at fine leg

6

to Shafiqullah, SIX, this has gone out of the stadium. Shafiqullah had been trying to do this for a while, finally comes off. Clears the front leg and clubs it over the deep mid-wicket fence

6

to Shafiqullah, SIX, he is turning it on. Drags the slog from wide of off and hits it flat over the deep mid-wicket fence

4

to Shafiqullah, FOUR, slogs again. This time all along the ground, beats long-on to his right

4

to Rashid Khan, FOUR, now Rashid Khan gets into the act. Clears the front leg and lofts it over the bowler's head

6

to Shafiqullah, SIX, fetch that somewhere in the desert. This is not here. Shafiqullah clears the front leg to this short ball and swipes it over the deep square leg fence. Out of the stadium

4

to Shafiqullah, FOUR, another big shot. Leaves the crease and slices it wide of deep point

W

to Shafiqullah, out Caught by Kevin O'Brien!! One shot too many for Shafiqullah but he has done his job. Cleared the front leg to this fuller ball and cracked it straight to the fielder at long-off. Did not get the required elevation this time. Shafiqullah c Kevin O'Brien b 36(23) [4s-3 6s-3]

D

O'Brien to Rashid Khan, 1 run, Rashid Khan steps down and is treated with a short ball. Swings at it and mistimes to deep square leg who fails to latch on

W

O'Brien to Rashid Khan, out Caught by Dockrell!! Rashid Khan steps down and goes for the big heave, finds deep mid-wicket. Perishes on the last ball of the innings. Rashid Khan c Dockrell b O'Brien 48(49) [4s-4 6s-1]

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