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

Australia vs England

2nd ODI, Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah, 07 December 2017

Afghanistan vs Ireland

Afghanistan 2nd Inn:220/10 (45.2)

Rashid Khan 16 (15);
Peter Chase* 8.2-0-45-2; Barry McCarthy 9-1-46-5;

Last bat: Rashid Khan

Result: Ireland won by 51 runs.

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Afghanistan Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Javed Ahmadi c Dockrell & b Barry McCarthy 48 67 7 0 71.64
Ihsanullah Janat b Barry McCarthy 20 29 1 1 68.97
Rahmat Shah st Niall O'Brien & b Dockrell 32 43 2 0 74.42
Asghar Stanikzai(c) c Wilson & b Murtagh 12 23 1 0 52.17
Nasir Jamal c Porterfield & b Barry McCarthy 25 47 0 0 53.19
Mohammad Nabi b Chase 29 26 3 0 111.54
Gulbadin Naib c Stuart Poynter & b Chase 3 12 0 0 25
Rashid Khan not out 16 15 1 0 106.67
Shafiqullah Shafiq(wk) b Barry McCarthy 0 1 0 0 0
Dawlat Zadran lbw Barry McCarthy 12 10 1 0 120
Mujeeb Zadran runout (Chase) 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 3, lb - 5, w - 14, nb - 1)23
Total(220 all out in 45.2 overs)220 (4.85 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/46 (Ihsanullah Janat, 11.1 ov.) 2/97 (Javed Ahmadi, 21.1 ov.) 3/114 (Rahmat Shah, 24.3 ov.)
4/130 (Asghar Stanikzai, 28.3 ov.) 5/182 (Mohammad Nabi, 37.1 ov.) 6/187 (Gulbadin Naib, 39.4 ov.)
7/201 (Nasir Jamal, 42.5 ov.) 8/201 (Shafiqullah Shafiq, 42.6 ov.) 9/215 (Dawlat Zadran, 44.6 ov.)
10/220 (Rashid Khan, 45.2 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Tim Murtagh 9 1 28 1 3.11  
George Dockrell 9 0 42 1 4.67 (9w)
Peter Chase 8.2 0 45 2 5.4 (2w)
Barry McCarthy 9 1 46 5 5.11 (1w)
Kevin O'Brien 3 0 20 0 6.67 (1w)
Paul Stirling 7 0 31 0 4.43 (1w)
               

Ireland Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
William Porterfield(c) c Stanikzai & b Naib 47 63 7 0 74.6
Paul Stirling lbw Rashid Khan 82 96 8 1 85.42
Andrew Balbirnie lbw Mujeeb 4 3 1 0 133.33
Niall O'Brien(wk) st Shafiqullah & b Mujeeb 13 33 0 0 39.39
Gary Wilson b Rashid Khan 0 1 0 0 0
Kevin O'Brien lbw Dawlat Zadran 11 10 0 1 110
Stuart Poynter c & b Nabi 18 28 0 0 64.29
George Dockrell not out 62 48 7 1 129.17
Barry McCarthy b Dawlat Zadran 7 12 0 0 58.33
Tim Murtagh b Nabi 3 5 0 0 60
Peter Chase not out 0 1 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 13, lb - 6, w - 5, nb - 0)24
Total(271 for 9 in 50 overs)271 (5.42 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/115 (William Porterfield, 21.5 ov.) 2/120 (Andrew Balbirnie, 22.4 ov.) 3/160 (Paul Stirling, 31.4 ov.)
4/160 (Gary Wilson, 31.5 ov.) 5/160 (Niall O'Brien, 32.5 ov.) 6/188 (Kevin O'Brien, 36.3 ov.)
7/217 (Stuart Poynter, 42.6 ov.) 8/244 (Barry McCarthy, 46.6 ov.) 9/271 (Tim Murtagh, 49.5 ov.)
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Mujeeb Zadran 10 0 50 2 5 (5w)
Dawlat Zadran 10 0 65 2 6.5  
Gulbadin Naib 10 0 36 1 3.6  
Mohammad Nabi 10 0 61 2 6.1  
Rashid Khan 10 0 40 2 4  
               
All|Overs 1-50
4

to Javed Ahmadi, FOUR, streaky! Good length ball on off, turning away, Javed Ahmadi goes inside out, and lofts it between the fielders at short cover and mid-off. Lucky to get the placement right and bisect those two fielders

4

to Javed Ahmadi, FOUR, short, and he is not fast enough to bowl short, and Javed Ahmadi easily rocks back and puplls it to the backward square leg boundary for four

6

to Ihsanullah, SIX, good length delivery on off, coming in to Ihsanullah, Ihsanullah comes down the track and dispatches it over deep mid-wicket for six

4

to Javed Ahmadi, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Javed Ahmadi rocks back and cuts it away in front of deep point for four

4

to Ihsanullah, FOUR, good length on off, Ihsanullah trusts the bounce, and tries to drive through the line, lofts it towards long-off for four. Not the bes tof timing, but good enough to carry to the boundary. Sliced it a little bit in fact

4

McCarthy to Javed Ahmadi, FOUR, short ball on middle, and Javed Ahmadi gets into position very quickly and nails that pull to backward square leg for a boundary. Deep mid-wicket couldn't come across in time, such was the timing on it

W

McCarthy to Ihsanullah, out Bowled!! First incision has been made. Ihsanullah tries to drive this length ball on the up and leaves a bit of gap between pad and bat. That's enough for the ball to sneak in and shatter the stumps. Ihsanullah b McCarthy 20(29) [4s-1 6s-1]

4

McCarthy to Javed Ahmadi, FOUR, mid-on is in the ring and that arms him with temerity to step down to a medium pacer hitting the back of a length. Goes for the loft and manages to clear the mid-on fielder despite not having timed it at all

4

O'Brien to Javed Ahmadi, FOUR, short ball. Javed Ahmadi pulls it wide of mid-wicket

4

to Javed Ahmadi, FOUR, ends up on the legs of Javed Ahmadi, goes across and whips to the fine leg fence. 50 partnership up between these two!

4

to Rahmat, FOUR, what a shot. Rahmat leaves the crease and lofts the punch over mid-wicket

W

McCarthy to Javed Ahmadi, out Caught by Dockrell!! He has got another one. Comes into the attack and does the job; bangs it short and into Javed Ahmadi's body, propelling him to pull it. The latter does well but perhaps too well, putting enough bat on it to carry to the fielder manning the fence at deep backward square leg. Ireland are cock-a-hoop. Is this the window they wanted so desperately? Javed Ahmadi c Dockrell b McCarthy 48(67) [4s-7]

4

McCarthy to Rahmat, FOUR, tossed up ball. Rahmat lofts it straight past the bowler. Races to the long-off fence

W

to Rahmat, out Stumped!! Has Niall O'Brien affected a stumping? Yes he has! Quick hands. Rahmat was beaten by the guile this time, the ball turned a bit and foxed the outer half of the blade. O'Brien judged it well and disloded the bails in no time. Rahmat st Niall O'Brien b 32(43) [4s-2]

4

O'Brien to Stanikzai, FOUR, on the legs this time. Stanikzai gets across and flicks to deep backward square leg fence

W

to Stanikzai, out Caught by Wilson!! Stanikzai had been trying this shot for a while now and finally when it comes off, it is not off the meat of the bat, taking it into the sky at deep square leg. The fielder runs in front and dives to grab that inches off the ground. Stanikzai c Wilson b 12(23) [4s-1]

4

to Nabi, FOUR, length delivery around off. Nabi drives through cover

4

McCarthy to Nabi, FOUR, short ball. Nabi pulls to the right of deep square leg, whose dive could only look funny and not effective at all

4

to Nabi, FOUR, too full and flighted outside off, Nabi doesn't need a second invitation as he lofts it over deep extra cover for four. Absolutely slapped by him with a strong bottom hand. Brutal!

W

to Nabi, out Bowled!! Back of a length outsie off, Nabi pokes at it without any feet and gets a thick inside edge onto leg-stump. Wrong time for the Afghans to lose a wicket. It was slower, and seemed to be the off-cutter and that made the difference as the batsmen have been late-cutting a lot lately. Timely break-through for the Irish and this is likely to further slow down the run-rate which has been quite slow today anyway. Nabi was trying to guide it down but was beaten by the lack of pace. He really should have got his back foot across to off-stump to play that one. Nabi b 29(26) [4s-3]

W

to Naib, out Caught by Poynter!! Short, not nearly short enough to pull and Naib mistimes this one right into the hands of Stuart Poynter at short mid-wicket. The Irish have piled on the pressure with traditional tight lines and they are reaping the rewards for that now. 6 down for 187, similar to Ireland when they were 188/6, before Dockrell intervened. Where is Afghanistan's Dockrell? Naib c Poynter b 3(12)

D

to Rashid Khan, no run, dropped!, back of a length just outside off, Rashid Khan sits on one knee trying to steer it between point and gully, manages to find gully who have to move to his left to catch that but fails to latch on

W

McCarthy to Nasir Jamal, out Caught by Porterfield!! Slow, loopy ball, Nasir Jamal waited on it after making room and exposing all three sticks, but forgot about placement as he hit it towards Porterfield at short cover. He scooped it towards him and he took a good low catch. Nasir Jamal c Porterfield b McCarthy 25(47)

W

McCarthy to Shafiqullah, out Bowled!! He is on a hat-trick! Shafiqullah misses a full and straight ball and tries to flick across the line without understanding the pace of the wicket! Not quite yorker length, but not the shot he should be playing first ball. He will be on a hat-trick when he comes back to bowl his next over! Second hat-trick ball today. Will this one be a successful one? Only time will tell. Shafiqullah b McCarthy 0(1)

4

McCarthy to Dawlat Zadran, FOUR, FINALLY! Half-volley outside off, Dawlat Zadran doesn't move his feet and drives it to the extra cover fence for four. That raced away off the bat

W

McCarthy to Dawlat Zadran, out Lbw!! Full ball on middle, plumb as it can get! Dawlat Zadran swipes across the line, on the run, and is caught in front, and that is the 9th wicket down for Afghanistan! Ireland come another step closer to equalising it, so that we can look forward to a tantalising finale on the 10th! Excellent delivery, slower yorker and Dawlat Zadran was completely bamboozled by the lack of pace. Hitting middle of middle that one. Dawlat Zadran lbw b McCarthy 12(10) [4s-1]

4

to Rashid Khan, FOUR, full outside off, Rashid Khan makes room and launches it over deep extra cover. Brave shot by Rashid Khan but is it coming a bit too late for the Afghans?

W

to Rashid Khan, out The non-striker Mujeeb is Run Out! Rashid skied that short one straight down the ground, and the long-on fielder who was coming in, fired in a throw. Rashid sent Mujeeb back to the non-striker's end and his bat got stuck right before he reached the crease. That encapsulates a luckless day for the Afghans! This has gone up to the 3rd umpire and it looks out as the bat got stuck before the non-striker made it to the crease. The Irish are already celebrating, and finally the big screen shows OUT! Mujeeb Zadran run out () 16(15) [4s-1]

4

to Stirling, FOUR, gets low and across and sweeps it to the deep backward square leg fence

4

to Stirling, FOUR, tossed up ball outside off, drives through the extra cover region

4

Zadran to Porterfield, FOUR, fuller ball outside off. Porterfield laces the drive past cover

4

Zadran to Stirling, leg byes, FOUR, slipped down leg. Hits the pad and rolls to the fine leg fence

4

Zadran to Stirling, FOUR

4

Zadran to Stirling, FOUR, ends on the legs of Stirling. Stirling flicks over the square leg region

4

Zadran to Porterfield, FOUR, fuller ball outside off. Porterfield drives past mid-off

4

Zadran to Porterfield, FOUR, fuller ball. Porterfield drives away from the body and beats backward point

4

Zadran to Porterfield, FOUR, short ball. Porterfield shapes back and pulls through mid-wicket

4

to Stirling, FOUR, gets across and sweeps to the fine leg fence

4

to Stirling, FOUR, slices off the outer half of the bat as he tries to defend, runs down to the third man fence

4

to Porterfield, FOUR, driven on the up this time. Porterfield manages to beat the man at mid-off

6

to Stirling, SIX, slogs across the line and puts a lot of bat on it, clears the deep backward square leg fence

4

to Porterfield, FOUR, short ball. Porterfield goes back in the crease and pulls over mid-wicket

OT

to Stirling, 1 run, works past mid-wicket and calls for a single

4

Khan to Porterfield, byes, FOUR, googly that turns sharply and beats the defensive prod from Porterfield. Beats the keeper as well and runs away

OT

to Porterfield, 1 run, full ball, Porterfield comes forward anf drives to long-off, and the partnership between Porterfield and Stirling is now 100!

4

to Porterfield, FOUR, good length on middle and off, Porterfield stretches forward gets to the pitches and doesn't let it turns as he nails that sweep to the backward square leg fence for four. Excellent batting

W

to Porterfield, out Caught by Stanikzai!! Fourth slower-ball in a row and finally he has been deceived! Short ball on off, half-tracker really, Porterfield is early into the pull and gets it off the top-edge toward wide mid-on. Soft dismissal that! Porterfield c Stanikzai b 47(63) [4s-7]

4

to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR, I'm sure this was a leg-break with a bit of top-spin, but too wide outside off, slices by Andy Balbirnie to deep backward point for four!

W

to Andy Balbirnie, out Lbw!! goes wide of the crease and bowls a back-spinner, aka, flipper. Andy Balbirnie comes forward and plays all around it and gets hit on the pad in front of off. The umpire has no hesitation in giving that out immediately. Andy Balbirnie lbw b 4(3) [4s-1]

4

Zadran to Stirling, FOUR, short and wide, Stirling hits a Sehwag-esque slap to deep extra cover for four. Bludgeoned from the crease. Nobody moved

4

Zadran to Stirling, FOUR, short on off, Stirling stays on the front foot and because of the lack of pace, pulls it off the front foot to deep mid-wicket for four. Can't afford to bowl short at that pace

4

Khan to Stirling, byes, FOUR, leg-break, turning from off-stump away and Stirling shoulders arms, but the keeper Shafiqullah isn't quick enough to collect it as it beats his reflexes and goes between Shafiqullah and slip to the long-stop boundary for four

W

Khan to Stirling, out Lbw!! Stirling was playing for the leg-break and didn't read that googly that turned in from outside off and hit him on middle and off! Good ball by and a good decision by the umpire as Khan sends Stirling on his way back to the pavilion. Stirling came forward to defend but played completely down the wrong line. The ball had gone above his eye-line so I suppose he misjudged the length too as he was clearly not to the pitch of it and was hoping to read it off the pitch Stirling lbw b Khan 82(96) [4s-8 6s-1]

W

Khan to Wilson, out Bowled!! Another googly and another wicket! on a hat-trick here in Sharjah! Good length outside off, turning in and slipping through the huge gap between bat and pad as Wilson doesn't read the googly and tries to poke it towards point. It sneaks through the batsman and rattles the sticks. Wilson b Khan 0(1)

W

to Niall O'Brien, out Stumped!! Looks like that is out! Niall O'Brien misses the off-break going across him and as he tries to cover-drive. Niall O'Brien stretches too far forward to get to the pitch and his foot is in the air as the keeper dislodges the bails. The on-air commentator screams jubiliantly as the third umpire gives that out! The spinners are wreaking havoc again! Niall O'Brien st Shafiqullah b 13(33)

4

Khan to Stuart Poynter, byes, FOUR, Stuart Poynter doesn't anticipate the extra topspin on the leg-break as he tries to cut it, and it is top-edged over slip to third man for four

6

to Kevin O'Brien, SIX, good length on middle, tossed up, Kevin O'Brien clouts a slog-sweep towards the deep mid-wicket fence for six

W

Zadran to Kevin O'Brien, out Lbw!! Back of a length delivery on off, stays low and skids as Kevin O'Brien expects more bounce and tries to pull but gets hit on the top pad but more importantly he was on the back foot. That is clearly hitting top of middle and the umpire has no doubts about that either. Ireland lose their 6th, after being more than a 100 for no loss. Kevin O'Brien lbw b Zadran 11(10) [6s-1]

4

Khan to Dockrell, FOUR, short ball. Dockrell pulls off the back foot, beats deep mid-wicket

4

Khan to Stuart Poynter, FOUR, short ball. Stuart Poynter whips to deep mid-wicket fence

W

to Stuart Poynter, out Caught&Bowled!! Stuart Poynter wants to whip this one into the on-side. It's a quicker ball and he cannot control the shot on that occasion, gets a thick leading edge that flies towards mid-on. calls for it and settles under nicely. Stuart Poynter c and b 18(28)

4

Zadran to Dockrell, FOUR

4

Zadran to Dockrell, FOUR, short on off, Dockrell swipes an aerial pull towards deep mid-wicket for four

4

Zadran to Dockrell, FOUR, short again, poor bowling by cbowl, Dockrell makes room outside off, comes down the track, and smacks it with a horizontal bat to the long-on fence for four. A straight-ish pull, that

W

Zadran to Barry McCarthy, out Clean bowled! A good length delivery on off, seaming in, Barry McCarthy tries to loft a full-blooded drive through the line and misses it altogether as he plays down the wrong line. Zadran buys this wicket as the McCarthy tries to slog it, and is into the shot too early. He has made a good comeback in the second half of this over with some good full bowling and is rewarded wit a wicket off the last ball. Barry McCarthy b Zadran 7(12)

4

to Dockrell, FOUR, good length ball on middle, Dockrell anticipates it this time, makes room and stays low to pull it to deep square leg for four

4

to Dockrell, FOUR, full ball on leg, Dockrell comes down the track and converts it into a full toss and swats it with a horizontal bat to deep mid-wicket for a boundary where it evades a diving fielder who did his best to save the boundary. Dockrell gets to his fifty with that shot!

6

to Dockrell, SIX, flighted on a length on middle, Dockrell makes room, makes good use of his reach and doesn't let it turn as he lofts it over long-on for a massive six into the sightscreen!

W

to Murtagh, out Bowled!! He has bowled him! It was the arm-ball, Murtagh made too much room outside off and tried to slap it through cover, but missed it completely as the ball rattled the furniture. These dismissals are inevitable in the slog and Ireland will be happy with their total today given their performable in the last game. Murtagh b 3(5)