3rd ODI, Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah, 10 December 2017

Afghanistan vs Ireland

Ireland 2nd Inn:180/5 (38)

Stuart Poynter* 1 (1);Kevin O'Brien 10 (17);
Rashid Khan* 9-1-17-2; Mujeeb Zadran 10-1-42-1;

Last bat: Paul Stirling

Result: Ireland won by 5 wkts.

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Ireland Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
William Porterfield(c) b Mujeeb 4 19 0 0 21.05
Paul Stirling lbw Rashid Khan 101 97 11 4 104.12
Andrew Balbirnie st Shafiqullah & b Nabi 35 47 4 0 74.47
Niall O'Brien(wk) lbw Rashid Khan 5 13 1 0 38.46
Gary Wilson c (sub)Najibullah & b Nabi 11 34 1 0 32.35
Kevin O'Brien not out 10 17 2 0 58.82
Stuart Poynter not out 1 1 0 0 100
George Dockrell dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Barry McCarthy dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Tim Murtagh dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Boyd Rankin dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 4, lb - 6, w - 3, nb - 0)13
Total(180 for 5 in 38 overs)180 (4.74 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/29 (William Porterfield, 5.3 ov.) 2/91 (Andrew Balbirnie, 18.2 ov.) 3/96 (Niall O'Brien, 21.3 ov.)
4/147 (Gary Wilson, 32.5 ov.) 5/170 (Paul Stirling, 36.6 ov.)  
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Shapoor Zadran 7 0 71 0 10.14 (2w)
Mujeeb Zadran 10 1 42 1 4.2  
Gulbadin Naib 3 1 12 0 4  
Rashid Khan 9 1 17 2 1.89 (1w)
Mohammad Nabi 9 0 28 2 3.11  
               

Afghanistan Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Javed Ahmadi c Andy Balbirnie & b Murtagh 27 31 3 1 87.1
Noor Ali Zadran b Rankin 9 14 1 0 64.29
Rahmat Shah c Rankin & b Dockrell 44 66 3 1 66.67
Asghar Stanikzai(c) c Barry McCarthy & b Stirling 5 24 0 0 20.83
Nasir Jamal c Barry McCarthy & b Dockrell 18 36 1 0 50
Mohammad Nabi c Kevin O'Brien & b Dockrell 1 5 0 0 20
Gulbadin Naib c Niall O'Brien & b Barry McCarthy 15 40 1 0 37.5
Rashid Khan c Dockrell & b Barry McCarthy 44 55 6 1 80
Shafiqullah Shafiq(wk) c Rankin & b Barry McCarthy 0 3 0 0 0
Shapoor Zadran c Stuart Poynter & b Dockrell 0 8 0 0 0
Mujeeb Zadran not out 4 8 1 0 50
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 1, w - 9, nb - 0)10
Total(177 all out in 48.2 overs)177 (3.66 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/34 (Javed Ahmadi, 6.5 ov.) 2/36 (Noor Ali Zadran, 7.4 ov.) 3/64 (Asghar Stanikzai, 17.2 ov.)
4/102 (Rahmat Shah, 26.5 ov.) 5/106 (Mohammad Nabi, 28.4 ov.) 6/109 (Nasir Jamal, 30.1 ov.)
7/137 (Gulbadin Naib, 40.1 ov.) 8/142 (Shafiqullah Shafiq, 40.6 ov.) 9/169 (Shapoor Zadran, 45.4 ov.)
10/177 (Rashid Khan, 48.2 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Tim Murtagh 10 0 27 1 2.7  
George Dockrell 9 0 28 4 3.11 (3w)
Boyd Rankin 10 0 41 1 4.1 (2w)
Barry McCarthy 9.2 0 32 3 3.43 (2w)
Paul Stirling 5 1 25 1 5  
Kevin O'Brien 5 0 23 0 4.6 (2w)
               
All|Overs 1-50
4

to Stirling, FOUR, magnificent shot from Stirling. Good length ball angled across him outside off, he simply stands tall, maintains a good solid base and punches it crisply wide of mid-off

4

to Stirling, leg byes, FOUR, , put off his line by that previous shot, strays on leg stump and concedes another boundary. This one deflected off Stirling's thigh pad, but it's four nonetheless

4

to Stirling, FOUR, another one on leg-stump, and this time there's definite bat from Stirling as he helps it fine of the fielder at fine leg

4

to Stirling, FOUR, he has sliced this very sharply past backward point. It runs away to the fence once it goes through the circle. A full ball outside off from , and brilliantly timed from Stirling

4

to Stirling, FOUR, oh take that! Smashed straight back over 's head. He had to ensure that he remains bent in followthrough there, in order to evade the thunderbolt from Stirling's willow. Good length ball, perhaps a touch fuller, and Stirling smokes a drive straight back

W

to Porterfield, out Bowled!! Oh what a ball. It's the googly which straightens on off from round the wicket and then clips the outside of off-stump. Porterfield had no idea about which way it will turn. He played well inside the line of it. Porterfield b 4(19)

4

to Stirling, FOUR, swept away over mid-wicket! Stirling continues to go strong

4

to Stirling, FOUR, oh my! Looks unstoppable. He's driving good length balls to the boundary with ease. Nails this through the covers

4

to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR, pulls off the reverse-sweep with aplomb. How very effortless. Wonderful wrists to generate power into the shot as he whips it through backward point

4

to Stirling, FOUR, another sweep, gets it wide of short fine leg and beats the man in the deep too. Afghanistan not having many answers to Stirling's fury

4

to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR, just not good enough from . The short ball lacks venom, sits up just above the waist of Balbirnie who pulls it without fuss in front of square

4

to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR, rises with the bounce of this short ball and upper-cuts it wide of third man for four. Just the one bounce and over the ropes

4

Khan to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR, swept away behind square, scoots through to the boundary

W

to Andy Balbirnie, out Stumped!! Gone. reaps the rewards of the pressure which Rashid built from his end. Balbirnie, knowing he wasn't going to get much leeway against Rashid, comes down the track to maximize his options from the other end. But is no slouch. Being the smart customer he is, he floats it well wide of off and gets it to slide past the outside edge. Easy stumping. Andy Balbirnie st Shafiqullah b 35(47) [4s-4]

4

to Niall O'Brien, FOUR, incredible shot. He wasn't close to the pitch, yet went through with it. Picked his spot over mid-on

W

Khan to Niall O'Brien, out Lbw!! This just looked out. What excellent bowling from . Set him up with two googlies which beat the outside edge, and then turns this one back in at pace. Niall O'Brien is caught in the crease due to the pace on it, but because the length is pretty full and because it turns back in, he's a dead duck. Niall O'Brien lbw b Khan 5(13) [4s-1]

4

to Stirling, FOUR, another under-edge, and this one misses leg-stump not by much. On the sweep again, through the keeper's legs and four

4

to Wilson, byes, FOUR, tries a reverse-sweep but is foxed by who turns it down leg. But he, in turn, foxes his keeper too. Runs away for four byes

6

to Stirling, SIX, smack! A maximum. Short ball from round the wicket, bowls it wide of off, Stirling goes full throttle on the pull and feeds a thick edge in the process. Had enough power to travel all the way over a helpless fine leg

6

to Stirling, SIX, down on one knee and bang! Gee, he is making batting so easy this stocky lad. He has slog-swept a fast bowler for a maximum over deep square. *Imagine*

4

to Stirling, FOUR, flat and wide, Stirling jumps back and smashes the cut behind point. No-one in the deep

4

to Wilson, FOUR, preempts the reverse sweep and slams it wude of backward point. No chance for the fielder. A well-timed shot that from Gary Wilson

W

to Wilson, out Caught by (sub)Najibullah!! Tad too early into the flick, bowled it slower through the air and that meant a complete mismatch of events. Wilson chips the flick straight to short mid-wicket. Wilson c (sub)Najibullah b 11(34) [4s-1]

4

to Stirling, FOUR, walks across off, takes the ball from there and nails the hook. One bounce and over the ropes at fine leg

6

to Stirling, SIX, he wants to get done with this. Repeats the same dose, but this time he has got complete control over the shot. All the way for a maximum

6

to Stirling, SIX, unleashing now. Displaying all that he's got. Makes room outside off and carves high and over extra cover with a scintillating swing of the willow

4

to Stirling, FOUR, hundred for Paul Stirling! What a knock. Flawless. Powerful. Fighting. Shuffles down the pitch, takes on the short ball and slaughters it over mid-wicket. A beaming smile and a handshake as he acknowledges the milestone

W

Khan to Stirling, out Lbw!! Looked like an inside edge there, but the umpire's firm in his decision. Puts up his index finger in a flash. To be fair, the appeal wasn't strong enough and convincing as there seemed to be an inside edge on the forward defence. Not certain, but Stirling expressed his disappointment before talking the long walk back to the pavilion. Stirling lbw b Khan 101(97) [4s-11 6s-4]

4

to Kevin O'Brien, FOUR, skews an outside edge as he pushes hard at an offbreak and some sloppy fielding at third man ensures a boundary

4

to Kevin O'Brien, FOUR, sweeps to fine leg and seals the series. Ireland win it by 2-1.

D

to Javed Ahmadi, 1 run, dropped! Javed Ahmadi checks his drive and chips it in the air towards mid-on. The fielder backpedals and attempts to catch it over his head, couldn't cling on

6

to Javed Ahmadi, SIX, uses his feet and lofts a flatter delivery over wide long-off. Clean strike

4

to Noor Ali, FOUR, half-volley on the stumps, Noor Ali shows full face of the bat and slams the drive past the bowler. Gun-barrel straight, don't bother running

4

to Javed Ahmadi, FOUR, slashed away behind backward point. Lots of width, Javed Ahmadi frees his arms and flays it in the gap

4

to Javed Ahmadi, FOUR, throws his hands at a wide one and slices it off the thick edge down to the third man fence

4

to Javed Ahmadi, FOUR, too full and easily picked away by the batsman. Javed Ahmadi leans on the front foot and blazes the drive through extra cover

W

to Javed Ahmadi, out Caught by Andy Balbirnie!! Mistimes the loft high into the air and mid-on takes the simplest of catches tracking back from the edge of the circle. Javed Ahmadi c Andy Balbirnie b 27(31) [4s-3 6s-1]

W

to Noor Ali, out Bowled!! 's bowling that nagging off and middle channel. This time he forces the batsman to come onto the front foot by pitching it full and extracts enough movement off the pitch to catch the inside edge on the attempted drive. Bang onto the stumps. Noor Ali b 9(14) [4s-1]

4

to Rahmat, FOUR, straight drive at its very best. Hardly used any power did Rahmat Shah. Relied on pure timing. Allowed the ball to jump in and showed the bat maker's label in riposte. Off she goes...

4

McCarthy to Rahmat, FOUR, edged and four! Pokes at a back of a length delivery and hint of away nibble takes the edge and runs down to the third man fence

W

to Stanikzai, out Caught by Barry McCarthy!! Advances, gets too close to the pitch of the ball and slices the aerial drive straight down the throat of short third. A dolly of a catch for Barry McCarthy. Stanikzai c Barry McCarthy b 5(24)

4

to Rahmat, FOUR, half-tracker on middle, Rahmat rocks back and hammers the pull through mid-wicket

6

to Rahmat, SIX, gets down the track and drills it back over 's head for four. It's gone all the way actually

4

to Nasir Jamal, FOUR, down onto the knees to sweep the ball firmly through backward square

W

to Rahmat, out Caught by Rankin at long-off!! Uses his feet and lofts the ball straight down to long-off. I think brought about the mistake by firing the ball wide of off as soon as he spotted Rahmat advance. He was made to reach out, and in doing so, wasn't able to get it inside-out as was his plan. Rahmat c Rankin b 44(66) [4s-3 6s-1]

W

to Nabi, out Caught by Kevin O'Brien!! And it's another miscue against , with the batsman not being able to get close enough to the ball. Fired in full outside off, Nabi shimmies down looking to thwack it down the ground, but only slices it off the outside edge to short third man. Nabi c Kevin O'Brien b 1(5)

W

to Nasir Jamal, out Caught by Barry McCarthy!! has another, his third in his last 9 balls. Jamal can count himself a bit unlucky actually. He got into position pretty nicely and smashed the sweep hard, but it went straight down the throat of backward square leg where Barry makes no mistake. Nasir Jamal c Barry McCarthy b 18(36) [4s-1]

4

to Rashid Khan, FOUR, drives it through the covers for four. Very handy batsman, this guy. Can hurt you lower down. Just about opens his bat-face enough to thread the gap

4

to Naib, FOUR, releases the pressure by pumping the ball with the help of his broad shoulders over mid-on

W

McCarthy to Naib, out Caught by Niall O'Brien!! Naib's agonizing stay at the crease finally comes to a merciful halt. He attempts to pull this short ball away, but the bounce is spongy and the line is outside off. It eventually becomes too difficult a task and the top-edge balloons up to the left of the keeper. Comfortably gloved. Naib c Niall O'Brien b McCarthy 15(40) [4s-1]

4

McCarthy to Rashid Khan, FOUR, short of length into the body, the height isn't as troublesome as it was for Naib, and Rashid swivels the pull shot through backward square

W

McCarthy to Shafiqullah, out Caught by Rankin!! Violent bat-swing, but the ball has only gone as far as mid-off. Came right off the toe-end and it wasn't enough to take it over the massive figure of Boyd Rankin in the circle. Shafiqullah c Rankin b McCarthy 0(3)

4

O'Brien to Rashid Khan, FOUR, lofts the ball inside-out over cover for four. Rashid now looking to go add as much as possible

4

O'Brien to Rashid Khan, FOUR, gets a freebie on the pads and tickles it into the fine leg boundary

6

McCarthy to Rashid Khan, SIX, he's roundhoused this over wide long-on. My word, the sheer brutality of the shot! Short of length, sits up for Rashid who throws everything he's got and whirls it away with tremendous force

4

to Rashid Khan, FOUR, huge swipe, and he connects. The ball rockets away wide of long-on and into the boundary

W

to Shapoor, out Caught by Stuart Poynter!! This was not Shapoor's role. He merely had to survive out there for these remaining few overs, and leave the rest to his partner. Instead, like most tailenders, he gets too excited upon seeing a spinner and wants to launch him over the mid-wicket boundary. Seemed like a fair connection at first, but he's caught right at the edge of long-on. Shapoor c Stuart Poynter b 0(8)

4

to Rashid Khan, FOUR, sheer bad luck for as Rashid skews this off a thick inside edge fine of fine leg

4

to Mujeeb, FOUR, well, the No. 11 has swung this away through square leg for four. Sees the ball land on a length, and just has a big swish at it, eventually dragging it off the inside half

D

McCarthy to Rashid Khan, no run, swung away in the air in front of deep square leg. Poynter goes for the catch, dives forward but the ball falls short

W

McCarthy to Rashid Khan, out Caught by Dockrell!! Slower short ball, Rashid mistimes it straight to deep mid-wicket. That spongy bounce associated with this variation of delivery caused his undoing as he couldn't get hold of it. So that ends the Afghanistan innings. Rashid Khan c Dockrell b McCarthy 44(55) [4s-6 6s-1]

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