Afghanistan and Ireland in India, 3 T20I Series, 2019

Afghanistan vs Ireland - 3rd T20I

Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun

Date & Time: 24 February 2019

Ireland 178/8

RR: 8.9 | Afghanistan beat Ireland by 32 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Paul Stirling c Asghar Afghan (C) & b Zia-ur-Rehman c Asghar Afghan (C) & b Zia-ur-Rehman 10920
Kevin O'Brien c Shafiqullah (W) & b Rashid Khan c Shafiqullah (W) & b Rashid Khan 744753
Andy Balbirnie bowled Zia-ur-Rehman bowled Zia-ur-Rehman 473370
Stuart Thompson run out run out 1100
George Dockrell c Mohammad Nabi & b Rashid Khan c Mohammad Nabi & b Rashid Khan 181011
Shane Getkate stumped Rashid Khan stumped Rashid Khan 2400
Stuart Poynter not out not out 10810
Simi Singh lbw Rashid Khan lbw Rashid Khan 0100
Joshua Little bowled Rashid Khan bowled Rashid Khan 6510
Boyd Rankin not out not out 2200
Peter Chase
Extras 8 (b 0, lb 0, w 8, nb 0)
Total 178 (8 Wkts, 20.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
32-1 (Paul Stirling,2.5), 128-2 (Andy Balbirnie,13.4), 129-3 (Stuart Thompson,14), 153-4 (Kevin O'Brien,16), 158-5 (George Dockrell,17.1), 158-6 (Shane Getkate,17.2), 158-7 (Simi Singh,17.3), 175-8 (Joshua Little,19.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Zia-ur-Rehman4 0 42 2 10.50
Sayed Shirzad4 0 42 0 10.50
Sharafuddin Ashraf4 0 39 0 9.75
Mohammad Nabi4 0 28 0 7.00
Rashid Khan4 0 27 5 6.75

Victorious Afghanistan captain, Asghar Afghan thanks the almighty for helping them win the series. Says that this is for the people of Afghanistan. Admits that there is a heavy workload leading into the World Cup and hence a few players will be flown in for the ODIs. Thanks (in Pashto) to the crowd for supporting in large numbers.

MOHAMMAD NABI HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS 81 FROM 36 BALLS. Says that he is feeling very good about the fact that if he could not take wickets from the ball, he could do well with the bat and on the field. On his Big Bash experience, Nabi says that it does a world of good to the other members after sharing. MOHAMMAD NABI IS ALSO NAMED THE MAN OF THE SERIES.

Ireland captain, Paul Stirling says that they played better today, managing to spend some time in the middle. Adds that they were not far away from a win. Hopes that down the line, the guys from the middle order will learn to chip in and finish off games. On the upcoming ODI series, Stirling says that a few new guys are coming in which promises to be an exciting package.

Earlier, in the first innings, it was a Mohammad Nabi show with the bat as his 81 from 36 catapulted the home side post 200. The Irish struggled with the ball again with only George Dockrell standing out. Who will be the Man Of The Match? Nabi, or Rashid? Stay tuned for the presentation...

Kevin O'Brien tried hard after that to play a lone hand but it was too much for him to do. Rashid Khan then strut his stuff, picking up 4 wickets in 4 balls to end with a 5-fer. Mohammad Nabi played a key role too in keeping Ireland quiet in the middle overs, finishing with 0/28 in 4 overs.

Till that 'dewy' moment, Afghanistan were not at their best at all, putting catches down, bowling bad balls, misfielding, etc... But post that wiped off incident, they came out roaring. They needed one opportunity and they got that in the form of Andy Balbirnie. At that moment, Ireland needed 83 from 38 balls. That dismissal opened the floodgates and the hosts just went through.

Ireland began their chase of 211 in a decent fashion, not cowing down in spite of losing Stirling early. In fact, during the 96-run stand for the second wicket between O'Brien and Balbirnie, it seemed like the visitors would gun this total easily. But then came that moment at the end of the 13th over when the dew was swept across the outfield.

Another day. Same teams. Another match. But same result. Afghanistan continue their winning run and maintain their grapple on Ireland. Tonight was probably a case where the Men In Green could have won but after the dew was wiped across the outfield, the game changed totally.

R Khan to B Rankin, Full and around middle, pushed down to long on to end the game with a single. AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 32 RUNS AND COMPLETE A 3-0 WHITEWASH!
R Khan to S Poynter, Pushes this towards point and takes a run.
R Khan to S Poynter, The googly, around middle, Poynter misses his flick and is hit on the pads.
R Khan to B Rankin, Works it down the leg side for a single.

Boyd Rankin walks in at number 10.

R Khan to J Little, OUT! BOWLED! Rashid gets a fifer. Does not matter where he bowls. He gets wickets in Sharjah, Dubai, Ireland, Netherland, Windies and even in India. Full and around off, Little gets across to paddle but misses and the ball hits the off stump.
R Khan to J Little, Outside off, Little looks to cut but misses.
S Shirzad to J Little, Another heave-ho and the ball goes off the inner half of the bat towards long on. Just a single.
S Shirzad to J Little, FOUR! Full on middle, Little swings it down the ground and beats long on.
S Shirzad to S Poynter, Outside off, punched through the covers for a run.
S Shirzad to S Poynter, FOUR! Full and around middle, Poynter gets down and across, sweeping it over square leg. Too little, too late.
S Shirzad to J Little, On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
S Shirzad to S Poynter, Short and outside off, cut through the covers for a single.

Sayed Shirzad to bowl the 19th over.

R Khan to S Poynter, Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for just a run. 3-0-24-4 for Rashid. Can he take 5?
R Khan to S Poynter, Full on middle, pushed down to long on for a couple.
R Khan to S Poynter, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
R Khan to J Little, WIDE. This is way too far down the leg side, Little gets a long way across to sweep but misses. The keeper fumbles and the batsmen take a single.

Joshua Little walks in at number 9 with plenty left to do...

R Khan to S Singh, OUT! LBW! FIRST AFGHAN PLAYER TO TAKE A T20I HAT-TRICK! Wow. Rashid Khan, simply wow. One of the best bowlers ever witnessed in this sport. This is another googly, around middle, Simi gets across, looks to flick but misses and is struck right in front of the stumps. Looked plumb and the umpire raises his finger.

Simi Singh to face the hat-trick ball.

R Khan to S Getkate, OUT! Stumped by a mile. Getkate comes down the track and seeing that, Rashid fires it wide down the leg side. Shane misses his flick but the keeper does well to collect and whip the bails off. They appeal and it is referred upstairs. Replays confirm the marching orders.

Stumped first ball?

Stuart Poynter walks in at number 7, replacing Dockrell.

R Khan to G Dockrell, OUT! That is a terrific catch from Nabi now! So what if the experienced bloke could not get a wicket. You cannot keep him out of the game, can you? Full and around off, Dockrell gets down to play the slog sweep but Rashid has fired this a touch wider outside off. This means that Dockrell has to fetch it. Hence, he mistimes it towards long on but it does seem like the ball has enough legs on it. But Mohammad Nabi watches it like a hawk, leaps at the last moment, catches it, parries it in the air, goes beyond the boundary and then comes back in to take the catch! Superb athleticism.
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Driven towards the long on region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 4-0-28-0 for Nabi tonight.
M Nabi to S Getkate, Full and around middle, swiped towards long on for another single.
M Nabi to S Getkate, A low full toss around middle, Getkate can only get it back to the bowler.
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Pushes this through mid on for one.
M Nabi to S Getkate, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a run.
M Nabi to G Dockrell, Short and outside off, punched through mid on for a single.

Shane Getkate walks in at number 6, replacing O'Brien. Mohammad Nabi returns too. 3-0-23-0 so far.

R Khan to K O'Brien, OUT! Caught behind! My word, Shafaq, take a bow. This wicket is more due to the keeper than the bowler. Fractionally short outside off, O'Brien backs away to the leg side and looks to go inside out but the ball stays low and takes the bottom edge. But Shafiqullah Shafaq gets low and takes a stunner. Rashid starts flying while Shafaq appeals and the umpire raises his finger. KOB is disappointed but that was out. End of a big knock. Sadly, that might be the end of the game.
R Khan to G Dockrell, Short ball, around middle, pulled towards deep mid-wicket for one more.
R Khan to K O'Brien, Pushes this down to long on for a run.
R Khan to K O'Brien, THREE WIDES. Down the leg side, a rare loose ball from Rashid, KOB misses his sweep and the blinded keeper misses it too. Two runs taken.
R Khan to G Dockrell, Another long hop, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run.
R Khan to G Dockrell, MISFIELD, FOUR! Slightly short from Rashid, Dockrell pulls it towards mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep runs to his right and puts in a slide but misses the ball.
R Khan to K O'Brien, Outside off, punched wide of long off for a single.

Rashid Khan is back on. Afghan playing his cards perfectly.

S Shirzad to G Dockrell, Outside off, skewed over cover for a couple.
S Shirzad to G Dockrell, SIX! That is an outrageous shot. Dockrell walks across his stumps and Shirzad fires it full on middle. But George just scoops it over fine leg! A second late and the furniture behind would have been damaged.