Afghanistan and Ireland in India, 3 T20I Series, 2020

Afghanistan vs Ireland - 2nd T20I

Venue: Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, Greater Noida

Date & Time: 08 March 2020

Ireland 163/6

RR: 8.15 | Afghanistan beat Ireland by 21 runs

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That's all from this game! Afghanistan takes the series 2-0 with one game to spare. Ireland will play for pride and they need to improve in both the departments. The third game will be played on 10th March at 1400 Local (0830 GMT). Join us then. Until then, cheers.

Afghanistan skipper, Asghar Afghan says that the series is very important and the opening partnership did the job for them. He mentions that when they are set in the middle then hitting the ball becomes easy. Further says that they started slowly as they knew that the pitch was slow and then they went on after the bowling after settling the eyes in. He ends by saying that they would look to play it the same way as they have played in the series and further says that they would look to end it on a high.

For his 3-wicket haul Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the Man Of The Match.

reland skipper, Andy Balbirnie says that they bowled well but Afghanistan are a better side. He further says that T20 is all about batting in the middle overs which his team did not do. He further says that it is a great learning as it is a year of the T20 World Cup and they would like to implement it in their further games.

Ireland bowled well at the start, not giving them many runs but once the Afghan players started attacking, they faltered and lost their lines and lengths. They gave away a lot of runs at the death and that was what costed them in the end. Stay tuned for the presentation...

Earlier, in the game, Afghanistan, after a slow start, went hammer and tongs at the death scoring 120 runs in the last 10 overs. They ended up with 184 on the board which was a massive target. Asghar Afghan was the chief destructor with the bat as he scored 49 off just 28 balls and he was well supported by Nabi. Gulbadin Naib hit some lusty blows in the end as well.

Ireland started well with the bat with Kevin O'Brien going all guns blazing at the start but Ur Rahman started the procession, pegging them back with two quick wickets. Andy Balbirnie and Harry Tector tried to bring them back but once Balbirnie fell, it was always going to be a steep ask for the Irish. Tector played really well for his 37 but it was not enough. They could never get going with the bat in the end and they eventually fell short by 21 runs.

2-0, it is for Afghanistan with a game to spare. What a brilliant performance from them! They were brilliant with the ball and have managed to take an unassailable lead in the series. Ireland raced to 29 in three overs but Mujeeb picked up two wickets in quick succession to peg the Irish back. The bowlers used the slower balls to perfection and the Ireland batters could not pick it and succumbed. Mujeeb Ur Rahman picked up three wickets while the other bowlers supported him well.

19.6
0
S Zadran to S Singh, Beautiful ball to end the innings by Shapoor. He bowls a perfect yorker and Singh can do not much about it as he digs it out. AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 21 RUNS!
19.5
1
S Zadran to G Dockrell, NOT OUT! Full and driven to long on for a single. Some drama there as Dockrell was looking for a couple but was sent back by Simi Singh. There is a direct hit at the bowler's end and the umpires take it upstairs and Dockrell is well in. A single is what they settle for.

A run out check! It is referred upstairs.

19.4
1
S Zadran to S Singh, Length ball on off, pulled towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
19.3
0
S Zadran to S Singh, Slower and outside off, Singh goes for the drive but misses it.
19.2
1
S Zadran to G Dockrell, Length ball on off, pulled towards mid-wicket for a single.
19.1
1
S Zadran to S Singh, Length ball on off, pulled towards long on for a single.
18.6
1
R Khan to S Singh, Flighted delivery on middle, Singh flicks it through mid-wicket for a run. 15 from the over and Ireland need 26 runs in 6 balls.
18.5
6
R Khan to S Singh, SIX! That is huge! Tossed up delivery on off, Simi Singh comes down the track and lofts it over long off for a maximum.
18.4
1
R Khan to G Dockrell, Loopy delivery on off, Dockrell plays it towards covers for a single.
18.3
2
R Khan to G Dockrell, Floated delivery on middle, Dockrell flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
18.2
4
R Khan to G Dockrell, FOUR! Nice shot! Tossed up delivery on off, Dockrell drives it through mid off for a boundary.
18.1
1
R Khan to S Singh, Full delivery on middle, Simi Singh sweeps it through square leg for a single.

George Dockrell is the new man in. Rashid Khan is back on.

17.6
0
S Zadran to L Tucker, OUT! CAUGHT! Lorcan Tucker also departs and Ireland are on the cusp of a series loss. Slower and on a length around off, Tucker lofts it over mid on but fails to get underneath the ball this time. The ball goes straight to the man at long on where Mohammad Nabi takes the catch.
17.5
1
S Zadran to S Singh, Short and on middle, Singh pulls it to mid-wicket for a single.
17.4
2
S Zadran to S Singh, Length and on leg, Singh pulls it to deep square leg where Mujeeb saves a couple of runs.
17.3
1
S Zadran to L Tucker, Short ball on middle, Tucker pulls it towards wide long on for a single.
17.2
4
S Zadran to L Tucker, FOUR! Full and outside off, Tucker drives it straight down the ground for a boundary at long off.
17.1
0
S Zadran to L Tucker, Length ball on middle, Tucker looks to play the reverse sweep but misses it as the ball goes past the outside edge and the leg pole towards the keeper.

Shapoor Zadran is back on. 2-0-13-0 are his figures so far.

16.6
0
Ur Rahman to S Singh, BEATEN! Loopy delivery outside off, Singh looks to defend but misses it.

Simi Singh is the new man in.

16.5
0
Ur Rahman to H Tector, OUT! BOWLED! Mujeeb Ur Rahman gets his third! After being hit for a six and a four earlier in the over, Mujeeb has his revenge! Flighted delivery on off, Tector looks to cut but misses it and gets bowled. It hits the off stump and Tector starts walking back to the pavilion after playing a good knock.
16.4
0
Ur Rahman to H Tector, The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
16.3
6
Ur Rahman to H Tector, Flatter and on off, Tector pulls it through mid-wicket and gets a maximum this time.
16.2
2
Ur Rahman to H Tector, Floated and on off, Tector drives it through covers but a spirited effort in the field there saves a couple.
16.1
4
Ur Rahman to H Tector, FOUR! That is a clean hit. Floated and on off, Tector lofts it over mid on for a boundary.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman is back on. 3-0-26-2 are his figures so far.

15.6
4
K Janat to L Tucker, FOUR! Nice improvisation! Full delivery on middle, Tucker plays a paddle sweep over fine leg for a boundary.
15.5
1
K Janat to H Tector, Length delivery on off, Tector punches it towards covers for a run.
15.4
1
K Janat to L Tucker, On a length on middle, Tucker flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
15.3
1
K Janat to H Tector, Length delivery on off, Tector plays it towards covers. The fielder goes for a direct hit at the bowler's end but misses it. The batsmen take a single.
15.2
2
K Janat to H Tector, DROPPED! Rashid Khan is the culprit! Short delivery on middle, Tector pulls it over mid-wicket but does get the timing on it. It goes towards Rashid Khan who tries to take the catch but spills it. The batsmen get two runs.
15.1
1
K Janat to L Tucker, On a length on off, Tucker plays it towards point for a single.

Karim Janat is back on. 2-0-22-0 are his figures so far.

14.6
0
R Khan to H Tector, Another googly and the Irish batters have failed to read it. It is bowled around off and turning away from the flick of the batter and the ball goes off the pads towards the off side. There is an appeal for LBW but the umpire is unmoved.
14.5
1
R Khan to L Tucker, Floated and on off, pushed towards mid off for a single.
14.4
0
R Khan to L Tucker, GOOGLY! It beats everyone there. Tucker skips down the track and looks to tuck floated ball on the pads round the corner. He though misses it and the keeper too fails to collect it. The ball rolls towards fine leg where Shapoor Zadran gives the chase and pulls it just inches ahead of the ropes. The batters sneak a couple of leg byes.
14.3
1
R Khan to H Tector, Floated and on middle, pushed back past the bowler for a single.
14.2
0
R Khan to H Tector, Flighted and around off, Tector drives it to the left of the bowler where Rashid dives and saves some runs.
14.1
1
R Khan to L Tucker, Floated on leg, tucked towards mid on for a single.
13.6
1
M Nabi to L Tucker, Tossed up delivery on middle, Tucker sweeps it through square leg for a run.
13.5
1
M Nabi to H Tector, Floated delivery on off, Tector guides it towards third man for a single.
13.4
1
M Nabi to L Tucker, Loopy delivery on off, Tucker plays it towards point for a run.
13.3
1
M Nabi to H Tector, Flighted delivery on middle, Tector plays a reverse sweep towards third man for a single.
13.2
1
M Nabi to L Tucker, Edgy! Flighted ball outside off, Lorcan looks to flick but gets a leading edge which goes towards long off. A single.
13.1
0
M Nabi to L Tucker, Floated on off, Tucker defends it to cover.
12.6
0
R Khan to H Tector, On middle, Tector keeps it out.
12.5
0
R Khan to H Tector, Floated delivery on off, Tector plays it towards point.

Lorcan Tucker is the next batsman in.

12.4
0
R Khan to A Balbirnie, OUT! The skipper is the new addition to the dressing room. Rashid Khan strikes and he is pumped up. Andy Balbirnie was going superbly but a false shot or one should say, a brilliant piece of fielding has seen the back of the Irish skipper. It was floated on off and middle, Balbirnie gets down on one knee and slogs it towards deep mid-wicket where Samiullah Shinwari runs to his right and takes a tumbling catch.
12.3
1
R Khan to H Tector, Floated on off, Tector plays it uppishly towards the vacant long on region for a single.
12.2
1
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Full delivery on middle, Balbirnie drives it through mid on for a single.
12.1
1
R Khan to H Tector, Tossed up delivery on middle, Tector looks to drive but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It goes towards the leg side. The batsmen cross ends.
11.6
0
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Flatter and outside off, Andy looks to cut it towards point but gets an inside edge which rolls back to the bowler.
11.5
2
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Flatter and on off, punched off the back foot towards covers for a couple.
11.4
1
M Nabi to H Tector, Floated and on middle, driven towards long on for a single.
11.3
1
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Full and on leg, swept towards square leg for a single.
11.2
1
M Nabi to H Tector, Flatter and outside off, cut through point for a single.
11.1
1
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Floated around middle, tucked towards mid-wicket for a single.
10.6
1
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Short and outside off, Balbirnie cuts it through point for a single.
10.5
1
R Khan to H Tector, Full delivery on middle, Tector drives it through mid on for a run.
10.4
1
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Short delivery on off, Balbirnie cuts it towards point for a single.
10.3
0
R Khan to A Balbirnie, BEATEN! Loopy delivery outside off, Balbirnie looks to guide it but misses.
10.2
1
R Khan to H Tector, Floated delivery on middle, Tector flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen cross ends.
10.1
1
R Khan to A Balbirnie, Tossed up delivery on middle, Balbirnie flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.

Rashid Khan is into the attack.

9.6
1
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Flatter and outside off, Andy cuts it through point and retains the strike.
9.5
0
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Full and down the leg side, Balbirnie looks to tuck it to the leg side but misses it to get hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards short fine leg. There is an appeal too for LBW but the umpire is unmoved.
9.4
0
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Flatter and outside off, Andy cuts it but finds point to perfection there.
9.3
4
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, FOUR! Flatter and outside off, Andy cuts it powerfully past point and into the fence for a boundary. The fielder from sweeper cover runs to his left but fails to keep the ball in play there.
9.2
1
M Nabi to H Tector, Floated and around off, the batter looks to flick it to the leg side but gets an outside edge which rolls towards short third man for a single.
9.1
1
M Nabi to A Balbirnie, Flatter and on off, pushed towards covers for a single.

Mohammad Nabi is on.

8.6
1
G Naib to A Balbirnie, Short delivery on middle, Balbirnie pulls it through mid-wicket for a single. 13 runs have come from the over.
8.5
4
G Naib to A Balbirnie, FOUR! Nicely played! Full delivery on off, Balbirnie lofts it over mid off for a boundary.
8.4
1
G Naib to H Tector, Full delivery on off, Tector drives it through point for a run.
8.3
1
G Naib to A Balbirnie, Length delivery on off, Balbirnie slaps it over covers for a single.
8.2
6
G Naib to A Balbirnie, SIX! Amazing shot! Short delivery again, Balbirnie comes down the track and pulls it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
8.1
0
G Naib to A Balbirnie, Play and a miss! Short delivery outside off, Balbirnie looks to pull but misses it.
7.6
4
K Janat to H Tector, FOUR! Excellent batting from Tector! It is full and outside off, Tector leans and drives it handsomely through covers for a boundary.
7.5
0
K Janat to H Tector, Short ball on leg, Tector goes for the pull but misses it.
7.4
1
K Janat to A Balbirnie, Short and outside off, Balbirnie pushes it off the back foot towards covers for a single.
7.3
1
K Janat to H Tector, Full and outside off, Tector drives it to covers for a single.
7.2
4
K Janat to H Tector, FOUR! Fractionally short outside the off stump line, Tector cuts it past point for a boundary. The third man fielder is a spectator there as the ball crosses the fence.
7.1
0
K Janat to H Tector, Length ball on middle, flicked to mid-wicket.
6.6
4
G Naib to A Balbirnie, FOUR! Good shot! Length delivery on leg, Balbirnie flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary.
6.5
1
G Naib to H Tector, On a length on off, Tector guides it towards third man for a single.

Harry Tector is the next batsman in.

6.4
0
G Naib to G Delany, OUT! CAUGHT! Delany too goes. It is once again a slower one and on a length. Delany goes for the pull but lack of pace means that he fails to generate enough power on it. The ball can only go towards the deep mid-wicket region where Rashid Khan takes the catch with ease.
6.4
0
G Naib to A Balbirnie, Short ball down the leg side, Andy looks to flick it but misses it. The keeper fails to collect it and the batters take a bye. Wided.
6.3
0
G Naib to A Balbirnie, Full and slower outside off, Andy plays it back to the bowler.
6.2
1
G Naib to G Delany, Slower ball on leg, pulled towards mid-wicket for a single.
6.1
1
G Naib to A Balbirnie, Length ball on off, driven through covers for a single.

Gulbadin Naib is into the attack.

5.6
1
K Janat to A Balbirnie, Full and on off, driven to the man at covers for a run. Ireland are 51/2 at the end of Powerplay.
5.5
2
K Janat to A Balbirnie, Length ball outside off, Delany cuts it to backward point for a couple.
5.4
0
K Janat to A Balbirnie, Short of a length ball outside off, Andy cuts it to point.
5.3
4
K Janat to A Balbirnie, FOUR! Once again it is bowled full and outside off, Balbirnie drives it through covers for a boundary.
5.2
1
K Janat to G Delany, Short of a length ball on off, pushed towards point for a single.
5.1
4
K Janat to G Delany, FOUR! Delany welcomes Janat into the attack with a hit to the fence. It is full and outside off, Delany drives it through covers and fetches a boundary.

Karim Janat is on.

4.6
0
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, On off, Balbirnie keeps it out.
4.5
1
Ur Rahman to G Delany, Loopy delivery on middle, Delany flicks it towards square leg for a single.
4.4
0
Ur Rahman to G Delany, Floated delivery on middle, Delany looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
4.3
1
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, Flighted delivery on middle, Balbirnie drives it through mid on for a single.
4.2
0
Ur Rahman to A Balbirnie, Tossed up delivery on middle, Balbirnie keeps it out.

Gareth Delany is the next batsman in.

4.1
0
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, OUT! CAUGHT! Paul Stirling the danger man is out of here. Mujeeb strikes once again and he has accounted for both the Irish openers in quick succession. Mujeeb floats one around middle and leg, Stirling goes for the slog but gets it off the top half of the bat. It goes towards deep square leg where Najibullah Zadran settles himself under it and takes the catch. Ireland in dire straits as they have lost both their experienced batsmen in quick time.
3.6
1
S Zadran to P Stirling, Direct hit might have been close! Full on middle, Stirling pushes it to mid on and takes off for a single. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. It might have been close.
3.5
1
S Zadran to A Balbirnie, Length ball on off, Balbirnie guides it to the point region for a single.
3.4
4
S Zadran to A Balbirnie, FOUR! Lovely shot from Balbirnie! Good length ball outside off, Balbirnie plays the lofted extra cover drive to the extra cover region for a boundary.
3.3
1
S Zadran to P Stirling, Good length ball on the pads, Stirling flicks it to short fine leg for a single.
3.2
1
S Zadran to A Balbirnie, Balbirnie is underway! Full on off, Balbirnie drives it to mid off and takes a single.
3.1
0
S Zadran to A Balbirnie, Just short! Good length ball on off, Balbirnie looks to drive but it goes uppishly. Luckily for him, it lands safely in front of the cover fielder.

Andy Balbirnie is the next man in.

2.6
0
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, OUT! CAUGHT! HUGE WICKET FOR AFGHANISTAN! Tossed up delivery on off, O'Brien looks to loft it over mid off but mistimes it. It goes towards Karim Janat who runs and takes a good catch at long off. Big wicket as O'Brien was going all guns blazing.
2.5
6
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, FOUR! Another slog and another boundary. This is tossed up around leg and once again O'Brien sweeps it through fine leg for a boundary.
2.4
4
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, FOUR! That is swept nicely. Floated and on middle, O'Brien sweeps it through backward square leg for a boundary.
2.3
6
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, SIX! This time he connects and it is floated and on middle, O'Brien lofts it over the long off fence for a biggie.
2.2
0
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Play and a miss! Floated and on off, Kevin looks to slog it but mises it as the ball sneaks between the bat and the pad and also the keeper fails to collect it.
2.1
0
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Huge appeal but turned down. It is floated on off, O'Brien looks to slog it but misses it to get rapped on the pads. There is an appeal made for LBW but nothing from the umpire.
1.6
0
S Zadran to P Stirling, Length ball outside off, punched towards covers once again.
1.5
4
S Zadran to P Stirling, FOUR! Clean hit. Slower ball on off, Stirling gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it over the covers and into the fence.
1.4
0
S Zadran to P Stirling, Full and on off, punched straight to the man at covers.
1.3
0
S Zadran to P Stirling, Full and around off, Stirling improvises as he looks to play the slog. The ball raps him on the pads and there is an appeal only for the umpire to shake his head.
1.2
1
S Zadran to K O'Brien, Full delivery on off, O'Brien drives it towards covers for a single.
1.1
0
S Zadran to K O'Brien, BEATEN! Short delivery outside off, O'Brien looks to pull but misses it.

Shapoor Zadran to bowl from the other end.

0.6
4
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, FOUR! That is lofted over. Floated and on off, Stirling lofts it cleanly over mid off and the ball bounces a couple of times inside the ropes before going over the fence. 8 runs from the first over.
0.5
1
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Flatter and around off, Kevin punches the ball off the back foot towards long off for a single.
0.4
1
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Floated and on middle, Stirling gets an inside edge on it and the ball goes towards fine leg. A single taken.
0.3
1
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, In the air...but safe! Flighted ball on middle, O'Brien looks to go over long on but does not time it well. It lands safely in front of the fielder. A single taken.
0.2
0
Ur Rahman to K O'Brien, Floated and on middle, tucked towards mid-wicket.
0.1
1
Ur Rahman to P Stirling, Floated on leg, Stirling tucks it towards wide long on for a single. The batters look for the second but the fielder comes across and sends in a good throw at the bowler's end, making the batters decide against the second. STIRLING AND IRELAND ARE OFF THE MARK!

We are back for the chase. The Afghanistan players are out in the middle. Kevin O'Brien and Paul Stirling will open the innings for Ireland. Mujeeb Ur Rahman will start the proceedings for Afghanistan.