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Match Highlights
Afghanistan v Ireland
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, 10 December 2017
One-day international
1:56 PM So for the final time from Sharjah, it's good afternoon for the third ODI of the series between Ireland and Afghanistan and indeed it's a day of farewells. John Bracwell's last game as Ireland coach, Ireland's last game of 2017 and of course the last and deciding game of this series tied at 1-1
1:58 PM Ireland players - only the Ireland players - out completing their warm-up and William Porterfield on his way to the middle, having just been handed his team-shee, for the toss and appearing shortly after him Asghar Stanikzai
1:59 PM The toss and television interview has been relayed - very loudly - over the loudspeakers here in the stadium - so hopefully I hear it and can bring you the result and team news. Posing for pictures at the moment - despite the absence of Barry Chambers - so coming up
2:00 PM Sod's Law, we are not hearing it today but Stanikzai is being interviewed first so Afghanistan have won the toss
2:04 PM The Ireland manager has relayed the news that Afghanistan have won the toss and will bat and just the one change for Ireland Rankin in for Chase
2:07 PM Just been handed the Afghan and Noor Ali is back at the top of the order for Ihsanullah and Shapoor Zadran is in for Dawlat
2:13 PM So the victory in the second match definitely changed the selectors thinking. Telling the same team apart from the automatic recall of Rankin - who bowled so well in the first match but was sick for the second - to go out and do it again and win the series. It means Ireland relying on their pace attack with only Dockrell and Stirling to bowl spin. Stirling hasn't taken a wicket in the 25 overs he has bowled since his 6-for against Afghanistan in Noida in March
2:18 PM Just been tweeted a picture of the snow from home. Hope it's away by tomorrow afternoon because it's going to be quite a shock in the space of 24 hours! It's the hottest day of any of three games as there is barely any wind.
2:26 PM The music blaring out in the stadium as we await the teams for the game that will probably prove how little there is between these two teams. The last two series have been 2-2 in Belfast, 3-2 to the Afghans in Noida and here we are 1-1 with one to play in Sharjah. Ireland players on their way to the middle
2:28 PM Murtagh to open the bowling
0.1 Murtagh to Javed Ahmadi, no run. Pushed forward and up to Dockrell at extra cover. Just one slip in position
0.2 Murtagh to Javed Ahmadi, no run. Forward defensive and again straight to Dockrell
0.3 Murtagh to Javed Ahmadi, no run. Defends again on the front foot
0.4 Murtagh to Javed Ahmadi, no run. Driven to mid-off this time, tumbling stop by O'Brien
0.5 Murtagh to Javed Ahmadi, 1 run. DROPPED. Tried to clear Balbirnie at mid-on but he got his hands to it and just couldn't hold on as he fell backwards. He is 5 yards inside circle, on the line it would have been a dolly
1
End of over 1 (1 run) Afghanistan 1-0
Noor Ali 0* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Javed Ahmadi 1* (5 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 1 in 1.0 overs
Murtagh 1-0-1-0
0.6 Murtagh to Noor Ali, no run. Pushed into the covers
2:33 PM Persisting with Dockrell with the other new ball
1.1 Dockrell to Javed Ahmadi, no run. Pushed forward and back to the bowler
1.2 Dockrell to Javed Ahmadi, 1 run. Turned down to long leg, O'Brien
1.3 Dockrell to Noor Ali, 1 run. Tucked round the corner to Murtagh, can't stop the single
1.4 Dockrell to Javed Ahmadi, SIX Stays back and thumps it over extra cover
1.5 Dockrell to Javed Ahmadi, 1 run. On leg and helped to long leg again
2
End of over 2 (9 runs) Afghanistan 10-0
Noor Ali 1* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Javed Ahmadi 9* (9 balls, 0x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 10 in 2.0 overs
Dockrell 1-0-9-0 Murtagh 1-0-1-0
1.6 Dockrell to Noor Ali, no run. Forward and defends into the leg side
2.1 Murtagh to Javed Ahmadi, no run. Forward and pushed to mid-wicket
2.2 Murtagh to Javed Ahmadi, no run. Forward and up to mid-on
2.3 Murtagh to Javed Ahmadi, no run. Pushed into the covers
2.4 Murtagh to Javed Ahmadi, no run. Pushed up to short mid-wicket
2.5 Murtagh to Javed Ahmadi, 1 run. Turned down to deep square
3
End of over 3 (5 runs) Afghanistan 15-0
Noor Ali 5* (4 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Javed Ahmadi 10* (14 balls, 0x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 15 in 3.0 overs
Murtagh 2-0-6-0 Dockrell 1-0-9-0
2.6 Murtagh to Noor Ali, FOUR Lovely shot, shows the bowler the full face of the bat and drives it back past him
2:41 PM Dockrell quickly dispatched to extra cover again and Rankin is on
3.1 Rankin to Javed Ahmadi, 2 runs. Tucked through mid-wicket
3.2 Rankin to Javed Ahmadi, no run. Forward and straight to square leg
3.3 Rankin to Javed Ahmadi, no run. Defends to Porterfield at backward point
3.4 Rankin to Javed Ahmadi, no run. Defends into the covers, Stirling
3.5 Rankin to Javed Ahmadi, no run. Beaten by extra bounce outside off
4
End of over 4 (4 runs) Afghanistan 19-0
Javed Ahmadi 14* (20 balls, 0x4, 1x6) Noor Ali 5* (4 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 19 in 4.0 overs
Rankin 1-0-4-0 Murtagh 2-0-6-0
3.6 Rankin to Javed Ahmadi, 2 runs. Forward and again through mid-wicket
4.1 Murtagh to Noor Ali, no run. Forward and up towards mid-on, intercepted by Wilson at short mid-wicket
4.2 Murtagh to Noor Ali, no run. Forward and defends to the bowler
4.3 Murtagh to Noor Ali, 1 run. Cut down to thirdman, Rankin
4.4 Murtagh to Javed Ahmadi, no run. Forward and pushed into the leg side
4.5 Murtagh to Javed Ahmadi, 1 run. Whipped through mid-wicket, Poynter on the boundary
5
End of over 5 (2 runs) Afghanistan 21-0
Noor Ali 6* (8 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Javed Ahmadi 15* (22 balls, 0x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 21 in 5.0 overs
Murtagh 3-0-8-0 Rankin 1-0-4-0
4.6 Murtagh to Noor Ali, no run. Turned into the leg side but Wilson quickly round to stop any single
2:48 PM First towel and drinks brought on for the batsmen on this steamy day
5.1 Rankin to Javed Ahmadi, FOUR Short and too wide and chopped through backward point
5.2 Rankin to Javed Ahmadi, no run. Beaten there as he pushed forward outside off
5.3 Rankin to Javed Ahmadi, no run. Pushed into the off side, Porterfield quickly in
5.4 Rankin to Javed Ahmadi, FOUR That another chopped down to thirdman
5.5 Rankin to Javed Ahmadi, no run. Defends into the off side, much fuller and straighter
6
End of over 6 (12 runs) Afghanistan 33-0
Javed Ahmadi 27* (28 balls, 3x4, 1x6) Noor Ali 6* (8 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 33 in 6.0 overs
Rankin 2-0-16-0 Murtagh 3-0-8-0
5.6 Rankin to Javed Ahmadi, FOUR Leans into that and that is through point for the third boundary of the over
6.1 Murtagh to Noor Ali, no run. Forward and back to the bowler
6.2 Murtagh to Noor Ali, 1 run. Tucked off his legs through mid-wicket, Poynter in off the boundary again, thirdman the other fielder outside the circle
2:54 PM And O'Brien coming up to the stumps now
6.3 Murtagh to Javed Ahmadi, no run. Turned to McCarthy at backward square
6.4 Murtagh to Javed Ahmadi, no run. Forward defensive to Dockrell at extra cover
1
Javed Ahmadi c Balbirnie b Murtagh 27 (31 balls, 3x4, 1x6) SR: 87.10
Partnership of 34 in 41 balls
Afghanistan 34-1 in 6.5 overs
6.5 Murtagh to Javed Ahmadi, OUT - CAUGHT! No mistake this time from Balbirnie, went much higher so able to judge it at mid-on as he ran backwards, deserved wicket for Murtagh
7
End of over 7 (1 run) Afghanistan 34-1
Rahmat Shat 0* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Noor Ali 7* (10 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.1 overs
Murtagh 4-0-9-1 Rankin 2-0-16-0
6.6 Murtagh to Rahmat Shah, no run. Pushed into the covers to see out the over
7.1 Rankin to Noor Ali, no run. Turned into leg side via bat and pad
7.2 Rankin to Noor Ali, 2 runs. Stroked down to thirdman and good runing beats the O'Brien throw
7.3 Rankin to Noor Ali, no run. Defends to Dockrell at short cover
2
Noor Ali bowled Rankin 9 (14 balls, 1x4, 0x6) SR: 64.29
Partnership of 2 in 5 balls
Afghanistan 36-2 in 7.4 overs
7.4 Rankin to Noor Ali, OUT - BOWLED! Now Rankin gets among the wickets, chopped onto the stumps
3:02 PM Ireland have got two batsman on 0, having faced one ball between them. Afghans have to start again
7.5 Rankin to Asghar Stanikzai, no run. Forward defensive into the covers
8
End of over 8 (2 runs) Afghanistan 36-2
Asghar Stanikzai 0* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmat Shat 0* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.2 overs
Rankin 3-0-18-1 Murtagh 4-0-9-1
7.6 Rankin to Asghar Stanikzai, no run. Pushed back to the bowler
8.1 Murtagh to Rahmat Shah, no run. Pushed up towards mid-off
8.2 Murtagh to Rahmat Shah, no run. Off the back foot to Dockrell at short extra
8.3 Murtagh to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Driven back and down to mid-off
8.4 Murtagh to Asghar Stanikzai, no run. Forward and angled to backward point
8.5 Murtagh to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run. Angled down to Rankin at thirdman
9
End of over 9 (6 runs) Afghanistan 42-2
Rahmat Shat 5* (5 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Asghar Stanikzai 1* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 6 in 1.2 overs
Murtagh 5-0-15-1 Rankin 3-0-18-1
8.6 Murtagh to Rahmat Shah, FOUR Forward and driven down the ground, through mid-on and Balbirnie can't reach it
9.1 Rankin to Asghar Stanikzai, no run. Off the back foot to cover
9.2 Rankin to Asghar Stanikzai, no run. Beaten on the back foot outside off
9.3 Rankin to Asghar Stanikzai, WIDE Down leg side, first extra
9.3 Rankin to Asghar Stanikzai, no run. Defends from the crease into the covers, Porterfield first there to field
9.4 Rankin to Asghar Stanikzai, no run. Super delivery beats the forward defensive
9.5 Rankin to Asghar Stanikzai, no run. Forward to Stirling in the covers, the only fielder with a floppy hat
10
End of over 10 (1 run) Afghanistan 43-2
Asghar Stanikzai 1* (10 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmat Shat 5* (5 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 7 in 2.2 overs
Rankin 4-0-19-1 Murtagh 5-0-15-1
9.6 Rankin to Asghar Stanikzai, no run. Off the back foot, straight to Stirling
3:12 PM McCarthy to replace Murtagh
10.1 McCarthy to Rahmat Shah, no run. Starts with a full ball, defended into off side
10.2 McCarthy to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Turned through square leg
3:13 PM Slight hold-up here with Stanikzai not ready
10.3 McCarthy to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run. Played late and down to long leg, Balbirnie
10.4 McCarthy to Rahmat Shah, no run. Full and dug out to O'Brien at mid-on
10.5 McCarthy to Rahmat Shah, no run. Off the back foot to Dockrell, still at a short extra cover
11
End of over 11 (3 runs) Afghanistan 46-2
Asghar Stanikzai 2* (11 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmat Shat 7* (10 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 10 in 3.2 overs
McCarthy 1-0-3-0 Rankin 4-0-19-1
10.6 McCarthy to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Bit of width and chopped down to Rankin at thirdman
3:17 PM Dockrell back with an extra fielder out, sweepers on both side and a long-off
11.1 Dockrell to Rahmat Shah, no run. Forward defensive
11.2 Dockrell to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Pushed down to Balbirnie at long-off
11.3 Dockrell to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run. Turned to short fine leg
11.4 Dockrell to Rahmat Shah, no run. Driven back to the bowler
11.5 Dockrell to Rahmat Shah, no run. Along the ground to long-off again
11.6 Dockrell to Rahmat Shah, WIDE Down leg
12
End of over 12 (5 runs) Afghanistan 51-2
Rahmat Shat 10* (15 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Asghar Stanikzai 3* (12 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 15 in 4.2 overs
Dockrell 2-0-14-0 McCarthy 1-0-3-0
11.6 Dockrell to Rahmat Shah, 2 runs. And again, easily behind square
3:20 PM Didn't give Rahmat the single off the fourth ball in that last over
12.2 McCarthy to Rahmat Shah, no run. Beaten outside off as he tries the cut
12.1 McCarthy to Rahmat Shah, no run. Pushed into the covers
12.3 McCarthy to Rahmat Shah, no run. Off the back foot to Poynter at short mid-wicket
12.4 McCarthy to Rahmat Shah, no run. Chopped straight to Porterfield at backward point
12.5 McCarthy to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Through the covers to Stirling, the sweeper and he comes in for Stanikzai
13
End of over 13 (2 runs) Afghanistan 53-2
Asghar Stanikzai 5* (14 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmat Shat 10* (19 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 17 in 5.2 overs
McCarthy 2-0-4-0 Dockrell 2-0-15-0
12.6 McCarthy to Asghar Stanikzai, no run. Off the back foot to Stirling
13.1 Dockrell to Rahmat Shah, no run. Swing and a miss outside off
13.2 Dockrell to Rahmat Shah, no run. Good diving stop to his left by the bowler
13.3 Dockrell to Rahmat Shah, no run. Pushed up to mid-off, Stirling fields to his right
13.4 Dockrell to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Turned through mid-wicket and good covering by Wilson round the boundary
13.5 Dockrell to Asghar Stanikzai, WIDE Down leg again
13.5 Dockrell to Asghar Stanikzai, no run. Misses with the sweep shot
14
End of over 14 (2 runs) Afghanistan 55-2
Asghar Stanikzai 5* (16 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmat Shat 11* (23 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 19 in 6.2 overs
Dockrell 3-0-17-0 McCarthy 2-0-4-0
13.6 Dockrell to Asghar Stanikzai, no run. Off the back foot to mid-off
14.1 McCarthy to Rahmat Shah, 2 runs. Cracked to extra cover and diving stop by Murtagh
14.2 McCarthy to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Along the ground through the covers
14.3 McCarthy to Asghar Stanikzai, no run. Off the back foot to Dockrell at short extra
14.4 McCarthy to Asghar Stanikzai, no run. Good line and length and defends to Dockrell
14.5 McCarthy to Asghar Stanikzai, no run. Forward and for a third time straight to Dockrell
3:30 PM A lot of children have just come into the ground so the volume has been increased
15
End of over 15 (3 runs) Afghanistan 58-2
Asghar Stanikzai 5* (20 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmat Shat 14* (25 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 22 in 7.2 overs
McCarthy 3-0-7-0 Dockrell 3-0-17-0
14.6 McCarthy to Asghar Stanikzai, no run. Forward and straight to mid-wicket
15.1 Dockrell to Rahmat Shah, no run. Forward and driven back to the bowler
15.2 Dockrell to Rahmat Shah, WIDE Number three, down leg
15.2 Dockrell to Rahmat Shah, no run. Forward and up to mid-on
15.3 Dockrell to Rahmat Shah, no run. Swept straight to Murtagh at short fine leg
15.4 Dockrell to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Along the ground to long-on
15.5 Dockrell to Asghar Stanikzai, no run. Swept straight to Murtagh
16
End of over 16 (2 runs) Afghanistan 60-2
Asghar Stanikzai 5* (22 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmat Shat 15* (29 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 24 in 8.2 overs
Dockrell 4-0-19-0 McCarthy 3-0-7-0
15.6 Dockrell to Asghar Stanikzai, no run. Bit of turn there, finally, and defended
16.1 McCarthy to Rahmat Shah, no run. Stroked into the covers and spectacular stop by Dockrell
16.2 McCarthy to Rahmat Shah, FOUR Guided deliberately through the vacant slip
16.3 McCarthy to Rahmat Shah, no run. Cut straight to backward point
16.4 McCarthy to Rahmat Shah, no run.
16.5 McCarthy to Rahmat Shah, no run. Defends back to the bowler
17
End of over 17 (4 runs) Afghanistan 64-2
Rahmat Shat 19* (35 balls, 2x4, 0x6) Asghar Stanikzai 5* (22 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 28 in 9.2 overs
McCarthy 4-0-11-0 Dockrell 4-0-19-0
16.6 McCarthy to Rahmat Shah, no run. Chopped straight to backward point
3:38 PM Stirling to bowl what will probably the last over before drinks
17.1 Stirling to Asghar Stanikzai, no run. Driven back to the bowler
3
Asghar Stanikzai c McCarthy b Stirling 5 (24 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 20.83
Partnership of 28 in 58 balls
Afghanistan 64-3 in 17.2 overs
17.2 Stirling to Asghar Stanikzai, OUT - CAUGHT! And he goes for the big hit to leg, only gets the leading edge and straight to backward point. What a breakthrough and that is drinks
3:40 PM So how vital could that be. Reckless from the Afghan captain, took only one ball to have a look at Stirling at paid the price. McCarthy also enjoying an accurate start and that wicket puts Ireland on top although the run rate is closing in on four
17.3 Stirling to Nasir Jamal, no run. Pushed into the covers, Poynter
17.4 Stirling to Nasir Jamal, no run. Pushed back to the bowler
17.5 Stirling to Nasir Jamal, no run. Defends back to the bowler
18
End of over 18 (0 runs) Afghanistan 64-3
Nasir Jamal 0* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmat Shat 19* (35 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.4 overs
Stirling 1-1-0-1 McCarthy 4-0-11-0
17.6 Stirling to Nasir Jamal, no run. Chopped to backward point and that's a wicket maiden
3:45 PM And the first maiden of the innings! O'Brien now on at the media centre end, replacing McCarthy
18.1 K O'Brien to Rahmat Shah, no run. Pushed into the covers, front foot
18.2 K O'Brien to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Pushed to the left of Dockrell so get the single
18.3 K O'Brien to Nasir Jamal, no run. Forward and stroked up to mid-off
18.4 K O'Brien to Nasir Jamal, 1 run. Tucked down to thirdman
18.5 K O'Brien to Rahmat Shah, no run. Stroked to Dockrell at short extra
19
End of over 19 (3 runs) Afghanistan 67-3
Nasir Jamal 1* (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmat Shat 21* (39 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 3 in 1.4 overs
K O'Brien 1-0-3-0 Stirling 1-1-0-1
18.6 K O'Brien to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Pushed out to Wilson, halfway in from the cover boundary
3:49 PM Nice to see a familiar face - Kate McKenna has just said hello!
19.1 Stirling to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Pushed through the covers, and talking of Kate, Balbirnie is the sweeper
19.3 Stirling to Nasir Jamal, no run. Pushed back to the bowler
19.2 Stirling to Nasir Jamal, no run. Defends into the leg side
19.4 Stirling to Nasir Jamal, 1 run. Finds the gap at mid-wicket
20
End of over 20 (3 runs) Afghanistan 70-3
Nasir Jamal 2* (9 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmat Shat 23* (42 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 6 in 2.4 overs
Stirling 2-1-3-1 K O'Brien 1-0-3-0
19.6 Stirling to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Up through mid-on
19.5 Stirling to Rahmat Shah, no run.
20.3 K O'Brien to Rahmat Shah, no run.
20.2 K O'Brien to Rahmat Shah, no run.
20.1 K O'Brien to Rahmat Shah, no run.
20.4 K O'Brien to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Forward and eased through mid-wicket
20.5 K O'Brien to Nasir Jamal, 1 run. Turned down to McCarthy at long leg
21
End of over 21 (3 runs) Afghanistan 73-3
Nasir Jamal 3* (10 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmat Shat 25* (47 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 9 in 3.4 overs
K O'Brien 2-0-6-0 Stirling 2-1-3-1
20.6 K O'Brien to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Along the ground to long-on, Poynter
21.1 Stirling to Rahmat Shah, no run. Pushed to backward point
21.2 Stirling to Rahmat Shah, FOUR Heaved through mid-wicket and beats Wilson on the boundary
21.3 Stirling to Rahmat Shah, no run. Turned to Porterfield at wide mid-on
21.4 Stirling to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Shorter and cut away through point
21.5 Stirling to Nasir Jamal, 1 run. Chopped down to backward point, sprawling stop by McCarthy
22
End of over 22 (7 runs) Afghanistan 80-3
Nasir Jamal 4* (11 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmat Shat 31* (52 balls, 3x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 16 in 4.4 overs
Stirling 3-1-10-1 K O'Brien 2-0-6-0
21.6 Stirling to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Forward and down to Rankin at long-on and it looks like he is coming back to bowl
22.1 Rankin to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Full but on leg and clipped down to long leg
4:00 PM Only long leg and thirdman and the cover sweeper outside the circle
22.2 Rankin to Nasir Jamal, no run. Forward and back to the bowler
22.3 Rankin to Nasir Jamal, 1 run. Dabbed down but Porterfield can't pick up cleanly as they take quick single
22.4 Rankin to Rahmat Shah, no run. Forward and reaches Porterfield this time
22.5 Rankin to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Driven through the covers to Wilson
23
End of over 23 (3 runs) Afghanistan 83-3
Nasir Jamal 5* (14 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmat Shat 33* (55 balls, 3x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 19 in 5.4 overs
Rankin 5-0-22-1 Stirling 3-1-10-1
22.6 Rankin to Nasir Jamal, no run. Goes back and turned to Balbirnie at mid-wicket
23.1 Stirling to Rahmat Shah, no run. Turns down long single as Porterfield made ground
23.2 Stirling to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Through the covers to the sweeper, Balbirnie
23.3 Stirling to Nasir Jamal, 1 run. Flicked through mid-wicket
23.4 Stirling to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Pushed up to long-off, front foot
23.5 Stirling to Nasir Jamal, no run. Off the back foot and Stirling quickly across to field
24
End of over 24 (3 runs) Afghanistan 86-3
Nasir Jamal 6* (17 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmat Shat 35* (58 balls, 3x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 22 in 6.4 overs
Stirling 4-1-13-1 Rankin 5-0-22-1
23.6 Stirling to Nasir Jamal, no run. Turned into the leg side
24.1 Rankin to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Turned through mid-wicket as he comes forward
24.2 Rankin to Nasir Jamal, no run. Crashed off the back foot but no great timing and straight to Poynter at mid-on
24.3 Rankin to Nasir Jamal, no run. Well up and pushed into the covers, Dockrell
24.4 Rankin to Nasir Jamal, no run. Wide of off and chopped into the ground on way through to Niall O'Brien
24.5 Rankin to Nasir Jamal, no run. Defends to backward point
25
End of over 25 (1 run) Afghanistan 87-3
Nasir Jamal 6* (22 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmat Shat 36* (59 balls, 3x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 23 in 7.4 overs
Rankin 6-0-23-1 Stirling 4-1-13-1
24.6 Rankin to Nasir Jamal, no run. Forward but can't get it past Porterfield
4:09 PM Ireland drying up the runs - since the last wicket, 20 scoring shots and 19 have been singles
25.1 Stirling to Rahmat Shah, SIX I'll take responsibility for that big hit down the ground
25.2 Stirling to Rahmat Shah, no run. Off the back foot to mid-on
25.3 Stirling to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. Forward and along the ground to long-on
25.4 Stirling to Nasir Jamal, FOUR Now the sweep shot, powerfully through backward square
25.5 Stirling to Nasir Jamal, 1 run. Forward and down to long-on
26
End of over 26 (12 runs) Afghanistan 99-3
Rahmat Shat 43* (63 balls, 3x4, 1x6) Nasir Jamal 11* (24 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 35 in 8.4 overs
Stirling 5-1-25-1 Rankin 6-0-23-1
25.6 Stirling to Rahmat Shah, no run. Turned round the corner straight to Rankin and that will be the end of the Stirling spell
4:13 PM So just two overs from Rankin and Dockrell is back
26.1 Dockrell to Nasir Jamal, 1 run. Pushed into the covers, big gap there, now covered by Stirling
26.2 Dockrell to Rahmat Shah, 1 run. But he gets that past Stirling, out to the sweeper, Wilson
26.3 Dockrell to Nasir Jamal, 1 run. Along the ground to long-off
26.4 Dockrell to Rahmat Shah, no run. Off the back foot to the bowler
4
Rahmat Shat c Rankin b Dockrell 44 (66 balls, 3x4, 1x6) SR: 66.67
Partnership of 38 in 57 balls
Afghanistan 102-4 in 26.5 overs
26.5 Dockrell to Rahmat Shah, OUT - CAUGHT! Uses his feed but that's straight to long-off, nervous fumble but he holds on
27
End of over 27 (3 runs) Afghanistan 102-4
Mohammad Nabi 0* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Nasir Jamal 13* (26 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.1 overs
Dockrell 5-0-22-1 Stirling 5-1-25-1
26.6 Dockrell to Mohammad Nabi, no run. Defends into the off side to see out the over
4:18 PM McCarthy to replace Stirling
27.1 McCarthy to Nasir Jamal, 1 run. Turned through mid-wicket
27.2 McCarthy to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run. Turned behind square, mainly along the ground, Ireland have two behind square
27.3 McCarthy to Nasir Jamal, no run. Full and defends down the pitch
27.4 McCarthy to Nasir Jamal, no run. Forward and straight to mid-wicket, Stirling
27.5 McCarthy to Nasir Jamal, 1 run. Cut away the Balbirnie, the cover sweeper
28
End of over 28 (3 runs) Afghanistan 105-4
Mohammad Nabi 1* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Nasir Jamal 15* (30 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 3 in 1.1 overs
McCarthy 5-0-14-0 Dockrell 5-0-22-1
27.6 McCarthy to Mohammad Nabi, no run. Driven back to the bowler, front foot
28.1 Dockrell to Nasir Jamal, no run. Dabbed into the off side
28.2 Dockrell to Nasir Jamal, 1 run. Drive through mid-on, beats the Poynter dive
28.3 Dockrell to Mohammad Nabi, no run. Off the back foot to Stirling in the covers
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Mohammad Nabi c K O'Brien b Dockrell 1 (5 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 20.00
Partnership of 4 in 11 balls
Afghanistan 106-5 in 28.4 overs
28.4 Dockrell to Mohammad Nabi, OUT - CAUGHT! Silence in the ground as Nabi goes early again, beaten by the turn and sliced to short thirdman
29
End of over 29 (1 run) Afghanistan 106-5
Gulbadin Naib 0* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Nasir Jamal 16* (32 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.2 overs
Dockrell 6-0-23-2 McCarthy 5-0-14-0
28.6 Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run. And again to see out the over
28.5 Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Defends to the bowler
29.1 McCarthy to Nasir Jamal, no run. Full and off the back foot to mid-on
29.2 McCarthy to Nasir Jamal, 1 run. Off the back foot through the covers
29.3 McCarthy to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Beaten on the back foot outside off
29.4 McCarthy to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run. Turned down to deep square
29.5 McCarthy to Nasir Jamal, 1 run. Chopped down to Murtagh at thirdman
30
End of over 30 (3 runs) Afghanistan 109-5
Gulbadin Naib 1* (5 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Nasir Jamal 18* (35 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 3 in 1.2 overs
McCarthy 6-0-17-0 Dockrell 6-0-23-2
29.6 McCarthy to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Off the back foot into the covers
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Nasir Jamal c McCarthy b Dockrell 18 (36 balls, 1x4, 0x6) SR: 50.00
Partnership of 3 in 9 balls
Afghanistan 109-6 in 30.1 overs
30.1 Dockrell to Nasir Jamal, OUT - CAUGHT! And another one, turned straight to square leg, looking straight into the sun but he holds on
4:32 PM Now how often have we been here? Afghanistan six down for just over 100 and 20 overs left
30.2 Dockrell to Rashid Khan, no run. Pushed back to the bowler
30.3 Dockrell to Rashid Khan, 1 run. Driven up to long-off
4:33 PM Mind you, Ireland will take 218 from here
30.5 Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Forward and up to mid-off, sliding stop by Porterfield
30.4 Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Forward and into the leg sidebr/>
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End of over 31 (2 runs) Afghanistan 111-6
Rashid Khan 1* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Gulbadin Naib 2* (8 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 2 in 0.5 overs
Dockrell 7-0-25-3 McCarthy 6-0-17-0
30.6 Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run. Turned behind square
31.1 McCarthy to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Forward and up to mid-on
31.2 McCarthy to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Forward again and straight to Stirling, the only fielder close in on the leg side
31.3 Murtagh to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run. Push and run to McCarthy - who is not bowling this over - at mid-on
31.5 McCarthy to Rashid Khan, no run. Solidly forward into the covers, Dockrell
31.4 McCarthy to Rashid Khan, no run. Pushed back to the bowler
32
End of over 32 (1 run) Afghanistan 112-6
Rashid Khan 1* (5 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Gulbadin Naib 3* (11 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 3 in 1.5 overs
Murtagh 6-0-16-1 Dockrell 7-0-25-3
31.6 Murtagh to Rashid Khan, no run. Driven to extra cover
32.1 Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Defends down the pitch
32.2 Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Pushed up to Poynter at mid-on
32.3 Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Sprawling stop by Poynter this time to his left
32.4 Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Defends to the bowler, front foot
32.5 Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run. Goes back and wide enough of Poynter to take the single
33
End of over 33 (2 runs) Afghanistan 114-6
Gulbadin Naib 4* (16 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rashid Khan 2* (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 5 in 2.5 overs
Dockrell 8-0-27-3 Murtagh 6-0-16-1
32.6 Dockrell to Rashid Khan, 1 run. Off the back foot to long-on
4:43 PM Didn't take a single off the last ball
33.2 Murtagh to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run.
33.1 Murtagh to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR Driven through the covers, good shot
4:45 PM I should follow my own instincts and not go by the scoreboard Of course they took a single to long-off
34
End of over 34 (5 runs) Afghanistan 119-6
Rashid Khan 6* (8 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Gulbadin Naib 5* (20 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 10 in 3.5 overs
Murtagh 7-0-22-1 Dockrell 8-0-26-3
33.6 Murtagh to Rashid Khan, no run.
33.5 Murtagh to Rashid Khan, no run.
33.4 Murtagh to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run.
33.3 Murtagh to Gulbadin Naib, no run.
35
End of over 35 (2 runs) Afghanistan 121-6
Rashid Khan 7* (11 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Gulbadin Naib 6* (23 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 12 in 4.5 overs
Rankin 7-0-25-1 Murtagh 7-0-22-1
34.6 Rankin to Rashid Khan, no run.
34.5 Rankin to Rashid Khan, no run.
34.4 Rankin to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run.
34.3 Rankin to Gulbadin Naib, no run.
34.2 Rankin to Gulbadin Naib, no run.
34.1 Rankin to Rashid Khan, 1 run.
4:52 PM Sorry about the confusion there, think we are sorted now
35.1 Murtagh to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Full ball and driven back to the bowler
35.2 Murtagh to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Driven to Poynter at mid-off
35.3 Murtagh to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Off the back foot to mid-on, McCarthy
35.4 Murtagh to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Of the back foot into the leg side, good length by Murtagh
35.5 Murtagh to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Driven back, bowler fields
36
End of over 36 (1 run) Afghanistan 122-6
Rashid Khan 8* (21 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Gulbadin Naib 6* (19 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 13 in 5.5 overs
Murtagh 8-0-23-1 Rankin 7-0-25-1
35.6 Murtagh to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run. Prevents the maiden with a push wide of mid-on
36.1 Rankin to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR Clubbed back over mid-on
36.2 Rankin to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run. Chopped down to Balbirnie at thirdman
36.3 Rankin to Rashid Khan, 1 run. Angled down to thirdman and the cheers starting up again in the stadium
36.4 Rankin to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Off the back foot to Poynter at mid-wicket
36.5 Rankin to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Stays back and pushed into the covers
37
End of over 37 (6 runs) Afghanistan 128-6
Gulbadin Naib 11* (24 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Rashid Khan 9* (22 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 19 in 6.5 overs
Rankin 8-0-31-1 Murtagh 8-0-23-1
36.6 Rankin to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Short ball and he ducks, albeit leaving his bat as a periscope but no contact
37.1 K O'Brien to Rashid Khan, no run. Cuts O'Brien's first ball back straight to backward point, Porterfield
37.2 K O'Brien to Rashid Khan, no run. Forward and defends to the bowler
37.3 K O'Brien to Rashid Khan, 1 leg bye.
37.4 K O'Brien to Gulbadin Naib, 2 runs. Turned round the corner and a chase for Rankin
37.5 K O'Brien to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Defends into the leg side
38
End of over 38 (3 runs) Afghanistan 131-6
Gulbadin Naib 13* (35 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Rashid Khan 9* (17 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 22 in 7.5 overs
K O'Brien 3-0-8-0 Rankin 8-0-31-1
37.6 K O'Brien to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Driven back to the bowler
38.1 McCarthy to Rashid Khan, no run. Driven back to the bowler
38.2 McCarthy to Rashid Khan, no run. Pushed up to mid-off, Rankin
38.3 McCarthy to Rashid Khan, no run. Beats the outside edge outside off, O'Brien takes standing up
38.4 McCarthy to Rashid Khan, 1 run. Turned through mid-wicket, Dockrell the sweeper
38.5 McCarthy to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Off the back foot to mid-wicket, mistimed
38.6 McCarthy to Gulbadin Naib, WIDE The slow bouncer goes awry down leg
39
End of over 39 (2 runs) Afghanistan 133-6
Gulbadin Naib 13* (37 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Rashid Khan 10* (21 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 24 in 8.5 overs
McCarthy 7-0-19-0 K O'Brien 3-0-8-0
38.6 McCarthy to Gulbadin Naib, no run. Off the back into the covers, Stirling swoops
39.1 K O'Brien to Rashid Khan, 1 run. Forward and turned down to long-on, McCarthy
39.2 K O'Brien to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run. Again towards long-on but doesn't go that far and Poynter across from mid-off to field
39.3 K O'Brien to Rashid Khan, no run. Pushed up to short extra
39.4 K O'Brien to Rashid Khan, no run. Off the back foot to Dockrell at short mid-wicket
39.5 K O'Brien to Rashid Khan, 1 run. Easily through the covers off the back foot to Balbirnie, the sweeper
40
End of over 40 (4 runs) Afghanistan 137-6
Rashid Khan 12* (25 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Gulbadin Naib 15* (39 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 28 in 9.5 overs
K O'Brien 4-0-12-0 McCarthy 7-0-19-0
39.6 K O'Brien to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run. Pushed through the covers off the back foot
5:13 PM So 10 overs to go, Afghanistan 137 for six. Can Ireland keep them below eight an over?
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Gulbadin Naib c N O'Brien b McCarthy 15 (40 balls, 1x4, 0x6) SR: 37.50
Partnership of 28 in 60 balls
Afghanistan 137-7 in 40.1 overs
40.1 McCarthy to Gulbadin Naib, OUT - CAUGHT! That should help. McCarthy gets his first, mistimed pull and straight up
5:15 PM Well he can't get Shafiqullah next ball this time because the batsmen crossed
40.2 McCarthy to Rashid Khan, FOUR And he gets hold of that pull shot, splitting the two boundary fielders behind square
40.3 McCarthy to Rashid Khan, 1 run. Off the back foot through point, Wilson the sweeper
40.4 McCarthy to Shafiqullah, no run. Gets bat on that full ball, into the leg side
40.5 McCarthy to Shafiqullah, no run. Mistimed pull, one bounce to Murtagh at mid-on but the crowd started roaring as soon as he made contact
41
End of over 41 (5 runs) Afghanistan 142-8
Rashid Khan 17* (27 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.0 overs
McCarthy 8-0-24-2 K O'Brien 4-0-12-0
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Shafiqullah c Rankin b McCarthy 0 (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 0.00
Partnership of 5 in 5 balls
Afghanistan 142-8 in 41.0 overs
40.6 McCarthy to Shafiqullah, OUT - CAUGHT! McCarthy does it again! Back foot drive straight to the tall Rankin who holds it in front of his face at mid-off
5:19 PM And it's Shapoor, not Dawlat at No 10
41.1 K O'Brien to Rashid Khan, no run. Off the back foot to extra cover
41.2 K O'Brien to Rashid Khan, WIDE Down leg side, bowler's brother is up at the stumps
41.2 K O'Brien to Rashid Khan, no run. INTERESTING. Off the back foot through the covers and he turns down the single!
41.3 K O'Brien to Rashid Khan, FOUR That's why. Blasted over extra cover
41.4 K O'Brien to Rashid Khan, FOUR On leg and tucked fine, runs away
41.5 K O'Brien to Rashid Khan, no run. Forward and punched to Dockrell at mid-wicket
41.6 K O'Brien to Rashid Khan, WIDE Down leg side again!
42
End of over 42 (11 runs) Afghanistan 153-8
Shapoor Zadran 0* (0 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rashid Khan 26* (33 balls, 4x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 11 in 1.0 overs
K O'Brien 5-0-23-0 McCarthy 8-0-24-2
41.6 K O'Brien to Rashid Khan, 1 run. Easily down the ground to long-off to keep the strike
42.1 McCarthy to Rashid Khan, no run. Banged in and he misses with a swing to leg although not much intent
42.2 McCarthy to Rashid Khan, no run. Definitely tried to pull that one but shorter and misses again
42.3 McCarthy to Rashid Khan, no run. Another good short ball, outside off and left this time
42.4 McCarthy to Rashid Khan, SIX That was always going to happen if he connected and it flies way over the stand at wide long-on
5:29 PM More than twice as many Afghan fans in today and make a real racket
42.5 McCarthy to Rashid Khan, 1 run. Forward and eased along the ground to long-on and gives Shapoor one ball to face
5:29 PM McCarthy getting plenty of advice where to bowl this. He is coming round the wicket to the left hander
42.6 McCarthy to Shapoor Zadran, WIDE Will have to bowl it again, way down leg.
43
End of over 43 (8 runs) Afghanistan 161-8
Shapoor Zadran 0* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rashid Khan 33* (38 balls, 4x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 19 in 2.0 overs
McCarthy 9-0-32-2 K O'Brien 5-0-23-0
42.6 McCarthy to Shapoor Zadran, no run. Turned into the leg side from the crease and Rashid just holds a hand up and makes no attempt to run
5:31 PM They may have lost two wickets but Afghanistan have scored 24 off the last three overs
43.1 Murtagh to Rashid Khan, no run. Effort ball well up outside off and he misses
43.2 Murtagh to Rashid Khan, 1 run. On leg and he takes this single to long leg
43.3 Murtagh to Shapoor Zadran, no run. Easily off the back foot up to mid-off
43.4 Murtagh to Shapoor Zadran, no run. Appeal for lbw there but pitched well outside leg
43.5 Murtagh to Shapoor Zadran, no run. Stroked up to mid-off. Rashid just stands at the other end, happy to have taken a single of Murtagh and leaving Shapoor to see it out
44
End of over 44 (1 run) Afghanistan 162-8
Shapoor Zadran 0* (5 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rashid Khan 34* (40 balls, 4x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 20 in 3.0 overs
Murtagh 9-0-24-1 McCarthy 9-0-32-2
43.6 Murtagh to Shapoor Zadran, no run. Which he does, defending into the leg side from the crease
5:36 PM So Rashid considers Murtagh the one bowler he can't hit out of the ground. How will he treat Rankin?
44.1 Rankin to Rashid Khan, no run. Takes him on but only finds McCarthy at long-on and turns down the single. Yes, don't think he will let Shapoor face Rankin
44.2 Rankin to Rashid Khan, no run. And again driven through the covers but no attempt to run
44.3 Rankin to Rashid Khan, FOUR Pulled off the back foot through wide mid-on, inches short of the boundary
5:37 PM Fascinating cat and mouse tactics
44.4 Rankin to Rashid Khan, no run. Forward defensive to good length is greeted with applause from the 3,000 Afghan fans
44.5 Rankin to Rashid Khan, WIDE Given by the umpire outside off, as Rashid steps back. Looked very harsh
44.5 Rankin to Rashid Khan, 1 run. That was in virtually the same place but driven out to the cover sweeper and he gives Shapoor one ball to face from Rankin
45
End of over 45 (6 runs) Afghanistan 168-8
Shapoor Zadran 0* (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rashid Khan 39* (45 balls, 5x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 26 in 4.0 overs
Rankin 9-0-37-1 Murtagh 9-0-24-1
44.6 Rankin to Shapoor Zadran, no run. Wafts at it outside off but no contact
5:41 PM Dockrell to bowl the 47th, Porterfield hoping he can turn another mistake as he looks for his fourth wicket
45.1 Dockrell to Rashid Khan, no run. Bowling over the wicket and immediately pulls out the reverse sweep, straight to backward point
45.2 Dockrell to Rashid Khan, 1 run. Off the back foot to long-on and eventually decides to take the single. So what happens now?
5:43 PM Porterfield talks to Dockrell, Rashid to Shapoor
45.3 Dockrell to Shapoor Zadran, no run. Goes back to defend, appeal for lebw
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Shapoor Zadran c Poynter b Dockrell 0 (8 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 0.00
Partnership of 27 in 28 balls
Afghanistan 169-9 in 45.4 overs
45.4 Dockrell to Shapoor Zadran, OUT - CAUGHT! Goes for the big one to wide long-on but doesn't quite make it, Poynter on the boundary
5:45 PM And Rashid didn't bother crossing so Mujeeb will be in strike, two balls left in the over
45.5 Dockrell to Mujeeb Zadran, no run. Well forward, back to the bowler
46
End of over 46 (1 run) Afghanistan 169-9
Mujeeb Zadran 0* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rashid Khan 40* (47 balls, 5x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.2 overs
Dockrell 9-0-27-4 Rankin 9-0-37-1
45.6 Dockrell to Mujeeb Zadran, no run. Outside off and defends into the covers
5:46 PM Rankin to bowl his last and it will be a boundary or nothing for Rashid for at least four balls this over - and Ireland know it of course
46.1 Rankin to Rashid Khan, no run. Goes for a huge pull shot first up but too quick for him
46.2 Rankin to Rashid Khan, no run. Brilliant yorker, albeit a foot wide of off stump
46.3 Rankin to Rashid Khan, no run. Gets down on one knee to chop that down to thirdman but misses
46.4 Rankin to Rashid Khan, no run. Right on the line and Rashid looks for the off side wide but nothing this time
46.5 Rankin to Rashid Khan, FOUR Gets a bottom edge and just beats Poynter's dive at fine leg
47
End of over 47 (4 runs) Afghanistan 173-9
Rashid Khan 44* (53 balls, 6x4, 1x6) Mujeeb Zadran 0* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 4 in 1.2 overs
Rankin 10-0-41-1 Dockrell 9-0-27-4
46.6 Rankin to Rashid Khan, no run. Well bowled, beats the outside edge as he comes forward
5:51 PM Mujeeb is in strike so it's Murtagh who is called up for his last.
47.1 Murtagh to Mujeeb Zadran, no run. Defended to mid-off
47.2 Murtagh to Mujeeb Zadran, no run. Forward and defends again
47.3 Murtagh to Mujeeb Zadran, FOUR Swings at that and goes to square leg boundary where it beats Wilson's dive. His first international runs
47.4 Murtagh to Mujeeb Zadran, no run. Reaches for that and gets a bottom edge into the leg side
47.5 Murtagh to Mujeeb Zadran, no run. Pushed into the leg side but Rashid turns dowo the single so wants the start of the next over
48
End of over 48 (4 runs) Afghanistan 177-9
Mujeeb Zadran 4* (8 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Rashid Khan 44* (53 balls, 6x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 8 in 2.2 overs
Murtagh 10-0-27-1 Rankin 10-0-41-1
47.6 Murtagh to Mujeeb Zadran, no run. Easily defended. He's no No 11 rabbit
5:55 PM McCarthy gets the 49th
48.1 McCarthy to Rashid Khan, no run. DROPPED. Poynter just got there running in at deep square but couldnt hold on
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Rashid Khan c Dockrell b McCarthy 44 (55 balls, 6x4, 1x6) SR: 80.00
Partnership of 8 in 16 balls
Afghanistan 177-10 in 48.2 overs
48.2 McCarthy to Rashid Khan, OUT - CAUGHT! But no mistake by Dockrell nexst ball at deep mid-wicket to end the innings
5:59 PM Tremendous effort by Ireland to bowl out Afghanistan for 177 with 10 balls unused. Every bowler a hero. Dockrell gets his fourth 4-for in ODIs and his best against the Afghans, beating his 4-35 in Dubai at the start of 2015. Ireland won that match
6:00 PM McCarthy has that happy knack of taking wickets and three more today gives him eight in two matches on this tour and only just more expensive than Murtagh, once again the most economical. No wicket for Kevin O'Brien but he also went for less than five an over and Stirling finally got back among the wickets.
6:02 PM Having said that Stirling hadn't taken one since Noida in March I think I can safely say that Rankin has yet to play in a winning ODI side against Ireland - he was injured for both previous series and of course misses Ireland's win on Thursday. Will he break his duck today?
6:03 PM Ireland are certainly in pole position at the dinner break but as usual it will be how they cope with Rashid and, now, Mujeeb. Tame those and it should be a series win for Ireland. Join me in 40 minutes to see what happens. Should be exciting
0.1 Shapoor Zadran to Porterfield, no run. Nearly chops the first ball back onto his stumps
0.2 Shapoor Zadran to Porterfield, no run. Forward and pushed into the covers
0.3 Shapoor Zadran to Porterfield, no run. Forward and up to mid-on
0.4 Shapoor Zadran to Porterfield, no run. Into the covers, from the crease, Nabi, there, surprisingly not at slip. Rashid is there
0.5 Shapoor Zadran to Porterfield, no run. Off the back foot into the covers
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End of over 1 (1 run) Ireland 1-0
P Stirling 0* (0 balls, 0x4, 0x6) W Porterfield 1* (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 1 in 1.0 overs
Shapoor Zadran 1-0-1-0
Ireland need 177 runs to win in 49.0 overs.
0.6 Shapoor Zadran to Porterfield, 1 run. Heaved down to long leg to get scoreboard moving
6:45 PM Mujeeb to open from the far end
1.1 Mujeeb Zadran to Porterfield, no run. Forward and turned to mid-wicket
1.2 Mujeeb Zadran to Porterfield, no run. Forward and into the off side
1.3 Mujeeb Zadran to Porterfield, no run. And again
1.4 Mujeeb Zadran to Porterfield, 1 run. off the back foot down to long-on
1.5 Mujeeb Zadran to Stirling, 1 run. Pushes forward and misfield by Rashid in the covers
2
End of over 2 (2 runs) Ireland 3-0
W Porterfield 2* (11 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 1* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 3 in 2.0 overs
Mujeeb Zadran 1-0-2-0 Shapoor Zadran 1-0-1-0
Ireland need 175 runs to win in 48.0 overs.
1.6 Mujeeb Zadran to Porterfield, no run. Confidently forward and into the covers
6:48 PM Ireland determined not to be pinned down or defensive despite only requiring less than 3.6 runs an over
2.1 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, FOUR Chants as the bowler runs in to bowl and silence as ball is driven along the ground through extra cover
2.2 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, 4 leg byes.
2.3 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, no run. Off the back foot to extra cover, Nabi
2.4 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, no run. Full outside off and on the up just short of backward point
2.5 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, FOUR There's another boundary, turned too fine for the long leg fielder to get to
6:52 PM Shapoor coming round the wicket for the last ball
3
End of over 3 (14 runs) Ireland 17-0
P Stirling 11* (7 balls, 2x4, 0x6) W Porterfield 2* (11 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 17 in 3.0 overs
Shapoor Zadran 2-0-11-0 Mujeeb Zadran 1-0-2-0
Ireland need 161 runs to win in 47.0 overs.
2.6 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, 2 runs. Forward and solidly back, only a half stop by Gulbadin at mid-off
3.1 Mujeeb Zadran to Porterfield, no run. Taken on the pad but no turn and heading down leg
3.2 Mujeeb Zadran to Porterfield, no run. Forward and straight to cover
3.3 Mujeeb Zadran to Porterfield, no run. Goes for the sweep shot, to short fine leg
3.5 Mujeeb Zadran to Porterfield, no run. Again well forward and into the leg side
3.4 Mujeeb Zadran to Porterfield, no run. Uppishly towards short mid-wicket
4
End of over 4 (2 runs) Ireland 19-0
W Porterfield 4* (17 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 11* (7 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 19 in 4.0 overs
Mujeeb Zadran 2-0-4-0 Shapoor Zadran 2-0-11-0
Ireland need 159 runs to win in 46.0 overs.
3.6 Mujeeb Zadran to Porterfield, 2 runs. Gets the outside edge to thirdman
6:55 PM Back over the wicket to Porterfield at start of next over
4.1 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, no run. To Stirling, even. Defended into the covers
4.2 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, no run. Off the back foot driven to short cover
4.3 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, FOUR Flashing square cut speeds to the thirdman boundary, super shot
4.4 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, FOUR That's even better, nearly took Shapoor;s head off as he followed through. Driven straight back! Stunning
6:59 PM Captain comes over to talk to the bowler
4.5 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, 1 run. Forward and driven up to Stanikzai at mid-on
5
End of over 5 (9 runs) Ireland 28-0
W Porterfield 4* (18 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 20* (12 balls, 4x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 28 in 5.0 overs
Shapoor Zadran 3-0-20-0 Mujeeb Zadran 2-0-4-0
Ireland need 150 runs to win in 45.0 overs.
4.6 Shapoor Zadran to Porterfield, no run. Forward and up to mid-on
5.1 Mujeeb Zadran to Stirling, no run. Gets inside edge to that, well outside off, must have turned
5.2 Mujeeb Zadran to Stirling, 1 run. That's a good sweep shot down to deep backward square
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W Porterfield bowled Mujeeb Zadran 4 (19 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 21.05
Partnership of 29 in 33 balls
Ireland 29-1 in 5.3 overs
5.3 Mujeeb Zadran to Porterfield, OUT - BOWLED! Super delivery, spins past the outside edge and takes the off stump
7:03 PM Balbirnie is due runs in this series
5.4 Mujeeb Zadran to Balbirnie, 1 run. Away first ball, paddled round the corner
6
End of over 6 (2 runs) Ireland 30-1
P Stirling 21* (16 balls, 4x4, 0x6) A Balbirnie 1* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 1 in 0.3 overs
Mujeeb Zadran 3-0-6-1 Shapoor Zadran 3-0-20-0
Ireland need 148 runs to win in 44.0 overs.
5.6 Mujeeb Zadran to Stirling, no run. Swept straight to short fine leg
5.5 Mujeeb Zadran to Stirling, no run. Turned to mid-wicket
7:06 PM Staying with medium pace at this media centre end
6.1 Gulbadin Naib to Balbirnie, no run. Left outside off
6.2 Gulbadin Naib to Balbirnie, no run. Solidly forward in defence
6.3 Gulbadin Naib to Balbirnie, no run. Forward to mid-wicket
6.4 Gulbadin Naib to Balbirnie, no run. Forward and driven to point, good sprawling stop by Rashid
6.5 Gulbadin Naib to Balbirnie, no run. Forward and dabbed to backward point
7
End of over 7 (0 runs) Ireland 30-1
A Balbirnie 1* (7 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 21* (16 balls, 4x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 1 in 1.3 overs
Gulbadin Naib 1-1-0-0 Mujeeb Zadran 3-0-6-1
Ireland need 148 runs to win in 43.0 overs.
6.6 Gulbadin Naib to Balbirnie, no run. Forward and back to the bowler. Another economical start by Gulbadin
7.1 Mujeeb Zadran to Stirling, no run. Misses with the sweep shot
7.2 Mujeeb Zadran to Stirling, FOUR Gets hold of that one, though. Pulled through mid-wicket
7.4 Mujeeb Zadran to Balbirnie, no run. Forward cautiously, into the off side
7.3 Mujeeb Zadran to Stirling, 1 run. And again good contact, down to long leg
7.5 Mujeeb Zadran to Balbirnie, 2 runs. Waits for that on the back foot and turned through square leg. That should give him confidence
8
End of over 8 (7 runs) Ireland 37-1
A Balbirnie 3* (10 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 26* (19 balls, 5x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 8 in 2.3 overs
Mujeeb Zadran 4-0-13-1 Gulbadin Naib 1-1-0-0
Ireland need 141 runs to win in 42.0 overs.
7.6 Mujeeb Zadran to Balbirnie, no run. Forward defensive
7:13 PM Balbirnie now faced more balls than in the first two matches combined
8.1 Gulbadin Naib to Stirling, FOUR Classic cover drive, onto the front foot and dispatched
8.2 Gulbadin Naib to Stirling, no run. Called for the single to mid-wicket but didn;t beat Javed and changed his minid, fortunately Balbirnie hadnt responded
8.3 Gulbadin Naib to Stirling, no run. Driven so straight it hits the stumps at the other end, no touch from the bowler
8.4 Gulbadin Naib to Stirling, 1 run. Put a lot of effort into that but not so powerfully to mid-off
8.5 Gulbadin Naib to Balbirnie, 1 run. Nicely forward and drives to mid-on
9
End of over 9 (7 runs) Ireland 44-1
A Balbirnie 4* (11 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 32* (24 balls, 6x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 15 in 3.3 overs
Gulbadin Naib 2-1-7-0 Mujeeb Zadran 4-0-13-1
Ireland need 134 runs to win in 41.0 overs.
8.6 Gulbadin Naib to Stirling, 1 run. Slower ball but hit slowly down to long-on
9.1 Mujeeb Zadran to Stirling, 1 run. Swept to long leg, Stirling playing him only one way
9.2 Mujeeb Zadran to Balbirnie, 1 run. Stands tall and turned late to leg
9.3 Mujeeb Zadran to Stirling, 1 run. Forward and easily to long-on
9.4 Mujeeb Zadran to Balbirnie, no run. Almost beaten there, squirted into the leg side
9.5 Mujeeb Zadran to Balbirnie, 1 run. That's better, swept to deep square
10
End of over 10 (4 runs) Ireland 48-1
P Stirling 34* (27 balls, 6x4, 0x6) A Balbirnie 6* (14 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 19 in 4.3 overs
Mujeeb Zadran 5-0-17-1 Gulbadin Naib 2-1-7-0
Ireland need 130 runs to win in 40.0 overs.
9.6 Mujeeb Zadran to Stirling, no run. Forward defensive
7:19 PM The almost perfect powerplay for Ireland
10.1 Gulbadin Naib to Balbirnie, 1 run. Forward and easily down to thirdman
10.2 Gulbadin Naib to Stirling, no run. Forward and into the covers
10.3 Gulbadin Naib to Stirling, 1 run. Forward and steered up to long-on
10.4 Gulbadin Naib to Balbirnie, no run. Forward and pushed to short cover
10.5 Gulbadin Naib to Balbirnie, 2 runs. An unneccesarily risky second but he makes it only because the throw from thirdman was too high
7:24 PM The umpire seems to have called over and the towels and drinks are on the field but still one more ball to go in the over
11
End of over 11 (5 runs) Ireland 53-1
P Stirling 35* (29 balls, 6x4, 0x6) A Balbirnie 10* (18 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 24 in 5.3 overs
Gulbadin Naib 3-1-12-0 Mujeeb Zadran 5-0-17-1
Ireland need 125 runs to win in 39.0 overs.
10.6 Gulbadin Naib to Balbirnie, 1 run. Dabbed down to thirdman
11.1 Mujeeb Zadran to Balbirnie, FOUR Superb reverse sweep speeds to the backward point boundary
11.2 Mujeeb Zadran to Balbirnie, no run. Taken on the pad as he comes forward
11.3 Mujeeb Zadran to Balbirnie, 1 leg bye. Another risky run and it's Stirling who is lucky this time, great work by the keeper to gather the ball but his throw just misses
11.4 Mujeeb Zadran to Stirling, no run. Swept to short fine leg
11.5 Mujeeb Zadran to Stirling, FOUR This time the ball passes short fine leg, super sweep shot
12
End of over 12 (9 runs) Ireland 62-1
P Stirling 39* (32 balls, 7x4, 0x6) A Balbirnie 14* (21 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 33 in 6.3 overs
Mujeeb Zadran 6-0-25-1 Gulbadin Naib 3-1-12-0
Ireland need 116 runs to win in 38.0 overs.
11.6 Mujeeb Zadran to Stirling, no run. Slapped up to extra cover
7:29 PM Now it's Rashid time
12.2 Rashid Khan to Stirling, 1 run. And Stirling can do the same as he comes forward
12.1 Rashid Khan to Balbirnie, 1 run. Turned through mid-wicket
12.3 Rashid Khan to Balbirnie, no run. Beaten by the quick leg spinner
12.4 Rashid Khan to Balbirnie, no run. And again on the back foot
12.5 Rashid Khan to Balbirnie, 1 run. Forward and pushed up to long-off
13
End of over 13 (3 runs) Ireland 65-1
P Stirling 40* (34 balls, 7x4, 0x6) A Balbirnie 16* (25 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 36 in 7.3 overs
Rashid Khan 1-0-3-0 Mujeeb Zadran 6-0-25-1
Ireland need 113 runs to win in 37.0 overs.
12.6 Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run. Well forward and back to the bowler
7:33 PM No twin spin threat for now, Change of ends for Shapoor
13.1 Shapoor Zadran to Balbirnie, 1 run. Round the wicket and pulled with no great timing through mid-wicket
13.2 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, no run. Stays back and defends into the off side
7:35 PM No fielders outside the circle in front of the wicket, tempting Stirling to hit over the top
13.3 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, 1 run. Forward and stroked through point
13.4 Shapoor Zadran to Balbirnie, FOUR That was timed, super pull shot through mid-wicket
13.5 Shapoor Zadran to Balbirnie, 1 run. Forward and through point again, Javed on the boundary
14
End of over 14 (7 runs) Ireland 72-1
P Stirling 41* (37 balls, 7x4, 0x6) A Balbirnie 22* (28 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 43 in 8.3 overs
Shapoor Zadran 4-0-27-0 Rashid Khan 1-0-3-0
Ireland need 106 runs to win in 36.0 overs.
13.6 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, no run. Short ball which I think he tried to upper cut as he fell back but no contact
14.1 Rashid Khan to Balbirnie, no run. Pushed into the off side
14.2 Rashid Khan to Balbirnie, no run. Stays back and defends
14.3 Rashid Khan to Balbirnie, no run. Defends again
14.4 Rashid Khan to Balbirnie, 1 run. Forward and easily down to long-on
14.5 Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run. Taken on the pad but the googly is spinning away
15
End of over 15 (1 run) Ireland 73-1
P Stirling 41* (39 balls, 7x4, 0x6) A Balbirnie 23* (32 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 44 in 9.3 overs
Rashid Khan 2-0-4-0 Shapoor Zadran 4-0-27-0
Ireland need 105 runs to win in 35.0 overs.
14.6 Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run. Appeal for lbw and a catch at short leg but taken high on the pad, another googly
15.1 Shapoor Zadran to Balbirnie, no run. Defends from the crease to backward point
15.2 Shapoor Zadran to Balbirnie, 1 run. Chopped down to thirdman
15.3 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, WIDE Shappor not happy with that call for the short ball, Stirling misses with the hook shot
15.3 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, 1 run. Turned down to fine leg, Mujeeb
15.4 Shapoor Zadran to Balbirnie, FOUR Short ball, upper cut inches short of thirdman boundary
15.5 Shapoor Zadran to Balbirnie, 1 run. Pushed up through mid-wicket
16
End of over 16 (10 runs) Ireland 83-1
P Stirling 44* (41 balls, 7x4, 0x6) A Balbirnie 29* (36 balls, 3x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 54 in 10.3 overs
Shapoor Zadran 5-0-37-0 Rashid Khan 2-0-4-0
Ireland need 95 runs to win in 34.0 overs.
15.6 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, 2 runs. Just over the outstretched arm of mid-wicket and that is drinks
7:51 PM So Ireland continue to dominate this game, Balbirnie and Stirling already past the 50 partnership and Mujeeb and Rashid have bowled eight overs as Nabi comes into the attack
16.1 Mohammad Nabi to Balbirnie, no run. Forward and defends into the off side
16.2 Mohammad Nabi to Balbirnie, 1 run. Eased up to mid-on
16.3 Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, no run. Changed his shot there and defends
16.4 Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, 1 run. Down the pitch and down to long-on
16.5 Mohammad Nabi to Balbirnie, no run. Forward defensive
17
End of over 17 (3 runs) Ireland 86-1
P Stirling 45* (43 balls, 7x4, 0x6) A Balbirnie 31* (40 balls, 3x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 57 in 11.3 overs
Mohammad Nabi 1-0-3-0 Shapoor Zadran 5-0-37-0
Ireland need 92 runs to win in 33.0 overs.
16.6 Mohammad Nabi to Balbirnie, 1 run. Shorter and cut through point
7:54 PM Change of ends for Rashid as he replaces the expensive Shapoor
17.1 Rashid Khan to Balbirnie, no run. Hurries on and beaten outside off
17.2 Rashid Khan to Balbirnie, FOUR Super sweep shot takes Ireland past halfway to their target in the 18th over with just one wicket down
17.3 Rashid Khan to Balbirnie, no run. Off the back foot into the covers
17.4 Rashid Khan to Balbirnie, no run. Beaten by the leg spinner outside off
17.5 Rashid Khan to Balbirnie, no run. Gets an edge into the off side behind square
18
End of over 18 (4 runs) Ireland 90-1
A Balbirnie 35* (46 balls, 4x4, 0x6) P Stirling 45* (43 balls, 7x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 61 in 12.3 overs
Rashid Khan 3-0-8-0 Mohammad Nabi 1-0-3-0
Ireland need 88 runs to win in 32.0 overs.
17.6 Rashid Khan to Balbirnie, no run. Beaten again by the spinner, expecting the googly
18.1 Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, 1 run. Goes back and eased through mid-wicket
2
A Balbirnie st Shafiqullah b Mohammad Nabi 35 (47 balls, 4x4, 0x6) SR: 74.47
Partnership of 62 in 77 balls
Ireland 91-2 in 18.2 overs
18.2 Mohammad Nabi to Balbirnie, OUT - STUMPED! Rash shot, down the pitch and misses with big swing to leg
7:59 PM Almost getting too confident there
18.3 Mohammad Nabi to N O'Brien, no run. Lets it take him on the pad heading down leg
18.4 Mohammad Nabi to N O'Brien, no run. Forward defensive
18.5 Mohammad Nabi to N O'Brien, no run. Defends into the covers
19
End of over 19 (1 run) Ireland 91-2
N O'Brien 0* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 46* (44 balls, 7x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.4 overs
Mohammad Nabi 2-0-4-1 Rashid Khan 3-0-8-0
Ireland need 87 runs to win in 31.0 overs.
18.6 Mohammad Nabi to N O'Brien, no run. Defends into the leg side
8:01 PM At least O'Brien should be in a good mood after seeing Everton equalise against Liverpool
19.1 Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run. Forward and into the leg side
19.2 Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run. Beaten by the leg spinner as he comes forward
19.3 Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run. Defends into the off side
19.4 Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run. That's the googly, taken on the pad
19.5 Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run. Well forward and defends into the off side
20
End of over 20 (0 runs) Ireland 91-2
P Stirling 46* (50 balls, 7x4, 0x6) N O'Brien 0* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 1.4 overs
Rashid Khan 4-1-8-0 Mohammad Nabi 2-0-4-1
Ireland need 87 runs to win in 30.0 overs.
19.6 Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run. Probably left that leg spinner outside off
20.1 Mohammad Nabi to N O'Brien, no run. Pushed into the off side
20.2 Mohammad Nabi to N O'Brien, FOUR Picked the right ball there, down the pich and over mid-on, drops just inside the boundary
20.3 Mohammad Nabi to N O'Brien, no run. Off the back foot into the covers
20.4 Mohammad Nabi to N O'Brien, no run. Changed his mind and probably left that outside off
20.5 Mohammad Nabi to N O'Brien, no run. Turned into the leg side from the crease
21
End of over 21 (5 runs) Ireland 96-2
P Stirling 46* (50 balls, 7x4, 0x6) N O'Brien 5* (10 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 5 in 2.4 overs
Mohammad Nabi 3-0-9-1 Rashid Khan 4-1-8-0
Ireland need 82 runs to win in 29.0 overs.
20.6 Mohammad Nabi to N O'Brien, 1 run. Nudged round the corner
21.1 Rashid Khan to N O'Brien, no run. Beaten outside off
21.2 Rashid Khan to N O'Brien, no run. And another googly and beaten again
3
N O'Brien lbw b Rashid Khan 5 (13 balls, 1x4, 0x6) SR: 38.46
Partnership of 5 in 19 balls
Ireland 96-3 in 21.3 overs
21.3 Rashid Khan to N O'Brien, OUT - LBW! That's the leg spinner and umpire decides that would have hit leg stump
8:10 PM Big innings for Gary Wilson now
21.4 Rashid Khan to Wilson, 1 run. Gets bat on that and squeezed into the leg side
21.5 Rashid Khan to Stirling, 1 run. Forward and into the covers
22
End of over 22 (2 runs) Ireland 98-3
G Wilson 1* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 47* (51 balls, 7x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 2 in 0.3 overs
Rashid Khan 5-1-10-1 Mohammad Nabi 3-0-9-1
Ireland need 80 runs to win in 28.0 overs.
21.6 Rashid Khan to Wilson, no run. Forward defensive
22.1 Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, no run. Forward and turned to mid-wicket
22.2 Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, 1 run. Swept to long leg
22.3 Mohammad Nabi to Wilson, no run. Well forward in defence
22.4 Mohammad Nabi to Wilson, no run. Defends into the leg side
22.5 Mohammad Nabi to Wilson, no run. Forward defensive
23
End of over 23 (1 run) Ireland 99-3
G Wilson 1* (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 48* (53 balls, 7x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 3 in 1.3 overs
Mohammad Nabi 4-0-10-1 Rashid Khan 5-1-10-1
Ireland need 79 runs to win in 27.0 overs.
22.6 Mohammad Nabi to Wilson, no run. Can't beat mid-wicket
8:14 PM So Rashid taken out of the attack and replaced by Mujeeb
23.1 Mujeeb Zadran to Stirling, 1 run. Reverse sweep to the cover boundary
23.3 Mujeeb Zadran to Wilson, no run. Defends into the covers, Najibullah the 12th man for Nasir fields
23.2 Mujeeb Zadran to Wilson, no run. Back to the bowler
23.4 Mujeeb Zadran to Wilson, 1 run. Turned behind square
23.5 Mujeeb Zadran to Stirling, no run. Bottom edge to the sweep shot
24
End of over 24 (6 runs) Ireland 105-3
P Stirling 53* (56 balls, 8x4, 0x6) G Wilson 2* (9 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 9 in 2.3 overs
Mujeeb Zadran 7-0-31-1 Mohammad Nabi 4-0-10-1
Ireland need 73 runs to win in 26.0 overs.
23.6 Mujeeb Zadran to Stirling, FOUR But he gets bat on that swept very fine
8:17 PM And that's Stirling's 50, virtually no celebration. Work ahead
24.1 Mohammad Nabi to Wilson, no run. Pushed back up the on side, bowler fields
24.2 Mohammad Nabi to Wilson, 1 run. Swept to long leg
24.3 Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, no run. Turned to backward square
24.5 Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, 1 run. Sweep shot to long leg
24.4 Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, no run. Forward to mid-on
25
End of over 25 (6 runs) Ireland 111-3
G Wilson 3* (12 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 54* (59 balls, 8x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 15 in 3.3 overs
Mohammad Nabi 5-0-12-1 Mujeeb Zadran 7-0-31-1
Ireland need 67 runs to win in 25.0 overs.
24.6 Mohammad Nabi to Wilson, 4 byes. Misses with the reverse sweep but he fooled the keeper so all good!
25.1 Mujeeb Zadran to Stirling, no run. Sweep shot, of course, but misses
25.2 Mujeeb Zadran to Stirling, 1 run. This to long leg is a good contact
25.3 Mujeeb Zadran to Wilson, no run. Misses with the cut shot
25.4 Mujeeb Zadran to Wilson, no run. Forward and straight to mid-wicket
25.5 Mujeeb Zadran to Wilson, no run. Forward defensive into the off side
26
End of over 26 (1 run) Ireland 112-3
G Wilson 3* (16 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 55* (61 balls, 8x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 16 in 4.3 overs
Mujeeb Zadran 8-0-32-1 Mohammad Nabi 5-0-12-1
Ireland need 66 runs to win in 24.0 overs.
25.6 Mujeeb Zadran to Wilson, no run. Defends into the leg side
26.1 Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, no run. Squeezed into the leg side
26.2 Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, 1 run. Forward and easily to backward square
26.3 Mohammad Nabi to Wilson, no run. Forward to short mid-wicket
26.4 Mohammad Nabi to Wilson, no run. Forward but mistimed into the leg side
26.5 Mohammad Nabi to Wilson, 1 run. Cut away through point
27
End of over 27 (3 runs) Ireland 115-3
G Wilson 4* (19 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 57* (64 balls, 8x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 19 in 5.3 overs
Mohammad Nabi 6-0-15-1 Mujeeb Zadran 8-0-32-1
Ireland need 63 runs to win in 23.0 overs.
26.6 Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, 1 run. Forward and easily down to long-on
8:25 PM Just a one-over break for Rashid
27.1 Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run. Beaten by the leg spinner as he pushes forward
27.2 Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run. Forward and smothers the googly
27.3 Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run. Forward again and defends into the covers
27.4 Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run. And again
8:26 PM 2nd slip in
27.5 Rashid Khan to Stirling, WIDE Down leg
27.5 Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run. Big stride and defends down the pitch
28
End of over 28 (2 runs) Ireland 117-3
G Wilson 4* (19 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 58* (70 balls, 8x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 21 in 6.3 overs
Rashid Khan 6-1-12-1 Mohammad Nabi 6-0-15-1
Ireland need 61 runs to win in 22.0 overs.
27.6 Rashid Khan to Stirling, 1 run. Shorter so can wait and cut it away to thirdman as the towels and water come out
8:29 PM Big moment in the innings, Shapoor is back
8:31 PM Amazing by Rahmat, he seemed set to catch it, but left it and it has bounced inches over the boundary at long leg
28.1 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, SIX DROPPED Have to put it down as a chance but he didnt get a hand to it!
28.2 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, WIDE Short ball too high says the umpire
28.2 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, SIX No doubt about that one, pulled over square leg into the base of the fencing, six yards behind the rope
28.3 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, no run. Fuller and driven to mid-off
28.4 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, 1 run. Driven to the right of mid-off so takes the single
28.5 Shapoor Zadran to Wilson, no run. Short and steered to backward point
29
End of over 29 (14 runs) Ireland 131-3
G Wilson 4* (21 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 71* (74 balls, 8x4, 2x6)
Partnership of 35 in 7.3 overs
Shapoor Zadran 6-0-51-0 Rashid Khan 6-1-12-1
Ireland need 47 runs to win in 21.0 overs.
28.6 Shapoor Zadran to Wilson, no run. Forward and straight to cover
8:36 PM I said it was a big moment in the match and it has put Ireland within 47 runs of victory and Shapoor has conceded 51 runs from just six overs
29.1 Rashid Khan to Stirling, 1 run. Whipped down to long-on
29.2 Rashid Khan to Wilson, no run. Beaten by the leg spinner
29.3 Rashid Khan to Wilson, no run. Defends that one
29.4 Rashid Khan to Wilson, 2 runs. Excellent sweep shot and good work onthe boundary by Noor Ali at long leg
29.5 Rashid Khan to Wilson, no run. Pops up in the air but no close fielder in front
30
End of over 30 (3 runs) Ireland 134-3
G Wilson 6* (26 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 72* (75 balls, 8x4, 2x6)
Partnership of 38 in 8.3 overs
Rashid Khan 7-1-15-1 Shapoor Zadran 6-0-51-0
Ireland need 44 runs to win in 20.0 overs.
29.6 Rashid Khan to Wilson, no run. Misses the outside edge, just, as he pushes forward
8:39 PM Don't think we will see Shapoor again
30.1 Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, 1 run. Pushed into the off side
30.2 Mohammad Nabi to Wilson, 1 run. Forward and through mid-wicket
30.3 Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, FOUR Chopped away to thirdman for his 11th boundary
30.4 Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, no run. Big forward defensive
30.5 Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, no run. Late cut straight to backward point
31
End of over 31 (7 runs) Ireland 141-3
G Wilson 7* (27 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 78* (80 balls, 9x4, 2x6)
Partnership of 45 in 9.3 overs
Mohammad Nabi 7-0-22-1 Rashid Khan 7-1-15-1
Ireland need 37 runs to win in 19.0 overs.
30.6 Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, 1 run. Forward and easily into the gap at cover
31.1 Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run. Spins past the outside edge
31.2 Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run. And again
31.3 Rashid Khan to Stirling, 1 run. Gets to the pitch of that and pushed into the covers
31.4 Rashid Khan to Wilson, no run. Off the back foot into the covers
31.5 Rashid Khan to Wilson, no run. Happy to let that zip through outside off
32
End of over 32 (1 run) Ireland 142-3
G Wilson 7* (30 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 79* (83 balls, 9x4, 2x6)
Partnership of 46 in 10.3 overs
Rashid Khan 8-1-16-1 Mohammad Nabi 7-0-22-1
Ireland need 36 runs to win in 18.0 overs.
31.6 Rashid Khan to Wilson, no run. Pushed to backwward point as the towels and drinks come out on this stifling evening
32.2 Mohammad Nabi to Wilson, no run. Forward to mid-wicket
32.1 Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, 1 run. Pushed up to mid-on
32.3 Mohammad Nabi to Wilson, FOUR Very good reverse sweep to thirdman
32.4 Mohammad Nabi to Wilson, no run. Forward to the covers
4
G Wilson c sub () b Mohammad Nabi 11 (34 balls, 1x4, 0x6) SR: 32.35
Partnership of 51 in 68 balls
Ireland 147-4 in 32.5 overs
32.5 Mohammad Nabi to Wilson, OUT - CAUGHT! But that is chipped to short mid-wicket
33
End of over 33 (5 runs) Ireland 147-4
K O'Brien 0* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 80* (84 balls, 9x4, 2x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.1 overs
Mohammad Nabi 8-0-27-2 Rashid Khan 8-1-16-1
Ireland need 31 runs to win in 17.0 overs.
32.6 Mohammad Nabi to K O'Brien, no run. If he had left that he probably would have got a wide, played into the covers
8:50 PM Mujeeb back for his ninth over
33.1 Mujeeb Zadran to Stirling, no run. Swept to Nabi at short fine leg
33.2 Mujeeb Zadran to Stirling, 1 leg bye. Don't need to say what shot he missed with!
33.3 Mujeeb Zadran to K O'Brien, no run. Stays back and defends down the pitch
33.4 Mujeeb Zadran to K O'Brien, no run. Off the back foot into the covers
33.5 Mujeeb Zadran to K O'Brien, no run. Pushed into the covers again
34
End of over 34 (1 run) Ireland 148-4
K O'Brien 0* (5 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 80* (86 balls, 9x4, 2x6)
Partnership of 1 in 1.1 overs
Mujeeb Zadran 9-1-32-1 Mohammad Nabi 8-0-27-2
Ireland need 30 runs to win in 16.0 overs.
33.6 Mujeeb Zadran to K O'Brien, no run. Squeezed out short just of slip
34.1 Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, 1 run. Quicker ball outside leg, poked to mid-wicket
34.2 Mohammad Nabi to K O'Brien, no run. Missed out there, short outside off but straight to cover
34.3 Mohammad Nabi to K O'Brien, no run. Forward defensive
34.4 Mohammad Nabi to K O'Brien, no run. Chipped into the leg side but well short of square leg
34.5 Mohammad Nabi to K O'Brien, no run. Forward defensive
35
End of over 35 (1 run) Ireland 149-4
K O'Brien 0* (10 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 81* (87 balls, 9x4, 2x6)
Partnership of 2 in 2.1 overs
Mohammad Nabi 9-0-28-2 Mujeeb Zadran 9-1-32-1
Ireland need 29 runs to win in 15.0 overs.
34.6 Mohammad Nabi to K O'Brien, no run. Defends to short mid-wicket
8:55 PM Stanikzai IS going back to Shapoor
35.1 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, no run. Banged in and pushed to backward point
35.2 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, no run. Gives himself room but misses short ball outside off
35.3 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, FOUR But there's the pull shot and the boundary to long leg
35.4 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, SIX And an even bigger one clears long leg and takes Stirling into the 90s - AGAIN
35.5 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, SIX And another sails out of the ground at backward point to take him to 97
36
End of over 36 (20 runs) Ireland 169-4
P Stirling 101* (93 balls, 11x4, 4x6) K O'Brien 0* (10 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 22 in 3.1 overs
Shapoor Zadran 7-0-71-0 Mohammad Nabi 9-0-28-2
Ireland need 9 runs to win in 14.0 overs.
35.6 Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, FOUR HE'S DONE IT. Pulled through mid-wicket and Stirling has, at the third attempt this year gone through the 90s to bring up his 100. Wonderful, wonderful innings
9:01 PM Meantime Ireland need just 9 to win
36.1 Mohammad Nabi to K O'Brien, no run. Defends into the covers
36.2 Rashid to K O'Brien, 1 run. Pushed into the off side
9:02 PM It's RAshid into the attack
36.5 Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run. Straight to cover
36.4 Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run.
36.3 Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run.
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End of over 37 (1 run) Ireland 170-5
K O'Brien 1* (12 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.0 overs
Rashid Khan 9-1-17-2 Shapoor Zadran 7-0-71-0
Ireland need 8 runs to win in 13.0 overs.
5
P Stirling lbw b Rashid Khan 101 (97 balls, 11x4, 4x6) SR: 104.12
Partnership of 23 in 25 balls
Ireland 170-5 in 37.0 overs
36.6 Rashid Khan to Stirling, OUT - LBW! Looks like Stirling has got another howler, pushes forward and takes him actually above the pad as it spins back
9:04 PM Standing ovation from the Afghans and at least the howler came on 101, not 95
37.1 Mujeeb Zadran to K O'Brien, no run. Beaten outside off
37.2 Mujeeb Zadran to K O'Brien, no run. And again as he pushes forward
37.3 Mujeeb Zadran to K O'Brien, FOUR Nudged away and it runs away to the thirdman boundary
9:06 PM 4 to win
37.4 Mujeeb Zadran to K O'Brien, 1 run. Cut away to deep backward point
37.5 Mujeeb Zadran to Poynter, 1 run. Confidently turned behind square
38
End of over 38 (10 runs) Ireland 180-5
K O'Brien 10* (17 balls, 2x4, 0x6) S Poynter 1* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 10 in 1.0 overs
Mujeeb Zadran 10-1-42-1 Rashid Khan 9-1-17-2
37.6 Mujeeb Zadran to K O'Brien, FOUR Swept fine and IRELAND WIN
9:09 PM Ireland win the series 2-1 and the only pity was that Paul Stirling was not there at the end - he certainly deserved it but it was Kevin O'Brien who hit the winning runs to complete the Ireland comeback and prove that first game batting effort was just an aberration.
9:10 PM Mujeeb and Rashid bowled 19 overs and took three for 59 but it was Shapoor who was the most expensive bowler who Stanikzai insisted on Ireland - and particularly Stirling - kept hitting him to the boundary
9:12 PM Dockrell the first player to be interviewed on the edge of the boundary and he says he was more attacking today than in the first two games when he had to to defensive and delighted to get the four wickets. Now we continue preparation for the World Cup qualifiers and we are happy where we are it and this series win will give us a lot of confidence
9:14 PM The presentation area being set up for the official post match interviews and despite George's four wickets there can be only one man of the match winner today.
9:16 PM It is Stirling's 10th hundred for Ireland and sixth in ODIs and it will be great to hear him speak after the match
9:25 PM Players have finally emerged for the presentation, and there is a sparkling trophy so all the players are out there not just the captains and MoM
9:26 PM Losing captain first
9:28 PM He starts by saying Congratulations to the Ireland team but I'm afraid still talks too quickly for me to understand. Think he finished by saying we will do our best in Zimmbabwe and then in his native tongue speaks to the Afghan fans and gets a round of applause
9:29 PM Man of the match next - the centurion, Paul Stirling who gets a cheque for $2,000
9:29 PM He also gets another $3000 for being named man of the series. His second one of the year against Afghanistan. Loves playing them
9:30 PM He says the money will be put back into the team fund and go for a few bevvies!
9:31 PM Stirling - We went back and did our homework after the first game after facing Mujeeb and great to win the next two games. We would have taken 178 to chase all day long and the bowlers did brilliantly.
9:32 PM Now Porterfield, the winning captain and $5000 more for the team
9:33 PM All credit to the lads for coming back after the first game. Great knock by Stirlo and he set us up in the second match as well and did it in the last series against Afghanistan Bowlers have to take a massive pat on the pack to restrict them to a below par total. It has been another closely fought series and great to come out on the winning side this time, says Porterfield
9:34 PM Porterfield gets the trophy and the players step forward "to enjoy the moment" and the pictures being taken, on the manager's phone and a couple of TV cameras
9:36 PM So what a way to finish the year. John Bracewell started with a win against the UAE in June 2015 and ends his two and a half year reign with a win IN the UAE, against Afghanistan. Suddenly qualification for the World Cup doesn't seem so far away!
9:38 PM Plenty of matches for the Ireland squad before the tournament in Zimbabwe in March - next up are three or four ODIs back here, in Dubai actually, next month dates and fixtures still to be officially confirmed. But it promises to be a great year. I have just been signalled down to the press conference so for the final time in 2017 it's goodbye from the commentary box and great to finish with an Ireland win