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We need more match-winners: Ford We need more match-winners: Ford ZZZZ10:23 amZZZZ
Ireland coach Graham Ford has accepted there are limitations in certain areas of his squad and a greater strength in depth is required if they are to compete at the highest level.
Porterfield sums it up Porterfield sums it up ZZZZ2:06 amZZZZ
Ireland must be more ruthless when they get first use of a slow pitch in forthcoming Test matches - so said William Porterfield after his side's seven wickets defeat by Afghanistan in Dehradun.
Afghanistan's star still on the rise Afghanistan's star still on the rise ZZZZ3:40 amZZZZ
Afghanistan duly eased to their first Test victory here yesterday, their seven-wicket win over Ireland another landmark on a remarkable sporting journey.
Unlike most lands where cricket was a legacy of British rule, Afghans only picked up the sport in the refugee camps of Pakistan in the 1990s and their rise since has been rapid.
No dramas as Afghanistan ease to victory No dramas as Afghanistan ease to victory ZZZZ3:01 amZZZZ
William Porterfield could only look back on what might have been after Afghanistan eased to a seven-wicket victory over Ireland to record their first Test win on a drama-free fourth morning in Dehradun, north-east India.
Porterfield laments first innings failure as Afghanistan win Porterfield laments first innings failure as Afghanistan win ZZZZ1:05 amZZZZ
Ireland skipper William Porterfield reflected on his side's seven wicket loss, ruing their abject batting display in the first innings.
No St. Patrick's Day miracle this time No St. Patrick's Day miracle this time ZZZZ11:00 pmZZZZ
There was to be no St Patrick’s Day miracle for Ireland but they have taken their first overseas Test match into a fourth day.
Umpiring decisions cut Ireland short Umpiring decisions cut Ireland short ZZZZ10:07 pmZZZZ
Andy Balbirnie and Kevin O’Brien battled to half-centuries on a slow, wearing pitch as Ireland gave themselves a sniff of victory by setting Afghanistan a tricky 147 to win in the one-off Test.
Ireland battle but Afghans in control Ireland battle but Afghans in control ZZZZ9:17 pmZZZZ
That St Patrick’s Day 2007 win over Pakistan in Jamaica is half a world from this north Indian venue, but a similar feat of grit and passion will be required to secure a victory over Afghanistan.
Murtagh gives Ireland lifeline Murtagh gives Ireland lifeline ZZZZ8:36 pmZZZZ
Tim Murtagh delivered the best innings of his long career in north-east India, striking an unbeaten half-century to give Ireland a toehold in their one-off Test match against Afghanistan after the embarrassment of a shambolic collapse.
Batting horror show on Day 1 Batting horror show on Day 1 ZZZZ8:08 amZZZZ
It could not have started any better for Ireland with William Porterfield winning the toss but three balls after lunch Ireland were 69-8 and their first overseas Test match was turning into a nightmare.
Dehradun Day 1 Dehradun Day 1 ZZZZ5:20 amZZZZ
It’s been eight years and more than 200 innings since Tim Murtagh scored his last fifty in any form of cricket, but yesterday he picked his moment to show why he was once known as the Lambeth Lara.
McCollum 'A dream come true' McCollum 'A dream come true' ZZZZ9:09 amZZZZ
James McCollum was due to make his Test debut against Afghanistan in Dehradun this morning, the climax of a meteoric rise by the 23-year-old Waringstown batsman and a “dream come true”.
Underdogs Ireland ready to make history Underdogs Ireland ready to make history ZZZZ6:24 amZZZZ
TEN months after their first Test match in Malahide, the Ireland squad chalk up another milestone when they play their first overseas, against Afghanistan in their new home of Dehradun, in the north east of India.
Knights duo set for Test debuts Knights duo set for Test debuts ZZZZ5:26 amZZZZ
The Northern Knights duo of James Cameron-Dow and James McCollum are both set to feature in Ireland's first overseas Test which gets under way on Friday morning against Afghanistan in India.
Lessons learned for Ireland Lessons learned for Ireland ZZZZ12:44 amZZZZ
Ireland's next one-day international will be against England at Malahide in 51 days' time but the encouragement of a 2-2 series draw is unlikely to have any bearing on the game against Eoin Morgan's World No.1 side.
Ireland consistently inconsistent Ireland consistently inconsistent ZZZZ12:25 amZZZZ
YOU just never know what you are going to get from this Ireland side. They followed their worst batting performance of the tour with one of the best for a five-wicket win which left the five-match series against Afghanistan all square at 2-2 with one abandoned.
Ireland square series Ireland square series ZZZZ11:52 pmZZZZ
ANDY BALBIRNIE and Paul Stirling scored half-centuries to make a tricky run chase look simple in Dehradun yesterday as Ireland notched a five-wicket victory over hosts Afghanistan to claim a 2-2 draw in the one-day international series in north-east India.
Rankin expecting tough test against Afghanistan Rankin expecting tough test against Afghanistan ZZZZ8:49 pmZZZZ
BOYD Rankin is still Ireland’s most experienced Test cricketer but on Friday he will be will making his first class debut in India.
All square in Dehradun All square in Dehradun ZZZZ11:15 amZZZZ
Ireland claimed a five wicket victory and with it a share of the series as Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie mastered the masters of spin chasing down their target with 16 balls to spare after their four man spin attack had restricted Afghanistan to a total of 216.
Testing times ahead for Ireland Testing times ahead for Ireland ZZZZ8:41 pmZZZZ
But both sides can be forgiven if they are already thinking ahead to the first Test match between the nations, beginning here in Dehradun on Friday.
Ireland defeat means a must win game Ireland defeat means a must win game ZZZZ5:18 amZZZZ
Ireland must win the last game of the one-day international series against Afghanistan tomorrow to avoid a 3-1 defeat after a careless batting display condemned them to a 109 runs defeat yesterday.
Ireland capitulate in fourth ODI Ireland capitulate in fourth ODI ZZZZ12:01 pmZZZZ
Ireland slumped to a hugely disappointing defeat by 109 runs, bowled out inside 36 overs having let Afghanistan off the hook earlier in the day..
200 and still counting 200 and still counting ZZZZ8:29 amZZZZ
Captain William Porterfield led the tributes to George Dockrell as he prepared to become the eighth international to play 200 games for Ireland.
200 up for Dockrell 200 up for Dockrell ZZZZ8:02 pmZZZZ
GEORGE DOCKRELL will win his 200th cap in Dehradun, north-east India, today and will be looking to make another telling all-round contribution as Ireland take on Afghanistan with their one-day international series tied at 1-1 with two games to play.
Back to winning ways Back to winning ways ZZZZ12:45 amZZZZ
Six matches and 15 days after arriving in India, Ireland have finally broken their duck with one of their unsung heroes steering his side to victory in the third one-day international against Afghanistan.
Balbirnie sweeps Ireland to against the odds victory Balbirnie sweeps Ireland to against the odds victory ZZZZ11:01 pmZZZZ
ANDY BALBIRNIE struck a stunning unbeaten century in Dehradun to steer Ireland to a superb four-wicket victory over Afghanistan that levelled the one-day international series at 1-1 with two matches to play.
Centurion Balbirnie squares it Centurion Balbirnie squares it ZZZZ5:53 amZZZZ
A brilliant 145 not out from Andrew Balbirnie and a half century from George Dockrell sees Ireland to a victory that ties the series.
Porterfield insists Ireland moving in right direction Porterfield insists Ireland moving in right direction ZZZZ8:00 pmZZZZ
Although their batsmen have still to prove themselves against the world class spin attack they are facing in this series, captain William Porterfield believes Ireland are in a “decent space and going in the right direction in the series”.
O'Brien denied chance to repeat heroics O'Brien denied chance to repeat heroics ZZZZ11:50 pmZZZZ
On the anniversary of Ireland’s greatest victory, Kevin O’Brien was denied the opportunity of repeating his Bangalore heroics in the 2011 World Cup against England when rain ended the second one-day international against Afghanistan in Dehradrun before the tourists had a chance to bat.
Second ODI abandoned Second ODI abandoned ZZZZ11:13 pmZZZZ
Rain ruined the second ODI between Ireland and Afghanistan with the contest intriguingly poised after the visitors attack fought back after a strong start by the hosts.
No way back from nightmare start No way back from nightmare start ZZZZ9:23 amZZZZ
Ireland failed to recover from a nightmare start and duly went one down in the five-match one-day international series against Afghanistan in Dehradun.
Stirling effort but Ireland well beaten by Afghanistan Stirling effort but Ireland well beaten by Afghanistan ZZZZ11:33 pmZZZZ
PAUL STIRLING opened the innings and was last out in Dehradun but his top score of 89 on a painfully slow pitch was not enough to prevent Afghanistan taking the first of a five-match one-day international series in north-east India by a five-wicket margin.
McCollum tipped to make debut McCollum tipped to make debut ZZZZ11:22 pmZZZZ
James McCollum is set to make his Ireland debut tomorrow when Ireland begin their five match one-day international series against Afghanistan in Dehradun.
With the retirements of Ed Joyce and Niall O’Brien last year, the 23-year-old Waringstown batsman seems the perfect fit for the No 4 role in the team.
Ireland in danger of missing out on T20 World Cup Ireland in danger of missing out on T20 World Cup ZZZZ10:42 pmZZZZ
Paul Stirling accepts that Ireland must improve in Twenty20 cricket if they are to have any chance of qualifying for the World Twenty20 Cup in Australia next year.
It's 10 out of 10 for Khan It's 10 out of 10 for Khan ZZZZ12:58 amZZZZ
It really is an unfair contest when Ireland face Rashid Khan as the world's No 1 spinner made Afghanistan's 3-0 Twenty20 series victory a formality with another remarkable four-over spell.
O'Brien upbeat despite series whitewash O'Brien upbeat despite series whitewash ZZZZ1:27 amZZZZ
The last few days have brought mixed fortunes for Kevin O’Brien - his recent personal achievements in the T20I against Afghanistan have been balanced by the team's defeat in all three matches. However the 34-year old Dubliner is in a contemplative yet optimistic mood.
Khan the Man Khan the Man ZZZZ6:37 amZZZZ
There was no redemption for Ireland as Afghanistan made it ten in a row with a 32 run victory that was always on the cards after they had posted a first innings total of 210. A brilliant 81 from Mohammad Nabi and a 5 wicket spell including a hat-trick from Khan ensured a clean sweep in the T20 fixtures.
On any other day On any other day ZZZZ5:50 amZZZZ
A record breaking opening partnership by Afghanistan which built into a record breaking total ensured that the match was all but decided long before the Ireland openers took to the crease and despite a century partnership from Stirling and O'Brien the result was never in doubt.
New venue, familiar result New venue, familiar result ZZZZ9:26 amZZZZ
A new venue but a familiar result for Ireland. The positive is, at least, they are getting closer.
For the first time in an eight-match losing run against Afghanistan in Twenty20 cricket, the game went to the last over but, defending a below-par 133 - although Ireland took five wickets for 50 - they could not make another breakthrough.
Ireland battle but Afghans win Ireland battle but Afghans win ZZZZ1:30 amZZZZ
STUART POYNTER continued his form with the bat and Boyd Rankin grabbed two wickets in an over but it wasn’t enough to upset the odds as Afghanistan beat Ireland by five wickets in Dehradun to record an eighth straight T20i victory over the Boys in Green.
The wait goes on The wait goes on ZZZZ6:36 amZZZZ
Ireland's wait to break Afghanistan's winning sequence against them in T20s goes on as Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran steer their side home with an 86 run unbeaten partnership for the sixth wicket as they chased down Ireland's 132 with 4 balls to spare.
Tough task ahead admits Stirling Tough task ahead admits Stirling ZZZZ5:15 amZZZZ
Paul Stirling admits the next three games against Afghanistan will be a huge step up in class for an Ireland side still struggling to find a winning formula in Twenty20 cricket.
Underdogs Ireland look to reverse recent history Underdogs Ireland look to reverse recent history ZZZZ1:52 amZZZZ
Ireland will look to reverse the recent history between them and Afghanistan when their three match T20I series gets underway in India on Thursday.
Old Man Balbirnie feeling hip Old Man Balbirnie feeling hip ZZZZ1:17 amZZZZ
Ireland arrived in India ahead of a nine-match series against Afghanistan starting on Thursday. Top-order batter Andrew Balbirnie spoke about the Oman series, Stuart Poynter’s six and feeling old.
Shannon ruled out of Afghanistan series Shannon ruled out of Afghanistan series ZZZZ10:43 amZZZZ
JAMES Shannon will not be joining up with the Ireland squad in India as he still has not recovered from the shoulder injury sustained on the Ireland Wolves tour last month.
Poynter swings it for Ireland Poynter swings it for Ireland ZZZZ10:28 pmZZZZ
STUART POYNTER produced a dream ending to the Oman T20i quadrangular tournament for Ireland with a mighty last-ball six to mid-wicket that saw the Boys in Green snatch a thrilling one-wicket victory over the Netherlands in Muscat.
Cool Poynter delivers for Ireland Cool Poynter delivers for Ireland ZZZZ9:11 pmZZZZ
STUART Poynter was the coolest man in the ground after he hit the last ball for six to give Ireland their second victory of the tournament in Oman. The bowler, Paul van Meekeren, lay prostrate on the ground in disbelief.
Miracle in Muscat as Poynter hits six off last ball to win match Miracle in Muscat as Poynter hits six off last ball to win match ZZZZ2:36 amZZZZ
Ireland’s wicket-keeper Stuart Poynter struck a miraculous six over mid-wicket off the last ball as Ireland won its final encounter of the T20I Quadrangular Tournament against Netherlands.
Scots cruise to victory in Oman Scots cruise to victory in Oman ZZZZ9:55 amZZZZ
Even a record opening stand of 115 between Paul Stirling and Kevin O'Brien was not enough to prevent Ireland falling to defeat by Scotland as the Scots replied with a century opening stand of their own in just 8.1 overs, enabling them to coast to a six-wicket win with nine balls to spare.
Scotland pummel Ireland despite record stand Scotland pummel Ireland despite record stand ZZZZ9:31 pmZZZZ
KEVIN O’BRIEN and Paul Stirling shared a record stand for Ireland in T20 internationals in Muscat but it wasn’t enough to stop Scotland easing to a six-wicket victory that leaves the old rivals level on one win each after two games of the quadrangular tournament.
Scots Wha Hae Scots Wha Hae ZZZZ1:35 amZZZZ
Ireland post record breaking first wicket partnership but to no avail as Scotland ease their way to a six wicket victory after their own breakneck start.
Bigfoot Rankin staying cool Bigfoot Rankin staying cool ZZZZ1:18 amZZZZ
Boyd Rankin is one of Ireland’s lynchpin bowlers, and who will play a pivotal role across all three formats of the game over the next six weeks.
Ireland win Oman opener Ireland win Oman opener ZZZZ10:58 pmZZZZ
PAUL STIRLING led from the front with a hard-hitting top score of 71 as Ireland opened their T20 quadrangular campaign with a 15-run victory over hosts Oman in Muscat but the win was by no means straightforward.
Stirling shines and Singh settles it Stirling shines and Singh settles it ZZZZ6:11 amZZZZ
Captain Paul Stirling blasted 71 while Simi Singh claimed 3 wickets in an over as Ireland claimed a 15-run win over Oman in their first match of the T20I Quadrangular Tournament in Oman.
Stirling gets off to winning start Stirling gets off to winning start ZZZZ1:13 amZZZZ
ON the day that he became Ireland’s leading run-scorer in Twenty20 cricket, Paul Stirling won his first competitive match as Ireland captain.
Now it gets serious Now it gets serious ZZZZ5:43 amZZZZ
After two warm-up games against an Oman Development XI, Ireland play their first competitive match of the year tomorrow (9.45am GMT) against the senior Oman side, the opening match of a Twenty20 Quadrangular tournament in Al Amarat.
Ireland hope for new dawn in T20 cricket Ireland hope for new dawn in T20 cricket ZZZZ1:46 amZZZZ
On the eve of the first match of the Quadrangular T20 tournament in Oman, Head Coach Graham Ford and Captain Paul Stirling discuss Ireland’s preparations, the challenge in Oman and the squads future focus.
Sandeep Smash and Grab Sandeep Smash and Grab ZZZZ10:08 amZZZZ
The Oman Development XI made it two wins out of two against Ireland, Sandeep Goud's 29 ball 55* trumping Paul Stirling's 78 off 48 in the Ireland innings and seeing the hosts over the line in the final over.
Familiar failings for Ireland in T20 loss Familiar failings for Ireland in T20 loss ZZZZ5:04 amZZZZ
A new year but a familiar story for Ireland in Twenty20 cricket. Yes, it was the first couple of games after more than five months off but against the weakest opposition they will face all year, Ireland have lost both matches.
Scale of Ford's task clear after defeat. Scale of Ford's task clear after defeat. ZZZZ5:13 amZZZZ
If Ireland coach Graham Ford had any illusions about the scale of the task facing him in rebuilding the T20 side, he won’t have now. His new-look side, captained by Paul Stirling, yesterday went down to a four-wicket defeat to the Oman Development XI in Muscat.
Ireland fail to fire in warm-up Ireland fail to fire in warm-up ZZZZ3:00 amZZZZ
Ireland's tour to Oman got off to the worst possible start as they went down to an Oman Development XI by 4 wickets.
Worrying times for Ireland after Omani embarrassment Worrying times for Ireland after Omani embarrassment ZZZZ2:38 amZZZZ
IRELAND have much work ahead after an unconvincing return to action when an Oman Development XI won a Twenty20 game in Al Amerat by four wickets with 28 balls to spare.
Ireland set off on historic tour Ireland set off on historic tour ZZZZ12:32 amZZZZ
Ireland flew out from Dublin to compete in a Quadrangular tournament in Oman in February, and play a nine-match, multi-format series against Afghanistan in India. Three players spoke about the tour challenge ahead.
Squads named for Oman and Indian trips Squads named for Oman and Indian trips ZZZZ8:25 amZZZZ
Paul Stirling is the surprise choice as captain for the upcoming Twenty20 quadrangular tournament and the three T20 internationals which start the tour to India for the nine-match series against Afghanistan.
Stirling steps up as Wolves’ appetites earn rewards Stirling steps up as Wolves’ appetites earn rewards ZZZZ4:02 amZZZZ
Performances by some of Ireland’s Wolves have earned them promotion to the Senior squads announced for the Quadrangular-series in Oman and the Afghanistan matches in India in February/March with Lorcan Tucker named in all four squads.
Change of dates for Ireland v Afghanistan series Change of dates for Ireland v Afghanistan series ZZZZ2:32 amZZZZ
Cricket Ireland has confirmed revised match dates for the upcoming Ireland v Afghanistan series to be played in India.