Afghanistan v Ireland
Greater Noida, 10 March 2020
AIB T20 Tri-Series
Result Ireland win by 1 wicket in Super Over.
Toss Ireland
Last update 12:28 PM Local Time
Commentator Barry Chambers
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12:28 PM We will have match reports later, so check back then. We hope you have enjoyed the coverage. From me, Barry Chambers and the CricketEurope team, good-bye and enjoy the rest of your Tuesday.
12:27 PM We will know his deputy soon enough. Heard a few names mentioned and one HUGE name who didn't even get an interview. We are obviously an attractive proposition.
12:27 PM Good luck in the IPL. Still think we have made a big mistake by losing him. He'll be hard to replace.
12:26 PM Rob Cassell signs off his stint with Ireland in great fashion claiming a win. He can be justifiably proud of his time here.
12:25 PM Ireland in action next month with six-match series in Zimbabwe - 3 ODI's and 3T20I's.
12:24 PM Great game of cricket and Ireland come out the right side of the result despite the late drama. Six by KOB cleared the despairing dive at long off. Really enjoyable game and always nice to get the win. Feels like a Friday but it's Tuesday!
12:20 PM Who will get the MOM Award? We will find out shortly. I'd give it to Gareth Delany.
12:19 PM Well done Rob Cassell and co.
12:19 PM Ireland are still a work in progress but much to be encouraged about in the format.
12:18 PM Incredible win by Ireland who looked dead and buried but showed remarkable character to bounce back.
12:18 PM What a game of cricket. The seven year wait is over.
12:17 PM YES!
12:17 PM 0.6 Rashid to O'Brien: BOOM! SIX! Ireland win.
12:17 PM Rules recently changed so if it's a 2 it's another super over.
12:16 PM 3 to win. 2 to tie.
12:16 PM 0.5 Rashid to Tector: 1 run. Pulled to deep square.
12:16 PM 4 needed off 2 balls.
12:16 PM Got his foot down. Should be not out.
12:15 PM 0.4 Rashid to Tector: Review for a stumping.
12:14 PM 4 needed off 3 balls. Tector in. A wicket and Ireland lose.
12:14 PM 0.3 Rashid to Stirling: OUT LBW. Given. Looked out at first glance but replay shows it might be down leg. Tough.
12:13 PM 0.2 Rashid to Stirling: 4 runs. Smashed to long on. Just 4 needed from four balls.
12:12 PM IRELAND SUPER OVER (9 required) 0.1 Rashid to O'Brien: 1 run. In the air but drops short,
12:11 PM As we expected, Rashid to bowl.
12:10 PM Old firm of KOB and Paul Stirling on their way.
12:10 PM Still waiting on the Irish batsmen. KOB padded up as is Harry Tector and Paul Stirling.
12:08 PM 9 the target. You would fancy Ireland here. Let us hope it doesn't all depend on that last decision.
12:07 PM Surely it will be Rashid for Afghanistan.
12:07 PM So two runs and Afghans have made 8 runs.
12:06 PM It was probably out but could be hard to give from the pictures.
12:05 PM Third umpire still checking.
12:05 PM Sort of between frames.
12:04 PM 0.6 Young to Gurbaz. Looking at a run out for either 1 or 2. It's tight.
12:03 PM 0.5 Young to Nabi. 1 run. Mistimed to deep midwicket.
12:02 PM 0.4 Young to Nabi. 2 runs. Short ball and pulled to deep square.
12:01 PM Gurbaz and Nabi for Afghans. Young to bowl for Ireland. SUPER OVER 0.1 Young to Gurbaz. Single. Mistimed outside off. 0.2 Young to Nabi. 1 run. Full ball to midwicket. 0.3 Young to Gurbaz 1 run. Went acrooss his crease but only to short fine leg. 3-0 after 3 balls.
11:57 AM Two year old Caitlin not impressed. I'm not looking at the wife. She doesn't really care about super overs. Turnovers more her thing,
11:57 AM My chicken fajitas will have to wait a while longer.
11:56 AM Know soon enough. Been a long day!
11:56 AM Great credit to Ireland. They did really well to get so, so close. They still have a chance but you get the feeling it's Afghanistan. Again....
11:55 AM We will now soon enough.
11:55 AM Who will it be to bat and bowl for Ireland? KOB and Stirling I guess with the skipper? Who would you bowl? Young? McCarthy? A spinner?
11:53 AM So it's Rashid with the bat who takes it to a super over.
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End of over 20 (15 runs) Afghanistan 142-7
Rashid Khan 14* (6 balls, 1x4, 1x6) Qais Ahmed 0* (0 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 12 in 0.3 overs
Little 4-0-33-1 Young 4-0-29-1
Afghanistan need 1 runs to win in 0.0 overs.
19.6 Little to Rashid, FOUR Oh no. Outsdie off and he just beats despairing dive of Singh.
11:52 AM Four means super over. Six for the win.
19.5 Little to Rashid, WIDE Outside off again.
11:50 AM Six needed off 2 balls
19.4 Little to Rashid, SIX BOOM! Pitched up and smashed away over long on. That went a long way
19.4 Little to Rashid, WIDE Way outsdie off stump.
11:49 AM Three balls left and 13 needed.
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Asghar Afghan c Balbirnie b Little 32 (30 balls, 2x4, 1x6) SR: 106.67
Partnership of 6 in 5 balls
Afghanistan 130-7 in 19.3 overs
19.3 Little to Asghar, OUT - CAUGHT! Yes! Easy catch as ball is lofted tamely to mid off.
19.2 Little to Asghar, 2 runs. DROPPED! Mix up and Balbirnie and Getkate collide and the ball is spilled.
19.1 Little to Rashid, 1 run. Outside off and hit to the sweeper.
11:46 AM Josh Little to bowl the final over. Left armer going around the wicket
11:45 AM 16 needed off 6. Ireland on the verge of ending the seven year losing streak.
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End of over 19 (6 runs) Afghanistan 127-6
Asghar Afghan 30* (28 balls, 2x4, 1x6) Rashid Khan 3* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 3 in 0.2 overs
Young 4-0-29-1 Little 3-0-18-0
Afghanistan need 16 runs to win in 1.0 overs.
18.6 Young to Rashid, 1 run. To long on.
18.5 Young to Rashid, 2 runs. In the air but just out of reach as Delany cjased back.
11:43 AM Rashid has beaten Ireland many times with the ball. He's now in to bat.
11:43 AM Ireland are now clear favourites. How this game has swung around.
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Gulbadin Naib bowled Young 10 (11 balls, 1x4, 0x6) SR: 90.91
Partnership of 24 in 23 balls
Afghanistan 124-6 in 18.4 overs
18.4 Young to Gulbadin, OUT - BOWLED! Middle stump knocked back as he misses with ugly heave across the line.
11:42 AM Boundaries have dried up.
18.3 Young to Asghar, 1 run. Hit to long on.
18.2 Young to Gulbadin, 1 run. Slogged to cow corner.
18.1 Young to Asghar, 1 run. In the air to the cover sweeper.
11:40 AM Anyone's game. Ireland have battled superbly to try and defend this lowish total.
11:39 AM 22 needed off 12 balls.
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End of over 18 (8 runs) Afghanistan 121-5
Gulbadin Naib 9* (9 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Asghar Afghan 28* (26 balls, 2x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 21 in 3.1 overs
Little 3-0-18-0 Young 3-0-23-0
Afghanistan need 22 runs to win in 2.0 overs.
17.6 Little to Gulbadin, no run. Beats him outside off.
17.6 Little to Gulbadin, WIDE On the tramline again but doesn't get this one from the umpire.
17.5 Little to Asghar, 1 run. Mistimed to cover.
17.4 Little to Asghar, no run. Yorker just shaves the off side tramline. Very close.
17.3 Little to Asghar, no run. Round the wicket and hit tamely to cover.
11:36 AM No overtime for a super over. Come on Ireland.
11:36 AM Would interfere with my dinner plans.
11:35 AM How would a super over go?
17.2 Little to Gulbadin, 1 run. Slower ball hit out to deep midwicket.
17.2 Little to Gulbadin, WIDE Way down leg and signalled.
17.1 Little to Gulbadin, FOUR Gives him width and slashed through point
11:34 AM Josh Little to bowl.
11:34 AM Balbirnie and Stirling in deep conversation.
11:33 AM 30 needed off last three overs. Could this be the time that the hoodoo finally ends?
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End of over 17 (8 runs) Afghanistan 113-5
Asghar Afghan 27* (23 balls, 2x4, 1x6) Gulbadin Naib 4* (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 13 in 2.1 overs
Young 3-0-23-0 McCarthy 4-0-21-1
Afghanistan need 30 runs to win in 3.0 overs.
16.6 Young to Gulbadin, 1 run. Punched to long off.
16.5 Young to Asghar, 1 run. To midwicket. Struggling with his timing.
16.4 Young to Asghar, no run. Hit on the pad.
16.3 Young to Asghar, FOUR DROPPED! Awful effort by Shane Getkate at deep square who drops it and it goes over the boundary. Oh my dear.
16.2 Young to Gulbadin, 1 leg bye. Half appeal. Looked close to me.
16.1 Young to Asghar, 1 run. To square leg
11:29 AM This one in the balance now with 38 needed off 24 balls. Excellent figures by McCarthy who finishes with 1-21.
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End of over 16 (4 runs) Afghanistan 105-5
Gulbadin Naib 3* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Asghar Afghan 21* (19 balls, 1x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 5 in 1.1 overs
McCarthy 4-0-21-1 Singh 4-0-37-2
Afghanistan need 38 runs to win in 4.0 overs.
15.6 McCarthy to Asghar, 1 run. Tucked to deep square.
15.5 McCarthy to Gulbadin, 1 run. Pulled in front of deep square leg.
15.4 McCarthy to Asghar, 1 run. Short ball pulled to deep midwicket
11:26 AM 41 needed now off 27 balls. Right in this.
15.3 McCarthy to Asghar, no run. Struck on the pad as he tried a big heave
15.2 McCarthy to Gulbadin, 1 run. Pulled to deep midwicket.
15.1 McCarthy to Gulbadin, no run. Beats tentative push outside off.
11:24 AM Afghans have gone from 1/33 at one stage to 1/4 on in the betting.
11:23 AM Game on.
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End of over 15 (4 runs) Afghanistan 101-5
Asghar Afghan 19* (16 balls, 1x4, 1x6) Gulbadin Naib 1* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 1 in 0.1 overs
Singh 4-0-37-2 Little 2-0-10-0
Afghanistan need 42 runs to win in 5.0 overs.
14.6 Singh to Gulbadin, 1 run. Driven to long off.
11:22 AM Great fight here from Ireland.
11:22 AM Naib to the middle to face the hat-trick ball.
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Najibullah Zadran lbw b Singh 0 (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 0.00
Partnership of 0 in 1 balls
Afghanistan 100-5 in 14.5 overs
14.5 Singh to Najibullah, OUT - LBW! Got him! Tried reverse sweep first up and hit just on the line.
11:20 AM Another leg-break from Simi Singh. Good ball to have in his repertoire.
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Mohammed Nabi c O'Brien b Singh 4 (8 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 50.00
Partnership of 8 in 14 balls
Afghanistan 100-4 in 14.4 overs
14.4 Singh to Nabi, OUT - CAUGHT! Can't clear KOB at long on. Big wicket.
14.3 Singh to Nabi, 2 runs. Lofted over cover and they take on the throw of Delany, the sweeper out there.
14.2 Singh to Asghar, 1 run. Out to the deep cover
14.1 Singh to Asghar, no run. To midwicket
11:17 AM Disciplined bowling thus far. No extras. That will please stand-in coach Rob Cassell.
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End of over 14 (3 runs) Afghanistan 97-3
Mohammed Nabi 2* (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Asghar Afghan 18* (14 balls, 1x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 5 in 1.4 overs
Little 2-0-10-0 McCarthy 3-0-17-1
Afghanistan need 46 runs to win in 6.0 overs.
13.6 Little to Asghar, 1 run. Round the wicket and played to vacant mid-on. Little fields himself.
13.5 Little to Nabi, 1 run. Pulled down to McCarthy at long leg
13.4 Little to Nabi, no run. Misses attempted cut outside off.
13.3 Little to Nabi, no run. Defends to Singh at point
13.2 Little to Asghar, 1 run. Tucked off his hip to McCarthy at deep square
13.1 Little to Asghar, no run. To midwicket
11:13 AM Required rate exactly 7 with 49 needed off 7 overs.
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End of over 13 (3 runs) Afghanistan 94-3
Mohammed Nabi 1* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Asghar Afghan 16* (11 balls, 1x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 2 in 0.4 overs
McCarthy 3-0-17-1 Young 2-0-16-0
Afghanistan need 49 runs to win in 7.0 overs.
12.6 McCarthy to Nabi, no run. Misses with huge swing as the ball left him slightly outside off.
12.5 McCarthy to Nabi, no run. Leading edge drops safely at short cover
12.4 McCarthy to Asghar, 1 run. Down to KOB at long on
12.3 McCarthy to Nabi, 1 run. Off the mark with a steer down to third man
11:09 AM Mohammed Nabi the new batsman.
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Karim Janat bowled McCarthy 17 (11 balls, 1x4, 1x6) SR: 154.55
Partnership of 32 in 21 balls
Afghanistan 92-3 in 12.2 overs
12.2 McCarthy to Janat, OUT - BOWLED! Awful shot. Backs away and tries big swing but leg stump is knocked back.
12.1 McCarthy to Asghar, 1 run. Full ball and helped to Tector at deep midwicket
11:07 AM Third spell for Barry McCarthy as he returns.
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End of over 12 (8 runs) Afghanistan 91-2
Karim Janat 17* (10 balls, 1x4, 1x6) Asghar Afghan 14* (9 balls, 1x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 31 in 3.1 overs
Young 2-0-16-0 Singh 3-0-33-0
Afghanistan need 52 runs to win in 8.0 overs.
11.6 Young to Janat, FOUR Poor short ball helped on its way down to fine leg.
11.5 Young to Asghar, 1 run. Driven to long on.
11.4 Young to Janat, 1 run. Short ball pulled to deep square.
11.3 Young to Asghar, 1 run. Tucked to deep square
11.2 Young to Asghar, no run. To midwicket.
11.1 Young to Janat, 1 run. Hit to cover
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End of over 11 (15 runs) Afghanistan 83-2
Asghar Afghan 12* (6 balls, 1x4, 1x6) Karim Janat 11* (7 balls, 0x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 23 in 2.1 overs
Singh 3-0-33-0 Young 1-0-8-0
Afghanistan need 60 runs to win in 9.0 overs.
10.6 Singh to Asghar, SIX BOOM! Down the pitch and hammered over long off. Clean strike.
10.5 Singh to Janat, 1 run. Cut off the back foot to the cover sweeper.
10.4 Singh to Asghar, 1 run. Swept to deep square.
10.3 Singh to Janat, 1 run. To long on
10.2 Singh to Janat, no run. Asghar gets back. Just.
11:00 AM Review for a run out after the brothers have a mix up. Think he has got back. Simi Singh took it a bit back from the stumps. Could have been out if he had been closer.
10.1 Singh to Janat, SIX BOOM! Leg break and it disappears over long on.
10:58 AM 75 needed off the last 10. Been a good effort to only concede 18 off the last four. And pick up two wickets.
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End of over 10 (8 runs) Afghanistan 68-2
Asghar Afghan 5* (4 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Karim Janat 3* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 8 in 1.1 overs
Young 1-0-8-0 G Delany 4-0-21-2
Afghanistan need 75 runs to win in 10.0 overs.
9.6 Young to Janat, 1 run. Easy run to mid on.
9.5 Young to Janat, 2 runs. Edged to third man
9.4 Young to Asghar, 1 run. To midwicket
9.3 Young to Asghar, FOUR In the air and goes past Balbirnie
9.2 Young to Asghar, no run. Pitched up and hit to midwicket
9.1 Young to Asghar, no run. Beaten outside off
10:53 AM Two new batsmen to the crease. First bowl for Craig Young. Big Red.
10:53 AM End of an excellent spell by Gareth Delany.
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End of over 9 (1 run) Afghanistan 60-2
Karim Janat 0* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Asghar Afghan 0* (0 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.1 overs
G Delany 4-0-21-2 Singh 2-0-18-0
Afghanistan need 83 runs to win in 11.0 overs.
8.6 G Delany to Janat, no run. Down leg.
10:52 AM Skipper Asghar Afghan joins his younger brother.
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Usman Ghani c Tector b G Delany 18 (24 balls, 2x4, 0x6) SR: 75.00
Partnership of 0 in 3 balls
Afghanistan 60-2 in 8.5 overs
8.5 G Delany to Usman, OUT - CAUGHT! Action replay of the last dismissal. Hit straight to Harry at deep midwicket. Not the smartest cricket I've ever seen.
8.4 G Delany to Usman, no run. Hit into his pads
8.3 G Delany to Usman, no run. To midwicket
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Rahmanullah Gurbaz c Tector b G Delany 42 (29 balls, 3x4, 3x6) SR: 144.83
Partnership of 60 in 50 balls
Afghanistan 60-1 in 8.2 overs
8.2 G Delany to Gurbaz, OUT - CAUGHT! Heaved straight to Tector at deep midwicket. Easy enough catch going to his left about 5 yards in.
8.1 G Delany to Usman, 1 run. To mid on
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End of over 8 (6 runs) Afghanistan 59-0
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 42* (28 balls, 3x4, 3x6) Usman Ghani 17* (20 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 59 in 8.0 overs
Singh 2-0-18-0 G Delany 3-0-20-0
Afghanistan need 84 runs to win in 12.0 overs.
7.6 Singh to Usman, 1 run. Pulled to deep midwicket. Singh may have bowled a leggie there.
7.5 Singh to Usman, FOUR Slog swept and it pierces the two boundary men on the leg side
7.4 Singh to Usman, no run. Straight to short fine leg
7.3 Singh to Gurbaz, 1 run. Swept to deep square where Harry Tector fields
7.2 Singh to Gurbaz, no run. To short cover
7.1 Singh to Gurbaz, no run. Back to the bowler.
10:45 AM Simi Singh once again.
10:44 AM Excellent over by Gareth Delany.
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End of over 7 (2 runs) Afghanistan 53-0
Usman Ghani 12* (17 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 41* (25 balls, 3x4, 3x6)
Partnership of 53 in 7.0 overs
G Delany 3-0-20-0 McCarthy 2-0-14-0
Afghanistan need 90 runs to win in 13.0 overs.
6.6 G Delany to Gurbaz, 1 run. Down to long on.
6.5 G Delany to Usman, 1 run. Should have been stopped by the bowler.
6.4 G Delany to Usman, no run. Back to the bowler.
6.3 G Delany to Usman, no run. Mistimed
6.2 G Delany to Usman, no run. Almost to Balbirnie at short midwicket but just short.
6.1 G Delany to Usman, no run. To KOB at mid-on
10:41 AM Gareth Delany comes back.
10:41 AM Just 1 run between the teams at the end of the powerplay. Ireland were 50-2, Afghans 50-0.
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End of over 6 (11 runs) Afghanistan 51-0
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 40* (24 balls, 3x4, 3x6) Usman Ghani 11* (12 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 51 in 6.0 overs
McCarthy 2-0-14-0 Little 1-0-7-0
Afghanistan need 92 runs to win in 14.0 overs.
5.6 McCarthy to Gurbaz, FOUR On leg and pulled away to deep square. Poor line.
5.5 McCarthy to Usman, 1 run. Off his pads to deep square, Gareth Delany.
5.4 McCarthy to Gurbaz, 1 run. Tucked to Little at short fine leg
5.3 McCarthy to Usman, 1 run. Yorker driven down to long on
5.2 McCarthy to Usman, no run. Slower ball and pushed to midwicket
5.1 McCarthy to Usman, FOUR On leg stump and flicked away to deep midwicket. Poor line
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End of over 5 (7 runs) Afghanistan 40-0
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 35* (22 balls, 2x4, 3x6) Usman Ghani 5* (8 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 40 in 5.0 overs
Little 1-0-7-0 Singh 1-0-12-0
Afghanistan need 103 runs to win in 15.0 overs.
4.6 Little to Gurbaz, FOUR Pitched up and dispatched through mid off. Powerful blow.
4.5 Little to Gurbaz, no run. In the air but just short of Balbirnie at short midwicket
4.4 Little to Usman, 1 run. Off his hip to short fine leg.
4.3 Little to Gurbaz, 1 run. Good running as pushed into off side.
4.2 Little to Usman, 1 run. Off the edge to third man
4.1 Little to Usman, no run. Defended
10:32 AM Gurbaz has hit as many sixes in the first four overs as Ireland managed in their entire innings.
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End of over 4 (12 runs) Afghanistan 33-0
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 30* (19 balls, 1x4, 3x6) Usman Ghani 3* (5 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 33 in 4.0 overs
Singh 1-0-12-0 G Delany 2-0-18-0
Afghanistan need 110 runs to win in 16.0 overs.
3.6 Singh to Gurbaz, SIX Launched over long off.
3.5 Singh to Usman, 1 run.
to long on
3.4 Singh to Gurbaz, 1 run. Eased to midwicket.
3.3 Singh to Gurbaz, FOUR Swept fine
3.2 Singh to Gurbaz, no run. Straight to Balbirnie at short cover
3.1 Singh to Gurbaz, no run. To cover
10:28 AM Simi Singh into the attack.
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End of over 3 (15 runs) Afghanistan 21-0
Usman Ghani 2* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 19* (14 balls, 0x4, 2x6)
Partnership of 21 in 3.0 overs
G Delany 2-0-18-0 McCarthy 1-0-3-0
Afghanistan need 122 runs to win in 17.0 overs.
2.6 G Delany to Gurbaz, 1 run. To square leg
2.5 G Delany to Gurbaz, SIX BOOM! Quicker and short and it disappears over deep square.
2.4 G Delany to Gurbaz, no run. To cover
2.3 G Delany to Usman, 1 run. To square leg
2.2 G Delany to Gurbaz, 1 run. To midwicket.
2.1 G Delany to Gurbaz, SIX BOOM! Tossed up and it disappears over long on. Big strike.
10:24 AM Good start by Ireland. Can they get a few wickets?
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End of over 2 (3 runs) Afghanistan 6-0
Usman Ghani 1* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 5* (9 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 6 in 2.0 overs
McCarthy 1-0-3-0 G Delany 1-0-3-0
Afghanistan need 137 runs to win in 18.0 overs.
1.6 McCarthy to Gurbaz, 1 run. Flicked to deep midwicket
1.5 McCarthy to Gurbaz, no run. Misses with cross bat heave
1.4 McCarthy to Usman, 1 run. Cut down to third man
1.3 McCarthy to Usman, no run. Well pitched up and down to mid on.
1.2 McCarthy to Usman, no run. Pitched up and defended.
1.1 McCarthy to Gurbaz, 1 run. Dropped into the off side.
10:20 AM Pembroke's Barry McCarthy on for his first bowl of the short tour.
10:20 AM Decent first over by the Leinster man.
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End of over 1 (3 runs) Afghanistan 3-0
Usman Ghani 0* (0 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 3* (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 3 in 1.0 overs
G Delany 1-0-3-0
Afghanistan need 140 runs to win in 19.0 overs.
0.6 G Delany to Gurbaz, 1 run. Played to midwicket.
0.5 G Delany to Gurbaz, 2 runs. Good stop by Harry Tector at deep square.
0.4 G Delany to Gurbaz, no run. To cover.
0.3 G Delany to Gurbaz, no run. Misses tossed up one outside off
0.2 G Delany to Gurbaz, no run. Good ball. Quicker one skids on and almost gets through as he went back.
0.1 G Delany to Gurbaz, no run. Back to the bowler
10:16 AM Ireland to open with the leg-spin of Gareth Delany.
10:15 AM Umpires and Ireland on the way followed by the openers.
10:13 AM Bookies have Afghans 1/10 on and Ireland at 6/1.
10:12 AM In the NCU Instonians have announced Marcus Poskitt has signed from Bready, as well as a new overseas player. Check out the NCU section of the website. We got the Poskitt scoop on February 12th.
10:11 AM Floodlights on. The umpires should be on their way shortly for the chase to begin.
10:01 AM Join us again in 10 minutes when the chase will start.
10:00 AM Ireland need a few blacksmith types who can clear the ropes. The lack of power is a worry. They are missing the injured Mark Adair who can hit a big ball. Need him back and a few more.
9:59 AM Stand of 62 between Gareth Delany (37) who got going after a slow start, and KOB (26) but innings stuttered after that and never got the charge going. Harry Tector's 31 included 2 of the 3 sixes in the innings.
9:58 AM You would think that won't be enough.
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End of over 20 (10 runs) Ireland 142-8
S Singh 12* (9 balls, 1x4, 0x6) C Young 7* (7 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 19 in 2.2 overs
Gulbadin 2-0-20-0 Rashid 4-0-24-1
19.6 Gulbadin to Singh, 2 runs. To long off and good running as Rashid's poor throw allows them back.
19.5 Gulbadin to Singh, FOUR Edged over the keeper.
19.5 Gulbadin to Singh, WIDE Way outside off.
19.4 Gulbadin to Singh, 2 runs. Driven to long on.
19.3 Gulbadin to Young, 1 run. Out to square leg.
19.2 Gulbadin to Young, no run. Misses slower ball outside off.
19.1 Gulbadin to Young, no run. Misses big swing
9:53 AM Last over coming up. Gulbadin back.
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End of over 19 (8 runs) Ireland 132-8
S Singh 4* (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6) C Young 6* (4 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 9 in 1.2 overs
Rashid 4-0-24-1 Ul Haq 4-0-21-3
18.6 Rashid to Young, 1 run. Pushed into the off side.
18.5 Rashid to Young, FOUR Bottom edge goes all the way
18.4 Rashid to Singh, 1 run. To the cover sweeper.
18.3 Rashid to Young, 1 run. To long on
18.2 Rashid to Young, no run. Big appeal for lbw. Looked very close but not given.
18.1 Rashid to Singh, 1 run. To midwicket.
9:50 AM Three wickets apiece to the two new men Qais and Naveen. Certainly have depth in their bowling.
9:49 AM Ireland falling apart here.
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End of over 18 (2 runs) Ireland 124-8
C Young 0* (0 balls, 0x4, 0x6) S Singh 2* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 1 in 0.2 overs
Ul Haq 4-0-21-3 Qais 4-0-25-3
17.6 Ul Haq to Singh, 1 run. To deep midwicket.
17.5 Ul Haq to Singh, no run. Misses outside off.
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B McCarthy c Rashid b Ul Haq 0 (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 0.00
Partnership of 1 in 4 balls
Ireland 123-8 in 17.4 overs
17.4 Ul Haq to McCarthy, OUT - CAUGHT! Tamely hit to Rashid at mid off.
9:47 AM Naveen reminds me of Alex Cusack with his action.
17.3 Ul Haq to McCarthy, no run. Outside off but feet don't move and misses.
17.2 Ul Haq to Singh, 1 run. Tucked off his hip to square leg.
17.1 Ul Haq to Singh, no run. Slower ball bouncer.
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End of over 17 (3 runs) Ireland 122-7
S Singh 0* (0 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.0 overs
Qais 4-0-25-3 Gulbadin 1-0-10-0
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S Getkate c Najibullah b Qais 5 (10 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 50.00
Partnership of 0 in 1 balls
Ireland 122-7 in 17.0 overs
16.6 Qais to Getkate, OUT - CAUGHT! Oh dear. Action replay. Slog swept and fielder doesn't move. Poor cricket in truth.
Simi Singh to the middle. Now back at YMCA.
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H Tector c Najibullah b Qais 31 (22 balls, 1x4, 2x6) SR: 140.91
Partnership of 16 in 18 balls
Ireland 122-6 in 16.5 overs
16.5 Qais to Tector, OUT - CAUGHT! Goes high but easy catch at deep midwicket.
9:42 AM Harry rechecks his guard. Pawing like a bull in a field. Looking to go big methinks.
16.4 Qais to Getkate, 1 run. In the air but short of long off
16.3 Qais to Tector, 1 run. Cut to cover sweeper.
16.2 Qais to Getkate, 1 run. Hit to cover point and easy run.
16.1 Qais to Getkate, no run. Beaten as he tried a big heave towards midwicket.
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End of over 16 (10 runs) Ireland 119-5
H Tector 30* (20 balls, 1x4, 2x6) S Getkate 3* (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 13 in 2.1 overs
Gulbadin 1-0-10-0 Rashid 3-0-16-1
15.6 Gulbadin to Getkate, 1 run. To wide long off.
15.5 Gulbadin to Tector, 1 run. Straight to backward point.
15.4 Gulbadin to Tector, SIX BOOM! In the slot and smashed way over long on. Clean hit.. Lovely sound off the bat.
15.3 Gulbadin to Getkate, 1 run. Hit to long on.
15.2 Gulbadin to Tector, 1 run. To cow corner.
15.1 Gulbadin to Tector, no run. Misses cut outside off. No foot movement.
9:34 AM Medium pacer Gulbadin comes back. He mises it up. But can Ireland get a hold of him if they spot his variations?
9:34 AM Ireland have lost their way. Can they get momentum going in last five overs?
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End of over 15 (3 runs) Ireland 109-5
S Getkate 1* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6) H Tector 22* (16 balls, 1x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 3 in 1.1 overs
Rashid 3-0-16-1 Mujeeb 4-0-32-1
14.6 Rashid to Getkate, no run. Misses slog sweep
14.5 Rashid to Tector, 1 run. To short fine leg
14.4 Rashid to Tector, no run. Well stopped by Nabi at cover
14.3 Rashid to Getkate, 1 run. Driven to long off
14.2 Rashid to Getkate, no run. Beaten again.
14.1 Rashid to Tector, 1 run. To deep square
14
End of over 14 (4 runs) Ireland 106-5
S Getkate 0* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6) H Tector 20* (13 balls, 1x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.1 overs
Mujeeb 4-0-32-1 Rashid 2-0-13-1
13.6 Mujeeb to Getkate, no run. Beaten outside off.
9:30 AM Shane Getkate in ahead of Simi Singh.
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L Tucker bowled Mujeeb 9 (10 balls, 1x4, 0x6) SR: 90.00
Partnership of 26 in 19 balls
Ireland 106-5 in 13.5 overs
13.5 Mujeeb to Tucker, OUT - BOWLED! Quicker ball and misses with attempted big hit. Not a great looking shot.
13.4 Mujeeb to Tector, 1 run. Reverse sweep to short man
13.3 Mujeeb to Tucker, 1 leg bye. Appeal for lbw but outside line
13.2 Mujeeb to Tector, 1 run. To short third man
13.1 Mujeeb to Tucker, 1 run. To square leg.
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End of over 13 (9 runs) Ireland 102-4
H Tector 18* (11 balls, 1x4, 1x6) L Tucker 8* (7 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 22 in 2.2 overs
Rashid 2-0-13-1 Qais 3-0-22-1
12.6 Rashid to Tector, SIX BOOM! Hit staright and just clears long on.
12.5 Rashid to Tucker, 1 run. To midwicket
12.4 Rashid to Tucker, no run.
12.3 Rashid to Tector, 1 run.
12.2 Rashid to Tector, no run.
12.1 Rashid to Tucker, 1 run.
12
End of over 12 (12 runs) Ireland 93-4
H Tector 11* (8 balls, 1x4, 0x6) L Tucker 6* (3 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 13 in 1.2 overs
Qais 3-0-22-1 Rashid 1-0-4-1
11.6 Qais to Tucker, 1 run. To long off
11.5 Qais to Tucker, FOUR Reverse sweep
11.4 Qais to Tector, 1 run.
11.3 Qais to Tucker, 1 run.
11.2 Qais to Tector, 1 run.
11.1 Qais to Tector, FOUR Through point
11
End of over 11 (4 runs) Ireland 81-4
H Tector 4* (5 balls, 0x4, 0x6) L Tucker 1* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 1 in 0.2 overs
Rashid 1-0-4-1 Qais 2-0-10-1
10.6 Rashid to Tector, no run. Straight to Nabi.
10.5 Rashid to Tucker, 1 run. To cover
4
G Delany c Nabi b Rashid 37 (29 balls, 5x4, 1x6) SR: 127.59
Partnership of 6 in 9 balls
Ireland 80-4 in 10.4 overs
10.4 Rashid to G Delany, OUT - CAUGHT! Doesn't get hold of it and skies the ball to mid-off for a routine catch.
10.3 Rashid to Tector, 1 run. Driven to long on.
10.2 Rashid to G Delany, 1 run. In the air but safe enough
10.1 Rashid to Tector, 1 run. To long on
9:16 AM 11th over and that means Rashid time.
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End of over 10 (3 runs) Ireland 77-3
G Delany 36* (27 balls, 5x4, 1x6) H Tector 2* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 3 in 0.5 overs
Qais 2-0-10-1 Janat 2-0-17-0
9.6 Qais to G Delany, no run. Back to the bowler.
9.5 Qais to G Delany, no run. In the air but short of point
9.4 Qais to Tector, one run.
9.3 Qais to G Delany, 1 run. To point.
9.2 Qais to Tector, 1 run. To midwicket.
9:12 AM Harry Tector to the middle.
9:12 AM That was his first T20! wicket. Not a bad one in KOB.
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K O'Brien c Rashid b Qais 26 (21 balls, 4x4, 0x6) SR: 123.81
Partnership of 62 in 41 balls
Ireland 74-3 in 9.1 overs
9.1 Qais to O'Brien, OUT - CAUGHT! Too much height and not enough distance. Easy catch at deepish mid off.
Leg-spinner Qais Ahmed to continue.
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End of over 9 (11 runs) Ireland 74-2
G Delany 35* (24 balls, 5x4, 1x6) K O'Brien 26* (20 balls, 4x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 62 in 6.4 overs
Janat 2-0-17-0 Qais 1-0-7-0
8.6 Janat to O'Brien, 1 run. Slower ball driven to cover.
8.5 Janat to G Delany, 1 run. Backs away and hit out to the cover sweeper.
8.4 Janat to G Delany, 2 runs. Lofted to long on.
8.3 Janat to O'Brien, 1 run. Out to the sweeper.
8.2 Janat to O'Brien, FOUR Driven square as ball was overpitched.
8.1 Janat to G Delany, 1 run. To Long on
8
End of over 8 (6 runs) Ireland 63-2
G Delany 30* (20 balls, 5x4, 1x6) K O'Brien 20* (17 balls, 3x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 51 in 5.4 overs
Qais 1-0-7-0 Janat 1-0-7-0
7.6 Qais to O'Brien, 1 run.
7.5 Qais to O'Brien, no run.
7.4 Qais to O'Brien, no run.
7.3 Qais to O'Brien, 1 run.
7.2 Qais to G Delany, 1 run.
7.1 Qais to G Delany, FOUR Edged again. Lucky
7
End of over 7 (7 runs) Ireland 57-2
K O'Brien 19* (14 balls, 3x4, 0x6) G Delany 25* (18 balls, 4x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 45 in 4.4 overs
Janat 1-0-7-0 Mujeeb 3-0-29-0
6.6 Janat to G Delany, 1 run. To the cover.
6.5 Janat to G Delany, FOUR Off the edge and flies through slip area. None there of course.
6.4 Janat to G Delany, no run. Good variation.
6.3 Janat to G Delany, no run. To point
6.3 Janat to G Delany, WIDE
6.2 Janat to G Delany, no run. To point
6.1 Janat to O'Brien, 1 run. To the sweeper at cover.
8:59 AM 31 from the last two overs. Karim Janat comes on.
8:58 AM End of the powerplay. Much better than it looked at one stage for Ireland.
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End of over 6 (17 runs) Ireland 50-2
G Delany 20* (13 balls, 3x4, 1x6) K O'Brien 18* (13 balls, 3x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 38 in 3.4 overs
Mujeeb 3-0-29-0 Ul Haq 3-0-19-2
5.6 Mujeeb to O'Brien, 1 run. To midwicket.
5.5 Mujeeb to G Delany, 1 run. To Nabi at mid-off
5.4 Mujeeb to G Delany, SIX BOOM! Clean and massive hit clears the ropes at long-on
5.3 Mujeeb to G Delany, FOUR Just over Nabi at mid-off as he got his fingertips to it.
5.2 Mujeeb to G Delany, FOUR Cut beautifully as he gave himself room and opened the face.
5.1 Mujeeb to O'Brien, 1 run. To mid on.
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End of over 5 (14 runs) Ireland 33-2
G Delany 5* (9 balls, 1x4, 0x6) K O'Brien 16* (11 balls, 3x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 21 in 2.4 overs
Ul Haq 3-0-19-2 Mujeeb 2-0-12-0
4.6 Ul Haq to G Delany, FOUR Misfield by Nabi at mid off gives Gareth Delany a welcome boundary
4.5 Ul Haq to G Delany, no run. Hit to cover
4.4 Ul Haq to O'Brien, 1 run. Hit to cover.
4.3 Ul Haq to O'Brien, no run. Back to the bowler.
4.2 Ul Haq to O'Brien, FOUR Lovely drive through the covers.
4.2 Ul Haq to O'Brien, WIDE Down leg.
4.1 Ul Haq to O'Brien, FOUR Opens face and carved down to third man. Nice shot.
4
End of over 4 (7 runs) Ireland 19-2
G Delany 1* (7 balls, 0x4, 0x6) K O'Brien 8* (7 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 7 in 1.4 overs
Mujeeb 2-0-13-0 Ul Haq 2-0-5-2
3.6 Mujeeb to G Delany, no run. Good stop at point
3.5 Mujeeb to G Delany, no run. Misses cut as he gave himself room. Shaves the bails.
3.4 Mujeeb to O'Brien, 1 run. Driven to long on.
3.3 Mujeeb to O'Brien, FOUR Lofted over cover.
3.2 Mujeeb to G Delany, 1 run. To long-on off the back foot.
3.1 Mujeeb to O'Brien, 1 run. Swept to short fine leg.
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End of over 3 (1 run) Ireland 12-2
G Delany 0* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6) K O'Brien 2* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.4 overs
Ul Haq 2-0-5-2 Mujeeb 1-0-6-0
2.6 Ul Haq to G Delany, no run. Back to the bowler.
2.5 Ul Haq to G Delany, no run. To backward point.
8:44 AM Maybe this game will see Ireland make a poor start and finish strongly? In contrast to the other games?
2.4 Ul Haq to G Delany, no run. Pitched up and hit to mid on.
2.3 Ul Haq to G Delany, no run. Left along outside off.
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A Balbirnie bowled Ul Haq 9 (6 balls, 2x4, 0x6) SR: 150.00
Partnership of 12 in 10 balls
Ireland 12-2 in 2.2 overs
2.2 Ul Haq to Balbirnie, OUT - BOWLED! Off stump goes cartwheeling. Poor start by Ireland. Naveen making a real impact.
2.1 Ul Haq to O'Brien, 1 run. Almost a run out and if the throw had hit KOB was well short
2
End of over 2 (7 runs) Ireland 11-1
A Balbirnie 9* (5 balls, 2x4, 0x6) K O'Brien 1* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 11 in 1.2 overs
Mujeeb 1-0-6-0 Ul Haq 1-0-4-1
1.6 Mujeeb to O'Brien, 1 run. Eased to long on.
1.5 Mujeeb to Balbirnie, 1 run. Driven into the covers as he makes room.
1.4 Mujeeb to Balbirnie, FOUR Swept to deep square. Good powerful blow.
1.3 Mujeeb to Balbirnie, no run. Back to the bowler.
1.2 Mujeeb to O'Brien, 1 leg bye. Down leg and flicks pads as he tries to sweep.
1.1 Mujeeb to O'Brien, no run. To mid-on
Mujeeb to bowl.
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End of over 1 (4 runs) Ireland 4-1
A Balbirnie 4* (2 balls, 1x4, 0x6) K O'Brien 0* (0 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 4 in 0.2 overs
Ul Haq 1-0-4-1
0.6 Ul Haq to Balbirnie, FOUR Driven through the covers. Nice timing and placement.
0.5 Ul Haq to Balbirnie, no run. To point.
8:35 AM Disastrous start for Ireland. Skipper to the middle.
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P Stirling c Nabi b Ul Haq 0 (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 0.00
Partnership of 0 in 4 balls
Ireland 0-1 in 0.4 overs
0.4 Ul Haq to Stirling, OUT - CAUGHT! Slower ball hit tamely to mid-off.
0.3 Ul Haq to Stirling, no run. To midwicket.
0.2 Ul Haq to Stirling, no run. Driven firmly back to the bowler.
0.1 Ul Haq to Stirling, no run. Beaten outside off. No foot movement.
Openers Paul Stirling and Kevin O'Brien on the way. Play about to start. Naveen Ul Haq to bowl.
8:30 AM Three changes to the hosts line-up with Naveen Ul Haq, Qais Ahmed and Usman Ghani in for Hazratullah, Shapoor Zadran and Samiullah Shenwari.
8:25 AM Ireland have lost the series and are looking for their first win in 13 against their hosts. That losing streak in the format goes back to November 2013.
8:24 AM No debut cap for Rush keeper/batsman Stephen Doheny.
8:24 AM News from the toss is that it has been won by Ireland skipper Andy Balbirnie who has opted to bat first. Two changes to the Irish team with Barry McCarthy and Shane Getkate coming in replacing Boyd Rankin and George Dockrell.
8:22 AM Hello and welcome to our coverage of the third and final T20I.