Afghanistan v Ireland
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 21 January 2021
World Cup Super League
Result Afghanistan won by 16 runs
Toss Afghanistan
Last update 2:29 PM Local Time
Commentator Barry Chambers
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2:29 PM We do hope you have enjoyed our coverage here on CricketEurope. Please join us again on Sunday. We will have match reports from our usual contributors. Read their take on this performance. From the CricketEurope team, good afternoon and enjoy the rest of your day.
2:27 PM Thanks to Rashid though, the Afghans plundered 66 runs from the last 30 balls and that was the difference. Plenty for Ireland to ponder.
2:26 PM Ireland have struggled in the closing death overs in the past against Afghanistan and did so again today. Ireland were actually three runs ahead by comparison 224 to 221.
2:24 PM Harry Tector bowls for the Knights in the interpros but doesn't get much of a look in at international level. Might be worth a few overs.
2:23 PM Will Ireland be tempted to change their side for Sunday's game. They don't have another spinner in their ranks. The five players not used today were Mark Adair, Shane Getkate, Josh Little, James McCollum and Neil Rock.
2:21 PM That's 10 World Cup Super League points on the board for Afghanistan. 20 more available in the next two clashes.
2:20 PM The presentations are due shortly. You would expect Gurbaz to get the MOM award. We will know soon enough.
2:19 PM An entertaining game, and lessons for Ireland to take into the second match on Sunday.
2:19 PM The Afghan attack seemed better suited to the conditions and they took the pace off the ball well.
2:18 PM In the end they let the required rate climb too much and once it was double figures it was nigh on impossible despite their best efforts.
2:17 PM In the batting Lorcan Tucker top scored and he had an excellent stand of 86 with Curtis Campher.
2:17 PM Andy McBrine bowled beautifully to claim his best figures for Ireland.
2:16 PM Ireland missed chances, especially one off Gurbaz proved decisive and costly.
2:15 PM The power of the Afghan batters to clear the ropes proved crucial.
2:15 PM Ireland did well to get close but Afghanistan always had their noses in front.
50
End of over 50 (11 runs) Ireland 271-9
B McCarthy 5* (5 balls, 0x4, 0x6) C Young 12* (11 balls, 0x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 18 in 2.2 overs
Rashid 10-0-56-2
Ireland need 17 runs to win in 0.0 overs.
49.6 Rashid to Young, 1 run. Tries a big shot but only one.
49.5 Rashid to Young, no run. Misses cut shot.
49.4 Rashid to Young, SIX BOOM! Pitched up and great connection over long on. Clean strike.
49.3 Rashid to Young, no run. Misses expansive drive. Ball comes off keeper onto stumps.
49.2 Rashid to Young, 2 byes. Misses heave outside off but beats keeper
49.1 Rashid to Young, 2 runs. Inside edge goes past leg
2:10 PM Last over coming up. 28 needed.
49
End of over 49 (7 runs) Ireland 260-9
B McCarthy 5* (5 balls, 0x4, 0x6) C Young 3* (5 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 7 in 1.2 overs
Gulbadin 7-0-36-1 Rashid 9-0-47-2
Ireland need 28 runs to win in 1.0 overs.
48.6 Gulbadin to Young, 1 run. Pitched up and out to square leg.
48.5 Gulbadin to McCarthy, 1 run. Clubbed to long on.
48.4 Gulbadin to Young, 1 run. Down to long on
48.3 Gulbadin to McCarthy, 1 run. To square leg
48.2 Gulbadin to Young, 1 run. to midwicket
48.2 Gulbadin to Young, WIDE
48.1 Gulbadin to McCarthy, 1 run. Miscued
These two can strike a big ball but 35 off 12 balls a very tough ask. 1 in 50 for the last pair.
2:07 PM Ireland have battled bravely but always playing catch up.
48
End of over 48 (6 runs) Ireland 253-9
C Young 0* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6) B McCarthy 2* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.2 overs
Rashid 9-0-47-2 Naveen 9-0-68-3
Ireland need 35 runs to win in 2.0 overs.
47.6 Rashid to Young, no run. Misses that one
47.5 Rashid to Young, no run. Out to off side
2:06 PM Excellent innings by the Pembroke man but just left it too late you feel.
9
L Tucker st Rahmanullah b Rashid 83 (96 balls, 3x4, 3x6) SR: 86.46
Partnership of 21 in 9 balls
Ireland 253-9 in 47.4 overs
47.4 Rashid to Tucker, OUT - STUMPED! The fun ends as Tucker tried to go big again
47.3 Rashid to McCarthy, 1 run. Get Tucker back on strike as it goes into the leg-side
47.2 Rashid to Tucker, 1 run. Hit away
47.1 Rashid to Tucker, FOUR Reverse sweep and goes all the way
2:03 PM 41 needed off three overs. Not impossible. Rashid to bowl two of them.
47
End of over 47 (16 runs) Ireland 247-8
B McCarthy 1* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6) L Tucker 78* (93 balls, 2x4, 3x6)
Partnership of 15 in 0.5 overs
Naveen 9-0-68-3 Mujeeb 10-0-40-2
Ireland need 41 runs to win in 3.0 overs.
46.6 Naveen to Tucker, 1 run. Keeps the strike.
46.5 Naveen to Tucker, SIX BOOM! Like London buses. Good clean strike over the fence staright. Too little, too late?
46.4 Naveen to Tucker, SIX BOOM! High in the air and goes over midwicket ropes. Clean hit
46.3 Naveen to McCarthy, 1 run. Short and pulled towards deep square. Mistimed.
46.2 Naveen to Tucker, 1 run. Pulled to deep square.
1:59 PM Barry McCarthy in. Nearly at snooker required stage.
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A McBrine c Rashid b Naveen 2 (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 50.00
Partnership of 4 in 5 balls
Ireland 232-8 in 46.1 overs
46.1 Naveen to McBrine, OUT - CAUGHT! Tries to go big but lofted to long on and easy catch
1:57 PM End of Mujeeb spell.
46
End of over 46 (7 runs) Ireland 231-7
L Tucker 64* (89 balls, 2x4, 1x6) A McBrine 2* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 3 in 0.4 overs
Mujeeb 10-0-39-2 Gulbadin 6-0-29-1
Ireland need 57 runs to win in 4.0 overs.
45.6 Mujeeb to McBrine, 1 run. Driven to long off
45.5 Mujeeb to McBrine, no run. Down leg
45.4 Mujeeb to Tucker, 1 run. Easy run
45.3 Mujeeb to McBrine, 1 run. Down to long on
1:55 PM New batsman is Andy McBrine. What a day he had with the ball.
7
S Singh st Rahmanullah b Mujeeb 23 (20 balls, 2x4, 0x6) SR: 115.00
Partnership of 43 in 33 balls
Ireland 228-7 in 45.2 overs
45.2 Mujeeb to Singh, OUT - STUMPED! Don the pitch and misses. Easy for the keeper Gurbaz.
45.1 Mujeeb to Singh, FOUR Driven past cover. Good shot.
45
End of over 45 (4 runs) Ireland 224-6
L Tucker 63* (88 balls, 2x4, 1x6) S Singh 19* (18 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 39 in 5.1 overs
Gulbadin 6-0-29-1 Rashid 8-0-41-1
Ireland need 64 runs to win in 5.0 overs.
44.6 Gulbadin to Singh, 1 run. Keeps the strike
44.5 Gulbadin to Tucker, 1 run. Pulled to deep midwicket
44.4 Gulbadin to Singh, 1 run. Off back foot to deep cover
44.3 Gulbadin to Singh, no run. Slower ball back to the bowler. Mistimed.
44.2 Gulbadin to Tucker, 1 run. To long on
44.1 Gulbadin to Tucker, no run. Slower ball and misses with almighty swish.
Ringing the changes. Gulbadin back.
1:48 PM Those late runs by Rashid looking crucial.
44
End of over 44 (10 runs) Ireland 220-6
S Singh 17* (15 balls, 1x4, 0x6) L Tucker 61* (85 balls, 2x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 35 in 4.1 overs
Rashid 8-0-41-1 Naveen 8-0-53-2
Ireland need 68 runs to win in 6.0 overs.
43.6 Rashid to Tucker, 1 run. Heaved out to midwicket
43.5 Rashid to Singh, 1 run. Looked a leg bye but no signal. Hit outside line
43.4 Rashid to Tucker, 1 run. Glanced to short fine leg
43.3 Rashid to Singh, 1 run. Into the leg side
43.2 Rashid to Singh, 2 runs. Swept to deep square and good running
43.1 Rashid to Singh, FOUR Backs away and gave himself room to smash it through extra cover
1:45 PM Ireland still have a small chance. Could do with a huge over. Not easy.
43
End of over 43 (14 runs) Ireland 210-6
L Tucker 59* (83 balls, 2x4, 1x6) S Singh 9* (11 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 25 in 3.1 overs
Naveen 8-0-53-2 Rashid 7-0-31-1
Ireland need 78 runs to win in 7.0 overs.
42.6 Naveen to Singh, 1 run. Hit to mid off
42.5 Naveen to Singh, 2 runs. Lofted over cover.
42.5 Naveen to Singh, WIDE Way outside off. Free hit still
1:43 PM Free hit coming up.
42.5 Naveen to Tucker, NO BALL 1 run. Full toss and called. Was caught at cover but too high according to third umpire
1:42 PM We have another review. For a no ball. Waist high full toss.
42.4 Naveen to Tucker, SIX BOOM! Right out of the middle and clears long on by 20 yards
42.3 Naveen to Tucker, no run. Slow ball bouncer
1:38 PM Gurbaz back on keeping duty after a wee break.
42.2 Naveen to Singh, 1 run. Off back foot to deep cover
42.1 Naveen to Tucker, 1 run. Stand and deliver as he hits to long off
1:37 PM Rate continues to climb.
42
End of over 42 (7 runs) Ireland 196-6
S Singh 5* (8 balls, 0x4, 0x6) L Tucker 51* (79 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 11 in 2.1 overs
Rashid 7-0-31-1 Mujeeb 9-0-32-1
Ireland need 92 runs to win in 8.0 overs.
41.6 Rashid to Tucker, 1 run. Out to deep point
41.5 Rashid to Singh, 1 run. Driven to long off
41.4 Rashid to Singh, no run. Beaten by another that turned and bounced
41.3 Rashid to Singh, 2 runs. To long on. Rashid not happy. Has a teapot stance
41.2 Rashid to Singh, no run. Outside off
That's his second ODI fifty for Lorcan Tucker. 41.1 Rashid to Tucker, 1 run. To midwicket
41.1 Rashid to Singh, 2 WIDES. Down leg side
41
End of over 41 (4 runs) Ireland 189-6
L Tucker 49* (77 balls, 2x4, 0x6) S Singh 2* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 4 in 1.1 overs
Mujeeb 9-0-32-1 Rashid 6-0-24-1
Ireland need 99 runs to win in 9.0 overs.
40.6 Mujeeb to Singh, 1 run. To vacant square leg
40.5 Mujeeb to Singh, no run. Lbw appeal but review lost. Close but missing
1:32 PM Missing.
1:31 PM We have an Afghan review for lbw. Looks bit high
40.4 Mujeeb to Tucker, 1 run. To cover sweeper
40.3 Mujeeb to Tucker, no run.
40.2 Mujeeb to Singh, 1 run. Off the mark
40.1 Mujeeb to Tucker, 1 run. Hit to long on.
1:29 PM Required rate now above 10.
40
End of over 40 (4 runs) Ireland 185-6
S Singh 0* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6) L Tucker 47* (74 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.1 overs
Rashid 6-0-24-1 Naveen 7-0-39-2
Ireland need 103 runs to win in 10.0 overs.
39.6 Rashid to Singh, no run. To point
1:28 PM Going to take something exceptional. Still to hit a six in this innings despite boundaries being 20m shorter than usual. Reminder Afghans hit 17 of them...
6
G Delany c Azmatullah b Rashid 5 (11 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 45.45
Partnership of 11 in 19 balls
Ireland 185-6 in 39.5 overs
39.5 Rashid to Delany, OUT - CAUGHT! Sweeps but top edge goes tamely to short fine leg. Simple catch.
39.4 Rashid to Tucker, 1 run. To mid on off back foot.
39.3 Rashid to Tucker, 2 runs. Reverse sweep tp deep point
39.2 Rashid to Tucker, no run. Beaten outside off
39.1 Rashid to Delany, 1 run. Edged into the ground and they scramble single
1:24 PM Ireland need to up the ante and quickly. Rate approaching double figures.
39
End of over 39 (4 runs) Ireland 181-5
L Tucker 44* (71 balls, 2x4, 0x6) G Delany 4* (9 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 7 in 2.2 overs
Naveen 7-0-39-2 Nabi 10-0-45-1
Ireland need 107 runs to win in 11.0 overs.
38.6 Naveen to Delany, 1 run. Pushed wide of cover
38.5 Naveen to Tucker, 1 run. Worked off his hip to deep square.
1:22 PM Stock ball now is the slower one. Few variations thereof.
38.4 Naveen to Delany, 1 run. Slower ball outside off guided to short third man
38.3 Naveen to Tucker, 1 run. To point
38.2 Naveen to Tucker, no run. Hit on pad and half shout. Bit of bat there.
38.1 Naveen to Tucker, no run. Slower ball and he misses with heave
1:19 PM End of a decent spell for Nabi. Got the prize wicket of Paul Stirling.
38
End of over 38 (3 runs) Ireland 177-5
G Delany 2* (7 balls, 0x4, 0x6) L Tucker 42* (67 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 3 in 1.2 overs
Nabi 10-0-45-1 Mujeeb 8-0-28-1
Ireland need 111 runs to win in 12.0 overs.
37.6 Nabi to Delany, no run. To midwicket
37.5 Nabi to Delany, no run. Defends
37.4 Nabi to Delany, 2 runs. Swept hard to deep square
37.3 Nabi to Delany, no run. Big turn and hits high on the pad.
37.2 Nabi to Delany, no run. Back to the bowler
37.1 Nabi to Tucker, 1 run. Worked off stumps to square leg
1:15 PM Nabi to bowl his last over.
1:15 PM Required rate now 8.77. Tough.
37
End of over 37 (3 runs) Ireland 174-5
G Delany 0* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6) L Tucker 41* (66 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.2 overs
Mujeeb 8-0-28-1 Nabi 9-0-42-1
Ireland need 114 runs to win in 13.0 overs.
36.6 Mujeeb to Delany, no run. Worked to midwicket
36.5 Mujeeb to Delany, no run. Defends to cover
1:13 PM Gareth Delany new man in. He can score quickly. Needs to today.
5
C Campher lbw b Mujeeb 39 (53 balls, 2x4, 0x6) SR: 73.58
Partnership of 86 in 117 balls
Ireland 174-5 in 36.4 overs
36.4 Mujeeb to Campher, OUT - LBW! Good ball and gone. Three reds. Pitched leg and turned. Hitting middle 3/4 way up.
1:12 PM Afghans appear confident. No bat on it.
1:12 PM Looks a gonner.
1:11 PM Ireland reviewing.
1:11 PM Another review for lbw. Looked out. It was a good ball. Pitched leg and turned hitting back leg. Looks out.
36.3 Mujeeb to Campher, no run. To point
36.2 Mujeeb to Tucker, 1 run. Off back foot to long on
36.1 Mujeeb to Tucker, 2 runs. Nicely hit to long on and well run
1:09 PM Almost a T20 feel to the last part of this game. Ireland still in it but need bit of luck.
36
End of over 36 (5 runs) Ireland 171-4
C Campher 39* (51 balls, 2x4, 0x6) L Tucker 38* (64 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 83 in 18.5 overs
Nabi 9-0-42-1 Naveen 6-0-35-2
Ireland need 117 runs to win in 14.0 overs.
35.6 Nabi to Tucker, 1 run. Cut to deep backward point
35.5 Nabi to Campher, 1 run. Hit and run as driven to mid off
35.4 Nabi to Tucker, 1 run. Just gets it past midwicket
35.3 Nabi to Campher, 1 run. Off back foot to cover sweeper
35.2 Nabi to Campher, no run. To midwicket
35.1 Nabi to Tucker, 1 run. Took that off middle stump and got it to short third man
1:05 PM Bookies have Afghans now 1/7 and Ireland 9/2.
35
End of over 35 (3 runs) Ireland 166-4
C Campher 37* (48 balls, 2x4, 0x6) L Tucker 35* (61 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 78 in 17.5 overs
Naveen 6-0-35-2 Nabi 8-0-37-1
Ireland need 122 runs to win in 15.0 overs.
34.6 Naveen to Tucker, 1 run. On leg stump and played out to deep square
34.5 Naveen to Tucker, no run. Slower ball and he came down the track and misses heave to midwicket
34.4 Naveen to Campher, 1 run. Hit out to deep cover.
34.3 Naveen to Campher, no run. Again a slow ball pushed to mid-off
34.2 Naveen to Campher, no run. Slower ball pushed to point.
34.1 Naveen to Tucker, 1 run. Hit and run to mid off
1:00 PM Naveen comes back.
1:00 PM Change of keeper. Rahmat Shah takes the gloves.
12:59 PM These two have added 75 so far. Can they kick on and take it deep?
12:59 PM 126 needed off 16 overs. Tough but not impossible.
12:57 PM Thank goodness for DRS here. Umpires giving the 50/50s Afghanistan's way. Hard enough to beat them.
12:56 PM Time for another drinks break.
34
End of over 34 (5 runs) Ireland 163-4
C Campher 37* (45 balls, 2x4, 0x6) L Tucker 32* (58 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 75 in 16.5 overs
Nabi 7.2-0-34-1 Mujeeb 7.4-0-28-0
Ireland need 125 runs to win in 16.0 overs.
33.6 Nabi to Tucker, 1 run.
33.5 Nabi to Campher, 1 run.
33.4 Mujeeb to Campher, no run. Given out but bit of bat in it. Tough call as seemed to hit bat and pad almost at same time
12:52 PM He's getting a bit of help from the audience. Somebody telling him both at the same time. Match referee or fourth umpire
12:51 PM To be fair to him not an easy one to judge.
12:50 PM This tv umpire doesn't inspire confidence.
12:50 PM Tough call if it's bat or pad first.
12:49 PM Appeal for lbw and we have a review. Might be outside line. He reviewed immediately. Did he get inside edge?
33.3 Mujeeb to Campher, 1 run. Off back foot to sweeper
33.2 Mujeeb to Tucker, 1 run. Turned to square leg.
33.1 Mujeeb to Campher, 1 run. To long on off back foot
12:47 PM Ireland have yet to hit a 6. Afghans hit 17 of them...
33
End of over 33 (6 runs) Ireland 158-4
C Campher 34* (42 balls, 2x4, 0x6) L Tucker 30* (55 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 70 in 15.5 overs
Mujeeb 7-0-25-0 Rashid 5-0-20-0
Ireland need 130 runs to win in 17.0 overs.
32.6 Mujeeb to Tucker, 1 run. Driven to long off
32.5 Mujeeb to Campher, 1 run. Off back foot to deep cover
32.4 Mujeeb to Campher, no run. Misses pull shot. Appeal for lbw
32.3 Mujeeb to Campher, no run. Pushed to short cover
32.2 Mujeeb to Tucker, 1 run. Off back foot to lomg on
32.1 Mujeeb to Campher, 3 runs. Edged through vacant slip and fumble allows the third.
12:44 PM Required rate now up to 7.56. Mujeeb back on.
32
End of over 32 (3 runs) Ireland 152-4
L Tucker 28* (53 balls, 2x4, 0x6) C Campher 30* (38 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 64 in 14.5 overs
Rashid 5-0-20-0 Azmatullah 4-0-24-0
Ireland need 136 runs to win in 18.0 overs.
31.6 Rashid to Tucker, no run. To mid on
31.6 Rashid to Tucker, WIDE Down leg
31.5 Rashid to Campher, 1 run. Quick run to point.
31.4 Rashid to Campher, no run. Left alone outside off.
31.3 Rashid to Tucker, 1 run. To long off. Thought about two.
31.2 Rashid to Tucker, no run.
31.1 Rashid to Tucker, no run.
12:40 PM Bookies have Afghanistan 1/16. Ireland 15/2.
31
End of over 31 (8 runs) Ireland 149-4
C Campher 29* (36 balls, 2x4, 0x6) L Tucker 27* (49 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 61 in 13.5 overs
Azmatullah 4-0-24-0 Rashid 4-0-17-0
Ireland need 139 runs to win in 19.0 overs.
30.6 Azmatullah to Campher, no run. DEfended to mid-off
30.5 Azmatullah to Tucker, 1 run. Push and run to cover
30.4 Azmatullah to Campher, 1 run. Short and pulled powerfully to deep square
30.3 Azmatullah to Campher, FOUR Full toss well placed wide of mid off
30.2 Azmatullah to Tucker, 1 run. Down the pitch and smashed to deep cover
30.1 Azmatullah to Campher, 1 run. Off the back foot to deep point
12:36 PM They say double the score from 30 overs. If Ireland can do that we are in a thriller.
30
End of over 30 (5 runs) Ireland 141-4
L Tucker 25* (47 balls, 2x4, 0x6) C Campher 23* (32 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 53 in 12.5 overs
Rashid 4-0-17-0 Azmatullah 3-0-16-0
Ireland need 147 runs to win in 20.0 overs.
29.6 Rashid to Campher, 1 run. Worked to long on.
29.5 Rashid to Campher, no run. Driven at cover
29.4 Rashid to Campher, 2 runs. Swept and fumble at deep square allows the second
29.3 Rashid to Campher, no run. To point
12:34 PM 50 partnership.
29.2 Rashid to Tucker, 1 run. Full and worked to deep square
29.1 Rashid to Campher, 1 run. Worked out to deep square
29
End of over 29 (6 runs) Ireland 136-4
L Tucker 24* (46 balls, 2x4, 0x6) C Campher 19* (27 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 48 in 11.5 overs
Azmatullah 3-0-16-0 Rashid 3-0-12-0
Ireland need 152 runs to win in 21.0 overs.
28.6 Azmatullah to Tucker, no run. To mid off
28.5 Azmatullah to Tucker, no run. To midwicket
28.4 Azmatullah to Campher, 1 run. Short and pulled to deep square
28.3 Azmatullah to Campher, FOUR Pulled powerfully
28.2 Azmatullah to Tucker, 1 run.
28.1 Azmatullah to Tucker, no run. Successful review. Too high. They had run at least one leg bye but doesn't seem to have ben given. Not sure of the rule. Where is Paddy O'Hara when you need him.
12:29 PM We have a review for lbw. Looked high but umpire has given it. We are looking at a review on DRS now.
12:28 PM Ireland hanging in there. Required rate creeping up. Now 7.18.
28
End of over 28 (3 runs) Ireland 130-4
C Campher 14* (25 balls, 0x4, 0x6) L Tucker 23* (42 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 42 in 10.5 overs
Rashid 3-0-12-0 Azmatullah 2-0-10-0
Ireland need 158 runs to win in 22.0 overs.
27.6 Rashid to Campher, no run. To point
27.5 Rashid to Tucker, 1 run. Off back foot to long on
27.4 Rashid to Tucker, no run. Back to the bowler
27.3 Rashid to Tucker, no run. Defended to cover
27.2 Rashid to Tucker, no run. Ripper of a leg break that bounced and turned
27.1 Rashid to Tucker, 2 runs. Great running as it goes out to deep square
12:25 PM Rashid back into the attack.
27
End of over 27 (6 runs) Ireland 127-4
C Campher 14* (24 balls, 0x4, 0x6) L Tucker 20* (37 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 39 in 9.5 overs
Azmatullah 2-0-10-0 Nabi 7-0-32-1
Ireland need 161 runs to win in 23.0 overs.
26.6 Azmatullah to Campher, no run. Tight line and defended into off side
26.5 Azmatullah to Campher, 2 runs. Nicely worked to square leg and well run.
26.4 Azmatullah to Tucker, 1 run. Down the pitch and worked to long on.
26.3 Azmatullah to Campher, 1 run. Worked to square leg.
26.2 Azmatullah to Tucker, 1 run. Half stopped at point. Hit hard.
26.1 Azmatullah to Campher, 1 run. Out into the leg side
12:21 PM Nabi certainly gets through his overs quickly
26
End of over 26 (2 runs) Ireland 121-4
L Tucker 18* (35 balls, 2x4, 0x6) C Campher 10* (20 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 33 in 8.5 overs
Nabi 7-0-32-1 Azmatullah 1-0-4-0
Ireland need 167 runs to win in 24.0 overs.
25.6 Nabi to Tucker, no run. Turns into him and hit high on leg as it went down leg
25.5 Nabi to Tucker, no run. To mid-on
25.4 Nabi to Tucker, no run. Wanted a run but sent back
25.3 Nabi to Tucker, no run. Defends
25.3 Nabi to Tucker, WIDE Appeal down leg. Tried to con umpire
25.2 Nabi to Tucker, no run. Solid defence
25.1 Nabi to Campher, 1 run. To midwicket
12:18 PM Halfway point for Ireland. Nothing wrong with the runs column, but lost a few more wickets than they would have liked.
25
End of over 25 (4 runs) Ireland 119-4
L Tucker 18* (30 balls, 2x4, 0x6) C Campher 9* (19 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 31 in 7.5 overs
Azmatullah 1-0-4-0 Nabi 6-0-30-1
Ireland need 169 runs to win in 25.0 overs.
24.6 Azmatullah to Tucker, no run. Off back foot to cover.
24.5 Azmatullah to Campher, 1 run. Smeared to deep cover
24.4 Azmatullah to Campher, no run. Back to the bowler
24.3 Azmatullah to Tucker, 1 run. Down the pitch and bit agricultural out to midwicket
24.2 Azmatullah to Campher, 1 run. Crashed out to cover sweeper as width on offer
12:15 PM First bowl for medium pacer Azmatullah.
24.1 Azmatullah to Tucker, 1 run. To midwicket
12:14 PM Can these two build a substantial partnership?
24
End of over 24 (3 runs) Ireland 115-4
C Campher 7* (16 balls, 0x4, 0x6) L Tucker 16* (27 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 27 in 6.5 overs
Nabi 6-0-30-1 Rashid 2-0-9-0
Ireland need 173 runs to win in 26.0 overs.
23.6 Nabi to Campher, no run. To midwicket
23.5 Nabi to Campher, no run. Flighted and turned a bit and strck on pad
23.4 Nabi to Campher, no run. Defends back to the bowler
23.3 Nabi to Tucker, 1 run. Goes right back in the crease and punches to long on
23.2 Nabi to Campher, 1 run. Off back foot wide of cover
23.1 Nabi to Tucker, 1 run. To long on
23
End of over 23 (2 runs) Ireland 112-4
C Campher 6* (12 balls, 0x4, 0x6) L Tucker 14* (25 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 24 in 5.5 overs
Rashid 2-0-9-0 Nabi 5-0-27-1
Ireland need 176 runs to win in 27.0 overs.
22.6 Rashid to Campher, no run. DROPPED. Driven back and it was in the left hand of Rashid but popped out again. Let off for Campher.
22.5 Rashid to Tucker, 1 run. Driven to the cover sweeper
22.4 Rashid to Tucker, no run. To midwicket
22.3 Rashid to Campher, 1 run. Driven to deep point
22.2 Rashid to Campher, no run. Defends
22.1 Rashid to Campher, no run.
22
End of over 22 (5 runs) Ireland 110-4
L Tucker 13* (23 balls, 2x4, 0x6) C Campher 5* (8 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 22 in 4.5 overs
Nabi 5-0-27-1 Rashid 1-0-7-0
Ireland need 178 runs to win in 28.0 overs.
21.6 Nabi to Tucker, no run. Off back foot to midwicket
21.5 Nabi to Tucker, FOUR Reverse sweep goes along the ground between legs of the keeper
21.4 Nabi to Tucker, no run. Dances down but hit on the pad
21.3 Nabi to Tucker, no run. Turned to square leg
21.2 Nabi to Tucker, no run. Tries lap shot but gets in a tangle.
21.1 Nabi to Campher, 1 run. Worked out to deep square
21
End of over 21 (7 runs) Ireland 105-4
L Tucker 9* (18 balls, 1x4, 0x6) C Campher 4* (7 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 17 in 3.5 overs
Rashid 1-0-7-0 Nabi 4-0-22-1
Ireland need 183 runs to win in 29.0 overs.
20.6 Rashid to Tucker, no run. Defends
20.5 Rashid to Campher, 1 run. Through midwicket
20.4 Rashid to Tucker, 1 run. Nicely driven to long off
20.3 Rashid to Tucker, no run. Misses attempted sweep.
12:03 PM 100 up.
20.3 Rashid to Tucker, 5 WIDES. Quicker down leg and beats everyone
20.2 Rashid to Tucker, no run. Defends
20.1 Rashid to Tucker, no run. Beaten outside off
12:02 PM Here comes Rashid. Will these two be able to read him?
12:02 PM At same stage Afghanistan were 104-0.
20
End of over 20 (1 run) Ireland 98-4
C Campher 3* (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6) L Tucker 8* (13 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 10 in 2.5 overs
Nabi 4-0-22-1 Gulbadin 5-0-25-1
Ireland need 190 runs to win in 30.0 overs.
19.6 Nabi to Campher, no run. Worked straight to square leg.
19.5 Nabi to Campher, no run. Defends to cover
19.4 Nabi to Campher, no run. To cover
19.3 Nabi to Tucker, 1 run. Nicely worked to long on.
19.2 Nabi to Tucker, no run. Steered to point
19.1 Nabi to Tucker, no run. Defends back to the bowler
19
End of over 19 (3 runs) Ireland 97-4
C Campher 3* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6) L Tucker 7* (10 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 9 in 1.5 overs
Gulbadin 5-0-25-1 Nabi 3-0-21-1
Ireland need 191 runs to win in 31.0 overs.
18.6 Gulbadin to Tucker, 1 run. Nicely driven to the cover sweeper
18.5 Gulbadin to Tucker, no run. Defends to midwicket
18.4 Gulbadin to Campher, 1 run. Guided to third man
18.3 Gulbadin to Campher, no run. Edged but falls just short of the keeper
18.2 Gulbadin to Tucker, 1 run. Worked to square leg
18.1 Gulbadin to Tucker, no run. Pushed to point
18
End of over 18 (6 runs) Ireland 94-4
C Campher 2* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6) L Tucker 5* (6 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 6 in 0.5 overs
Nabi 3-0-21-1 Gulbadin 4-0-22-1
Ireland need 194 runs to win in 32.0 overs.
17.6 Nabi to Tucker, 1 run. Miscues attempted drive to mid off
11:55 AM Free hit.
17.6 Nabi to Tucker, NO BALL - FOUR Edged through slip.. No ball called.
17.5 Nabi to Tucker, no run. Full toss off toe of bat
17.4 Nabi to Tucker, no run. Slower ball tossed up and defended
17.3 Nabi to Tucker, no run. To square leg
17.2 Nabi to Tucker, no run. To point.
11:52 AM Lorcan Tucker new man in. Didn't have the greatest day with the gloves.
11:51 AM One brings two and Ireland in big trouble.
11:51 AM And Rashid hasn't got the ball yet...
11:51 AM 200 more needed. Looks a long, long way off.
4
P Stirling lbw b Nabi 39 (41 balls, 6x4, 0x6) SR: 95.12
Partnership of 2 in 2 balls
Ireland 88-4 in 17.1 overs
17.1 Nabi to Stirling, OUT - LBW! Trapped on the crease and three reds confirms it's out
11:50 AM Could be out.
11:49 AM Right back on crease, Just above knee roll.
11:49 AM Appeal for lbw. Stirling reviewing.
17
End of over 17 (5 runs) Ireland 88-3
C Campher 2* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 39* (40 balls, 6x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 2 in 0.1 overs
Gulbadin 4-0-22-1 Nabi 2-0-15-0
Ireland need 200 runs to win in 33.0 overs.
16.6 Gulbadin to Campher, 2 runs. Off the mark with nice shot through midwicket
11:47 AM While the players have a drink, I'm getting a sausage sandwich with dollop of brown sauce. Delicious..
11:45 AM Drinks being taken.
11:45 AM Just after this pair had added 50 and were looking to get Ireland into the game.
11:45 AM Harry Tector slams bat into his pads as he walks off. Furious with himself.
3
H Tector c & b Gulbadin 28 (36 balls, 3x4, 0x6) SR: 77.78
Partnership of 50 in 61 balls
Ireland 86-3 in 16.5 overs
16.5 Gulbadin to Tector, OUT - CAUGHT! Slower ball leg cutter mistimed back to bowler. Simple catch.
16.4 Gulbadin to Stirling, 1 run. Slower ball punched off back foot to long on. Full face of bat
16.3 Gulbadin to Tector, 1 run. Nicely played off back foot to long on
16.2 Gulbadin to Stirling, 1 run. Worked to leg.
16.1 Gulbadin to Stirling, no run. Beaten by away swinger outside off
16
End of over 16 (7 runs) Ireland 83-2
H Tector 27* (35 balls, 3x4, 0x6) P Stirling 37* (36 balls, 6x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 47 in 9.2 overs
Nabi 2-0-15-0 Gulbadin 3-0-17-0
Ireland need 205 runs to win in 34.0 overs.
15.6 Nabi to Tector, no run. Back to the bowler
15.5 Nabi to Tector, 2 runs. To fine leg
15.4 Nabi to Tector, no run. To midwicket
15.3 Nabi to Tector, FOUR Reverse sweep over point
15.2 Nabi to Tector, no run. Defends to midwicket
15.1 Nabi to Stirling, 1 run. To long on
15
End of over 15 (10 runs) Ireland 76-2
H Tector 21* (30 balls, 2x4, 0x6) P Stirling 36* (35 balls, 6x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 40 in 8.2 overs
Gulbadin 3-0-17-0 Nabi 1-0-8-0
Ireland need 212 runs to win in 35.0 overs.
14.6 Gulbadin to Tector, no run. Back to the bowler.
14.5 Gulbadin to Stirling, 1 run. Hit off the back foot and cover can only parry it.
14.4 Gulbadin to Tector, 1 run. Nicely steered to third man.
14.3 Gulbadin to Tector, no run. Hit on the pad. Down leg.
14.2 Gulbadin to Tector, FOUR Well timed and chopped to wide of third man. Good shot.
14.1 Gulbadin to Tector, FOUR Slower ball spotted and lofted over long on.
14
End of over 14 (8 runs) Ireland 66-2
P Stirling 35* (34 balls, 6x4, 0x6) H Tector 12* (25 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 30 in 7.2 overs
Nabi 1-0-8-0 Gulbadin 2-0-7-0
Ireland need 222 runs to win in 36.0 overs.
13.6 Nabi to Tector, 1 run. Off his hip out to deep square
13.5 Nabi to Stirling, 1 run. Lucky. Mistimed but drops short of long on. Not in control.
13.4 Nabi to Stirling, FOUR Lovely shot. Down the track and lofted over mid off.
13.3 Nabi to Stirling, no run. Off back foot to midwicket
13.2 Nabi to Tector, 1 run. Down to long on
13.1 Nabi to Stirling, 1 run. Off his legs square
11:31 AM My good friend Mohammed Nabi on to bowl.
13
End of over 13 (2 runs) Ireland 58-2
H Tector 10* (23 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 29* (30 balls, 5x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 22 in 6.2 overs
Gulbadin 2-0-7-0 Mujeeb 6-0-19-0
Ireland need 230 runs to win in 37.0 overs.
12.6 Gulbadin to Tector, no run.
12.5 Gulbadin to Tector, no run. Back to the bowler
12.4 Gulbadin to Tector, no run. Well stopped at cover
12.3 Gulbadin to Stirling, 1 run. Driven out to deep cover
12.2 Gulbadin to Stirling, no run. Off bottom of the bat to point
12.1 Gulbadin to Tector, 1 run. Steered down to third man
12
End of over 12 (2 runs) Ireland 56-2
P Stirling 28* (28 balls, 5x4, 0x6) H Tector 9* (19 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 20 in 5.2 overs
Mujeeb 6-0-19-0 Gulbadin 1-0-5-0
Ireland need 232 runs to win in 38.0 overs.
11.6 Mujeeb to Stirling, no run. Looked a bit quicker as he bowled from edge of crease
11.5 Mujeeb to Tector, 1 run. Down to long on off the back foot
11.4 Mujeeb to Tector, no run. Defends to cover
11.3 Mujeeb to Tector, no run. Full and driven back.
11.2 Mujeeb to Stirling, 1 run. Guided to point
11.1 Mujeeb to Stirling, no run. Pushed to midwicket
11:24 AM Long way to go though.
11:24 AM Required rate exactly 6.
11
End of over 11 (5 runs) Ireland 54-2
H Tector 8* (16 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 27* (25 balls, 5x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 18 in 4.2 overs
Gulbadin 1-0-5-0 Mujeeb 5-0-17-0
Ireland need 234 runs to win in 39.0 overs.
10.6 Gulbadin to Stirling, 1 run. Slower ball cutter guided to third man.
10.5 Gulbadin to Tector, 1 run. To the cover sweeper
10.4 Gulbadin to Stirling, 1 run. Finds the gap to left of cover
10.3 Gulbadin to Stirling, no run. Solid defence
10.2 Gulbadin to Tector, 1 run. Worked to leg
10.1 Gulbadin to Stirling, 1 run. Nicely played
10
End of over 10 (2 runs) Ireland 49-2
H Tector 6* (14 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 24* (21 balls, 5x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 13 in 3.2 overs
Mujeeb 5-0-17-0 Naveen 5-0-32-2
Ireland need 239 runs to win in 40.0 overs.
9.6 Mujeeb to Tector, no run. Steered to point
9.5 Mujeeb to Tector, no run. Defends off the back foot
9.4 Mujeeb to Tector, no run. Driven to cover
9.3 Mujeeb to Tector, no run. Back to the bowler
9.2 Mujeeb to Stirling, 1 run. Pulled powerfully to deep square
9.1 Mujeeb to Tector, 1 run. Out to deep square off his legs.
9
End of over 9 (8 runs) Ireland 47-2
P Stirling 23* (20 balls, 5x4, 0x6) H Tector 5* (9 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 11 in 2.2 overs
Naveen 5-0-32-2 Mujeeb 4-0-15-0
Ireland need 241 runs to win in 41.0 overs.
8.6 Naveen to Stirling, FOUR Driven over extra
11:17 AM Checking whether a Stirling drive has gone all the way over extra cover. Seemed to bounce just short
8.5 Naveen to Tector, 1 run. Into leg side and easy run
11:15 AM Bowls from very wide of the crease.
8.5 Naveen to Tector, WIDE Way down leg side
8.4 Naveen to Tector, no run. Driven to mid-off
8.3 Naveen to Tector, 2 runs. Played to deep square and good running
8.2 Naveen to Tector, no run. Floaty slower ball driven to short cover
8.1 Naveen to Tector, no run. Defends solidly
11:12 AM Once got locked in there with Ian Callender...Had to be rescued by James Fitzgerald..
11:12 AM Zayed stadium is a wonderful sight. Space ship design in the desert.
8
End of over 8 (2 runs) Ireland 39-2
P Stirling 19* (19 balls, 4x4, 0x6) H Tector 2* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 3 in 1.2 overs
Mujeeb 4-0-15-0 Naveen 4-0-24-2
Ireland need 249 runs to win in 42.0 overs.
7.6 Mujeeb to Stirling, no run. Defends to point
7.5 Mujeeb to Stirling, no run. Solid defence
7.4 Mujeeb to Stirling, no run. Defends to cover
7.3 Mujeeb to Tector, 1 run. Nicely driven to long on
7.2 Mujeeb to Tector, no run. Back to the bowler
7.2 Mujeeb to Tector, WIDE Way down leg.
7.1 Mujeeb to Tector, no run. Hit on pad and out to leg side. Keeper fields
11:09 AM Naveen reminiscent of Alex Cusack in his action.
7
End of over 7 (7 runs) Ireland 37-2
P Stirling 19* (16 balls, 4x4, 0x6) H Tector 1* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 1 in 0.2 overs
Naveen 4-0-24-2 Mujeeb 3-0-13-0
Ireland need 251 runs to win in 43.0 overs.
6.6 Naveen to Stirling, no run. Slower ball out of back of hand driven to mid off
6.5 Naveen to Tector, 1 run. Out wide of point
11:07 AM Harry Tector new man in.
2
A Balbirnie c Rashid b Naveen 15 (18 balls, 2x4, 0x6) SR: 83.33
Partnership of 20 in 24 balls
Ireland 36-2 in 6.4 overs
6.4 Naveen to Balbirnie, OUT - CAUGHT! Tamely to midwicket as ball seemed to stop. Rashid takes it coming forward
6.3 Naveen to Balbirnie, 2 runs. Off inside half of the bat to midwicket
6.2 Naveen to Balbirnie, no run.
6.1 Naveen to Balbirnie, FOUR Through cover
6
End of over 6 (6 runs) Ireland 30-1
P Stirling 19* (15 balls, 4x4, 0x6) A Balbirnie 9* (14 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 14 in 3.2 overs
Mujeeb 3-0-13-0 Naveen 3-0-17-1
Ireland need 258 runs to win in 44.0 overs.
5.6 Mujeeb to Stirling, FOUR Beautifully driven through cover. Effortless.
5.5 Mujeeb to Stirling, no run. Pushed into off side.
5.4 Mujeeb to Balbirnie, 1 run. Quick run to mid off
5.3 Mujeeb to Balbirnie, no run.
5.2 Mujeeb to Balbirnie, no run. Defends
5.1 Mujeeb to Stirling, 1 run. Easy run
5
End of over 5 (4 runs) Ireland 24-1
A Balbirnie 8* (11 balls, 1x4, 0x6) P Stirling 14* (12 balls, 3x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 8 in 2.2 overs
Naveen 3-0-17-1 Mujeeb 2-0-7-0
Ireland need 264 runs to win in 45.0 overs.
4.6 Naveen to Balbirnie, no run. To point
4.5 Naveen to Balbirnie, no run. Through to the keeper
4.4 Naveen to Balbirnie, FOUR Driven through the covers. Nice shot. Well hit.
4.3 Naveen to Balbirnie, no run. To extra cover
4.2 Naveen to Balbirnie, no run. Into the covers
4.1 Naveen to Balbirnie, no run. To mid-off
4
End of over 4 (1 run) Ireland 20-1
P Stirling 14* (12 balls, 3x4, 0x6) A Balbirnie 4* (5 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 4 in 1.2 overs
Mujeeb 2-0-7-0 Naveen 2-0-13-1
Ireland need 268 runs to win in 46.0 overs.
3.6 Mujeeb to Stirling, no run. Back to the bowler
3.5 Mujeeb to Stirling, no run. Appeal for lbw. Down leg.
3.4 Mujeeb to Stirling, no run. Defends back to the bowler.
3.3 Mujeeb to Balbirnie, 1 run. Swept to deep backward square
3.2 Mujeeb to Balbirnie, no run. Play and miss outside off. Keeper takes bails but foot grounded.
3.1 Mujeeb to Balbirnie, no run. Pushed to short midwicket
3
End of over 3 (4 runs) Ireland 19-1
P Stirling 14* (9 balls, 3x4, 0x6) A Balbirnie 3* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 3 in 0.2 overs
Naveen 2-0-13-1 Mujeeb 1-0-6-0
Ireland need 269 runs to win in 47.0 overs.
2.6 Naveen to Balbirnie, 1 run. Full and off his toes to wide mid on.
10:51 AM DRS shows ball hitting leg stump for KOB. Wise not to review. Three reds.
2.5 Naveen to Balbirnie, 2 runs. Edged through slips. Tentative.
10:50 AM No replay yet to see what DRS would have done.
1
K O'Brien lbw b Naveen 1 (7 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 14.29
Partnership of 16 in 16 balls
Ireland 16-1 in 2.4 overs
2.4 Naveen to O'Brien, OUT - LBW! Didn't get forward. Hit on knee in front. Angle may have been going down leg but opted not to review. Maybe hitting leg or umpires call. Tame end.
2.3 Naveen to O'Brien, no run. Cut back and just misses the stumps as he tried to flick it away
2.2 Naveen to O'Brien, no run. Cut off back foot to point
2.1 Naveen to O'Brien, no run. Full on off and dabbed into the off side
2.1 Naveen to O'Brien, WIDE Down leg side and keeper makes good stop
2
End of over 2 (6 runs) Ireland 15-0
P Stirling 14* (9 balls, 3x4, 0x6) K O'Brien 1* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 15 in 2.0 overs
Mujeeb 1-0-6-0 Naveen 1-0-9-0
Ireland need 273 runs to win in 48.0 overs.
1.6 Mujeeb to Stirling, no run. Back to the bowler
1.5 Mujeeb to O'Brien, 1 run. On leg nd out to deep midwicket
1.4 Mujeeb to Stirling, 1 run. Out to deep midwicket
1.3 Mujeeb to Stirling, FOUR Short and smashed square. Great power and timing as he came forward. Made room.
1.2 Mujeeb to Stirling, no run. Solid defence to cover
1.1 Mujeeb to Stirling, no run. Pushed to midwicket
1
End of over 1 (9 runs) Ireland 9-0
K O'Brien 0* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 9* (4 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 9 in 1.0 overs
Naveen 1-0-9-0
Ireland need 279 runs to win in 49.0 overs.
0.6 Naveen to O'Brien, no run. Off the pad and through to the keeper
0.5 Naveen to O'Brien, no run. Defends firmly into a packed off side. No slips but whole clatter of them in the off side there.
0.4 Naveen to Stirling, 1 run. Stuck on the crease and squirts out to point
0.3 Naveen to Stirling, FOUR Great shot. Solid punch through extra cover. Great shot. Took it on top of the bounce.
10:38 AM Not a lot of bounce in the pitch.
0.2 Naveen to Stirling, FOUR Short and pulled for four backward of square
0.1 Naveen to Stirling, no run. Inswinger defended. Medium pacer.
10:37 AM Players on their way. KOB and Stirling to open. Naveen with the new ball.
10:34 AM Can Ireland chase down this daunting total? Going to be a big ask on any pitch never mind one that is offering the spinners assistance.
10:33 AM He had been in Hong Kong after leaving Scotland few years ago.
10:33 AM In other news, Craig Wright is back in Scottish cricket having accepted a role as Assistant Coach and National Bowling Lead with them.
10:15 AM Bookies have Afghanistan at 1/9. Ireland 11/2.
10:09 AM However, that late blast by Rashid means they will have it all to do in the chase. Join us after the lunch break.
10:09 AM They had hauled themselves back into contention after that great innings by Gurbaz on debut. Andy McBrine with 5-29.
10:08 AM So a daunting chase in prospect for Ireland on a turning track.
50
End of over 50 (20 runs) Afghanistan 287-9
Naveen-ul-Haq 2* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Mujeeb Ur Rahman 1* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 2 in 0.1 overs
McCarthy 10-0-69-1 Young 6-1-40-0
49.6 McCarthy to Naveen, 2 runs. Spliced pull to square leg.
10:05 AM Another chance of a run out here. Looking at the pictures but looks in.
9
Rashid Khan run out 55 (30 balls, 2x4, 5x6) SR: 183.33
Partnership of 29 in 12 balls
Afghanistan 285-9 in 49.5 overs
49.5 McCarthy to Rashid, RUN OUT! with 1 run completed. Full toss hit to Singh who gets it back in and is well run out.
49.4 McCarthy to Rashid, no run. To mid-off. Tried again to give himeslf room
49.3 McCarthy to Rashid, FOUR Clears leg and sliced through offside. Trademark Rashid shot.
10:03 AM That's his 50. Just 27 balls.
49.2 McCarthy to Rashid, SIX BOOM! Smeared over cow corned
49.1 McCarthy to Rashid, SIX BOOM! Smashed over long off as he cleared lleg
49.1 McCarthy to Rashid, WIDE Down leg. Looke dharsh
49
End of over 49 (11 runs) Afghanistan 267-8
Mujeeb Ur Rahman 1* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rashid Khan 38* (25 balls, 1x4, 3x6)
Partnership of 11 in 1.1 overs
Young 6-1-40-0 McCarthy 9-0-49-1
48.6 Young to Rashid, 1 run. DROPPED! Off he edge to keeper and goes down
48.5 Young to Mujeeb, 1 run. Slower ball hit to long on
48.4 Young to Rashid, 1 run. Hit to long on
48.3 Young to Rashid, no run. Yorker
48.2 Young to Rashid, 2 runs. Sliced over cover
48.1 Young to Rashid, SIX BOOM! Just cleares deep midwicket. Tector almost got to it on the ropes
48
End of over 48 (8 runs) Afghanistan 256-8
Mujeeb Ur Rahman 0* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rashid Khan 28* (20 balls, 1x4, 2x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.1 overs
McCarthy 9-0-49-1 Young 5-1-29-0
47.6 McCarthy to Mujeeb, no run. To square leg.
8
Najibullah Zadran c Young b McCarthy 29 (43 balls, 1x4, 1x6) SR: 67.44
Partnership of 48 in 38 balls
Afghanistan 256-8 in 47.5 overs
47.5 McCarthy to Najibullah, OUT - CAUGHT! Slower to third man. Badly needed
47.4 McCarthy to Rashid, 1 run. To id off
47.3 McCarthy to Rashid, no run.
9:54 AM Dealny got hand on that and palmed it over.
47.2 McCarthy to Rashid, SIX BOOM! Uppercut over point
47.1 McCarthy to Najibullah, 1 run. To midwicket
47
End of over 47 (10 runs) Afghanistan 248-7
Rashid Khan 21* (17 balls, 1x4, 1x6) Najibullah Zadran 28* (41 balls, 1x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 40 in 5.3 overs
Young 5-1-29-0 Campher 3-0-39-0
46.6 Young to Najibullah, 1 run. Tucked to square leg
46.5 Young to Najibullah, SIX BOOM! Short ball and hit over long leg
46.4 Young to Najibullah, no run. Well pitched up and defends
46.3 Young to Najibullah, no run. Slower ball and misses heave
46.2 Young to Najibullah, 2 runs. Dropped into leg side and back for the second
46.1 Young to Rashid, 1 run. To cover.
9:45 AM Young returns.
9:44 AM Runs flowing again. Worryingly for Ireland.
46
End of over 46 (17 runs) Afghanistan 238-7
Najibullah Zadran 19* (36 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Rashid Khan 20* (16 balls, 1x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 30 in 4.3 overs
Campher 3-0-39-0 McCarthy 8-0-41-0
45.6 Campher to Rashid, 1 run. Easy run to point as he keeps the strike
9:43 AM Not great bowling
45.5 Campher to Rashid, SIX BOOM! In the slot and smeared over deep midwicket.
45.5 Campher to Rashid, WIDE Way outside off
45.4 Campher to Rashid, FOUR Stand and deliver. Hammered over extra cover. Good shot
45.3 Campher to Najibullah, 1 run. Worked to midwicket
45.3 Campher to Najibullah, WIDE Strays again from around the wicket
45.3 Campher to Najibullah, WIDE Down leg
45.2 Campher to Rashid, 1 run. To midwicket
45.1 Campher to Najibullah, 1 run. Cut to the cover sweeper
9:39 AM Five overs to go. Can Ireland end strongly?
45
End of over 45 (4 runs) Afghanistan 221-7
Rashid Khan 8* (12 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Najibullah Zadran 17* (34 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 13 in 3.3 overs
McCarthy 8-0-41-0 Singh 10-2-45-1
44.6 McCarthy to Najibullah, 1 run. Short ball to deep square
44.5 McCarthy to Najibullah, no run. Bangs in short ball. Good intent by the bowler
44.4 McCarthy to Rashid, 1 run. Hit and run to mid off
44.3 McCarthy to Rashid, 2 runs. To long leg
44.2 McCarthy to Rashid, no run. MISSED RUN OUT. Went to Tector at point, Rashid had taken off. Throws and misses. he had time to lov=b it into Tucker.
44.1 McCarthy to Rashid, no run. Good ball as Rashid looked to give himelf room
9:34 AM Steady spell ends for Singh. Not the fireworks of the other day but solid effort.
44
End of over 44 (4 runs) Afghanistan 217-7
Najibullah Zadran 16* (32 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Rashid Khan 5* (8 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 9 in 2.3 overs
Singh 10-2-45-1 McCarthy 7-0-37-0
43.6 Singh to Rashid, 1 run. Top edges sweep but falls short of McCarthy at deep square
43.5 Singh to Najibullah, 1 run. Driven nicely to long off as Singh came around the wicket
43.4 Singh to Rashid, 1 run. Off back foot to mid off
43.3 Singh to Rashid, no run. Pushed to point
43.2 Singh to Najibullah, 1 run. Pushed to left of cover
43.1 Singh to Najibullah, no run. Reverse sweep tp cover
43
End of over 43 (4 runs) Afghanistan 213-7
Rashid Khan 3* (5 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Najibullah Zadran 14* (29 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 5 in 1.3 overs
McCarthy 7-0-37-0 Singh 9-2-41-1
42.6 McCarthy to Rashid, no run. Solidly defended
42.5 McCarthy to Najibullah, 1 run. Not convincing. Into the runs and played to midwicket
42.4 McCarthy to Rashid, 1 run. Played to deep midwicket
42.3 McCarthy to Najibullah, 1 run. Lucky. Short ball from round the wicket aomes off splice and drops safely at vacant square leg
42.2 McCarthy to Rashid, 1 run. Swatted to Singh at deep cover
42.1 McCarthy to Rashid, no run. Pushed to off
42
End of over 42 (3 runs) Afghanistan 209-7
Najibullah Zadran 12* (27 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Rashid Khan 1* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 1 in 0.3 overs
Singh 9-2-41-1 McCarthy 6-0-33-0
41.6 Singh to Najibullah, no run. Into leg side and Singh fields himself. End of a good and indeed successful over for Ireland.
41.5 Singh to Najibullah, no run. Driven to short cover.
41.4 Singh to Rashid, 1 run. Off his hip to square leg
9:25 AM Scoreboard looks a lot better for Ireland now, Rashid Khan new man in.
7
Azmatullah Omarzai c & b Singh 2 (10 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 20.00
Partnership of 10 in 22 balls
Afghanistan 208-7 in 41.3 overs
41.3 Singh to Azmatullah, OUT - CAUGHT! Chips it back and Simi takes easy catch to his right. Ball seemed to stop in the pitch
41.2 Singh to Najibullah, 1 run. Quicker ball pushed to left of point
41.1 Singh to Azmatullah, 1 run. Off back foot to long on
41
End of over 41 (1 run) Afghanistan 206-6
Najibullah Zadran 11* (24 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Azmatullah Omarzai 1* (8 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 8 in 3.1 overs
McCarthy 6-0-33-0 Singh 8-2-38-0
40.6 McCarthy to Azmatullah, 1 run. Driven past the bowler to long-on
40.5 McCarthy to Azmatullah, no run. Defends to the bowler
9:20 AM ODI debutant Omarzai yet to get off the mark.
40.4 McCarthy to Azmatullah, no run. To mid-on
40.3 McCarthy to Azmatullah, no run. Into the off side and they thought about running but none there
40.2 McCarthy to Azmatullah, no run. Driven back at McCarthy who parries it on the half volley. Good stop
40.1 McCarthy to Azmatullah, no run. Driven to mid-on
9:18 AM Huge last ten overs in the context of the game.
40
End of over 40 (0 runs) Afghanistan 205-6
Najibullah Zadran 11* (24 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Azmatullah Omarzai 0* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 7 in 2.1 overs
Singh 8-2-38-0 McCarthy 5-0-32-0
39.6 Singh to Najibullah, no run. Right on line again. Maiden
39.5 Singh to Najibullah, no run. Solidly defended
39.4 Singh to Najibullah, no run. To midwicket
39.3 Singh to Najibullah, no run. Gets in a tangle as he tries reverse sweep. Almost falls over
39.2 Singh to Najibullah, no run. Pushed back to the bowler
39.1 Singh to Najibullah, no run. To short cover
9:15 AM Simi Singh returns.
39
End of over 39 (7 runs) Afghanistan 205-6
Azmatullah Omarzai 0* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Najibullah Zadran 11* (18 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 7 in 1.1 overs
McCarthy 5-0-32-0 Delany 2-0-17-1
38.6 McCarthy to Azmatullah, no run. Beaten outside off
9:14 AM 3 confirmed. Good stop by KOB
9:14 AM Taking a long time.
9:13 AM Checking if the 3 was in fact a 4
9:13 AM Excellent stat courtesy of Ger Siggins. Only Desmond Haynes (148*) has made more on ODI debut than Gurbaz.
38.5 McCarthy to Najibullah, 3 runs. Pitched up and driven over cover
38.4 McCarthy to Najibullah, no run. Round the wicket and bouncer goes past the batsman
38.3 McCarthy to Najibullah, no run. Defends.
9:10 AM Hitting into the wind, the ball just held up for Singh to take the catch.
9:10 AM Afghan batting coach Hilton Ackerman has a word with Gurbaz.
38.2 McCarthy to Najibullah, no run. Left alone outside off
9:09 AM 200 up.
38.1 McCarthy to Najibullah, FOUR Deliberate guide to third man who is inside the circle so a boundary
9:08 AM They have a real production line of talent, plenty to choose from.
9:07 AM That was a superb innings by Burbaz. Very powerful batsman. Only 19.
38
End of over 38 (12 runs) Afghanistan 198-6
Azmatullah Omarzai 0* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Najibullah Zadran 4* (13 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.1 overs
Delany 2-0-17-1 O'Brien 5-0-19-0
37.6 Delany to Azmatullah, no run. Defended.
9:07 AM Boy, did Ireland need that. Real gimmee.
6
Rahmanullah Gurbaz c Singh b Delany 127 (127 balls, 8x4, 9x6) SR: 100.00
Partnership of 37 in 35 balls
Afghanistan 198-6 in 37.5 overs
37.5 Delany to Rahmanullah, OUT - CAUGHT! Real bonus for Ireland as a long hop is hit straight to deep midwicket who takes it comfortably on the ropes
37.4 Delany to Rahmanullah, no run. Back to the bowler
9:04 AM Runs flowing
37.3 Delany to Rahmanullah, FOUR Edged through vacant slip area.
37.2 Delany to Rahmanullah, 2 runs. Played to deep midwicket
37.1 Delany to Rahmanullah, SIX BBOM! Hammered over exxtra cover as he gave himself room
37
End of over 37 (13 runs) Afghanistan 186-5
Najibullah Zadran 4* (13 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 115* (122 balls, 7x4, 8x6)
Partnership of 25 in 5.0 overs
O'Brien 5-0-19-0 Delany 1-0-5-0
36.6 O'Brien to Najibullah, 2 runs. Went high in the air to long off but fielder can't get there running back
36.5 O'Brien to Najibullah, no run. Driven to McCarthy at mid-off
36.4 O'Brien to Najibullah, no run. Soft hands and drops into off side
36.3 O'Brien to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Finds the gap on leg side
36.2 O'Brien to Rahmanullah, SIX BOOM! Short on leg and pulled in gap between square leg and deep midwicket
36.1 O'Brien to Rahmanullah, FOUR Lucky. Backs away and edges heave through vacant slip area.
36
End of over 36 (5 runs) Afghanistan 173-5
Najibullah Zadran 2* (10 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 104* (119 balls, 6x4, 7x6)
Partnership of 12 in 4.0 overs
Delany 1-0-5-0 O'Brien 4-0-6-0
35.6 Delany to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Fumble at cover allows the run
35.5 Delany to Rahmanullah, no run. To point
35.4 Delany to Rahmanullah, 2 runs. Great stop by diving Singh at deep midwicket
35.3 Delany to Najibullah, 1 run. Worked to deep midwicket
35.2 Delany to Najibullah, no run. Pushed to cover off the back foot
35.1 Delany to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Whipped to deep midwicket
8:55 AM Time for some leg-spin. Leinster's Gareth Delany.
8:53 AM These are two very powerful hitters of the ball. Ireland need to keep taking wickets.
8:52 AM Huge last 15 overs coming up. This will be a tough pitch to chase on and Ireland will find it hard against the Afghan spinners.
8:51 AM Second drinks break. Been a good session for the Irish and Andy McBrine in particular.
35
End of over 35 (1 run) Afghanistan 168-5
Najibullah Zadran 1* (8 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 100* (115 balls, 6x4, 7x6)
Partnership of 7 in 3.0 overs
O'Brien 4-0-6-0 Stirling 4-0-23-0
34.6 O'Brien to Najibullah, no run. Defends
8:51 AM Gurbaz has been batting on different track to the rest
34.5 O'Brien to Najibullah, no run. Misses extravagant drive
34.4 O'Brien to Najibullah, no run. Misses outside off. Stifled appeal for catch
34.3 O'Brien to Najibullah, no run. Defends
8:49 AM 16th player to make ODI hundred on debut. Just 19 years old.
8:49 AM Lets out a big roar. Helmet off. Big applause from his team mates.
34.2 O'Brien to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Finds the gap on leg side and that's the 100
34.1 O'Brien to Rahmanullah, no run. To midwicket. Thought about it but big shout of no
8:47 AM Gurbaz on 99. One away from century on his ODI debut.
34
End of over 34 (5 runs) Afghanistan 167-5
Najibullah Zadran 1* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 99* (113 balls, 6x4, 7x6)
Partnership of 6 in 2.0 overs
Stirling 4-0-23-0 O'Brien 3-0-5-0
33.6 Stirling to Najibullah, no run. Defends
33.5 Stirling to Najibullah, no run.
33.4 Stirling to Rahmanullah, 3 runs. Turned to deep square and they get overthrow
33.3 Stirling to Najibullah, 1 run. To long off
Field adjusts for the left-hander Najibullah. 33.2 Stirling to Rahmanullah, 1 run. To long on
33.1 Stirling to Rahmanullah, no run. To midwicket
8:44 AM Stirling returns.
8:44 AM Ireland are right back in this. Can they keep the momentum going?
33
End of over 33 (1 run) Afghanistan 162-5
Najibullah Zadran 0* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 95* (110 balls, 6x4, 7x6)
Partnership of 1 in 1.0 overs
O'Brien 3-0-5-0 McBrine 10-0-29-5
32.6 O'Brien to Najibullah, no run. Driven to mid-off
32.5 O'Brien to Rahmanullah, 1 run. To long on. Closing on on the hundred.
32.4 O'Brien to Rahmanullah, no run. Off the edge to short third man. All along the ground.
32.3 O'Brien to Rahmanullah, no run. To midwicket.
32.2 O'Brien to Rahmanullah, no run. To short cover.
32.1 O'Brien to Rahmanullah, no run. Back to the bowler
8:40 AM Bad news for Ireland is that his spell has finished.
8:40 AM That's his best figures for Ireland in his 84th game in all formats. Excellent spell. Well done Scra.
32
End of over 32 (1 run) Afghanistan 161-5
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 94* (105 balls, 6x4, 7x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.0 overs
McBrine 10-0-29-5 O'Brien 2-0-4-0
5
Gulbadin Naib c O'Brien b McBrine 2 (12 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 16.67
Partnership of 9 in 15 balls
Afghanistan 161-5 in 32.0 overs
31.6 McBrine to Gulbadin, OUT - CAUGHT! Round the wicket and played to KOB at leg slip. He's got five. Roars again and Ireland are ecstatic.
31.5 McBrine to Gulbadin, no run. To short midwicket
31.4 McBrine to Gulbadin, no run. Pushed back
31.3 McBrine to Gulbadin, no run. Defends solidly
31.2 McBrine to Gulbadin, no run. Played into leg side
31.1 McBrine to Rahmanullah, 1 run. To long on
31
End of over 31 (1 run) Afghanistan 160-4
Gulbadin Naib 2* (7 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 93* (104 balls, 6x4, 7x6)
Partnership of 8 in 1.3 overs
O'Brien 2-0-4-0 McBrine 9-0-28-4
30.6 O'Brien to Gulbadin, no run. To point
30.5 O'Brien to Gulbadin, no run. Solidly defended
30.4 O'Brien to Gulbadin, no run. To mid-on
30.3 O'Brien to Gulbadin, no run. To short cover
30.2 O'Brien to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Off the splice but lands safe at midwicket
30.1 O'Brien to Rahmanullah, no run.
8:33 AM McBrine is the 8th Ireland bowler to take 50 or more ODI wickets.
30
End of over 30 (8 runs) Afghanistan 159-4
Gulbadin Naib 2* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 92* (102 balls, 6x4, 7x6)
Partnership of 7 in 0.3 overs
McBrine 9-0-28-4 O'Brien 1-0-3-0
29.6 McBrine to Gulbadin, 2 runs. Pushed through the covers.
29.5 McBrine to Gulbadin, no run. To point
29.4 McBrine to Gulbadin, no run. More turn and attempted stumping but safe
29.4 McBrine to Gulbadin, 5 WIDES. Turns away down leg and beats Tucker
8:30 AM It's McBrine's day
4
Mohammad Nabi c O'Brien b McBrine 3 (7 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 42.86
Partnership of 6 in 14 balls
Afghanistan 152-4 in 29.3 overs
29.3 McBrine to Nabi, OUT - CAUGHT! Spins in and turned to that man KOB at leg slip. Big wicket
29.2 McBrine to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Through square leg
29.1 McBrine to Rahmanullah, no run. Defends
29
End of over 29 (3 runs) Afghanistan 151-3
Mohammad Nabi 3* (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 91* (100 balls, 6x4, 7x6)
Partnership of 5 in 1.5 overs
O'Brien 1-0-3-0 McBrine 8-0-20-3
28.6 O'Brien to Nabi, no run. Off the back foot to cover
28.5 O'Brien to Nabi, no run. To midwicket
28.4 O'Brien to Nabi, no run. Solidly defended
28.3 O'Brien to Nabi, 2 runs. On leg stump and chipped to deep square
28.2 O'Brien to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Placed to the left of cover
28.1 O'Brien to Rahmanullah, no run. To cover
8:24 AM KOB comes on. Ireland's leading wicket taker in ODI's.
8:23 AM McBrine's best figures in an ODI.
8:22 AM McBrine has been exceptional today. Excellent line and length. Extracted turn too.
28
End of over 28 (2 runs) Afghanistan 148-3
Mohammad Nabi 1* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 90* (98 balls, 6x4, 7x6)
Partnership of 2 in 0.5 overs
McBrine 8-0-20-3 Stirling 3-0-18-0
27.6 McBrine to Rahmanullah, 1 run. To deep square
27.5 McBrine to Rahmanullah, no run. Defends again
27.4 McBrine to Rahmanullah, no run. Back to the bowler
27.3 McBrine to Nabi, 1 run. To long on.
27.2 McBrine to Nabi, no run. Defends
8:20 AM Umpire turned it down but overturned on review.
3
Asghar Afghan c O'Brien b McBrine 6 (4 balls, 1x4, 0x6) SR: 150.00
Partnership of 13 in 10 balls
Afghanistan 146-3 in 27.1 overs
27.1 McBrine to Asghar, OUT - CAUGHT! Tried to sweep but came off glove and pad and went to O'Brien at leg slip.
8:19 AM Catcb was taken at leg slip
8:19 AM Checking for a wicket here. McBrine thinks he has him.
27
End of over 27 (7 runs) Afghanistan 146-2
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 89* (95 balls, 6x4, 7x6) Asghar Afghan 6* (3 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 13 in 1.3 overs
Stirling 3-0-18-0 McBrine 7-0-18-2
26.6 Stirling to Rahmanullah, no run. Turn and hit on pad. Big appeal but looked outside off.
26.5 Stirling to Rahmanullah, no run. Back to the bowler
26.4 Stirling to Rahmanullah, no run. Slingy quicker ball
26.4 Stirling to Rahmanullah, WIDE Outside off and called
26.3 Stirling to Rahmanullah, no run. Back to the bowler
26.2 Stirling to Rahmanullah, SIX BOOM! That's gone a long way over deep midwicket.
26.1 Stirling to Rahmanullah, no run. To square leg
26
End of over 26 (6 runs) Afghanistan 139-2
Asghar Afghan 6* (3 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 83* (89 balls, 6x4, 6x6)
Partnership of 6 in 0.3 overs
McBrine 7-0-18-2 Stirling 2-0-11-0
25.6 McBrine to Asghar, FOUR Gets outside line and sweeps powerfully
25.5 McBrine to Asghar, 2 runs. To deep backward square
25.4 McBrine to Asghar, no run. Defends
8:12 AM Skipper Asghar Afghan new man in. Changed his name from Stanikzai.
8:11 AM It's McBrine's day thus far. Can he get another couple?
2
Rahmat Shah c McCarthy b McBrine 3 (9 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 33.33
Partnership of 13 in 21 balls
Afghanistan 133-2 in 25.3 overs
25.3 McBrine to Rahmat, OUT - CAUGHT! Sweeps straight to square leg. Scra shouts yes...Two fists clenched. He enjoyed that.
25.2 McBrine to Rahmat, no run. Back to the bowler
25.1 McBrine to Rahmat, no run. To leg slip.
8:09 AM McBrine to continue. Done well so far.
8:09 AM Halfway point. Afghanistan the happier of the two sides.
8:08 AM Gurbaz highest score on debut by an Afghani. Can he join the 15 international players who have made an ODI century on debut? Thanks Ger for the info.
25
End of over 25 (3 runs) Afghanistan 133-1
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 83* (89 balls, 6x4, 6x6) Rahmat Shah 3* (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 13 in 3.0 overs
Stirling 2-0-11-0 McBrine 6-0-12-1
24.6 Stirling to Rahmanullah, no run.
24.5 Stirling to Rahmat, 1 run. Nicely driven to long on
24.4 Stirling to Rahmanullah, 1 run. To long on beating despairing dive of Harry Tector
24.3 Stirling to Rahmanullah, no run. To mid-off
24.2 Stirling to Rahmat, 1 run. To deep midwicket
24.1 Stirling to Rahmat, no run.
8:05 AM Ger Siggins tells me this is the highest ODI score by an Afghan.
24
End of over 24 (2 runs) Afghanistan 130-1
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 82* (86 balls, 6x4, 6x6) Rahmat Shah 1* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 10 in 2.0 overs
McBrine 6-0-12-1 Stirling 1-0-8-0
23.6 McBrine to Rahmanullah, no run. To midwicket.
23.5 McBrine to Rahmanullah, no run. To midwicket
23.5 McBrine to Rahmanullah, WIDE Turns down leg
23.4 McBrine to Rahmanullah, no run. Another appeal but umpire says no.
23.3 McBrine to Rahmat, 1 run. Quick run to midwicket. Almost a mix up.
23.2 McBrine to Rahmat, no run. To short midwicket.
23.1 McBrine to Rahmat, no run. Back to the bowler.
8:02 AM McBrine has now 50 ODI wickets playing in his 51st game.
23
End of over 23 (8 runs) Afghanistan 128-1
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 82* (83 balls, 6x4, 6x6) Rahmat Shah 0* (0 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 8 in 1.0 overs
Stirling 1-0-8-0 McBrine 5-0-10-1
22.6 Stirling to Rahmanullah, no run. wanted a run but none there.
22.5 Stirling to Rahmanullah, SIX BOOM! Didn't seem to get all of that but clears long off easily. Boundaries in 20 years all around.
22.4 Stirling to Rahmanullah, no run. To midwicket
22.3 Stirling to Rahmanullah, 2 runs. Off the edge to third man
22.2 Stirling to Rahmanullah, no run. Back to the bowler
22.1 Stirling to Rahmanullah, no run. To midwicket
7:59 AM Paul Stirling on to replace Simi Singh.
7:59 AM Rahmat Shah the new man in.
7:58 AM Boy did Ireland need that.
22
End of over 22 (2 runs) Afghanistan 120-1
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 74* (77 balls, 6x4, 5x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.0 overs
McBrine 5-0-10-1 Singh 7-1-38-0
1
Javed Ahmadi c Singh b McBrine 38 (55 balls, 2x4, 2x6) SR: 69.09
Partnership of 120 in 132 balls
Afghanistan 120-1 in 22.0 overs
21.6 McBrine to Ahmadi, OUT - CAUGHT! Swept straight to midwikcet. McBrine roars yes!!
21.5 McBrine to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Off the back foot to long off
21.4 McBrine to Rahmanullah, no run. To midwicket
21.3 McBrine to Rahmanullah, no run. Pushed to point
21.2 McBrine to Ahmadi, 1 run. To square leg
21.1 McBrine to Ahmadi, no run. Defends.
7:55 AM Ireland have gone very, very quiet. Time for something different? Delany leg-spin or Stirling oerhaps.
21
End of over 21 (14 runs) Afghanistan 118-0
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 73* (74 balls, 6x4, 5x6) Javed Ahmadi 37* (52 balls, 2x4, 2x6)
Partnership of 118 in 21.0 overs
Singh 7-1-38-0 McBrine 4-0-8-0
20.6 Singh to Ahmadi, 1 run. Worked to deep midwicket.
20.5 Singh to Ahmadi, SIX BOOM!! Tossed up on off and lofted effortlessly. Classy shot
20.4 Singh to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Tossed up and worked through midwicket
20.3 Singh to Rahmanullah, no run. Defends back to the bowler
20.2 Singh to Rahmanullah, SIX BOOM! Uses his feet and smashed straight. Good shot.
20.1 Singh to Rahmanullah, no run. To midwicket
20
End of over 20 (3 runs) Afghanistan 104-0
Javed Ahmadi 30* (50 balls, 2x4, 1x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 66* (70 balls, 6x4, 4x6)
Partnership of 104 in 20.0 overs
McBrine 4-0-8-0 Singh 6-1-24-0
19.6 McBrine to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Worked to square leg
19.5 McBrine to Rahmanullah, no run. Round the wicket and more spin.
19.4 McBrine to Rahmanullah, no run. Bit of turn
19.3 McBrine to Rahmanullah, no run.
19.2 McBrine to Ahmadi, 1 run. And again
19.1 McBrine to Rahmanullah, 1 run. To long on
7:50 AM That's the 100 up and 1000 ODI runs for Ahmadi. The 11th Afghan to do so.
19
End of over 19 (7 runs) Afghanistan 101-0
Javed Ahmadi 29* (49 balls, 2x4, 1x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 64* (65 balls, 6x4, 4x6)
Partnership of 101 in 19.0 overs
Singh 6-1-24-0 McBrine 3-0-5-0
18.6 Singh to Ahmadi, SIX BOOM! Short and pulled powerfully over deep square
18.5 Singh to Ahmadi, no run. Inside edges attempted sweep
18.4 Singh to Ahmadi, no run. Strange looking shot as he defends
18.3 Singh to Ahmadi, no run. To square leg
18.2 Singh to Ahmadi, no run. Pushed to midwicket
18.1 Singh to Rahmanullah, 1 run. To midwicket
7:45 AM Gurbaz on his ODI debut has made the most of his lifeline on 19 when he was dropped. Worryingly for the Irish the wicket is turning.
7:44 AM That's drinks. Afghanistan will be delighted with their start. Ireland have pulled it back a little in the last five overs but need wickets.
18
End of over 18 (3 runs) Afghanistan 94-0
Javed Ahmadi 23* (44 balls, 2x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 63* (64 balls, 6x4, 4x6)
Partnership of 94 in 18.0 overs
McBrine 3-0-5-0 Singh 5-1-17-0
17.6 McBrine to Ahmadi, no run. Misses attempted heave
17.5 McBrine to Ahmadi, 2 byes. Beats everything. Appeals but no pad or bat.
7:42 AM Afghan spinners will be licking their lips...
17.4 McBrine to Ahmadi, no run. Big turn again
17.3 McBrine to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Quick running to midwicket
17.2 McBrine to Rahmanullah, no run. To midwicket
17.1 McBrine to Rahmanullah, no run. Another appeal for lbw but in the optimistic category
17
End of over 17 (3 runs) Afghanistan 91-0
Javed Ahmadi 23* (41 balls, 2x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 62* (61 balls, 6x4, 4x6)
Partnership of 91 in 17.0 overs
Singh 5-1-17-0 McBrine 2-0-4-0
16.6 Singh to Ahmadi, 2 runs. Nicely guided to third man. Played it late. Nice shot
16.5 Singh to Ahmadi, no run. Cut to point
16.4 Singh to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Swept powerfully to deep backward square
16.3 Singh to Rahmanullah, no run. Down the pitch and defends
16.2 Singh to Rahmanullah, no run. Half shout for lbw but bat on it
16.1 Singh to Rahmanullah, no run. Defends
7:37 AM "Make it happen lads" implores Lorcan Tucker.
7:37 AM That was a decent over. Can Ireland build any sort of pressure.
16
End of over 16 (2 runs) Afghanistan 88-0
Javed Ahmadi 21* (39 balls, 2x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 61* (57 balls, 6x4, 4x6)
Partnership of 88 in 16.0 overs
McBrine 2-0-4-0 Singh 4-1-14-0
15.6 McBrine to Ahmadi, no run. Almost gets through but gets bat on it,
15.5 McBrine to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Worked off his hip to deep square
15.4 McBrine to Rahmanullah, no run. hammered back and well stopped by McBrine
15.3 McBrine to Rahmanullah, no run. Appeal for lbw. Long way down.
15.3 McBrine to Rahmanullah, WIDE Spins down leg. Big turn
15.2 McBrine to Rahmanullah, no run. Back to the bowler
15.1 McBrine to Rahmanullah, no run. To midwicket. Thought about a run
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End of over 15 (5 runs) Afghanistan 86-0
Javed Ahmadi 21* (38 balls, 2x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 60* (52 balls, 6x4, 4x6)
Partnership of 86 in 15.0 overs
Singh 4-1-14-0 McBrine 1-0-2-0
14.6 Singh to Ahmadi, 2 runs. Guided to third man
14.5 Singh to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Swept in the air but one bounce to Campher at deep square
14.4 Singh to Rahmanullah, no run. Defended back to Singh
14.3 Singh to Rahmanullah, no run. To square leg
14.2 Singh to Rahmanullah, 2 runs. Swept fine and Campher does well to stop the boundary
14.1 Singh to Rahmanullah, no run. Back to the bowler
7:31 AM Ireland need a wicket or two. All Afghanistan so far.
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End of over 14 (2 runs) Afghanistan 81-0
Javed Ahmadi 19* (37 balls, 2x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 57* (47 balls, 6x4, 4x6)
Partnership of 81 in 14.0 overs
McBrine 1-0-2-0 Singh 3-1-9-0
13.6 McBrine to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Down the track and driven to long on
13.5 McBrine to Ahmadi, 1 run. Finds the gap in the leg side
13.4 McBrine to Ahmadi, no run. To midwicket. Good line this far from the bowler
13.3 McBrine to Ahmadi, no run. Into the leg side and Tucker sprints to stop the run
13.2 McBrine to Ahmadi, no run. And again
13.1 McBrine to Ahmadi, no run. Defends
As I expected, Andy McBrine on,
7:28 AM Will they give Curtis Campher a third over or try something different?
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End of over 13 (4 runs) Afghanistan 79-0
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 56* (46 balls, 6x4, 4x6) Javed Ahmadi 18* (32 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 79 in 13.0 overs
Singh 3-1-9-0 Campher 2-0-22-0
12.6 Singh to Rahmanullah, no run. Solidly defended
12.5 Singh to Rahmanullah, no run. Defends
12.4 Singh to Ahmadi, 1 run. In the air bit just evades mid on
12.3 Singh to Ahmadi, 2 runs. Slashed past point.
12.2 Singh to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Quick single to square leg
12.1 Singh to Rahmanullah, no run. Back to the bowler.
7:25 AM Afghansistan and Gurbaz flying now. That drop is proving very costly.
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End of over 12 (11 runs) Afghanistan 75-0
Javed Ahmadi 15* (30 balls, 2x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 55* (42 balls, 6x4, 4x6)
Partnership of 75 in 12.0 overs
Campher 2-0-22-0 Singh 2-1-5-0
11.6 Campher to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Turned to fine leg and keeps the strike.
11.5 Campher to Rahmanullah, no run. To mid on
11.4 Campher to Rahmanullah, FOUR Controlled edge through vacant skip area. Deliberate.
11.3 Campher to Rahmanullah, no run. To short fine leg.
7:23 AM That's fifty for Gurbaz.
11.2 Campher to Rahmanullah, SIX BOOM! Long hop picked up and helped over long leg. Howl of no from the bowler.
11.1 Campher to Rahmanullah, no run. Solid defence
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End of over 11 (5 runs) Afghanistan 64-0
Javed Ahmadi 15* (30 balls, 2x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 44* (36 balls, 5x4, 3x6)
Partnership of 64 in 11.0 overs
Singh 2-1-5-0 Campher 1-0-11-0
10.6 Singh to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Worked to square leg again and keeps the strike
10.5 Singh to Ahmadi, 1 run. Off the back foot to long off
10.4 Singh to Ahmadi, no run. Defends back to the bowler
10.3 Singh to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Worked to square leg
10.2 Singh to Ahmadi, 1 run. Turned to square leg.
10.1 Singh to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Through midwicket
7:18 AM End of the first power-play.
7:17 AM Great start for Afghanistan. Ireland gone very quiet in the field. Need a wicket.
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End of over 10 (11 runs) Afghanistan 59-0
Javed Ahmadi 13* (27 balls, 2x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 41* (33 balls, 5x4, 3x6)
Partnership of 59 in 10.0 overs
Campher 1-0-11-0 Singh 1-1-0-0
9.6 Campher to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Guided to third man.
9.5 Campher to Rahmanullah, no run. Back to the bowler.
9.4 Campher to Rahmanullah, no run. Defends to short cover.
9.3 Campher to Rahmanullah, FOUR Half volley driven through cover. Lovely shot
9.2 Campher to Rahmanullah, SIX BOOM! In the slot and that is smashed a long, long, way.
9.1 Campher to Rahmanullah, no run. Defended.
7:14 AM Double change as Campher is on.
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End of over 9 (0 runs) Afghanistan 48-0
Javed Ahmadi 13* (27 balls, 2x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 30* (27 balls, 4x4, 2x6)
Partnership of 48 in 9.0 overs
Singh 1-1-0-0 Young 4-1-19-0
8.6 Singh to Ahmadi, no run. Starts with a maiden as it is played back to the bowler
8.5 Singh to Ahmadi, no run. Back to the bowler
8.4 Singh to Ahmadi, no run. Off back foot to cover
8.3 Singh to Ahmadi, no run. Misses attempted drive
8.2 Singh to Ahmadi, no run. Pushed to short cover.
8.1 Singh to Ahmadi, no run. Back to the bowler
7:11 AM Simi Singh replaces Barry McCarthy.
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End of over 8 (10 runs) Afghanistan 48-0
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 30* (27 balls, 4x4, 2x6) Javed Ahmadi 13* (21 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 48 in 8.0 overs
Young 4-1-19-0 McCarthy 4-0-25-0
7.6 Young to Rahmanullah, FOUR Strays on leg and nicely timed to through square leg.
7.5 Young to Rahmanullah, no run. To point. Good line.
7.4 Young to Rahmanullah, no run. To short midwicket
7.3 Young to Rahmanullah, no run. Another appeal for lbw but bit of bat maybe.
7.2 Young to Rahmanullah, SIX BOOM! Another short ball smashed over long leg.
7:07 AM Just saw replay of that lbw shout. Was umpires call. All umpires in this series from Afghanistan.
7.1 Young to Rahmanullah, no run. Misses attemoted heave
7:06 AM Not going right for Ireland.
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End of over 7 (10 runs) Afghanistan 38-0
Javed Ahmadi 13* (21 balls, 2x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 20* (21 balls, 3x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 38 in 7.0 overs
McCarthy 4-0-25-0 Young 3-1-9-0
6.6 McCarthy to Ahmadi, FOUR Clubbed over long off
6.5 McCarthy to Ahmadi, 4 leg byes. Shout for lbw but not reviewed.
7:05 AM Ireland not happy. They were debating whether umpire signalled if it was pad or bat. Thought about reviewing lbw.
6.4 McCarthy to Rahmanullah, 1 run. DROPPED. Gloved and Tucker spills it. Should have been taken. McCarthy holds hands on head.
6.3 McCarthy to Ahmadi, 1 run. Shovelled to Young at long leg
6.2 McCarthy to Ahmadi, no run. Pushed to cover.
6.1 McCarthy to Ahmadi, no run. Comes forward and defends to midwicket
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End of over 6 (7 runs) Afghanistan 28-0
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 19* (20 balls, 3x4, 1x6) Javed Ahmadi 8* (16 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 28 in 6.0 overs
Young 3-1-9-0 McCarthy 3-0-19-0
5.6 Young to Rahmanullah, no run. Good ball and defended to mid on
5.5 Young to Ahmadi, 1 run. Turned to square leg
5.4 Young to Ahmadi, no run. Appeal for lbw but going down leg
5.3 Young to Ahmadi, FOUR Short and pulled powerfully to midwicket boundary
5.2 Young to Rahmanullah, 1 run. Turned to short fine leg
5.1 Young to Ahmadi, 1 run. Off inside edge down to long leg
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End of over 5 (8 runs) Afghanistan 21-0
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 18* (18 balls, 3x4, 1x6) Javed Ahmadi 2* (12 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 21 in 5.0 overs
McCarthy 3-0-19-0 Young 2-1-2-0
4.6 McCarthy to Rahmanullah, no run. To midwicket
4.5 McCarthy to Rahmanullah, no run.
4.4 McCarthy to Rahmanullah, no run. Solidly back to the bowler
4.3 McCarthy to Rahmanullah, FOUR Strays on leg and glanced fine
4.2 McCarthy to Rahmanullah, no run. To midwicket
4.1 McCarthy to Rahmanullah, FOUR On leg and picked up and swatted through square leg. Plenty of power
6:52 AM Honours even in this opening period.
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End of over 4 (0 runs) Afghanistan 13-0
Javed Ahmadi 2* (12 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 10* (12 balls, 1x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 13 in 4.0 overs
Young 2-1-2-0 McCarthy 2-0-11-0
3.6 Young to Ahmadi, no run. Left alone
3.5 Young to Ahmadi, no run. Defends
3.4 Young to Ahmadi, no run.
3.3 Young to Ahmadi, no run. And again. Little bit of away swing
3.2 Young to Ahmadi, no run. Shoulders arms to ball outside off.
3.1 Young to Ahmadi, no run. Defends off back foot to point.
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End of over 3 (10 runs) Afghanistan 13-0
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 10* (12 balls, 1x4, 1x6) Javed Ahmadi 2* (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 13 in 3.0 overs
McCarthy 2-0-11-0 Young 1-0-2-0
2.6 McCarthy to Rahmanullah, no run. Shoulders arms and lets it go through
2.5 McCarthy to Rahmanullah, FOUR Edged but wide of second slip
2.4 McCarthy to Rahmanullah, no run. On middle and off and defended
6:45 AM Simi Singh on ball retrieval duties.
2.3 McCarthy to Rahmanullah, SIX BOOM! Short and smashed away over deep midwicket.
2.2 McCarthy to Rahmanullah, no run. Moves across his crease and played to midwicket
2.1 McCarthy to Rahmanullah, no run. Defends
6:43 AM Boundaries have been brought in. 62m on one side and 65m on the other.
6:42 AM Both sides feeling their way into the game.
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End of over 2 (2 runs) Afghanistan 3-0
Javed Ahmadi 2* (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Rahmanullah Gurbaz 0* (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 3 in 2.0 overs
Young 1-0-2-0 McCarthy 1-0-1-0
1.6 Young to Ahmadi, no run. Defended solidly to cover.
1.5 Young to Ahmadi, no run. Defended into the off side
1.4 Young to Ahmadi, no run. Banged in outside off and good carry.
1.3 Young to Ahmadi, no run. Left alone outside off.
1.2 Young to Ahmadi, no run. Straight to cover.
1.1 Young to Ahmadi, 2 runs. Nice shot as he gets up on his ties and punched past point
6:39 AM Gurbaz has broken his bat and gets a new one.
6:38 AM Craig Young to share new ball duties.
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End of over 1 (1 run) Afghanistan 1-0
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 0* (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Javed Ahmadi 0* (0 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 1 in 1.0 overs
McCarthy 1-0-1-0
0.6 McCarthy to Rahmanullah, no run. Well pitched up again and driven to cover
0.5 McCarthy to Rahmanullah, no run. Hit to mid-off. Wanted a run but sent back. Good stumbling stop by KOB.
0.4 McCarthy to Rahmanullah, no run. Full toss hit to mid on.
0.3 McCarthy to Rahmanullah, no run. Right on line and solidly defended.
0.2 McCarthy to Rahmanullah, no run. Well pitched up and defends into off-side.
6:35 AM Two slips in place, Stirling and Balbirnie.
0.1 McCarthy to Rahmanullah, no run. That's better. Left alone outside off.
0.1 McCarthy to Rahmanullah, WIDE Down leg. Not ideal start.
6:33 AM Gurbaz has a reputation as a bit of a banger.
6:32 AM Slight delay as movement behind bowlers arm.
6:32 AM Debutant Gurbaz to take strike on his debut..
6:31 AM teams on their way and Barry McCarthy has the new ball for Ireland.
6:30 AM National anthems just completed. Start not too far away. Teams now in. Few debutants for Afgans.
6:25 AM Andy Balbirnie reckons the track is a bit tacky and not too disappointed to be bowling first. He reckons Simi Singh is one to watch. Plus mentions for Campher, Stirling and Kevin O'Brien.
6:21 AM As expected, Ireland are unchanged from the last game against UAE.
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6:20 AM Meanwhile back at the ranch, the news from the middle is that the toss has just taken place and has been won by Afghanistan who will bat first. That might not be a bad thing with little bit of moisture in the track. Early wickets could be key to keeping them in check.
6:18 AM Lorcan Tucker has the gloves for this series in th absence of Gary Wilson on paternity leave. Gary is the now the proud father of two boys, with his wife Jennifer giving birth to Oscar, who joins his big brother Oliver. In more baby news, Isobel Joyce and her husband John Anderson became the proud parents of Jamie Richard Anderson, born two weeks ago. What odds Jamie and Oscar will be in the Irish ranks in 20 years time? Congrats to all.
6:16 AM Campher aside, only six Irish players average 30 or more in ODIs. The list is as follows: 1. Ed Joyce 41.37; 2. Paul Stirling 38.03; 3. Eoin Morgan 35.43; 4. Andrew Balbirnie 32.26; 5. William Porterfield 30.76; 6. Kevin O'Brien 30.13.
6:13 AM Curtis Campher has been a revelation since his introduction in the side last August. He heads some pretty exalted company at the minute. Of players who have played five ODI's or more for Ireland he tops the averages, currently standing at 69.00 having made three 50's thus far. Some record for the 21 year-old.
6:11 AM Paul Stirling has played in all 27 ODI's against Afghanistan averaging just over 43 with 10 fifties and one hundred. Today will be his 300th innings in all formats for Ireland. He made his debut at this very stadium in March 2008, almost 13 years ago.
6:08 AM They will take confidence from the fact that big 3 of Stirling, Balbirnie and O'Brien all failed in that second ODI but the middle and late-order rallied with contributions from Singh, Campher, Tucker and Tector.
6:07 AM The pitches here seem ideally suited to Afghanistan's battery of spinners, with their much vaunted triumvirate of Rashid, Nabi and Mujeeb a daunting prospect for the Irish batters.
6:06 AM Ireland produced a fine display after being 10 for 3 the other day in their win over UAE. I wouldn't expect too many changes to that line-up barring any illness or injuries.
6:05 AM The dense fog of earlier has burned away and it looks as if the toss won't be too far away.
6:03 AM Graham Ford is the Ireland Coach, and he has a new assistant in the form of Stuart Barnes who is also the Bowling Coach.
5:59 AM Phil Simmons was their Head Coach ten. He's now back with the West Indies and Lance Klusener is at the helm.
5:59 AM Afghanistan did win the most important ODI between the sides, when they emerged victorious in the World Cup Qualifying shoot-out in Harare in 2018.
5:56 AM While Afghanistan have dominated Ireland in T20 cricket their record in ODI's stands at 13 wins apiece from 27 games with one no result.
5:56 AM The teams ate warming up and toss is expected shortly so hopefully there will be no reduction in overs.
5:55 AM However the good news is that it is expected to be bright and sunny with temperatures to reach 27c.
5:54 AM The news from the ground is that heavy fog has delayed the toss and the start of the game. Remember that the start time had been pushed back 30 minutes.
5:51 AM Hello and welcome to our coverage of this first of three World Cup Super League games between Ireland and Afghanistan from the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.