Afghanistan tour of India, 3rd ODI: Afghanistan v Ireland at Greater Noida, Mar 19, 2017
Ireland won by 6 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)
19 March 2017 (50-over match)

9.30am All set for action. Out come the players. Mohammad Shahzad on strike and Peter Chase to begin proceedings.

Nishu: "Hey Akshay, Good morning, What about the pitch,is it the same pitch which was used for 2nd ODI or a different one and what about the pitch and weather conditions? " Good morning. It's a different surface. Cracks present. Not expected to assist seamers despite cloud cover but spinners will definitely find help.

9.20am Pitch report - It look a little different. There are little cracks which will help the spinners at a later stage. There is some grass that is binding it. There is a cloud cover but fast bowlers are unlikely to find any assistance here. Spinners, on the other hand, will have something.

9am News from the centre is that Afghanistan have won the toss and are batting first. We will have the XIs and the team changes with you shortly.

Asghar Stanikzai - Today is a little bit different, maybe good for spin in the second innings. Our batsmen are in good form, especially Shahzad. We will try our best and play good, positive cricket. We will try for 250-plus.

William Porterfield - It is slightly different. We will have to bowl very well and restrict them. But we have also seen the pitches so far haven't changed too much, so it may be different but we are not too far. The pleasing thing is that we have put ourselves in a position from which we can win. We just need to continue doing that and look to win.

Aslewa Gulmi: "Young Usman Ghani should get a game today. He is a better batsman than Noor Ali Zadran."

Abdul Hadi: "Looking forward to another RASHID masterclass"

Afghanistan XI - Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Stanikzai (capt), Shafiqullah, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib, Dawlat Zadran, Amir Hamza, Samiullah Shenwari

Ireland XI - William Porterfield (capt), Niall O'Brien, Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Andy Balbirnie, Gary Wilson, Stuart Thompson, Andy McBrine, George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh, Peter Chase

Mohammad Yasa: "For a change, I would have loved to see Afghanistan bowl first, but the series is not won yet and they wouldn't risk it. I hope they give chance to the young pacer Farid Malik to see what he has in his arsenal on this flat track. "

Afghanistan don't have reason to make too many changes. Their batting has fired in unison, led by Mohammad Shahzad who has been completely dominant at the top. Asghar Stanikzai found form with a century in the previous game. He seemed to struggle to accelerate for large parts of his innings, before going into overdrive and playing a match-winning innings.

But the hero for Afghanistan has been their young legspinner Rashid Khan, who has spun a web around Ireland's batsmen. Ireland have consistently been clueless against Rashid's googlies and at various times have looked to be without any idea of which way the ball will turn. It has been a stellar display of legspin bowling on the slow and low surfaces of Greater Noida.

And not to forget Dawlat Zadran who has admirably supported him and chipped in with wickets in every game.

Ireland have severely lacked in the bowling department. They have sorely missed the services of their strike bowler Boyd Rankin who is still recovering from a lower back injury. They went in without their senior player Kevin O'Brien in the previous match and their spinners have no shown the adeptness to exploit the conditions on offer unlike the home team's.

Their batting has given them some positives. William Porterfield has tried his best to lead from the front and Paul Stirling has been great in both games so far, chipping in with half-centuries. He narrowly missed out on the rare feat of a five-wicket haul and a century in the same ODI due to a wrong decision from the umpire when he was batting on 95.

8.55am Hello, and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's live coverage of the third ODI between Afghanistan and Ireland in Greater Noida.

It has been one way traffic thus far with Afghanistan thoroughly dominating proceedings. Ireland were nowhere in the picture in the T20 series. They have looked good in parts in the ODIs, but it has still been nowhere near good enough for an extremely strong Afghanistan side who have mastered the conditions in their adopted home of India.

0.1

Chase to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, short of good length, finds slight movement and Shahzad frees his arms to steer it to point

0.2

Chase to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 wide, sprayed well down the leg side and misses the attempted glance of the batsman

0.2

Chase to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 wide, and this time he overcompensates with the line and fires it too wide outside off. Shahzad stays in the crease and slashes hard without feet and gets beaten

0.2

Chase to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 wide, a hat-trick of wides in the first over. Tries to get some inswing and the ball narrowly misses brushing the thigh guard as Shahzad is looking to tuck it away and goes to the keeper

0.2

Chase to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, that's a much better line. Just outside off and on a fullish length, Shahzad shuffles across and lifts his bat to let it go

0.3

Chase to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, swings wildly without using his feet and promptly gets beaten outside off

0.4

Chase to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 wide, and he loses control of his line again. Sprays it well down the leg side

0.4

Chase to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, back of a length on the stumps. Shahzad jumps up and tries to tuck it away but that perhaps just stopped on him a little. Gets a leading edge. He played very softly so it does not carry to the bowler

0.5

Chase to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, short of a length, jumps up and pushes it in front of covers before taking off for a single

0.6

Chase to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, full and on the pads, clipped away to midwicket off the pads

End of over 1 (5 runs) Afghanistan 5/0

    • Noor Ali Zadran 0 (1b)
    • Mohammad Shahzad 1 (5b)
    • PKD Chase 1-0-5-0
1.1

Murtagh to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, back of a length, straightens after it is angled in on off and middle and it is bunted back down the pitch as Shahzad gets up to ride the bounce

1.2

Murtagh to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, width on offer outside off, opens up the arms and slaps this one hard through the point region where the fielder dives but cannot put his hands to it

1.3

Murtagh to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, short of good length ball, stays in the crease and pats it into the off side without any feet

1.4

Murtagh to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, back of a length ball, swivels around and pulls it along the ground through square leg

1.5

Murtagh to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, good line and length. Tempts him with a fuller ball that straightens outside off and the batsman shoulders arms

1.6

Murtagh to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, short of good length ball, outside off, hangs back and runs it down to third man with an open bat facr

End of over 2 (6 runs) Afghanistan 11/0

    • Noor Ali Zadran 1 (3b)
    • Mohammad Shahzad 6 (9b 1x4)
    • TJ Murtagh 1-0-6-0
    • PKD Chase 1-0-5-0
2.1

Chase to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, full and wide, holding its line outside off, slashes at it without any feet and gets beaten

2.2

Chase to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, fullish length ball, tucked straight to short midwicket

2.3

Chase to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, back of a length outside off, lazily tries to open the face of his bat but the ball goes not bounce as much as he expects it to and he misses it

2.4

Chase to Noor Ali Zadran, OUT, that's a sharp catch at covers. On a length and wide, holding its line outside off and Noor Ali Zadran punches hard away from the body. Does not get to the pitch of it and fails to keep it along the ground. George Dockrell dives forward with the ball dipping on him to snaffle it

Noor Ali Zadran c Dockrell b Chase 1 (12m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

Here comes Rahmat Shah.

Akbar Iqbal: """ Rahmat Shah Seems to be the second Nawrooz Mangal for Afghanistan" would love to see him win more matches for his country""

2.5

Chase to Rahmat Shah, 1 wide, back of a length and angling down the leg side, tries to tuck it and misses. Another wide for Chase

2.5

Chase to Rahmat Shah, 1 run, short of a length and getting up on the batsman on leg, tucked uppishly off the hips to deep fine leg

2.6

Chase to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, back of a length on off, stays in the crease and defends it off the outer part of the bat to point. Stops on him a bit so it messes up his timing

End of over 3 (2 runs) Afghanistan 13/1

    • Mohammad Shahzad 6 (10b 1x4)
    • Rahmat Shah 1 (1b)
    • PKD Chase 2-0-7-1
    • TJ Murtagh 1-0-6-0
3.1

Murtagh to Rahmat Shah, no run, full and on leg, the bat face opens in his hand as he pushes it out towards mid-off

3.2

Murtagh to Rahmat Shah, no run, angling in and straightening around off, comes forward and defends it to mid-off

3.3

Murtagh to Rahmat Shah, no run, full and outside off, comes forward and pushes it to extra cover

3.4

Murtagh to Rahmat Shah, no run, good length, angling in and straightening, defended

3.5

Murtagh to Rahmat Shah, 1 run, fullish and angling in, comes forward and tries to push it to the off side but the ball holds its line and goes off the inside part of the bat to the leg side

3.6

Murtagh to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, tucked off the pads behind square on the leg side

End of over 4 (2 runs) Afghanistan 15/1

    • Mohammad Shahzad 7 (11b 1x4)
    • Rahmat Shah 2 (6b)
    • TJ Murtagh 2-0-8-0
    • PKD Chase 2-0-7-1
4.1

Chase to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, short of a length, sitting up nicely and he rocks back and pulls through midwicket

4.2

Chase to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 wide, sprays it full but again loses is line, too full and wide outside off, that is his sixth wide already

4.2

Chase to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, full and angling in on the pads, clipped away to mid-on

4.3

Chase to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, short and wide, tries to pull but he has to fetch that from way outside off, ends up skewing it off the toe end down the pitch

4.4

Chase to Mohammad Shahzad, OUT, gets some mild movement and Shahzad has edged to wide slip. On a length and angling in, gets it to shape away just enough to take the outside edge as Shahzad plays the angle. Not much feet too and Wilson takes it smartly. Big, big wicket for Ireland

Mohammad Shahzad c Wilson b Chase 11 (23m 15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 73.33

Out comes Asghar Stanikzai. Probably for the first time in this series under some pressure.

4.5

Chase to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, pushes forward and defends it into the off side. No run there

Extra slip comes in now.

4.6

Chase to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, wide outside off and flirts with the line. Umpire reckons it is okay this time but that is touch and go. Short of a length and the batsman makes no contact as he stays in the crease and slashes at it without feet

End of over 5 (5 runs) Afghanistan 20/2

    • Asghar Stanikzai 0 (2b)
    • Rahmat Shah 2 (6b)
    • PKD Chase 3-0-12-2
    • TJ Murtagh 2-0-8-0

Anmol lakhmani: "A cup of coffee , espn app , afg vs Ireland,ind vs Australia, Bangladesh vs lanka,3tabs = Great weekend"

5.1

Murtagh to Rahmat Shah, no run, fullish outside off, comes forward and defends

5.2

Murtagh to Rahmat Shah, no run, full and outside off, comes forward and pushes it out into the off side

5.3

Murtagh to Rahmat Shah, FOUR, full and outside off, holding its line, presses forward, transfers the weight to the front foot in fluid fashion and crunches a drive through covers

5.4

Murtagh to Rahmat Shah, 1 run, comes forward and opens the face of his bat on the push to guide it out to third man

5.5

Murtagh to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, full and outside off, blocks from the crease

5.6

Murtagh to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, back of a length outside off, stands tall in the crease and bunts it into the off side

End of over 6 (5 runs) Afghanistan 25/2

    • Asghar Stanikzai 0 (4b)
    • Rahmat Shah 7 (10b 1x4)
    • TJ Murtagh 3-0-13-0
    • PKD Chase 3-0-12-2
6.1

Chase to Rahmat Shah, 1 run, back of a length and outside off, hangs back and opens the face of his bat to steer it past backward point where the fielder does not put in the best of efforts

6.2

Chase to Asghar Stanikzai, 2 runs, chance of a run out, missed. The throw is fired at the right end and Chase fails to collect the ball cleanly. Short and wide, slaps it to square third man where there is a fielder gyuarding the fence. They come back for the second and take on the fielder. Shah is a bit reluctant and hesitates. Direct hit or the bowler picking it up cleanly could have seen the back of him

6.3

Chase to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

6.4

Chase to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, short of good length ball, punched off the backfoot into the off side

6.5

Chase to Asghar Stanikzai, FOUR, short ball, sitting up nicely and he pulls it from outside off, beats mid-on running to his left, right through the gap between mid-on and midwicket

6.6

Chase to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, on the pads, overcompensates with a fuller ball that is clipped out to deep backward square leg

End of over 7 (8 runs) Afghanistan 33/2

    • Asghar Stanikzai 7 (9b 1x4)
    • Rahmat Shah 8 (11b 1x4)
    • PKD Chase 4-0-20-2
    • TJ Murtagh 3-0-13-0
7.1

Murtagh to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 wide, short ball, angling down leg, misses the pull and the ball goes down the leg side. Yet another wide. Seven wides in seven overs

7.1

Murtagh to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, short and wide, chops the slap to covers. Not enough room to play that shot

7.2

Murtagh to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, good length ball outside off, waits for it before opening the face of his bat and stabbing it to point

7.3

Murtagh to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, angling in and straightening on middle, blocked back to the bowler

7.4

Murtagh to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, full and angling in, straightening a tad late and takes the outside part of the bat as he pushes forward and goes past point

7.5

Murtagh to Rahmat Shah, no run, angling in and comes on with that angle on a fullish length, squirts it off the inside edge to midwicket

7.6

Murtagh to Rahmat Shah, no run, fullish length ball, knocks it to point from the crease

Sifat Khawry: "Being a cricket fan, I would like to see a nail biter today. Of course I would like Afghanistan to win at the end of the day, but fighting for thr victory till the last over has its own taste. "

End of over 8 (2 runs) Afghanistan 35/2

    • Rahmat Shah 8 (13b 1x4)
    • Asghar Stanikzai 8 (13b 1x4)
    • TJ Murtagh 4-0-15-0
    • PKD Chase 4-0-20-2
8.1

Chase to Asghar Stanikzai, FOUR, short ball, there is not enough pace on this surface to unsettle the batsman with such balls. Pulled powerfully through midwicket

8.2

Chase to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, on a length and holding its line outside off, left alone

8.3

Chase to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, on a length and outside off, stays in the crease and stabs it to point

8.4

Chase to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, short of good length, getting up on the batsman, jumps up and keeps it out on the off side

8.5

Chase to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, angling in and strikes him on the pad. Drifting in and they go up in appeal. It is an optimistic appeal more than anything as that was clearly heading down leg

8.6

Chase to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 wide, full and wide outside off, add one more to the wide tally. Chase is admonishing himself

8.6

Chase to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, short of good length and angling in, tucked off the hips but it goes straight to the fielder at fine leg who is inside the circle

End of over 9 (5 runs) Afghanistan 40/2

    • Asghar Stanikzai 12 (19b 2x4)
    • Rahmat Shah 8 (13b 1x4)
    • PKD Chase 5-0-25-2
    • TJ Murtagh 4-0-15-0
9.1

Murtagh to Rahmat Shah, no run, good length ball on off, defended from the crease towards mid-off

9.2

Murtagh to Rahmat Shah, no run, fuller and angling in on off and middle, pushed off the front foot to mid-off

9.3

Murtagh to Rahmat Shah, no run, on a length and blocked from the crease towards the extra cover region

9.4

Murtagh to Rahmat Shah, no run, fuller and on off, driven off the front foot to short cover who makes a diving save

9.5

Murtagh to Rahmat Shah, OUT, gone through him. Plays all across the line does Rahmat Shah and he has paid the price. On a length and coming on straight. Shah tries to jump up and flick it away but the ball keeps a tad low and splinters middle stump. Need a replacement stick

Rahmat Shah b Murtagh 8 (33m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

9.6

Murtagh to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

End of over 10 (wicket maiden) Afghanistan 40/3

    • Samiullah Shenwari 0 (1b)
    • Asghar Stanikzai 12 (19b 2x4)
    • TJ Murtagh 5-1-15-1
    • PKD Chase 5-0-25-2

Rahmat shah: "Everything seems different today no spin yet, no SIX yet, No MSM at the cress, No Rahmat at the crease is this Ireland day?"

10.1

Dockrell to Asghar Stanikzai, FOUR, fired down the leg side and it is tucked off the pads to the deep fine leg boundary

10.2

Dockrell to Asghar Stanikzai, OUT, played on. Driving away from the body and it has been dragged back into the stumps. It was a very full ball and well outside off. Brings the bottom hand into play and is early into the shot as he goes for an all expansive drive

Asghar Stanikzai b Dockrell 16 (27m 21b 3x4 0x6) SR: 76.19

Uncharacteristically poor start for Afghanistan as Mohammad Nabi walks out.

10.3

Dockrell to Mohammad Nabi, no run, on a length and fired into middle and leg, defended back to the bowler

10.4

Dockrell to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, worked away to square leg

10.5

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, pitches it up outside off and the batsman comes forward and pushes it along the ground to long-off

10.6

Dockrell to Mohammad Nabi, no run, fullish ball, pushed off the front foot to midwicket

End of over 11 (6 runs) Afghanistan 46/4

    • Mohammad Nabi 1 (3b)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 1 (2b)
    • GH Dockrell 1-0-6-1
    • TJ Murtagh 5-1-15-1
11.1

Murtagh to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, short of good length, defended to covers

11.2

Murtagh to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, fuller and outside off, presses forward and pushes it back to the bowler

11.3

Murtagh to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, back of a length, tries to tuck it away but there is really no pace from the bowler. Also gets up at an awkward height and he makes no contact

11.4

Murtagh to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, full and shaping away outside off, the batsman is equal to the task and lets it go

Cow Corner: "Block, block, block and bang!!! This isn't the way to do it. They didn't rotate the strike after hitting a boundary "

11.5

Murtagh to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, full and angling in on leg, pushed down to mid-off

11.6

Murtagh to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, full and outside off, driven down to mid-off and that is a maiden from Murtagh

End of over 12 (maiden) Afghanistan 46/4

    • Samiullah Shenwari 1 (8b)
    • Mohammad Nabi 1 (3b)
    • TJ Murtagh 6-2-15-1
    • GH Dockrell 1-0-6-1
12.1

Dockrell to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, turned away through square leg for one

12.2

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, coming in with the arm and takes the inside part of the bat as he pushes forward and drives it back to the bowler

12.3

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, eased down to long-off off the front foot

12.4

Dockrell to Mohammad Nabi, no run, stays in the crease and punches into the off side

12.5

Dockrell to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, width on offer outside off, opens up the arms and crunches it to the sweeper cover boundary. It goes to the left of the deep extra cover fielder

12.6

Dockrell to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, stays on the backfoot to this length ball and pushes it uppishly to long-off

End of over 13 (7 runs) Afghanistan 53/4

    • Mohammad Nabi 7 (7b 1x4)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 2 (10b)
    • GH Dockrell 2-0-13-1
    • TJ Murtagh 6-2-15-1
13.1

Murtagh to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, worked away to square leg

13.2

Murtagh to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, full and on off, defended off the front foot to mid-off

13.3

Murtagh to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

13.4

Murtagh to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, fullish and on off, angling in, pushed to mid-off off the front foot

13.5

Murtagh to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, full and angling in, comes forward too early and squirts it off the inside edge to the left of the keeper

13.6

Murtagh to Mohammad Nabi, no run, walks across the stumps and squeezes out this fuller ball to point

End of over 14 (2 runs) Afghanistan 55/4

    • Mohammad Nabi 8 (9b 1x4)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 3 (14b)
    • TJ Murtagh 7-2-17-1
    • GH Dockrell 2-0-13-1
14.1

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, defended off the front foot down the pitch

14.2

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, flighted on middle and leg, sliding in with the arm, pushed to the bowler off the front foot

14.3

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, slower through the air and he waits for it before opening the face of his bat to steer to point

14.4

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, comes forward to this fullish ball and drives it out to sweeper cover

14.5

Dockrell to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, on the pads, turned away through square leg

14.6

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, looped up outside off, driven hardbut cannot beat the short extra cover fielder

End of over 15 (2 runs) Afghanistan 57/4

    • Samiullah Shenwari 4 (19b)
    • Mohammad Nabi 9 (10b 1x4)
    • GH Dockrell 3-0-15-1
    • TJ Murtagh 7-2-17-1
15.1

Thompson to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, short of good length outside off, hangs back in the crease and opens the face of his bat to run it down to the square third man region

15.2

Thompson to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, fullish, comes forward and picks the gap in the covers region to push it out to swepeer cover

15.3

Thompson to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, fullish, pushed to sweeper cover for one

15.4

Thompson to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, length ball, straightening late outside off, opens the bat face and steers it through the point region

15.5

Thompson to Mohammad Nabi, no run, full and outside off, driven to covers

Mujtaba: "Afghanistan have not shown flexibility in their approach and planning. It's clear that Afghanistan is not good in chasing but how will that change if they are unwilling to chase? Do they think that they will always bat first?"

15.6

Thompson to Mohammad Nabi, 1 wide, full and wide, seems like it was on the line but the umpire seems to think it is outside, that part of the crease belongs to him and he calls it a wide as the batsman leaves it alone

15.6

Thompson to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, tucked away off the pads to deep square leg

Time for a drink.

End of over 16 (6 runs) Afghanistan 63/4

    • Mohammad Nabi 12 (14b 1x4)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 6 (21b)
    • SR Thompson 1-0-6-0
    • GH Dockrell 3-0-15-1
16.1

Dockrell to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, pitched up and outside off, driven square of the wicket for one

16.2

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, 2 runs, some turn away from him outside off, waits for it before caressing it through the cover-point region

16.3

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, pitched up around off, pushed back to the bowler

16.4

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, short of a length, punched off the backfoot to covers

16.5

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, too short and spinning away making it too wide as well, slaps it off the toe end of the bat to deep point

16.6

Dockrell to Mohammad Nabi, no run, on a length and sliding in on leg, defended of the front foot back to the bowler

End of over 17 (4 runs) Afghanistan 67/4

    • Mohammad Nabi 13 (16b 1x4)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 9 (25b)
    • GH Dockrell 4-0-19-1
    • SR Thompson 1-0-6-0
17.1

Thompson to Samiullah Shenwari, OUT, unfortunate run out at the non-striker's end. It was very full and Shenwari hammers it back to the bowler. He has hit it too straight and the ball crashes bang into the stumps at the non-striker's end. The ball went off the bowler's had and the non-striker was backing up

Mohammad Nabi run out 13 (25m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 81.25

17.2

Thompson to Samiullah Shenwari, 2 runs, full and wide, driven hard square of the wicket past the diving point fielder. But Peter Chase at the deep makes a good stop diving to his left. Stops it just in front of the boundary

17.3

Thompson to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, full and outside off, driven to sweeper cover off the front foot

17.4

Thompson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, full and wide outside off, holding its line, left alone

Humza imran: "Anyone agree with me that Afghanistan and West Indies are quite similar both mostly look for 4s n 6s struggle to rotate the strike but the difference is selection is good for Afghan and bowling is better than windies."

17.5

Thompson to Gulbadin Naib, 1 wide, sprayed down the leg side and misses the attempted late glance. Tenth wide of the innings

17.5

Thompson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, full on off, pushed out to covers quietly off the front foot

17.6

Thompson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, full and angling in, clipped away to midwicket where Stirling dives to make a stop

End of over 18 (4 runs) Afghanistan 71/5

    • Gulbadin Naib 0 (3b)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 12 (28b)
    • SR Thompson 2-0-10-0
    • GH Dockrell 4-0-19-1
18.1

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, pitched up outside off, defended off the front foot

18.2

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, sliding in slightly on off before spinning away, knocks it square of the wicket

18.3

Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run, flighted outside off, comes forward and pushes it out to extra cover

18.4

Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run, pitched up on off, comes forward and defends into the off side

18.5

Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run, full and wide outside off, pushed out to short cover

18.6

Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run, on a length and turned away into the leg side

End of over 19 (1 run) Afghanistan 72/5

    • Gulbadin Naib 0 (7b)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 13 (30b)
    • GH Dockrell 5-0-20-1
    • SR Thompson 2-0-10-0
19.1

Thompson to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, full and outside off, comes forward and gets an outside edge to third man

19.2

Thompson to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR, pitched up and sliding in on the pads, clipped away to the right of mid-on who runs across and slides but ends up parrying it away. He recovers and gives it a chase but the ball beats him to the boundary

19.3

Thompson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, good length ball, knocked back to the bowler

19.4

Thompson to Gulbadin Naib, 2 runs, uses his wrists to flick it through square leg. Deep backward square leg runs across and picks it up with one hand

19.5

Thompson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, fullish length, holding its line outside off, left alone

19.6

Thompson to Gulbadin Naib, no run

End of over 20 (7 runs) Afghanistan 79/5

    • Gulbadin Naib 6 (12b 1x4)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 14 (31b)
    • SR Thompson 3-0-17-0
    • GH Dockrell 5-0-20-1
20.1

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, tossed up ball, turned away into the leg side

20.2

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, bowled slower through the air and he is drawn forward before he pushes it into the off side

20.3

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, slider from Dockrell, finds the outside edge of Shenwari as the ball goes into the leg side

20.4

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, on a length, fired quicker and pushes the batsman back before he punches it back to the bowler

20.5

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, fullish on off, comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler

20.6

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, sliding in on leg, drilled down to long-on

End of over 21 (1 run) Afghanistan 80/5

    • Samiullah Shenwari 15 (37b)
    • Gulbadin Naib 6 (12b 1x4)
    • GH Dockrell 6-0-21-1
    • SR Thompson 3-0-17-0

Sohan Pandey: "@Mujtaba Have you forgotten their chase againts ZIMBABWE in Sharjah ? Their main problem is They heavily rely on Mohammad Shahzad in batting and Rashid Khan in bowling. Afghanistan need to find another attacking opener in place of Noor Ali Zadran. Maybe Usman Ghani will be the best option"

21.1

McBrine to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 wide, fired down the leg side and left alone

21.1

McBrine to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, back of a length stays back and pushes it back to the bowler

21.2

McBrine to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, good length, fired quicker and spinning in, rushes him and he hurriedly knocks it back to the bowler

21.3

McBrine to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, on the pads and clipped away into the leg side, to the midwicket region

21.4

McBrine to Gulbadin Naib, no run, defended off the front foot back to the bowler

21.5

McBrine to Gulbadin Naib, no run, stays back to this short of a length ball and whips it into the on side

21.6

McBrine to Gulbadin Naib, no run, worked away to midwicket. Man there and there is no run

End of over 22 (2 runs) Afghanistan 82/5

    • Gulbadin Naib 6 (15b 1x4)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 16 (40b)
    • AR McBrine 1-0-2-0
    • GH Dockrell 6-0-21-1
22.1

Chase to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, short of a length outside off, carves it between cover and point for one

22.2

Chase to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, short of good length outside off, taps it with a flat bat to sweeper cover

22.3

Chase to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, full and outside off, drilled out hard to mid-off

22.4

Chase to Samiullah Shenwari, 2 runs, short of good length and outside off, steers it wide of point, plays late to pick the gap

22.5

Chase to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, full and on middle and leg, pushed to mid-off

Shafiq: "@Sohan Pandey: I don't agree replacing Noor Ali with Usman Ghani who is an attacking batsman, two attacking batsmen from both sides will not help, Afghanistan should find someone who can bat at no 3 and be more classic than attacking."

22.6

Chase to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 leg bye, fired on the pads and kisses it as he fails to clip it away and the ball goes away to fine leg

End of over 23 (5 runs) Afghanistan 87/5

    • Samiullah Shenwari 19 (45b)
    • Gulbadin Naib 7 (16b 1x4)
    • PKD Chase 6-0-29-2
    • AR McBrine 1-0-2-0

Naresh: "Guys, this is a rare failure from Afghanistan in the recent times and this match isn't finished yet. Shahzad and Rashid are their trump cards and every team has players like them. "

23.1

McBrine to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 wide, sprayed down the leg side and the batsman misses the tuck. Another wide

23.1

McBrine to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, flat and on a length, plays the angle and the ball spins in to take the inside edge

23.2

McBrine to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, flat, short of good length, spinning in slightly, punched down to long-on

23.3

McBrine to Gulbadin Naib, no run, flat and fuller this time, nudged away to the midwicket region

23.4

McBrine to Gulbadin Naib, no run, presses forward and defends this fuller ball back down the pitch

23.5

McBrine to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, pushed off the front foot to the right of the bowler for one

23.6

McBrine to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, drilled hard back to the bowler and he tumbles over after it hits him on the right shin

End of over 24 (3 runs) Afghanistan 90/5

    • Samiullah Shenwari 20 (48b)
    • Gulbadin Naib 8 (19b 1x4)
    • AR McBrine 2-0-5-0
    • PKD Chase 6-0-29-2
24.1

Chase to Gulbadin Naib, no run, back of a length, jumps up and bunts it down the pitch

24.2

Chase to Gulbadin Naib, no run, short of good length outside off, kept out from the backfoot towards mid-off

24.3

Chase to Gulbadin Naib, no run, tries to slap this wider ball but it bounces too much and comfortably beats the bat

24.4

Chase to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR, short and wide, this time it sits up nicely and Naib lays into a cut shot as the ball screams into the deep point boundary

24.5

Chase to Gulbadin Naib, no run, short of good length ball, the batsman is pushed back and keeps it out

Aslewa Gulmi: "@Shafiq I don't agree with you. Rahmat Shah is doing well at 3. Noor Ali needs to be more aggressive. Another point is I can't understand the playing role of Shafiqullah Shafaq. A specialist batsman batting at 8 and Gulbadin Naib batting ahead of him. Afghanistan needs to change their approach."

24.6

Chase to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, width on offer again and he slaps it again but this time it is not as square, flays it between cover and point and sweeper cover gets around it easily

End of over 25 (5 runs) Afghanistan 95/5

    • Gulbadin Naib 13 (25b 2x4)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 20 (48b)
    • PKD Chase 7-0-34-2
    • AR McBrine 2-0-5-0

Paul Stirling, Ireland's hero in the previous game, comes on.

25.1

Stirling to Gulbadin Naib, no run, back of a length, punched to the right of the bowler who dives across and fields it

25.2

Stirling to Gulbadin Naib, no run, flat and short of a length, knocked to mid-on from the crease and the fielder dives to make the stop

25.3

Stirling to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, punched off the backfoot to long-on

25.4

Stirling to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, flat and full outside off, comes forward and plays for the turn but it is too full to do anything after pitching and he gets an outside edge to short third man

25.5

Stirling to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 leg bye, tries to clip it away and it goes off the pad into the leg side. Would have missed leg

25.6

Stirling to Gulbadin Naib, no run, shuffles across and uses the depth of the crease to block this short of a length ball

End of over 26 (2 runs) Afghanistan 97/5

    • Gulbadin Naib 14 (29b 2x4)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 20 (50b)
    • PR Stirling 1-0-1-0
    • PKD Chase 7-0-34-2

Omar Talash: "Every day is not Sunday and this Sunday is for Ireland!"

26.1

McBrine to Samiullah Shenwari, OUT, gets down for a slog sweep and he has picked out deep backward square leg. The change of ends works for McBrine immediately. Has to fetch it from outside off and not much turn also. Probably gets it finer than he would have liked and the ball goes to Murtagh who dives forward to snaffle it

Samiullah Shenwari c Murtagh b McBrine 20 (64m 51b 0x4 0x6) SR: 39.21

Rashid Khan

26.2

McBrine to Rashid Khan, no run, comes forward and defends off the inside part of the bat

26.3

McBrine to Rashid Khan, no run, pushed off the front foot to the left of the bowler and he runs across on the follow-through to pick it up

26.4

McBrine to Rashid Khan, no run, comes forward and defends off the front foot as the ball goes back to the bowler

26.5

McBrine to Rashid Khan, no run, pushed back to the bowler off the inside part of the bat

26.6

McBrine to Rashid Khan, no run, pitched up outside off, driven off the front foot to cover. Just wide of the fielder and he dives to get his hands to it. Parries it away slightly but gets up and recovers quickly. Rashid wants the single but the non-striker is not interested. Has to rush back and makes it safely in the end

End of over 27 (wicket maiden) Afghanistan 97/6

    • Rashid Khan 0 (5b)
    • Gulbadin Naib 14 (29b 2x4)
    • AR McBrine 3-1-5-1
    • PR Stirling 1-0-1-0
27.1

Stirling to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, short of a length, punched down to long-on for one

27.2

Stirling to Rashid Khan, 1 run, full and outside off, comes forward and defends and the ball goes off the outside edge into the off side as it comes on with the bowler's arms

27.3

Stirling to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, short and wide, slapped away to sweeper cover

27.4

Stirling to Rashid Khan, no run, pitched up on off, clipped off the front foot to midwicket

27.5

Stirling to Rashid Khan, FOUR, fuller ball, gets a top edge on the sweep but the ball goes away to square leg, over the man at short square

27.6

Stirling to Rashid Khan, 1 run, tucked off the backfoot past the diving midwicket fielder

End of over 28 (8 runs) Afghanistan 105/6

    • Rashid Khan 6 (9b 1x4)
    • Gulbadin Naib 16 (31b 2x4)
    • PR Stirling 2-0-9-0
    • AR McBrine 3-1-5-1
28.1

McBrine to Rashid Khan, 1 run, on the pads, turned away to square leg for one

28.2

McBrine to Gulbadin Naib, no run, pitched up on leg, nudged towards the mid-on region and the bowler runs across and picks it up

28.3

McBrine to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, short of a length and spinning in, punched to long-on

28.4

McBrine to Rashid Khan, no run, plays for the turn and gets it off the outside part of the bat as the ball goes to the off side

28.5

McBrine to Rashid Khan, no run, fullish, driven crisply off the front foot to short cover

28.6

McBrine to Rashid Khan, 1 run, drifting on leg, gets down to sweep and short fine leg dives to his right to keep it to one

End of over 29 (3 runs) Afghanistan 108/6

    • Rashid Khan 8 (13b 1x4)
    • Gulbadin Naib 17 (33b 2x4)
    • AR McBrine 4-1-8-1
    • PR Stirling 2-0-9-0
29.1

Stirling to Rashid Khan, no run, pitched up outside off, driven to covers

29.2

Stirling to Rashid Khan, no run, what happened there. Turning away outside off, it's the legbreak and Rashid tries to pull, ball does not bounce as much and he goes down on the back knee and misses

29.3

Stirling to Rashid Khan, SIX, full toss, comes on at a bit of an awkward height but he manages to dispatch it over the deep midwicket boundary

29.4

Stirling to Rashid Khan, no run, seems like another full toss and it dips and ends up being a yorker, dug out

29.5

Stirling to Rashid Khan, 1 run, short and wide, slapped to deep point for one

29.6

Stirling to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, spinning away, giving him some width outside off again and it is cut out to sweeper cover

Baher: "I think Javid Ahmadi is a better option than Noor Ali, Javid has the ability to rotate strike and makes runs continuesly and can bowl off spin as well. Hope he gets a chance next time. "

End of over 30 (8 runs) Afghanistan 116/6

    • Gulbadin Naib 18 (34b 2x4)
    • Rashid Khan 15 (18b 1x4 1x6)
    • PR Stirling 3-0-17-0
    • AR McBrine 4-1-8-1
30.1

McBrine to Gulbadin Naib, no run, back of a length, spinning in, makes room and whips it away to long-off

30.2

McBrine to Gulbadin Naib, no run, knocked back to the right of the bowler who dives and stops it

30.3

McBrine to Gulbadin Naib, no run, turned away off the pads to the midwicket region

30.4

McBrine to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, on the pads, clipped away through square leg for one

30.5

McBrine to Rashid Khan, no run, fuller outside off, comes forward and drills it to midwicket

30.6

McBrine to Rashid Khan, 1 run, on a length and spinning in, stays back and drills it down to long-on

End of over 31 (2 runs) Afghanistan 118/6

    • Rashid Khan 16 (20b 1x4 1x6)
    • Gulbadin Naib 19 (38b 2x4)
    • AR McBrine 5-1-10-1
    • PR Stirling 3-0-17-0

Dockrell back into the attack.

31.1

Dockrell to Rashid Khan, 2 runs, plays for the turn and the ball comes on straight with the arm. Full and on the stumps, tries to force it through the off side and gets an inside edge to fine leg

31.2

Dockrell to Rashid Khan, no run, front foot defence to the left of the bowler

31.3

Dockrell to Rashid Khan, 1 run, short and wide, slapped away to sweeper cover

Ayubzai: "Low scoring games are bound to go to the wire and this game is set to be one. It will be interesting to see how Irish batsmen will handle the afghan bowlers chasing a target below 200 because they will approach the game with a different mindset. "

31.4

Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run, flat, on a length, punched to mid-off where Porterfield dives to his right full-length

31.5

Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run, fuller this time, pushed out to mid-off off the front foot

31.6

Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, shorter in length, backs away to give himself some room and cuts it to sweeper cover

End of over 32 (4 runs) Afghanistan 122/6

    • Gulbadin Naib 20 (41b 2x4)
    • Rashid Khan 19 (23b 1x4 1x6)
    • GH Dockrell 7-0-25-1
    • AR McBrine 5-1-10-1
32.1

McBrine to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, fullish and on leg, hangs back and gets an outside edge to the gully region

32.2

McBrine to Rashid Khan, 1 run, fuller, swept away to deep midwicket

32.3

McBrine to Gulbadin Naib, no run, short of good length, punched to midwicket

32.4

McBrine to Gulbadin Naib, no run, defended down the pitch

32.5

McBrine to Gulbadin Naib, SIX, pitched up on off, picks the length up early, backs away to give himself the room to open up and launches it staight down the ground. Didn't hit ti too hard and dispatches it with a straight bat over long-off

32.6

McBrine to Gulbadin Naib, no run, fuller, drilled straight back to the bowler

End of over 33 (8 runs) Afghanistan 130/6

    • Gulbadin Naib 27 (46b 2x4 1x6)
    • Rashid Khan 20 (24b 1x4 1x6)
    • AR McBrine 6-1-18-1
    • GH Dockrell 7-0-25-1
33.1

Dockrell to Rashid Khan, no run, sliding on leg, kept out to the leg side

33.2

Dockrell to Rashid Khan, 2 runs, hangs back and drops it in the gap at covers before taking off for a quick single. There is a throw fired at the bowler's end. Direct hit, but batsman has made it back and it deflects away allowing for the extra run

33.3

Dockrell to Rashid Khan, no run, short and wide, cut square of the wicket to backward point

33.4

Dockrell to Rashid Khan, 1 run, pitched up on middle and leg, driven out to long-off

33.5

Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run, on a length and on the stumps, blocked into the off side

33.6

Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run, defended back to the bowler

Time for drinks.

End of over 34 (3 runs) Afghanistan 133/6

    • Gulbadin Naib 27 (48b 2x4 1x6)
    • Rashid Khan 23 (28b 1x4 1x6)
    • GH Dockrell 8-0-28-1
    • AR McBrine 6-1-18-1
34.1

McBrine to Rashid Khan, 1 run, on the pads, tucked to fine leg

34.2

McBrine to Gulbadin Naib, no run, pitched up on middle and leg, defended off the front foot

34.3

McBrine to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, spins in more than he expects and the ball goes off the inside part of the bat through midwicket

34.4

McBrine to Rashid Khan, no run, on a length, comes forward and defends into the off side

34.5

McBrine to Rashid Khan, SIX, advances down the ground. This is generously flighted and he meets the pitch of it before launching it over long-off

34.6

McBrine to Rashid Khan, no run, nudged to midwicket. No run there

End of over 35 (8 runs) Afghanistan 141/6

    • Rashid Khan 30 (32b 1x4 2x6)
    • Gulbadin Naib 28 (50b 2x4 1x6)
    • AR McBrine 7-1-26-1
    • GH Dockrell 8-0-28-1
35.1

Thompson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, short of a length, sticks the bat out without moving his feet and defends into the off side

35.2

Thompson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, back of a length, punched to short cover

35.3

Thompson to Gulbadin Naib, 1 wide, short and wide, tries to cut but has to reach out for it a long way and misses. Too wide

35.3

Thompson to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR, full and on the pads, asking to be put away. Naib obliges and the ball goes between deep square leg and fine leg

35.4

Thompson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, full and straight, dabbed back to the bowler off the front foot

35.5

Thompson to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, on a length, some width on offer, carves it out to sweeper cover off the backfoot

35.6

Thompson to Rashid Khan, 1 wide, sprayed down the leg side and called a wide, just misses the thigh guard of the batsman

35.6

Thompson to Rashid Khan, no run, full and coming on straight, defended back to the bowler

End of over 36 (7 runs) Afghanistan 148/6

    • Rashid Khan 30 (33b 1x4 2x6)
    • Gulbadin Naib 33 (55b 3x4 1x6)
    • SR Thompson 4-0-24-0
    • AR McBrine 7-1-26-1
36.1

Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run, on a length, not much turn, knocks it to midwicket from the crease

36.2

Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run, this time it is pitched up and the batsman is solidly forward as he defends

36.3

Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, tucked away to midwicket off the pads for a quick single

36.4

Dockrell to Rashid Khan, 1 run, fuller ball, pushed off the front foot to long-off

36.5

Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run, worked to covers

36.6

Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, pitched up outside off, drilled down to long-off

End of over 37 (3 runs) Afghanistan 151/6

    • Gulbadin Naib 35 (60b 3x4 1x6)
    • Rashid Khan 31 (34b 1x4 2x6)
    • GH Dockrell 9-0-31-1
    • SR Thompson 4-0-24-0
37.1

Thompson to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, short ball, swivels around and pulls to deep fine leg

37.2

Thompson to Rashid Khan, no run, full and outside off, stays in the crease and defends it towards mid-off

37.3

Thompson to Rashid Khan, 1 run, on a length, outside off, opens the bat face and drills it out to sweeper cover as he finds the gap on the in-field

37.4

Thompson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, great keeping by Niall O'Brien. Prevents what could have been a lucky boundary. Full and wide outside off, reaches out for it without feet and tries to launch it over the in-field on the off side. Gets an inside edge that should have gone to fine leg but for the keeper diving behind the stumps in a flash and stopping it

37.5

Thompson to Gulbadin Naib, no run

37.6

Thompson to Gulbadin Naib, 1 wide, short of a length, down the leg side and the batsman misses it as he looks to turn it away around the corner

37.6

Thompson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, down the ground, drilled hard to mid-on. Had to fetch it from outside off

End of over 38 (3 runs) Afghanistan 154/6

    • Gulbadin Naib 36 (64b 3x4 1x6)
    • Rashid Khan 32 (36b 1x4 2x6)
    • SR Thompson 5-0-27-0
    • GH Dockrell 9-0-31-1
38.1

Dockrell to Rashid Khan, 1 run, gets across to sweep but the ball slides in on leg, he just manages to get his bat or a glove to it. Had he missed, he would have been bowled around the legs

38.2

Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, back of a length, punched down to long-on

38.3

Dockrell to Rashid Khan, SIX, short and sliding down leg. Not so much room given the angle but he manages to swivel around and nail a pull shot bang off the middle of the bat as the ball goes over the boundary wide of the deep midwicket region

38.4

Dockrell to Rashid Khan, no run, comes forward and the ball is sliding in and takes the inside part of the bat as it goes to mid-on

38.5

Dockrell to Rashid Khan, 1 run, comes down the track and takes it on the full, it's a full toss and it is whipped away quite stylishly to deep midwicket

38.6

Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run, defended down the pitch

End of over 39 (9 runs) Afghanistan 163/6

    • Gulbadin Naib 37 (66b 3x4 1x6)
    • Rashid Khan 40 (40b 1x4 3x6)
    • GH Dockrell 10-0-40-1
    • SR Thompson 5-0-27-0

Murtagh comes back on.

Mohib.Hasrat : "Here comes the little guy now, he is going to change the game for Afghanistan this time with batting too."

39.1

Thompson to Rashid Khan, no run, full and just outside off, clipped hard to mid-on

39.2

Thompson to Rashid Khan, 2 runs, short of a length, not quite short enough for the pull shot but luckily for Rashid he has got it just over the midwicket fielder who jumps up with outstretched hands

39.3

Thompson to Rashid Khan, FOUR, drifting in on the pads at a fullish length, clips it off the toes and bisects the field, between deep square leg and deep fine leg

39.4

Thompson to Rashid Khan, no run, short of a length and angling in, gets an inside edge to midwicket

fareed: "Rashid you beautyyyyyyyyyy."

39.5

Thompson to Rashid Khan, FOUR, short and wide and cut hard off the backfoot. Plays it uppishly but also plays it late to place it wide of the point fielder. Half-century for Rashid, what a knock this has been from him

39.6

Thompson to Rashid Khan, no run, defended to covers

Shafiq: "Afghanistan recovering well here, the platform is well set for Shafiqullah to come, here in Afghanistan he is know as the king of sixes."

End of over 40 (10 runs) Afghanistan 173/6

    • Rashid Khan 50 (46b 3x4 3x6)
    • Gulbadin Naib 37 (66b 3x4 1x6)
    • SR Thompson 6-0-37-0
    • GH Dockrell 10-0-40-1
40.1

Chase to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR, short, wide, slapped uppishly over the in-field on the off side, through the covers region. Can't be bowling there to a set batsman

40.2

Chase to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, not as short this time but lots of width on offer again, flays it square of the wicket and the ball is fielded in front of the boundary

40.3

Chase to Rashid Khan, 1 run, short ball, chance of pace, comes into him and he swivels around and pulls through square leg for one

40.4

Chase to Gulbadin Naib, no run, very full outside off, dipping on him, drilled to mid-off

40.5

Chase to Gulbadin Naib, SIX, full and drifting on the pads and he has timed that so well. Effortless six over deep backward square leg. Picked up off the pads and clipped away. That just had exquisite timing written all over it

40.6

Chase to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, short ball, slower in pace, does not bounce as much and he pulls it out to deep square leg

End of over 41 (13 runs) Afghanistan 186/6

    • Gulbadin Naib 49 (71b 4x4 2x6)
    • Rashid Khan 51 (47b 3x4 3x6)
    • PKD Chase 8-0-47-2
    • SR Thompson 6-0-37-0

Stirling.

41.1

Stirling to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, legbreak, pitching on middle, comes forward and drops it into covers for a single that brings up his half-century

Habibrahman : "Wow rashid is the king of our heart"

Anmol lakhmani: "While everyone is talking about rashid ..take no credit away from guldadin naib too..while rashid is firing..naib is calmly rotating strikes and holding it on from other end.. this has been some ccounter attack​ though"

41.2

Stirling to Rashid Khan, FOUR, full toss, given too much air outside off, comes forward and drives it through extra cover

41.3

Stirling to Rashid Khan, 1 run, short and wide, cut away to sweeper cover

41.4

Stirling to Gulbadin Naib, no run, pitched up on leg, defended off the front foot to the right of the bowler

41.5

Stirling to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, plays the angle as the ball slides down leg and it turns away sharply to take the outside edge and goes into the off side

41.6

Stirling to Rashid Khan, no run, short and wide, cuts off the backfoot to point who dives across and cuts it off

Afghanistan now firmly in control. This could swell into a considerable total on a surface that is not the easiest to bat on.

End of over 42 (7 runs) Afghanistan 193/6

    • Rashid Khan 56 (50b 4x4 3x6)
    • Gulbadin Naib 51 (74b 4x4 2x6)
    • PR Stirling 4-0-24-0
    • PKD Chase 8-0-47-2

Omar Talash: "There is only one obstacal between Ireland and victory, Rashid Khan. Weldone Young Boy"

42.1

Murtagh to Gulbadin Naib, no run, full and wide outside off, drives away from the body and inside-edges it. It hits him on the right of his upper back and hence misses the stumps

42.2

Murtagh to Gulbadin Naib, OUT, another full ball, tries to loft it over mid-off and there is a man in the deep and he picks him out. Not a greatly timed shot as he does get the desired elevation. It was slightly wide outside off, so he probably did not find the middle of the bat

Gulbadin Naib c Balbirnie b Murtagh 51 (98m 76b 4x4 2x6) SR: 67.10

42.3

Murtagh to Shafiqullah, no run, fullish length outside off, defended

42.4

Murtagh to Shafiqullah, no run, on a length outside off, knocked back to the bowler

42.5

Murtagh to Shafiqullah, no run, no pace at all, on a length and outside off, all the batsman can do is knock it down the pitch

42.6

Murtagh to Shafiqullah, OUT, good length outside off, pushes it out to covers and they take off for a single. There is a direct hit at the striker's end but Ireland's fielders do not seem too excited. He drags the bat but Rashid has been caught short of his crease. This is an important strike. Rashid was well-set and could have powered them to a strong finish. Now, they have been hurt in that regard. Double-wicket maiden and what a time for that - 43rd over of the innings

Rashid Khan run out 56 (68m 50b 4x4 3x6) SR: 112.00

End of over 43 (wicket maiden) Afghanistan 193/7

    • Shafiqullah 0 (4b)
    • TJ Murtagh 8-3-17-2
    • PR Stirling 4-0-24-0
43.1

Stirling to Shafiqullah, 1 run, too much air, full toss that is whipped away to deep midwicket

43.2

Stirling to Dawlat Zadran, no run, pitched up on leg, comes forward and blocks

43.3

Stirling to Dawlat Zadran, no run, short and spinning away outside off, tries to slap it away but picks out extra cover

43.4

Stirling to Dawlat Zadran, no run, flighted outside off and he shapes up for an extravagant drive but the ball dips on him and he cannot make contact. Keeper takes the bails off as his back foot slightly came up but he has planted it down in time

43.5

Stirling to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run, short and wide, cut to sweeper cover

43.6

Stirling to Shafiqullah, FOUR, short ball again, legbreak from Stirling and it is pulled mightily to deep midwicket

End of over 44 (6 runs) Afghanistan 199/8

    • Shafiqullah 5 (6b 1x4)
    • Dawlat Zadran 1 (4b)
    • PR Stirling 5-0-30-0
    • TJ Murtagh 8-3-17-2
44.1

Murtagh to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run, length outside off, stays in the crease and chops it into the ground as the ball goes away towards the cordon. Tries to cut but too full to do it

44.2

Murtagh to Shafiqullah, no run, good length ball, coming in, swings big and misses

44.3

Murtagh to Shafiqullah, 1 run, too full outside off, driven away from the body to covers where Porterfield dives to save a boundary

44.4

Murtagh to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run, shout for lbw, not given. Full and coming in to him slightly. Plays the shot early as he tries to flick it away across the line, Seems pretty close, did the umpire think there was an inside edge?

44.5

Murtagh to Shafiqullah, 2 runs, width on offer outside off and it is worked out to point

44.6

Murtagh to Shafiqullah, SIX, full toss outside off, thumped straight down the ground as the ball crashes into the sightscreen

End of over 45 (11 runs) Afghanistan 210/8

    • Shafiqullah 14 (10b 1x4 1x6)
    • Dawlat Zadran 3 (6b)
    • TJ Murtagh 9-3-28-2
    • PR Stirling 5-0-30-0
45.1

Chase to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run, angling in on the pads, short of a length, turns it away to backward square leg but not off the middle of the bat

45.2

Chase to Shafiqullah, 1 run, full toss, comes forward and gently pushes it to covers for one

45.3

Chase to Dawlat Zadran, no run, full and on off, pushed back to the bowler off the front foot

45.4

Chase to Dawlat Zadran, 4 leg byes, sliding on the pads, tries ti clip it away but the ball goes off the pads to deep fine leg

45.5

Chase to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run, short of a length, tries to jump up and tuck it away but gets a leading edge to point

45.6

Chase to Shafiqullah, no run, sprayed down the leg side. Tries to tuck away and the ball goes off the pad to the wicketkeeper who dives to his left to collect it on the bounce

End of over 46 (7 runs) Afghanistan 217/8

    • Shafiqullah 15 (12b 1x4 1x6)
    • Dawlat Zadran 5 (10b)
    • PKD Chase 9-0-50-2
    • TJ Murtagh 9-3-28-2
46.1

Murtagh to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run, good length outside off, opens the face of the bat to work it to point and takes off for a single. Non-striker was a tad late to get off the blocks and there is a direct hit at the keeper's end. Full-length dive put in by Shafiqullah. And that has probably saved him here. The bat has crossed the line as the bails are knocked off but the only question is if the bat is in the air. Does not seem so. He looks pretty okay and the green light flashes on

46.2

Murtagh to Shafiqullah, SIX, full and angling in on off, picks the length early and is waiting for it. Keeps the front leg out of the way and stays inside of the line to give himself of the room. He was shuffling across initially but sees the ball angling in and makes the late adjustment well to loft it over long-on

46.3

Murtagh to Shafiqullah, 2 runs, backing away again and the ball is fired full and it has been squeezed out to deep point for a brace

46.4

Murtagh to Shafiqullah, 2 runs, full and wide outside off, tries to fetch it from there and plays a sweep. The ball is cut off just before the deep midwicket boundary

46.5

Murtagh to Shafiqullah, SIX, full and coming in, again he has given himself the room he requires to launch it over deep midwicket. Slogged clean into the grassbanks

46.6

Murtagh to Shafiqullah, FOUR, lucky boundary. Trying to fetch a pull from way outside off and gets an outside edge that flies over the wicketkeeper and into the third man boundary

This late charge is seriously hurting Ireland now

End of over 47 (21 runs) Afghanistan 238/8

    • Shafiqullah 35 (17b 2x4 3x6)
    • Dawlat Zadran 6 (11b)
    • TJ Murtagh 10-3-49-2
    • PKD Chase 9-0-50-2
47.1

Chase to Dawlat Zadran, no run, run out chance, missed. Short of a length ball, Zadran knocks it straight back in the direction of the bowler and takes off for a run. He is rightly sent back and Chase bends forward, picks it up and has a shy but misses. He was pretty close to the stumps there but the batsman is safe

47.2

Chase to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run, short ball, pulled away behind square for one

47.3

Chase to Shafiqullah, 1 run, full and outside off, driven off the front foot to long-off

47.4

Chase to Dawlat Zadran, no run, tries to cut this short ball but is cramped for room and the ball bounces more than he would have liked, misses it

47.5

Chase to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run, jumps back to this length ball and drops it in front of point with an open bat face for one

47.6

Chase to Shafiqullah, 1 wide, another wide outside off, just how many of those he has bowled today. Intention is right, wants to choke the scoring by making the batsman reach out but he needs to be careful

47.6

Chase to Shafiqullah, 1 run, low full toss, pushed down to long-off for one

End of over 48 (5 runs) Afghanistan 243/8

    • Shafiqullah 37 (19b 2x4 3x6)
    • Dawlat Zadran 8 (15b)
    • PKD Chase 10-0-55-2
    • TJ Murtagh 10-3-49-2
48.1

Thompson to Shafiqullah, 1 wide, full and wide outside off, outside the line

48.1

Thompson to Shafiqullah, 2 runs, would have been another wide had the batsman not walked across early. He wanted to be able to reach out for it and shovels it with a flat bat to sweeper cover

48.2

Thompson to Shafiqullah, 1 run, yorker on off and middle, dug out to midwicket

48.3

Thompson to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run, yorker on leg, tries to dig it out and inside-edges it to the pad as the ball rolls into the off side. bowler runs across and slides in but fails to pick it up. But the basmen would have made it anyway, I think

48.4

Thompson to Shafiqullah, no run, flirting with the wide line outside off by bowling it full and it goes over the line there. Umpire seems to think it's fine

48.5

Thompson to Shafiqullah, 2 runs, lofted over the covers region. Very full and outside off, moves across and plays it uppishly out to deep extra cover where Dockrell is a bit slow to get around it and that allows Shafiqullah to come back for the second

48.6

Thompson to Shafiqullah, 1 run, fuller, lofted away wide of long-off for one

End of over 49 (8 runs) Afghanistan 251/8

    • Shafiqullah 43 (24b 2x4 3x6)
    • Dawlat Zadran 9 (16b)
    • SR Thompson 7-0-45-0
    • PKD Chase 10-0-55-2

Stirling to bowl the final over.

49.1

Stirling to Shafiqullah, SIX, legbreak on off, Shafiqullah gets down on one knee and slogs it over deep midwicket. Clean hit. What a knock he is playing here

49.2

Stirling to Shafiqullah, no run, goes for the slog again but this time it is the off-break and spins in to take the inside edge

49.3

Stirling to Shafiqullah, no run, full and wide outside off, swings hard and misses

49.4

Stirling to Shafiqullah, 1 run, eyeing the leg side boundary. Too full and drilled out uppishly wide of long-on. Shafiq wants the second but Dawlat does not even move. Fifty for Shafiq, off 28 balls

49.5

Stirling to Dawlat Zadran, no run, full and outside off, moves across and lets it go, hoping for a wide call but it not to be

49.6

Stirling to Dawlat Zadran, SIX, off-break from Stirling. It is a full toss and he swings hard, bottom hand comes off as he slogs it high and clean over deep midwicket

1.05pm What a recovery from Afghanistan! Full marks to Gulabdin Naib for grinding it out with a half-century, to Rashid Khan for shifting the momentum Afghanistan's way and to Shafiqullah for a blinder that powered them to a strong finish. This is the first time that Nos. 7, 8 and 9 have scored half-centuries in an ODI. This is not an easy pitch to bat on. The ball is stopping on the batsman and spinners are expected to find assistance and Afghanistan have quality tweakers who can make use of the help to tie down Ireland. Ireland did not do themselves any favours by sending down 17 wides - eight of them by Peter Chase alone. On a tough pitch, those extra 17 extra runs could make a world of difference. Afghanistan have certainly put up a very good total and Ireland will have to be at their best from ball one to chase this down. Varun will be with you for the start of their reply. Be back in around 30 minutes.

"We were 96 for 6. When I went in, the coach and captain told me just go there and spend time," Rashid says. "I think initially the wicket was a little different compared to the last few games, the ball was not coming on and out batsmen also played some poor shots. The coach asked me to spend time on the wicket and settle down and we will have a good total. I just wanted to play till the end. Shafiqullah is a wonderful hitter and he hit the ball really well, that's what he is famous for. We will look to bowl wicket to wicket and according to the plan."

End of over 50 (13 runs) Afghanistan 264/8

    • Dawlat Zadran 15 (18b 1x6)
    • Shafiqullah 50 (28b 2x4 4x6)
    • PR Stirling 6-0-43-0
    • SR Thompson 7-0-45-0
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