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Afghanistan vs Ireland AFG and IRE in UAE, Only Test, 2024

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One-off Test, Tolerance Oval, Abu Dhabi, 28 Feb, 2024

Afghanistan

AFG

155/10

(54.5) overs

218/10

(75.4) overs

Ireland

IRE

263/10

(83.4) overs

111/4

(31.3) overs

Ireland beat Afghanistan by 6 wickets

Player Of The Match

Mark Adair,
Ireland
Ireland
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Commentary
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Ireland
Afghanistan
Ireland
Afghanistan

Commentary

That's it from this game, a day to remember for the Irish as they bag their first Test win. They'll be hoping it is just the start. Afghanistan on the other hand, have a lot to improve. They haven't had the best of times in this format in recent times. We hope you enjoyed our company. Until next time, goodbye and take care.

Andy Balbirnie says he is very happy. They were really good through out. Adds they bowled really well and with a lot of discipline. Mentions they just needed one partnership chasing a small score and they got it. Also says he is proud of the boys and it is a big achievement. Ends by saying he hopes to improve from here on and do well in the limited opportunities.

Hashmatullah Shahidi says they let themselves down with the bat in the first innings. Adds the Irish bowled really well. Adds they did have a few positives, Gurbaz and Naveed were good and credits Zia for the way he bowled. Ends by congratulating the Irish for their first win.

Mark Adair, Man of the Match, says he is feeling great and he is enjoying the moment. States the boys were brilliant and they are extremely happy. Adds Test cricket was difficult but he hopes they can kick on from here. Mentions the players have been excellent and it was superb performance. Ends by saying he is looking forward for the shorter format.

Chasing a small target, they did lose four wickets early but Tucker and Balbirnie played brilliantly. They added over 50. Balbirnie scored a fine half-ton and Tucker supported him well to create history for Ireland.

It was Ireland's pacers yet again who shined the second time around. They yet again bowled out Afghanistan for a moderate total. Young, Barry and Adair all ended with three wickets each and ensured they did not have to chase a big score.

In reply, a combined batting effort saw them take a lead of around 100. Stirling was the star with the bat with a half-ton but there were a few more who got to decent scores which helped them get that lead.

History has been created! This is Ireland's first-ever Test win and it is a convincing one in the end. Right from Day 1 they have dominated. First, they bowled Afghanistan for a low score thanks to a fifer from Adair.

31.31

There are the winning runs! Fuller and on the pads. Tucker looks to flick but gets an inside edge. It rolls on the leg side for one. Ireland win by 6 wickets.

31.23

SCORES LEVEL! This is full and outside off. This is driven through covers. The fielder runs to his left and keeps it down to three.

31.10

Fuller and outside off, Balbirnie looks to drive but it goes off the inner half to mid on.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 31 overs : 107/4

L Tucker26 (56)

A Balbirnie55 (94)

ur Rehman11-0-33-1

30.60

On off, blocked.

30.51

A single, now just 4 away! On the pads, this is swept through square leg for one.

30.40

On middle, kept out.

30.31lb

Angled into the pads. Tucker looks to flick but misses. It hits the pad and rolls on the leg side. Leg bye taken.

30.20

On middle, kept out.

30.14

FOUR! Just the big hit away now! On middle, the sweep is out and it is nailed through mid-wicket. This races away to the fence.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 30 overs : 101/4

A Balbirnie54 (92)

L Tucker22 (52)

N Zadran9-0-27-2

29.60

On off, this is defended.

29.50

Another full ball on middle, it is pushed to mid on again.

29.40

On the fuller side. This is driven but to mid on.

29.34

FOUR! Cut away. Just the 10 needed. Outside off. This is flayed past point for a boundary.

29.20

Around off, blocked.

29.10

Fullish and on off, this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 29 overs : 97/4

L Tucker22 (52)

A Balbirnie50 (86)

ur Rehman10-0-28-1

28.60

Quicker and on off, Tucker pushes it to cover.

28.50

On the stumps, blocked.

28.40

Floats it up on off, blocked.

28.30

On middle, kept out.

28.21

Fifty for Andy Balbirnie. Top, top knock. He saw wickets falling at the other end but has held fort and he is taki by his side to a historic win. On middle, this is pushed past cover for one.

28.11

Shorter and on off, this is pushed past cover for one.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 28 overs : 95/4

L Tucker21 (47)

A Balbirnie49 (85)

N Zadran8-0-23-2

27.61

Takes one as this is nudged on the leg side.

Commentary

Ireland will be eager to chase this down. The bowlers have done the job and it is now upto the batters to finish it up. It was once again their seamers who did the job for them. Barry McCarthy, and Craig Young were exceptional. Right then! Just 111 runs to win. You expect Ireland to chase it down easily. Afghanistan though need to show some fight. Join us back for the chase in a while.

So, Afghanistan need 111 runs to win. The bowlers have done an incredible job in this match. Afghanistan had 7 wickets in hand at the start! Hashmatullah Shahidi though fell right at the start. His wicket opened the gates for Ireland who with their consistent lines and lengths got the rewards. Rahmanullah Gurbaz fell and the tail didn't add much as well. However, Naveed Zadran's knock helped Afghanistan get something to bowl at. Not a good performance by Afghanistan, they have really let themselves down with the bat.

75.4W

OUT! BOWLED! Job done by Young! Very full and around off. Zadran swings wildly and misses and it crashes the stumps. Afghanistan are bowled out for 218.

75.30

Length and outside off, Zadran tries to scoop this time but misses again.

75.20

Fuller and wide of off. Zadran swings and misses.

75.10

A length ball on middle. Zadran defends off his gloves and on the deck.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 75 overs : 218/9

Z Khan4 (13)

N Zadran25 (49)

van Woerkom13-3-43-1

74.60

Flighted on middle, Khan defends it out.

74.50

On off, blocked.

74.41

Fuller and outside off, Zadran slogs it to deep mid-wicket for one.

74.32

Heaved for two! Too full and on off, this is hit to deep square  leg for a couple.

74.20

Flat and outside off, Zadran goes for the reverse paddle but misses it.

74.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 74 overs : 215/9

Z Khan4 (11)

N Zadran22 (45)

B McCarthy18-5-48-3

73.60

Length and outside off, shapes away. Khan looks to push at it but misses.

73.54

EDGED AND FOUR! A length ball, slanting on middle, Khan looks to punch but outside edges it past gully and for four.

73.40

Tad short and around off, Khan lets it go.

73.31

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled to deep square leg for one.

73.20

A bumper on off. Zadran looks to pull but misses.

73.12b

Two byes! Shorter and on middle, Zadran tries to scoop but misses. The keeper fumbles to carry and it rolls to fine leg for two. Crucial runs.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 73 overs : 208/9

Z Khan0 (8)

N Zadran21 (42)

van Woerkom12-3-40-1

72.60

Khan suruvies! Fuller and on middle, Khan blocks.

72.50

Fuller and on  middle, Khan nudges it to mid-wicket.

72.40

Too full and outside off, this is pushed to cover.

72.30

Angling on the pads, kept out.

72.20

Flighted on off, Khan blocks.

72.11

They take one! Fuller and on off, Zadran works it to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 72 overs : 207/9

Z Khan0 (3)

N Zadran20 (41)

B McCarthy17-5-43-3

71.60

Short in length and outside off, Khan has a poke at it but misses.

71.50

Length and on off, this is blocked to cover.

71.40

A length ball on middle, Khan goes back and blocks.

Zahir Khan is the last man in.

71.3W

OUT! BOWLED! Barry McCarthy serves a yorker, close to middle and leg. Masood opens his body up to heave it but misses and it crashes the stumps. Ireland need one more wicket.

71.20

Length and on middle, blocked out.

Commentary

Afghanistan will be happy with how they did in this session. Ireland at one time seemed like taking a lead of over 150 but Zia ur Rehman did well and finished with a fifer. Still a stiff task ahead, they need to bat well now and show more character and application. The Irish on the other hand, will love a similar performance to their first innings.

A good batting display from the Irish and they will feel they are in a good position in this game. They did not have anyone play a big innings but had a few decent partnerships which has helped them stretch their lead to over 100. Stirling was their highest scorer but the others contributed too with some decent scores. Overall, they'll be pleased with their effort.

83.4W

OUT! TAKEN! That is the end of the innings. On middle. Andy looks to pull but gets a top edge on the leg side. It is taken by the fielder.

83.30

On the stumps, kept out.

83.20

Around off, this is pushed to cover.

83.10

Outside off. The batter looks to cut but is beaten.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 83 overs : 263/9

C Young1 (16)

A McBrine38 (70)

N Zadran18-4-59-3

82.60

A bumper, evaded.

82.50

Outside off, Young looks to cut but misses.

82.40

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled to mid-wicket.

82.30

Around off, blocked.

82.21

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

82.10

Outside off, Andy looks to cut but misses.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 82 overs : 262/9

C Young1 (12)

A McBrine37 (68)

ur Rehman30-7-64-5

81.60

On off, kept out.

81.50

Around off. Blocked.

81.40

On middle, kept out.

81.30

Fuller and on off. This is pushed to cover.

81.20

On off. Kept out.

81.11

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 81 overs : 261/9

C Young1 (7)

A McBrine36 (67)

N Zadran17-4-58-3

80.60

Outside off. Left alone.

80.50

On middle, kept out.

80.40

Around off, this is pushed to cover.

80.30

Outside off. Young slashes but misses.

80.20

On middle, kept out.

80.10

Around off, defended.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 80 overs : 261/9

A McBrine36 (67)

C Young1 (1)

ur Rehman29-7-63-5

79.64

FOUR! Cut away! Short and outside off. Asking to be hit. This is flayed past point for a boundary.

79.50

Around off. This is pushed to cover.

79.41

On the pads, this is tucked around the corner for one.

79.3W

OUT! Rehman has another one! On middle, the arm ball again. Barry McCarthy looks to sweep but misses and is hit on the pad. That is as plumb as it gets.

79.20

On off, blocked.

79.10

Shortish and around off. Barry pushes it to covers.

Commentary

Back with action. Nijat Masood to bowl first. Andy Balbirnie and Peter Moor to open!

...Second innings.

Afghanistan didn't see it coming. They opted to bat first but wouldn't have imagined this kind of score. Only Ibrahim Zadran stood up for them, no one supported him! Afghanistan though lost him right after the Lunch break and if not for Janat's 41, they would have ended around 100. Still, not the start they would have liked to the game and now they have to bowl really well to keep Ireland under pressure. They have to be as consistent as Ireland were! Tea is taken as well. Join us back for the final session in a while.

An outstanding performance by the Irish team and they will be so happy right now. 10 wickets inside one and a half sessions and it was Mark Adair who made Afghanistan dance to his tunes. He was right on the money from the start. Bowled good lengths and lines and took two wickets in an over. Barry McCarthy and Craig Young supported him well too. Ireland after the lunch struck rightaway, removing Zadran and Rehman in quick succession. Curtis Campher followed it with two wickets in a row. However, Mark Adair was the pick with five wickets!

54.5W

OUT! BOWLED! Through him! A length ball from around the wicket and on off. Khan fails to defend and it hits the top of off. Afghanistan end with 155!

54.41

Takes the single now as Janat pulls it to deep square leg. Khan has two balls to survive.

54.30

Full and wide of off. Janat lets it go.

54.20

Short and on off, Janat pulls it to deep square leg but for no run.

54.10

On middle, this is blocked out.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 54 overs : 154/9

K Janat40 (74)

Z Khan0 (7)

C Campher4-1-13-2

53.61

Smart from Janat! On middle, this is nudged to mid on for a single.

53.54

FOUR! HIT WELL! 150 up! Full and outside off, Janat smashes it down to long off for a boundary.

53.40

A length ball, outside off, Janat defends.

53.30

Again! Full and outside off, Janat hits it to deep cover but for no run.

53.20

Outside off, this is driven to deep cover but Janat keeps the strike.

53.10

Fuller and outside off, Janat looks to drive but misses.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 53 overs : 149/9

Z Khan0 (7)

K Janat35 (68)

M Adair16-5-38-4

52.60

Fuller and on middle, this is defended out.

52.50

A length ball on middle, Khan blocks it out.

52.41

On middle, eased down to mid on for a single.

52.30

Around off, this is defended out.

52.20

Length ball, on off. Janat makes a solid block.

52.10

On middle, this is blocked out.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 52 overs : 148/9

Z Khan0 (5)

K Janat34 (64)

C Campher3-1-8-2

51.60

Fuller and on leg, Khan again misses his flick and gets hit on the pads. An appeal but sliding down. Ireland have taken a review but it shows it is pitching outside the line.

51.54b

FOUR BYES! What a delivery! A yorker and it swings past leg. Kahn fails to put his bat on it and it even rolls past the keeper to fine leg.

51.41

Length and outside off, Janat knocks it through point for one.

51.34

FOUR! Whipped away! This is full and on middle, Janat hits it through square leg in the gap for four. Much needed one.

51.20

Outside off, this is blocked out.

51.10

A length ball, outside off, Janat looks to push at it but misses.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 51 overs : 139/9

Z Khan0 (3)

K Janat29 (60)

van Woerkom5-1-12-0

50.60

Too full and outside off, Khan defends it out.

50.50

Tossed up, outside off, Khan prods across and blocks it.

50.40

Flighted, outside off. Khan blocks it out.

Ireland
Afghanistan
Ireland
Afghanistan
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
P Moor

b N Zadran

0 9 0 0 0
A Balbirnie

not out

58 96 5 0 60.41
C Campher

b N Zadran

0 1 0 0 0
H Tector

c R Gurbaz b N Masood

2 7 0 0 28.57
P Stirling

c R Shah b ur Rehman

14 22 3 0 63.63
L Tucker

not out

27 57 2 0 47.36
Extras

(b 0,lb 7,w 0,nb 3,Penalty 0)

10
Total 31.3 (RR: 3.52)
111/4

Did not bat: M Adair, A McBrine, van Woerkom, B McCarthy, C Young

Fall of wickets:

(P Moor, 1.5 ov) (C Campher, 2 ov) (H Tector, 4.3 ov) (P Stirling, 13 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
N Masood
8 1 27 1 3.37
N Zadran
9.3 0 31 2 3.26
ur Rehman
11 0 33 1 3.00
Z Khan
3 0 13 0 4.33
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
I Zadran

c P Moor b M Adair

12 21 1 0 57.14
Ali Zadran

c M Adair b B McCarthy

32 72 3 0 44.44
R Shah

c L Tucker b M Adair

9 9 2 0 100
H Shahidi

lbw b M Adair

55 107 5 0 51.40
R Gurbaz

b C Young

46 85 4 2 54.11
N Jamal

b B McCarthy

2 19 0 0 10.52
K Janat

c A Balbirnie b C Young

13 39 1 0 33.33
ur Rehman

c A Balbirnie b van Woerkom

13 29 2 0 44.82
N Zadran

b C Young

25 53 3 0 47.16
N Masood

b B McCarthy

0 7 0 0 0
Z Khan

not out

4 13 1 0 30.76
Extras

(b 7,lb 0,w 0,nb 0,Penalty 0)

7
Total 75.4 (RR: 2.88)
218/10

Did not bat:

Fall of wickets:

(I Zadran, 6.3 ov) (R Shah, 8.4 ov) (Ali Zadran, 26.5 ov) (H Shahidi, 40.5 ov) (N Jamal, 45.5 ov) (K Janat, 58 ov) (R Gurbaz, 59.1 ov) (ur Rehman, 70.1 ov) (N Masood, 71.3 ov) (N Zadran, 75.4 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
M Adair
16 3 56 3 3.50
B McCarthy
18 5 48 3 2.66
van Woerkom
13 3 43 1 3.30
A McBrine
17 3 38 0 2.23
C Young
10.4 2 24 3 2.25
H Tector
1 0 2 0 2.00
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
P Moor

b N Zadran

12 29 2 0 41.37
A Balbirnie

lbw b N Zadran

2 12 0 0 16.66
C Campher

c R Gurbaz b ur Rehman

49 64 7 1 76.56
H Tector

lbw b N Zadran

32 73 3 0 43.83
van Woerkom

b ur Rehman

1 9 0 0 11.11
P Stirling

b Z Khan

52 89 7 0 58.42
L Tucker

c R Shah b ur Rehman

46 105 5 0 43.80
A McBrine

c N Zadran b N Masood

38 74 5 0 51.35
M Adair

lbw b ur Rehman

15 20 2 0 75
B McCarthy

lbw b ur Rehman

5 14 0 0 35.71
C Young

not out

1 16 0 0 6.25
Extras

(b 4,lb 3,w 0,nb 3,Penalty 0)

10
Total 83.4 (RR: 3.14)
263/10

Did not bat:

Fall of wickets:

(A Balbirnie, 4 ov) (P Moor, 9.1 ov) (C Campher, 26.1 ov) (van Woerkom, 28.2 ov) (H Tector, 35.3 ov) (P Stirling, 57.4 ov) (L Tucker, 68.3 ov) (M Adair, 75.2 ov) (B McCarthy, 79.3 ov) (A McBrine, 83.4 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
N Masood
12.4 2 38 1 3.00
N Zadran
18 4 59 3 3.27
K Janat
6 0 24 0 4.00
ur Rehman
30 7 64 5 2.13
Z Khan
14 0 67 1 4.78
H Shahidi
3 0 4 0 1.33
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
I Zadran

c L Tucker b C Young

53 83 9 0 63.85
Ali Zadran

c A Balbirnie b M Adair

7 27 1 0 25.92
R Shah

b M Adair

0 3 0 0 0
H Shahidi

c L Tucker b B McCarthy

20 44 4 0 45.45
R Gurbaz

c L Tucker b M Adair

5 20 0 0 25
N Jamal

b C Young

0 8 0 0 0
K Janat

not out

41 78 6 0 52.56
ur Rehman

c A Balbirnie b M Adair

6 15 1 0 40
N Zadran

c A McBrine b C Campher

12 42 2 0 28.57
N Masood

c L Tucker b C Campher

0 2 0 0 0
Z Khan

b M Adair

0 8 0 0 0
Extras

(b 4,lb 6,w 0,nb 1,Penalty 0)

11
Total 54.5 (RR: 2.83)
155/10

Did not bat:

Fall of wickets:

(Ali Zadran, 6.3 ov) (R Shah, 7 ov) (H Shahidi, 21.5 ov) (R Gurbaz, 28.3 ov) (N Jamal, 29.5 ov) (I Zadran, 31.1 ov) (ur Rehman, 36.4 ov) (N Zadran, 49.4 ov) (N Masood, 50 ov) (Z Khan, 54.5 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
M Adair
16.5 5 39 5 2.31
B McCarthy
11 1 28 1 2.54
C Young
11 5 31 2 2.81
A McBrine
7 1 22 0 3.14
van Woerkom
5 1 12 0 2.40
C Campher
4 1 13 2 3.25
Ireland
Afghanistan
Ireland
Afghanistan

Commentary

That's it from this game, a day to remember for the Irish as they bag their first Test win. They'll be hoping it is just the start. Afghanistan on the other hand, have a lot to improve. They haven't had the best of times in this format in recent times. We hope you enjoyed our company. Until next time, goodbye and take care.

Andy Balbirnie says he is very happy. They were really good through out. Adds they bowled really well and with a lot of discipline. Mentions they just needed one partnership chasing a small score and they got it. Also says he is proud of the boys and it is a big achievement. Ends by saying he hopes to improve from here on and do well in the limited opportunities.

Hashmatullah Shahidi says they let themselves down with the bat in the first innings. Adds the Irish bowled really well. Adds they did have a few positives, Gurbaz and Naveed were good and credits Zia for the way he bowled. Ends by congratulating the Irish for their first win.

Mark Adair, Man of the Match, says he is feeling great and he is enjoying the moment. States the boys were brilliant and they are extremely happy. Adds Test cricket was difficult but he hopes they can kick on from here. Mentions the players have been excellent and it was superb performance. Ends by saying he is looking forward for the shorter format.

Chasing a small target, they did lose four wickets early but Tucker and Balbirnie played brilliantly. They added over 50. Balbirnie scored a fine half-ton and Tucker supported him well to create history for Ireland.

It was Ireland's pacers yet again who shined the second time around. They yet again bowled out Afghanistan for a moderate total. Young, Barry and Adair all ended with three wickets each and ensured they did not have to chase a big score.

In reply, a combined batting effort saw them take a lead of around 100. Stirling was the star with the bat with a half-ton but there were a few more who got to decent scores which helped them get that lead.

History has been created! This is Ireland's first-ever Test win and it is a convincing one in the end. Right from Day 1 they have dominated. First, they bowled Afghanistan for a low score thanks to a fifer from Adair.

31.31

There are the winning runs! Fuller and on the pads. Tucker looks to flick but gets an inside edge. It rolls on the leg side for one. Ireland win by 6 wickets.

31.23

SCORES LEVEL! This is full and outside off. This is driven through covers. The fielder runs to his left and keeps it down to three.

31.10

Fuller and outside off, Balbirnie looks to drive but it goes off the inner half to mid on.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 31 overs : 107/4

L Tucker26 (56)

A Balbirnie55 (94)

ur Rehman11-0-33-1

30.60

On off, blocked.

30.51

A single, now just 4 away! On the pads, this is swept through square leg for one.

30.40

On middle, kept out.

30.31lb

Angled into the pads. Tucker looks to flick but misses. It hits the pad and rolls on the leg side. Leg bye taken.

30.20

On middle, kept out.

30.14

FOUR! Just the big hit away now! On middle, the sweep is out and it is nailed through mid-wicket. This races away to the fence.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 30 overs : 101/4

A Balbirnie54 (92)

L Tucker22 (52)

N Zadran9-0-27-2

29.60

On off, this is defended.

29.50

Another full ball on middle, it is pushed to mid on again.

29.40

On the fuller side. This is driven but to mid on.

29.34

FOUR! Cut away. Just the 10 needed. Outside off. This is flayed past point for a boundary.

29.20

Around off, blocked.

29.10

Fullish and on off, this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 29 overs : 97/4

L Tucker22 (52)

A Balbirnie50 (86)

ur Rehman10-0-28-1

28.60

Quicker and on off, Tucker pushes it to cover.

28.50

On the stumps, blocked.

28.40

Floats it up on off, blocked.

28.30

On middle, kept out.

28.21

Fifty for Andy Balbirnie. Top, top knock. He saw wickets falling at the other end but has held fort and he is taki by his side to a historic win. On middle, this is pushed past cover for one.

28.11

Shorter and on off, this is pushed past cover for one.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 28 overs : 95/4

L Tucker21 (47)

A Balbirnie49 (85)

N Zadran8-0-23-2

27.61

Takes one as this is nudged on the leg side.

27.50

On the off pole. Kept out.

27.40

On off, kept out.

27.30

Around off, kept out.

27.22

Two! Outside off. Tucker times it past cover for two.

27.10

Goes fuller and on middle, this is pushed to mid on.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 27 overs : 92/4

A Balbirnie49 (85)

L Tucker18 (41)

ur Rehman9-0-26-1

26.60

Anothet tossed up ball on middle. This is pushed to cover.

26.50

Gives it air and lands it on off. This is pushed to cover.

26.40

Floats it up on off, Andy keeps it out.

26.30

Quicker and on off, this holds its line. Defended.

26.20

Flatter and on off, kept out.

26.14

FOUR! Runs needed below 20 now! On the pads. This is swept past short fine leg and this one races away.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 26 overs : 88/4

L Tucker18 (41)

A Balbirnie45 (79)

Z Khan3-0-13-0

25.60

Shorter and on off, this is pushed to cover.

25.50

Good delivery! This lands around off and spins away. Tucker looks to defend but is beaten.

25.41

On middle. Too short. This is worked on the leg side for one. Khan has been quite poor. Has leaked runs in the few overs he has bowled.

25.32

Two more! Runs needed now below 25! Fuller and outside off. This is carved past point for two.

25.21

Fuller and outside off, this is driven towards cover for one.

25.11

Another single! On the pads, this is nudged on the leg side for one.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 25 overs : 83/4

A Balbirnie41 (76)

L Tucker17 (38)

ur Rehman8-0-22-1

24.61

A single to end a productive over for the visitors! Outside off, this is pushed through covers for one.

24.51

Fuller and on middle, this is pushed towards mid on for one.

24.40

Just short! Floats it up on off, Tucker looks to push at it with hard hands. It goes off the outside edge but still does not carry to second slip.

24.30

On middle, kept out.

24.21

Now works this around the corner and takes one more run off the target needed.

24.14

FOUR! Off the outer half and Ireland and nearing their first win in Tests. Outside off. Andy plays it square on the off side. It goes past the diving fielder and behind for a boundary.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 24 overs : 76/4

L Tucker16 (35)

A Balbirnie35 (73)

Z Khan2-0-8-0

23.60

Around off, kept out.

23.61nb

A loud appeal but turned down. Would not have mattered as it is a no ball. Around off. Tucker looks to play the reverse sweep but misses to get hit on the pads. Looked close.

23.51

On the pads. This is swept down to fine leg for one.

23.40

That is a beauty! How has that missed the off pole? This lands outside off and spins back in. Andy looks to drive but it goes past the inside edge and misses the off pole.

23.30

Tossed up on off, blocked.

23.21

On the pads, this is flicked through square leg and a run is taken.

23.10

On the pads, this is worked on the leg side. It lands short of short leg.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 23 overs : 73/4

L Tucker15 (31)

A Balbirnie34 (70)

ur Rehman7-0-15-1

22.61

On middle. The sweep is out, it is hit through square leg for one.

22.50

Around off, kept out.

22.40

Flatter and on middlr, blocked.

22.31

Runs coming quickly now! Angled in on off. Shorter. This is pushed past cover for one.

22.22lb

Another couple! On the pads. Balbirnie looks to flick but misses. It hits the pad and rolls down towards fine leg. Two taken.

22.10

Around off, this is pushed to the man at cover.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 22 overs : 69/4

L Tucker14 (28)

A Balbirnie33 (67)

Z Khan1-0-5-0

21.62

Two to end! On the pads. Tucker works it fine on the leg side and takes two.

21.51

On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

21.40

Flighted ball and on off, kept out.

21.41nb

Gives it air and bowls it fuller and on off, Balbirnie looks to drive but it goes off the inner half back to the bowler. No ball given.

21.30

Shorter and on middle, Balbirine defends it nicely.

21.20

Slower and on off, defended.

21.11

Wrong end! On the pads, this is worked through square leg. They take one. Tucker sets off for the second but is sent back from halfway down. The throw is to the keeper who collects it and then has a shy at the other end but misses. Tucker would have been in though.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 21 overs : 64/4

A Balbirnie32 (62)

L Tucker11 (26)

ur Rehman6-0-13-1

20.60

On off, kept out.

20.50

That is unplayable! This is floated up around off, it lands and spins away. Balbirnie looks to drive but is beaten. He was done in by the dip on the ba there.

20.40

Floats it up on off, kept out.

20.30

Slower through the air and outside off. Andy looks to sweep but misses.

20.21

Outside off, Tucker goes back and guides it past point for one.

20.10

Flighted ball and on off, Tucker plays it to cover.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 63/4

L Tucker10 (24)

A Balbirnie32 (58)

N Zadran7-0-20-2

19.61

Short and on middle, this is pulled through square leg for one.

19.50

Back of a length and on off, this is pushed to cover.

19.40

Fullish again and on off. Tucker pushes it but to mid off again.

19.30

Yet again goes full, looking some swing but there is not any. It is driven firmly to mid off.

19.20

On the fuller side again, outside off. Tucker looks to drive but this goes off the inner half to mid off.

19.10

On the fuller side and around off. Tucker drives but finds cover.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 62/4

A Balbirnie32 (58)

L Tucker9 (18)

ur Rehman5-0-12-1

18.60

Close! Fired down the leg side. Andy looks to sweep but misses. It goes just past the leg pole.

18.50

Quicker and on off. Andy punches it to cover.

18.41

Slightly fuller and outside off. Tucker leans into it and strokes it through covers. A single taken.

18.30

Flatter and on off. Defended.

18.20

On off, kept out.

18.10

Close! Angled into middle. Tucker looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. There's a short leg waiting but this lands safe.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 61/4

L Tucker8 (14)

A Balbirnie32 (56)

N Zadran6-0-19-2

17.61

Now Tucker takes one as he guides this towards point. He is a busy player. Will keep the scoreboard ticking along.

17.51

Just outside off. Andy lets it come to him and then guides it past point for one.

17.40

Another dot! Just outside off. This is pushed to cover.

17.30

On middle, this is pushed to the man at mid on.

17.20

No carry there! Outside off. Left alone. This one stays quite low.

17.10

Goes full again and on off, this is pushed to mid off.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 59/4

L Tucker7 (13)

A Balbirnie31 (51)

ur Rehman4-0-11-1

16.60

Dot to end! Corrects his line and bowls it on off. Kept out.

16.54

FOUR! Tickled nice and fine! Runs coming quickly now! On the pads. Tucker works it fine on the leg side and it races away to the fence.

16.40

Slower this time and on off. Tucker lunges and keeps it out.

16.30

Quicker and on middle. This lands and holds its line. Tucker defends.

16.20

Flatter this time and on off, this is pushed to cover.

16.11

On middle, this is swept through square leg for one. He had to hit that or he would have been an LBW candidate.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 54/4

L Tucker3 (8)

A Balbirnie30 (50)

N Masood8-1-27-1

15.60

Beaten! A beaut of a delivery to end! Length and outside off, this lands and jags back in. Tucker looks to defend but it goes past the inside edge and over the middle pole.

15.51

This is shortish and outside off. It is pushed past cover for one. This is turning out to be a good over.

15.44

FOUR! Clipped away! Fifty up with that boundary! Angled into the pads. A little too straight and a little too full. This is worked through mid-wicket. This one races away.

15.31

Quick run! These quick singles are useful when runs are hard to come. On middle, this is pushed towards mid on for one.

15.20

Confidence! Takes a few steps down the track! This is on a length and around off. Tucker plays it solidly to cover.

15.11

Back of a length and on off, this is pushed towards cover and he gets to the other end.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 47/4

L Tucker2 (5)

A Balbirnie24 (47)

ur Rehman3-0-6-1

14.60

This is flatter, this one goes on with the angle. Defended.

14.50

Zia pushes this one through. It lands around off and spins away. Tucker is beaten as he looks to defend.

14.42

Out comes the sweep. This is the thing about Tucker, he loves playing these shots and will score quickly. On middle, this is swept through square leg for two.

14.30

Floats it up on off, nice and slow. Tucker pushes it to cover.

14.21

Slightly shorter this time, Andy goes back and pushes it past cover and takes one.

14.10

Slower and on off, this is defended.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 44/4

L Tucker0 (1)

A Balbirnie23 (45)

N Masood7-1-20-1

13.60

Good length and on off, Tucker keeps it out well.

13.51

Fuller and on off, Andy leans into it and gets it past cover for one.

13.40

Good length and around off, Andy pushes it to the man at cover.

13.30

Down the leg side. Left alone.

13.24

FOUR! Off the outside edge! Length and around off. Andy looks to defend but this goes off the outside edge and down to the third man fence. Handy boundary. Runs are hard to come by at the moment.

13.10

Fuller and on middle, this is pushed to mid on.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 39/4

P Stirling14 (22)

A Balbirnie18 (40)

ur Rehman2-0-3-1

12.6W

OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Shah takes a good catch. Stirling falls. The big fish is out of here. Zia ur Rehman has been so good so far and he deserves this wicket. This is slower, it lands on off and then turns away. Paul looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge and the first slip fielder takes a good low catch. Game on. Afghanistan now 6 wickets away.

12.50

Another massive appeal but turned down again! The review is taken. This could be close. Seems to be spinning away from off. NOT OUT! It is! It is turning too much and that is a top decision. The impact is outside off too. This is full and on off. Stirling looks to sweep but misses to get hit on the pads.

12.40

A loud appeal but turned down! Pitched outside leg. This lands around leg and spins away. Stirling looks to defend but misses to get hit on the pads.

12.30

Floats it up on off, kept out.

12.21

On middle, this comes in with the arm. Andy lets it come to him and works it on the leg side for one.

12.10

Relentless stuff! Attacks the stumps, the pace is nice and slow. Defended.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 38/3

P Stirling14 (18)

A Balbirnie17 (38)

N Masood6-1-15-1

11.60

This time he gets the ball to come back in. It is fuller and on middlr. It shapes back in. Stirling looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.

11.50

Solid from Stirling! On middle, kept out.

11.40

Beaten! Slightly fuller and shaping away. Stirling looks to push at it but is beaten.

11.30

Stirling takes a few steps ahead and this is angled into the pads. He looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.

11.20

Good length agajn, angled into middle from wide of the crease. Kept out.

11.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 38/3

A Balbirnie17 (38)

P Stirling14 (12)

ur Rehman1-0-2-0

10.62

Off the outer half but runs! Floats it up, it lands on off and there is a little bit of turn away. It goes off the outside edge and through point for two.

10.50

Flatter and on off, this is pushed to cover.

10.40

Big turn again! This is slower and around off, it lands and turns away sharply. Andy looks to push at it but is beaten.

10.30

Flatter this time and on middle. Andy keeps it out.

10.20

Slower and on off, this one goes on with the arm. It is pushed to cover.

10.10

That is a beauty! These 70-odd runs are not going to be easy. This is angled into the off pole. It lands and spins away. Balbirine is beaten as he tries to defend.

We are back for what could be the last session of the day and possibly of the match too! Stirling and Balbirine walk out to resume their innings. Zia ur Rehman to begin.

... DAY 3, SESSION 3 ...

Afghanistan have fought back well! Ireland still in the driving seat but credit to the character shown by the hosts. They are defending a small total but got three wickets early. Stirling and Balbirnie though have steadied the ship a little. The Irish would hope these two can continue the good work. Afghanistan on the other hand, will know if they get these two, game could well and truly be in their side. Join us for what could be the last session of this game in a bit.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 36/3

P Stirling14 (12)

A Balbirnie15 (32)

N Zadran5-0-17-2

9.64

FOUR! The session ends with a boundary! Short and outside off. This is flayed past point and it races away. That will be Tea!

9.51

Shorter and on off, this is pushed past cover for one.

9.40

Around off, kept out.

9.30

Fuller and on off, this is pushed to cover.

9.20

Outside off, left alone.

9.10

Around off, kept out.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 31/3

P Stirling10 (11)

A Balbirnie14 (27)

N Masood5-0-15-1

8.64

FOUR! Pulled away! Short and on middle, this is hammered through mid-wicket and the ball races away to the fence.

8.51

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

8.40

Around off, kept out.

8.30

On the off pole. Kept out.

8.20

On middle. Kept out.

8.10

Good length again and on off. Andy pushed it to cover.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 26/3

P Stirling6 (10)

A Balbirnie13 (22)

N Zadran4-0-12-2

7.60

Around off. Defended.

7.50

On off, kept out.

7.40

On off, kept out.

7.30

Around off, kept out.

7.24

FOUR! That is driven nicely! Length and around off. Stirling stands tall and strokes it through covers. Boundary.

7.11

A single now as this is tucked on the leg side for one.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 21/3

P Stirling2 (5)

A Balbirnie12 (21)

N Masood4-0-10-1

6.60

Outside off. Stirling goes after it but misses.

6.51

Shortish and on off, this is pushed past cover for one.

6.40

Around off, kept out.

6.30

On off, defended.

6.21

A single as this is worked through square leg for one.

6.10

Around off, kept out.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 19/3

A Balbirnie11 (18)

P Stirling1 (2)

N Zadran3-0-7-2

5.62

Two to end the over! On middle, this is clipped through mid-wicket for two.

5.50

On off, kept out.

5.40

Shorter and outside off. Andy slashes but misses.

5.30

On the stumps, defended.

5.20

On off, this is pushed to cover.

5.10

Around off, blocked.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 17/3

P Stirling1 (2)

A Balbirnie9 (12)

N Masood3-0-8-1

4.60

On off, kept out.

4.53

Three! On middle, this is worked through square leg. Three taken.

4.41

On middle. This is nudged around the corner for one.

4.3W

OUT! Edged and taken! Three down now and Afghanistan are on a rampage here. This is on a length and around off, this lands and moves away. Tector looks to drive but it goes off the outside edge and the keeper takes it. Massive wicket. Tector is the best batter in this side.

4.22

Two! On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for two.

4.10

On off, blocked.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 11/2

A Balbirnie6 (11)

H Tector0 (4)

N Zadran2-0-5-2

3.60

On off, kept out.

3.50

Around off, kept out.

3.40

On off, kept out.

3.32

Two! Length and on off, this is pushed through covers for two.

3.20

Around off, kept out.

3.10

Around off, blocked.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 9/2

H Tector0 (4)

A Balbirnie4 (5)

N Masood2-0-2-0

2.60

Solid! On off, defended.

2.50

Outside off, left alone.

2.40

Outside off, left alone.

2.30

Outside off, left alone.

2.21

Outside off, this is pushed through covers for one.

2.10

Around off, Andy looks to drive but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 8/2

C Campher0 (1)

A Balbirnie3 (3)

N Zadran1-0-3-2

1.6W

OUT! TIMBER! Two in two. That is a beauty and Afghanistan are back in this. Length and on off, this lands and comes back in too. Campher plays outside the line. This goes past the inside edge and hits the stumps.

1.5W

OUT! TIMBER! That is a beauty and Afghanistan strike early. This is on off, it jags back in. Moor looks to drive but this sneaks through the gap between bat and pad and it hits the stump.

1.40

On off, defended.

1.33

Three! Shorter and around off, this is pushed past cover for three.

1.20

Back of a length and on off, blocked.

1.10

Outside off. Left alone.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 5/0

P Moor0 (7)

A Balbirnie0 (0)

N Masood1-0-1-0

0.60

Outside off, left alone.

0.50

Just short! Afghanistan need luck to their way, they need everything to carry and they need to take it. In fact, this has carried but not taken. Tough chance. Length and around off. Moor pushes at it, this goes off the outside edge low to second slip but he spills it.

0.40

Around off, kept out.

0.30

That is a lovely nut! Length and around off, this lands and moves away. Moor looks to defend but is beaten.

0.20

Solid! On a length and around off, this is pushed to cover.

0.21nb

Now a no ball! Good length and on off, blocked.

0.14lb

FOUR! Off the mark with a boundary are the Irish! On the pads. This is tickled fine down the leg side and it races away to the fence.

Commentary

Ireland will be eager to chase this down. The bowlers have done the job and it is now upto the batters to finish it up. It was once again their seamers who did the job for them. Barry McCarthy, and Craig Young were exceptional. Right then! Just 111 runs to win. You expect Ireland to chase it down easily. Afghanistan though need to show some fight. Join us back for the chase in a while.

So, Afghanistan need 111 runs to win. The bowlers have done an incredible job in this match. Afghanistan had 7 wickets in hand at the start! Hashmatullah Shahidi though fell right at the start. His wicket opened the gates for Ireland who with their consistent lines and lengths got the rewards. Rahmanullah Gurbaz fell and the tail didn't add much as well. However, Naveed Zadran's knock helped Afghanistan get something to bowl at. Not a good performance by Afghanistan, they have really let themselves down with the bat.

75.4W

OUT! BOWLED! Job done by Young! Very full and around off. Zadran swings wildly and misses and it crashes the stumps. Afghanistan are bowled out for 218.

75.30

Length and outside off, Zadran tries to scoop this time but misses again.

75.20

Fuller and wide of off. Zadran swings and misses.

75.10

A length ball on middle. Zadran defends off his gloves and on the deck.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 75 overs : 218/9

Z Khan4 (13)

N Zadran25 (49)

van Woerkom13-3-43-1

74.60

Flighted on middle, Khan defends it out.

74.50

On off, blocked.

74.41

Fuller and outside off, Zadran slogs it to deep mid-wicket for one.

74.32

Heaved for two! Too full and on off, this is hit to deep square  leg for a couple.

74.20

Flat and outside off, Zadran goes for the reverse paddle but misses it.

74.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 74 overs : 215/9

Z Khan4 (11)

N Zadran22 (45)

B McCarthy18-5-48-3

73.60

Length and outside off, shapes away. Khan looks to push at it but misses.

73.54

EDGED AND FOUR! A length ball, slanting on middle, Khan looks to punch but outside edges it past gully and for four.

73.40

Tad short and around off, Khan lets it go.

73.31

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled to deep square leg for one.

73.20

A bumper on off. Zadran looks to pull but misses.

73.12b

Two byes! Shorter and on middle, Zadran tries to scoop but misses. The keeper fumbles to carry and it rolls to fine leg for two. Crucial runs.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 73 overs : 208/9

Z Khan0 (8)

N Zadran21 (42)

van Woerkom12-3-40-1

72.60

Khan suruvies! Fuller and on middle, Khan blocks.

72.50

Fuller and on  middle, Khan nudges it to mid-wicket.

72.40

Too full and outside off, this is pushed to cover.

72.30

Angling on the pads, kept out.

72.20

Flighted on off, Khan blocks.

72.11

They take one! Fuller and on off, Zadran works it to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 72 overs : 207/9

Z Khan0 (3)

N Zadran20 (41)

B McCarthy17-5-43-3

71.60

Short in length and outside off, Khan has a poke at it but misses.

71.50

Length and on off, this is blocked to cover.

71.40

A length ball on middle, Khan goes back and blocks.

Zahir Khan is the last man in.

71.3W

OUT! BOWLED! Barry McCarthy serves a yorker, close to middle and leg. Masood opens his body up to heave it but misses and it crashes the stumps. Ireland need one more wicket.

71.20

Length and on middle, blocked out.

71.11

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled to deep square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 71 overs : 206/8

N Masood0 (5)

N Zadran19 (40)

van Woerkom11-3-39-1

70.60

On off, this is knocked to point. Wicket-maiden.

70.50

Lands on off and then spins away. Masood thought of playing it but leaves it alone.

70.40

Fuller and on off, Masood keeps it out.

70.30

Flighted on middle, this is defended out.

70.20

Too full, outside off, blocked out.

Nijat Masood comes in.

70.1W

OUT! TAKEN! Ireland have the breakthrough. Tossed up, outside off and it spins away. Rehman prods across to defend but edges it to second slip where Andy Balbirnie takes a fine low catch.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 70 overs : 206/7

N Zadran19 (40)

ur Rehman13 (28)

B McCarthy16-5-42-2

69.60

Short in length and on leg, Zadran chops it back to the keeper.

69.50

Serves it short and on middle, Zadran ducks under it.

69.40

On the hips. Zadran keeps it out.

69.30

Outside off, this is left alone.

69.20

JUST SHORT! Shorter and on off, Zadran taps it on the up and to gully who dives forward and collects on a bounce.

69.14

FOUR! Fine shot! A length ball on off, Zadran punches it down past Barry McCarthy and to long off for a boundary.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 69 overs : 202/7

N Zadran15 (34)

ur Rehman13 (28)

van Woerkom10-2-39-0

68.61

On middle, Zadran bunts it to mid-wicket for a single.

68.50

Fuller and outside off, this is pushed to point.

68.40

Full and outside off, Zadran blocks it out.

68.30

Flat and around off, Zadran cuts it to point.

68.20

Angles it full and on middle, this is defended.

68.10

Flat and on middle, this is blocked out.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 68 overs : 201/7

ur Rehman13 (28)

N Zadran14 (28)

B McCarthy15-5-38-2

67.60

Well too short and on middle, Rehman sits under it.

67.50

Length and on middle, this is blocked.

67.41

Some easy runs for the hosts! Outside off, this is played to point for a single.

67.34

FOUR! 200 up! A length ball, on off. Zadran inside edges his push past the keeper and to fine leg. The fielder dives but to no avail in the deep.

67.22

Length and outside off, this is slapped to deep cover for a couple.

67.10

Close! Short of a length and on off, Zadran goes back to cut but ends up chopping it just past the stumps.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 67 overs : 194/7

N Zadran7 (24)

ur Rehman13 (26)

M Adair16-3-56-3

66.61

Outside off, this is cut to point for one more.

66.51

A length ball on middle, Rehman nudges it to square leg for one more.

66.40

On middle, blocked.

66.31

Outside off, this is guided to point for one more.

66.20

A length ball on off, defended.

66.11

Goes full and on middle, eased to mid on for one.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 66 overs : 190/7

ur Rehman11 (23)

N Zadran5 (21)

B McCarthy14-5-31-2

65.61

QUICK SINGLE! Length and on off, this is punched to cover for a single.

65.50

Full and on middle, Rehman drives it back to the bowler.

65.40

A bumper on middle, Rehman sits under it.

65.30

A length ball, outside off. Rehman slaps it back to the bowler.

65.20

This is full and on middle, Rehman keeps it out.

65.10

Short in length and on middle,Rehman stays back to block.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 65 overs : 189/7

N Zadran5 (21)

ur Rehman10 (17)

M Adair15-3-52-3

64.60

Goes short and on middle, Zadran tries to ramp it over but misses.

64.50

A length ball on middle, Zadran defends it.

64.44

FOUR! Good shot! Short in length and outside off. Zadran hammers it over mid off and it rolls to the fence.

64.30

Length and on off, this is defended out.

64.20

On middle, this is blocked.

64.11

Length and on the pads, Rehman tucks it to deep square leg for a single.

Mark Adair to bowl now.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 64 overs : 184/7

ur Rehman9 (16)

N Zadran1 (16)

B McCarthy13-5-30-2

63.61

Shorter and on off, Rehman works it through covers and retains the strike.

63.51

Angles it on the hips, this is helped to deep square leg for one.

63.40

Fuller and angling on the pads. Zadran looks to flick it but misses and gets hit on the pads.

63.30

Serves it short and around off. Zadran evades it well.

63.20

A length ball, outside off. Zadran has nothing to do with it.

63.10

A length ball on middle, Zadran blocks it out.

Back for another session. The players are out in the middle. Barry McCarthy to bowl first.

...Day 3, Session 2...

LUNCH! An excellent session for Ireland and they should be really proud of how they've bowled. The seamers were bang on with their lines and lengths. In the first hour itself Ireland got two wickets of Hashmatullah Shahidi and Nasir Jamal. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Karim Janat tried to get things back under control but fell too. Afghanistan are too defensive with their approach. How much can they soak the pressure too? Now Afghanistan have just three wickets to play with. The lead is of 74 runs but Ireland will hope to take the remaining wickets quickly in the next session and try to keep the hosts under 100. Stay tuned for the second session.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 63 overs : 182/7

ur Rehman8 (15)

N Zadran0 (11)

M Adair14-3-47-3

62.60

A length ball down leg, Rehman lets it go to the keeper.

62.50

A length ball, outside off, this is pushed to cover.

62.40

Shorter and outside off, Rehman shoulders arms to it.

62.30

Outside off, this is left alone.

62.20

Very full and outside off, Rehman knocks it to cover.

62.10

Short in length and outside off, Rehman shoulders arms to it.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 62 overs : 182/7

N Zadran0 (11)

ur Rehman8 (9)

C Young10-2-24-2

61.60

Slants it full and on middle, this is blocked out.

61.50

On off, this is pushed to cover.

61.40

Length and outside off, Zadran defends it to cover.

61.30

This is short and on middle, Zadran ducks under it.

61.20

This is full and outside off, Zadran swings hard but hits it only to mid on.

61.10

Fuller and on middle, Zadran defends it out.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 61 overs : 182/7

ur Rehman8 (9)

N Zadran0 (5)

M Adair13-2-47-3

60.64

FOUR! And again! Handy runs! Length and outside off, Rehman slaps it through covers, past the diving fielder for four runs.

60.50

Length and on off, Rehman defends.

60.44

FOUR! That is a lovely shot! Length and on off, Zia ur Rehman brings out the straight drive and hits it to long off.

60.30

A bumper on middle, Rehman bends his back and lets it go.

60.20

Spills it down the leg side, Rehman looks to clip but misses.

60.10

Well outside off, this is left alone.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 60 overs : 174/7

N Zadran0 (5)

ur Rehman0 (3)

C Young9-1-24-2

59.60

On a length and on middle, Zadran makes a solid block.

59.50

Too full and on middle, Zadran keeps it out.

59.40

Fuller and outside off, this is driven to cover.

59.30

Length and on middle, Zadran blocks.

59.20

This is full and on middle, Zadran defends.

Naveed Zadran walks to the middle.

59.1W

OUT! BOWLED! This is the wicket Ireland wanted! They are on a roll! What  a delivery! A length ball, shapes in around middle and then straightens off the deck. Gurbaz gets forward to defend but gets beaten and it hits the stumps. The seamers have been so good for Ireland!

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 59 overs : 174/6

ur Rehman0 (3)

R Gurbaz46 (84)

A McBrine17-3-38-0

58.60

Length ball on middle, this is defended out.

58.50

Fuller and on off, Zia ur Rehman blocks it out.

58.40

Tossed up on off, defended out.

58.31

Flat and on middle, Gurbaz flicks it to square leg for a single.

58.20

Fuller and on off, Gurbaz pushes it to point.

58.10

Length and on middle, Gurbaz defends.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 58 overs : 173/6

K Janat13 (39)

R Gurbaz45 (81)

C Young8-0-24-1

57.6W

OUT! GONE! Janat has given away his wicket. This is full and on middle, Janat flicks with the angle but straight in the hands of Andy Balbirnie at mid-wicket. An easy catch. Ireland on top!

57.50

Fuller and on middle, Janat defends it out.

57.40

Length and on middle, Janat blocks it on the deck.

57.30

Length and on middle, Janat defends it out.

57.21

Fuller and on off, Gurbaz pushes it to covers for a single.

57.10

On a length and on middle, Gurbaz plays it to point.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 57 overs : 172/5

K Janat13 (35)

R Gurbaz44 (79)

A McBrine16-3-37-0

56.60

Flat and on middle, Janat goes back and blocks.

56.50

Fuller and on off, this is blocked out.

56.44

FOUR! Uses his feet, this is full and around off. Janat heaves it through mid-wicket for a boundary.

56.31

A bit short and on middle, Gurbaz plays it to long on and rotates the strike.

56.20

This is full and on middle, Gurbaz prods and defends it out.

56.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 56 overs : 167/5

K Janat9 (32)

R Gurbaz43 (76)

C Young7-0-23-0

55.60

On middle, blocked.

55.51

A single as Gurbaz works it to cover.

55.40

Outside off, fuller and Gurbaz looks to drive but misses.

55.31

Full and on middle, this is flicked to mid-wicket for one.

55.20

On the middle, this is blocked.

55.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 55 overs : 165/5

R Gurbaz42 (74)

K Janat8 (28)

A McBrine15-3-32-0

54.60

On off, Gurbaz makes a solid block off the front foot.

54.50

Floated, around off, Gurbaz defends it out.

54.40

On middle, punched back to the bowler.

54.30

This one spins on middle, Gurbaz turns it to mid-wicket.

54.20

Around off, this is pushed to cover.

54.10

Tossed up on off, Gurbaz prods and blocks.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 54 overs : 165/5

K Janat8 (28)

R Gurbaz42 (68)

C Young6-0-21-0

53.60

On off, this is blocked out.

53.52

Fuller and outside off, Janat drops it to point in the gap for a couple of runs.

53.41

Full and on middle, this is turned to square leg for a single.

53.30

Length and on off, Gurbaz defends it out.

53.20

Angling on the pads, tucked to square leg.

53.10

A length ball on off, Gurbaz taps it to point.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 53 overs : 162/5

R Gurbaz41 (64)

K Janat6 (26)

A McBrine14-2-32-0

52.61

Fuller and on off, this is knocked to point for a single.

52.50

Fuller and on middle, Gurbaz blocks.

52.40

Tossed up on middle, this is defended out.

52.30

Tossed up on off, Gurbaz flicks on the up but well short of mid-wicket.

52.20

Full and on off, spins in. Gurbaz hangs back to block.

52.10

Tossed up on middle, Gurbaz blocks it out.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 52 overs : 161/5

K Janat6 (26)

R Gurbaz40 (58)

C Young5-0-18-0

51.60

A length ball on middle, Janat defends.

51.50

Fuller and on off, Janat pushes it to cover.

51.40

Length and on middle, Janat defends it out.

51.30

On a length and on middle, Janat nudges it to square leg.

51.21

Fuller and on middle, Gurbaz turns it to square leg for a single.

51.10

On middle, this is defended.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 51 overs : 160/5

K Janat6 (22)

R Gurbaz39 (56)

A McBrine13-2-31-0

50.60

Tossed up on middle, this is blocked out.

50.51

A single as Gurbaz punches it down to mid on.

50.41

On middle, this is worked to long on for a single.

50.30

Tossed up on middle, Janat defends it out.

50.20

Tossed up, wide of off. Janat defends it out.

50.11

Flat and on middle, this is punched to long on for one.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 50 overs : 157/5

K Janat5 (18)

R Gurbaz37 (54)

B McCarthy12-5-28-2

49.60

Around off, Janat punches it to cover.

49.50

Length and on middle, Janat defends on the deck.

49.40

Length and on off, Janat defends it out.

49.30

On middle, this is blocked out.

49.22

Fuller and outside off, this is stroked through covers for a couple of runs.

49.10

Length and outside off, Janat keeps it out.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 49 overs : 155/5

K Janat3 (12)

R Gurbaz37 (54)

A McBrine12-2-28-0

48.61

Flat and on off, Janat turns it to mid-wicket for a single.

48.50

Tossed up on off, Janat blocks it out.

48.40

This one lands outside off and spins in. Janat defends.

48.32

Takes the charge! This is on middle, Janat lofts it over mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

48.20

Fuller and on middle, blocked.

48.11

Tap and run! On off, Gurbaz drops it to point for a single.

Time for spin, Andy McBrine to bowl now.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 48 overs : 151/5

K Janat0 (7)

R Gurbaz36 (53)

B McCarthy11-5-26-2

47.60

Shorter and outside off, Janat leaves it.

47.50

Fuller and outside off, Janat drives it to cover.

47.40

On off, kept out.

47.30

On a length and on middle, this is blocked.

47.20

Length and outside off, Janat pushes it to cover.

47.10

Full and on off, defended out.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 47 overs : 151/5

R Gurbaz36 (53)

K Janat0 (1)

M Adair12-2-39-3

46.60

Fuller and on off, Gurbaz defends it well.

46.50

On middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

46.44

FOUR! Another one! 150 up! Length and outside off. Gurbaz ramps it over the keeper and to third man.

46.30

On off, this is blocked out.

46.20

Length and on middle, blocked.

46.14

FOUR! Finally a boundary for the hosts! Shorter and outside off. Gurbaz looks to defend but outside edges it past slip cordon for four.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 46 overs : 143/5

K Janat0 (1)

R Gurbaz28 (47)

B McCarthy10-4-26-2

45.60

Length and on middle, Janat blocks.

Karim Janat walks in next.

45.5W

OUT! WOW! JUST WOW! A length ball, around off, it lands and nips back in sharply. Jamal tries to defend but away from the body, it zips in past his inside edge and crashes the top of middle. Huge roar from Barry McCarthy! Ireland on top.

45.40

Length and on middle, this is tucked to mid-wicket.

45.30

A length ball, around off, Jamal drops it to gully.

45.20

On off, this is defended out.

45.10

On a length and on off, Jamal blocks. Around 10 overs since the last boundary came.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 45 overs : 143/4

R Gurbaz28 (47)

N Jamal2 (14)

M Adair11-2-31-3

44.60

Length and on off, defended out.

44.51

Length and on off, this is knocked to point for a single.

44.40

A yorker on middle, Jamal blocks it out.

44.31

On a length and outside off. Gurbaz prods to defend, inside edges it to square leg for a single.

44.20

Length and on off, this is blocked.

44.10

Outside off, Gurbaz leaves it alone.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 44 overs : 141/4

N Jamal1 (12)

R Gurbaz27 (43)

B McCarthy9-3-26-1

43.60

Length and on off, Jamal blocks.

43.50

Again this one zips in and stays low too, fuller and Jamal toe ends his drive to cover.

43.40

Shorter and down leg, Jamal fails to clip it away.

43.30

This one lands on middle and jags back in sharply. Jamal misses his flick and gets hit on the pads. A bit too high.

43.20

Full and around off, Jamal prods and blocks it out.

43.10

On middle, this is blocked.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 43 overs : 141/4

R Gurbaz27 (43)

N Jamal1 (6)

M Adair10-2-29-3

42.60

A bumper on middle, Gurbaz ducks under it.

42.51

Length and outside off, Jamal knocks it to cover for a single and gets off the mark.

42.40

On middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

42.30

Serves it short and around off, Jamal sits down.

42.20

Very full, outside off, this is pushed to point.

42.10

Length and on middle, Jamal defends it out.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 42 overs : 140/4

R Gurbaz27 (42)

N Jamal0 (1)

B McCarthy8-2-26-1

41.60

On middle, this is blocked out.

41.50

Length and on off, kept out.

41.40

Very full and on off, Gurbaz defends.

41.30

Length and on off, Gurbaz blocks it out.

41.20

Very full and just outside off. Gurbaz looks to jam it out but misses. An appeal but the umpire shakes his head.

41.10

Outside off and it nips back in. Gurbaz covers his stumps and leaves it.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 41 overs : 140/4

N Jamal0 (1)

R Gurbaz27 (36)

M Adair9-2-28-3

40.60

Well outside off, Jamal leaves it.

Nasir Jamal is the new man in.

40.5W

OUT! LBW! Shahidi reviews it. No bat clearly. Ball Tracking shows impact is umpire's call and Shahidi has to go. Really unfortunate as that one swung in sharply. Length ball, outside off from around the wicket. Shahidi looks to defend but it jags back in and hits him on the pads. An appeal and up goes the finger. Shahidi retains the review but has to go.

40.40

Length and on off, Shahidi blocks.

40.30

Fuller and around off. Shahidi defends.

40.21

Shorter and outside off, this is cut to third man for one.

40.10

A bit short and outside off. Rahmanullah Gurbaz leaves.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 40 overs : 139/3

H Shahidi55 (104)

R Gurbaz26 (34)

B McCarthy7-1-26-1

39.60

On off, kept out.

39.50

Length and on off, Shahidi defends.

39.40

Length and on middle, this is blocked.

39.30

Better line from Barry! Just outside off, Shahidi has a poke at it but misses.

39.20

Very full and on middle, this is flicked to mid-wicket.

39.10

Short in length and on off, Shahidi blocks.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 39 overs : 139/3

H Shahidi55 (98)

R Gurbaz26 (34)

M Adair8-2-27-2

38.61

This is full and outside off, Shahidi knocks it to point for one.

38.51

Length and outside off, this is guided through point for a single.

38.40

A bumper on middle, Gurbaz sits under it.

38.31

Around off, Shahidi works it to covers for a single.

38.21

Shorter and outside off, Gurbaz pushes it through point for a single.

38.10

A length ball on off, this is pushed to cover.

Mark Adair to bowl from the other side.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 38 overs : 135/3

H Shahidi53 (96)

R Gurbaz24 (30)

B McCarthy6-0-26-1

37.60

Bowls it on a length and on middle, Shahidi defends it.

37.50

Short in length and outside off. Shahidi taps it to gully.

37.40

On middle, Shahidi blocks it out.

37.30

A length ball, just outside off. Hashmatullah Shahidi looks to defend it but misses.

37.21

First run of the day! Length and on the pads, Gurbaz tucks it to square leg for a single.

37.10

A length ball, around off. Rahmanullah Gurbaz blocks it out.

All set. The two batters are out to resume their innings. Barry McCarthy to bowl first. A bit windy today so the bowlers might get some help.

Hello and welcome to the action of Day 3. This match is moving at a fast pace and we feel whoever dominates Day 3 will have the upper hand in this game. Ireland though have done well so far to stay a foot ahead of their host. They batted well in the second innings and took a lead of more than 100 runs. However, Afghanistan gave a befitting reply by cutting out the trail in more than a session itself. Afghanistan lead right now by 26 runs. Hashmatullah Shahidi is well set on 53 while Rahmanullah Gurbaz is helping on his debut match as well. Afghanistan will hope to build this stand while Ireland will look to break it in the first hour. Stay tuned.

...Day 3, Session 1...

Ireland on the other hand, need the others to contribute as well. Adair has two out of the three to fall and has by far been their best bowler again. He really needs the others to contribute and give him able support. The wicket seems to be flattening out but if you hit the right lines and lengths, there is something in it for the bowlers. Day 3 is an important one. Do join us for it. Till then, goodbye and take care.

It is the skipper who is leading the fight back after they lost two early wickets. Noor supported him well and now Gurbaz has started well. They'll dearly hope these two can bat long and take them to a safer position. Still three days to go so they can take their time.

Afghanistan have fought back well so far! Their batting display has been a lot better than their first innings but there is still a long way to go as Ireland still are ahead in this game.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 37 overs : 134/3

H Shahidi53 (92)

R Gurbaz23 (28)

H Tector1-0-2-0

36.60

A dot and that will be Stumps! On middle, blocked.

36.50

Around off, solid in defense is Shahidi.

36.40

Around off, blocked.

36.31

A single as this is pushed down to long on.

36.20

On middle, kept out.

36.11

On middle, this is pushed down to long on for one.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 36 overs : 132/3

R Gurbaz22 (26)

H Shahidi52 (88)

A McBrine11-2-24-0

35.60

Around off, kept out.

35.51

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

35.40

On the stumps. Kept out.

35.30

Around off. Blocked.

35.20

On middle, kept out.

35.10

On middle, this is pushed to mid on.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 35 overs : 131/3

R Gurbaz22 (25)

H Shahidi51 (83)

van Woerkom9-2-38-0

34.60

Around off, blocked.

34.50

On middle, kept out.

34.44

FOUR MORE! Fullish and on off, this is driven nicely past cover. This one races away too.

34.30

Around off. Defended.

34.21

On middle, this is nudged around the corner for one.

34.14

FOUR! That is a wonderful stroke! Fuller and on off, Shahidi leans into it and caresses it through covers.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 34 overs : 122/3

H Shahidi46 (81)

R Gurbaz18 (21)

A McBrine10-2-23-0

33.61

On off, this is pushed past cover for one.

33.50

On middle, blocked.

33.40

On middle, kept out.

33.32

Two! On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for two.

33.20

On middle, blocked.

33.10

Around off, defended.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 33 overs : 119/3

R Gurbaz18 (21)

H Shahidi43 (75)

van Woerkom8-2-29-0

32.60

On middle, defended.

32.54

FOUR! Lovely shot! Full and outside off. This is drilled past cover and it races away.

32.40

Around off, kept out.

32.30

On off, defended.

32.20

On middle, blocked.

32.10

Around off, kept out.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 32 overs : 115/3

H Shahidi43 (75)

R Gurbaz14 (15)

A McBrine9-2-20-0

31.60

On the stumps. Kept out.

31.50

On middle, blocked.

31.40

On middle, blocked.

31.31

Takes one as this is worked on the leg side.

31.20

On off, kept out.

31.10

On middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 31 overs : 114/3

R Gurbaz13 (12)

H Shahidi43 (72)

B McCarthy5-0-25-1

30.61

A single now as this is pushed past cover.

30.56

SIX! Afghanistan are in the lead in style! Another biggie for Gurbaz. Short and wide. He goes after it and it sails over the third man fence.

30.40

On middle, kept out.

30.31

A single now as this is pushed past cover.

30.22

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for two.

30.10

Around off, kept out.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 30 overs : 104/3

R Gurbaz6 (9)

H Shahidi40 (69)

A McBrine8-2-19-0

29.60

On middle, kept out.

29.56

SIX! Gets hold of this one. One thing is for sure, he won't hold back. Tossed up on middle, this is lifted over long on for a biggie.

29.40

Around off. Kept out.

29.31

Another single as this is worked towards mid-wicket.

29.20

Around off. Kept out.

29.12

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for two.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 29 overs : 95/3

H Shahidi37 (66)

R Gurbaz0 (6)

B McCarthy4-0-15-1

28.61

Takes one now as this is nudged around the corner.

28.50

On middle, kept out.

28.40

Around off, kept out.

28.30

Around off, blocked.

28.20

On middle, kept out.

28.10

Angled into the pads, this is worked to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 28 overs : 94/3

R Gurbaz0 (6)

H Shahidi36 (60)

A McBrine7-2-10-0

27.60

On the stumps, kept out.

27.50

On middle, kept out.

27.40

That is well bowled! Tossed up and fuller on middlr. Gurbaz swings but this one turns back in. It hits the inside edge and then the pads.

27.30

Outside off, left alone.

27.20

On middle, kept out.

27.11

Outside off, this is guided past point for one.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 27 overs : 93/3

R Gurbaz0 (1)

H Shahidi35 (59)

B McCarthy3-0-14-1

26.60

Around off, kept out.

26.5W

OUT! TAKEN! The stand which was going along nicely has been broken! This is on a good length. It takes off after landing. It goes off the shoulder towards gully and it is an easy catch. Good move to get Barry on.

26.41

On the pads, this is tickled down towards fine leg for one.

26.30

Around off, this is pushed to cover.

26.20

On middle, kept out.

26.10

Around off, defended.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 26 overs : 92/2

Ali Zadran32 (71)

H Shahidi34 (55)

A McBrine6-2-9-0

25.60

On middle, kept out.

25.50

On off, this is pushed to cover.

25.40

Around off, blocked.

25.30

On middle, kept out.

25.20

Around off, kept out.

25.10

On off, this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 25 overs : 92/2

H Shahidi34 (55)

Ali Zadran32 (65)

C Young4-0-17-0

24.60

A bumper. It is ducked under.

24.51

On the pads again, this is nudged around the corner for one.

24.41

Takes one as he tucks it on the leg side.

24.30

Arohnd off, kept out.

24.24

FOUR! Pulled away! This is banged in short and on middlr. It is pulled through mid-wicket and this races away.

24.10

On off, length. Kept out.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 24 overs : 86/2

Ali Zadran31 (64)

H Shahidi29 (50)

A McBrine5-1-9-0

23.60

On the stumps. Kept out.

23.51

On the pads, this is nudged around the corner for one.

23.40

On middle, kept out.

23.30

On the stumps. Defended.

23.20

On off, this is pushed to cover.

23.10

Around off, blocked.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 23 overs : 85/2

Ali Zadran31 (63)

H Shahidi28 (45)

C Young3-0-11-0

22.62

Shortish and around off, this is pushed past cover for two.

22.51

A single as this is worked on the leg side for one.

22.40

On off, kept out.

22.30

A bumper. Ducked under.

22.20

On middle, kept out.

22.10

Around off, blocked.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 22 overs : 82/2

Ali Zadran29 (62)

H Shahidi27 (40)

A McBrine4-1-8-0

21.60

Around off, kept out.

21.52

Two! On middle, this is worked through square leg for two.

21.40

On middle, kept out.

21.31

A single as this is pushed through covers.

21.21

Another single as this is played to long on.

21.11

Fuller and on middle, this is worked down to long on for one.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 21 overs : 77/2

Ali Zadran26 (58)

H Shahidi25 (38)

C Young2-0-8-0

20.60

On off, kept out.

20.50

Around off. Kept out.

20.43

Three more! Fuller and on off, this is driven through covers for three.

20.31

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket for one.

20.21

Fuller and on off, this is pushed down to long off for one.

20.10

Angled into the pads, this is worked to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 72/2

Ali Zadran25 (55)

H Shahidi21 (35)

A McBrine3-1-3-0

19.60

Shortish and around off. Noor pushed it to cover.

19.50

On off, kept out.

19.40

On the stumps. Defended.

19.30

Quicker and on off, this is pushed to cover.

19.20

Flatter and on off, kept out.

19.10

On middle, blocked.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 72/2

Ali Zadran25 (49)

H Shahidi21 (35)

C Young1-0-3-0

18.61

Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.

18.50

On middle, the batter ducks under it.

18.40

On off. Kept out.

18.31

This is shorter and on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket for one.

18.20

Around off, kept out.

18.11

Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 69/2

Ali Zadran23 (45)

H Shahidi20 (33)

van Woerkom7-2-25-0

17.61

A single now as this is pushed through covers for one.

17.51

On middle, this is worked down to long on for one.

17.43b

Down the leg side. Noor looks to sweep but misses. The keeper fails to collect it. Three byes taken.

17.31

A single as this is worked through mid-wicket.

17.20

On off, kept out.

17.11

Another run as this is punched through covers.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 62/2

H Shahidi18 (30)

Ali Zadran21 (42)

A McBrine2-0-3-0

16.60

On middle. Defended.

16.50

Around off. Blocked.

16.42

Two! Around off. This is pushed through covers for two.

16.30

On middle, kept out.

16.20

Around off, defended.

16.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 60/2

H Shahidi16 (24)

Ali Zadran21 (42)

van Woerkom6-2-21-0

15.61

A single as this is worked with the spin through mid-wicket.

15.50

On off, blocked.

15.44

FOUR! Fuller and on off, this is driven through covers for a boundary.

15.34

FOUR! Cut away! Short and outside off. It is cut past point and this races away.

15.20

On off, kept out.

15.10

Around off, blocked.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 51/2

Ali Zadran21 (42)

H Shahidi7 (18)

A McBrine1-0-1-0

14.60

Around off, kept out.

14.50

On off, defended well.

14.40

On off, blocked.

14.31

A single as this is pushed through covers.

14.20

Around off. Defended.

14.10

On off, blocked.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 50/2

Ali Zadran21 (39)

H Shahidi6 (15)

van Woerkom5-2-12-0

13.60

Around off, kept out.

13.50

Fuller and on off, this is pushed to cover.

13.40

Around off, kept out.

13.31

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket.

13.20

On off, kept out.

13.14

FOUR! Clipped away! On middle, this is fuller and on middle. It is clipped through mid-wicket. Boundary.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 45/2

Ali Zadran21 (36)

H Shahidi1 (12)

M Adair7-2-23-2

12.60

Around off, defended.

12.52

Two! On middle, this is worked through square leg for two.

12.40

On off, defended.

12.30

Around off, kept out.

12.21

On off, this is pushed past cover for one.

12.11

Outside off, this is guided past point for one.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 41/2

H Shahidi0 (11)

Ali Zadran18 (31)

van Woerkom4-2-7-0

11.60

Around off, blocked.

11.50

On off, this is pushed to cover.

11.40

On middle, kept out.

11.31

On middle, this is worked on the leg side for one.

11.20

Outside off, left alone.

11.10

Fuller and on middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 40/2

H Shahidi0 (8)

Ali Zadran17 (28)

M Adair6-2-19-2

10.60

Fuller and on off, Shahidi looks to drive but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

10.50

Outside off. Left alone again.

10.40

Down the leg side. Left alone.

10.30

Around off, kept out.

10.20

Outside off. Left alone.

10.10

That spat off the surface. Length and on middle, this lands and takes off. Shahidi looks to defend but is hit on the glove.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 40/2

Ali Zadran17 (28)

H Shahidi0 (2)

van Woerkom3-2-6-0

9.60

Angled into the pads. Noor looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.

9.52b

How has that missed the stumps? On middle. Zadran looks to flick but misses. This goes over the middle pole. The keeper fails to take it and two taken. Byes.

9.40

On middle, kept out.

9.30

On the stumps. Kept out well.

9.20

On off, defended.

9.10

Around off, blocked.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 38/2

H Shahidi0 (2)

Ali Zadran17 (22)

M Adair5-1-19-2

8.60

On middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

8.50

Around off. Blocked.

8.4W

OUT! Edged and taken! Number two down and Afghanistan are in deep trouble now! On a length and around off, this lands and moves away. Shah looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge and it is taken by the keeper.

8.30

Around off, kept out.

8.20

On off, this is kept out.

8.10

On off, this lands and moves away. Sheh is beaten as he looks to defend.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 38/1

Ali Zadran17 (22)

R Shah9 (5)

van Woerkom2-1-6-0

7.60

Around off, kept out.

7.54

FOUR! Pulled away. That is a poor ball. This is short and on middle. It is hammered through mid-wicket.

7.41

Outside off, this is guided through point for one more.

7.30

Around off, kept out.

7.21

Outside off, this is guided through point for one.

7.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 32/1

R Shah8 (3)

Ali Zadran12 (18)

M Adair4-0-19-1

6.64

FOUR! More off the outer half! Fuller and around off. Shah looks to drive but this goes off the outer half down to third man for a boundary.

6.50

Beaten! Goes fishing after one which is fuller and outside off. Shah is beaten as he looks to drive.

6.44

FOUR! Off the inside edge! That was close. Could have been another wicket. Length and on off, this lands and jags back in. Shah looks to defend but it goes off the inside edge and down to the fine leg fence.

6.3W

OUT! TAKEN! That is a seriously good take! Zadran has to walk back. Moor with a beauty! Adair has the first and it's a big one. Outside off. Zadran slashes, this flies off the outer half. Moor at gully, sticks his left hand out and takes a one-hander. Top stuff.

Has that been taken? Ibrahim is waiting but Ireland are very confident. It has been taken upstairs.

6.23

Three! Fuller and on middle, this is driven down the ground towards long off for three.

6.11

Outside off, this is pushed past cover for one.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 20/0

Ali Zadran9 (17)

I Zadran11 (19)

van Woerkom1-1-0-0

5.60

Misses out! That is short and outside off. Noor looks to cut but chops it to the keeper.

5.50

Beaten! Tossed up outside off. This lands and spins away. Zadran is beaten as he looks to drive.

5.40

Fuller and on off, this is pushed to cover.

5.30

On off. Defended.

5.20

Around off. Blocked.

5.10

Tossed up on middle. Kept out.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 20/0

I Zadran11 (19)

Ali Zadran9 (11)

M Adair3-0-7-0

4.60

Around off, blocked.

4.50

On off, kept out.

4.40

On middle. Kept out.

4.30

Outside off. Left alone.

4.20

Around off. Blocked.

4.14

FOUR! Put away! Short and outside off. Zadran slashes at it, it goes past point and races away.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 16/0

Ali Zadran9 (11)

I Zadran7 (13)

B McCarthy2-0-13-0

3.60

On off. Defended.

3.50

On off. Blocked.

3.41

Angled into the pads. This is clipped through square leg for one.

3.31

A single as this is nudged around the corner for one.

3.24

FOUR! Lovely timing! Afghanistan are off to a fast start here. Around off, this is pushed past cover for a boundary.

3.10

On off, blocked.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 10/0

I Zadran6 (12)

Ali Zadran4 (6)

M Adair2-0-3-0

2.60

Around off, this is guided to point.

2.52

Two! On middle, this is clipped through mid-wicket for two.

2.40

On middle, Fullish, this is pushed to mid on.

2.30

Around off, kept out.

2.20

Outside off, shorter, Zadran looks to cut but is beaten.

2.10

Outside off, left alone.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 8/0

Ali Zadran4 (6)

I Zadran4 (6)

B McCarthy1-0-7-0

1.60

Around off, this is punched to cover.

1.50

Around off, this is guided to point.

1.40

Outside off, a little bit of away movement. Left alone.

1.34

FOUR! Finds the gap! Shorter and on off, this is punched through covers for a boundary.

1.20

Around off, kept out.

1.13

Fuller and on middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for three.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 1/0

Ali Zadran0 (1)

I Zadran1 (5)

M Adair1-0-1-0

0.60

Outside off, left alone.

0.51

On middle, this is worked on the leg side for one.

0.40

On the stumps, kept out.

0.30

Another one outside off. Not played at.

0.20

Outside off, left alone.

0.10

On off, kept out.

Commentary

Afghanistan will be happy with how they did in this session. Ireland at one time seemed like taking a lead of over 150 but Zia ur Rehman did well and finished with a fifer. Still a stiff task ahead, they need to bat well now and show more character and application. The Irish on the other hand, will love a similar performance to their first innings.

A good batting display from the Irish and they will feel they are in a good position in this game. They did not have anyone play a big innings but had a few decent partnerships which has helped them stretch their lead to over 100. Stirling was their highest scorer but the others contributed too with some decent scores. Overall, they'll be pleased with their effort.

83.4W

OUT! TAKEN! That is the end of the innings. On middle. Andy looks to pull but gets a top edge on the leg side. It is taken by the fielder.

83.30

On the stumps, kept out.

83.20

Around off, this is pushed to cover.

83.10

Outside off. The batter looks to cut but is beaten.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 83 overs : 263/9

C Young1 (16)

A McBrine38 (70)

N Zadran18-4-59-3

82.60

A bumper, evaded.

82.50

Outside off, Young looks to cut but misses.

82.40

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled to mid-wicket.

82.30

Around off, blocked.

82.21

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

82.10

Outside off, Andy looks to cut but misses.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 82 overs : 262/9

C Young1 (12)

A McBrine37 (68)

ur Rehman30-7-64-5

81.60

On off, kept out.

81.50

Around off. Blocked.

81.40

On middle, kept out.

81.30

Fuller and on off. This is pushed to cover.

81.20

On off. Kept out.

81.11

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 81 overs : 261/9

C Young1 (7)

A McBrine36 (67)

N Zadran17-4-58-3

80.60

Outside off. Left alone.

80.50

On middle, kept out.

80.40

Around off, this is pushed to cover.

80.30

Outside off. Young slashes but misses.

80.20

On middle, kept out.

80.10

Around off, defended.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 80 overs : 261/9

A McBrine36 (67)

C Young1 (1)

ur Rehman29-7-63-5

79.64

FOUR! Cut away! Short and outside off. Asking to be hit. This is flayed past point for a boundary.

79.50

Around off. This is pushed to cover.

79.41

On the pads, this is tucked around the corner for one.

79.3W

OUT! Rehman has another one! On middle, the arm ball again. Barry McCarthy looks to sweep but misses and is hit on the pad. That is as plumb as it gets.

79.20

On off, blocked.

79.10

Shortish and around off. Barry pushes it to covers.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 79 overs : 256/8

A McBrine32 (65)

B McCarthy5 (11)

Z Khan14-0-67-1

78.60

On the stumps. This is blocked out.

78.50

On the stumps, kept out.

78.41

Around off. Blocked.

78.30

Around off. Kept out.

78.21

Outside off, this is guided through point for one.

78.11

On the pads, this is nudged around the corner for one.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 78 overs : 253/8

A McBrine31 (62)

B McCarthy3 (8)

ur Rehman28-7-58-4

77.60

On middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

77.50

On middle, kept out.

77.42

Two! On middle, this is clipped past mid-wicket for two.

77.30

On the stumps, defended.

77.21

Another run as this is nudged around the corner.

77.11

A single as this is nudged around the corner for one.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 77 overs : 249/8

B McCarthy2 (7)

A McBrine28 (57)

Z Khan13-0-64-1

76.60

On middle. Blocked.

76.50

Tossed up on off. Blocked.

76.42

Fuller and on middle. This is worked past mid-wicket. Two taken.

76.31

Around off, this is guided to point.

76.24

FOUR! The reverse sweep comes out and he gets it past point. Boundary results.

76.10

Gives it air and lands it on off. Kept out.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 76 overs : 242/8

B McCarthy0 (4)

A McBrine23 (54)

ur Rehman27-7-54-4

75.60

Shortish and on off. This is pushed to cover.

75.50

On the stumps. Kept out.

75.40

Around off. Blocked.

75.30

Around off, kept out.

75.2W

OUT! LBW! Adair falls. On middle, the arm ball. Adair looks to defend but misses. This hits his pad. An appeal and the finger is raised.

75.10

On the off pole. Blocked.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 75 overs : 242/7

M Adair15 (18)

A McBrine23 (54)

Z Khan12-0-57-1

74.61

On middle, this is worked down to long on for one.

74.50

On middle. Kept out.

74.40

Flatter and on off, this is pushed to cover.

74.34

FOUR! Pulled away! Short and on middle. This is pulled past mid-wicket and this one races away to the fence.

74.20

Around off. Adair pushes it to cover.

74.10

Flatter and on off. Kept out.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 74 overs : 237/7

A McBrine23 (54)

M Adair10 (12)

ur Rehman26-6-54-3

73.60

On the stumps. Defended.

73.50

On middle, kept out.

73.40

On off, this is pushed to mid off.

73.30

Outside off, this is guided to point.

73.24

FOUR! Cut away! Shorter and outside off. Andy rocks back and flays it past point. This races away.

73.10

Flatter and on middle, blocked.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 73 overs : 233/7

M Adair10 (12)

A McBrine19 (48)

H Shahidi3-0-4-0

72.60

Flatter and on middle, Adair defends it to point.

72.51

A single now as McBrine works it to square leg.

72.40

Flat and on middle, McBrine defends it out.

72.30

On middle, nudged to mid-wicket.

72.20

Fuller and on middle, McBrine blocks.

72.10

Around off, McBrine pushes it to cover.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 72 overs : 232/7

A McBrine18 (43)

M Adair10 (11)

Z Khan11-0-52-1

71.61

Fuller and on middle, this is clipped to square leg for a single.

71.50

On off, kept out.

71.40

Very full on middle, McBrine plays it to Khan.

71.41nb

Flat and outside  off, McBrine hits it to point. Zahir Khan has overstepped.

71.30

Tossed up on off, this is defended out.

71.22

Fuller and on off, McBrine sweeps it through square leg for a brace.

71.10

Outside off, kept out.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 71 overs : 228/7

M Adair10 (11)

A McBrine15 (36)

ur Rehman25-6-50-3

70.60

A dot to end the over as Adair blocks this out.

70.54

FOUR! Fine shot! Fuller and outside off, Adair sweeps it hard through mid-wicket for a boundary.

70.40

Tossed up on off, Adair keeps it out.

70.30

Tossed up on off, Adair blocks.

70.20

On middle, this is blocked out.

70.10

Flat and on off, Adair defends it out.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 70 overs : 224/7

A McBrine15 (36)

M Adair6 (5)

Z Khan10-0-48-1

69.62b

Two byes! Wide outside off and it spins as well. McBrine fails to drive and it goes past the keeper for two.

69.50

On off, this is defended out.

69.41

Too full on middle, this is helped to fine leg for a single.

69.30

Floats it outside off. Adair keeps it out.

69.22

A bit full and on middle, this is clipped through mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

69.10

Flighted, outside off, Adair looks to drive but misses.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 69 overs : 219/7

A McBrine15 (34)

M Adair3 (1)

ur Rehman24-6-46-3

68.60

Tossed up on off. McBrine defends.

68.50

On middle, this is blocked out.

68.43

THREE! On middle, Adair nudges it through mid-wicket for three runs.

68.3W

OUT! GONE! Lorcan Tucker goes. Afghanistan needed this wicket. Fuller and outside off. Lorcan Tucker looks to drive but edges it to first slip where Rahmat Shah takes a simple catch. Can Afghanistan build on this?

68.20

Tossed up on the pads, kept out.

68.10

Flatter and on middle, this is defended.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 68 overs : 216/6

A McBrine15 (32)

L Tucker46 (102)

H Shahidi2-0-3-0

67.60

On middle, this is blocked out.

67.50

Fuller and outside off, McBrine looks to drive but misses.

67.40

Full and on off, kept out.

67.30

Tossed up on off, McBrine defends.

67.20

Full and on  off, McBrine blocks.

67.11

On middle, this is eased down to mid on for a single.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 67 overs : 215/6

A McBrine15 (27)

L Tucker45 (101)

N Zadran16-3-58-3

66.64

FOUR! They are dealing in boundaries now. Shorter and outside off, this is cut through point for a boundary.

66.50

Length and on middle, McBrine defends.

66.44

FOUR! Another one! A bit short and outside off, Andy McBrine cuts it through point for a boundary.

66.31

Full and on middle, this is hit to square leg for a single.

66.20

Flat and on off. Lorcan Tucker blocks.

66.14

FOUR! Fuller and on the pads. Lorcan Tucker flicks it behind square leg for a boundary.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 66 overs : 202/6

A McBrine7 (24)

L Tucker40 (98)

H Shahidi1-0-2-0

65.60

On off, this is pushed to cover.

65.50

On the stumps, blocked.

65.40

On middle, defended.

65.30

Around off, blocked.

65.22

Two! On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for two.

65.10

On off, defended.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 65 overs : 200/6

L Tucker40 (98)

A McBrine5 (18)

ur Rehman23-6-43-2

64.60

On middle, kept out.

64.50

Around off. Blocked.

64.40

Flatter and on off, this lands and spins away. Tucker is beaten as he looks to defend.

64.30

Outside off. Tucker looks to cut but misses.

64.20

On the stumps, kept out.

64.10

On middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 64 overs : 200/6

A McBrine5 (18)

L Tucker40 (92)

N Zadran15-3-45-3

63.60

Around off, kept out.

63.50

Outside off. Left alone.

63.41

Shortish and on off, this is pushed past cover for one.

63.30

On off, this is pushed to cover.

63.21b

Down the leg side. Andy looks to sweep but misses. The keeper does not collect it cleanly. A run taken.

63.10

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 63 overs : 198/6

A McBrine5 (14)

L Tucker39 (90)

ur Rehman22-5-43-2

62.61

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

62.50

Around off, kept out.

62.40

Angled into the pads. This is swept but to square leg.

62.30

On off. Kept out.

62.21

On off, this is pushed through covers for one.

62.10

Another defensive stroke to this delivery on off.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 62 overs : 196/6

A McBrine4 (10)

L Tucker38 (88)

Z Khan9-0-45-1

61.60

On middle. Andy keeps it out well.

61.50

On off. Defended.

61.40

On middle. Defended.

61.31

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

61.21

A single now as this is punched towards cover.

61.10

Flatter and on off, this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 61 overs : 194/6

L Tucker37 (87)

A McBrine3 (5)

ur Rehman21-5-41-2

60.60

On middle, kept out.

60.50

On off. Blocked.

60.40

On off. This is pushed to cover.

60.30

Around off, defended.

60.20

Flatter and on off, defended.

60.14

FOUR! Nicely played! On middle and the sweep comes out. This is nailed past square leg and the ball races away.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 60 overs : 190/6

L Tucker33 (81)

A McBrine3 (5)

Z Khan8-0-43-1

59.61

Fuller and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.

59.50

On the off pole. Defended.

59.40

On off, defended.

59.31

Another single as this is nudged on the leg side.

59.20

On the stumps. Kept out.

59.10

Around off, defended.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 59 overs : 188/6

L Tucker32 (78)

A McBrine2 (2)

ur Rehman20-5-37-2

58.60

On middle. Defended.

58.50

On the stumps. Kept out.

58.40

Shorter and on off. This is pushed to cover.

58.30

Tossed up on off, kept out.

58.20

On middle. Blocked.

58.10

On middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 58 overs : 188/6

A McBrine2 (2)

L Tucker32 (72)

Z Khan7-0-41-1

57.60

Outside off, left alone.

57.52

Two! Shorter and on off, this is pushed past cover for two.

We are back!

... DAY 2, SESSION 2 ...

Afghanistan began well but then it was hard work for their bowlers. The wicket isn't offering a lot and their bowlers had to toil hard. They were rewarded right towards the end and they'll hope this opens the floodgates. Will they dominate after the break? We will find out.

That wicket right at the end will give Afghanistan a lot of relief. Before that, this session was mostly about Ireland. They lost Tector early but Tucker and Stirling batted really well. They added around 80 and took their side into the lead. It seemed that Ireland would go into the break five down but Stirling fell right towards the end of the session. Ireland though will hope they can have a couple of such partnerships and push that lead over the 100 run mark.

57.4W

OUT! TIMBER! Khan strikes right at the stroke of Lunch! Massive wicket as Stirling was looking good. This is tossed up on middle, it lands and spins back in. Stirling looks to defend but is beaten by the turn and this hits the stumps.

57.30

Around off, kept out.

57.24

FOUR! Gets bat on ball this time and finds the fence. On off, this is pushed past cover and the ball races away.

57.10

Outside off. The batter slashes but misses.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 57 overs : 182/5

L Tucker32 (72)

P Stirling48 (85)

ur Rehman19-4-37-2

56.60

Shoritsh and outside off. Tucker flays at it but misses.

56.50

On off, kept out.

56.40

Outside off. Left alone.

56.33

Three! On off, this is pushed past cover for three.

56.20

Around off. Blocked.

56.11

Singles are coming easily now! Angled into the pads, this is nudged around the corner for one.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 56 overs : 178/5

P Stirling45 (83)

L Tucker31 (68)

K Janat6-0-24-0

55.60

Around off, kept out.

55.50

Around off. Kept out.

55.41

Another single as this is tickled fine down the leg side.

55.34

Four! Another boundary! On the pads, this is tickled fine on the leg side and this races away.

55.20

On the stumps. Kept out.

55.11

Around off, this is guided through point for one.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 55 overs : 172/5

L Tucker26 (65)

P Stirling44 (80)

Z Khan6-0-35-0

54.60

On middle. Blocked.

54.50

On off. Kept out.

54.42

On the pads, this is nudged around the corner for two.

54.32

Two! On middle, this is worked through square leg for two.

54.20

On off. Blocked.!

54.11

On off, this is pushed past cover for one more.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 54 overs : 167/5

L Tucker22 (60)

P Stirling43 (79)

K Janat5-0-18-0

53.60

Around off, blocked.

53.51

Another run as this is worked through mid-wicket.

53.40

On the pads, Stirling flicks but finds mid-wicket.

53.30

Just the one again! On off. This is punched to cover.

53.20

Around off, kept out.

53.11

Another run as this is eased down to long off.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 53 overs : 165/5

L Tucker21 (58)

P Stirling42 (75)

Z Khan5-0-30-0

52.61

A single as this is pushed past cover.

52.50

On middle. Kept out.

52.40

On off. Kept out.

52.34

FOUR! Cut away! Short and outside off, this is cut past point for a boundary.

52.20

On off, this is pushed to mid off.

52.10

On the off pole.  Blocked.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 52 overs : 160/5

P Stirling42 (75)

L Tucker16 (52)

K Janat4-0-16-0

51.60

Around off, defended.

51.53

Fuller and on middle, this is pushed past mid on. The fielder gives it a chase and three is taken.

51.41

Another run as this is worked on the leg side.

51.32

Two! Short and on off, this is pushed past cover. Two taken. IRELAND ARE INTO THE LEAD NOW!

51.20

Around off. Kept out.

51.11lb

Ireland only trail by one! On the pads, Tucker looks to flick but misses. This hits the pad and rolls on the leg side. A leg bye taken.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 51 overs : 153/5

P Stirling39 (71)

L Tucker13 (50)

Z Khan4-0-25-0

50.64

FOUR! Poor length this time! This is short and it sits up to be hit. It is pulled hard through mid-wicket. Another boundary.

50.50

On middle, kept out.

50.44

FOUR! Badly lined and put away! Down the leg side. This is swept fine and this one races away to the fence.

50.30

On the off pole, tossed up. Kept out.

50.20

On off, this is pushed to cover.

50.10

On off. Kept out.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 50 overs : 145/5

L Tucker13 (50)

P Stirling31 (65)

K Janat3-0-10-0

49.60

Another one outside off. Not played at.

49.50

Outside off. Tucker looks to cut but is beaten.

49.40

Around off. Defended.

49.30

On middle. Kept out.

49.21

Around off. This is guided past point for one.

49.10

On the off pole. Kept out.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 49 overs : 144/5

L Tucker13 (46)

P Stirling30 (63)

ur Rehman18-4-33-2

48.60

Fuller and on off, this is pushed to cover.

48.50

On middle. Defended.

48.40

On off. Blocked.

48.30

On middle. Kept out.

48.21

A single as this is punched past cover.

48.10

Around off. Kept out.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 48 overs : 143/5

P Stirling29 (61)

L Tucker13 (42)

N Masood12-2-38-0

47.61

Shorter and on off. This is pushed through covers for one.

47.61nb

On off, kept out. No ball signaled.

47.50

Around off. Kept out.

47.41

Around off. This is pushed past cover for one.

47.31

Angled into the pads, this is worked around the corner for one.

47.20

On off, defended.

47.12

Angled into the pads. This is worked through mid-wicket. Two taken. Ireland trail by only 16 now.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 47 overs : 137/5

L Tucker12 (41)

P Stirling25 (55)

ur Rehman17-4-32-2

46.60

On the stumps. Kept out.

46.50

On middle, this is pushed to mid on.

46.40

On off. Blocked.

46.30

Around off. Blocked.

46.20

On off, kept out.

46.10

On middle. Defended.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 46 overs : 137/5

L Tucker12 (35)

P Stirling25 (55)

N Masood11-2-32-0

45.61

A single as this is pushed past cover.

45.50

Around off. Tucker is solid in defense.

45.41

Yet another one angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg. One more run.

45.31

Angled into the pads, this is worked with the angle for one. Good partnership building here.

45.20

On off. Good length. This is pushed to cover.

45.10

Outside off. Tucker with a stylish leave lets it go to the keeper.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 45 overs : 134/5

P Stirling24 (54)

L Tucker10 (30)

ur Rehman16-3-32-2

44.60

On middle, blocked.

44.50

Another one which is punched but to cover.

44.40

On the stumps. Blocked.

44.30

On middle. Kept out.

44.24

FOUR! Punched away! Shortish and on off. Stirling stays back and pushes it past cover. Boundary.

44.10

On off. Blocked.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 44 overs : 130/5

P Stirling20 (48)

L Tucker10 (30)

N Masood10-2-29-0

43.61lb

A loud appeal but not given! Review taken! NOT OUT! That's going down! Stirling walks down the wicket. This is angled into the pads. He looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Not a good review.

43.50

On off. Defended.

43.40

Around off. Blocked.

43.31

A single as this is nudged on the leg side for one.

43.20

Around off. This is pushed to cover.

43.10

On the off pole. This is defended well.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 43 overs : 128/5

P Stirling20 (45)

L Tucker9 (27)

ur Rehman15-3-28-2

42.60

On middle. Kept out.

42.54

FOUR! Up and over! Tossed up nicely around off. Paul waits and then lifts it over cover. A boundary.

42.41

Yet again the sweep comes out, there is portection in the deep this time at square leg. Only one.

42.31

Stirling takes one now as he works it around the corner.

42.21

Takes one this time! Around off, this is pushed down to long off.

42.10

On off. This is punched to cover.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 42 overs : 121/5

P Stirling15 (42)

L Tucker7 (24)

N Masood9-2-28-0

41.60

On off, this is pushed to cover.

41.50

On off. Defended.

41.40

On off, good length. Blocked.

41.30

Around off. This is pushed to cover.

41.20

Around off. Blocked.

41.10

Just outside off. Stirling pushes at it but is beaten.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 41 overs : 121/5

L Tucker7 (24)

P Stirling15 (36)

ur Rehman14-3-21-2

40.60

On middle. Defended.

40.50

On the stumps. Kept out.

40.40

Fuller and on off, this is driven but to cover.

40.30

Quicker and on off. This is pushed to cover.

40.20

On off. Defended well.

40.11

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 40 overs : 120/5

L Tucker7 (19)

P Stirling14 (35)

N Zadran14-3-44-3

39.60

On the off pole. Kept out.

39.50

On the stumps. Kept out.

39.40

Around off. Blocked.

39.31b

Angled into the pads. Stirling looks to flick but misses. It hits the pad and rolls on the leg side. A leg bye taken.

39.20

On off. Blocked.

39.14

FOUR Width on offer and put away! This is short and wide outside off. Stirling flays it past point and this races away.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 39 overs : 115/5

L Tucker7 (16)

P Stirling10 (32)

ur Rehman13-3-20-2

38.60

On the stumps. Blocked.

38.50

On the off pole. Defended well.

38.40

On off. Defended.

38.30

Around off. Blocked.

38.24

FOUR! He loves the sweep. This is angled into the pads. He gets down on one knee and sweeps it through square leg. This races away.

38.10

On off. Kept out.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 38 overs : 111/5

P Stirling10 (32)

L Tucker3 (10)

N Zadran13-3-40-3

37.60

Around off. This is pushed to cover.

37.50

On off. Blocked.

37.41

A single! Short and on middle. This is pulled through square leg for one.

37.30

Fullish and on off. This is played to cover.

37.20

On off. Blocked.

37.10

Shorter and on off. Tucker pushes it to covers.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 37 overs : 110/5

L Tucker2 (6)

P Stirling10 (30)

ur Rehman12-3-16-2

36.61

A single now as this is pushed through covers.

36.50

On the stumps. Played to cover.

36.40

On middle. Kept out.

36.30

Around off. Kept out.

36.21

A single as this is pushed down to long off.

36.10

Flatter and on off. Blocked.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 36 overs : 108/5

P Stirling9 (28)

L Tucker1 (2)

N Zadran12-3-39-3

35.61

Shortish and on the body, this is tucked around the corner for a single.

35.51

Angled into the pads. This is worked through square leg for one.

35.40

On off. Kept out.

35.3W

A loud appeal and up goes the finger! Tector reviews. OUT! Three reds. That's a massive wicket as Tector had gotten off to a start and was looking good. This is on a length and around off. It lands and jags back in. He looks to defend but misses to get hit on the pads. That's a big wicket and just the start Afghanistan would have liked on Day 2.

35.20

Outside off. Left alone.

35.10

On off. Defended.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 35 overs : 106/4

P Stirling8 (27)

H Tector32 (70)

ur Rehman11-3-14-2

34.60

On the off pole. This is played to point.

34.50

Quicker and on off. This is pushed to cover.

34.40

On middle. Blocked.

34.30

Around off. Paul plays it towards cover.

34.20

On off, kept out well.

34.10

Around off. Blocked.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 34 overs : 106/4

P Stirling8 (21)

H Tector32 (70)

N Zadran11-3-37-2

33.61

Shorter and on middle. Stirling pulls it past mid-wicket and takes one.

33.50

Around off, on a good length. This is kept out well.

33.44

FOUR! First of the day! This is angled into the pads. Stirling waits and then clips it past mid-wicket. This one races away to the fence.

33.30

Back of a length and on off, kept out.

33.20

On the off pole. Stirling pushes it to cover.

33.10

Around off, Stirling times it well but finds cover.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 33 overs : 101/4

P Stirling3 (15)

H Tector32 (70)

ur Rehman10-2-14-2

32.61

Shortish and around off, this is pushed through cover for one.

32.50

On the off pole. Defended.

32.40

Around off, this is guided to point.

32.30

On off, Stirling shows the full face of the bat and plays it to cover. Disciplined start by Afghanistan.

32.20

Back of a length and on off. Stirling pushed it to cover.

32.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 32 overs : 100/4

H Tector32 (70)

P Stirling2 (9)

N Zadran10-3-32-2

31.60

Outside off. Left alone.

31.50

Five dots to begin! On off, Tector pushes it to cover.

31.40

Outside off. Left alone.

31.30

Fullish and around off, Tector leans into it and strokes it to cover.

31.20

On the off pole again. Blocked.

31.10

Around off, on a good length, defended.

Time for the action to begin! Stirling and Tector to resume.

A fine show with the ball and then a decent start with the bat puts the Irish in ascendancy. They trail by just around 50 at the moment and have 6 wickets in hand. Harry Tector is well set and Striling has just walked out to the middle. They would hope these two can bat long and their first aim will be to get into the lead without losing anymore wickets. Afghanistan on the other hand, will hope to find early breakthroughs or they would fall welL behind in this game. An important first session awaits.

... DAY 2, SESSION 1 ...

Ireland in reply lost their captain early on but Curtis Campher played brilliantly along with Harry Tector adding around 60 runs. Just at the stroke of stumps though Campher fell and the nightwatchmen, Theo van Woerkom too. Ireland still have a lot of batting left. For the hosts, Naveed Zadran and Zia ur Rehman bowled well but need more from others. Afghanistan will hope to pressurize Ireland in the first session on Day 2. Join us at 11.30 am IST (6 am GMT) and join us earlier for the build up. Till then, cheers!

An eventful day comes to end! Ireland will be happier of the two sides though. Afghanistan opted to bat first but were pushed on the back foot mainly by Mark Adair who was on top of his game. He bowled good lines and lengths and got two wickets in an over. Barry McCarthy and Craig Young supported him well too. Afghanistan tried to get back on track through Ibrahim Zadran but he too fell right after the Lunch break after his fifty. Karim Janat tried to show some fight but got no able support from the other end. Mark Adair was the pick as he ended with a five-for.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 31 overs : 100/4

P Stirling2 (9)

H Tector32 (64)

ur Rehman9-2-13-2

30.60

This is full and on middle, Paul Stirling makes a solid block. That will be STUMPS.

30.50

Tossed up on off, Paul Stirling prods and defends it out.

30.40

On off, Paul Stirling keeps it out.

30.31

Fuller and on middle, Tector turns it to square leg for a single.

30.20

Flat and on middle, Tector blocks.

30.10

On off, this is defended.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 30 overs : 99/4

P Stirling2 (6)

H Tector31 (61)

N Zadran9-2-32-2

29.60

Length and on off, kept out.

29.50

A bumper on middle, Paul Stirling looks to pull but misses.

29.41

A single now as Tector pulls this to deep square leg for one.

29.32

Length ball, outside off, Tector plays it through covers for two more.

29.20

Outside off and it swings back in. Tector shoulders arms.

29.10

A length ball on off, Tector blocks it out.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 29 overs : 96/4

P Stirling2 (4)

H Tector28 (57)

ur Rehman8-2-12-2

28.62

Fuller and outside off, this is knocked through covers and the fielder does well to chase it down.

28.50

Fuller and on off, Paul Stirling defends.

28.40

Tossed up, outside off. Paul Stirling punches it to cover.

28.30

Flatter and around off, this is defended out.

Paul Stirling is the new man in.

28.2W

OUT! BOWLED! Another one goes. Zia ur Rehman flights it on middle and makes it to spin away. Theo van Woerkom defends the wrong line, gets forward but misses and it hits the stumps.

28.10

Tossed up on middle, this is blocked out.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 28 overs : 94/3

van Woerkom1 (7)

H Tector28 (57)

N Zadran8-2-29-2

27.61

Flat and around off, Theo van Woerkom plays it to point for a single.

27.50

On middle, this is kept out.

27.41

Shorter and on off, this is pulled to deep square leg for a single.

27.30

Full and on middle, this is flicked to mid-wicket.

27.20

Full and shapes in on off. Tector makes a solid block.

27.10

A length ball on off, Tector blocks.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 27 overs : 92/3

van Woerkom0 (5)

H Tector27 (53)

ur Rehman7-2-10-1

26.60

Outside off, this is knocked to point.

26.50

Well outside off, Theo van Woerkom keeps it out.

26.40

On off, Theo van Woerkom makes a solid block.

26.30

Floated, around off. Theo van Woerkom defends.

26.20

Full and on off, blocked out.

Theo van Woerkom comes in next.

26.1W

OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Campher goes on 49! Nicely tossed up, around off, just a hint of spin there. Campher gets on the front foot to defend but edges it to the keeper who makes no mistake. Afghanistan manage to break the stand.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 26 overs : 92/2

H Tector27 (53)

C Campher49 (63)

N Zadran7-2-27-2

25.60

A length ball, outside off, Harry Tector lets it go.

25.50

Length and on off, this is blocked.

25.40

On off, blocked out.

25.30

A length ball on off, this is defended out.

25.20

Well outside off, Harry Tector leaves.

25.11lb

A length ball on middle and leg. Campher looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the pads. Afghanistan were thinking to review it again but that was angled down.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 25 overs : 91/2

H Tector27 (48)

C Campher49 (62)

Z Khan3-0-17-0

24.60

Flighted down the leg side. Harry Tector misses his flick and gets hit on the pad. An appeal but the finger stays down. Afghanistan take the review but the Ball Tracking shows it is pitching outside the line. Desperation there from the hosts.

24.51

On the pads, Campher helps it to fine leg for a single. He is on 49.

24.40

Full and on middle, Campher defends.

24.30

Flat and on middle, this is defended.

24.24

FOUR! A full toss, outside off and Campher punishes it as he hits it through covers for a boundary.

24.11

Full and on middle, this is flicked to mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 24 overs : 85/2

C Campher44 (58)

H Tector26 (46)

ur Rehman6-1-10-0

23.60

On middle, this is blocked.

23.50

On off, this is pushed to cover.

23.41

Fuller and on middle, this one does not spin. Harry Tector goes back to defend but edges it down to long leg for one.

23.30

Tossed up on off, Harry Tector defends.

23.21

A bit short and outside off, this is punched through covers for a single.

23.10

Floated on middle, this is clipped to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 23 overs : 83/2

H Tector25 (44)

C Campher43 (54)

Z Khan2-0-11-0

22.60

On off, kept out.

22.51

A single as Campher plays it to cover.

22.40

Full and on middle, kept out.

22.31

On middle, Harry Tector plays it to square leg for a single.

22.21

Full and on off, Campher works it to point for one.

22.10

Around off, this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 22 overs : 80/2

C Campher41 (50)

H Tector24 (42)

ur Rehman5-1-8-0

21.61

Too full and on middle, this is flicked to mid-wicket for a single.

21.50

Tossed up on middle, Campher prods and blocks.

21.41

A bit short and outside off, this is hit through point for a single.

21.30

Full and on middle, blocked.

21.20

Flatter and on off, defended.

21.12

Flighted on middle, Harry Tector lofts it over extra cover for a couple of runs.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 21 overs : 76/2

C Campher40 (48)

H Tector21 (38)

Z Khan1-0-8-0

20.66

SIX! ALL THE WAY! A bit short and on leg, Campher goes back and pulls it over to deep square leg for a biggie.

20.50

Flatter and on middle, this is blocked out.

20.40

On off, Campher drives it to mid off.

20.30

On middle, this is blocked.

20.21

This is full and on middle, Harry Tector reverse sweeps it through point for a single.

20.11

Fuller and outside off, this is pushed to point for a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 68/2

H Tector20 (37)

C Campher33 (43)

N Masood8-1-28-0

19.60

Fuller and on middle, this is hit to mid on.

19.50

Outside off, this is left alone.

19.40

Short in length and outside off, Harry Tector leaves.

19.30

Short in length and on off, blocked.

19.20

Outside off and it shapes back in. Harry Tector covers his stumps and lets it go.

19.14

FOUR! Too full and outside off, Harry Tector drives it through mid off for a boundary.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 64/2

C Campher33 (43)

H Tector16 (31)

ur Rehman4-1-4-0

18.60

Flat and on off, Campher goes back and blocks.

18.50

This one lands on middle and spins away. Campher looks to sweep but misses it.

18.40

Flat and on middle, defended.

18.31

Fuller and on off, Harry Tector turns it to square leg for one more.

18.20

On off, kept out.

18.10

Fuller and on middle, blocked out.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 63/2

C Campher33 (40)

H Tector15 (28)

N Masood7-1-24-0

17.60

On middle, this is defended out.

17.51

Fuller and outside off, this is pushed to point for a single.

17.40

Short in length and on off, this is defended out.

17.30

A length ball, around off, this is blocked out.

17.21

A bumper on middle, Campher pulls it to deep square leg for a single.

17.10

A length ball, outside off, Campher punches it to the man at gully.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 61/2

H Tector14 (25)

C Campher32 (37)

ur Rehman3-1-3-0

16.60

Flatter and on middle, Harry Tector��tucks it to square leg.

16.50

Fuller and on off, defended out.

16.40

Superb delivery! Flights it full and on leg, it lands and goes across the batter who tries to defend but is beaten.

16.30

On off, defended out.

16.20

On middle, this is blocked out.

16.12

Too full and on middle, this is flicked through mid-wicket for a couple.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 59/2

C Campher32 (37)

H Tector12 (19)

N Masood6-1-22-0

15.60

Touch fuller and outside off, Campher defends on the deck.

15.51

A length ball, outside off, Harry Tector taps it to covers for one more.

15.40

Outside off, this is kept out.

15.30

A length ball, outside off, left alone.

15.21

Fuller and on middle, Campher knocks it to mid on for a single.

15.10

A length ball, outside off, Campher shoulders arms to it.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 57/2

H Tector11 (16)

C Campher31 (34)

ur Rehman2-1-1-0

14.60

Flighted on middle, this is defended out.

14.51

Shorter and outside off, this is cut through point for a single.

14.40

Flat and on middle, this is blocked.

14.30

Full and on off, this is pushed to cover.

14.20

Floated on middle, Campher blocks.

14.10

Length and on middle, this is defended.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 56/2

H Tector11 (15)

C Campher30 (29)

N Masood5-1-20-0

13.60

A dot to end the over. Length and on middle, defended.

13.54

FOUR! A length ball, around off. Harry Tector gets his bat down to defend but edges  it through the slip cordon for a boundary.

13.40

On off, this is kept out.

13.30

Outside off, fuller and this is left.

13.20

A length ball, outside off, Tector leaves.

13.10

Outside off, this is left alone.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 52/2

C Campher30 (29)

H Tector7 (9)

ur Rehman1-1-0-0

12.60

On middle, this is blocked.

12.50

Very full and on middle, Campher makes a solid block.

12.40

Too full and on middle, Campher defends on the front foot.

12.30

Fuller and on middle, Campher prods and blocks.

12.20

Tossed up on off, Campher defends it out.

12.10

Fuller and on middle, Campher blocks.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 52/2

H Tector7 (9)

C Campher30 (23)

N Zadran6-1-27-2

11.60

A bumper on middle, Harry Tector sits down.

11.54

FOUR! Superb shot! Too full and on middle, Tector drives it down the ground to long on for a boundary.

11.40

Shorter and on off, Tector evades it.

11.31

Angling on middle,Campher tickles it to fine leg for a single.

11.21

Fuller and on middle, this is played to square leg for a single.

11.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 46/2

C Campher29 (22)

H Tector2 (4)

K Janat2-0-9-0

10.60

Length and on off, this is blocked out.

10.54

FOUR! Campher is playing well. Outside  off, this is cut through point for a boundary.

10.40

Full and on off, it is pushed to cover.

10.30

A length ball, outside off, Campher shoulders arms.

10.21

On the pads. Tector flicks it behind square on the leg side for a single.

10.10

Outside  off, this is left alone.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 41/2

C Campher25 (18)

H Tector1 (2)

N Zadran5-1-21-2

9.60

Outside off, left alone.

9.54

FOUR! ANother one! A length ball, outside off. Campher plays it very late and through gully for a boundary.

9.44

FOUR! Takes on! Shorter and on middle, Campher pulls it through square leg for a boundary.

9.31

Drops it short and on middle, this is pulled to deep square leg for a single.

9.20

Very full and outside off, this is blocked back to the bowler.

Harry Tector walks to the middle.

9.1W

OUT! CHOPPED ON! Naveed Zadran gets Moor for the third time and this time it will definitely count. Short in length and outside off. Moor chops and tries to punch but bottom edges it back onto the stumps.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 32/1

C Campher17 (15)

P Moor12 (28)

K Janat1-0-4-0

8.60

On off, this is kept out.

8.50

On middle, this is blocked out.

8.44

FOUR! Slashed away! Too much width outside off and this is cut through point for a boundary.

8.30

Full and on middle, this is defended out.

8.20

A length ball on middle, Campher defends.

8.10

On off, this is blocked out.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 28/1

P Moor12 (28)

C Campher13 (9)

N Zadran4-1-12-1

7.60

Fuller and around off, Moor prods and blocks it out.

7.50

On middle, this is blocked out.

7.41

Angling on middle, this is helped to fine leg for one more.

7.34

FOUR! Shorter and on middle, Campher pulls it through square leg and it races to the fence.

7.20

A bit short and on off, this is pulled to mid-wicket.

7.10

Length ball on off, Campher strokes it to covers where Hashmatullah Shahidi makes an excellent stop.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 23/1

P Moor12 (26)

C Campher8 (5)

N Masood4-1-16-0

6.62

On a length and on middle, this is clipped through square leg for a couple of runs.

6.50

Fuller and outside off, Moor punches it to point.

6.40

Length and on middle, this is blocked out.

6.31

Angling on the pads, this is flicked to deep square leg for a single.

6.20

Outside off, this is left alone.

6.14

FOUR! Too full and on middle, Campher drives it wonderfully through mid off for a boundary.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 16/1

P Moor10 (23)

C Campher3 (2)

N Zadran3-1-7-1

5.60

Naveed Zadran does get his man! A length ball shaping on middle, a bit of angle. Moor looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the pads. Peter Moor takes it uptairs. No bat. Ball Tracking shows it goes onto miss the stumps. Peter Moor has survived twice in the over.

5.50

Is it going down? Afghanistan think so. Length and shaping on the pads. Moor fails to hit and gets hit on the pads.

5.40

On off, this is blocked out.

5.30

Length and outside off, Moor defends it out.

5.31nb

Zadran gets his second. A length ball, around off and it nips in. Moor looks to defend away from the body but misses and it goes through and hits the stumps. Wow! Ohh, Naveed Zadran has overstepped. Moor has to come back.

5.20

A length ball, outside off, left alone.

5.14

FOUR! Crunched! A length ball, outside off, Moor knocks it through covers for a boundary.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 11/1

C Campher3 (2)

P Moor6 (16)

N Masood3-1-9-0

4.62

Too full and on middle, Campher plays it to long on and comes back for the second.

4.51

Outside off. Moor knocks it through point for a single.

4.40

On middle, this is blocked out.

4.31

Angling on middle, this is flicked to deep square leg for a single.

4.21

Fuller and on off, Moor pushes it to point for a single.

4.10

Length and on middle, Moor turns it to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 6/1

A Balbirnie2 (12)

P Moor4 (12)

N Zadran2-1-2-1

3.6W

OUT! LBW! Balbirnie is given out LBW but he reviews. This is full and angling on middle, Balbirnie is late to get his bat down and gets beaten. UltraEdge shows no bat. Ball Tracking shows THREE REDS. Naveed Zadran gets it to swing nicely.

3.50

Goes full and outside off, this is driven to cover.

3.40

On off, this is knocked to point.

3.30

This is full and outside off, Balbirnie looks to drive but inside edges it onto the pads. It rolls past the stumps.

3.20

Length and on off, blocked out.

3.12

Balbirnie is in! Length and on off, Balbirnie drops it to covers for a quick single. The fielder hits at the bowler's end but the replay shows Balbirnie was well in. It rolls away and they take one more.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 4/0

P Moor4 (12)

A Balbirnie0 (6)

N Masood2-1-4-0

2.60

Length ball on middle and it jag backs in. Moor fends it on the leg side.

2.50

Fuller and on middle, Moor eases it to mid on.

2.40

Length and outside off, Moor leaves it alone.

2.30

A length ball, outside off, Moor has a poke at it but misses.

2.20

Length ball on off, it lands and swings in. Moor looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the pads.

2.10

Down the leg side, Moor keeps it out.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 4/0

A Balbirnie0 (6)

P Moor4 (6)

N Zadran1-1-0-0

1.60

Short in length and outside off, Balbirnie has a poke but edges it to third slip but just gets fingertips on it.

1.50

Full but down the leg side. Balbirnie leaves  it alone.

1.40

On a length and around off. Balbirnie blocks it.

1.30

Spills it down the leg side. Balbirnie leaves it alone.

1.20

Outside off, Balbirnie shoulders arms to it.

1.10

On middle, this is defended out.

Naveed Zadran to bowl now.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 4/0

P Moor4 (6)

A Balbirnie0 (0)

N Masood1-0-4-0

0.60

A length ball on middle, Moor nudges it to mid-wicket.

0.50

Length ball, outside off, Moor lets it go.

0.40

A length ball, outside off, Moor looks to push at it but misses.

0.30

A length ball, outside off, Moor leaves it alone to the keeper.

0.20

Short in length and outside off, Moor shoulders arms to it.

0.14

FOUR! off the mark in style. Too full and outside off, Moor drives it through point for a boundary.

Commentary

Back with action. Nijat Masood to bowl first. Andy Balbirnie and Peter Moor to open!

...Second innings.

Afghanistan didn't see it coming. They opted to bat first but wouldn't have imagined this kind of score. Only Ibrahim Zadran stood up for them, no one supported him! Afghanistan though lost him right after the Lunch break and if not for Janat's 41, they would have ended around 100. Still, not the start they would have liked to the game and now they have to bowl really well to keep Ireland under pressure. They have to be as consistent as Ireland were! Tea is taken as well. Join us back for the final session in a while.

An outstanding performance by the Irish team and they will be so happy right now. 10 wickets inside one and a half sessions and it was Mark Adair who made Afghanistan dance to his tunes. He was right on the money from the start. Bowled good lengths and lines and took two wickets in an over. Barry McCarthy and Craig Young supported him well too. Ireland after the lunch struck rightaway, removing Zadran and Rehman in quick succession. Curtis Campher followed it with two wickets in a row. However, Mark Adair was the pick with five wickets!

54.5W

OUT! BOWLED! Through him! A length ball from around the wicket and on off. Khan fails to defend and it hits the top of off. Afghanistan end with 155!

54.41

Takes the single now as Janat pulls it to deep square leg. Khan has two balls to survive.

54.30

Full and wide of off. Janat lets it go.

54.20

Short and on off, Janat pulls it to deep square leg but for no run.

54.10

On middle, this is blocked out.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 54 overs : 154/9

K Janat40 (74)

Z Khan0 (7)

C Campher4-1-13-2

53.61

Smart from Janat! On middle, this is nudged to mid on for a single.

53.54

FOUR! HIT WELL! 150 up! Full and outside off, Janat smashes it down to long off for a boundary.

53.40

A length ball, outside off, Janat defends.

53.30

Again! Full and outside off, Janat hits it to deep cover but for no run.

53.20

Outside off, this is driven to deep cover but Janat keeps the strike.

53.10

Fuller and outside off, Janat looks to drive but misses.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 53 overs : 149/9

Z Khan0 (7)

K Janat35 (68)

M Adair16-5-38-4

52.60

Fuller and on middle, this is defended out.

52.50

A length ball on middle, Khan blocks it out.

52.41

On middle, eased down to mid on for a single.

52.30

Around off, this is defended out.

52.20

Length ball, on off. Janat makes a solid block.

52.10

On middle, this is blocked out.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 52 overs : 148/9

Z Khan0 (5)

K Janat34 (64)

C Campher3-1-8-2

51.60

Fuller and on leg, Khan again misses his flick and gets hit on the pads. An appeal but sliding down. Ireland have taken a review but it shows it is pitching outside the line.

51.54b

FOUR BYES! What a delivery! A yorker and it swings past leg. Kahn fails to put his bat on it and it even rolls past the keeper to fine leg.

51.41

Length and outside off, Janat knocks it through point for one.

51.34

FOUR! Whipped away! This is full and on middle, Janat hits it through square leg in the gap for four. Much needed one.

51.20

Outside off, this is blocked out.

51.10

A length ball, outside off, Janat looks to push at it but misses.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 51 overs : 139/9

Z Khan0 (3)

K Janat29 (60)

van Woerkom5-1-12-0

50.60

Too full and outside off, Khan defends it out.

50.50

Tossed up, outside off, Khan prods across and blocks it.

50.40

Flighted, outside off. Khan blocks it out.

50.31

Fuller and on middle, this is flicked to mid-wicket for a single.

50.20

Flat and outside off, this is hit to cover.

50.10

Too full and on middle, Janat blocks it out.

Zahir Khan is the last man in.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 50 overs : 138/9

N Masood0 (2)

K Janat28 (57)

C Campher2-1-3-2

49.6W

OUT! TAKEN! Even 150 looks far away now. A length ball, just outside off. Nijat Masood hangs his bat out and goes for the push but gets an outside edge to the keeper. Two wickets in the over.

49.50

A length ball, around off, Nijat Masood blocks it out.

49.4W

OUT! TAKEN! The stand is broken! A length ball, around off. Zadran comes down and swings but slices it over to mid off where Andy McBrine takes a simple catch. The seamers have been brilliant.

49.31

A length ball, outside off, this is cut through point for a single.

49.21

Around off, this is driven to covers for a single.

49.11

A length ball on off, Janat turns it to mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 49 overs : 135/7

N Zadran11 (40)

K Janat26 (55)

van Woerkom4-1-11-0

48.60

Tossed up on off, Zadran lofts it down to long off but denies the run. Interesting!

48.50

Tossed up, around off, Zadran defends it out.

48.40

Flights it on leg and it spins in. Zadran watchfully blocks.

48.30

On off, fuller and Zadran lunges to defend.

48.20

Flat and on off, Zadran gets across and defends it.

48.10

Flighted on middle, Zadran prods and blocks it out.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 48 overs : 135/7

K Janat26 (55)

N Zadran11 (34)

C Campher1-1-0-0

47.60

On middle on a length. Janat gets inside the line and blocks it out.

47.50

On off, this is pushed to point.

47.40

A length ball, outside off. Janat tamely pushes at it but misses.

47.30

STAYS LOW! Fuller and outside off, Janat looks to drive but edges it to the keeper who collects on a bounce.

47.20

A length ball on middle, Janat makes a solid block.

47.10

A length ball on off, defended out.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 47 overs : 135/7

N Zadran11 (34)

K Janat26 (49)

van Woerkom3-0-11-0

46.60

On off, this is defended out.

46.50

This one lands on off and spins away.  Zadran swings hard but misses.

46.41

Too full and on middle, Janat nudges it to mid-wicket for a single.

46.30

Floated on middle, Janat defends it out.

46.20

On middle, this is blocked out.

46.10

Too full and on middle, Janat blocks it out.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 46 overs : 134/7

N Zadran11 (32)

K Janat25 (45)

B McCarthy11-1-28-1

45.60

A length ball on middle, Zadran keeps it out.

45.50

A length ball, outside off, Zadran looks to push but misses.

45.40

Down the leg side, Zadran lets it go.

45.30

On off, this is defended out.

45.21

Bangs it short and on middle, Janat pulls it to deep square leg for a single.

45.10

Fuller and outside off, this is pushed to point.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 45 overs : 133/7

N Zadran11 (28)

K Janat24 (43)

van Woerkom2-0-10-0

44.60

On middle, this is blocked out.

44.52

Flatter and outside off, Zadran slashes it over covers for a couple of runs.

44.40

Outside off, Zadran keeps it out.

44.30

Fuller and outside off, spins away. Zadran looks to push but misses.

44.20

Too full and on middle, this is driven to cover.

44.10

Flighted on middle, Zadran prods and blocks.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 44 overs : 131/7

K Janat24 (43)

N Zadran9 (22)

B McCarthy10-1-27-1

43.60

Well outside off, this is left alone.

43.54

FOUR! Well played! Pitched up, outside off. Janat chips his shot over point and it goes to the fence.

43.40

Outside off, this is left alone.

43.30

Slides it on a length and down leg. Janat misses his flick and it brushes the pads on its way to the keeper.

43.20

Outside off, this is punched to cover.

43.10

Length and slanting on the pads. Janat keeps it out.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 43 overs : 127/7

N Zadran9 (22)

K Janat20 (37)

M Adair15-5-37-4

42.60

On middle, this is nudged to square leg.

42.50

A length ball, outside off, Zadran looks to poke at it but misses.

42.40

Length and on off, this is pushed to cover.

42.30

Outside off, Zadran has nothing to do with it.

42.20

Length and outside off, Zadran leaves it alone.

42.10

Too short and on middle. Zadran sits down.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 42 overs : 127/7

K Janat20 (37)

N Zadran9 (16)

B McCarthy9-1-23-1

41.60

Outside off, this is left alone.

41.50

Full and around off, defended out.

41.41

Length and on middle, Zadran turns it to square leg for one.

41.30

On off, kept out.

41.24

FOUR! A length ball, outside off. Zadran hangs his bat out and plays it through gully for a boundary.

41.11

A bumper on middle, Janat pulls it to deep square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 41 overs : 121/7

N Zadran4 (13)

K Janat19 (34)

M Adair14-4-37-4

40.60

A length ball, outside off, Zadran looks to push but misses.

40.50

Zadran is not too comfortable in the middle. Too short and on middle, Zadran falls away while evading it.

40.40

A length ball on off. Zadran awkwardly blocks it out.

40.30

Short and onto the body. Zadran reacts and gets his bat out but outer edges it to point where it falls safely.

40.21

On a length and on middle, Janat nudges it to deep square leg for a single.

40.10

Outside off, this is left alone.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 40 overs : 120/7

N Zadran4 (9)

K Janat18 (32)

B McCarthy8-1-17-1

39.60

On middle, this is blocked out.

39.51

A length ball on off, Janat plays it to point for a single.

39.40

Full and on off, kept out.

39.30

A length ball on off, Janat blocks.

39.20

Goes very full and on middle, this is blocked well.

39.10

Well wide outside the line. Janat leaves.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 39 overs : 119/7

N Zadran4 (8)

K Janat17 (27)

M Adair13-4-36-4

38.64

FOUR! This is full and on middle, Zadran swings his bat and hits it to long on and it rolls to the fence.

38.50

Well outside off, this is left alone.

38.40

Sharp movement! Length and on off, it lands and shapes in. Zadran fails to defend and gets hit on the pads.

38.30

Length and on middle, this is blocked out.

38.20

Full and outside off, Zadran lets it go.

38.10

Angling on the pads. Zadran fails to flick but that was already outside the line.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 38 overs : 115/7

K Janat17 (27)

N Zadran0 (2)

C Young11-5-31-2

37.60

Fuller and outside off, this is pushed to cover.

37.50

Shorter and outside off, Janat shoulders arms to it.

37.40

A length ball, outside off, this is hit to point.

37.30

On middle, blocked out.

37.24

FOUR! Janat is playing well. On the pads, this is helped to fine leg for four runs.

37.10

Full and outside  off, this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 37 overs : 111/7

N Zadran0 (2)

K Janat13 (21)

M Adair12-4-32-4

36.60

Outside off, Zadran shoulders arms to it.

36.50

On off, this is defended out.

Naveed Zadran comes to the middle.

36.4W

OUT! GONE! Adair gets his fourth! Lovely again from him! Lands it around off and it swings away. Rehman looks to drive but edges it to second slip where Andy Balbirnie takes it well. Consistensy yet again.

36.30

On middle, this is defended out.

36.24

FOUR! JUST WIDE! A length ball, outside off, Rehman flashes his blade and hits it over third slip. Andy McBrine leaps but it goes over him.

36.12

Rehman is off the mark as he hits this length ball through point for two.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 36 overs : 105/6

K Janat13 (21)

ur Rehman0 (11)

C Young10-5-27-2

35.62

TWO MORE! Outside off, this is pushed through covers for a couple of runs.

35.52

Full and on middle, Janat drives and hits the stumps at the other end. It deflects to long on for a couple.

35.40

A length ball, around off, Janat defends it out. Rehman wants a single but is sent back wisely

35.30

On a length and on middle, defended out.

35.20

Outside off, fuller and Janat misses his drive.

35.10

Length and on middle, this is blocked out.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 35 overs : 101/6

K Janat9 (15)

ur Rehman0 (11)

M Adair11-4-26-3

34.61

Bowls it short and on middle, this is pulled behind square leg for a single.

34.50

Too full and outside off, this is pushed to cover.

34.40

Fuller and on off, Janat blocks.

34.30

A length ball, outside off, Janat taps it to point.

34.24

FOUR! 100 up! Shorter and on middle, this is pulled to deep square leg for a boundary.

34.10

On off, blocked out.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 34 overs : 96/6

ur Rehman0 (11)

K Janat4 (9)

C Young9-5-23-2

33.60

Goes full and on off, Rehman drives it back to the bowler.

33.50

Fuller and outside off, it is driven to cover.

33.40

Length and on off, Rehman punches it to cover.

33.30

Length and on middle, Rehman punches it to mid on.

33.22lb

Two leg byes! Very full and down leg. Rehman misses his flick and it rolls to fine leg for two.

33.10

A bumper on middle, Zia ur Rehman sits down.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 33 overs : 94/6

K Janat4 (9)

ur Rehman0 (5)

M Adair10-4-21-3

32.60

Back of a length and on off, defended.

32.50

Another one outside off, not played at.

32.40

Outside off, not played at.

32.30

On the off pole. Defended well.

32.20

On off, blocked.

32.14

FOUR! Outside off, this is guided past the fielder at short third man and this one races away to the fence.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 32 overs : 90/6

ur Rehman0 (5)

K Janat0 (3)

C Young8-4-23-2

31.60

Outside off, left alone.

31.50

Too high! Good length and around off, it lands and jags back in. Zia ur Rehman looks to drive but misses. It hits him high on the pad. A loud shout again but not given.

31.40

Around off, defended.

31.30

Outside off, left alone.

31.20

Angled into the pads, this is worked to mid-wicket.

31.1W

OUT! TAKEN! Another one bites the dust and this time it is the big wicket of Ibrahim Zadran! He was well-set but now he falls. Afghanistan crumbling. This is on the pads, Ibrahim Zadran looks to flick, this goes off the inner half and the keeper dives to his left and takes it.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 31 overs : 90/5

K Janat0 (3)

I Zadran53 (82)

M Adair9-4-17-3

30.60

Outside off, left alone.

30.50

On off, defended.

30.41

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled trough mid-wicket for one.

30.30

Outside off, not played at.

30.20

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

30.10

Shorter and on middle, ducked under.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 30 overs : 89/5

K Janat0 (1)

I Zadran52 (78)

C Young7-3-23-1

29.60

Shortish and down the leg side. Left alone.

29.5W

OUT! TIMBER! That is a beauty! How do you play those? Wow! Half the side back in the hut for Afghanistan and they are in big trouble. This lands around off, this pitches and then jags back in. It sneaks between the gap of bat and pad as Nasir Jamal looks to defend and hits the middle pole.

29.40

Outside off, left alone.

29.30

Angled into the pads, this is worked to mid-wicket.

29.20

Around off, defended.

29.10

Outside off, left alone.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 29 overs : 89/4

N Jamal0 (3)

I Zadran52 (78)

M Adair8-4-16-3

28.63lb

Leg byes! On the pads, Nasir Jamal works it fine on the leg side. Three taken.

28.50

Outside off, left alone.

28.40

That comes back in a long way! Outside off. Shorter, this is left alone. It comes back in and goes over the off pole.

28.3W

OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! That is a good catch and it is the perfect start for Ireland after the break! This is shorter and outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz throws his bat at it, this goes off the outside edge and the keeper takes a good low catch. Rahmanullah Gurbaz is gutted with himself. He could have left that alone but that is how he plays.

28.20

On off, this is pushed to cover.

28.10

Good length and on off, this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 28 overs : 86/3

I Zadran52 (78)

R Gurbaz5 (17)

C Young6-2-23-0

27.60

Angled into the pads. Ibrahim Zadran looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.

27.50

Beaten! This is on a length and around off, this lands and moves away. Ibrahim Zadran is beaten as he looks to defended.

27.40

On off, this is pushed to cover.

27.30

Around off, defended.

27.20

A loud shout but not given! This lands on pads and holds its line. Ibrahim Zadran looks to flick but misses. It hits the pad. Not out.

27.10

Outside off, a little bit of swing away, left alone.

We are back for the second session! The teams make their way out to the middle. Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmanullah Gurbaz will resume their innings.

... DAY 1, SESSION 2 ...

LUNCH! Excellent start to the game! Ireland though will be the happy team right now. They were right on the money from the start. Mark Adair was very disciplined with his lines and lengths. He struck twice to put Afghanistan on the back foot but the hosts replied well with Zadran and Hashmatullah Shahidi playing some beautiful strokes and getting back on track. Both added around 50 runs before Hashmatullah Shahidi gave away his wicket down the leg side. Ibrahim Zadran though has held one end well with his fifty and will hope that Rahmanullah Gurbaz can glue with him to build a big stand. Ireland will hope their spinners get their lines right as they too are getting some purchase. Second session coming up shortly.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 27 overs : 86/3

R Gurbaz5 (17)

I Zadran52 (72)

A McBrine7-1-22-0

26.60

Tossed up on middle, Gurbaz blocks it out. That will be Lunch.

26.53

THREE! Fifty for Zadran! Superb knock from the opener. On middle, Zadran nudges it through square leg for three more.

26.41

Outside off, Gurbaz punches it through covers for a single.

26.30

Tossed up, around off, Gurbaz defends it out.

26.20

Flat and on off, Gurbaz prods and blocks.

26.10

Too full and on off, Gurbaz blocks it out.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 26 overs : 82/3

I Zadran49 (71)

R Gurbaz4 (12)

van Woerkom1-0-8-0

25.64

FOUR! The spinners need to get their line right. Shorter and on  middle, this is pulled through square leg for four runs.

25.50

Bowls it way outside off. Zadran shoulders arms to it.

25.40

A bit short and around off, this is cut to cover.

25.30

Tossed up on off, Zadran keeps it out.

25.20

This is way outside off, Zadran leaves it.

25.14

FOUR! This is short and outside off. Zadran knocks it through covers for a boundary.

Theo van Woerkom is into the attack.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 25 overs : 74/3

I Zadran41 (65)

R Gurbaz4 (12)

A McBrine6-1-18-0

24.61

Flat and on middle, this is punched to mid on for a single.

24.50

On the middle, this is defended out.

24.40

Angling on middle, kept out.

24.31

Flat and outside off, Gurbaz knocks it through covers for a single.

24.20

On middle, it lands and spins on the pads. Gurbaz keeps it out.

24.10

Tossed up on middle, Gurbaz defends it out.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 24 overs : 72/3

R Gurbaz3 (9)

I Zadran40 (62)

B McCarthy7-1-16-1

23.61

Length and on middle, Gurbaz flicks it to square leg for a single.

23.50

Length and outside off, Gurbaz shoulders arms to it.

23.40

Too full and on middle, this is defended out.

23.32

Length and on middle, Gurbaz turns it through square leg for a couple of runs.

23.31nb

On the middle, this is blocked out.

23.20

Short in length and outside off. Gurbaz has a poke at it but misses.

23.11

Length ball, outside off, Zadran knocks it through point for one.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 23 overs : 67/3

R Gurbaz0 (3)

I Zadran39 (61)

A McBrine5-1-16-0

22.60

Flatter and around off, Gurbaz defends it out.

22.50

On middle, this is defended out.

22.41

Tossed up on middle, Zadran turns it through short leg for a single.

22.30

Flat and on off, this is blocked out.

22.20

On middle, this is kept out.

22.10

It lands on middle and spins in. Zadran nudges it to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 22 overs : 66/3

R Gurbaz0 (1)

I Zadran38 (57)

B McCarthy6-1-11-1

21.60

On middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz is the new man in.

21.5W

OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Ireland have a wicket out of nowhere. Shahidi goes and the partnership is broken. A length ball, sliding down the leg side. Shahidi could have left but tries to flick and edges it to the keeper who takes it. Shahidi takes it upstairs but to no avail. Shahidi walks back shaking his head.

21.40

Bowls it short and on middle, Shahidi ducks under it.

21.31

Around off, this is pushed through point for a single.

21.21

Piched up, outside off, Shahidi drives it through point for a single.

21.10

Length ball, outside off. Shahidi knocks it to point.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 21 overs : 64/2

I Zadran37 (56)

H Shahidi19 (40)

A McBrine4-1-15-0

20.60

Fuller ball on middle, Zadran eases it to mid on.

20.50

Too full and on middle, this is defended out.

20.40

Tossed up, around off, Zadran again makes it block.

20.30

Flat and on middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

20.20

On off, this is punched to cover.

20.10

Fuller and on middle, Zadran looks to defend but edges it to the left of leg slip. On a bounce.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 64/2

H Shahidi19 (40)

I Zadran37 (50)

B McCarthy5-1-9-0

19.60

Shorter and outside off, left alone.

19.50

On middle, blocked out.

19.40

CHANCE! Overpitched, outside off, there to be drive but Shahidi edges it to the left of second slip Andy Balbirnie dives but but can't catch with one hand

19.30

Length and outside off, Shahidi lets it go.

19.20

Length and around off, Shahidi defends.

19.11

Outside off, this is guided through point for a single.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 63/2

H Shahidi19 (35)

I Zadran36 (49)

A McBrine3-0-15-0

18.64

FOUR! They are finding the gaps now. Shorter and outside off, Shahidi cuts it through point for a boundary.

18.51

Fuller and on middle, Zadran edges it to defend through leg slip and short leg for a single.

18.40

Tossed up on off and spins in. Zadran defends on the front foot.

18.30

Flat and on middle, Zadran turns it to mid-wicket.

18.20

On middle, this is blocked out.

18.10

Flighted, outside off, this is pushed to cover..

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 58/2

H Shahidi15 (34)

I Zadran35 (44)

C Young5-1-23-0

17.60

Outside off, Shahidi leaves.

17.50

Short in length and around off, Shahidi defends it very late but it goes past outside edge.

17.40

On the pads, this is kept out.

17.32

Too full and outside off, this is pushed through point for a couple of runs.

17.20

Short in length and on middle, Shahidi fends it on the leg side.

17.14

FOUR! Afghanistan are dealing in boundaries now. Length ball on off. Shahidi knocks it down past mid off for four runs.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 52/2

I Zadran35 (44)

H Shahidi9 (28)

A McBrine2-0-10-0

16.60

Flat and on off, this is punched to cover.

16.52

On middle, this one spins in. Zadran prods to defend but edges it to the right of short leg for two.

16.40

This is spin on offer! Flat and on middle, spins in. Zadran keeps it out.

16.30

Too full and around off, this is defended out.

16.24

FOUR! Another boundary! Shorter and outside off, Zadran goes back and punches it through covers for four.

16.10

Full and down the leg side. Zadran leaves it alone.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 46/2

H Shahidi9 (28)

I Zadran29 (38)

C Young4-1-17-0

15.60

Length and on off, this is defended out.

15.54

FOUR! Boundaries flowing. A length ball, outside off. Shahidi punches it through covers for four more.

15.40

A bit short and outside off, Shahidi shoulders arms.

15.30

Length and on off, this is blocked out.

15.24

FOUR! Well played! On a length and on off, Shahidi makes room and thumps it through covers for a boundary.

15.10

A length ball, outside off, Shahidi keeps it out.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 38/2

I Zadran29 (38)

H Shahidi1 (22)

A McBrine1-0-4-0

14.64

FOUR! Andy McBrine bowls a bit short and on leg, Zadran pulls it behind square leg for a boundary.

14.50

Too full and on middle, Zadran defends it solidly.

14.40

Flat and on  off, this is blocked out.

14.30

This is full and outside off, this is pushed to cover.

14.20

Flatter and on middle. Zadran goes back and defends it out.

14.10

Tossed up, outside off. Zadran prods and blocks.

Spin for the first time. Andy McBrine to bowl now.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 34/2

H Shahidi1 (22)

I Zadran25 (32)

C Young3-1-9-0

13.60

A length ball, wide of off. Shahidi shoulders arms to it.

13.50

Fuller and outside off, Shahidi looks to push but misses.

13.40

Length and outside off, Shahidi lets it go.

13.30

Well outside off, Shahidi shoulders arms.

13.20

Length and on off, this is knocked to point.

13.10

Fuller and outside off, Shahidi drives it to cover.

Drinks! First hour done! Ireland will be happy with the start. They have been disciplined and with their bowling with Mark Adair leading the troops so far. He has bowled really well. For the hosts, Zadran looks settle now but the skipper needs to hang around.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 34/2

I Zadran25 (32)

H Shahidi1 (16)

M Adair7-3-16-2

12.64

FOUR! A length ball, outside off. Zadran plays it late and through gully for a boundary.

12.50

On off, kept out.

12.40

This one lands on middle and swings away. Zadran blocks it to point.

12.31lb

Leg bye! Slants it on the pads. Shahidi misses his flick and it rolls to square leg for one.

12.20

Length and outside off, Shahidi is happy to leave.

12.10

Outside off, left alone.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 29/2

I Zadran21 (29)

H Shahidi1 (13)

C Young2-0-9-0

11.64

FOUR! Two in a row! Zadran looks settled. Length and outside off, this is stroked through point for a boundary.

11.54

FOUR! Takes it on! Shorter and on middle, Zadran pulls it to fine leg for a boundary.

11.40

Length and on off, Zadran drives it down the ground and mid on cuts it off.

11.30

Length and outside off, this is guided to point.

11.20

Outside off, shorter and Zadran knocks it to the right of point who makes a diving stop.

11.10

Outside off, this is left alone.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 21/2

H Shahidi1 (13)

I Zadran13 (23)

M Adair6-3-12-2

10.60

Third maiden for Adair! Fuller and outside off. Shahidi shoulders arms.

10.50

Too short and on leg, Shahidi ducks under it.

10.40

Well outside off, Shahidi lets it go to the keeper.

10.30

Bowls it on a length and outside off, Shahidi prods to push but misses.

10.20

On off, this is blocked out.

10.10

Short in length and on off, Shahidi nudges it to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 21/2

H Shahidi1 (7)

I Zadran13 (23)

C Young1-0-1-0

9.61

Shahidi is underway! Around off, this is nudged to mid-wicket for one.

9.50

A bit full and outside off, Shahidi slashes and misses.

9.40

Outside off, Shahidi lets it go again.

9.30

On a length and outside off, Shahidi has nothing to do with it.

9.20

Outside off again, Shahidi leaves it alone.

9.10

Shorter and outside off, Shahidi leaves.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 20/2

I Zadran13 (23)

H Shahidi0 (1)

M Adair5-2-12-2

8.60

Fuller and outside off, it is pushed to point.

8.50

Much better! A length ball on off and it swings away. Zadran in the last moment lets it go.

8.40

Bowls it outside off. Zadran lets it go.

8.30

Fuller and on off, gets it to swing back in. Zadran tucks it to mid-wicket.

8.20

Way outside off, this is left alone.

8.14

FOUR! Fine shot! Pitched up,outside off, this is driven through covers for a boundary.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 16/2

H Shahidi0 (1)

I Zadran9 (17)

B McCarthy4-1-8-0

7.60

On a length and outside off, Shahidi looks to push at it but misses.

7.51

Outside off, Zadran guides it through backward point for a single.

7.44

FOUR! In the gap! Fuller and on off. Ibrahim Zadran tries to drive it but splices it through the slip cordon and gully for four.

7.30

Tad hort and on middle, Ibrahim Zadran hops and blocks.

7.20

Length and on off, this is defended out.

7.10

Full and on middle, eased to mid-wicket.

Hashmatullah Shahidi walks in next.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 11/2

R Shah0 (3)

I Zadran4 (12)

M Adair4-2-8-2

6.6W

OUT! BOWLED! WOW! What an over from Adair! On a length and on middle, lands and swings away a bit. Shah looks to defend but gets beaten on the outside edge and the off pole goes for a toss. Mesmerizing stuff from Adair.

6.50

Is it doing too much? A huge inswinger, fuller and around off. Shah is struck on the pads as he tries to defend. A huge appeal but that looked like going down. Ireland still take it upstairs. No bat clearly. Ball Tracking shows it misses the leg.

6.40

Well outside off. Shah shoulders arms to it.

Rahmat Shah is the new man in.

6.3W

OUT! TAKEN! Beautiful delivery! This is full and around off, swings away after landing. Noor went for the drive but edges it to second slip where Andy Balbirnie holds onto it. Really good catch but well bowled as well.

6.20

Down the leg side again. Noor misses his flick this time.

6.10

Tad short and down leg, Noor keeps it out.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 11/0

I Zadran4 (12)

Ali Zadran7 (24)

B McCarthy3-1-3-0

5.60

Too full and on middle, Ibrahim makes a solid block.

5.50

Very full and on middle, Ibrahim gets inside the line and block.

5.41

Length and on off. Noor pushes it to the left of covers for a single.

5.30

Length and on middle, this is defended out.

5.20

On off, this is blocked out.

5.10

Length and on off, blocked out.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 10/0

I Zadran4 (10)

Ali Zadran6 (20)

M Adair3-1-8-0

4.62

Nicely pushed! Full and on off, Ibrahim plays it past mid off for a couple of runs.

4.51

Drop and run! Length and on off, Noor hits it in front of point for one.

4.40

Length and on off, blocked out.

4.30

Bowls it full and on middle, this is defended.

4.20

A length ball on middle, bit of shape. Noor tries to flick but gets a leading edge to gully.

4.14

FOUR! Cut away! Length and outside off, Noor cuts it through point for a boundary.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 3/0

Ali Zadran1 (15)

I Zadran2 (9)

B McCarthy2-1-2-0

3.61

Bowls it onto the pads, this is clipped to square leg for a single.

3.50

Well bowled! Short in length and close to off. Noor defends but inside the line and gets beaten.

3.40

Serves it short and around off. Noor leaves it alone.

3.30

Slides one onto the pads. Noor misses his flick. An appeal but that was going down.

3.20

Tad short and around off. Noor taps it to point.

3.11

On a length and on off, Ibrahim pushes it through covers for a single.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 1/0

Ali Zadran0 (10)

I Zadran1 (8)

M Adair2-1-1-0

2.60

Maiden! Fuller and outside off, this is driven to covers.

2.50

Shorter and outside off, Noor shoulders arms to it.

2.40

Length and on off, Noor blocks.

2.30

Mark Adair gets it to swing a bit, outside off, fuller and Noor fails to push it.

2.20

A length ball, outside off, Noor drops it late to gully who dives and stops.

2.10

Outside off, fuller and Noor leaves it alone.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 1/0

I Zadran1 (8)

Ali Zadran0 (4)

B McCarthy1-1-0-0

1.60

Length and on middle, Ibrahim defends.

1.50

Outside off, this is left alone.

1.40

On a length and on off, Ibrahim knocks it to point.

1.30

Length and on middle, this is blocked out.

1.20

Swing and a miss! Goes full and outside off. Ibrahim looks to drive but misses.

1.10

A length ball, around off. Ibrahim defends it to point.

Barry McCarthy to bowl from the other side.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 1/0

Ali Zadran0 (4)

I Zadran1 (2)

M Adair1-0-1-0

0.60

This one lands on middle and nips away, shorter and Noor blocks it out.

0.50

Short in length and outside off, Noor has a poke at it but misses.

0.40

Well short and outside off, Noor shoulder arms to it.

0.30

Short of a length and on off, Noor defends it very late and it almost rolls back onto the stumps.

0.21

Afghanistan are off the mark. Length and on middle, Ibrahim tucks it to square leg for one.

0.10

Starts with a short ball on off, Ibrahim hops and taps  it to point.

Time for the national anthems first. It will be of the Irish team first followed by of the Afghans. All set for action. Ibrahim Zadran and Noor Ali Zadran to open for Afghanistan. Mark Adair to bowl first. Let's play.

Ireland (PLAYING XI) - Peter Moor, Andy Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, Harry Tector, Paul Stirling (C), Lorcan Tucker (WK), Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Theo van Woerkom, Craig Young.

Afghanistan (PLAYING XI) - Ibrahim Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (C), Nasir Jamal, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Karim Janat, Zia ur Rehman, Nijat Masood, Naveed Zadran, Zahir Khan.

TOSS - Afghanistan have won the toss and will BAT.

Ireland might be underdogs but they have a quality squad as well. A lot of familiar faces will be seen along with a couple of debutants. Andy Balbirnie will lead his side and the likes of Paul Stirling, Harry Tector and Mark Adair will bring their experience to it. Barry McCarthy or Matthew Foster could be in contention to make their debut for Ireland. Afghanistan might be favourites but do not sleep on Ireland who with this group can cause a lot of damage. Toss and team sheets next.

Hello and welcome to the action of Day 1 between Afghanistan and Ireland at Tolerance Oval. Afghanistan recently played a Test match against their Asian rivals, Sri Lanka but were beaten comprehensively by them. There were lots of positive though from the match. Ibrahim Zadran at the top, Shahidi's form but there were some concerns regarding their bowling group. However, Afghanistan are coming into his match with a couple of changes. Rahmanullah Gurbaz is in line to make his debut and so is Khalil Gurbaz.

...Day 1, Session 1...