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Ireland vs Afghanistan Ball by Ball Commentary

17 Aug, 2022 20:00 (IST)

Result

Afghanistan in Ireland, 5 T20I Series, 2022- Match

Afghanistan

95/5

15.0 overs
vs

Ireland

56/3

6.4 overs
Ireland beat Afghanistan by 7 wickets (D/L method)

Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast

Right then. That's it from the coverage of this game. Andy Balbirnie is joined by his team-mates to begin the celebrations of winning the series. The squad poses for a picture with the trophy. A great day for Ireland cricket. Ireland now have a short break before they head out to Australia for the T20 World Cup in October. For Afghanistan though their next challenge isn't far away as they head down to UAE for the Asia Cup 2022. They will be competing in the opening fixture of the competition against Sri Lanka on 27th August, 2022. The first ball will be at 7.30 pm IST (2 pm GMT) but you can join us for the build-up much sooner. Until then, take care and goodbye.
Andy Balbirnie, the victorious skipper is in for a chat. He says they had a long summer with results not going their way. Mentions he always believed if the side sticks to the plan a series win isn't that far away. Adds they have a really great group and it is good to see the squad getting bigger. Says that they knew they had to start pretty well and it is always tricky to chase such target. Praises the effort of George Dockrell throughout this series and confirms that he will be a huge part of the squad going forward. Further adds that this series win is a big one for this group. Nonetheless, they have a big challenge coming up in Australia in October and will focus on their training after a few days break. Ends by saying a few players from the group haven't been there yet. So its going to be exciting.
Mohammad Nabi, the skipper of Afghanistan, says that they cannot control the weather and it was a really good game in the end. Further says that they threw a few early wickets today and the guys are improving day by day. Further adds the DLS was a bit unfair to them. Says that batting and bowling are important and they need to improve day-by-day. Ends by saying they have enjoyed their stay in Ireland.
George Dockrell is adjudged as the Player of the Series for his incredible form with the blade throughout the series. In fact, he remains unbeaten throughout the series. He says that he is really enjoying the new role he has taken up this year. Adds that he is really happy to contribute to the side. Mentions that they are doing really well to execute their plans and hopefully they are able to continue in the same manner in the future.
Mark Adair wins the Man of the Match award for his exceptional spell with the ball. He says that it was a good game and it came out a bit lucky for them today. Further says that they always need to bowl good and give their best on the field. Mentions that it is always good to finish the series and win it.
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Earlier in the innings, after being put in to bat. Afghanistan did not start as they would've wanted too. They lost the cream of their batting order in quick succession. Usman Ghani was the only batter who added some impetus on the scoreboard. Afghanistan were 95/5 after 15 overs, before the rain gods decided to play its part. Later, after quite some delay, the target was revised to 56 and Ireland made sure to get over the line with two balls to spare.
The rain certainly ruined a spectacular game for us. Afghanistan would be a bit disappointed about the same but this is what the game of cricket is all about. Afghanistan came out on the field and put up a solid fight. Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman did well to put some pressure on the batters but it was a bit too much to ask from them.
The rain delay put Ireland on the driving seat when they came out to chase 56 runs of 7 overs. Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie got off to a solid start, but both slipped out in quick succession. Later, George Dockrell and Harry Tector held their nerves and managed to get their side over the line.
It was always going to be an easy task for Ireland to chase down the revised target. The Afghans though did not let them breeze away and gave a run for their money with the limited overs in hand. In the end, it is Ireland who seal the series with a tally of 3-2.
6.4 1

George Dockrell wins it for Ireland. Shorter and on off, George Dockrell hits it over mid off for a single. Ireland wins by 7 wickets!

6.3 4

FOUR! Shorter and on leg, George Dockrell pulls it firmly through deep square leg for a boundary. Rashid Khan makes a diving effort at the fence but couldn't reach it. 1 needed now!

6.2 1

Shorter again, outside off, Harry Tector hits it to mid off for one more. 5 needed from 4 balls now!

6.1 1

Shorter and on off, George Dockrell fends it to short third man for one.

Score after 6 overs : 49/3

Runs Scored

6 Runs

H Tector

8 (4)

G Dockrell

1 (1)

R Khan

2-0-17-1

5.6 2

This is really good running! Flatter one, outside off. Harry Tector stays back and cuts it hard to deep point. There is protection in the deep but the batters do well to put pressure on the fielder and they run two.

5.5 1

Short ball, around middle and leg. George Dockrell pulls it along the ground to deep mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep does well to keep it down to one.

5.4 1

Fuller, around middle. Harry Tector hits it down to long on and crosses for a single.

George Dockrell walks in now.
5.3 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT! The game is still on for Afghanistan here! Flatter and on middle, Lorcan Tucker looks to sweep it but gets a top edge and carries towards the Fareed Ahmad at short third man who takes an easy catch.

5.2 1

On middle, Harry Tector flicks it to mid-wicket for one.

The physio is out on the field. Rahmanullah Gurbaz seems to be in some pain after being hit on his left shoulder. Doesn't take long for him to get back on his feet.
5.1 1

Slightly shorter one and a googly, Lorcan Tucker dances down the track to loft it. The ball gaps between his bat and the pads and hits the keepers shoulder. They cross. Keeper looks in a bit of trouble here.

Score after 5 overs : 43/2

Runs Scored

12 Runs

H Tector

4 (1)

L Tucker

13 (10)

Ur Rahman

2-0-17-2

4.6 4

FOUR! Nicely played! Easy picking for Harry Tector. It is a full toss, around middle. Harry Tector give himself some room and slaps it over extra cover. It races away to the boundary. Ireland need 13 off 12 now.

4.5 1

Quicker and full, outside off. Tucker shuffles across and pushes it gently towards covers. They take one.

Harry Tector walks out at number 4.
4.4 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT! Shorter and on middle, Paul Stirling pulls it but doesn't connect well. The ball goes in the air and towards square leg into the hands of Naveen-ul-Haq who makes no mistake. Paul Stirling makes his way back into the dressing room. He departs at 16.

4.3 1

Flatter and on middle, Lorcan Tucker drills it to point for one.

4.2 0

Fuller again, On middle, defended solidly.

4.1 6

SIX! Lorcan Tucker joins the party. Fuller and on off, Lorcan Tucker slog sweeps it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum.

Score after 4 overs : 31/1

Runs Scored

11 Runs

L Tucker

5 (6)

P Stirling

16 (9)

R Khan

1-0-11-0

3.6 1

Darts it on middle, Lorcan Tucker hits it to long on for one more. 11 off the over!

3.5 1

Fuller one on off, Paul Stirling guides it to point for one.

3.4 6

SIX! BANG! This should release some pressure. It is full and on off. Paul Stirling gets down on one knee and slogs it over the wide long on fence for a maximum.

3.3 1

Shorter, on middle and leg. Lorcan Tucker pulls it to deep square leg for a single.

3.2 2

Fuller and on middle, Lorcan Tucker sweeps it to square leg for a run. He slips in between as the fielder throws towards the non-striker's end. Rashid Khan fails to grab it as the batters steal for another run. Two runs.

3.1 0

Flatter and outside leg following the batter, Lorcan Tucker shuffles across to play at it but misses. Dot.

Rashid Khan is into the attack now.

Score after 3 overs : 20/1

Runs Scored

6 Runs

L Tucker

1 (2)

P Stirling

9 (7)

Ur Rahman

1-0-5-1

2.6 lb 1

LEG BYE! It is tossed up, full and on leg. Lorcan Tucker goes for the sweep but misses. It rolls to the leg side off his pads. They collect a leg bye. Ireland need 36 runs off 24 balls now.

2.5 1

It is fuller, on middle and leg. Paul Stirling flicks it to square leg for a single.

2.4 1

Lorcan Tucker is off the mark. Touch short, outside off. Tucker shuffles across and cuts it to backward point. The fielder there fumbles and the batters rotate the strike.

Lorcan Tucker is the new man in.
2.3 W 0

OUT! LBW! A quicker one on the stumps, Andy Balbirnie shuffles across for a slog sweep but misses as the ball hits his pads. A loud appeal and the finger goes up! Andy Balbirnie departs for 9 as Afghanistan have a breakthrough.

2.2 2

On a length and on off, Andy Balbirnie lofts it to long off. They get a couple of runs.

2.1 1

Flatter and outside off, Paul Stirling looks to slog sweep it but gets a bottom edge as the ball rolls towards short third man. They cross.

Change. Mujeeb Ur Rahman comes into the attack now. Ireland now need 42 runs off 30 balls.

Score after 2 overs : 14/0

Runs Scored

7 Runs

A Balbirnie

7 (7)

P Stirling

7 (5)

F Ahmad

1-0-7-0

1.6 6

SIX! Andy Balbirnie finally gets it right. Fuller and outside off, Andy Balbirnie reaches out, gets under it and launches it over long off for a maximum.

1.5 0

Outside off and on a good length, Andy Balbirnie looks to drive it but misses again. Four dots in a row!

1.4 0

Play and a miss again! On a length and outside off, Andy Balbirnie looks to play at it but misses again. Good bowling.

1.3 0

On a length and outside off, Andy Balbirnie looks to drive it but misses. This was close!

1.2 0

Full length, on off. Andy Balbirnie eases it to mid off. He is struggling to get going here.

1.1 1

Length ball, outside off. Paul Stirling stays back and punches it to sweeper cover. He takes one. Paul Stirling crosses the 3000-run mark in T20Is. He is up there with some of the best players in cricket. An exceptional milestone for the Irish opener.

Fareed Ahmad to steam in from the other end.

Score after 1 overs : 7/0

Runs Scored

7 Runs

P Stirling

6 (4)

A Balbirnie

1 (2)

Naveen

1-0-7-0

0.6 1

Fuller again, Paul Stirling flicks it to square leg for one.

0.5 1

IN THE AIR...SAFE! Fuller one and on off, Andy Balbirnie moves to his off side and flicks it. The ball goes in the air and towards square leg towards the fielder who makes a diving effort to his right. They cross. Andy Balbirnie gets a lucky escape.

0.4 0

Fuller and on off, Andy Balbirnie pushes it towards the bowler who makes a diving stop to his left. Dot!

0.3 1

Naveen-ul-Haq bowls it on a length and on off, Paul Stirling punches it to covers for one.

0.2 0

Touch fuller this time, Paul Stirling looks to defend it but misses.

0.1 4

FOUR! A perfect start for Ireland. Slightly shorter and outside off, Paul Stirling slaps it past point for a boundary!

Afghanistan were clinical in the last T20I game with bat and the ball. They will hope to replicate their performance in this one and win the series. Which side will bag the series? We shall find out soon. Toss and team news in a bit.

The chase is set to begin. Afghanistan players take the field. Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie walk out to open for the hosts. Naveen-ul-Haq to start with the new ball.
... The Run Chase ...
Ireland started off pretty well thanks to an exceptional start with the ball by Mark Adair, he picked up three huge wickets to put Afganisthan at 26/3 inside the Powerplay. Ghani and Najibullah Zadran put 40 between them and they were looking good to settle before Joshua Little was brought back into the attack and took two wickets in quick succession to put his side back in front. Usman Ghani managed to pick up the pace of his innings but the rain gods interrupted the game at 15 overs. After quite a long waiting game, we are back for some cricketing action. Stay tuned for the chase...
UPDATE 10.55 pm IST (5.25 pm GMT) - Well, we come bearing some good news this time. So, as expected Afghanistan won't be coming back out to bat again. The Ireland batters will walk out to bat in a short while to chase down a revised target of 56 runs in just 7 overs.
UPDATE 10.40 pm IST (5.10 pm GMT) - The ground staff is working really hard to make the condtions suitable for playing. The covers are being peeled off now. Only the hover cover lies over the pitch now and even they are being taken off. Shouldn't be long before we get going. Stay tuned for further updates.
UPDATE 10.18 pm IST (4.48 pm GMT) - The rain has completely stopped now. The Super Sopper is also out now trying to work its magic. The two umpire are closely inspecting the playing conditions. Hopefully, we get going shortly. Stay tuned for further updates.
UPDATE 10.06 pm IST (4.36 pm GMT) - The conditions are slightly better now. The rain has reduced, although the covers are still on. The chances of Afghanistan coming out to bat again look slim. However, there is no official update out yet. Stay tuned...
Fortunately, there is some cricketing action that is going on at the moment, as even the England vs South Africa Test match ended prematurely on Day 1 due to rain early on. You can certainly switch tabs and catch some live action in the Women's Hundred. The Oval Invincibles Women are chasing a target of 113. They need 81 runs more in 77 balls to get over the line against Trent Rockets Women. Do not forget to keep an eye out for the updates here.
We are back and without losing any overs. Ireland players have made their way in the middle along with Azmatullah Omarzai and Usman Ghani. OH NO! Wait!!! The rain is back in a flash and so are the hover covers. The wait game continues here. Hopefully, it is just a passing shower. I guess I am wrong, it has started to pour down heavily and maybe it will be a long delay.
UPDATE 9.32 pm IST (4.02 pm GMT) - Some good news coming your way! The rain has stopped and the covers are coming off.  It shouldn't be long before we get going. Stay tuned.
UPDATE 9.12 pm IST (3.42 pm GMT) - Oh dear! It looks like the rain has gotten a bit heavier now and the umpires have asked the players to empty the field. The ground staff is out on the field to put the covers on. Hopefully, it is not a long delay. Stay tuned for further updates.

Score after 15 overs : 95/5

Runs Scored

8 Runs

A Omarzai

15 (14)

U Ghani

44 (40)

C Campher

4-0-21-0

14.6 2

Shorter and on off, Azmatullah Omarzai pulls it. The ball goes in the air and lands safely at square leg. They collect two.

14.5 0

Fuller and just outside off, Azmatullah Omarzai looks to block it but misses.

14.4 1

On a length and on middle, Usman Ghani works it to mid-wicket for one.

14.3 4

FOUR! Slightly shorter and outside off, Usman Ghani slaps it past backward point for a boundary.

14.2 1

On a length and on middle, Azmatullah Omarzai knocks it to long on for one.

14.1 0

Touch fuller and on middle, Azmatullah Omarzai defends it solidly.

Change. Curtis Campher (3-0-13-0) is back on now.

Score after 14 overs : 87/5

Runs Scored

7 Runs

A Omarzai

12 (10)

U Ghani

39 (38)

G Delany

2-0-10-0

13.6 1

Flatter and on middle, Azmatullah Omarzai drives it to covers for one again.

13.5 1

Loopy and on middle, Usman Ghani guides it to cover point. They cross.

13.4 1

Fuller and on middle, Azmatullah Omarzai eases it to covers for one again.

13.3 1

On a length and on middle, Usman Ghani pushes it to covers for one.

13.2 2

Fuller and on middle, Usman Ghani flicks it to mid-wicket. The ball goes in the air and falls in no man's land. They collect two.

13.1 1

Slightly shorter and on the stumps, Azmatullah Omarzai tucks it to mid-wicket for one.

Change. Gareth Delany (1-0-3-0) is back into the attack now. There is also a little bit of drizzle coming down now.

Score after 13 overs : 80/5

Runs Scored

9 Runs

U Ghani

35 (35)

A Omarzai

9 (7)

B McCarthy

3-0-14-0

12.6 0

Outside off and on a good length, slightly slower in pace, Usman Ghani looks to drive it but misses.

12.5 1

On middle and much fuller, Azmatullah Omarzai eases it to mid-wicket. They cross.

12.4 4

FOUR! Touch fuller this time, Azmatullah Omarzai creams it past covers for a boundary. Afghanistan need more of these!

12.4 wd 1

Wide! Shorter and on leg, Azmatullah Omarzai leaves it alone. Wide called.

12.3 1

Good-length delivery again, Usman Ghani dabs it to covers. They cross.

12.2 1

Barry McCarthy bowls it on a good length, Azmatullah Omarzai flicks it to square leg for one.

12.1 1

On a length and outside off, Usman Ghani taps it to point for one.

Score after 12 overs : 71/5

Runs Scored

5 Runs

U Ghani

33 (32)

A Omarzai

3 (4)

C Campher

3-0-13-0

11.6 1

Shorter and on middle, Usman Ghani pulls it to square leg for one.

11.5 3

On a length and on off, Azmatullah Omarzai drives it to deep point. The fielder makes a good stop diving to his right and saves a boundary. They collect three runs.

11.4 0

Three dots in a row. Touch fuller and outside off, left alone.

11.3 0

On a length and outside off, Azmatullah Omarzai leaves it alone.

11.2 0

Shorter and outside off, Azmatullah Omarzai gets in two minds but leaves it alone in the end.

11.1 1

On a length and on leg, Usman Ghani works it to mid-wicket for one.

Azmatullah Omarzai walks in.

Score after 11 overs : 66/5

Runs Scored

4 Runs

M Nabi

0 (1)

U Ghani

31 (30)

J Little

3-0-14-2

10.6 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! The decision of getting Josh Little back into the attack has done wonders for Ireland here. It is a quicker short ball, on the bodyline. Mohammad Nabi gets inside the line and looks to pull it away. It lobs off his gloves in front of the keeper. Lorcan Tucker realises that it won't carry and charges towards the ball. He dives forward with his right-hand stretched out and the ball sticks in his gloves. This is a brilliant catch from Lorcan Tucker. Ireland have their noses in front here.

Mohammad Nabi walks out at number 6.
10.5 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Shorter and on leg, Najibullah Zadran looks to pull it but the ball just brushes his glove and goes into the mitts of Tucker who makes no mistake. The partnership that was looking a bit threatening has been broken here. Can Ireland build on this wicket?

10.4 1

Shorter and on off, Usman Ghani pulls it to mid-wicket for one.

10.3 2

Oh, that was close! Slightly shorter and on off, Usman Ghani miscues his pull shot. The ball goes just over the diving fielder at mid-wicket. They collect two.

10.2 0

Shorter one this time, outside off, Usman Ghani pulls it but finds the fielder at mid-wicket.

10.1 1

On a length and down the leg side, Najibullah Zadran gently flicks it to square leg for one.

Drinks! Ireland have started well with the ball here. They would hope that the last over from Simi Singh does not affect their progress here. They are right on top at the moment and would be looking to break this stand as soon as possible. Afghanistan though need their batters to focus on stitching big stands which can get them back in the game. An enticing passage of play awaits. Josh Little comes back into the attack now for Ireland to find some inspiration.

Score after 10 overs : 62/3

Runs Scored

20 Runs

U Ghani

28 (27)

N Zadran

9 (14)

S Singh

1-0-20-0

9.6 4

FOUR! The boundaries are coming in thick and fast in this over. It is full, wide outside off. Ghani gets down on one knee and slaps it through covers. It races away. 20 runs off the over then. Could this be the turn around for Afghanistan?

9.5 6

SIX! All the way! This over is turning out to an expensive one. It is full, on off. Ghani gets low and slogs it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.

9.4 0

Quicker and full, wide outside off. Ghani leaves it alone but it is inside the tramline.

9.3 0

Simi Singh now comes 'round the wicket. It is full, outside off, Ghani looks to chase it but misses.

9.2 4

FOUR! Usman Ghani stepping on the gas here. It is full, wide outside off. Usman Ghani bends his knee and crunches it through covers for four.

9.1 6

SIX! Just enough power to clear the man in the deep. It is tossed up, full and on off. Ghani comes down the track and lofts it towards long off. Mark Adair is there in the deep but it clears his effort.

Simi Singh comes into the attack.

Score after 9 overs : 42/3

Runs Scored

3 Runs

U Ghani

8 (21)

N Zadran

9 (14)

C Campher

2-0-8-0

8.6 1

Full length, outside off. Ghani slashes it to sweeper cover for a single. This won't hurt Ireland at all. They will certainly be happy to give away singles here. Only three off the over.

8.5 0

A full-length ball, angled into the pads. Ghani comes down the track and heaves but fails to get any bat on ball.

8.4 0

On a length, on off. Ghani defends it out watchfully.

8.3 1

Good length, outside off. Zadran punches it through covers for one more.

8.2 1

A length ball, on off. Ghani works it to square leg off the inside edge. They take a single.

8.1 0

Campher dishes it full, outside off. Ghani leans in and drives it to covers. Not in the gap though.

Curtis Campher comes into the attack now.

Score after 8 overs : 39/3

Runs Scored

3 Runs

N Zadran

8 (13)

U Ghani

6 (16)

G Delany

1-0-3-0

7.6 0

On off, blocked out. A really good first over for Gareth Delany. Just three runs off it.

7.5 1

Touch short, on off. Ghani pulls it through square leg for one more.

7.4 1

Full and outside off. Zadran slashes it through point for a single.

7.3 0

Tossed up, outside off. Zadran looks to go for the reverse sweep but misses it completely.

7.2 0

EDGED BUT SHORT! It is full, outside off. Najibullah Zadran looks to drive it away. It takes the outside edge and goes towards short third man. It does not carry though.

7.1 1

Floated and full, on the stumps. Usman Ghani pushes it down to mid off and rotates the strike.

Gareth Delany comes into the attack.

Score after 7 overs : 36/3

Runs Scored

3 Runs

U Ghani

4 (14)

N Zadran

7 (9)

B McCarthy

2-0-5-0

6.6 1

A length ball, on off. Usman Ghani stays back and drives it through covers. They take one.

6.6 wd 1

WIDE! This is too high! Barry McCarthy bends his back hard and serves a bumper, on middle. Ghani ducks under it and the umpire signals a wide.

6.5 0

Back-of-a-length ball, outside off. Usman Ghani looks to cut it away but gets beaten on the outside edge. Four dots in the over so far.

6.4 0

A full-length ball, drifting down leg. Usman Ghani misses his flick. It goes to the left of the keeper off his pads.

6.3 1

Fraction short, outside off. Zadran hangs back and cuts it to deep point. One taken as there is protection in the deep.

6.2 0

Good length, on off. Zadran blocks it back to the bowler.

6.1 0

A length ball, around off. Najibullah Zadran stays back and tries to flick it away. He is a bit early into his shot. The ball goes to the off side off the leading edge. It does not carry though.

Score after 6 overs : 33/3

Runs Scored

5 Runs

U Ghani

3 (11)

N Zadran

6 (6)

C Campher

1-0-5-0

5.6 0

Touch fuller and outside off, Usman Ghani drives it but finds the fielder at covers. A dot to end the over.

5.5 0

Shorter and on off, Usman Ghani ducks under it.

5.4 0

Fuller and on middle, Usman Ghani hits it straight back towards the bowler.

5.3 0

On a length and outside off, Usman Ghani looks to drive it but misses.

5.2 1

A single now as this is pushed to covers.

5.1 4

Overthrows! Bouns runs for Afghanistan this time. It is full, on off. Najibullah Zadran pushes it to mid off. The fielder there has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. There is no backing up and the ball races away to the fence.

Curtis Campher comes into the attack.

Score after 5 overs : 28/3

Runs Scored

2 Runs

U Ghani

3 (7)

N Zadran

1 (4)

B McCarthy

1-0-2-0

4.6 0

Shorter and on off, blocked out.

4.5 0

Barry McCarthy bowls it touch fuller and down the middle, Usman Ghani fends it to covers. Dot.

4.4 1

Keeps it bowling on a good length, Najibullah Zadran gently flicks it to square leg for one.

4.3 0

On a length and outside off, Najibullah Zadran looks to play at it but misses.

4.2 0

Fuller and on off, Najibullah Zadran drives it but finds the fielder at covers.

4.1 1

On a length and on leg, Usman Ghani flicks it to square leg for one.

Change. Barry McCarthy comes into the attack now.

Score after 4 overs : 26/3

Runs Scored

6 Runs

N Zadran

0 (1)

U Ghani

2 (4)

M Adair

2-0-16-3

3.6 0

A length ball, outside off. Najibullah Zadran taps it into covers. Yet another successful over from Mark Adair comes to an end. He has taken three wickets in his two over so far.

Najibullah Zadran is the new man in.
3.5 W 0

OUT!CAUGHT! That is a brilliant catch from Barry McCarthy. Shorter and outside off, Ibrahim Zadran hangs back and is caught in two minds. He decides to pull out of his shot but it a bit late. It takes the toe-end of his bat and flies towards short third man. Barry McCarthy moves to his left, leaps and takes a sensational catch with both hands above his head. Afghanistan is a spot of bother here.

3.4 1

On a length and on off, Usman Ghani guides it to point for one.

3.3 0

On off, blocked out.

3.2 1

Touch fuller and on off, Ibrahim Zadran caresses it to point for one.

3.1 4

FOUR! On a length and outside off, Ibrahim Zadran cuts it through backward point for a boundary. Beautiful timing!

Score after 3 overs : 20/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

I Zadran

3 (5)

U Ghani

1 (2)

J Little

2-0-10-0

2.6 1

Josh Little bowls it on a length and on off, Ibrahim Zadran eases it to covers for one. Another tidy over from Little comes to an end.

2.5 0

Slightly shorter again, Ibrahim Zadran looks to block it but the ball hits the upper part of his bat and bounces on the surface. No runs.

2.5 wd 1

Wide! Slightly shorter and wide outside off, Ibrahim Zadran leaves it alone. Wide called.

2.4 0

Slightly shorter and outside off this time, Ibrahim Zadran miscues his punch to point. Dot.

2.3 1

Touch fuller and on off, Usman Ghani cuts it to backward point for one.

2.2 0

Slightly shorter one outside off, Usman Ghani shoulders arms to it.

2.1 1

Shorter one on leg, Ibrahim Zadran pulls it to square leg for one.

Usman Ghani is the new batter in.

Score after 2 overs : 16/2

Runs Scored

10 Runs

R Gurbaz

4 (5)

I Zadran

1 (1)

M Adair

1-0-10-2

1.6 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! A beauty from Mark Adair! He strikes twice in his first over. Slightly shorter and outside off shaping it away, Rahmanullah Gurbaz looks to defend it but only manages to get a slight outside edge. The keeper, Lorcan Tucker takes a comfortable catch behind the sticks. The Afghanistan openers are back in the hut in a jiffy. A bright start for Ireland.

1.5 1

Risky single here! Ibrahim Zadran could've been a goner. Full length, on off. Ibrahim Zadran drives it to extra cover and scampers across for a quick single. The fielder there gathers the ball and scores a direct hit at the non-striker's end. The Ireland think they have got their man here, although the umpire thinks otherwise.

1.4 1

Fraction short, on top of off. Rahmanullah Gurbaz stays inside the crease, hops and fends it out to covers. They take one.

Ibrahim Zadran is the new man in.
1.3 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT! Ireland have an early breakthrough in the game. Fuller again, outside off, Hazratullah Zazai looks to loft it but mistimes it completely. The ball goes in the air and towards Simi Singh at mid off who takes a brilliant catch running to his right. Hazratullah Zazai makes his way back into the dressing room.

1.2 4

FOUR! Beautiful shot. Fuller again, outside off, Hazratullah Zazai drives it through point for another boundary.

1.1 4

FOUR! Finds th gap really well here. Fuller and on off, Hazratullah Zazai steers it in the gap past point for a fine boundary.

Mark Adair to share the new ball.

Score after 1 overs : 6/0

Runs Scored

6 Runs

R Gurbaz

3 (3)

H Zazai

2 (3)

J Little

1-0-6-0

0.6 0

Similar to the last delivery. This one lands outside off as well, Rahmanullah Gurbaz looks to play at it but misses and gets beaten on the outside edge. A good end to the over by Little.

0.5 0

Pitched up and away from the batter, Rahmanullah Gurbaz leaves it alone.

0.4 1

On a length and on leg, Hazratullah Zazai heaves it to deep square leg for one.

0.3 3

Touch fuller and on off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz drives it through covers. The fielder chases it and just saves it before the fence. They collect three runs.

0.2 1

Slightly shorter again, Hazratullah Zazai flicks it to deep square leg for one.

0.2 wd 1

WIDE! This one lands outside leg, Hazratullah Zazai leaves it alone. Wided.

0.1 0

Little starts with a slightly shorter length on leg, Hazratullah Zazai gently flicks it to backward square leg but straight to the fielder. A yard either side of the fielder and it could've run down to the fence.

The clash is set to begin. Ireland players are seen to be in a huddle before they take their respective fielding positions. They are followed by Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Hazratullah Zazai who walk to open for Afghanistan. It will be Josh Little to start with the new ball. Here we go...
Mohammad Nabi, the captain of Afghanistan is in for a chat. He says that the pitch looks good and hard. Mentions they would've wanted to bat first anyways. Adds they will try to put a good total on the board here. Says the boys did really well to bounce back. Says they will try their best to win this game as well. Furthers adds that there is a single change to their side with Usman Ghani coming in for Sharafuddin Ashraf.
Andy Balbirnie, the skipper of Ireland is in for a chat. He says that they will bowl first on the fresh wicket and make good use of the conditions. Mentions that they started the series good but it is 2-2 now. Further says that they can create chances and make use of those chances. Mentions that they have one change in the team with Fionn Hand making way for Curtis Campher.
Afghanistan (Playing XI) - Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Usman Ghani (In for Sharafuddin Ashraf), Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (C), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad.
Ireland (Playing XI) - Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie (C), Lorcan Tucker (WK), Harry Tector, Mark Adair, Curtis Campher (In for Fionn Hand), Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Simi Singh, Barry McCarthy, Josh Little.
TOSS - The coin goes up and lands in favour of Ireland. They have opted to BOWL first.
Afghanistan were clinical in the last T20I game with bat and the ball. They will hope to replicate their performance in this one and win the series. Which side will bag the series? We shall find out soon. Toss and team news in a bit.

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