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AFG vs IRE

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AFG136/5(19.2ov)IRE132/6(20.0ov)

Afghanistan beat Ireland by 5 wickets
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Mohammad Nabi

19.2Chase to Nabi

4
HIGH, HIGH, HIGH BUT NOT A SIX! Nabi does not get a 50 but AFGHANISTAN WIN. Full and outside off, Nabi backs away and goes for the glory shot, being on 45, targetting the long off boundary. He skies this miles in the air but unfortunately for him, the ball just lands inside the ropes! Stranded on 49 but a victory for his side.

19.1Chase to Nabi

0
That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads.

18.6Rankin to Nabi

1
The batsman gets an inside edge on that which goes fine down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.

18.5Rankin to Nabi

0
The batsman tries to pull that one but failed to connect it.

18.4Rankin to Nabi

6
SIX! That is so sweet! Full and outside off, Nabi backs away and drives this without any effort way over extra cover!

18.3Rankin to Nabi

0
PARTNER-KILLER! Oh dear... you wouldn't want to do that, would you? Full and around middle, Nabi backs away and throws the kitchen sink at this. Hits this hard down the ground but Najibullah comes in his way. Is hit flush on the arm. The batsman deflects it off and smiles. The umpire smiles too because had Zadran not come in the way, the ball would have hit the umpire instead.

18.2Rankin to Nabi

0
Full and around off, Nabi looks to defend but the ball squirts off the inside edge to short fine leg.

18.1Rankin to Zadran

1
Works it down the leg side for a single.

17.6Little to Nabi

0
Defended off the back foot by the batsman.

17.5Little to Zadran

1
Bounced short, pulled through mid-wicket for a run.

17.4Little to Nabi

1
Driven through mid off by the batsman. One run added to the total.

17.3Little to Zadran

1
Another leading edge, lands safely again. Single taken off the flick.

17.2Little to Zadran

4
FOUR! My dad always says that fighting scenes in old Bollywood movies towards the climax are kind of free for all. Just now, remembered that saying. With the match about to come to a close, both the batsmen are going for broke. A length ball, around middle, cleanly swung over mid-wicket for a boundary.

17.1Little to Zadran

0
Outside off, a swing and a miss.

16.6Rankin to Nabi

2
TOP EDGE, SAFE AGAIN! A full ball, around middle, MN gets across to flick but plays all around it, due to the late outswing. The ball goes off the leading edge towards third man where two fielders make a total mess of it. Or almost. Two runs taken. 10 from this one, 25 from the last 2.

16.5Rankin to Nabi

0
A short ball, around off, Nabi looks to pull but misses and is hit on the arm.

16.4Rankin to Nabi

0
Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.

16.3Rankin to Nabi

4
FOUR! Oh yes... this is surely catapulting now. Full and on middle, Nabi backs away and bang. Hammers it down the ground and beats a poor diving long on.

16.2Rankin to Nabi

2
Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.

16.1Rankin to Nabi

2
TOP EDGE, SAFE! Full and outside off, Nabi swings hard but gets a top edge. Luckily for him, it lands safely, wide of deep backward point. Two runs taken.

15.6Little to Zadran

6
SIX! Over the ropes! Ha ha ha... going in for a quick finish? A short ball, around middle, Najibullah swivels and pulls it over deep backward square leg! 15 from the over and I daresay, it is game over for Ireland. 26 needed from the final 4.

15.5Little to Zadran

0
The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

15.4Little to Zadran

0
Looks for another swing but is beaten by the lack of bounce. The ball does not carry to the keeper.

15.3Little to Zadran

4
FOUR! Swung and swung hard! A length ball, around off, Zadran swings it wide of mid-wicket and beats the fielder in the deep! 50-RUN STAND COMES UP AS WELL! 100 is up for Afghanistan too. 32 needed from 27 now. Surely coasting...

15.2Little to Nabi

1
Outside off, driven through mid off for a single.

15.1Little to Nabi

4
FOUR! Welcome back into the attack! Full and outside off, Nabi drives this beautifully, wide of mid off and gets a boundary!

14.6Chase to Nabi

1
Works it with soft hands wide of long on and crosses over. 8 runs from the over without any risk.

14.5Chase to Nabi

2
Full and outside off, eased through the covers for a brace. The stand moves to 41 from 45 balls. Nabi moves to 21 from 222.

14.4Chase to Zadran

1
Dropped short, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.

14.3Chase to Zadran

2
Works this down the leg side for a couple.

14.2Chase to Nabi

1
A lovely delivery, coming in with the angle from outside off, Nabi misses his flick and is hit on the pads. Chase screams his lungs out in an LBW appeal but there seemed to be two sounds there. The umpire does not give any signal when the batsmen take a single. He too thinks that there was wood.

14.1Chase to Zadran

1LB
That has hit him on the knee. Around leg stump, Zadran misses his tuck and the ball goes past the pad and hits him on the inner half of the knee. Deflects towards square leg and the batsmen cross over. Actually he limps across to the other end.

13.6Getkate to Zadran

1
Another cutter, played with a loose bottom hand towards long on for a run. That is not a bad comeback at all from Getkate - 6 from the first 3, just 1 from the next 3. He finishes with figures of 4-0-21-1. 49 more needed from 36 balls. Najibullah moves to 20 from 24 balls.

13.5Getkate to Zadran

0
Slower ball, around off, Najibullah is earlier into his punch and mistimes it back to the bowler.

13.4Getkate to Zadran

0
Yorker outside off, or say, just short of it, pushed towards cover.

13.3Getkate to Nabi

1
Works it through mid-wicket for a run.

13.2Getkate to Nabi

4
FOUR! Easily done. Poor bowling, short and waist-high on a slow pitch, Nabi just uses his experience and maturity to swivel and direct the ball to the backward square leg fence. It was a pull but not full-blooded.

13.1Getkate to Zadran

1
Full and around middle, Zadran drives it straight back. Getkate gets a hand to it but diverts it to long off. A single taken and the bowler is annoyed with himself.

12.6Dockrell to Nabi

0
Outside off, another missile, Nabi looks to cut but misses.

12.5Dockrell to Zadran

1
Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total.

12.4Dockrell to Zadran

0
Fired in quicker outside off, Najibullah looks to flick but gets a leading edge towards point.

12.3Dockrell to Zadran

4
FOUR! A BOUNDARY AFTER 46 BALLS! That will come as a can of oxygen supply to the Afghans. Short and outside off, Zadran goes back and cuts it through point. There is no one square on the off side and by the time sweeper gets around, it is too late!

12.2Dockrell to Zadran

2
Full and around leg, worked through mid-wicket with soft hands for a well-run couple.

12.1Dockrell to Zadran

0
Landed outside off, steered straight to backward point.

11.6Getkate to Zadran

1
Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a run.