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Right! 2-0 then, very much expected. But what happened in this game has almost blown everyone away. Afghanistan have made the statisticians take note of them and be it against any team, still, making almost 280 is no bare feat. The two teams come back again on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at 6.30 pm local (1300 GMT) where one will look for a whitewash while the other would be aiming to take something from this series. Do join us then. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious Afghanistan skipper, Asghar Afghan, too, thanks the almighty for the victory in the game and also the series. Stresses that this is a historic moment. On the changes for the final game, Asghar says that there will be a team meeting on Sunday after which, some new guys might be given a chance. Agrees that Usman Ghani played very well which came as a positive in the misfiring top order. Adds that it also indicates how good a bench strength they have.
HAZRATULLAH ZAZAI HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Anyone surprised? Thanks the almighty for enabling him to play well tonight. Smiles and cheekily says that it was his day. Adds that the wicket was good for batting and all bowlers struggled, as he made merry.
Ireland captain Paul Stirling says that chasing over 270 is always a tough task and wants to forget this difficult evening and come back fresh tomorrow. Admits that around 220-230 would have been chaseable. Is happy from a personal point of view on this score tonight but also hopes that as a group, they came back better on Sunday.
Another series win for Afghanistan. But their bowling was finally tested tonight. They did not seem to have any answers to the openers' onslaught but Mujeeb and Rashid came out trumps again. 8-0-55-5 combined they wreaked and the opposition simply had no clue. Please do stay tuned to know what the two captains have to say...
Nothing much can be said about a side when it concedes 278 in the first place but as a positive, the visitors at least tried to fight. Their disappointment would be in the fact that none of the others stepped up after the openers. They might still not have won but the match would have been interesting.
Well, a defeat was expected but at least the Ireland gave some sort of a fight. They put in a 126-run opening stand but once O'Brien fell, so did the curtains. In such tall chases, one wicket mostly leads to another quickly and suddenly, the Irish were 165/6 from 126/0.
19.6KJanat to SSingh
Full and outside off, Simi looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. That is the end of the game. AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 84 RUNS.
19.5KJanat to SPoynter
Outside off, punched down to long on for a run.
19.4KJanat to SPoynter
FOUR! Off the edge. 7 needed in 2 for that 200. On a good length outside off, Poynter looks to steer it to third man but is squared up. The ball goes off the outside edge past short third man for a boundary.
19.3KJanat to SPoynter
SIX! Full length delivery outside off, Poynter clears his front foot and sends it over the long off fence for a maximum.
19.2KJanat to SSingh
Short of a length delivery, Singh pulls it towards the keeper where he dives to collect but fumbles. It goes towards fine leg. The batsmen take a run.
19.1KJanat to SPoynter
Short and outside off, Poynter makes room and cuts it through point for a run.
Karim Janat to bowl the final over of the match.
18.6MNabi to SSingh
Bowls full on off, Singh plays it back towards the bowler.
18.5MNabi to SPoynter
Full again on off, Poynter drives it through wide mid off for a run.
18.4MNabi to SSingh
Full on middle, Singh drives it through mid on for a run.
18.3MNabi to SSingh
SIX! This is huge. Once again Nabi bowls it short but this time he is punished. Singh sees the length early and rocks onto his back foot and sends this over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.
18.2MNabi to SPoynter
Once again off spinner which is bowled short, Poynter looks to pull but gets an inside edge onto the pad. The ball goes towards the off side and they take a single.
18.1MNabi to SSingh
Shorter around off, Singh punches it towards long on for a single.
Mohammad Nabi is back on.
17.6RKhan to SSingh
Flighted delivery on middle, Singh sweeps it towards square leg for a run.
17.5RKhan to SSingh
FOUR! Full and way outside leg, Simi gets down and paddles it past short fine leg for a boundary!
17.4RKhan to SSingh
Floated on middle, Singh plays it towards the leg side for a run.
17.3RKhan to SPoynter
Tossed up on off, Poynter looks to play a reverse sweep but it goes off the glove towards third man for a run.
Stuart Poynter walks in at number 8, replacing Dockrell.
17.2RKhan to SGetkate
OUT!!! LBW. Quicker and straight from Rashid, Getkate looks to hit it on the off side. He expects the ball to turn but it does not and the ball strikes him on his front pad. Rashid thinks he has got the batsman and the umpire agrees with him and raises the dreaded finger. He gets his fourth of the match and once again proves to be a thorn like so many times in the past.
17.1RKhan to SSingh
Floated on middle, Getkate sweeps it towards fine leg for a run.
16.6SShinwari to SGetkate
SIX! The use of the long handle continues. Full and around middle, Getkate reaches out and sends the ball sailing over long on. There is Mohammad Nabi stationed at the ropes but he can only watch the ball sail over.
16.5SShinwari to SSingh
Tossed up on middle and leg, Singh nudges it towards the leg side for a run.
16.4SShinwari to SGetkate
Short delivery on middle, Getkate pulls it over mid-wicket. It fell short of the deep mid-wicket fielder. The batsmen take a run.
16.3SShinwari to SSingh
Full on off, Singh drives it towards mid on for a run.
16.2SShinwari to SGetkate
Short delivery on middle, Getkate pulls it over mid on for a run.
16.1SShinwari to SGetkate
FOUR! Clean strike. Full and outside off, Getkate backs away and smashes it straight back over the bowler. The umpire checks it upstairs whether it is a four or a six and replays show that the ball bounced just inside the ropes.
Simi Singh walks in next at number 7, replacing Dockrell. Samiullah Shinwari is back on. 1-0-14-0 so far.
15.6RKhan to GDockrell
OUT! Bowled. Rashid gets his third. Quicker delivery on middle and off, Dockrell looks to hit it on the off side but he gets beaten by the pace and the ball hits the off pole. Ireland crumbling like a cookie here.
15.5RKhan to SGetkate
Once again Rashid lands it short outside off, Getkate punches it towards cover and gets a single. 150 up for Ireland. Too little too late though.
15.4RKhan to SGetkate
Rashid comes back stronger. Googly this time from Khan. He bowls it short, Getkate looks to pull it but misreads the spin and the ball hits him on his thigh pad. The bowler and keeper put in an appeal but the umpire is not interested.It looked like it is going down the leg side.
15.3RKhan to SGetkate
SIX! Wrong 'un gone wrong. He bowls it full on middle and leg, Getkate heaves it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. Ireland are not going down without a fight here.
Geroge Dockrell walks in.
15.2RKhan to LTucker
OUT! Caught! The wickets are falling like ninepins now. Full and on middle and off, Tucker comes down the track and looks to go aerial but gets more height than distance. Simple catch for Mohammad Nabi at long off.
15.1RKhan to SGetkate
On middle and leg, flicked away for a single.
Rashid Khan is into the attack.
14.7KJanat to LTucker
Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
14.6KJanat to LTucker
WIDE. That is a harsh call. Full and outside off, Tucker reaches out to drive but misses.