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AFG210/7(20.0ov)IRE178/8(20.0ov)

Afghanistan beat Ireland by 32 runs
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Mohammad Nabi
PLAYER OF THE SERIES
Mohammad Nabi

19.6Khan to Rankin

1
Full and around middle, pushed down to long on to end the game with a single. AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 32 RUNS AND COMPLETE A 3-0 WHITEWASH!

19.5Khan to Poynter

1
Pushes this towards point and takes a run.

19.4Khan to Poynter

0
The googly, around middle, Poynter misses his flick and is hit on the pads.

19.3Khan to Rankin

1
Works it down the leg side for a single.

19.2Khan to Little

W
OUT! BOWLED! Rashid gets a fifer. Does not matter where he bowls. He gets wickets in Sharjah, Dubai, Ireland, Netherland, Windies and even in India. Full and around off, Little gets across to paddle but misses and the ball hits the off stump.

19.1Khan to Little

0
Outside off, Little looks to cut but misses.

18.6Shirzad to Little

1
Another heave-ho and the ball goes off the inner half of the bat towards long on. Just a single.

18.5Shirzad to Little

4
FOUR! Full on middle, Little swings it down the ground and beats long on.

18.4Shirzad to Poynter

1
Outside off, punched through the covers for a run.

18.3Shirzad to Poynter

4
FOUR! Full and around middle, Poynter gets down and across, sweeping it over square leg. Too little, too late.

18.2Shirzad to Little

1
On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.

18.1Shirzad to Poynter

1
Short and outside off, cut through the covers for a single.

17.7Khan to Poynter

1
Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for just a run. 3-0-24-4 for Rashid. Can he take 5?

17.6Khan to Poynter

2
Full on middle, pushed down to long on for a couple.

17.5Khan to Poynter

0
The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.

17.4Khan to Little

1WD
WIDE. This is way too far down the leg side, Little gets a long way across to sweep but misses. The keeper fumbles and the batsmen take a single.

17.3Khan to Singh

W
OUT! LBW! FIRST AFGHAN PLAYER TO TAKE A T20I HAT-TRICK! Wow. Rashid Khan, simply wow. One of the best bowlers ever witnessed in this sport. This is another googly, around middle, Simi gets across, looks to flick but misses and is struck right in front of the stumps. Looked plumb and the umpire raises his finger.

17.2Khan to Getkate

W
OUT! Stumped by a mile. Getkate comes down the track and seeing that, Rashid fires it wide down the leg side. Shane misses his flick but the keeper does well to collect and whip the bails off. They appeal and it is referred upstairs. Replays confirm the marching orders.

17.1Khan to Dockrell

W
OUT! That is a terrific catch from Nabi now! So what if the experienced bloke could not get a wicket. You cannot keep him out of the game, can you? Full and around off, Dockrell gets down to play the slog sweep but Rashid has fired this a touch wider outside off. This means that Dockrell has to fetch it. Hence, he mistimes it towards long on but it does seem like the ball has enough legs on it. But Mohammad Nabi watches it like a hawk, leaps at the last moment, catches it, parries it in the air, goes beyond the boundary and then comes back in to take the catch! Superb athleticism.

16.6Nabi to Dockrell

1
Driven towards the long on region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 4-0-28-0 for Nabi tonight.

16.5Nabi to Getkate

1
Full and around middle, swiped towards long on for another single.

16.4Nabi to Getkate

0
A low full toss around middle, Getkate can only get it back to the bowler.

16.3Nabi to Dockrell

1
Pushes this through mid on for one.

16.2Nabi to Getkate

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

16.1Nabi to Dockrell

1
Short and outside off, punched through mid on for a single.

15.7Khan to O'Brien

W
15.6: R Khan to K O'Brien, OUT! Caught behind! My word, Shafaq, take a bow. This wicket is more due to the keeper than the bowler. Fractionally short outside off, O'Brien backs away to the leg side and looks to go inside out but the ball stays low and takes the bottom edge. But Shafiqullah Shafaq gets low and takes a stunner. Rashid starts flying while Shafaq appeals and the umpire raises his finger. KOB is disappointed but that was out. End of a big knock. Sadly, that might be the end of the game.

15.6Khan to Dockrell

1
Short ball, around middle, pulled towards deep mid-wicket for one more.

15.5Khan to O'Brien

1
15.4: R Khan to K O'Brien, Pushes this down to long on for a run.

15.4Khan to O'Brien

2WD
15.4: R Khan to K O'Brien, THREE WIDES. Down the leg side, a rare loose ball from Rashid, KOB misses his sweep and the blinded keeper misses it too. Two runs taken.

15.3Khan to Dockrell

1
Another long hop, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run.

15.2Khan to Dockrell

4
MISFIELD, FOUR! Slightly short from Rashid, Dockrell pulls it towards mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep runs to his right and puts in a slide but misses the ball.

15.1Khan to O'Brien

1
15.1: R Khan to K O'Brien, Outside off, punched wide of long off for a single.

14.6Shirzad to Dockrell

2
Outside off, skewed over cover for a couple.

14.5Shirzad to Dockrell

6
SIX! That is an outrageous shot. Dockrell walks across his stumps and Shirzad fires it full on middle. But George just scoops it over fine leg! A second late and the furniture behind would have been damaged.

14.4Shirzad to O'Brien

1
14.4: S Shirzad to K O'Brien, Down the leg side, flicked towards mid-wicket for one more.

14.3Shirzad to O'Brien

2
14.3: S Shirzad to K O'Brien, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They manage to come back for the second.

14.2Shirzad to Dockrell

1
Walks across his stumps and flicks it through square leg for a run.

14.1Shirzad to O'Brien

1
14.1: S Shirzad to K O'Brien, Full on middle, swung towards long on for a single.

13.6Zia to O'Brien

W
13.6: Zia to K O'Brien, OUT! DIRECT HIT AND THOMPSON IS GONE! Superb piece of fielding and Afghanistan are back in this game. Outside off, O'Brien punches it towards point and sets off for what looks like an easy single. Thompson starts to run too but Najibullah Zadran at backward point dives to his right, gets up in a flash, takes aim and has a rocket throw at the striker's end. Boom! Thompson is nowhere in the frame.

13.5Zia to Thompson

1
Short and outside off, cut through point for a run.

13.4Zia to Balbirnie

W
OUT! BOWLED! The slower ball does the trick and Afghanistan breathe again. The 96-run stand has been broken and the pendulum is back into action. A length ball, outside off, Balbirnie looks to defend but the ball comes in a long way, goes past his inner half of the bat and knocks the timber! Decent knock by Balbirnie. 83 more needed from 38 balls now.

13.3Zia to Balbirnie

4
FOUR! Oh yes. Full and outside off, Balbirnie gives himself room to the leg side and lofts it cleanly over mid off for a boundary!

13.2Zia to O'Brien

1
13.2: Zia to K O'Brien, A short ball now, O'Brien looks to pull but gets a bit of an inside edge towards the leg side as he ends up playing early. A run taken.

13.1Zia to Balbirnie

1
Outside off, chopped down to third man for a single.

12.6Ashraf to Balbirnie

1
Outside off, pushed through point for another single. Ashraf is done for the night - 4-0-39-0.