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AFG vs IRE

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AFG165/5(41.5ov)IRE161(49.2ov)

Afghanistan beat Ireland by 5 wickets
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Gulbadin Naib

41.5Dockrell to Zadran

6
SIX! All over, finally. AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 5 WICKETS! Dockrell serves a flighted full ball around leg, Najibullah turns and dispatches it over mid-wicket for the winning runs.

41.4Dockrell to Zadran

0
Short and outside off, punched down but straight to mid off.

41.3Dockrell to Zadran

6
SIX! Lusty blow! Floated and full around middle and off, Zadran kneels down and launches it over long on for a biggie.

41.2Dockrell to Naib

W
OUT! Catching practice for the bowler! Naib won't get his fifty. A soft dismissal really. A flighted ball around middle and leg, Gulbadin tries to flick but closes the face of the bat early. It flies back to the bowler off the leading edge and Dockrell makes no mistake in his followthrough. Less than 10 runs needed for a win.

41.1Dockrell to Afghan

1
Tossed up ball around leg, clipped towards square leg for a run.

40.6Rankin to Naib

4
FOUR! A high full toss around leg, Naib turns and deflects it fine down the leg side for a boundary. Lucky it wasn't called a no ball for height. 16 from the over, 10 more needed.

40.5Rankin to Naib

6
SIX! High and handsome, into the night sky. Rankin delivers another short ball and this time Naib is ready for it. As soon as the ball reaches in his half, Naib dismisses it over mid-wicket for a maximum.

40.4Rankin to Naib

2
Digs in a short ball outside off, Naib is early into his pull shot this time. It goes off the bottom edge and sneaks past mid off for a couple.

40.3Rankin to Naib

0
The batsman defends it from within the crease.

40.2Rankin to Naib

0
Dropped by Dockrell! Short in length on off, Naib plays a crunching pull shot and it goes quickly to Dockrell at short mid-wicket. He fails to hold on and gives a life to Naib.

40.1Rankin to Naib

4
FOUR! Neat and tidy! Too full in length on off, Naib climbs onto it and with mid on up inside the circle, he just lofts it over the infield for a boundary.

39.6Dockrell to Naib

1
Presses forward to a full ball and bunts it through mid off for a run.

39.5Dockrell to Naib

0
Naib has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

39.4Dockrell to Naib

0
Full and flighted on off, defended off the front foot to the off side.

39.3Dockrell to Naib

0
Strides forward to a full ball and blocks it watchfully.

39.2Dockrell to Afghan

1
Skidding down the leg side, Asghar tickles it to short fine leg for one.

39.1Dockrell to Afghan

0
Floated full ball on off, Afghan tries to flick but gets a leading edge towards covers. Looks for a run but is sent back immediately.

38.6Rankin to Naib

2
Fine stop, McCarthy! Full in length and drifting down the leg side, Naib flicks it over backward square leg. McCarthy runs across to his left from fine leg, puts in a dive and stops it with one hand. A couple taken.

38.5Rankin to Naib

0
Too full in length and on off, Naib just digs it out back to the bowler.

38.4Rankin to Naib

4
FOUR! Brilliant shot! Once again from the bat of Gulbadin Naib. He just stands firm inside the crease, takes a short ball from around off and smashes it over mid-wicket.

38.3Rankin to Afghan

1
Uses his wrists to work a length ball from around off to deep backward square leg. A single taken.

38.2Rankin to Afghan

0
Good length ball on off, worked on the leg side but not in the gap.

38.1Rankin to Afghan

0
Shortish delivery outside off, Asghar taps it down from the crease to point. Looks for a quick run but it's not on.

37.6Dockrell to Naib

0
Loopy and on off, defended off the front foot to end the over.

37.5Dockrell to Afghan

1
Slower through the air, full and on off, it's pushed softly towards cover-point for a run.

37.4Dockrell to Afghan

0
Fires it in full on off, Asghar defends it off his front foot to covers.

37.3Dockrell to Afghan

0
Quicker and shorter on middle, defended off the back foot.

37.2Dockrell to Afghan

0
Pushes it down towards mid on from the inner half of his bat.

37.1Dockrell to Afghan

0
Flighted and full on off, Afghan is on the front foot with a straight bat in defense.

36.6McCarthy to Naib

4
FOUR! Third boundary in the over! The fielder continues to be up and Naib takes full advantage. Fetches a shortish length ball from outside off and lifts it over wide mid on for a boundary. 12 from the over, 36 needed more.

36.5McCarthy to Naib

0
Naib has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

36.4McCarthy to Naib

4
FOUR! Two in two! A bit overpitched this time, around off, Naib once again attacks it with all his might and thwacks it over mid on for a cracking boundary. He has decided to shift gears now.

36.3McCarthy to Naib

4
FOUR! Shot! McCarthy puts this one in the half for the batsman to have a real go at it. It's around off and Naib swings it over mid-wicket for a boundary.

36.2McCarthy to Naib

0
Full and outside off, it's pushed off the front foot to mid off.

36.1McCarthy to Naib

0
Shout for an lbw, too high! Back of a length ball angling in from around off, Naib tries to pull but misses and is hit high on the back leg.

35.6Singh to Afghan

0
Flatter and on off, pushed back to the bowler. 10-1-19-1, Simi Singh ends with brilliant figures!

35.5Singh to Naib

1
Full and flighted on off, driven square of the wicket on the off side for one.

35.4Singh to Naib

0
Loopy and on off, blocked back safely off the front foot.

35.3Singh to Naib

2
Flatter and angling down the leg side, Naib works it through square leg for a couple of runs.

35.2Singh to Naib

0
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

35.1Singh to Naib

0
Tossed up ball on off, driven off the front foot to covers.

34.6McCarthy to Naib

1
A short ball, hurrying onto the batsman, it has been pulled to fine leg for a single.

34.5McCarthy to Naib

0
Angling into the batsman, on a good length, Naib goes back and defends it to mid-wicket.

34.4McCarthy to Naib

0
Just short of mid on! A length ball around off, Naib shows the first attacking instinct and tries to power it over mid on. Fails to get the required elevation and it falls just in front of the fielder (Boyd Rankin) inside the ring.

34.3McCarthy to Naib

0
Fullish and on off, driven back in the direction of the bowler.