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AFG vs IRE

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AFG256/8(50.0ov)IRE260/6(49.0ov)

Ireland beat Afghanistan by 4 wickets
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Andy Balbirnie

48.6Zadran to Balbirnie

4
FOUR! IRELAND WIN BY 4 WICKETS! Zadran dishes out a full length ball outside off, Balbirnie throws his bat at it and slices it over backward point for a boundary. He roars in delight, what a win for the Irish team!

48.5Zadran to Balbirnie

0
Too full in length on off, a cracking square drive by Andy but he finds the point fielder.

48.4Zadran to Balbirnie

4
FOUR! A low full toss on middle, Balbirnie moves back to make some room and drills his drive through covers for a boundary. Scores are levelled.

48.3Zadran to McBrine

1
Good length delivery outside off, McBrine looks to defend but gets an inside edge. It rolls near the surface and they steal a run.

48.2Zadran to Balbirnie

1
Dropped. This game would have become very interesting here had he taken the catch. Slower bouncer on leg, Balbirnie goes for the pull but he mishits it and it goes towards the short fine leg fielder. Rahmat Shah there drops a dolly and they take a single.

48.1Zadran to McBrine

1
Length delivery on middle and off, McBrine flicks it towards mid-wicket and gives the strike to Andy Balbirnie.

47.6Khan to McBrine

1
Goes down on one knee and sweeps it wide of short fine leg for a run. 8 needed more.

47.5Khan to McBrine

0
That ball has taken the inside edge of the batsman and thudded into his pads.

47.4Khan to Balbirnie

1
Smartly gets a single after hitting a biggie. Knocks it down to wide long on for a run.

47.3Khan to Balbirnie

6
SIX! Slog sweeps have been a special feature of this Balbirnie knock. Tossed up ball around middle, Andy is down on one knee in a flash and spanks it over mid-wicket.

47.2Khan to McBrine

1
DROPPED! Another googly, McBrine fails to pick and has a tame push inside the line from the back foot. Edges it behind but Shahzad fails to catch it and they cross.

47.1Khan to McBrine

0
A googly around off, a stunning delivery, McBrine leans to defend but it spins away to beat the outside edge.

46.6Zadran to McBrine

1
Full length delivery on off, McBrine hits it straight to the fielder at mid off.

46.5Zadran to Balbirnie

1
Length delivery outside off, Balbirnie hits it towards point and takes a single.

46.4Zadran to Balbirnie

0
Slower bouncer on middle and leg, Balbirnie makes room but leaves it thinking it was too high. The umpires though have no problem with it.

46.3Zadran to Balbirnie

6
SIX! Six the moment it left the bat. Shorter in length, Balbirnie picks it early and whacks it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.

46.2Zadran to Balbirnie

0
Good length delivery on middle, Balbirnie hits it uppishly towards cover fielder.

46.1Zadran to Balbirnie

2
Shot! Dawlat runs in and angles in a length ball on middle and leg, Balbirnie hops back and smacks it over the bowler's head for a couple of runs.

45.6Khan to McBrine

0
Excellent delivery. Flighted just outside off. It pitches and goes straight. McBrine looks to defend but gets beaten and it goes past the outside edge.

45.5Khan to Balbirnie

1
Leg spinner on middle and leg, Balbirnie tucks it towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end.

45.4Khan to McBrine

1
On the pads, McBrine flicks it towards backward square leg and rotates the strike.

45.3Khan to Balbirnie

1
On middle and leg, Balbirnie nudges it towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end.

45.2Khan to McBrine

1
Good running. Fuller delivery outside off, McBrine pushes it to point and takes a very quick single.

45.1Khan to McBrine

0
Shorter delivery on off, McBrine taps it back to the bowler.

44.6Rahman to McBrine

1
Goes on the back foot and pushes it down through mid on for a run.

44.5Rahman to McBrine

0
Flighted and outside off, McBrine defends it off his front foot.

44.4Rahman to Balbirnie

1
Goes quicker through the air and fires in a full ball on the pads, Andy flicks it in front of square leg for a run.

44.3Rahman to Balbirnie

4
FOUR! Poor delivery and punished! Short and wide outside off, Balbirnie camps back and crunches his square cut to the deep point fence.

44.2Rahman to McBrine

1
Strides forward and eases it down through mid on for a run.

44.1Rahman to McBrine

0
Starts the over from 'round the wicket and darts in a full ball on off, McBrine defends it off his front foot.

43.6Khan to Balbirnie

0
Shorter in length outside off, Balbirnie cuts it to the fielder at point.

43.5Khan to Balbirnie

2
On middle and leg, Balbirnie flicks it towards mid-wicket for a couple.

43.4Khan to Poynter

W
OUT! Caught. Poynter holes out. Tossed up delivery on middle and off, Stuart goes for the slog sweep. It looked like it would clear the fielder for a moment but Hazratullah Zazai jumps and takes a good catch at deep mid-wicket. A very unnecessary shot from Poynter, he should have rotated the strike rather than going after Rashid. Balbirnie needs someone to stay there and support him now.

43.3Khan to Poynter

0
Stumping opportunity missed. Leg spinner on off, Poynter stretches out to defend but misses. Shahzad behind the stump does not collect it and misses a clear stumping opportunity.

43.2Khan to Poynter

0
In the air...but safe. Flighted delivery on middle, Poynter looks to flick it but gets a leading edge. The ball falls short of the cover fielder.

43.1Khan to Balbirnie

1
On middle and leg, Andy nudges it towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end.

42.6Nabi to Dockrell

W
OUT! Yes, Dockrell is inches short! The 143-run stand has been broken and this game is nicely set up at the moment. 41 needed off 42 balls with the lower half batsmen left. Andy Balbirnie holds the key from hereon. Coming to the delivery, Nabi delivers a full ball outside off and Dockrell comes dancing down the track looking for a big shot. He misses the ball completely and it deflects behind off his pads. Shahzad does well to collect the ball with his right glove, in fact it got stuck in the webbing, as he takes the bails off. He appeals and the square leg umpire goes upstairs. The replays find George short and Afghanistan finally have a breakthrough.

42.5Nabi to Dockrell

2
Goes down to sweep but it takes the top edge and travels over the keeper for a couple of runs.

42.4Nabi to Dockrell

6
SIX! Tossed up delivery on off and middle, Dockrell walks forward and flicks it nonchalantly over wide long on for a biggie.

42.3Nabi to Balbirnie

1
In the air...but just short. Flighted delivery on off, Andy gets on one knee and slog sweeps it. He does not time it well and it actually helps him as it falls just short of the diving fielder. Single taken by the batsmen.

42.2Nabi to Dockrell

1
Tossed up delivery on off, Dockrell sweeps it towards square leg for a single.

42.1Nabi to Balbirnie

3
On the pads, Balbirnie flicks it fine towards fine leg and gets three runs.

41.6Zadran to Dockrell

0
Mistimed shot. Back of a length on off, Dockrell punches it back to the bowler off the inner half of his bat.

41.5Zadran to Dockrell

0
Dawlat lets out a grunt and hurls in a slower short ball on off, Dockrell is on his toes as he defends it down on the off side.

41.4Zadran to Balbirnie

1
Pitches it up and outside off, Andy drives it on the up through covers for a run.