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IRE210(48.5ov)AFG138(35.4ov)

Ireland beat Afghanistan by 72 runs

35.4Adair to Rahman

W
OUT! Caught and bowled! It is all over here! IRELAND WIN BY 72 RUNS!!! A remarkable catch to bring the game to an end. A fuller ball on middle, Mujeeb hits the ball back to the bowler who gets his arm up in front of his face and holds onto the sharp return catch. Mujeeb cannot believe this. Meanwhile, Adair picks up his 4th wicket! We cannot believe this, Afghanistan have blown up a chase of 210 and fallen to a demoralizing loss.

35.3Adair to Rahman

0
Fuller one on middle first up to Mujeeb, he hits it firmly to mid on who makes a good tumbling stop. He even throws the ball back in anger at the non-striker's end.

35.2Adair to Naib

W
OUT! That could be the final nail in the Afghanistan coffin. Naib holes out at long on trying to smash his way to a win. A length ball on off, Gulbadin wants to hit a maximum over the bowler's head but fails to get enough power on that ball as it goes off the inside. It goes high and the substitute fielder, Kane there settles under the ball and takes a very good, calm catch! Just one away now from the win are Ireland!

35.1Adair to Naib

0
Defended off the back foot by Naib to this ball on a length outside off.

34.6Rankin to Alam

4
FOUR! Shot! Aftab Alam had no half-measures there. A short of a length ball on middle, Alam pulls this through mid-wicket. The ball raced away to the fence. Brilliant shot, just swung through the line.

34.5Rankin to Alam

0
Back of a length outside off, Aftab pushes the ball towards backward point after getting out of the way.

34.4Rankin to Alam

0
Aftab Alam defends the ball with a straight bat.

34.3Rankin to Naib

1
Gulbadin pushes the ball through point for a single.

34.2Rankin to Naib

4
Poor ball! On the pads, Naib has nudged the ball fine down the leg side. The ball races to the boundary. Four runs have been signalled by The Umpire.

34.1Rankin to Naib

2
Back of a length outside off, Naib gets it off the outside half to the left of point. Two runs taken.

33.6Adair to Alam

0
Outside off on a length, Aftab looks to hit the ball outside off but is beaten.

33.5Adair to Naib

1
Pulled away to deep mid-wicket by Naib for a run.

33.4Adair to Alam

1
This ball is hit towards mid on uppishly by Alam and the ball lands just short. That could have been out had the fielder reacted a bit more quickly there. A single is taken as the batsmen run through.

33.3Adair to Naib

1
A misfield slight one by Dockrell at cover means the batsmen can pick up a single.

33.2Adair to Naib

0
Defended towards the offside by GN.

33.1Adair to Naib

4
FOUR! Good effort but in vain! A short length ball on middle, Naib pulls this away through mid-wicket. The fielder chases it, dives to keep it in but the effort goes in vain as the body was in contact with the rope at the same time as the ball.

32.6Rankin to Alam

0
Outside off, Aftab wanted to play that ball but lets it alone in the end.

32.5Rankin to Alam

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

32.4Rankin to Zadran

W
OUT! Third wicket for Rankin! The wheels are coming off really hard here for the visitors. A short length ball on middle, Zadran looks to pull this but gets a top edge. The ball lobs towards the keeper, Gary Wilson who takes the simplest of catches. This has been one big turnaround from the hosts!

32.3Rankin to Zadran

0
On a length on middle, pushed defensively back to the bowler.

32.2Rankin to Zadran

0
Back of a length on off, Zadran defends the ball towards cover. Looks for a quick single but it would have been suicidal.

32.1Rankin to Khan

W
OUT! The seventh one goes down! Afghanistan are now in a huge spot of bother. Rashid Khan departs now. A short ball outside off, Rashid looks to hit it over mid off but fails to time it. It goes straight to William Porterfield at mid off who makes no mistake. Ireland will now feel really in the driver's seat! Gulbadin Naib would be the only one who can really take the game away from them now onward.

31.6O'Brien to Khan

1
31.6: K O'Brien to R Khan, Rashid will keep the strike. He strokes the last ball to long on and gets a run.

31.5O'Brien to Khan

6
31.5: K O'Brien to R Khan, SIX! Second six in the over and Rashid is playing the way he knows to play. As they say attack is the best form of defence. Rashid gets another full ball on off, this time he smashes it over the long off fence for a six.

31.4O'Brien to Khan

0
31.4: K O'Brien to R Khan, On the stumps, Rashid blocks it with a straight bat.

31.3O'Brien to Khan

0
31.3: K O'Brien to R Khan, Good length ball on off, Rashid hits it straight to cover.

31.2O'Brien to Khan

2
31.2: K O'Brien to R Khan, Back of a length ball on off, Rashid pulls it wide of the fielder at deep mid-wicket for a couple.

31.1O'Brien to Khan

6
31.1: K O'Brien to G Naib, SIX! That's out of here! Full length ball on off, it is in Rashid's zone. He whacks it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.

30.6Rankin to Khan

1
Another length ball on middle, Rashid blocks it off his front foot and takes a single as the ball goes towards cover.

30.5Rankin to Khan

0
Back of a length ball on off, Khan defends it with straight bat.

30.4Rankin to Khan

0
Another incoming delivery on middle and leg, Rashid cannot do much but just block it.

30.3Rankin to Khan

0
Length ball on the body, Rashid cannot do much but just block it.

30.2Rankin to Afghan

W
OUT! Boyd Rankin strikes. Ireland have got the wicket they were looking for. Good length ball pitching on off. It comes in after hitting the deck. Afghan looks to defend but gets beaten by the inward movement. The ball hits him on his knee roll. The Irish players all go up in appeal and the umpire slowly raises his finger.

30.1Rankin to Naib

1
A length delivery on middle and leg, Gulbadin Naib flicks it to fine leg for a run.

29.6O'Brien to Naib

1
29.6: K O'Brien to G Naib, Single to end the over. On the pads, Naib flicks it down the leg side for a run.

29.5O'Brien to Naib

0
29.5: K O'Brien to G Naib, On off, Naib blocks it.

29.4O'Brien to Afghan

1
29.4: K O'Brien to A Afghan, Back of a length ball on off, Afghan defends it with soft hands and takes a quick single as the ball goes towards cover. George Dockrell gets to the ball and has a shy at the keeper's end. He hits the target and Wilson was confident they had got their man.

29.3O'Brien to Naib

1
29.3: K O'Brien to G Naib, On the pads once again and Naib flicks it to the on side for one.

29.2O'Brien to Afghan

1LB
29.2: K O'Brien to A Afghan, On the pads, Afghan looks to flick but it goes off his thigh pad towards fine leg and they take a leg bye.

29.1O'Brien to Naib

1
29.1: K O'Brien to G Naib, Length ball on off, Naib plays it towards cover and gets a run.

28.6Rankin to Afghan

0
Defended off the back foot by the batsman.

28.5Rankin to Naib

1
Pulled away for a single to deep square leg.

28.4Rankin to Naib

0
Short of a length this time, Naib goes for the pull but fails to connect.

28.3Rankin to Naib

0
The batsman defends it from within the crease.

28.2Rankin to Naib

2
Angled fine on the off side for a couple of runs this time by Naib.