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Afghanistan beat Ireland by 126 runs
Paul Stirling

41.2Naib to Wilson

OUT! That is it. Wilson refused to take the single off the previous ball but that does not matter much as he departs the very next ball. Naib gets his 6th of the game. Fuller ball on off, Wilson hits it uppishly to short mid-wicket. Rashid Khan makes no mistake and takes an easy catch. Afghanistan win the game comprehensively by 126 runs.

41.1Naib to Wilson

Good length ball on off, Wilson pulls it to long on and refuses to take a run.

40.6Khan to Rankin

Another appeal for LBW but turned down again by the umpire. This one was missing leg comfortably too.

40.5Khan to Rankin

Another ball down the leg side, Rankin misses the ball and gets hit on the pads down the leg side.

40.4Khan to Rankin

Loud appeal but the ball was pitching outside leg. A flatter one, Rankin misses the flick and gets rapped on the pads outside the line of leg stump. An appeal arises from all the fielders but the umpire turns it down.

40.3Khan to Wilson

Flatter on middle, Wilson sweeps this to deep square leg for a single.

40.2Khan to Wilson

Wilson misses the shot as he tries to hit the ball to the off side. So close to the outside edge as well.

40.1Khan to Wilson

FOUR! Streaky runs but Ireland do not care. A flatter one on middle, Wilson comes inside the line and looks to paddle the ball down to the fine leg fence but it goes very close to the keeper off the side of the blade. Luckily for Wilson though, the ball finds its way to the fence.

39.6Naib to Wilson

Wilson opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. The batsmen have run through for a single.

39.5Naib to Wilson

Short length ball on middle, Wilson pulls this to mid-wicket.

39.4Naib to Wilson

FOUR! Shot! A half-volley outside off, Wilson times this beautifully over mid off. He clears the fielder in the circle with ease and hence picks up a boundary.

39.3Naib to Rankin

DROPPED! Terrific attempt from Rashid Khan at mid off but he cannot hold on. A length ball outside off, Rankin goes to loft the ball over mid off but the bat turns in his hand and the ball goes just behind Rashid who runs and tries to catch it with his right hand but fails to hold on. The batsmen pick up a single.

39.2Naib to Rankin

Pushes this one to mid-wicket does the southpaw.

39.1Naib to Wilson

Wilson pulls this short ball to deep mid-wicket and picks up a single.

38.7Zadran to Rankin

Full on off, Rankin taps it back to the bowler. The bowler has an unnecessary shy at the keeper's end and he misses. Zadran also apologizes to Rankin for the unwanted show of aggression there. So it ends in good spirits.

38.6Zadran to Rankin

Good length ball on off, Rankin swings his bat at it but misses.

38.5Zadran to Wilson

Ouch! That must have hurt. Short on the body, Wilson looks to pull but misses. The ball hits him on the helmet and they take a leg bye.

38.4Zadran to Wilson

Outside off on a length, GW cuts it over backward point for a couple.

38.3Zadran to Wilson

WIDE! Bouncer goes over the batsman's head. It is outside off, Wilson lets it go. Wide signalled.

38.2Zadran to Wilson

Shorter on off, Wilson pulls it to the man at mid-wicket.

38.1Zadran to Wilson

Fuller length outside off, driven to cover by Wilson.

37.6Naib to Murtagh

OUT! Five for Naib! Stand up and applaud this performance from the Afghan skipper! A length ball outside off, Murtagh looks to hit it over mid off but as he plays the shot, one hand comes off the handle and the ball flies meekly towards mid off where Afghan moves slightly to his right and takes the simplest of catches. This game is finishing quickly...

37.5Naib to Murtagh

Short outside off, the batsman pushes this ball to the left of mid off.

37.4Naib to Murtagh

Bowls this one from around the wicket, Murtagh defends the ball towards mid on.

37.3Naib to McCarthy

OUT! Big appeal from the bowler and the keeper, the LBW has been given. A length ball on middle and cutting in to the batsman, McCarthy misses the ball and gets hit on the pads in front of leg stump. The finger goes up and that is the end of this partnership worth 25 runs. Afghanistan 2 away now and 200 looks really out of reach now for the hosts. Naib meanwhile picks up his fourth wicket! What a bowling spell this has been from the skipper.

37.2Naib to Wilson

Short of a length on middle, pulled away by Wilson to deep mid-wicket for a single. There was good timing on that one.

37.1Naib to McCarthy

On a length outside off, pushed towards deep cover for a single by McCarthy.

36.6Zadran to McCarthy

On the pads, BM flicks it towards mid-wicket and keeps the strike.

36.5Zadran to McCarthy

FOUR! Once again the batsman rides his luck. Nothing wrong in the delivery. He bowls a good length ball outside off, McCarthy looks to drive but gets a thick outside edge through the third man region for a boundary.

36.4Zadran to McCarthy

Good length ball on off, BM hits it to the man at cover.

36.3Zadran to McCarthy

FOUR! Not fair on the bowler. He bowls a very good bouncer on off, Barry looks to pull but gets a thick outside edge. It goes over the keeper's head.

36.2Zadran to McCarthy

On a length on off, defended back towards the bowler on the front foot.

36.1Zadran to McCarthy

FOUR! The pacer is welcomed back with a boundary. Short of a length on middle, McCarthy pulls this wide of deep fine leg for a boundary. Good shot. The 150 is brought up with that shot.

35.6Shah to Wilson

Full on middle and leg, Wilson on drives it straight to mid on.

35.5Shah to McCarthy

Good length ball on off, Barry drives it to covers for a run.

35.4Shah to McCarthy

Fired on the pads, McCarthy looks to glance it but gets hit on the pads. The Afghanistan players put in the appeal but it is turned down the umpire.

35.3Shah to McCarthy

Flatter on the pads, BM looks to flick but it takes a feather of his pad on its way to the keeper.

35.2Shah to McCarthy

Floated on middle and leg, Barry drives it to mid on.

35.1Shah to McCarthy

Tossed up outside off, Barry looks to drive but gets an inside edge which somehow misses the leg stump.

34.6Khan to Wilson

On middle and leg, GW flicks it to the man at mid-wicket.

34.5Khan to McCarthy

Flatter on middle, Barry looks to flick but gets a leading edge which goes wide of cover and they get a run.

34.4Khan to McCarthy

Tossed up on off, BM drives it straight to cover.

34.3Khan to Wilson

Shorter on off, Wilson punches it towards cover for a run.

34.2Khan to Wilson

On the pads, Wilson tucks it to mid-wicket.

34.1Khan to Wilson

Quicker on off, Gary looks to reverse sweep it but misses. The ball hits him on his pad. Rashid Khan goes up in appeal but the umpire is not keen.