Afghanistan tour of India, 1st T20I: Afghanistan v Ireland at Greater Noida, Mar 8, 2017
Afghanistan won by 6 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
8 March 2017 (20-over match)
  Ireland innings (20 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal SR Thompson c Najibullah Zadran b Amir Hamza 56 45 35 6 2 160.00
9.4 that's taken. Flat on leg, Thompson comes down but doesn't get to the pitch of the ball. He lofts the ball anyway but doesn't get enough behind his lofted flick. Long-on gets around to his left and completes a relatively easy catch 83/2
View dismissal PR Stirling b Amir Hamza 0 2 2 0 0 0.00
0.4 and gone! Not a bad option, but quite terrible execution. Gets right across his stumps to sweep Hamza's darts over square leg, But the length is shorter and not quite a sweep-able delivery. Stirling attempts a pull and just plain misses it. Hits leg stump. Have to connect 1/1
View dismissal WTS Porterfield* run out (Rashid Khan) 39 55 30 5 0 130.00
12.1 from Rashid Khan, the googly on middle. There's chaos after that. I think Porterfield's gone. Absolute chaos. Slapped to cover who fumbles and allows the batsman to come back for the second. But there is a direct hit at the strikers end. And so, they decide to come back for the third. But there is a throw at the non-striker's end that hits the stumps too and this finds Porterfield short. So, what should have been a dot ball turns into two runs and a wicket. Never seen that sequence of events before. 102/3
View dismissal KJ O'Brien st †Mohammad Shahzad b Rashid Khan 11 21 14 1 0 78.57
14.3 the legspinner and Rashid strikes! Was that be best option? May have not been picking him, which is why coming down makes it doubly streaky. He doesn't get to the pitch, nor does he pick the legbreak, nor does he make contact with his wild heave. Shahzad does the simple rest 112/4
GC Wilson not out 41 40 27 3 1 151.85
View dismissal L Tucker run out (Rashid Khan/†Mohammad Shahzad) 14 18 13 2 0 107.69
19.6 Mohammad Nabi to Wilson, shovelled to long-on. The fielder can't prevent the second, but the fumble entices the third. Run-out at the striker's end in the bid to steal the extra run 165/4
Extras (lb 2, nb 2) 4
  Total (5 wickets; 20 overs) 165 (8.25 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ  
View wickets Amir Hamza 4 0 23 2 5.75
0.4 to Stirling, and gone! Not a bad option, but quite terrible execution. Gets right across his stumps to sweep Hamza's darts over square leg, But the length is shorter and not quite a sweep-able delivery. Stirling attempts a pull and just plain misses it. Hits leg stump. Have to connect 1/1
9.4 to SR Thompson, that's taken. Flat on leg, Thompson comes down but doesn't get to the pitch of the ball. He lofts the ball anyway but doesn't get enough behind his lofted flick. Long-on gets around to his left and completes a relatively easy catch 83/2
  Mohammad Nabi 4 0 48 0 12.00
  Shapoor Zadran 4 0 32 0 8.00 (1nb)
  Karim Janat 4 0 36 0 9.00
View wicket Rashid Khan 4 0 24 1 6.00
14.3 to O'Brien, the legspinner and Rashid strikes! Was that be best option? May have not been picking him, which is why coming down makes it doubly streaky. He doesn't get to the pitch, nor does he pick the legbreak, nor does he make contact with his wild heave. Shahzad does the simple rest 112/4
  Afghanistan innings (target: 166 runs from 20 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal Mohammad Shahzad run out (Dockrell) 47 62 41 6 1 114.63
13.5 SR Thompson to Samiullah Shenwari, the running between these two was always dicey and their luck runs out now. Shahzad has been caught short of his crease at the keeper's end. It is a length ball and Shenwari uppishlu plays it to the leg side and takes off for a single. Mid-on who is slightly wide, comes running in and Shahzad, though he responds well initially, stops in the middle before continuing with the run. The moment's hesitation costs him 124/2
View dismissal Najeeb Tarakai c †Wilson b O'Brien 27 28 15 3 2 180.00
4.6 good, smart catch by the wicketkeeper. Tarakai was looking to loft this over the leg side. Length and it stops on the batsman, so it does come on to him as well as he would have liked. Tries to slog it away and gets a leading edge that goes towards third man and the keeper runs across and snaffles it well 51/1
View dismissal Samiullah Shenwari c Dockrell b SR Thompson 56 65 36 6 3 155.55
16.4 superb catch at long-on. They go upstairs to check if he has taken that fine, but does not seem like there's any problem. It was full and the batsman was using the inward angle and lofting it. It's the long part of the boundary there and the ball nearly carries but not over the fielder there. He moves to his right, takes it reverse-cupped and is arching back. The angle and momentum takes him over the ropes, so he flicks it in the air, crosses the boundary and steps back in to take it again. It's a pretty clean effort, no part of the foot was on the ropes 161/3
Asghar Stanikzai* not out 20 22 13 2 1 153.84
View dismissal Mohammad Nabi c Dockrell b Young 1 6 2 0 0 50.00
17.5 oh, gone! Got to ask, was that really necessary? Full and outside off and Nabi drills it hard through midwicket. Cannot keep it along the ground and sends it straight into the hands of the midwicket fielder 165/4
Shafiqullah not out 6 1 1 0 1 600.00
Extras (b 2, lb 2, w 10) 14
  Total (4 wickets; 18 overs) 171 (9.50 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ  
  AR McBrine 1 0 8 0 8.00
  GH Dockrell 4 0 35 0 8.75
View wicket KJ O'Brien 4 0 52 1 13.00 (3w)
4.6 to Najeeb Tarakai, good, smart catch by the wicketkeeper. Tarakai was looking to loft this over the leg side. Length and it stops on the batsman, so it does come on to him as well as he would have liked. Tries to slog it away and gets a leading edge that goes towards third man and the keeper runs across and snaffles it well 51/1
View wicket CA Young 3 0 30 1 10.00
17.5 to Mohammad Nabi, oh, gone! Got to ask, was that really necessary? Full and outside off and Nabi drills it hard through midwicket. Cannot keep it along the ground and sends it straight into the hands of the midwicket fielder 165/4
  J Mulder 3 0 25 0 8.33
View wicket SR Thompson 3 0 17 1 5.66 (2w)
16.4 to Samiullah Shenwari, superb catch at long-on. They go upstairs to check if he has taken that fine, but does not seem like there's any problem. It was full and the batsman was using the inward angle and lofting it. It's the long part of the boundary there and the ball nearly carries but not over the fielder there. He moves to his right, takes it reverse-cupped and is arching back. The angle and momentum takes him over the ropes, so he flicks it in the air, crosses the boundary and steps back in to take it again. It's a pretty clean effort, no part of the foot was on the ropes 161/3

Match details


Toss - Ireland
Series - Afghanistan led the 3-match series 1-0
Player of the match - Samiullah Shenwari (Afghanistan)
Umpires - Ahmed Shah Durrani (Afghanistan) and Ahmed Shah Pakteen (Afghanistan)
TV umpire - CK Nandan
Match referee - GF Labrooy (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire - Bismillah Shinwari (Afghanistan)
 
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