Ireland v Afghanistan, Intercontinental Cup, Dublin, 3rd day

Bowlers tear through Afghanistan

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 11, 2012

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Ireland 126 for 2 (Stirling 42) lead Afghanistan 84 (Cusack 4-31, Sorensen 4-39) by 42 runs

Max Sorensen celebrates a wicket, Ireland v Afghanistan, Intercontinental Cup, 3rd day, Dublin, July 11, 2012
Max Sorensen celebrates taking one of his four wickets © ICC/Rob O’Connor
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Max Sorensen and Alex Cusack each took four wickets to help Ireland skittle Afghanistan for 84, as their rain-hit Intercontinental Cup match finally got underway on day three. By the close, Ireland had built a 42-run lead with eight wickets in hand, giving them the opportunity to try and press for victory on the final day.

Trent Johnston also impressed with the ball, taking 2 for 7 off eight overs, as the Afghanistan batsmen struggled against the seaming ball. Only three players reached double figures - Afsar Khan, Samiullah Shenwari and Gulbodin Naib all scoring 13 - as the innings lasted just 29.1 overs.

"Once the conditions dried up and it allowed us to get out on the field, I think the bowlers set us off on the right foot," Ireland captain Kevin O'Brien said. "It was a good all-round performance

"It was always going to be if you win the toss you're going to bowl, I think that was probably the only way we were going to get a win. With the bowlers putting in a performance and now the top four putting us in a hugely strong position, it certainly is on the cards tomorrow. If we can get a full day in, maybe 60 or 70 overs at Afghanistan, we certainly would fancy our chances."

Ireland showed how to play in the conditions, with Cusack adding an unbeaten 34 batting at No. 3, to go with his 4 for 31. Naib and Karim Sadiq made the breakthroughs for Afghanistan but after Paul Stirling fell for 42, Cusack and Surrey's Gary Wilson added a further 61 runs.

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Posted by   on (July 12, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

not to forget that home conditions and the weather had a part to play in Afghanistan's failure and i think if ireland would have a batted first the results wouldnt have been much diffrent in thier first innings

Posted by EnglishCricket on (July 12, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

Judging by this performance, I don't think Bangladesh will find Ireland easy in fact I think they're a bit over confident and Ireland can actually win this 2-1 in the coming 3 match T20 Series next week but it depends whose up for it on the day. Sorry to say this and no disrespect, although Afghanistan can show a glimpse, they're in fact not a decent side and will deeply struggle to reach their goals on or off the field.

Posted by Natesan333 on (July 12, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

@Ahmed Hussain. Jealousy? of course it is, isn't the whole world envy of BD cricket. You guys won 3 whole games out of just 70 or so tests and that against world beaters like Zim and WI, that's pretty incredible isn't it? Exactly :)

Posted by   on (July 12, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

we should not decide by only one innings even Australia was all out for 47 last year against SA both teams were of the same level so now Afghanistan Getting All out in 84 in one innings does not mean Afghanistan is in very low level than Ireland they will come back strongly don't forget Afghanistan is the defending champion of ICUP.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

@Natesan333...Ireland better than Bangladesh? Why are you even finding that funny when you're wrong? I mean Bangladesh has a better head to head record of the two so is it jealousy? Exactly :)))

Posted by Nduru on (July 12, 2012, 10:23 GMT)

I agree that Ireland could compete fairly well with Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in tests. I think it would have a similar problem to those two teams in that consistency would be an issue. Ireland has a huge advantage in that its players get to have good first class experience in County cricket AND it can attract foreign first class journeymen into its ranks, by vitue of lenient citizenship laws and because it is a first world country (which is something Zim and Bangla can never do!). My one concern about Ireland is that most tests would be ruined by rain since the weather seems to be so bad, even in mid-summer. I would love to see more A tours between Ireland and Zim (as a Zim fan).

Posted by tfjones1978 on (July 12, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

@Meety I'm not concerned about the exact process as long as every team and every player in the world has an opportunity to play test cricket if they are good enough. The current approach promotes teams based on political association and not team performance. If there are opportunities then the best teams will be at the top and when teams (like Kenya) struggle then they will drop down the order. If you group teams by performance in tests then teams 1-6 are close on points, teams 7&8 are close, teams 9&10 are below the scale, team 11 (Ireland) has dominated ICup (except last year), team 12 (Afgan) shows promise and teams 13-14 (Holland & Scotland) regularly do well and teams 15-20 have ups and downs. The ICC need a system where each grouping has an opportunity to play against better and worst teams. Regardless whether its T1 1-8, T2 7-14, T3 13-20 or T1 1-10, T2 9-14, T3 13-20 or even an Associate XI. At the moment of 105 teams in the world only 10 are given opportunities.

Posted by Hattrick_Capes on (July 12, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

Declare overnight, Ireland.

Oh, and the Afghan bowlin is more talented, but the batting is mostly weak.

Posted by The_Legend-Killer on (July 12, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

Even Bangladesh will struggle against Ireland in these Conditions........

Posted by Meety on (July 12, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

@Simon Power, I think a full strength Ireland side (inc Joyce, Morgan, Boyd & Dockrell) is good enough to compete with Bangladesh & Zimbabwe in a Test environment. I would imagine the first encounters, you would see Zim & Bang win, but I don't think it would take them long to start winning.

Posted by Meety on (July 12, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

@tfjones1978 - we had a discussion on this recently. I think that Ireland are close to Test standard. It is to be noted that they (Ireland) do rely on imports much more than Afghanistan, this is NOT a full strength Ireland side though. I would say that the winner of the ICC ICup should have provisional test standing for the 4 yrs you mentioned, however, they'd be limited to playing Zim & Bang mainly during that time. Should they perform well - matches v higher ranked test teams could be scheduled - particularly before or after tours of England. I think the winner would have to continue playing the ICup as well. In Ireland's case, you would have (barring injuries), their best players playing in Tests, then when the ICup comes around, it would be almost an A-side playing. If Ireland were to get hammerred by Bang & Zim, after 4 years they would have to requalify via the ICup. I would want Ireland's entry to tests to be cautious so as not to distort the integrity of test stats/records.

Posted by tfjones1978 on (July 12, 2012, 2:38 GMT)

Brilliant work Ireland, you are looking good to win another ICup. However the question does have to be asked, when will the ICup be used as a promotional system to test cricket? The ICC should expand the concept of the ICup and include Bang and Zimb in the system. With two extra rounds and catch up matches, the winner and runner up of this ICup could play test cricket for four (winner) and two (runner up) years each. Then in two years after this ICup finishes, the next ICup will be finished with the winner of that replacing the runner up of this ICup for four years playing test cricket. Mean while those that are ranked 9th and 10th in test cricket continue to play the ICup, meaning the traditional top 8 test teams will only play against two minor test teams but ICup teams will have a chance over a two year period of de-seating one of them to play test cricket themselves (by winning the ICup).

Posted by   on (July 12, 2012, 1:28 GMT)

Oh to be fair .. this is not Ireland V Afghan in Asia ... this is a wet seaming wicket... Ireland, having won the toss should make almost any opponent on this track pay and we ARE a talented associate team. I THINK that all things being equal in any conditions we would win against them ... but in dry heavy spin conditions it would be a struggle and in wet seaming conditions we should expect to dominate. And thats whats happening .... its almost like holding your cricket/tennis serve at home. Still its important we do well and we did today - but there is no yahoo celebrations from me and no pounding on the Afghans in this environment. Bring on the test teams in Ireland (bless you Bangladesh) and then I will exult in rolling someone over. In the meantime I will hold my euphoria until we beat them on a dry turning wicket somewhere ....(though I think we might be able to do it!)

Posted by Natesan333 on (July 12, 2012, 1:25 GMT)

@ahmed hussain they are hanging out with the people who said Ireland is a better team than Bangladesh. Exactly :)

Posted by   on (July 12, 2012, 0:21 GMT)

@ Ahmad Hussain : do u remember bangladesh getting all out in 30 od runs for westindies not only once but many many times , so just chill kids its Called CRICKET everything happens

Posted by   on (July 11, 2012, 23:44 GMT)

@Ahmed Hossain: Afghanistan is definitely a good side; just look at their win ratio this year.. they have won much more games than Bangladesh did. Their U19 also did beat Bangladesh. Adjusting to conditions and the experienced Irish attack is what caused the downfall but the game isnt over yet and Afghanistan 2nd innings can prove something different.

We shouldnt get into that mode that Bangladesh is a far superior team because they did lose to Netherlands, Zimbabwe not too long ago

Posted by   on (July 11, 2012, 20:56 GMT)

So, where are the people that said that this Afghanistan side is more talented than Bangladesh? Exactly :)

Posted by   on (July 11, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

this is not looking good for afghanistan at all.

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