Afghanistan v Ireland, Intercontinental Cup final, Dubai, 2nd day December 11, 2013

Mooney, Joyce put Ireland ahead

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ireland 187 and 159 for 2 (Joyce 74*) lead Afghanistan 182 (Nabi 42, Mooney 5-45, Dockrell 3-52) by 164 runs
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Allrounder John Mooney's maiden first-class five-for and an unbeaten half-century from Ed Joyce led Ireland to a strong position on the second day of the ICC Intercontinental Cup final in Dubai. At close of play Ireland were 159 for 2, ahead by 164, after having clinched a five-run lead in the first innings.

Mooney, who had dismissed Afghanistan's top order on the first day, got the first breakthrough for Ireland, dismissing Rahmat Shah to break the 57-run stand for the fourth wicket. Afghanistan lost Asghar Stanikzai and Samiullah Shenwari quickly, but a 42-run stand between Mohammad Nabi and Mirwais Ashraf took the side to within 12 runs of Ireland's first-innings score. Trent Johnston, playing his last match for Ireland, brought his side back into the game by dismissing Ashraf for 14. Afghanistan lost their last three wickets with the score on 182, as left-arm spinner George Dockrell wrapped up the tail. Dockrell finished with 3 for 52 and Johnston chipped in with two wickets, to add to Mooney's 5 for 45.

Ireland lost opener Paul Stirling early in the second innings and William Porterfield fell after a 38-run stand with Joyce. Niall O'Brien and Joyce then added 106 runs for the third wicket before stumps.

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  • jim on December 12, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Be good to see Ireland touring Zim in the same way the Afghans are about to do.Regular games between Afghan,Zim,Ireland and Bangladesh must be the way forward.Be worth considering Nepal and Namibia as well if the game is to continue to spread.Rather than waiting for the occasional ODI against one of the top 8 who will never field a full strength team anyway. And why wait for 10 years?With that sort of ambition no wonder Morgan,Rankin,Joyce,Dockrell(soon when Swann retires)jump ship

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Both Afghanistan Ireland have been the best and top associate sides, as in the recent years, both countries have been either champions or the runner up. The current Intercontinental cup championship is with Afghanistan, and Afghanistan has also a good record over Ireland to date, Afghanistan has won one match and drawn another with Ireland. I agree Ireland is very mature country, and Afghanistan are the raising stars, both countries deserve to be given the full membership status.

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    I think Afghanistan and Ireland are clearly the two best associate teams. Given how difficult it must be for Afghanistan to have decent infrastructure they play very impressively.

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    I wish we could get a more comprehensive report on this match. What was the pitch like for instance? The Afghans put the Irish in after winning the toss and both teams struggled in the first innings so I presume the wicket was very green and moist, but perhaps is drying and flattening out now? It would be nice to get a more complete picture of the game, the report above is nothing more than a verbose version of the scorecard!

  • Abdullah on December 12, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    @rakesh, I am talking current ...ire is better bowling side than India always ....and if India had to play in Irish weather their batting could not be qualified for test be happy now

  • Android on December 12, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    Ireland Cricket is definitely developing strongly - surely they should receive test status in the next 10 years or so

  • Rakesh on December 11, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Ireland must be given good exposure with games against Top 8 of World cricket. If they get such exposure fo r4 continuous years they will regularly be beating top teams. Bangladesh was given Test status just by winning by fluke one game against Pakistan. They did not even strongly demand Test status.

    If Ireland gets even half pf the same exposure Bangladesh got against top teams by now they would have easily climbed atleast to number 7 in Test and ODI ranking. When Bangladesh was given Test status they were not even the top associate country. Kenya was definitely better than Bangladesh. Whatever players Bnagladesh has developed in last 10 years is only by playing and getting thrashed against other Test teams. It is just with exposure that whatever cricket Bangladesh is displaying. Give Ireland Test status so that they play regular cricket against Test countries using Future Tour Program..They will be strong 50 times faster than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    From the past one decade, the growth of Ireland cricket was phenomenal, i have been watching them the moment they won against Pakistan in world cup.They have repeated the feat when they defeated the feat against England, in Bangalore in the recently concluded world cup. They are good enough to displace some top league teams in T-20, and the recently concluded T20 qualifiers shows the batting prowess of Ireland. But Test cricket is really testing. If Ireland can get the temperament , then nobody can stop them from getting a test status, and becoming a full top league member.

    Wishing the team best wishes, a cricket fan.

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