Afghanistan v Ireland, Intercontinental Cup final, Dubai, 4th day December 13, 2013

Mooney's ten gives Ireland title

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Ireland 187 (Anderson 55, Zadran 4-44) and 341 (N O'Brien 87, Nabi 4-38) beat Afghanistan 182 (Nabi 42, Mooney 5-45) and 224 (Rahmat 86*, Mooney 5-36) by 122 runs
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John Mooney took his second five-wicket haul of the match to help Ireland to their fourth Intercontinental Cup title, beating Afghanistan by 122 runs in Dubai. Afghanistan were battling against the tide at the end of the third day, at 136 for 5 chasing 347 but a 114-run stand for the sixth wicket between Rahmat Shah and Mohammad Nabi gave them hope. Ireland struck back after lunch via Mooney who ran through the tail.

Rahmat and Nabi had come together on the third day with the score on 86 for 5 and added 50 till stumps. After a watchful first few overs on the fourth morning, Afghanistan scored their first boundary when Rahmat drove Mooney through mid-off. Rahmat survived a shout for lbw on 43 off the seamer Max Sorensen, and Nabi too got the benefit of the doubt in an lbw appeal off Kevin O'Brien. Nabi and Rahmat frustrated Ireland for an entire session as Afghanistan went into the break at 188 for 5, needing a further 159.

Ireland finally struck seven overs into the second session when Sorensen trapped Nabi lbw for 49. Five overs later, Samiullah Shenwari was bowled off a length ball by Mooney and from then on, there was no looking back for Ireland as Mooney took a wicket in each of his next three overs. He trapped Mirwais Ashraf lbw, had Dawlat Zadran edging to slip and wrapped up the game when Izatullah Dawlatzai edged to Joyce at third slip.

Mooney finished with match figures of 10 for 81, to go with his 5 for 45 in the first innings. Rahmat was stranded on 86.

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  • Joe on December 14, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    @محمد عمر آرین I have great respect for the Afghan cricket team, and for what they have achieved in so short a space a time. After Ireland they are always the team I support in any competition. But your comments, like your team, are very Naive. Yes you won the previous round of the I-cup, but due to a combination of rain and one bad result you did not have to face Ireland there. Yes Afghanistan get to finals, where they lose to Ireland. By your own post and many other Afghans fans post you do not yet have the infrastructure behind the team to compete at the highest level. The coaches are not there for a start. Ireland do, Ireland also have a functional administration and players that get paid unlike at least 1 test nation. In My Honest opinion Ireland are ready now to be given their chance against the top teams in all formats but I would certainly argue that Afghanistan should be given far more exposure to T20 and 50 over games with full members.

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Well cricket is always full of wins and loss but Afghanistan performed well, now they know how to handle the pressure specially the stand of Nabi and Rahmat is the proof for that, but along with that we cannot ignore that, we have problems with the batting The ACB need to focus to bring a professional batting coach into the team because they have major games to play in 2014 and 2015. I see some comments that Ireland needed to be granted the full membership while they even didn't qualify for the final of I Cup last time but Afghanistan have been the team to qualify for all the Major tournaments of Associate and Affiliate Finals, while Ireland won this tournament three times earlier but a point that needs to be noted is that Afghanistan wasn't present at those tournaments.

  • ata on December 14, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    thanks for Irland playing very well, same thanks from Afghan Team try till end of last palyer, Afg team need batting coach hope the ACB understand this issue, Nabi and Rahmat shah, Shahzad, but more other are lack of experience and batting coach not able to resist thank from both team

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    We are still very new to cricket.Our team is the youngest cricket team in the world.Other good or bed teams started cricket like 30 to 50 years a go.We started cricket I think in 2004 or 2005 and we have shown power to the world.We proud of our team.

  • Azooz on December 14, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    First ever first class loss for Afghanistan. Hatts off Afghan boys! Way to go. Congrates Ireland.

  • Akbar on December 13, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    Coach isn't the problem. But the fact that ACB is ignoring to provide Afghan National Team with seperate bowling, fielding and especially batting coach, is the main problem for Afghans!!!

  • Joe on December 13, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Given the recent news coming out of Zimbabwe this is proof positive of an even bigger case for granting Ireland Full Member status now.

    How one of the best run Administrations in world cricket with a team that have consistently performed at the level they have over at least the last 6 years is obliged to languish in the region above all other associate nations yet below the lowest and least performing of the test nations is incomprehensible to all but a very few.

  • Cricinfouser on December 13, 2013, 17:04 GMT


    Irland is now a mature team which i believe they have far most technical batting line up and professional batting ability than Afghanistan's, top order batsmen Afghanistan has build a good bowling unit and skillful bowlers at least a few the past ten years, but their batting is very fragile in all fronts. Hope they could find some professional batsmen with professional batting technics. And they should apply for a professional batting coach, dont know why the cricket board of afghanistan are so ignorance neglecting the problems with thier players selections and so on, more transperancy is needed in player selection, l, change coach.

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    well done afghanistan again near to full member hopelly afghan learn from this first class matches . and also this is the 1st time afg lose any gama in this cup this is not bed news for afghan ireland player always plays and england club but afg team is doent have full experience this is reasen afg lose to irish i hope that afg well more practice for the upcoming mathes welldone both team hope you wil play always with full member thnx

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Well said @ MeijiMura, if Ireland perform well at the T20 World Cup next year and the 2015 World Cup, allied to the fact that they should have a multi day competition at home (started this year) that is judged to be 'first class' by then, then they should be granted test status after the 2015 World Cup, in time for an inaugural home test in July/August 2015. Their administration is better run than half of the test countries, their team would be competitive in all 3 formats, and they now have the support and infrastructure at home to back everything up. A good run including another 'giant killing' or two at the 2015 World Cup and the number of people that are interested in cricket in Ireland will continue to grow apace.

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