Afghanistan v Ireland, Intercontinental Cup final, Dubai, 4th day

Mooney's ten gives Ireland title

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December 13, 2013

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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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William Porterfield and John Mooney celebrate their win, Afghanistan v Ireland, Intercontinental Cup final, Dubai, 4th day, December 13, 2013
John Mooney (right) finished with figures of 10 for 81 to take Ireland to a 122-run win © ICC/Saleem Sanghati
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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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Posted by Jonah58 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by atasaba 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by Azooz-Afgfan on (December 14, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

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

Posted by Zarin_Khan 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!!!

Posted by Jonah58 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.

Posted by expert22 on (December 13, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

experts:

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.

Posted by   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

Posted by   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.

Posted by Hamid79 on (December 13, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

Congrtulation to Ireland, they really deserved this win... The only positive that I could take for Afghanistan is the performance of Rahmatshah ... He is a great addition to the team.. He is consistantly performing good. Afghanistan has to take this serious now. They are expected to be meture enough to know that cricket also requires brain for thinking, it is not always about power. Get rid of Kabir Khan, add a batting coach, add at least 5 permanent places for new players in test options are:Javid Ahmadi, Rahmat shah, hashmat shahidi, afsar zazai and Hamza . They also need a wicket taking bowler from somewhere. Get rid of tai malook family , give chance to real talent which I am sure there are a lot

Posted by Waheed-Shirzay on (December 13, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

Congrats to Ireland they were magnificent all round and clearly ahead of us in every area. Afghanistan have no batsmen to score 50s and 100s in these kind of games. They approach every game like T20 and I can blame coaches for this carelessness we have for years now. Today we needed Shinwari and Ashraf to take over and score after Nabi's mature 49 with impressive Rahmat Shah but as usual they came to face couple of bowls and go back to enjoy sitting on the bench. There is huge gap of improvement ahead of us if we really want to claim full member status and for that we need a world class coach or someone like Shoib Akhtar who is a tough guy who can press the team and make them realise that they are talented but careless. I hope our boardroom don't stick with Kabir Khan forever because he is good against lower teams but when it comes to big games he comes short of ideas. I am proud supporter of Afghanistan for their achievements but also want them go further and be one the best teams

Posted by   on (December 13, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

Afghan players missed few chances, instead they get lead in first inning collapsed suddenly because they were only 12 runs short and had four wickets in hand and similarly in second inning Rahmat Shah and Nabi struggled to bring team back in match but after falling of Nabi wicket Afghanistan gave their last five wickets just in 25 runs. Still good fight by Afghan team, Afghanistan needs to batting coach. It is the first time that Afghanistan loses any first class game.

Posted by MeijiMura on (December 13, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

I'm hoping that Ireland will be given Test Status sooner rather than later. They are clearly the best of the associate countries and they play at a consistently higher level than anyone else outside the Test arena. Ireland has a lot of experience through many of their top players who play all forms of the game on the English County scene. They are professional in every sense of the word. They bat a long way down, they are good with the ball and they are very good in the field. If Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, West Indies and NZ can continually put in such poor performances on the field I can't see any reason in continuing to hold Ireland back. They would account for Zimbabwe and West Indies and could well beat Bangladesh and NZ too. The pressure for recognising Ireland will only grow when they beat Zimbabwe in both next year's T20 qualifier and in the round robin 2015 World Cup as well. Test status for Ireland immediately following the 2015 World Cup is what the ICC should be aiming for.

Posted by The_Millinator on (December 13, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

Great way to finish off the year for Ireland. Disappointing that the article doesn't even mention the retiring Trent Johnston - a true legend of Irish cricket, his all-round brilliance will be sorely missed. #ThankYouTrent

Posted by Jonah58 on (December 13, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

Great holding effort by Mohammed Nabi and Rahmat Shah but once again Ireland proved too strong for the best of the rest of the associates. I really hope the ICC will take notice and not allow another team to wither as they did with Kenya when they were beating all the associate teams. The time surely has come to look at providing Ireland with the recognition that their cricket on the park and their administration off the park deserve. They are now at a stage where they can compete with full members like WI, NZ Bang and Zim on the park and possibly beat one or two of them on a good day. They are certainly better administrated than a few of the Full Members as well.

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