ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Final: Afghanistan v Ireland at Dubai (DSC), Mar 24, 2012
Ireland won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (neutral venue)
24 March 2012 (20-over match)
  Afghanistan innings (20 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal Karim Sadiq b Rankin 16 10 2 1 160.00
2.1 short ball on the middle stump. Sadiq looks to pull it and is struck on the helmet. The ball's motion is deflected onto the stumps as Sadiq had his head turned away. That's first wwicket for Ireland 18/1
View dismissal Javed Ahmadi c Rankin b Johnston 6 5 1 0 120.00
3.2 and there's the second wicket as Ahmadi looks to cupper cut and doesn't get the distance. Rankin takes an easy catch at third-man 27/2
View dismissal Mohammad Shahzad c Porterfield b Sorensen 77 57 7 2 135.08
18.4 the innings befitting the occasion has come to an end. Shahzad looks to pull it and gets a top-edge to long-off. A brilliant innings that by Shahzad 137/7
View dismissal Mirwais Ashraf c Porterfield b O'Brien 9 8 0 1 112.50
6.2 and that's the third wicket. Short ball pitched outside the off stump. Mirwais moves across and slices it straight into the hands of Porterfield at point 56/3
View dismissal Nawroz Mangal* c Sorensen b O'Brien 10 15 0 0 66.66
10.5 lofts it straight into the hands of Sorensen at long-on 78/4
View dismissal Samiullah Shenwari c Rankin b Sorensen 11 12 0 1 91.66
16.2 fuller ball outside the off stump. Shenwari lofts it straight into the hands of Rankin at long-off 119/5
View dismissal Mohammad Nabi c Sorensen b Stirling 1 2 0 0 50.00
17.4 flicks it straight into the hands of the fielder at deep midwicket. Nabi doesn't last long 131/6
Gulbadin Naib not out 17 8 0 2 212.50
Aftab Alam not out 1 3 0 0 33.33
Extras (lb 2, w 2) 4
  Total (7 wickets; 20 overs) 152 (7.60 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ  
View wicket WB Rankin 4 0 22 1 5.50 (1w)
2.1 to Karim Sadiq, short ball on the middle stump. Sadiq looks to pull it and is struck on the helmet. The ball's motion is deflected onto the stumps as Sadiq had his head turned away. That's first wwicket for Ireland 18/1
View wicket DT Johnston 4 0 41 1 10.25
3.2 to Javed Ahmadi, and there's the second wicket as Ahmadi looks to cupper cut and doesn't get the distance. Rankin takes an easy catch at third-man 27/2
View wickets MC Sorensen 3 0 26 2 8.66 (1w)
16.2 to Samiullah Shenwari, fuller ball outside the off stump. Shenwari lofts it straight into the hands of Rankin at long-off 119/5
18.4 to Mohammad Shahzad, the innings befitting the occasion has come to an end. Shahzad looks to pull it and gets a top-edge to long-off. A brilliant innings that by Shahzad 137/7
View wickets KJ O'Brien 4 0 18 2 4.50
6.2 to Mirwais Ashraf, and that's the third wicket. Short ball pitched outside the off stump. Mirwais moves across and slices it straight into the hands of Porterfield at point 56/3
10.5 to Nawroz Mangal, lofts it straight into the hands of Sorensen at long-on 78/4
  GH Dockrell 3 0 26 0 8.66
View wicket PR Stirling 2 0 17 1 8.50
17.4 to Mohammad Nabi, flicks it straight into the hands of the fielder at deep midwicket. Nabi doesn't last long 131/6
  Ireland innings (target: 153 runs from 20 overs) R B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal WTS Porterfield* b Dawlat Zadran 0 1 0 0 0.00
0.1 What.A.Start to both the innings by Afghanistan! If it was the first ball six while batting, then the middle stump of Porterfield is uprooted by an yorker. Will Ireland recover and try to trade punches through these 20 overs now? 0/1
View dismissal PR Stirling c Gulbadin Naib b Dawlat Zadran 79 38 9 3 207.89
12.5 and finally, the wicket that Afghanistan needed! Short ball outside the off stump. Stirling gets into the position early and pulls it. Naib times the jump perfectly and pulls off a stunner. Each of the Afghan bowlers seem to have a trademark celebration as Zadran thumps his chest 113/3
View dismissal EC Joyce c Mohammad Nabi b Aftab Alam 11 16 2 0 68.75
3.4 fuller ball on the leg stump. Joyce flicks it all the way into the hands of Nabi at deep square-leg. Alam endures a few anxious moments before punching the air in celebration of the wicket. The crowd seems to have found its voice back 33/2
View dismissal GC Wilson c Mirwais Ashraf b Aftab Alam 32 39 2 0 82.05
18.1 fuller ball outside the off stump. Wilson lofts it straight into the hands of the fielder at long-off, Mirwais. And the tension boils over as Aftab speaks whats on his mind and Wilson responds but then better sense prevailed and both of them stopped brawling 150/5
View dismissal KJ O'Brien c †Mohammad Shahzad b Dawlat Zadran 0 1 0 0 0.00
12.6 well its two in two now. O'Brien looks to run it down and gets an outside edge. Shahzad saves his most athletic moment of the day for this catch. he dives to his right and pulls off a stunner. Second time in two two balls that I have used the expression. Can he get a hattrick of the first ball, next over? 113/4
AD Poynter not out 23 17 2 1 135.29
AR White not out 1 1 0 0 100.00
Extras (lb 6, w 4) 10
  Total (5 wickets; 18.5 overs) 156 (8.28 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ  
View wickets Dawlat Zadran 4 0 21 3 5.25 (1w)
0.1 to Porterfield, What.A.Start to both the innings by Afghanistan! If it was the first ball six while batting, then the middle stump of Porterfield is uprooted by an yorker. Will Ireland recover and try to trade punches through these 20 overs now? 0/1
12.5 to Stirling, and finally, the wicket that Afghanistan needed! Short ball outside the off stump. Stirling gets into the position early and pulls it. Naib times the jump perfectly and pulls off a stunner. Each of the Afghan bowlers seem to have a trademark celebration as Zadran thumps his chest 113/3
12.6 to O'Brien, well its two in two now. O'Brien looks to run it down and gets an outside edge. Shahzad saves his most athletic moment of the day for this catch. he dives to his right and pulls off a stunner. Second time in two two balls that I have used the expression. Can he get a hattrick of the first ball, next over? 113/4
  Mirwais Ashraf 1 0 17 0 17.00 (1w)
View wickets Aftab Alam 3.5 0 34 2 8.86 (1w)
3.4 to Joyce, fuller ball on the leg stump. Joyce flicks it all the way into the hands of Nabi at deep square-leg. Alam endures a few anxious moments before punching the air in celebration of the wicket. The crowd seems to have found its voice back 33/2
18.1 to Wilson, fuller ball outside the off stump. Wilson lofts it straight into the hands of the fielder at long-off, Mirwais. And the tension boils over as Aftab speaks whats on his mind and Wilson responds but then better sense prevailed and both of them stopped brawling 150/5
  Izatullah Dawlatzai 3 0 33 0 11.00
  Samiullah Shenwari 3 0 15 0 5.00
  Mohammad Nabi 3 0 25 0 8.33
  Gulbadin Naib 1 0 5 0 5.00

Match details


Toss - Afghanistan, who chose to bat
Series - Ireland won the 2011/12 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier
T20I debut - Aftab Alam (Afghanistan)
Player of the match - PR Stirling (Ireland)
Player of the series - R van Schoor
Umpires - CB Gaffaney (New Zealand) and BB Pradhan (Nepal)
Match referee - DT Jukes (England)
Reserve umpire - IN Ramage (Scotland)

Match Notes


    • Mohammad Shahzad 50 in 46 mins off 39 balls, 5x4, 1x6
    • PR Stirling 50 in 30 mins off 17 balls, 7x4, 2x6
 
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