ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier - Final

Afghanistan v Ireland

Ireland won by 68 runs

Hello all and welcome to the coverage of the final between Afghanistan and Ireland.

The news from the middle is that Ireland have won the toss and they chose to bat.

These two teams are meeting in the final for the third successive time and Afghanistan would want to put it across Ireland this time. Ireland seem to go into the final with a slight advantage as they played their semi-final under lights and would know how the pitch would behave

0.1

Shapoor Zadran to Porterfield, 1 leg bye, off the pads to fine-leg for a leg-bye

0.2

Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, no run, looks to attack from the outset does Stirling. He chips a full ball to mid-off. He din't time it well, else he would've been a goner

0.3

Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, no run, short ball outside the off stump. Stirling rocks back and looks to cut. He gets a bottom edge to cover

0.4

Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, FOUR, short ball on the off stump. Stirling pulls it to deep midwicket for a boundary. This is different from the Stirling we saw yesterday who was making room and looking to go over cover every single ball

0.5

Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, SIX, short ball outside the off stump. Stirling judges the bounce well as he gets under it and upper cuts it over the third-man fielder for a six

0.6

Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump. Stirling comes forward and punches it to cover

End of over 1 (11 runs) Ireland 11/0
PR Stirling    10* (5b 1x4 1x6)      Shapoor Zadran    1-0-10-0
WTS Porterfield    0* (1b)     

1.1

Dawlat Zadran to Porterfield, 4 leg byes, goes down the leg stump line. They get four leg-byes for it

1.2

Dawlat Zadran to Porterfield, FOUR, over compensates by going wide of the off stump line. Porterfield smashes it past point for a boundary to get off the mark

1.3

Dawlat Zadran to Porterfield, 1 run, stands tall and punches the short ball to mid-off for a single

1.4

Dawlat Zadran to Stirling, no run, comes forward and looks to drive it past cover. the away movement beats the outside edge

1.5

Dawlat Zadran to Stirling, FOUR, on the leg stump. Stirling pulls and gets a bottom edge that runs away to fine-leg boundary

Poor bowling so far by Afghanistan

1.6

Dawlat Zadran to Stirling, 1 wide, wide down the leg side line

1.6

Dawlat Zadran to Stirling, 1 bye, outside the off stump. Stirling looks to cut and is beaten. Shahzad, the keeper, fumbles with the take and they run across for a bye

Shenwari into the attack

End of over 2 (15 runs) Ireland 26/0
PR Stirling    14* (8b 2x4 1x6)      Dawlat Zadran    1-0-10-0
WTS Porterfield    5* (4b 1x4)      Shapoor Zadran    1-0-10-0

2.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Stirling, FOUR, begins with a full-toss and Stirling sweeps it to fine-leg for a boundary. It looked as if the ball slipped out of his hand

2.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Stirling, 1 run, another full-toss that Stirling pushes to mid-on for a single

2.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Porterfield, 1 run, pitches the ball for the first time as Porterfield pushes it to mid-on for a single

2.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Stirling, FOUR, short ball outside the off stump. Stirling smashes it past the heavily populated off side field for a boundary.

2.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Stirling, no run, comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler

2.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Stirling, 1 run, Stirling is feeding off the confidence by the boundaries he has hit as he takes this delivery from wide outside the off stump and sweeps it to deep midwicket for a single

End of over 3 (11 runs) Ireland 37/0
PR Stirling    24* (13b 4x4 1x6)      Samiullah Shenwari    1-0-11-0
WTS Porterfield    6* (5b 1x4)      Dawlat Zadran    1-0-10-0

3.1

Dawlat Zadran to Stirling, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump. Stirling stays tall and looks to loft it over mid-off. The away movement beats him

3.2

Dawlat Zadran to Stirling, SIX, short ball on the off stump. Stirling makes room, skips down the track and goes over wide long-off for a six. Brilliant shot that

3.3

Dawlat Zadran to Stirling, 1 run, slower ball outside the off stump. Stirling slices it to deep point for a single

3.4

Dawlat Zadran to Porterfield, FOUR, on the middle and leg stump line. Porterfield moves across and paddles it over the short third-man for a boundary

3.5

Dawlat Zadran to Porterfield, FOUR, short ball outside the off stump. Porterfield times the cut brilliantly as he beats couple of fielders with that stroke. Another brilliant stroke

3.6

Dawlat Zadran to Porterfield, no run, comes forward and defends it back onto the pitch

End of over 4 (15 runs) Ireland 52/0
WTS Porterfield    14* (8b 3x4)      Dawlat Zadran    2-0-25-0
PR Stirling    31* (16b 4x4 2x6)      Samiullah Shenwari    1-0-11-0

4.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Stirling, 1 run, comes down the track and drives it to mid-off for a single

4.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Porterfield, 1 run, off the bottom edge to short fine-leg for a single

4.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Stirling, 1 run, fuller ball on the off stump. Stirling goes for the lofted shot over long-on and gets an inside edge to short fine-leg off the pads of the keeper for a single

4.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Porterfield, SIX, good length ball on the leg stump. Porterfield smashes it over deep midwicket for a huge six

4.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Porterfield, 2 runs, turns it to fine-leg for a couple

4.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Porterfield, no run, comes down the track and defends it back to the bowler

End of over 5 (11 runs) Ireland 63/0
WTS Porterfield    23* (12b 3x4 1x6)      Samiullah Shenwari    2-0-22-0
PR Stirling    33* (18b 4x4 2x6)      Dawlat Zadran    2-0-25-0

5.1

Amir Hamza to Stirling, 1 run, flighted ball outside the off stump. Stirling comes down the track and drives it to mid-off for a single

5.2

Amir Hamza to Porterfield, FOUR, short ball outside the off stump. Porterfield makes room and smashes it past cover for a boundary. They haven't allowed a single bowler to settle

5.3

Amir Hamza to Porterfield, OUT, fuller ball on the off stump. Porterfield is deceived in flight as he makes room again to cut, but he is beaten and is bowled. A much needed wicket for Afghanistan. Needless chirping in the ear of the batsman by Shahzad

WTS Porterfield b Amir Hamza 27 (26m 14b 4x4 1x6) SR: 192.85

5.4

Amir Hamza to O'Brien, FOUR, the runs don't stop flowing! O'Brien receives a short ball and he cuts it past cover for a boundary

5.5

Amir Hamza to O'Brien, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump. O'Brien stays rooted on the back foot and cuts it in the gap between point and backward point for a boundary

5.6

Amir Hamza to O'Brien, SIX, fuller ball on the off stump. O'Brien is picking the spots he wants to send the ball to at will. He lofts this straight over the bowlers head for his first six. Stick cricket for the moment

End of over 6 (19 runs) Ireland 82/1
KJ O'Brien    14* (3b 2x4 1x6)      Amir Hamza    1-0-19-1
PR Stirling    34* (19b 4x4 2x6)      Samiullah Shenwari    2-0-22-0

6.1

Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, 2 runs, short ball outside the off stump. Stirling punches it to sweeper cover for a couple

6.2

Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, no run, good length ball outside the off stump. Stirling moves across and looks to go across the line over square-leg and is beaten

6.3

Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, FOUR, short ball outside the off stump. Stirling cuts it past the point fielder for a boundary

6.4

Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, 1 run, plays it down with soft hands to the leg side for a single

6.5

Shapoor Zadran to O'Brien, 1 run, on the off stump. O'Brien dabs it to the leg side for a single

6.6

Shapoor Zadran to Stirling, 1 run, short ball that Stirling pushes to square-leg for a single

End of over 7 (9 runs) Ireland 91/1
PR Stirling    42* (24b 5x4 2x6)      Shapoor Zadran    2-0-19-0
KJ O'Brien    15* (4b 2x4 1x6)      Amir Hamza    1-0-19-1

7.1

Amir Hamza to Stirling, FOUR, wide outside the off stump. Stirling cuts it past point for a boundary. That's eleven fours and four sixes till now

7.2

Amir Hamza to Stirling, 1 run, pushes it to mid-off for a single

7.3

Amir Hamza to O'Brien, 1 run, comes forward and turns it to midwicket for a single

7.4

Amir Hamza to Stirling, 1 run, pushes it to deep square-leg for a single

7.5

Amir Hamza to O'Brien, no run, looks to cut it and is beaten

7.6

Amir Hamza to O'Brien, no run, comes forward and drives it back to the bowler

End of over 8 (7 runs) Ireland 98/1
KJ O'Brien    16* (7b 2x4 1x6)      Amir Hamza    2-0-26-1
PR Stirling    48* (27b 6x4 2x6)      Shapoor Zadran    2-0-19-0

8.1

Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, 1 run, comes down the track and steers it to short third-man for a single

8.2

Mohammad Nabi to O'Brien, no run, comes forward and pushes it to midwicket

8.3

Mohammad Nabi to O'Brien, 2 runs, fuller ball outside the off stump. O'Brien drives it to wide long-off for a couple

8.4

Mohammad Nabi to O'Brien, 1 run, chips it over midwicket for a single

8.5

Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, 1 run, cuts it to point and runs the single hard. He gets to his half-century with that single

8.6

Mohammad Nabi to O'Brien, 1 run, pushes it to mid-on for a single

End of over 9 (6 runs) Ireland 104/1
KJ O'Brien    20* (11b 2x4 1x6)      Mohammad Nabi    1-0-6-0
PR Stirling    50* (29b 6x4 2x6)      Amir Hamza    2-0-26-1

9.1

Karim Sadiq to O'Brien, OUT, and that's a wicket of the first ball for Sadiq as O'Brien skips down the track and lofts it to long-on where Dawlat Zadran takes the catch

KJ O'Brien c Dawlat Zadran b Karim Sadiq 20 (15m 12b 2x4 1x6) SR: 166.66

9.2

Karim Sadiq to Stirling, FOUR, short ball outside the off stump. Stirling stays on the back foot and slices it past point for a boundary

9.3

Karim Sadiq to Stirling, no run, comes forward and drives it to cover

9.4

Karim Sadiq to Stirling, 1 run, cuts it to deep point for a single

9.5

Karim Sadiq to Johnston, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

9.5

Karim Sadiq to Johnston, FOUR, good length ball outside the off stump. Johnston slices it over short third-man for a boundary

9.6

Karim Sadiq to Johnston, 1 run, pushes it to the leg side for a single

End of over 10 (11 runs) Ireland 115/2
DT Johnston    5* (2b 1x4)      Karim Sadiq    1-0-11-1
PR Stirling    55* (32b 7x4 2x6)      Mohammad Nabi    1-0-6-0

10.1

Mohammad Nabi to Johnston, 2 runs, comes down the track and drives it to sweeper cover for a couple

10.2

Mohammad Nabi to Johnston, 2 runs, comes forward and turns it to deep midwicket for a couple

10.3

Mohammad Nabi to Johnston, no run, comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler

10.4

Mohammad Nabi to Johnston, no run, loos to steer it and is beaten

10.5

Mohammad Nabi to Johnston, 2 runs, fuller ball outside the off stump. Johnston lofts it back over the bowler's head and struggles to reach the crease as he dives too early. He is 39 years old and that's showing on the field, at least for the second run

He is taking some time to recover

10.6

Mohammad Nabi to Johnston, no run, pushes it to the leg side

Replays show that he was not expecting the throw to be at his end and was watching his partner. he was surprised and had to put in the dive at the last moment

End of over 11 (6 runs) Ireland 121/2
DT Johnston    11* (8b 1x4)      Mohammad Nabi    2-0-12-0
PR Stirling    55* (32b 7x4 2x6)      Karim Sadiq    1-0-11-1

11.1

Karim Sadiq to Stirling, FOUR, fuller ball outside the off stump. Stirling is playing like he did in the final of the last edition- he scored 70 odd runs. He lofts this past cover for a boundary

11.2

Karim Sadiq to Stirling, 1 run, pushes it to point for a single

11.3

Karim Sadiq to Johnston, 1 run, turns it to midwicket for a single

11.4

Karim Sadiq to Stirling, 1 run, steers it to short third-man where Shapoor saves three runs for his team

11.5

Karim Sadiq to Johnston, 1 run

11.6

Karim Sadiq to Stirling, no run, looks to cut it and is beaten

End of over 12 (8 runs) Ireland 129/2
PR Stirling    61* (36b 8x4 2x6)      Karim Sadiq    2-0-19-1
DT Johnston    13* (10b 1x4)      Mohammad Nabi    2-0-12-0

12.1

Mohammad Nabi to Johnston, FOUR, short ball outside the off stump. Johnston has amazing reach as he makes room and smashes it past point for a boundary

12.2

Mohammad Nabi to Johnston, SIX, fuller on the leg stump. He lofts it over deep midwicket for a six

Difficult to believe that this is going to be his last limited overs game

12.3

Mohammad Nabi to Johnston, no run

12.4

Mohammad Nabi to Johnston, no run, pushes it back to the bowler

12.5

Mohammad Nabi to Johnston, FOUR, comes down the track and smashes the full-toss past extra-cover for a boundary

12.6

Mohammad Nabi to Johnston, SIX, fuller ball on the middle stump. Johnston clears the deep midwicket with ease as he lofts it for his second six

End of over 13 (20 runs) Ireland 149/2
DT Johnston    33* (16b 3x4 2x6)      Mohammad Nabi    3-0-32-0
PR Stirling    61* (36b 8x4 2x6)      Karim Sadiq    2-0-19-1

13.1

Mirwais Ashraf to Stirling, SIX, if Johnston can do it, Stirling too can. They seem to be in competition with themselves as he lofts this fuller delivery over deep midwicket for a six

13.2

Mirwais Ashraf to Stirling, 1 run, smashes it to square-leg for a single

13.3

Mirwais Ashraf to Johnston, 1 leg bye

13.4

Mirwais Ashraf to Stirling, no run, comes forward and punches it to point

13.5

Mirwais Ashraf to Stirling, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

13.5

Mirwais Ashraf to Stirling, SIX, another short ball outside the off stump. Stirling lofts it over square-leg for another six

13.6

Mirwais Ashraf to Stirling, no run, off the bottom edge to the keeper

End of over 14 (15 runs) Ireland 164/2
PR Stirling    74* (41b 8x4 4x6)      Mirwais Ashraf    1-0-14-0
DT Johnston    33* (17b 3x4 2x6)      Mohammad Nabi    3-0-32-0

14.1

Amir Hamza to Johnston, 1 wide, wide outside the off stump

14.1

Amir Hamza to Johnston, 1 run, pushes it to mid-on for a single

14.2

Amir Hamza to Stirling, 2 runs, lofts it over the point fielder for a couple

14.3

Amir Hamza to Stirling, OUT, like in the final last time, Stirling is out in the seventies as he drives a full-toss straight into the hands of Nabi at cover

PR Stirling c Mohammad Nabi b Amir Hamza 76 (64m 43b 8x4 4x6) SR: 176.74

The Shahzad we have all come to like makes an appearance this time as he pats Stirling on the back before running to celebrate the wicket

14.4

Amir Hamza to Wilson, 1 run, drives it to cover for a single

14.5

Amir Hamza to Johnston, FOUR, comes down the track and drives it past cover for a boundary

14.6

Amir Hamza to Johnston, no run, punches it to point

End of over 15 (9 runs) Ireland 173/3
DT Johnston    38* (20b 4x4 2x6)      Amir Hamza    3-0-35-2
GC Wilson    1* (1b)      Mirwais Ashraf    1-0-14-0

15.1

Dawlat Zadran to Wilson, 1 run, short ball on the off stump. Wilson pulls and gets a top edge. He is lucky that it landed in between two fielders at mid-on

15.2

Dawlat Zadran to Johnston, no run, looks to cut and is beaten

15.3

Dawlat Zadran to Johnston, 2 runs, comes forward and drives it to mid-on for a couple

15.4

Dawlat Zadran to Johnston, SIX, makes room and smashes it over mid-off for a six

15.5

Dawlat Zadran to Johnston, 1 run, drives it to sweeper cover for a single

15.6

Dawlat Zadran to Wilson, OUT, that ball moves back in late and hits the middle stump. A superb delivery, regardless of the situation of the match. It would've gone past most batsmen's defense. A special delivery

GC Wilson b Dawlat Zadran 2 (7m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

End of over 16 (10 runs) Ireland 183/4
     Dawlat Zadran    3-0-35-1
DT Johnston    47* (24b 4x4 3x6)      Amir Hamza    3-0-35-2

16.1

Shapoor Zadran to Johnston, no run, makes room and cuts it to point

16.2

Shapoor Zadran to Johnston, 2 runs, makes room and lofts it to sweeper cover for a couple

16.3

Shapoor Zadran to Johnston, FOUR, short ball on the middle stump. Johnston looks to pull and gets a top edge to fine-leg for a boundary. That's Johnston's first fifty in T20 cricket

16.4

Shapoor Zadran to Johnston, 1 run, looks to drive and gets an inside edge to midwicket for a single

16.5

Shapoor Zadran to Mooney, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

16.5

Shapoor Zadran to Mooney, 1 run, pushes it to cover for a single

16.6

Shapoor Zadran to Johnston, 2 runs, chips it over the bowler's head for a couple

End of over 17 (11 runs) Ireland 194/4
DT Johnston    56* (29b 5x4 3x6)      Shapoor Zadran    3-0-30-0
JF Mooney    1* (1b)      Dawlat Zadran    3-0-35-1

17.1

Dawlat Zadran to Mooney, FOUR, comes forward and turns it to fine-leg for a boundary

17.2

Dawlat Zadran to Mooney, FOUR, comes forward and drives it past point for a boundary

17.3

Dawlat Zadran to Mooney, 2 runs, comes forward and drives it to deep cover for a couple

17.4

Dawlat Zadran to Mooney, 1 run, drives it to wide long-off for a single

17.5

Dawlat Zadran to Johnston, no run, full-toss on the leg stump. He looks to flick it and gets a leading edge back to the bowler

17.6

Dawlat Zadran to Johnston, SIX, slower ball on the off stump. Johnston picks it and clubs it over long-on for his fourth six

End of over 18 (17 runs) Ireland 211/4
DT Johnston    62* (31b 5x4 4x6)      Dawlat Zadran    4-0-52-1
JF Mooney    12* (5b 2x4)      Shapoor Zadran    3-0-30-0

18.1

Shapoor Zadran to Mooney, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

18.1

Shapoor Zadran to Mooney, OUT, short ball on the leg stump. Mooney looks to pull and gets a top edge that Shahzad takes by running back a few yards. There are no celebrations for the wicket

JF Mooney c †Mohammad Shahzad b Shapoor Zadran 12 (14m 6b 2x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

18.2

Shapoor Zadran to Johnston, OUT, fuller ball on the off stump. Johnston looks to go for the lofted shot and misses. The off stump is uprooted and suddenly Shapoor finds himself with a chance for hat-trick. Warm applause for Johnston on the way back to pavilion

DT Johnston b Shapoor Zadran 62 (44m 32b 5x4 4x6) SR: 193.75

18.3

Shapoor Zadran to Shannon, 1 run, spoils the hat-trick as he pushes it to midwicket for a single

18.4

Shapoor Zadran to Sorensen, 4 leg byes, off the pads for four leg-byes. With that they get to the highest score of the tournament. What a day to bring your 'A' game to the middle

18.5

Shapoor Zadran to Sorensen, no run, comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler, who decides to have a wild throw at the batsman's end

18.6

Shapoor Zadran to Sorensen, FOUR, on the leg stump. Sorensen flicks it to deep square-leg for a boundary

End of over 19 (10 runs) Ireland 221/6
MC Sorensen    4* (3b 1x4)      Shapoor Zadran    4-0-36-2
JNK Shannon    1* (1b)      Dawlat Zadran    4-0-52-1

19.1

Amir Hamza to Shannon, 1 run

19.2

Amir Hamza to Sorensen, no run, looks to cut it and is beaten

19.3

Amir Hamza to Sorensen, 1 run, comes forward and drives it to sweeper cover for a single

19.4

Amir Hamza to Shannon, OUT, fuller ball on the leg stump. Shannon lofts it to long-on where Naib takes the catch. Wickets falling in a cluster, but only after Ireland have established themselves as the firm favourites in the game

JNK Shannon c Gulbadin Naib b Amir Hamza 2 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

19.5

Amir Hamza to Cusack, 1 run, drives it to cover for a single

19.6

Amir Hamza to Sorensen, 1 run, slices a wide delivery to cover for a single

Ireland's batsmen came out all guns blazing as they notch up not only the highest score of the tournament, but also the fourth highest score in all T20 internationals

Afghanistan, on the other hand, will have the record for the best chase in all T20 games, if they chase it down that is. You can find the list of highest chases here

The first six overs of the Afghanistan might decide the course of the game

End of over 20 (4 runs) Ireland 225/7
MC Sorensen    6* (6b 1x4)      Amir Hamza    4-0-39-3
AR Cusack    1* (1b)      Shapoor Zadran    4-0-36-2
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Nov 30, 2013

The Ireland players celebrate with the World Twenty20 Qualifiers trophy, Afghanistan v Ireland, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers, final, Abu Dhabi, November 30, 2013

The Ireland players celebrate with the World Twenty20 Qualifiers trophy

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Nov 30, 2013

Mohammad Shahzad flays the ball through the off side, Afghanistan v Ireland, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Final, Abu Dhabi, November 30, 2013

Mohammad Shahzad flays the ball through the off side

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