ICC Intercontinental Cup, 2007-2008/09 / Commentary

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Day 2 10.15 am The sun is out and we have an on-time start at 10.30am, and it looks as though we will get a full days play today. Remember Ireland won the toss last night and will bat

6.20 pm Play has been abandoned, unsurprising really as the rain continues to fall. A big disappointment to all concerned, particularly the Irish who will now try to force victory over three days. Join me, Chris Busby, at 10.30am for tomorrow's play

5.55 pm Typically it has started raining so we may not get started after all- we will be further delayed in any case. It's only a very light drizzle at the min, but the clouds have really closed in, I think that will be it for today

Toss Details Ireland have won the toss and rather surprisingly have elected to bat

5.35 pm Finally we have some play, starting at 6.00pm with a minimum of 16 overs to be bowled tonight

4.40 pm Well another inspection and this is getting very frustrating. The problem seems to be with a very small wet patch at the side of the wicket and it now seems certain that we won't play today, although the Umpires will look again at 5.30pm.

The ground staff have worked tirelessly but it seems it will be to avail, and with the weather forecast not great for the remainder of the match Ireland may struggle to get anything more than a draw

3.45 pm The inspection has been and gone and all parties are still unhappy with the condition of the pitch, well more specifically Canada are unhappy with conditions and so our wait for play continues- another inspection at 4.30pm

2.30 pm The Umpires have had an inspection and they are not happy with the playing conditions. The pitch which was actually prepared for this game has been deemed too damp so a last-minute effort is being made to switch the wicket.

The new wicket was the one which was used for the Ireland v Italy game last week. The upshot is that it is much harder and the Umpires are going to look again at 3.30pm.

2.00 pm It's really brightened up here and crucially there has been no further rain since lunch. The Umpires are out having a look, hopefully it will be good news

12.55 pm Seems that I have spoken too soon, the rain has started to fall again, and while it's not that heavy there is a very real possibility that there will be no play at all today

12.50 pm It's brightened up in Malahide and the covers have been removed to reveal a very green and soft wicket, when we do get on I suggest it might be pretty low-scoring. I should have some official info after lunch at about 1.40pm

11.40 am Not good news I'm afraid- lunch is going to be taken at 1.00pm with an inspection shortly after, so I remain optimistic that we will get some play in at some stage, the outfield just doesn't seem to be drying though

11.10 am There hasn't been any further rain but still no word on a start time, or even when there will be an official inspection. There is a thick film of water on the outfield and conditions aren't exactly good for drying I wouldn't be surprised if the start is delayed until after lunch. Thankfully the bar is well equipped and the Test match at The Oval is on to entertain all concerned, you get the feeling this could be a long day

10.40 am Good morning from Malahide in county Dublin. Bad news I'm afraid, it has been raining overnight and with the covers all in place the start is delayed- the forecast is better for later though s I'm sure we'll get some cricket soon . The players from both sides are currently huddled within the bar taking in the England v South Africa Test Match which is due to start shortly, so I can't see a start within the next hour. I'll keep you updated...

0.1

Welsh to Stirling, no run, solid defence on the front foot by Stirling

0.2

Welsh to Stirling, no run

Three slips, a short-leg and a man in at short-cover for the Canadians

0.3

Welsh to Stirling, no run, passes the edge this time as Stirling comes forward, plenty of noise from the Canadians as the ball is through to Bhatti

0.4

Welsh to Stirling, no run, wasted delivery. down the leg-side and Stirling lets it go

0.5

Welsh to Stirling, 2 runs, full and pushed through the covers for two runs

0.6

Welsh to Stirling, no run

End of over 1 (2 runs) Ireland 2/0
PR Stirling    2* (6b)      SR Welsh    1-0-2-0
R Strydom    0* (0b)     

1.1

Katchay to Strydom, 2 runs, straight delivery whipped through mid-wicket for two runs to get off the mark

1.2

Katchay to Strydom, no run, beats the edge as Strydom plays a cover drive, bit of nip away off the pitch

1.3

Katchay to Strydom, no run

1.4

Katchay to Strydom, no run, lifting ball, this time Strydom is happy to let the ball go through to Bhatti

1.5

Katchay to Strydom, 4 leg byes, down the leg-side, the ball clips the pad and races away to the fine-leg boundary

1.6

Katchay to Strydom, 2 runs, a fraction straight again and very nicely flicked behind square on the leg-side for another couple

End of over 2 (8 runs) Ireland 10/0
R Strydom    4* (6b)      E Katchay    1-0-4-0
PR Stirling    2* (6b)     

2.1

Welsh to Stirling, no run

2.2

Welsh to Stirling, 2 runs, wide from Welsh and Stirling drives through the covers, not perfectly timed but he'll pick up two

2.3

Welsh to Stirling, 2 runs, short ball this time, Stirling turns the ball through square-leg on the back foot for another two

2.4

Welsh to Stirling, no run

2.5

Welsh to Stirling, no run

2.6

Welsh to Stirling, no run, very wide of the off-stump, almost a wide but Welsh gets away with it

End of over 3 (4 runs) Ireland 14/0
PR Stirling    6* (12b)      SR Welsh    2-0-6-0
R Strydom    4* (6b)     

3.1

Katchay to Strydom, no run

3.2

Katchay to Strydom, no run, beats the edge, very well bowled moving away to beat Strydom's forward defence

3.3

Katchay to Strydom, FOUR, too full this time and Strydom drives through extra cover for four, very nicely timed

3.4

Katchay to Strydom, no run, left alone outside the off-stump

3.5

Katchay to Strydom, no run, short and outside the off-stump, Strydom leaves on the back foot

3.6

Katchay to Strydom, no run, full this time and Strydom thinks about driving, he resists and again the ball is through to Bhatti

End of over 4 (4 runs) Ireland 18/0
R Strydom    8* (12b 1x4)      E Katchay    2-0-8-0
PR Stirling    6* (12b)     

4.1

Welsh to Stirling, no run, driven firmly on the front foot but he finds mid-off

4.2

Welsh to Stirling, no run

4.3

Welsh to Stirling, no run, full gain- going for the yorker there, Stirling drives to mid-off

4.4

Welsh to Stirling, no run

4.5

Welsh to Stirling, no run, past the edge, there was a noise there, must have been bat on pad

4.6

Welsh to Stirling, no run

End of over 5 (maiden) Ireland 18/0
PR Stirling    6* (18b)      SR Welsh    3-1-6-0
R Strydom    8* (12b 1x4)     

5.1

Katchay to Strydom, no run, left alone on the front foot

5.2

Katchay to Strydom, no run, short of a length, Strydom punches to mid-on off the backfoot

5.3

Katchay to Strydom, 1 run, similar shot, this time he finds the gap at extra cover and they amble a single

5.4

Katchay to Stirling, 1 run, good single as Stirling defends wide of midwicket on the front foot, very well judged

5.5

Katchay to Strydom, no run

5.6

Katchay to Strydom, no run, left alone of the front foot, again he shaped to drive but pulled the bat away at the last second

End of over 6 (2 runs) Ireland 20/0
R Strydom    9* (17b 1x4)      E Katchay    3-0-10-0
PR Stirling    7* (19b)     

6.1

Welsh to Stirling, no run, full ball driven to point the fielder makes a good diving save to his left

6.2

Welsh to Stirling, no run

6.3

Welsh to Stirling, no run, straighter ball, on middle stump and Stirling pushes back down the pitch with minimal footwork

6.4

Welsh to Stirling, no run

6.5

Welsh to Stirling, no run

6.6

Welsh to Stirling, no run, outside the off-stump and Stirling leaves

End of over 7 (maiden) Ireland 20/0
PR Stirling    7* (25b)      SR Welsh    4-2-6-0
R Strydom    9* (17b 1x4)     

7.1

Katchay to Strydom, no run

7.2

Katchay to Strydom, no run, comes forward to defend, a thick edge takes the ball along the ground and into the slips

7.3

Katchay to Strydom, no run

7.4

Katchay to Strydom, no run, big stride from Strydom, he lets the ball go through to Bhatti

7.5

Katchay to Strydom, no run, this time he does play and is beaten on the front foot. Katchay is getting something off the pitch

7.6

Katchay to Strydom, 2 runs, too short this time and Strydom turns the ball through midwicket for two runs

End of over 8 (2 runs) Ireland 22/0
R Strydom    11* (23b 1x4)      E Katchay    4-0-12-0
PR Stirling    7* (25b)     

8.1

Welsh to Stirling, FOUR, lovely shot, full ball driven straight back past the bowler for the first boundary of the innings

8.2

Welsh to Stirling, no run, tries to clip a full ball through the leg-side, he misses and the ball hits the pad and falls into the off-side

8.3

Welsh to Stirling, no run

8.4

Welsh to Stirling, 1 run, short ball and Stirling turns the ball into square-leg for an easy single

8.5

Welsh to Strydom, no run

8.6

Welsh to Strydom, 1 run, turned wide of mid-on for one run, Welsh continues to bowl a little to short on this wicket

End of over 9 (6 runs) Ireland 28/0
R Strydom    12* (25b 1x4)      SR Welsh    5-2-12-0
PR Stirling    12* (29b 1x4)     

9.1

Katchay to Strydom, no run, down the leg-side, Bhatti makes a good diving stop

9.2

Katchay to Strydom, no run

9.3

Katchay to Strydom, no run, turned into midwicket on the back foot

9.4

Katchay to Strydom, no run, good length and outside off-stump, Strydom shoulders arms

9.5

Katchay to Strydom, no run

9.6

Katchay to Strydom, 1 run, straight ball turned to fine-leg for a single

End of over 10 (1 run) Ireland 29/0
R Strydom    13* (31b 1x4)      E Katchay    5-0-13-0
PR Stirling    12* (29b 1x4)     

10.1

Welsh to Strydom, 1 leg bye, appeal for lbw, not the most convincing of shouts from the Canadians and they get a leg-bye to fine-leg

10.2

Welsh to Stirling, FOUR, driven back down the ground again, not much footwork from Stirling as he drives alittle wider- this time through mid-on

10.3

Welsh to Stirling, no run

10.4

Welsh to Stirling, no run, pushed to mid-on off the front foot

10.5

Welsh to Stirling, no run, solid defence from Stirling, pushing the ball to mid-on

10.6

Welsh to Stirling, no run

End of over 11 (5 runs) Ireland 34/0
PR Stirling    16* (34b 2x4)      SR Welsh    6-2-16-0
R Strydom    13* (32b 1x4)     

11.1

Katchay to Strydom, 3 runs, short ball and pulled through midwicket, he did very well to keep the ball down- playing the shot over his head

11.2

Katchay to Stirling, no run

11.3

Katchay to Stirling, no run, defended to mid-on off the front foot

11.4

Katchay to Stirling, no run, pushed on the front foot, good diving stop by the fielder at short-cover saves a run

11.5

Katchay to Stirling, no run

11.6

Katchay to Stirling, 2 runs, another straight drive from Stirling, he looks very strong there, this time the fielder manages to pull the ball in just inside the rope and they get two runs

Much less attacking from Canada, one slip and a gully

End of over 12 (5 runs) Ireland 39/0
PR Stirling    18* (39b 2x4)      E Katchay    6-0-18-0
R Strydom    16* (33b 1x4)     

12.1

Welsh to Strydom, 2 runs, straight delivery clipped through square-leg for two leisurly runs

12.2

Welsh to Strydom, no run, driven into the covers on the backfoot

12.3

Welsh to Strydom, no run

12.4

Welsh to Strydom, FOUR, edged as Strydom tries a drive outside the off-stump, it disects the slip and gully and Strydom gets his first boundary to third man

12.5

Welsh to Strydom, no run

12.6

Welsh to Strydom, no run, left alone outside the off-stump

End of over 13 (6 runs) Ireland 45/0
R Strydom    22* (39b 2x4)      SR Welsh    7-2-22-0
PR Stirling    18* (39b 2x4)     

13.1

Thuraisingam to Stirling, 3 runs, nicely timed push through the covers brings three runs

13.2

Thuraisingam to Strydom, 1 leg bye, clips the pad as Strydom tries to flick the ball into the leg-side

13.3

Thuraisingam to Stirling, FOUR, too full and Stirling drives gracefully through extra cover for four, shot of the day in my book

13.4

Thuraisingam to Stirling, no run

13.5

Thuraisingam to Stirling, no run, defended into the off-side on the front foot

13.6

Thuraisingam to Stirling, no run, gove for a drive again, this time it wasn't quite short enogh and an inside edge takes the ball to square-leg

End of over 14 (8 runs) Ireland 53/0
PR Stirling    25* (44b 3x4)      S Thuraisingam    1-0-7-0
R Strydom    22* (40b 2x4)     

14.1

Welsh to Strydom, no run

14.2

Welsh to Strydom, no run

14.3

Welsh to Strydom, no run, left alone outside the off-stump

14.4

Welsh to Strydom, no run, edged but again the ball falls well short of the slips

14.5

Welsh to Strydom, no run, full ball strikes the pad, half a shout for lbw but it would have hit him outside the off-stump

14.6

Welsh to Strydom, 1 run, deftly played leg-glance brings a single to fine-leg

End of over 15 (1 run) Ireland 54/0
R Strydom    23* (46b 2x4)      SR Welsh    8-2-23-0
PR Stirling    25* (44b 3x4)     

15.1

Thuraisingam to Strydom, no run

15.2

Thuraisingam to Strydom, no run, turned to the fielder at midwicket on the front foot

15.3

Thuraisingam to Strydom, no run, yorker length, well kept out by Strydom

15.4

Thuraisingam to Strydom, no run

15.5

Thuraisingam to Strydom, no run, left alone outside the off-stump, good take by the wicket keeper standing up to the stumps

15.6

Thuraisingam to Strydom, no run

End of over 16 (maiden) Ireland 54/0
R Strydom    23* (52b 2x4)      S Thuraisingam    2-1-7-0
PR Stirling    25* (44b 3x4)     

16.1

Welsh to Stirling, no run, turned to midwicket on the front foot

16.2

Welsh to Stirling, no run

16.3

Welsh to Stirling, no run, driven to short-cover on the backfoot, not timed by Stirling

16.4

Welsh to Stirling, no run

Two fielder catching infront of the wicket, both very straight at mid-on and mid-off

16.5

Welsh to Stirling, no run, edged but well controlled by Stirling, playing with soft hands to keep the ball down

16.6

Welsh to Stirling, no run

End of over 17 (maiden) Ireland 54/0
PR Stirling    25* (50b 3x4)      SR Welsh    9-3-23-0
R Strydom    23* (52b 2x4)     

17.1

Thuraisingam to Strydom, no run

17.2

Thuraisingam to Strydom, no run

17.3

Thuraisingam to Strydom, no run, pushed into midwicket on the front foot

17.4

Thuraisingam to Strydom, no run, pushed back past the bowler on the front foot, mid-off makes good ground to his left to cut the ball off

17.5

Thuraisingam to Strydom, no run

17.6

Thuraisingam to Strydom, 1 run, glanced very fine down the leg-side for one run, if we where being really harsh you could call it half a chance for Bhatti, a very hard chance though

Spin for the first time today, Dhaniram on now

End of over 18 (1 run) Ireland 55/0
R Strydom    24* (58b 2x4)      S Thuraisingam    3-1-8-0
PR Stirling    25* (50b 3x4)     

18.1

Dhaniram to Strydom, no run

18.2

Dhaniram to Strydom, no run, flighted delivery, driven to mid-off

18.3

Dhaniram to Strydom, no run, quicker this time, Strydom turns the ball into midwicket on the front foot

18.4

Dhaniram to Strydom, FOUR, lovely bit of timing from Strydom, driving between mid-on and midwicket for four

18.5

Dhaniram to Strydom, 1 run, full and too straight, turned through square-leg for one run

18.6

Dhaniram to Stirling, no run, turned into square-leg again, this time they decide against a single

End of over 19 (5 runs) Ireland 60/0
PR Stirling    25* (51b 3x4)      S Dhaniram    1-0-5-0
R Strydom    29* (63b 3x4)     

19.1

Thuraisingam to Strydom, no run, huge shot by the Canadians, it looked pretty straight but Unpire McIlwee isn't convinced

19.2

Thuraisingam to Strydom, FOUR, fuller this time and Strydom whips the ball through midwicket for four more, very nicely timed

19.3

Thuraisingam to Strydom, no run

19.4

Thuraisingam to Strydom, no run, pushed vey firmly to mid-off on the front foot

19.5

Thuraisingam to Strydom, OUT, gone this time! Cutting back into Strydom as he played on the back foot, it looked very straight but height may have been an issue, not for the Umpire though who had no hesitation in raising the finger

R Strydom lbw b Thuraisingam 33 (72m 68b 4x4 0x6) SR: 48.52

Drink will be taken now Match State: Drinks

19.6

Thuraisingam to Poynter, no run, past the edge this time, and abit of lift off the pitch to beat Poynter as he prodded forward

End of over 20 (4 runs) Ireland 64/1
AD Poynter    0* (1b)      S Thuraisingam    4-1-12-1
PR Stirling    25* (51b 3x4)     

20.1

Dhaniram to Stirling, no run

20.2

Dhaniram to Stirling, no run, shout for lbw, Stirling had a big stride in and Umpire Prasad isn't interested

20.3

Dhaniram to Stirling, no run

20.4

Dhaniram to Stirling, no run, defeded on the front foot by Stirling, he looks solid against the spinner

20.5

Dhaniram to Stirling, 1 run, turned to fine-leg and they complete a well judged single

Mis-count by the Umpires, a five ball over

End of over 21 (1 run) Ireland 65/1
PR Stirling    26* (56b 3x4)      S Dhaniram    2-0-6-0
AD Poynter    0* (1b)     

21.1

Thuraisingam to Stirling, no run

21.2

Thuraisingam to Stirling, no run, left alone on the backfoot, again some lift off the pitch

21.3

Thuraisingam to Stirling, no run

21.4

Thuraisingam to Stirling, no run, clipped to square-leg on the front foot, it seemed to rush Stirling alittle but he survives

21.5

Thuraisingam to Stirling, no run, driven into the covers but there is no run

21.6

Thuraisingam to Stirling, no run

End of over 22 (maiden) Ireland 65/1
PR Stirling    26* (62b 3x4)      S Thuraisingam    5-2-12-1
AD Poynter    0* (1b)     

22.1

Dhaniram to Poynter, no run, big straide by Poynter to defend back down the pitch

22.2

Dhaniram to Poynter, no run

22.3

Dhaniram to Poynter, no run, quicker ball beats the edge as Poynter comes forward

22.4

Dhaniram to Poynter, no run, flighted ball, beating Poynter in the flight as he drives into midwicket

22.5

Dhaniram to Poynter, no run

22.6

Dhaniram to Poynter, no run, inside edge onto the pad, the ball falls wide of short-leg

End of over 23 (maiden) Ireland 65/1
AD Poynter    0* (7b)      S Dhaniram    3-1-6-0
PR Stirling    26* (62b 3x4)     

23.1

Thuraisingam to Stirling, 1 run, goos single, nicely placed wide of midwicket and they jog through

23.2

Thuraisingam to Poynter, no run

23.3

Thuraisingam to Poynter, no run

23.4

Thuraisingam to Poynter, no run, pushed straight to square-leg and a cll of "yea...no" follows, Stirling manages to turn and get back at the non-strikers end

23.5

Thuraisingam to Poynter, no run

23.6

Thuraisingam to Poynter, 1 run, driven wide of mid-on and Poynter is off the mark and will retain the strike

End of over 24 (2 runs) Ireland 67/1
AD Poynter    1* (12b)      S Thuraisingam    6-2-14-1
PR Stirling    27* (63b 3x4)     

24.1

Dhaniram to Poynter, no run

24.2

Dhaniram to Poynter, no run, nice flight from Dhaniram, and Poynter pushes to mid-on

24.3

Dhaniram to Poynter, no run

24.4

Dhaniram to Poynter, no run, solid defence now, he has settled nicely at the wicket after a nervey start

24.5

Dhaniram to Poynter, no run

24.6

Dhaniram to Poynter, 3 runs, a tad over-pitched and clipped through midwicket for three runs

End of over 25 (3 runs) Ireland 70/1
AD Poynter    4* (18b)      S Dhaniram    4-1-9-0
PR Stirling    27* (63b 3x4)     

25.1

Thuraisingam to Poynter, 1 run, another mix-up, this time they take the single to square-leg after Poynter hesitated

25.2

Thuraisingam to Stirling, no run

25.3

Thuraisingam to Stirling, no run, tries to turn a straiht ball through square-leg, the ball hits the pad and falls into the leg-side

25.4

Thuraisingam to Stirling, no run

25.5

Thuraisingam to Stirling, 1 run, clipped off his toes, the ball is just wide of mid-on and they take a very well-judged single

25.6

Thuraisingam to Poynter, no run

End of over 26 (2 runs) Ireland 72/1
AD Poynter    5* (20b)      S Thuraisingam    7-2-16-1
PR Stirling    28* (67b 3x4)     

26.1

Dhaniram to Stirling, no run, shrt but Stirling doesn't time his forcing shot on the back foot, finding the fielder at short mid-off

26.2

Dhaniram to Stirling, no run

26.3

Dhaniram to Stirling, no run

26.4

Dhaniram to Stirling, 3 runs, down the wicket and he is saved by an inside edge, taking the ball past Bhatti and they get three as the ball runs to the fine-leg boundary

26.5

Dhaniram to Poynter, no run

26.6

Dhaniram to Poynter, no run, pushed back down the pitch on the front foot

End of over 27 (3 runs) Ireland 75/1
AD Poynter    5* (22b)      S Dhaniram    5-1-12-0
PR Stirling    31* (71b 3x4)     

27.1

Thuraisingam to Stirling, no run

27.2

Thuraisingam to Stirling, FOUR, lovely shot, drivn through the covers after Thuraisingam overpitches

27.3

Thuraisingam to Stirling, no run, down the leg-side, good take by Bhatti

27.4

Thuraisingam to Stirling, no run, driven back to the bowler on the front foot

27.5

Thuraisingam to Stirling, 1 run, inside edge takes the ball very fine to the fine-leg boundary, good diving save by Welsh saves a boundary

27.6

Thuraisingam to Poynter, 2 runs, more runs to fine leg, this time a deliberate flick wide of Welsh brings two runs

End of over 28 (7 runs) Ireland 82/1
AD Poynter    7* (23b)      S Thuraisingam    8-2-23-1
PR Stirling    36* (76b 4x4)     

28.1

Dhaniram to Stirling, no run, defended to the fielder at point on the front foot

28.2

Dhaniram to Stirling, no run, very nicely timed drive, but he fins the fielder at mid-on

28.3

Dhaniram to Stirling, no run

28.4

Dhaniram to Stirling, no run, fuller ball and it almost yorks Stirling, he gets bat onit to push the ball to mid-on

28.5

Dhaniram to Stirling, 2 runs, sliced over the covers, lucky to get away with that with the ball just eluding the fielders, he was beaten in the flight by Dhaniram

28.6

Dhaniram to Stirling, no run

End of over 29 (2 runs) Ireland 84/1
PR Stirling    38* (82b 4x4)      S Dhaniram    6-1-14-0
AD Poynter    7* (23b)     

29.1

Welsh to Poynter, 1 run, sharp single taken to mid-on, good running by Poynter

29.2

Welsh to Stirling, no run, played into square-leg on the front foot, Poynter wanted a run but Stirling sent him back, it would have been a very tight single

29.3

Welsh to Stirling, 2 runs, too full and whipped through midwicket, they only get two runs as the ball runs just short of the rope

29.4

Welsh to Stirling, no run

29.5

Welsh to Stirling, no run, played to point on the back foot, again they decide against a run

29.6

Welsh to Stirling, no run

End of over 30 (3 runs) Ireland 87/1
PR Stirling    40* (87b 4x4)      SR Welsh    10-3-26-0
AD Poynter    8* (24b)     

30.1

Dhaniram to Poynter, no run, good stride down the pitch by Poynter as he pushes to midwicket

30.2

Dhaniram to Poynter, 1 run, down the wicket to drive to mid-on, very well judged single

30.3

Dhaniram to Stirling, OUT, gone! Disappointment for Sterling, he had done all the hard work and gave it away sweeping at a straight one. He was some distance down the wicket but Umpire Prasad was happy it would have it- big breakthrough for Canada

PR Stirling lbw b Dhaniram 40 (109m 88b 4x4 0x6) SR: 45.45

30.4

Dhaniram to Botha, no run

Pressure on the new batsman, five catchers in

30.5

Dhaniram to Botha, no run, played into the covers on the front foot

30.6

Dhaniram to Botha, no run, flighted delivery, Botha resists the urge to drive, defending instead into the leg-side

End of over 31 (1 run) Ireland 88/2
AC Botha    0* (3b)      S Dhaniram    7-1-15-1
AD Poynter    9* (26b)     

31.1

Welsh to Poynter, no run, left alone outside the off-stump

31.2

Welsh to Poynter, no run, past the edge, squaring Poynter up on the back foot

31.3

Welsh to Poynter, no run, he edges this one, the ball rolls along the ground though and point fields

31.4

Welsh to Poynter, no run

31.5

Welsh to Poynter, no run, pushed back down the pitch on the backfoot

31.6

Welsh to Poynter, no run, wide of off-stump, Poynter is happy to watch it through to Bhatti

End of over 32 (maiden) Ireland 88/2
AD Poynter    9* (32b)      SR Welsh    11-4-26-0
AC Botha    0* (3b)     

32.1

Dhaniram to Botha, 1 run, full and driven to mid-on, Botha off the mark

32.2

Dhaniram to Poynter, no run

32.3

Dhaniram to Poynter, no run, beats the edge, nicely bowled and some turn there for the left-arm spinner

32.4

Dhaniram to Poynter, 1 leg bye

32.5

Dhaniram to Botha, no run, quicker ball, Botha plays on the backfoot

32.6

Dhaniram to Botha, no run, again played on the backfoot, this time pushiong into the off-side

End of over 33 (2 runs) Ireland 90/2
AC Botha    1* (6b)      S Dhaniram    8-1-16-1
AD Poynter    9* (35b)     

33.1

Welsh to Poynter, no run

33.2

Welsh to Poynter, no run, pushed into the covers on the backfoot, the fielder misfields but it doesn't cost a run

33.3

Welsh to Poynter, no run

33.4

Welsh to Poynter, FOUR, driven in the air and just wide of the fielder at backward point, the ball races away to the unguarded third region for a rare boundary

33.5

Welsh to Poynter, no run

33.6

Welsh to Poynter, no run, driven to midwicket on the front foot

End of over 34 (4 runs) Ireland 94/2
AD Poynter    13* (41b 1x4)      SR Welsh    12-4-30-0
AC Botha    1* (6b)     

34.1

Dhaniram to Botha, no run

34.2

Dhaniram to Botha, no run, driven to mid-on, all bottom hand from Botha

34.3

Dhaniram to Botha, no run

34.4

Dhaniram to Botha, no run, driven again, firmly this time but cover makes a good one-handed stop

34.5

Dhaniram to Botha, no run

34.6

Dhaniram to Botha, no run, quicker ball, he bowls it very well, this time stiking Botha on the pad, well outside the line of off-stump though

End of over 35 (maiden) Ireland 94/2
AC Botha    1* (12b)      S Dhaniram    9-2-16-1
AD Poynter    13* (41b 1x4)     

35.1

Welsh to Poynter, 1 leg bye, clips the pad and they get a leg-bye as the ball rolls to fine-leg

35.2

Welsh to Botha, 1 run, driven and he picks up a single, not where he planned as an inside edge too the ball into midwicket

35.3

Welsh to Poynter, no run

35.4

Welsh to Poynter, no run, driven to short mid-on, excellent stop by the fielder

35.5

Welsh to Poynter, 1 run, quick single and it looked alittle risky as Poynter drove wide of the man at short mid-on, they get home safely though after he fumbles

35.6

Welsh to Botha, no run, misses out there, the ball hitting the pad as he attempts a flick through midwicket

Faridi will bowl now

End of over 36 (3 runs) Ireland 97/2
AC Botha    2* (14b)      SR Welsh    13-4-32-0
AD Poynter    14* (45b 1x4)     

36.1

to Poynter, no run, awful start but he gets away with it, Poynter driving a full toss to midwicket

36.2

to Poynter, no run, nicely flighted this time- a big improvement beating the edge as Poynter tries to play through the leg-side

36.3

to Poynter, no run

36.4

to Poynter, 1 run, another full toss, this time he gets it through the in-field, good fielding by Katchay on the midwicket bpooundary keeps them to one

36.5

to Botha, no run

36.6

to Botha, FOUR, full toss and Botha doesn't miss out, driving through extra cover- no need to run for that

End of over 37 (5 runs) Ireland 102/2
AC Botha    6* (16b 1x4)         1-0-5-0
AD Poynter    15* (49b 1x4)     

37.1

Welsh to Poynter, no run, beats the edge as Poynter pushes forward, good length from Welsh

37.2

Welsh to Poynter, no run, left alone outside the off-stump

37.3

Welsh to Poynter, no run, straight this time but a testing length, Poynter defends back down the pitch on the front foot

37.4

Welsh to Poynter, no run

37.5

Welsh to Poynter, 1 run, straight delivery clipped to fine-leg

37.6

Welsh to Botha, no run, pushed into the leg-side on the backfoot and there is no run

End of over 38 (1 run) Ireland 103/2
AC Botha    6* (17b 1x4)      SR Welsh    14-4-33-0
AD Poynter    16* (54b 1x4)     

38.1

to Poynter, 1 run, full flighted delivery, Poynter drives wide of mid-on

38.2

to Botha, no run, big stride to defend into point

38.3

to Botha, OUT, out to a half-tracker! The ball was a very short and Botha was very early on an attempted pull-shot, it may have stopped on the pitch- in any case the ball hit the middle-stump and Botha walks off shaking his head

AC Botha b Sami Faridi 6 (30m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 31.57

38.4

to White, no run, defended back down the pitch on the front foot

38.5

to White, no run, inside edge onto pad and just falling short of silly mid-off

38.6

to White, no run, overpitches this time, but White can't find the gap and Welsh fields at mid-off

End of over 39 (1 run) Ireland 104/3
AR White    0* (3b)         2-0-6-1
AD Poynter    17* (55b 1x4)     

39.1

Thuraisingam to Poynter, no run

39.2

Thuraisingam to Poynter, no run, full ball, Poynter defend to midwicket on the front foot

39.3

Thuraisingam to Poynter, no run, full again but this time alittle wider, Poyter drives but finds the fielder in the covers

39.4

Thuraisingam to Poynter, no run

39.5

Thuraisingam to Poynter, no run, played infront of point on the front foot, the ball got a bit big on him, Poynter did very well to keep it down

39.6

Thuraisingam to Poynter, no run

End of over 40 (maiden) Ireland 104/3
AD Poynter    17* (61b 1x4)      S Thuraisingam    9-3-23-1
AR White    0* (3b)     

40.1

to White, no run, nicely bowled, he really through it up and White drives to mid-off

40.2

to White, no run

40.3

to White, no run, nicely flighted again, White defends into the off-side

40.4

to White, no run, flatter and White drives to mid-off where Walsh slips but he still manages to stop the ball with a crawling effort

40.5

to White, FOUR, short and this time it gets the full treatment from White, driving through the covers on the backfoot

40.6

to White, no run

One more over before lunch

End of over 41 (4 runs) Ireland 108/3
AR White    4* (9b 1x4)         3-0-10-1
AD Poynter    17* (61b 1x4)     

41.1

Thuraisingam to Poynter, no run, good length, Poynter turns the ball into midwicket on the front foot

41.2

Thuraisingam to Poynter, no run

41.3

Thuraisingam to Poynter, no run, left alone outside the off-stump, Bhattio whips of the bails but Poynter never moved his backfoot out

41.4

Thuraisingam to Poynter, no run

41.5

Thuraisingam to Poynter, no run, shorter but well directed and Poynter defends on the backfoot

41.6

Thuraisingam to Poynter, no run, driven firmly but he finds the fielder at cover and that brings us to lunch

Match State: Lunch - Day 2 So a pretty even session, Canada fought back well in the last hour or so. Join us at 1.40pm for the resumption

End of over 42 (maiden) Ireland 108/3
AD Poynter    17* (67b 1x4)      S Thuraisingam    10-4-23-1
AR White    4* (9b 1x4)     

42.1

to White, no run, full ball, dipping as it reaches White, he drives to mid-on

42.2

to White, no run

42.3

to White, 2 runs, full again and this time White finds the gap, driving through the covers for two runs

42.4

to White, 3 runs, swept- not exactly middld, it was more of a top-edge but it brings three to fine-leg

42.5

to Poynter, no run

42.6

to Poynter, no run, driven firmly on the front foot to mid-off

End of over 43 (5 runs) Ireland 113/3
AD Poynter    17* (69b 1x4)         4-0-15-1
AR White    9* (13b 1x4)     

43.1

Katchay to White, no run, down the wicket from White, good intent but he finds the fielder at square-leg

43.2

Katchay to White, FOUR, edged wide of second slip- it wouldn't have been catchable though as it rolled along the turf, White picks up his second four

43.3

Katchay to White, FOUR, clipped through square-leg, much better shot straight out of the middle for consecuative boundaries

43.4

Katchay to White, no run

43.5

Katchay to White, 2 runs, lovely shot, he looks in good knick today, this time pushing through extra cover for two runs

43.6

Katchay to White, no run

End of over 44 (10 runs) Ireland 123/3
AR White    19* (19b 3x4)      E Katchay    7-0-28-0
AD Poynter    17* (69b 1x4)     

44.1

to Poynter, no run

44.2

to Poynter, no run, flat delivery, hit Poynter on the thigh pad and straight to short fine-leg

44.3

to Poynter, 2 runs, more flighted and swept by Poynter, just wide of the fielder at short fine-leg and they get three runs

44.4

to Poynter, no run, too full but Poynter can't beat mid-on with his drive and there is no run

44.5

to Poynter, no run

44.6

to Poynter, no run, solid defence- head right over the ball as he plays that one into the off-side

End of over 45 (2 runs) Ireland 125/3
AD Poynter    19* (75b 1x4)         5-0-17-1
AR White    19* (19b 3x4)     

45.1

Katchay to White, 1 run, driven past the bowler for a single, again nicely timed

45.2

Katchay to Poynter, no run

45.3

Katchay to Poynter, no run, defended into the off-side

45.4

Katchay to Poynter, no run, attempted clip through square-leg, he misses out though and the ball hits the pad and falls into the leg-side

45.5

Katchay to Poynter, no run, pushed into the covers on the backfoot

45.6

Katchay to Poynter, no run, driven in the air but falling short of the fielder at point

End of over 46 (1 run) Ireland 126/3
AD Poynter    19* (80b 1x4)      E Katchay    8-0-29-0
AR White    20* (20b 3x4)     

46.1

to White, no run

46.2

to White, no run, forward defence by White, playing into the covers

46.3

to White, no run, nicely timed drive, it probably would have been four but unlucky for White- he hit the legs of silly point

46.4

to White, 2 runs, lovely batting, he really is seeing it well, driving through the covers again an it brings him two runs

46.5

to White, 1 run, a tad short, White turns the ball through square-leg for a single

46.6

to Poynter, no run

End of over 47 (3 runs) Ireland 129/3
AD Poynter    19* (81b 1x4)         6-0-20-1
AR White    23* (25b 3x4)     

47.1

Katchay to White, 1 run, nicely played, dropping the ball forward of point for one run, good placement from White

47.2

Katchay to Poynter, no run, defended into the covers by Poynter

47.3

Katchay to Poynter, no run, played again on the front foot, this time he opens the face to guide the ball to point

47.4

Katchay to Poynter, FOUR, nice shot, full from Katchay and flicked powerfully through midwicket for four. It was in the air but well wide of the fielder and very well hit

47.5

Katchay to Poynter, no run

47.6

Katchay to Poynter, no run, better from Poynter, driving a full ball straight to cover

End of over 48 (5 runs) Ireland 134/3
AD Poynter    23* (86b 2x4)      E Katchay    9-0-34-0
AR White    24* (26b 3x4)     

48.1

to White, 1 run, full delivery, swept to deep square-leg for one run

48.2

to Poynter, no run, driven back down the pitch, very good stop by Faridi to save a run

48.3

to Poynter, no run, drivn to mid-on by Poynter, he wanted a single but wisely White sent him back

48.4

to Poynter, no run, drops short this time but Poynter can't pierce the field on the off-side

48.5

to Poynter, no run

48.6

to Poynter, no run

End of over 49 (1 run) Ireland 135/3
AD Poynter    23* (91b 2x4)         7-0-21-1
AR White    25* (27b 3x4)     

49.1

Welsh to White, FOUR, steps down the pitch, driving forward of point for four. This is really good batting from White as Ireland look to build a lead quickly

49.2

Welsh to White, 2 runs, similar shot, this time not as well timed and it's pulled up inside the rope

49.3

Welsh to White, 1 run, short ball cut through the covers for one run

49.4

Welsh to Poynter, OUT, gone! Poynter's innings comes to an end with a fine edge through to Bhatti as he pressed forward. He stuck in there well but maybe time for the big hitting middle order as Ireland try to bat towards a declaration

AD Poynter c †Bhatti b Welsh 23 (107m 92b 2x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

49.5

Welsh to O'Brien, no run, left alone outside the off-stump

49.6

Welsh to O'Brien, no run

End of over 50 (7 runs) Ireland 142/4
KJ O'Brien    0* (2b)      SR Welsh    15-4-40-1
AR White    32* (30b 4x4)     
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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