Ireland v Afghanistan, 4th ODI, Belfast July 17, 2016

Controversial Joyce run-out mars Afghanistan win

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Afghanistan 229 for 7 (Rashid 60, Nabi 50, McBrine 2-29) beat Ireland 150 (Kevin O'Brien 34, Rashid 4-21) by 79 runs
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File photo - Rashid Khan played a starring role in Afghanistan's victory © Peter Della Penna/ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Seventeen-year-old Rashid Khan produced his career-best batting and bowling performance in ODIs to give Afghanistan a 2-1 lead against Ireland in Belfast. Rashid, who had played in the Under-19 World Cup as well as the World T20 this year, first belted 60 off 44 balls to rescue Afghanistan from 109 for 6 to 229, and then returned 4 for 21 in eight overs to dismiss Ireland for 150.

Afghanistan's victory, however, was marred by Ireland opener Ed Joyce's controversial run-out. After driving the ball over extra cover in the sixth over, Joyce stopped running mid-pitch, assuming the ball had reached the boundary. Mohammad Nabi chased the ball down and flicked it back to Rashid, who then threw to the non-striker's end where Yamin Ahmadzai, the bowler, took the bails off with Joyce mid-pitch, having assumed the ball was dead.

The on-field umpires - Alan Neill and C Shamshuddin - asked Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai to withdraw the appeal, but he refused to do so. There was no TV umpire for the game, and the wicket led to an exchange between Ireland captain William Porterfield - who was also batting at the time - and the Afghanistan players.

Speaking after the match, Porterfield confirmed that Joyce had thought the ball crossed the rope. "We ran past each other, he [Joyce] said he pretty much saw him [Nabi] pass the rope, flick it back," Porterfield said. "The fielder comes back and says he didn't. I don't know what footage is out there of [this]. The umpires said they are going on his word, and this is as far as it goes for me."

Four overs after Joyce's dismissal for 12 off 21 balls, Porterfield was run out as well, for 16 off 27 balls. Rahmat Shah, who had earlier laid the foundation for Afghanistan with 48 off 70 balls, then removed Sean Terry and Stuart Poynter to reduce the hosts to 67 for 4 by the 18th over. Kevin O'Brien and Paul Stirling threatened a recovery with thirty-something each, but Rashid, the legspinning allrounder, sliced through the middle and lower order. Wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad was involved in three of those dismissals. Ireland lost their last six wickets for only 20 runs.

They had started well with seamer Peter Chase having Noor Ali Zadran, who had replaced Javed Ahmadi, nicking behind for 10. Shahzad, coming off three successive half-centuries, flickered only briefly on Sunday, holing out to deep square leg off Stirling for 22.

When Samiullah Shenwari and Stanikzai exited in successive overs, Afghanistan had slipped to 84 for 4 in the 21st over. Ireland's bowlers tightened the screws by delivering 53 boundary-less balls, a sequence broken by Nabi flat-batting a four off seamer Tim Murtagh. Najibullah Zadran had fallen in the dry spell, and Rahmat edged behind soon after it ended, leaving Afghanistan teetering on 109 for 6.

Nabi and Rashid then came together to add 54 for the seventh wicket and revive their side. That was followed by an unbroken partnership of 66 between Rashid and Mirwais Ashraf at over eight to the over, lifting Afghanistan to 229 for 7 on a pitch that Porterfield later admitted was difficult to score on.

Rashid, who was dropped on 17 and 34, got to his maiden international fifty, which included five fours and two sixes. Terry spilled the first chance of his, parrying the ball to the cover boundary, while Murtagh fluffed the second.

Porterfield said the fielding lapses cost Ireland on a surface that assisted spin. "Just under 200 on that pitch would have been about par," he said. "I think that, putting those couple of chances down… you're probably looking at 175-180 [if those catches were taken], which I think is pretty chaseable regardless of the [pitch]. We've done it [drop catches] a couple of times now in game where we've been just a wicket or two behind. Difficult to claw back from there."

With the first ODI of the series being washed out, Afghanistan cannot lose this series now. The final ODI will be played on July 19, at the same venue.

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  • Whatsgoinoffoutthere on July 18, 2016, 16:41 GMT

    So Ed Joyce stood in the middle of the pitch and watched himself get run out. Perfectly correct, Asghar Stanikzai, don't withdraw your appeal, Ed Joyce has only himself to blame. He's out fair and square.

  • Baundele on July 18, 2016, 13:34 GMT

    Why should an international batsman stop mid-pitch assuming the ball has reached the boundary, specially when it was a close call? Ed Joyce deserved to be out and I am sure he will not repeat the mistake in the future.

  • Zain_Khan1996 on July 18, 2016, 13:21 GMT

    Overall, an unfortunate incident but let's move on. Sometimes things happen on the cricket field in the moment but let's not use it to make blanket statements or spread petty hate. Let's try to learn from it and play the game in a competitive but friendly spirit. All the best

  • CricketChat on July 18, 2016, 13:04 GMT

    Afghan's have always played sportingly, so this would come as surprise if they cheated. That said, the batsmen shouldn't make assumptions on close calls. Unfortunate as this dismissal is, Ireland have only themselves to blame for their poor performances. Their middle order has been underperforming for ages now.

  • anver777 on July 18, 2016, 10:06 GMT

    The match was without a 3rd umpire, therefore it would have been better if Afghan's captain withdrawn the dismissal !!!

  • TusharKardile5543 on July 18, 2016, 9:40 GMT

    Umpires should have given it a boundary. And if it was not a boundary, then it was run-out fair and square. It is definitely the batsman's fault for not staying in the crease. I just don't understand what gives some batsmen (like Ian Bell) to ASSUME that they have hit a boundary when they haven't and then moan about the run-out that follows. What makes matters worse is the umpire then making the fielding side look bad by asking them to withdraw the appeal

  • Zahirshah on July 18, 2016, 9:25 GMT

    I remember in the world T20 2014 Chandimal was the captain of SriLanka, and he was completely out of form, so he was dropped during the tournament and Lasith Malinga became the new captain, so I think the same thing Afghanistan should do at this stage, with dropping Asghar and give the responsibility of captaincy to another player as we have seen the poor batting of Asghar in the last couple of matches, I have never seen this much poor batting of Afghanistan in many consecutive matches, Jawed, N Ali, Sami, Asghar are not scoring runs, so why don't ACB consider Zazai and Jamal instead of them, we want to see new talents as Najeeb and Rahmat, if they don't play well it doesn't matter, Najeeb was also not good in the beginning but now he is a quality batsman, and he can play for couple of years for Afghanistan.

  • Zahirshah on July 18, 2016, 9:12 GMT

    M Nabi is the most experienced player of Afghanistan, he has played in BPL and PSL, he is considered as backbone of Afg team, I think Nabi thought he left the ball before his feet lands outside the rope, and he might be right, photo can't clarify everything until we don't watch the video, and we can not say that joyce's run out caused Ireland's loss, Ireland was never in the chase during their inning, they lost their last six wickets for 20 runs only, Afghanistan won the first ODI convincingly, and the result of last ODI will clarify that this victory of Afghanistan was not a chance coz I truly believe Afghanistan is a better side than Ireland.

  •   Lmar Khplwak Kharotay on July 18, 2016, 9:08 GMT

    stop stop boys what is the matter? does Afghan player don't have the right of run-out? does Afghan captain don't have the right of appeal? if he have so what is the issues the did as cricketer and cricket is. if there is was boundary so why a fielder through the ball quickly? why the player put downs the bills quickly? why Joyce is running for the third runs? still its not confirmed by the umpire why should Joyce assumed it as boundary? without doubt Joyce is a honest and good cricketer, but he did a huge mistake, and misunderstanding is totally belongs to Joyce. there is not any light fault belongs to Afghan captain. bcz they did as normal cricket is going to be.

  •   Lmar Khplwak Kharotay on July 18, 2016, 9:01 GMT

    stop stop boys what is the matter? does Afghan player don't have the right of run-out? does Afghan captain don't have the right of appeal? if he have so what is the issues the did as cricketer and cricket is. if there is was boundary so why a fielder through the ball quickly? why the player put downs the bills quickly? why Joyce is running for the third runs? still its not confirmed by the umpire why should Joyce assumed it as boundary? without doubt Joyce is a honest and good cricketer, but he did a huge mistake, and misunderstanding is totally belongs to Joyce. there is not any light fault belongs to Afghan captain. bcz they did as normal cricket is going to be.

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