Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    14.1 through the gate. Naib pierces Joyce's defence. Straight ball, sticks the bat out, probably expecting it to angle away from him. Ends up leaving a gap between bat and pad. The ball sneaks through and disturbs the stumps 59/2
    9.3 chipped straight to mid-on. And it is a huge, huge blow for Ireland. Paul Stirling, the in-form batsman, gets off to a start and perishes. Comes down the track and the ball stops on him a little, as a result he ends up closing the bat face early and gets a leading edge 48/1
    15.1 turn outside off and Shahzad reckons he has had him stumped. This has been referred to the third umpire. He was pushing forward and dragged the backfoot outside the crease as the ball beats the outside edge. He slides it back in but not before Shahzad whips off the bails in a flash. That wicket was as much the keeper's as much as it was the bowler's. Superb effort all-round 59/3
    25.1 this one keeps low and sneaks through his defence. The ball drifts in from wide of the crease, pitches on off and skids straight on. Balbirnie was looking to work it with the turn when there was none. Couldn't do much really as the ball didn't bounce enough. Bat didn't come down on time either. Big, big wicket. He was a split-second late on the shot as well. 102/4
    not out
    43.1 holes out to the lone man at deep midwicket. Poor ball. It was too short, he could have played it wherever he pleased. This time, he hit it straight down the throat of the fielder. The ball may have skidded on a touch to prevent him from playing it behind square. Afghanistan are still alive. 196/7
    30.3 this time he's got his man. Foxed him completely in length. Thompson feels for the ball, I suspect he was expecting a googly and so pushed outside the line. There was a big gap between bat and pad. This ball spun back in to sneak through. Created the doubt and then finally nipped it in the bud. Skillful from Rashid. Ireland in trouble 121/5
    31.5 beauty! Once again foxed by the turn. Had no clue if this would spin away as he prodded forward half-heartedly and saw the ball drift-in, straighten and hit off stump. Played down the wrong line again. Fourth for Nabi. The series is fast slipping for the Irish. 130/6
    not out
    13 (lb 7, w 6)
    224/7 (46.5 Overs, RR: 4.78)
    Fall of wickets: 1-48 (PR Stirling, 9.3 ov), 2-59 (EC Joyce, 14.1 ov), 3-59 (WTS Porterfield, 15.1 ov), 3-73 (KJ O'Brien, ), 4-102 (A Balbirnie, 25.1 ov), 5-121 (SR Thompson, 30.3 ov), 6-130 (AR McBrine, 31.5 ov), 7-196 (GC Wilson, 43.1 ov)
    Amir Hamza10.004804.8000
    Dawlat Zadran8.515105.7700
    Gulbadin Naib8.012813.5000
    Mohammad Nabi9.003043.3310
    Rahmat Shah2.001005.0000
    Rashid Khan9.015025.5510

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