Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Shafiqullah
42(42) 8x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
KJ O'Brien
72(60) 8x4 - 2x6
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

Mohammad Nabi
O9.0
M0
R30
W4
Eco3.33
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
KJ O'Brien
O7.0
M1
R26
W4
Eco3.71
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

4.50pm Kevin O'Brien - take a bow. Wickets, then had to go off on 9 because of a hamstring injury. Came out to bat in a crisis and then led the way with a fine counter-attack to keep this series alive. Afghanistan's spinners switched off briefly and lost the plot in a 10-minute passage where O'Brien went berserk. Such was the ferocity of his onslaught that it more than made up for yet aother top order wobble. Credit also to Gary Wilson for playing the role of the accumulator.

Big question now is will Kevin O'Brien play the decider on Friday? Hamstring injuries can take a while to heal. He was clearly not comfortable running, and so decided maybe hitting out was the best strategy. Worked wonders today as it came at a time where it looked like Ireland were being schooled by the Afghanistan spinners. Two attacking hits forced them to alter their line and lengths. It went downhill from there on.

Time for the presentation

"It's all coming together now," says Ireland captain William Porterfield. "We knew today would be a low-scoring affair. Restricting them to 220 was a great effort. We'll assess who is fit. We've had a couple of forced chances. Hopefully we can pick from a full squad for the final game on Friday."

No surprises with the Player of the Match award. Kevin O'Brien . "It's the same hamstring injury, which doesn't look too good. We'll reassess in the next 12-24 hours to see how it goes. As a batting unit, we spoke of how we need one from the top six to be there till the end. That's how it worked out. Afghanistan are a good bowling team. We knew they weren't going to lie down when they scored just 219."

"Top order hasn't clicked, that's a concern for us," says Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai. "The good thing is our lower order is coming up with important contributions. I think 220 was a defendable total."

pradipto: "This is a commendable effort from the Irish on a slow and low turner, kind of pitch they are not accustomed too. Kevin O'brien still has it in him."

46.5
4
Dawlat Zadran to O'Brien, FOUR runs, as easy as they come. Full toss sliding into the pads and he's flicked that imperiously into the square leg boundary. The series is now level at 2-2.
46.4
4
Dawlat Zadran to O'Brien, FOUR runs, short on middle, pulled into the big gap between deep square and wide long-on. Scores level
46.3
1
Dawlat Zadran to Dockrell, 1 run, gloves a steep bouncer behind square on the leg side
46.2
1
Dawlat Zadran to O'Brien, 1 run, nurdles a short ball wide of square leg
46.1
0
Dawlat Zadran to O'Brien, no run, slower delivery that cuts away from length, defended gently back down the pitch

END OF OVER:
46 | 8 Runs | IRE: 214/7

  • KJ O'Brien63 (56b)
  • GH Dockrell4 (9b)
  • Rashid Khan9-1-50-2
  • Dawlat Zadran8-1-41-0
45.6
1
Rashid Khan to O'Brien, 1 run, looks to go over cover, thick inside edge to deep midwicket

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Shafiqullah
42(42) 8x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
KJ O'Brien
72(60) 8x4 - 2x6
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

Mohammad Nabi
O9.0
M0
R30
W4
Eco3.33
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
KJ O'Brien
O7.0
M1
R26
W4
Eco3.71
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF