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4.18pm So, 161 for Ireland despite a fighting 89 from Stirling. The hero with the ball was Mujeeb who had rocked the Ireland top order to have them 14 for 3 in eight overs. However, Stirling dug deep and added 76 with Dockrell for the seventh wicket to lift the side from 69 for 6. Still Afghanistan would back them to chase this without any discomfort. Don't go far away, we will be back with the chase soon.

49.2
W
Gulbadin Naib to Stirling, OUT, Stirling was already standing outside off and moved further across in expectation of wider one but Naib bowls it on middle and leg and Stirling can just watch it clatter into the stumps

PR Stirling b Gulbadin Naib 89 (150b 6x4 3x6) SR: 59.33

49.2
1w
Gulbadin Naib to Stirling, 1 wide, this time it is wide, another slower one but further away form the batsman who didn't move much this time
49.1
0
Gulbadin Naib to Stirling, no run, slower one outside off, should have been a wide if the batsman hadn't gone closer to the ball

END OF OVER:
49 | 13 Runs | IRE: 160/9 | RR: 3.26

  • Boyd Rankin4 (3b)
  • Paul Stirling89 (148b)
  • Dawlat Zadran10-2-35-3
  • Rashid Khan10-0-30-1
48.6
0
Dawlat Zadran to Rankin, no run, slower one outside off, cuts it towards point
48.5
0
Dawlat Zadran to Rankin, no run, short of length, angling towards the batsman who takes his eyes off and offers the bat, luckily the ball hits the middle of the willow
48.4
4
Dawlat Zadran to Rankin, FOUR runs, fuller on the stumps and swung away towards deep square leg, no one there and gets a boundary
48.3
1
Dawlat Zadran to Stirling, 1 run, fuller around off, drives it towards mid-off, takes the single
48.2
4
Dawlat Zadran to Stirling, FOUR runs, cheeky this time, fuller on the stumps, Stirling moves across and scoops it over short fine leg, almost a six there
48.1
4
Dawlat Zadran to Stirling, FOUR runs, length ball, down the track and lofts it over mid-off, clears with ease

END OF OVER:
48 | 1 Run | IRE: 147/9 | RR: 3.06

  • Paul Stirling80 (145b)
  • Boyd Rankin0 (0b)
  • Rashid Khan10-0-30-1
  • Dawlat Zadran9-2-22-3
47.6
1
Rashid Khan to Stirling, 1 run, short of length outside off, goes back and pushes it towards covers and keeps the strike
47.5
0
Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run, length around off, comes forward and blocks
47.4
0
Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run, length outside off, left alone
47.3
0
Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run, googly, length on middle and leg and spinning down, hits the batsman on the thigh

Nitish: "Earlier, someone mentioned about Stirling carrying his bat. Very much possible now. Only 11 players have done it so far in ODI cricket. !! Beautiful achievement indeed. "

47.2
0
Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run, length around off, comes forward and defends
47.1
0
Rashid Khan to Stirling, no run, fuller on the stumps, pushes it on the leg side

END OF OVER:
47 | 1 Run 2 Wkts | IRE: 146/9 | RR: 3.10

  • Paul Stirling79 (139b)
  • Dawlat Zadran9-2-22-3
  • Rashid Khan9-0-29-1
46.6
W
Dawlat Zadran to Murtagh, OUT, length ball, angling in to the left-hander to hit him on the pads, the batsman was deep in the crease and the ball struck him in front of middle and leg. An easy decision for the umpire

TJ Murtagh lbw b Dawlat Zadran 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Goes around the wicket

46.5
0
Dawlat Zadran to Murtagh, no run, another yorker but Murtagh does well to get his bat down in time

Tim Murtagh

That's 100 wickets for Dawlat Zadran. Third Afghanistan bowler after Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi to reach the milestone, pings Debayan

46.4
W
Dawlat Zadran to McCarthy, OUT, a brilliant yorker at the stumps, McCarthy was moving across and fails to get his bat down in time, gets struck right in front

BJ McCarthy lbw b Dawlat Zadran 0 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

46.3
0
Dawlat Zadran to McCarthy, no run, length outside off, looks to run it down but ends up playing inside the line
46.2
1
Dawlat Zadran to Stirling, 1 run, length outside off, dabs it towards covers for a quick single
46.1
0
Dawlat Zadran to Stirling, no run, length ball on the stumps, pushes it back towards the bowler

Joe: "Afghanistan bowled awfully through that partnership; it's actually embarrassing to bowl that badly when you have the other team on the ropes like they did"

END OF OVER:
46 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | IRE: 145/7 | RR: 3.15

  • Barry McCarthy0 (2b)
  • Paul Stirling78 (137b)
  • Rashid Khan9-0-29-1
  • Mohammad Nabi10-0-52-1
45.6
0
Rashid Khan to McCarthy, no run, fuller outside off, looks to drive and misses, a big appeal for caught behind by umpire Ravi is unmoved
45.5
0
Rashid Khan to McCarthy, no run, length around off, googly this time, comes forward and works it towards short fine leg
45.4
W
Rashid Khan to Dockrell, OUT, finally Rashid has a wicket. It was pitched short, Dockrell's eyes lit up and he went for a big pull but the ball didn't bounce much and sneaked under his bat to clatter into the stumps. That brings an end to a 76-run stand off just 92 balls

GH Dockrell b Rashid Khan 37 (47b 3x4 1x6) SR: 78.72

Afghanistan 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st43Mohammad ShahzadHazratullah Zazai
2nd47Mohammad ShahzadRahmat Shah
3rd2Hashmatullah ShahidiRahmat Shah
4th12Gulbadin NaibHashmatullah Shahidi
5th49Asghar AfghanGulbadin Naib
6th12Asghar AfghanNajibullah Zadran