19.6 cleaned 'em up! Tamim backs away to leg, exposing the stumps, and Johnston chases him with a yorker that he drags onto the stumps...celebrations for the Irish captain and his wards! There's that little fancy jig he does! 93/4
    6.3 first blood! Banged in short, Nafees swivels on the pull, done in by the extra bounce as the ball darts into him, gets the glove and the ball pops up for a simple catch for the 'keeper 18/1
    10.1 gone, first ball! Full, wide, Aftab leans across, chasing it, and gets a thin edge that the 'keeper, expertly chasing the ball's pattern too, snaps up! Botha! O'Brien! 45/2
    12.4 full, driven back down the track, Botha sticks his right hand out, the ball kisses his fingers, Saqibul is backing up, tries to get his bat inside the line but the ball dislodges the bail a split-second before he can get it down 48/3
    21.6 gone! Rankin bangs one short on leg stump, Ashraful moves to hook, times it beautifully off the middle of the bat, but straight down Langford-Smith's throat at fine leg, didnt have to move an inch, well placed he was! 102/5
    41.2 all over! Johnston clears up Bashar, captain to captain, with a good length delivery on off stump, that sneaks past his ugly swipe and castles him! Ireland win by 74 runs and the crown erupts! 169/10
    30.4 comeback, and how! McCallan strikes back in classical offspinner's fashion! Fingers roll over the seam, tosses it up, deceives Rahim totally in the flight, beaten by the spin and the balls sneaks through to disturb the furniture! Beauty! 131/6
    31.2 hah, caught and bowled to get rid of Mortaza! An innocuous delivery, a slow full toss, that he just tamely pushes back to the bowler! 134/7
    33.4 caught! Johnston takes it at midwicket, Langford-Smith bangs it short, Rafique moves on to the back foot and plays a feeble pull, the ball lobs towards midwicket where Johnston runs backwards to his right and takes it over his shoulder, Ireland inch closer to a famous and thoroughly well-deserved victory 138/8
    40.4 bowled! You-miss-I-hit kinda stuff! McCallan changes the pace, firing it in quicker on leg stump, Razzak exposes the stumps, swings at it, misses, and the base of leg stump is hit. Ireland one wicket away from their second win over Test-level competition 169/9
    not out
    22 (lb 4, w 18)
    169 all out (41.2 Overs, RR: 4.08)
    Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Shahriar Nafees, 6.3 ov), 2-45 (Aftab Ahmed, 10.1 ov), 3-48 (Shakib Al Hasan, 12.4 ov), 4-93 (Tamim Iqbal, 19.6 ov), 5-102 (Mohammad Ashraful, 21.6 ov), 6-131 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 30.4 ov), 7-134 (Mashrafe Mortaza, 31.2 ov), 8-138 (Mohammad Rafique, 33.4 ov), 9-169 (Abdur Razzak, 40.4 ov), 10-169 (Habibul Bashar, 41.2 ov)
    WB Rankin8.004225.25342190
    D Langford-Smith10.012722.70432030
    AC Botha8.003113.87323100
    DT Johnston7.204025.45235020
    WK McCallan8.012523.12323000

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