ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier - Final

Afghanistan v Ireland

Ireland won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

Hello all and welcome to the coverage of the final between Afghanistan and Ireland. Afghanistan have won the toss and they are batting

Winner of this match will play in Group B at WT20 alongside Australia and West Indies. The loser of this match will be part of Group A alongside India and England

0.1

Rankin to Karim Sadiq, SIX, what a start to the innings by Sadiq. He rocks back and pulls the ball over long-on for a huge six and the horns are blowing

0.2

Rankin to Karim Sadiq, no run, looks to pull again and is beaten

0.3

Rankin to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, pushes it to mid-on for a single

0.4

Rankin to Javed Ahmadi, 1 run, turns behind square for a single

0.5

Rankin to Karim Sadiq, no run, fuller ball on the middle stump. Sadiq comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler

0.6

Rankin to Karim Sadiq, no run

End of over 1 (8 runs) Afghanistan 8/0
Karim Sadiq    7* (5b 1x6)      WB Rankin    1-0-8-0
Javed Ahmadi    1* (1b)     

1.1

Johnston to Javed Ahmadi, 1 run, cut to point for a single

1.2

Johnston to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, fuller ball on the off stump. Sadiq wants to smash it on the leg side and gets an outside edge to third man for a boundary

1.3

Johnston to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, fuller ball outside the off stump. Sadiq square-drives it past the point fielder for a boundary

1.4

Johnston to Karim Sadiq, no run, struck high on the thigh pad in line with the leg stump

1.5

Johnston to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, comes forward and pushes it to the off side

1.6

Johnston to Javed Ahmadi, no run, comes forward and punches it to the cover fielder

End of over 2 (10 runs) Afghanistan 18/0
Javed Ahmadi    2* (3b)      DT Johnston    1-0-10-0
Karim Sadiq    16* (9b 2x4 1x6)      WB Rankin    1-0-8-0

2.1

Rankin to Karim Sadiq, OUT, short ball on the middle stump. Sadiq looks to pull it and is struck on the helmet. The ball's motion is deflected onto the stumps as Sadiq had his head turned away. That's first wwicket for Ireland

Karim Sadiq b Rankin 16 (10b 2x4 1x6) SR: 160.00

2.2

Rankin to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

2.2

Rankin to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, flicks it to fine-leg for a boundary

2.3

Rankin to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, comes forward and defends it to the leg side

2.4

Rankin to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

2.5

Rankin to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, short outside the off stump. Shehzad comes forward and drives it to the point fielder

2.6

Rankin to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, short ball on the off stump. Shehzad looks to pull and gets a bottom edge

End of over 3 (5 runs) Afghanistan 23/1
Mohammad Shahzad    4* (5b 1x4)      WB Rankin    2-0-13-1
Javed Ahmadi    2* (3b)      DT Johnston    1-0-10-0

3.1

Johnston to Javed Ahmadi, FOUR, fuller ball outside the off stump. Ahmadi comes down the track and lofts it inside out over cover for a boundary

3.2

Johnston to Javed Ahmadi, OUT, and there's the second wicket as Ahmadi looks to cupper cut and doesn't get the distance. Rankin takes an easy catch at third-man

Javed Ahmadi c Rankin b Johnston 6 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

3.3

Johnston to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 run, off the inside edge to point for a single as he looks to pull

3.4

Johnston to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler

3.5

Johnston to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, comes forward and drives it to point

3.6

Johnston to Mohammad Shahzad, 2 runs, good length ball on the leg stump. Shahzad flicks it to midwicket and gets a couple

He seems to be some pain. The 12th man is trying to comforting him by rubbing the affected part. Shahzad was hit by Johnston as he was standing in his way. Both the men were looking at the ball

End of over 4 (7 runs) Afghanistan 30/2
Mohammad Shahzad    6* (8b 1x4)      DT Johnston    2-0-17-1
Mirwais Ashraf    1* (1b)      WB Rankin    2-0-13-1

4.1

Sorensen to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 leg bye

4.2

Sorensen to Mohammad Shahzad, 3 runs, short ball on the off stump. Shahzad pulls it to deep midwicket for three runs

4.3

Sorensen to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 run, Mirwais mistimes a pull shot to mid-on for a single

4.4

Sorensen to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, comes forward and drives it to cover

4.5

Sorensen to Mohammad Shahzad, SIX, short outside off. Shahzad looks to be in pristine touch as he pulls it over midwicket for a six

4.6

Sorensen to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, goes for the cut shot and the ball falls just short of the point fence

End of over 5 (15 runs) Afghanistan 45/2
Mohammad Shahzad    19* (12b 2x4 1x6)      MC Sorensen    1-0-14-0
Mirwais Ashraf    2* (3b)      DT Johnston    2-0-17-1

5.1

Johnston to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, comes forward and drives it to cover

5.2

Johnston to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, short ball outside the off stump. Mirwais looks to cut it and is beaten

5.3

Johnston to Mirwais Ashraf, SIX, short on the leg stump this time. Mirwais pulls it behind square for his first six

5.4

Johnston to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 run, comes forward and pushes it to midwicket for a single

5.5

Johnston to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, comes forward and pushes it to cover

5.6

Johnston to Mohammad Shahzad, 3 runs, pulls it to deep square-leg for three runs

End of over 6 (10 runs) Afghanistan 55/2
Mohammad Shahzad    22* (14b 2x4 1x6)      DT Johnston    3-0-27-1
Mirwais Ashraf    9* (7b 1x6)      MC Sorensen    1-0-14-0

O'Brien comes to have a bowl now

6.1

O'Brien to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, pulls it to deep midwicket for a single

6.2

O'Brien to Mirwais Ashraf, OUT, and that's the third wicket. Short ball pitched outside the off stump. Mirwais moves across and slices it straight into the hands of Porterfield at point

Mirwais Ashraf c Porterfield b O'Brien 9 (8b 0x4 1x6) SR: 112.50

6.3

O'Brien to Nawroz Mangal, no run, comes forward and pushes it to the leg side

6.4

O'Brien to Nawroz Mangal, no run, defends it back to the bowler

6.5

O'Brien to Nawroz Mangal, 2 runs, short and pulled to deep square-leg for a couple

6.6

O'Brien to Nawroz Mangal, no run, comes forward and looks to defend it as he is beaten by the away movement

End of over 7 (3 runs) Afghanistan 58/3
Nawroz Mangal    2* (4b)      KJ O'Brien    1-0-3-1
Mohammad Shahzad    23* (15b 2x4 1x6)      DT Johnston    3-0-27-1

Dockrell comes into the attack

7.1

Dockrell to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, slices it past point for a single

7.2

Dockrell to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, comes forward and punches it to long-on for a single

7.3

Dockrell to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, short outside the off stump. Shahzad cuts it past the point fielder for a boundary

7.4

Dockrell to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, comes forward and drives it to cover

7.5

Dockrell to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, fuller ball on the leg stump. Shahzad turns it to midwicket for a single

7.6

Dockrell to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, glances it to fine-leg for a single

End of over 8 (8 runs) Afghanistan 66/3
Nawroz Mangal    4* (6b)      GH Dockrell    1-0-8-0
Mohammad Shahzad    29* (19b 3x4 1x6)      KJ O'Brien    1-0-3-1

8.1

O'Brien to Nawroz Mangal, 2 runs, cuts it to deep point for a couple

8.2

O'Brien to Nawroz Mangal, no run, comes forward and pushes it to the leg side

8.3

O'Brien to Nawroz Mangal, no run, comes forward and defends it to point

8.4

O'Brien to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, forces it to long-on for a single

8.5

O'Brien to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, pulls it to long-on for a single

8.6

O'Brien to Nawroz Mangal, no run, and the ball slips in the gap between bat and pad. Mangal is lucky that it didn't hit top of off

End of over 9 (4 runs) Afghanistan 70/3
Nawroz Mangal    7* (11b)      KJ O'Brien    2-0-7-1
Mohammad Shahzad    30* (20b 3x4 1x6)      GH Dockrell    1-0-8-0

9.1

Dockrell to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, cuts it to point for a single

9.2

Dockrell to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, comes down the track and pushes it to midwicket for a single

9.3

Dockrell to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, defends it to the off side

9.4

Dockrell to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, pushes it to the leg side for a single

9.5

Dockrell to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, turns it to the deep midwicket fielder for a single

9.6

Dockrell to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, stands tall and whips it to mid-on for a single

End of over 10 (5 runs) Afghanistan 75/3
Mohammad Shahzad    33* (24b 3x4 1x6)      GH Dockrell    2-0-13-0
Nawroz Mangal    9* (13b)      KJ O'Brien    2-0-7-1

10.1

O'Brien to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

10.2

O'Brien to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, pulls it to long-on for a single

10.3

O'Brien to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, wristy flick to deep square-leg for a single

10.4

O'Brien to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, off the inside-edge to short fine-leg for a single

10.5

O'Brien to Nawroz Mangal, OUT, lofts it straight into the hands of Sorensen at long-on

Nawroz Mangal c Sorensen b O'Brien 10 (15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

10.6

O'Brien to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, comes forward and pushes it to midwicket for a single

End of over 11 (4 runs) Afghanistan 79/4
Mohammad Shahzad    36* (28b 3x4 1x6)      KJ O'Brien    3-0-11-2
Samiullah Shenwari    0* (0b)      GH Dockrell    2-0-13-0

11.1

Rankin to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, comes forward and pushes it to the leg side for a single

11.2

Rankin to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, cut tot deep point for a single

11.3

Rankin to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler

11.4

Rankin to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, come forward and drives it to mid-off

11.5

Rankin to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, slices it to deep point for a boundary

11.6

Rankin to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

End of over 12 (7 runs) Afghanistan 86/4
Mohammad Shahzad    42* (33b 4x4 1x6)      WB Rankin    3-0-20-1
Samiullah Shenwari    1* (1b)      KJ O'Brien    3-0-11-2

12.1

O'Brien to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, comes forward and turns it to fine-leg for a single

12.2

O'Brien to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, cuts it to backward point

12.3

O'Brien to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, drives it to long-off for a single

12.4

O'Brien to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR

12.5

O'Brien to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, turns it to deep square-leg for a single

comes forward and cuts it to point

12.6

O'Brien to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

End of over 13 (7 runs) Afghanistan 93/4
Samiullah Shenwari    2* (4b)      KJ O'Brien    4-0-18-2
Mohammad Shahzad    48* (36b 5x4 1x6)      WB Rankin    3-0-20-1

13.1

Stirling to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

13.2

Stirling to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

13.3

Stirling to Samiullah Shenwari, SIX, comes down the track and lofts it over long-off for his first six

13.4

Stirling to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

13.5

Stirling to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, defends it to the leg side

13.6

Stirling to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, fuller on the off stump. Shahzad pushes it to mid-on and gets to his fifty with a single

End of over 14 (9 runs) Afghanistan 102/4
Mohammad Shahzad    50* (39b 5x4 1x6)      PR Stirling    1-0-9-0
Samiullah Shenwari    9* (7b 1x6)      KJ O'Brien    4-0-18-2

14.1

Rankin to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, short outside the off stump. Shahzad looks to cut it and is beaten

14.2

Rankin to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 leg bye, off the thigh pad to fine-leg for a leg-bye

14.3

Rankin to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, comes forward and pushes it to the leg side

14.4

Rankin to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, lofts it to extra-cover for a single

14.5

Rankin to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, comes forward and turns it to the leg side

14.6

Rankin to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

End of over 15 (3 runs) Afghanistan 105/4
Mohammad Shahzad    51* (43b 5x4 1x6)      WB Rankin    4-0-22-1
Samiullah Shenwari    10* (9b 1x6)      PR Stirling    1-0-9-0

15.1

Dockrell to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, comes down the track and smashes it to extra-cover for a single

15.2

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, cut to deep point for a single

15.3

Dockrell to Mohammad Shahzad, SIX, comes down the track and lofts it to long-off for a six

15.4

Dockrell to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR

15.5

Dockrell to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, goes past extra-cover for a boundary

15.6

Dockrell to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

End of over 16 (13 runs) Afghanistan 118/4
Samiullah Shenwari    11* (11b 1x6)      GH Dockrell    3-0-26-0
Mohammad Shahzad    63* (47b 6x4 2x6)      WB Rankin    4-0-22-1

16.1

Sorensen to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, off the inside edge to short fine-leg for a single

16.2

Sorensen to Samiullah Shenwari, OUT, fuller ball outside the off stump. Shenwari lofts it straight into the hands of Rankin at long-off

Samiullah Shenwari c Rankin b Sorensen 11 (12b 0x4 1x6) SR: 91.66

16.3

Sorensen to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, cut to deep point for a single

16.4

Sorensen to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, runs it down to third-man for a couple

16.5

Sorensen to Mohammad Shahzad, 2 runs

16.6

Sorensen to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

End of over 17 (6 runs) Afghanistan 124/5
Mohammad Shahzad    68* (51b 6x4 2x6)      MC Sorensen    2-0-20-1
Mohammad Nabi    1* (1b)      GH Dockrell    3-0-26-0

17.1

Stirling to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, makes room and lofts it to long-on for a boundary

17.2

Stirling to Mohammad Shahzad, 2 runs, and does the same again, but doesn't get enough wood as gets a couple for himself

17.3

Stirling to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, drives it to long-off for a single

17.4

Stirling to Mohammad Nabi, OUT, flicks it straight into the hands of the fielder at deep midwicket. Nabi doesn't last long

Mohammad Nabi c Sorensen b Stirling 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

17.5

Stirling to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, pushes it to long-on for a single

17.6

Stirling to Gulbadin Naib, no run, comes forward and defends it back onto the pitch

End of over 18 (8 runs) Afghanistan 132/6
Gulbadin Naib    0* (1b)      PR Stirling    2-0-17-1
Mohammad Shahzad    76* (55b 7x4 2x6)      MC Sorensen    2-0-20-1

18.1

Sorensen to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, mistimes the helicopter shot to long-off for a single

18.2

Sorensen to Gulbadin Naib, 2 runs, drives it to extra-cover for a couple

18.3

Sorensen to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, drives it to long-off for a single

18.4

Sorensen to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 wide, wide outside the off stump

18.4

Sorensen to Mohammad Shahzad, OUT, the innings befitting the occasion has come to an end. Shahzad looks to pull it and gets a top-edge to long-off. A brilliant innings that by Shahzad

Mohammad Shahzad c Porterfield b Sorensen 77 (57b 7x4 2x6) SR: 135.08

18.5

Sorensen to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, full-toss outside the off stump. He drives it to long-off

18.6

Sorensen to Aftab Alam, no run, comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler

End of over 19 (6 runs) Afghanistan 138/7
Aftab Alam    0* (1b)      MC Sorensen    3-0-26-2
Gulbadin Naib    4* (4b)      PR Stirling    2-0-17-1

19.1

Johnston to Gulbadin Naib, no run, looks to cut it and gets an inside edge

19.2

Johnston to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, short ball and pulls it to midwicket

19.3

Johnston to Aftab Alam, no run, looks to loft it over mid-off and is beaten

19.4

Johnston to Aftab Alam, 1 run, off the outside edge to short third-man for a single

19.5

Johnston to Gulbadin Naib, SIX, lofts it over long-on for a six

19.6

Johnston to Gulbadin Naib, SIX, and one more lofted shot ove rlong-on to finsih the innings with a flourish

When they got to fifty in the fifth, it seemed like they were in for a total in excess of 180 but the bowlers led by O'Brien pulled them back and restricted them to 152

End of over 20 (14 runs) Afghanistan 152/7
Gulbadin Naib    17* (8b 2x6)      DT Johnston    4-0-41-1
Aftab Alam    1* (3b)      MC Sorensen    3-0-26-2
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Mar 24, 2012

Paul Stirling was Man of the Match for his quickfire 79, Afghanistan v Ireland, World Twenty20 Qualifier final, Dubai, March 24, 2012

Paul Stirling was Man of the Match for his quickfire 79

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Andrew White and Andrew Poynter celebrate Ireland's title triumph, Afghanistan v Ireland, World Twenty20 Qualifier final, Dubai, March 24, 2012

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