ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Final: Afghanistan v Ireland at Dubai (DSC), Mar 24, 2012
Ireland won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (neutral venue)
24 March 2012 (20-over match)
0.1

Dawlat Zadran to Porterfield, OUT, What.A.Start to both the innings by Afghanistan! If it was the first ball six while batting, then the middle stump of Porterfield is uprooted by an yorker. Will Ireland recover and try to trade punches through these 20 overs now?

WTS Porterfield b Dawlat Zadran 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

0.2

Dawlat Zadran to Joyce, no run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Joyce looks to chase it and is beaten by the movement

0.3

Dawlat Zadran to Joyce, 4 leg byes, on the leg stump. Joyce looks to flick it and gets hit on the pad. The ball runs down to fine-leg for four leg-byes as Shahzad was at least a couple of seconds late in diving

0.4

Dawlat Zadran to Joyce, no run, comes forward and drives it to cover

0.5

Dawlat Zadran to Joyce, no run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Joyce comes forward and defends it to the cover fielder

0.6

Dawlat Zadran to Joyce, FOUR, short ball on the leg stump. Joyce moves across and does his best impersonation of Lara as he lifts his frontfoot and pulls it behind square for a boundary. Eventful over this.

End of over 1 (8 runs) Ireland 8/1 (145 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 7.63)

    • EC Joyce 4 (5b 1x4)
    • PR Stirling 0 (0b)
    • Dawlat Zadran 1-0-4-1
1.1

Mirwais Ashraf to Stirling, FOUR, The Powerplay overs are seeming like they are straight out of highlights package. Ashraf errs in bowling a half-volley. Stirling gets his front-foot forward and drives it past covers for a boundary

1.2

Mirwais Ashraf to Stirling, FOUR, how simple is this? You can't do that with such ease in a video game. Striling moves across and flicks it over square-leg for a boundary that had dominance written all over it

1.3

Mirwais Ashraf to Stirling, FOUR, short ball outside the off stump. Stirling comes down the track and clears the infield on the off side with a lofted drive and makes it three in three. Ashraf under pressure now

1.4

Mirwais Ashraf to Stirling, 3 runs, comes forward and drives it past midwicket for three runs

1.5

Mirwais Ashraf to Joyce, 1 wide, wide down the leg side. Ashraf is conceding the advantage of early wicket with his bowling

1.5

Mirwais Ashraf to Joyce, no run, fuller ball on the middle stump. Joyce comes forward and pushes it to the leg side

1.6

Mirwais Ashraf to Joyce, 1 run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Joyce comes forward and opens the face of the bat as he pushes it to point and gets a single to retain the strike

End of over 2 (17 runs) Ireland 25/1 (128 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 12.50, RRR: 7.11)

    • EC Joyce 5 (7b 1x4)
    • PR Stirling 15 (4b 3x4)
    • Mirwais Ashraf 1-0-17-0
    • Dawlat Zadran 1-0-4-1
2.1

Dawlat Zadran to Joyce, no run, meanwhile, Zadran looks like he is operating on a different pitch altogether. He goes round the wicket and beats the outside edge of the bat with a ball coming in

2.2

Dawlat Zadran to Joyce, no run, how much of a tease is this? Zadran entices Joyce into the drive and beats him with the inward movement. Real contest on the cards when Zadran is bowling

2.3

Dawlat Zadran to Joyce, no run, make it three in a row as Joyce looks to go for the lofted drive and is beaten by the movement in

2.4

Dawlat Zadran to Joyce, 1 run, pushes it to mid-on for a single

2.5

Dawlat Zadran to Stirling, 1 run, fuller ball on the leg stump. Stirling chips it and the ball just falls short of the fielder at mid-on

2.6

Dawlat Zadran to Joyce, 1 wide, tests him out with a short ball. The umpire, surprisingly, signals it as a wide and Zadran has a smile at the end of his follow-through

2.6

Dawlat Zadran to Joyce, 1 run, on the leg stump. Joyce turns it to deep square-leg for a single

End of over 3 (4 runs) Ireland 29/1 (124 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 9.66, RRR: 7.29)

    • EC Joyce 7 (12b 1x4)
    • PR Stirling 16 (5b 3x4)
    • Dawlat Zadran 2-0-8-1
    • Mirwais Ashraf 1-0-17-0
3.1

Aftab Alam to Joyce, FOUR, we have seen some good shots in this match but none can beat this for the delight it provided. Fuller ball way outside the off stump. Joyce leans and threads it past the cover fielder for the shot of the day

3.2

Aftab Alam to Joyce, no run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Joyce comes forward and drives it back to the bowler, who is late in reacting in stretching his hand

3.3

Aftab Alam to Joyce, no run, comes forward and pushes it to point

3.4

Aftab Alam to Joyce, OUT, fuller ball on the leg stump. Joyce flicks it all the way into the hands of Nabi at deep square-leg. Alam endures a few anxious moments before punching the air in celebration of the wicket. The crowd seems to have found its voice back

EC Joyce c Mohammad Nabi b Aftab Alam 11 (16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 68.75

3.5

Aftab Alam to Stirling, no run, struck on the pads on the leg stump and would have maintained the line. Good decision by the umpire

3.6

Aftab Alam to Stirling, FOUR, short ball outside the off stump. Stirling makes room and smashes it past the diving fielder at deep midwicket for a boundary. Needless to say, Ireland's hopes hinge on how long Stirling bats

End of over 4 (8 runs) Ireland 37/2 (116 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 9.25, RRR: 7.25)

    • PR Stirling 20 (7b 4x4)
    • GC Wilson 0 (0b)
    • Aftab Alam 1-0-8-1
    • Dawlat Zadran 2-0-8-1
4.1

Izatullah Dawlatzai to Wilson, 1 leg bye, off the pads to third-man for a leg-bye. Shahzad and Dawlatzai were angered by the turning down of the appeal. On replays it seemed as if the ball would have hit the top of the off stump. Rub of the green for Ireland then

4.2

Izatullah Dawlatzai to Stirling, FOUR, fuller ball on the off stump. Stirling drives it back past the bowler for a boundary, his fifth. There was a lot of power in the shot as by the time Dawlatzai stretched his arm, the ball was past the mid-off fielder

4.3

Izatullah Dawlatzai to Stirling, 2 runs, pulls it to deep midwicket for a couple

4.4

Izatullah Dawlatzai to Stirling, FOUR, fuller ball outside the off stump. Stirling makes room and slices it over the infield on the off side for his sixth boundary

4.5

Izatullah Dawlatzai to Stirling, no run, cuts it to cover

4.6

Izatullah Dawlatzai to Stirling, SIX, now the wrists are bought into play. He waits for the ball till the last moment and with the last moment tweak of the wrists, sends the ball sailing over third-man for a six

End of over 5 (17 runs) Ireland 54/2 (99 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 10.80, RRR: 6.60)

    • PR Stirling 36 (12b 6x4 1x6)
    • GC Wilson 0 (1b)
    • Izatullah Dawlatzai 1-0-16-0
    • Aftab Alam 1-0-8-1
5.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Wilson, no run, short ball outside off. Wilson looks to cut and is beaten. Shahzad thinks it was edge and is disappointed that the umpire doesn't think so

5.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Wilson, no run, cuts it to point

5.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Wilson, 1 run, pushes it to mid-on for a single

5.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Stirling, FOUR, full-toss on the leg stump. Stirling sweeps it to fine-leg for a boundary

5.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Stirling, 2 runs, pushes this one faster as Stirling blasts it past cover for a couple

5.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Stirling, 1 run

End of over 6 (8 runs) Ireland 62/2 (91 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 10.33, RRR: 6.50)

    • PR Stirling 43 (15b 7x4 1x6)
    • GC Wilson 1 (4b)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 1-0-8-0
    • Izatullah Dawlatzai 1-0-16-0
6.1

Aftab Alam to Stirling, SIX, short ball outside the off stump. Striling is well into position as the ball is bowled. He picks the length early and sends the ball seven rows back over the midwicket fence. Superb shot that

6.2

Aftab Alam to Stirling, 1 run, pushes it to the leg side and gets to his half-century. Apparently the second fastest in T20 history

6.3

Aftab Alam to Wilson, no run, comes forward and defends it to the off side

6.4

Aftab Alam to Wilson, 1 run, full-toss outside the off stump. Wilson comes forward and drives it to sweeper cover for a single

6.5

Aftab Alam to Stirling, 2 wides, wide down the leg side and they take a run as Shahzad parries the ball to short fine-leg fielder

6.5

Aftab Alam to Wilson, no run, outside the off stump and left alone by Wilson

6.6

Aftab Alam to Wilson, 2 runs, fuller ball on the middle and leg line. Wilson comes forward and drives it to long-on. The extra couple of seconds that the fielder took in fielding the ball proved handy for them as they take a couple

End of over 7 (12 runs) Ireland 74/2 (79 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 10.57, RRR: 6.07)

    • GC Wilson 4 (8b)
    • PR Stirling 50 (17b 7x4 2x6)
    • Aftab Alam 2-0-20-1
    • Samiullah Shenwari 1-0-8-0
7.1

Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, FOUR, Nabi bowls a short ball first up. Stirling stands tall and bludgeons it past the cover fielder for a boundary

7.2

Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, no run, comes forward and defends it to the off side

7.3

Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, 1 run, on the leg stump. Stirling turns it to the leg side for a single

7.4

Mohammad Nabi to Wilson, 1 run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Wilson guides it to short third-man for a single

7.5

Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, 2 runs, fuller ball on the leg stump. Stirling flicks it to deep midwicket and gets a couple more added to his and the teams tally

7.6

Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, no run, comes forward and defends it to the off side

End of over 8 (8 runs) Ireland 82/2 (71 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 10.25, RRR: 5.91)

    • PR Stirling 57 (22b 8x4 2x6)
    • GC Wilson 5 (9b)
    • Mohammad Nabi 1-0-8-0
    • Aftab Alam 2-0-20-1
8.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Wilson, no run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Wilson comes forward and drives it to the cover fielder

8.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Wilson, no run, plays it with soft hands to point

8.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Wilson, 1 run, comes down the track and pushes it to the leg side for a single

8.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Stirling, 1 run, fuller ball on the off stump. Stirling slogs it to cow corner for a single

8.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Wilson, 1 leg bye, off the pads to short fine-leg fielder for a leg-bye

8.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Stirling, 1 run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Stirling drives it to long-off for a single

End of over 9 (4 runs) Ireland 86/2 (67 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 9.55, RRR: 6.09)

    • PR Stirling 59 (24b 8x4 2x6)
    • GC Wilson 6 (13b)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 2-0-11-0
    • Mohammad Nabi 1-0-8-0
9.1

Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, 1 run, fuller ball on the middle stump. Stirling comes down the track and slogs it to deep square-leg for a single

9.2

Mohammad Nabi to Wilson, 1 run, reverse-sweeps and gets a bottom edge to square-leg for a single

9.3

Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, 2 runs, dropped! He lofts it to long-off and the fielder doesn't time the forward dive properly as the catch is spilled

9.4

Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, 2 runs, steers it to third-man for a couple

9.5

Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, 1 run, cut to deep point for a single

9.6

Mohammad Nabi to Wilson, 1 run, looks to reverse sweep and gets a top edge. The fielder at short fine-leg comes running in and lets the throw rip. The batsman is just in as the bowler whips the bails off

End of over 10 (8 runs) Ireland 94/2 (59 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 9.40, RRR: 5.90)

    • GC Wilson 8 (15b)
    • PR Stirling 65 (28b 8x4 2x6)
    • Mohammad Nabi 2-0-16-0
    • Samiullah Shenwari 2-0-11-0
10.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Wilson, 1 run, turns it to the leg side for a single

10.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Stirling, 1 run, makes room and drives it to cover for a single

10.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Wilson, no run, cuts it to point

10.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Wilson, no run, fuller ball on the leg stump. Wilson comes down the track and drives it back to the bowler

10.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Wilson, 1 run, comes down the track and pushes it to long-on for a single

10.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Stirling, 1 run, short on the middle stump. Stirling pulls it to deep midwicket for a single

End of over 11 (4 runs) Ireland 98/2 (55 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 8.90, RRR: 6.11)

    • PR Stirling 67 (30b 8x4 2x6)
    • GC Wilson 10 (19b)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 3-0-15-0
    • Mohammad Nabi 2-0-16-0
11.1

Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, no run, drives it back to the bowler. The bowler throws it back onto the stumps. Wilson had his bat entrenched in the crease

11.2

Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, SIX, this man has a lot more left in him. He comes down the track and lofts it over long-on for his third six and looks good for many more

11.3

Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, no run, comes down the track and sweeps it to square-leg

11.4

Mohammad Nabi to Stirling, 1 run

11.5

Mohammad Nabi to Wilson, 2 runs, fuller ball outside the off stump. Wilson coems down the track and lofts it to long-off. The throw was razor sharp but Shahzad failed to collect it and Wilson gets away

11.6

Mohammad Nabi to Wilson, no run, comes forward and defends it back onto the pitch

End of over 12 (9 runs) Ireland 107/2 (46 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 8.91, RRR: 5.75)

    • GC Wilson 12 (21b)
    • PR Stirling 74 (34b 8x4 3x6)
    • Mohammad Nabi 3-0-25-0
    • Samiullah Shenwari 3-0-15-0

Zadran comes back into the attack now. Last ray of hope, probably

12.1

Dawlat Zadran to Stirling, FOUR, Fuller ball on the off stump. Stirling launches it back over the bowler's head for his ninth boundary

There is a lengthy chat between the bowler and the captain. The reserve umpire comes out with the box of balls and the players take a drink

12.2

Dawlat Zadran to Stirling, 1 run, yorker on the off stump. Stirling drives it to long-off for a single

12.3

Dawlat Zadran to Wilson, 1 run, fuller ball on the leg stump. Wilson pushes it to midwicket and hands the strike back to Stirling

12.4

Dawlat Zadran to Stirling, no run, slower ball outside the off stump. Stirling is slow in picking it and cuts it with no timing to point

12.5

Dawlat Zadran to Stirling, OUT, and finally, the wicket that Afghanistan needed! Short ball outside the off stump. Stirling gets into the position early and pulls it. Naib times the jump perfectly and pulls off a stunner. Each of the Afghan bowlers seem to have a trademark celebration as Zadran thumps his chest

PR Stirling c Gulbadin Naib b Dawlat Zadran 79 (38b 9x4 3x6) SR: 207.89

12.6

Dawlat Zadran to O'Brien, OUT, well its two in two now. O'Brien looks to run it down and gets an outside edge. Shahzad saves his most athletic moment of the day for this catch. he dives to his right and pulls off a stunner. Second time in two two balls that I have used the expression. Can he get a hattrick of the first ball, next over?

KJ O'Brien c †Mohammad Shahzad b Dawlat Zadran 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 13 (6 runs) Ireland 113/4 (40 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 8.69, RRR: 5.71)

    • GC Wilson 13 (22b)
    • Dawlat Zadran 3-0-14-3
    • Mohammad Nabi 3-0-25-0
13.1

Izatullah Dawlatzai to Wilson, no run, comes forward and defends it to mid-off

13.2

Izatullah Dawlatzai to Wilson, FOUR, short ball on the leg stump. Wilson rocks back and pulls it to deep square-leg for a boundary

13.3

Izatullah Dawlatzai to Wilson, 1 run, comes forward and drives it to long-off for a single

13.4

Izatullah Dawlatzai to Poynter, no run, looks to duck under the short ball and is hit on the helmet. The fielder at midwicket ran as if it was a catch. There is a sudden spring in the step of the fielders now

13.5

Izatullah Dawlatzai to Poynter, no run, comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler

13.6

Izatullah Dawlatzai to Poynter, no run, short ball outside the off stump. Poynter looks to cut it and the away movement beats him comprehensively

End of over 14 (5 runs) Ireland 118/4 (35 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 8.42, RRR: 5.83)

    • AD Poynter 0 (3b)
    • GC Wilson 18 (25b 1x4)
    • Izatullah Dawlatzai 2-0-21-0
    • Dawlat Zadran 3-0-14-3
14.1

Dawlat Zadran to Wilson, no run, short ball outside the off stump. Wilson moved across and looked to upper cut it. He decides against it and withdraws. No hattrick, then

14.2

Dawlat Zadran to Wilson, 1 run, pushes it to mid-on for a single

14.3

Dawlat Zadran to Poynter, FOUR, fuller ball outside the off stump. Poynter made room and lofted it over extra-cover for a boundary. Audacious shot under the circumstances

14.4

Dawlat Zadran to Poynter, no run, comes forward and pushes it to cover

14.5

Dawlat Zadran to Poynter, 1 run, slower ball down the leg side. Poynter forces it to short fine-leg for a single

14.6

Dawlat Zadran to Wilson, 1 run, full-toss on the leg stump. Wilson pushes it to long-on and retains the strike with a single

End of over 15 (7 runs) Ireland 125/4 (28 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 8.33, RRR: 5.60)

    • GC Wilson 20 (28b 1x4)
    • AD Poynter 5 (6b 1x4)
    • Dawlat Zadran 4-0-21-3
    • Izatullah Dawlatzai 2-0-21-0
15.1

Izatullah Dawlatzai to Wilson, no run, comes forward and defends it to the off side

15.2

Izatullah Dawlatzai to Wilson, FOUR, short ball outside the off stump. Wilson waits for thr ball and runs it past the diving third-man fielder for a boundary.

15.3

Izatullah Dawlatzai to Wilson, 1 run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Wilson comes forward and drives it to long-off for a single

15.4

Izatullah Dawlatzai to Poynter, no run, Poynter is making room as the ball is being bowled. The bowler notices it and pitches it short. Poynter under edges the pull shot

15.5

Izatullah Dawlatzai to Poynter, SIX, short ball outside the off stump. Poynter moves back and hits it like a double handed forehand. Just that it would have sailed into the adjacent courts if it was tennis played on centre court. This is cricket and he gets a six for his efforts

15.6

Izatullah Dawlatzai to Poynter, 1 run, pushes it to mid-off for a single

End of over 16 (12 runs) Ireland 137/4 (16 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 8.56, RRR: 4.00)

    • AD Poynter 12 (9b 1x4 1x6)
    • GC Wilson 25 (31b 2x4)
    • Izatullah Dawlatzai 3-0-33-0
    • Dawlat Zadran 4-0-21-3
16.1

Aftab Alam to Poynter, no run

16.2

Aftab Alam to Poynter, 2 runs, pushes it to midwicket and sets off for a quick single. The throw hits the knee of the umpire and they take an extra run for the overthrow

16.3

Aftab Alam to Poynter, 2 runs, cuts it to deep point for a couple

16.4

Aftab Alam to Poynter, 1 run, fuller ball on the middle stump. Poynter looks to slog it and gets an inside edge to short fine-leg for a single

16.5

Aftab Alam to Wilson, 2 runs, short ball outside the off stump. Wilson rocks back and cuts it past the point fielder for a couple

16.6

Aftab Alam to Wilson, 1 run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Wilson is running towards the danger end and the bowler swings his arm back as Wilson is approaching the crease. Wilson has a go at the bowler and also at Shahzad, who for some strange reason gets involved

End of over 17 (8 runs) Ireland 145/4 (8 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.52, RRR: 2.66)

    • GC Wilson 28 (33b 2x4)
    • AD Poynter 17 (13b 1x4 1x6)
    • Aftab Alam 3-0-28-1
    • Izatullah Dawlatzai 3-0-33-0
17.1

Gulbadin Naib to Wilson, 2 runs, pushes it to deep midwicket for a couple

17.2

Gulbadin Naib to Wilson, no run, comes forward and defends it to the off side

17.3

Gulbadin Naib to Wilson, no run, turns it to midwicket

17.4

Gulbadin Naib to Wilson, 1 run, flicks it to the deep midwicket fielder for a single

17.5

Gulbadin Naib to Poynter, 1 run, turns it to square-leg for a single

17.6

Gulbadin Naib to Wilson, 1 run, fuller ball on the leg stump. Wilson rolls his wrists as he pushes it to short fine-leg and takes a quick single

End of over 18 (5 runs) Ireland 150/4 (3 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.33, RRR: 1.50)

    • GC Wilson 32 (38b 2x4)
    • AD Poynter 18 (14b 1x4 1x6)
    • Gulbadin Naib 1-0-5-0
    • Aftab Alam 3-0-28-1
18.1

Aftab Alam to Wilson, OUT, fuller ball outside the off stump. Wilson lofts it straight into the hands of the fielder at long-off, Mirwais. And the tension boils over as Aftab speaks whats on his mind and Wilson responds but then better sense prevailed and both of them stopped brawling

GC Wilson c Mirwais Ashraf b Aftab Alam 32 (39b 2x4 0x6) SR: 82.05

18.2

Aftab Alam to Poynter, 1 run, pushes it to square-leg for a single

18.3

Aftab Alam to White, 1 run, flicks it to deep midwicket for a single

18.4

Aftab Alam to Poynter, no run, comes forward and defends it back onto the pitch

18.5

Aftab Alam to Poynter, FOUR, fuller ball on the leg stump. Poynter flicks it past the midwicket fielder and does a Shahid Afridi in celebrating with the arms aloft. Ireland win the game by 5 wickets

By the virtue of this win, Ireland are placed in group B of T20 World Cup alongside Australia and West Indies. Afghanistan will slot themselves into group A alongside India and England

Paul Stirling gets the Man of the match for his 79 and Raymond van Schoor gets the Man of the Series for his 324 runs and 6 wickets

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