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)

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

Ireland 0/1   PR Stirling 0* (0b)   Dawlat Zadran 0.1-0-0-1

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

Ireland 33/2   PR Stirling 16* (5b 3x4)   Aftab Alam 0.4-0-4-1

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

Ireland 113/3   GC Wilson 13* (22b)   Dawlat Zadran 2.5-0-14-2

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

Ireland 113/4   GC Wilson 13* (22b)   Dawlat Zadran 3-0-14-3

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

Ireland 150/5   AD Poynter 18* (14b 1x4 1x6)   Aftab Alam 3.1-0-28-2





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Hours of play (local time) 18.00 start, First Session 18.00-19.20, Interval 19.20-19.40, Second Session 19.40-21.00

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