Player of the Match
Player of the Match

5.28pm A spirited fight is what Ireland have almost always provided. Today was no different. They showed spark and scrap to get past 200, but in the end, they had conceded just too many. Afghanistan, in truth, were appalling in the Powerplay, but fought back nicely thereafter to whitewash Ireland 3-0 in the T20 series.

Presentation time.

William Porterfield: "Anytime over 200 in both innings, credit to the groundstaff. They've come hard at us and deserved the win. As much as you want to set it up in the first six, you have to finish it in the last."

Asghar Stanikzai: "We thought 180-plus was good enough. We know our strengths, in the end we have good spinners."

Mohammad Nabi is the Man of the Match

Nabi is also the best batsman of the series, Rashid Khan is the best bowler of the series

Rashid Khan is the Man of the Series

Laiqkhan Rafeh: "What a game of cricket about 450 runs"

19.2
W
Mohammad Nabi to Dockrell, OUT, that's the game. A slow, short delivery outside off. Dockrell slog-sweeps the ball into the hands of deep midwicket. Afghanistan's impressive run keeps chugging along. 11 unbeaten now.

GH Dockrell c Usman Ghani b Mohammad Nabi 2 (7m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

19.1
W
Mohammad Nabi to Dockrell, 1 run, OUT, that's not one. A yorker on off, jammed down to long-on, who runs in, picks up cleanly and throws the stumps down at the bowler's end. McCarthy may not have a worse day in cricket. 0 off 0 after the most expensive figures in T20I cricket

BJ McCarthy run out (Najibullah Zadran) 0 (1m 0b 0x4 0x6)

Five sixes will do nicely for Ireland. Nabi to finish

END OF OVER:
19 | 5 Runs 3 Wkts | IRE: 204/8 (30 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 10.73, RRR: 30.00)

  • George Dockrell1 (1b)
  • Rashid Khan4-0-28-3
  • Shapoor Zadran4-0-60-1
18.6
W
Rashid Khan to GJ Thompson, OUT, another one. Three in the over. Another ripping googly that isn't read by the batsman. Gets down to sweep and misses, clips the top of leg stump

GJ Thompson b Rashid Khan 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

18.5
1
Rashid Khan to Dockrell, 1 run, flicked to deep midwicket for one
18.4
W
Rashid Khan to Tucker, OUT, bowled 'im. Another one. Flat on leg, Tucker hurries back and misses his pull. Leg stump is hit and Ireland's impressive fight looks short, in all likelihood

L Tucker b Rashid Khan 16 (25m 14b 0x4 1x6) SR: 114.28

18.3
2
Rashid Khan to Tucker, 2 runs, runs down, skews the legbreak over cover for a couple. Didn't quite get to the pitch
18.2
W
Rashid Khan to Wilson, OUT, slog-swept into the hands of deep midwicket, and that should probably be the game. A full legreak, deserved to go. Wilson got underneath but only skied the ball into the reverse-cupped hands of the fielder

GC Wilson c Samiullah Shinwari b Rashid Khan 59 (47m 34b 5x4 2x6) SR: 173.52

18.1
2
Rashid Khan to Wilson, 2 runs, flat and straight, a mis-timed pull to midwicket. Wilson scurries back for two

35 off 12

END OF OVER:
18 | 13 Runs | IRE: 199/5 (35 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 11.05, RRR: 17.50)

  • Lorcan Tucker14 (12b)
  • Gary Wilson57 (32b)
  • Shapoor Zadran4-0-60-1
  • Rashid Khan3-0-23-0
17.6
0
Shapoor Zadran to Tucker, no run, they don't. Looks to scoop the ball over the keeper but the ball is quick, full and wide. Goes through the legs for a crucial dot

Ireland need a boundary here

17.5
1
Shapoor Zadran to Wilson, 1 run, clipped to midwicket, just one.
17.4
4
Shapoor Zadran to Wilson, FOUR runs, a thick inside edge. Full and straight, Wilson mows but gets just enough bat to beat the stumps and the keeper
17.3
1
Shapoor Zadran to Tucker, 1 run, flicked away to deep midwicket for one
17.3
3nb
Shapoor Zadran to Tucker, (no ball) 2 runs, great stuff from the fielder But Shapoor has overstepped again. Shovelled away to deep midwicket. The fielder gets to his left, and pulls it in acrobatically. Another great call by the umpire. So marginal, but definitely over
17.2
1
Shapoor Zadran to Wilson, 1 run, a low full toss on off, slogged to deep square leg for one
17.2
1w
Shapoor Zadran to Wilson, 1 wide, a slower ball down the leg side results in a free run for Ireland

Mark: "However this ends, it's been a spirited chase by Ireland of what looked like an impossible target, although they look likely to fall just short."

17.1
2
Shapoor Zadran to Wilson, 2 runs, clattered through cover for a couple. Good fielding by Shenwari, diving to his right

16 an over needed. Shapoor to finish

END OF OVER:
17 | 10 Runs | IRE: 186/5 (48 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 10.94, RRR: 16.00)

  • Gary Wilson49 (28b)
  • Lorcan Tucker11 (9b)
  • Rashid Khan3-0-23-0
  • Mohammad Nabi3-0-42-0
16.6
1
Rashid Khan to Wilson, 1 run, given runs. Big appeal. The googly on off and middle. Wilson doesn't read it. Goes back to cut but the ball rips back in. Struck him in front of off but was there some bat before pad, or pad before bat?
16.5
1
Rashid Khan to Tucker, 1 run, flat on middle and leg. Full. But Tucker plays back and works the ball to long-on for one
16.4
1
Rashid Khan to Wilson, 1 run, flat and wide outside off, swept away towards short fine leg

Ireland 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st65PR StirlingSR Thompson
2nd30WTS PorterfieldSR Thompson
3rd5KJ O'BrienWTS Porterfield
4th23GC WilsonWTS Porterfield
5th36GC WilsonAR McBrine
6th42GC WilsonLJ Tucker
7th2GJ ThompsonLJ Tucker
8th1GJ ThompsonGH Dockrell
9th1GH DockrellBJ McCarthy
10th0GH DockrellJ Mulder