Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Match Centre

Scorer: Harshith Gowda

5.30pm Thank you for your presence with us this evening as we say goodbye. The next game takes place two days later at the same ground and we'll see you then.

That gives Afghanistan a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Ireland had got off to a healthy start with the bat before they went slightly off track in the middle overs. But Harry Tector helped them finish on a good score before Afghanistan hit back through their own openers and then Shinwari and Najibullah Zadran. The pair added 63 in just over seven overs to help push the score, and that is what made the difference

5.22 pm Match has been called off. Afghanistan win by 11 runs on DLS method

Meanwhile, Naveen-ul-Haq wants to start a pace bowling revolution in his country. What are your thoughts about him?

Naveed: "At least it is finally sunny in England!!!" -- That's great news, but only if all of today's matches were held there!

5.17pm The rain has got much heavier now and the restart seems ever more unlikely.

Rafi: "What is DLS par score at this moment?" -- It's 122, Rafi. Afghanistan are 11 runs ahead of the par score.

Vinod Rajpal: "Rain in Afghan vs Ireland match in India, Rain in Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe match.....Any update on Srilanka vs Windies match weather to start in next 2hrs ??" -- Unfortunately, rain is expected later tonight in that part of the world too.

Ben: "I hope you've given Jon a 'Stern' warning" - Hope he's reading without being stern

5.04 pm The drizzle has not yet ceased and the covers remain on

Jon: "Afghanistan slight favourites from here, but the wicket and a new batsman in puts Ireland back in there and it would be harsh if they were to lose this to Duckworth, Lewis, and the other guy..." -- I'm surprised you don't know that famous "other guy" who has a say in match results.

Naveed: "If the match ends here it is a tough one for man of the match between Rashid and Zadran, both played really well and helped Afghanistan get into a winning position." -- quite true, Naveed. Tough choice there.

Naveed Shirzay : "That's the real Shenwari for you. Samiullah and Asghar Afghan do not deserve to play in this young side. I know we need a couple of experienced players but these two do not even experience because their quality is below the national side."

Shane: "What DLS score?" -- It is 122 for 5 at this stage. Afghanistan are 11 runs ahead of the DLS par

15 | 7 Runs 1 Wkt | AFG: 133/5 (40 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 8.86, RRR: 8.00)

  • Najibullah Zadran42 (21b)
  • Boyd Rankin4-0-44-1
  • Simi Singh3-0-18-2

4.51pm Covers are on as the drizzle continues in Greater Noida

Rankin to Samiullah Shinwari, OUT, middle stump pegged back! It was full on off as he went for the pull but the ball took the bottom edge to send him back

Samiullah Shinwari b Rankin 28 (29b 3x4 0x6) SR: 96.55

Rankin to Samiullah Shinwari, no run, bouncer again! Rankin uses his height to good effect and pitches this on off stump
Rankin to Samiullah Shinwari, no run, short again outside off but this time the ball comes back into the right hander. He lets that go to the keeper

The physio comes out immediately to check on Shinwari

Rankin to Samiullah Shinwari, no run, short on off. He attempts a pull but misses and the ball hits his chest region

Rain is getting heavier

Rankin to Najibullah Zadran, 1 run, driven down the ground towards long on off this fuller ball on leg stump

Afghanistan 2nd innings Partnerships

1st54Hazratullah ZazaiRahmanullah Gurbaz
2nd1Hazratullah ZazaiKarim Janat
3rd0Asghar AfghanKarim Janat
4th15Samiullah ShinwariKarim Janat
5th63Samiullah ShinwariNajibullah Zadran