Result
2nd Match (D/N), Dubai (DSC), Jan 10 2015, Dubai Triangular Series
180
(43.2/50 ov, target 181)
181/7
Ireland won by 3 wickets (with 40 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Afghanistan
1y
• ESPNcricinfo staff

Ireland survive wobble to win

Ed Joyce's 51 and a steady 52-run partnership between Andy Balbirnie and Alex Cusack helped Ireland survive a couple of batting wobbles to secure a three-wicket win against Afghanistan in their opening game of the Dubai triangular series

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Scorecard summary
Afghanistan180(44.2 overs)
Ireland181/7(43.2 overs)
Ed Joyce51 (67)
43.2
1
Aftab Alam to Balbirnie, 1 run
Onto the frontfoot and drives it past the cover fielder and they take a run instead of letting the ball go across for a boundary
43.1
Aftab Alam to Balbirnie, no run
onto the frontfoot and does a defense
end of over 4313 runs
IRE: 180/7CRR: 4.18 • RRR: 0.14 • Need 1 from 42b
Alex Cusack26 (37)
Andy Balbirnie30 (48)
Dawlat Zadran5-0-39-0
Mohammad Nabi10-0-39-2
42.6
4
Dawlat Zadran to Cusack, FOUR runs
full ball, batsman onto the frontfoot and on-drives it to the mid-wicket boundary
42.5
4
Dawlat Zadran to Cusack, FOUR runs
Onto the backfoot and this time cuts it firmly past point given no chance for the thirdman fielder to stop it. Ireland crusing to victory here
42.4
4
Dawlat Zadran to Cusack, FOUR runs
Onto the backfoot and punches it away past the cover fielder for a boundary, no chance for the sweeper cover fielder to come across and save it
42.3
1
Dawlat Zadran to Balbirnie, 1 run
Onto the backfoot and pulls away a short pitch ball, down to square leg for a run
42.2
Dawlat Zadran to Balbirnie, no run
Onto the backfoot and plays it to the mid-on fielder no run taken
42.1
Dawlat Zadran to Balbirnie, no run
Onto the frontfoot and does a defense
end of over 425 runs
IRE: 167/7CRR: 3.97 • RRR: 1.75 • Need 14 from 48b
Alex Cusack14 (34)
Andy Balbirnie29 (45)
Mohammad Nabi10-0-39-2
Dawlat Zadran4-0-26-0
41.6
Mohammad Nabi to Cusack, no run
Onto the frontfoot and does adefenese
41.5
1
Mohammad Nabi to Balbirnie, 1 run
Onto the backfoot and plays it fine away to th legside for a run
41.4
Mohammad Nabi to Balbirnie, no run
Onto the backfoot and does a defense back to the bowler
41.3
Mohammad Nabi to Balbirnie, no run
Onto the frontfoot and does a defense
41.2
Mohammad Nabi to Balbirnie, no run
Onto the backfoot and does a defense to the bowler
41.1
4
Mohammad Nabi to Balbirnie, FOUR runs
Onto the knee and sweeps it firmly and it goes past the square leg fielder
end of over 413 runs
IRE: 162/7CRR: 3.95 • RRR: 2.11 • Need 19 from 54b
Andy Balbirnie24 (40)
Alex Cusack14 (33)
Dawlat Zadran4-0-26-0
Mohammad Nabi9-0-34-2
40.6
1
Dawlat Zadran to Balbirnie, 1 run
Onto the frontfoot and drives it straight past the bowler for a quick run
40.5
Dawlat Zadran to Balbirnie, no run
Onto the frontfoot and does a defense to the cover fielder
40.4
1
Dawlat Zadran to Cusack, 1 run
Outside off, batsman plays it with gentle hands and go off for a run and makes it easily
40.3
Dawlat Zadran to Cusack, no run
Onto the backfoot and does a defense to the bowler
Match details
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
TossIreland , elected to field first
SeriesDubai Triangular Series 2015
Player Of The Match
Javed Ahmadi
Match numberODI no. 3573
Season2014/15
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45
Match days10 January 2015 - day/night match (50-over match)
Umpires
Ahmed Shahab
Vineet Kulkarni
Reserve Umpire
Sharfuddoula
Match Referee
Graeme Labrooy
PointsIreland 2, Afghanistan 0