(48.2/50 ov, target 251)211
Afghanistan won by 39 runs

Afghanistan have produced a comprehensive win here today beating Ireland by 39 runs. Ed Joyce top scored for Ireland with 62 off 87 balls but once Kevin O'Brien was out for his quick fire 35 off 23, there was only going to be one winner.

Spinners was the pick of the Afghan bowlers, with Mohammad Nabi and Rashid taking 3 wickets each.

So Afghanistan go 1-0 up in the series. The great news is there is not long to wait till the next match. Thursday here at Stormont.

The weather for Thursday looks good, so thanks for following my commentary today and I hope that you join me again on Thursday.


Zadran to Murtagh, OUT

its the best connection that Murtagh got on the ball. It flies towards the long-off boundary and Naib takes the catch. Afghanistan win by 39 runs.

Tim Murtagh c sub (Gulbadin Naib) b Dawlat Zadran 7 (11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 63.63
Zadran to Murtagh, no run

its another short ball, Murtagh misses with the pull. This is a bit silly here, it just needs to be full and straight if he wants the wicket

end of over 483 runs
IRE: 211/9CRR: 4.39 RRR: 20.00
Tim Murtagh7 (9)
Peter Chase1 (3)
Rashid Khan 10-0-28-3
Dawlat Zadran 9-1-29-1
Rashid Khan to Murtagh, 1 run

drives the ball back past the bowler, a diving Rashid can't stop it

Rashid Khan to Murtagh, no run

looks to pull the ball into the legside, gets a bottom edge down to short third man

Rashid Khan to Murtagh, no run

looks to drive the ball and misses, Shahzad gathers the ball

Rashid Khan to Chase, 1 run

drives the ball hard down to long-on

Rashid Khan to Murtagh, 1 run

looks to slog sweep the ball, gets an edge which goes down to long-leg instead

Rashid Khan to Murtagh, no run

spins outside the off-stump and Murtagh misses with the cut

end of over 476 runs • 1 wicket
IRE: 208/9CRR: 4.42 RRR: 14.33
Tim Murtagh5 (4)
Peter Chase0 (2)
Dawlat Zadran 9-1-29-1
Mohammad Nabi 9-0-45-3
Zadran to Murtagh, 1 run

goes for the pull shot and doesn't time it, goes to square leg and Murtagh keeps hold of the strike

Zadran to Murtagh, 2 runs

its wide of off-stump and Murtagh is going to swing at everything, goes down to third man

Zadran to Chase, 1 leg bye

another short ball going down the legside, hits Chase's pads and they go for the single

Zadran to Chase, no run

another short ball and its through Chase before he gets through his pull shot.

Zadran to Chase, 1 wide

its another short ball which goes over the head of Chase and he is quite tall too.

Zadran to McCarthy, OUT

McCarthy looks to swing the ball into the legside, he misses the ball and his stumps get flattened. The End is coming soon.

Barry McCarthy b Dawlat Zadran 3 (10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30
Zadran to Murtagh, 1 run

its fast outside off-stump, Murtagh swings at the ball and gets a thick edge down to third man