(48.2/50 ov, target 251)211
Afghanistan won by 39 runs
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Shahzad and spinners help Afghanistan go 1-0 up

Half-centuries from Mohammad Shahzad and Najibullah Zadran set the base for Afghanistan's 39-run win in the second ODI against Ireland at Stormont in Belfast on Tuesday

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Scorecard summary
Afghanistan250/10(49.2 overs)
Ireland211/10(48.2 overs)
Ed Joyce62 (87)

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

end of over 465 runs • 1 wicket
IRE: 202/8CRR: 4.39 RRR: 12.25
Tim Murtagh1 (1)
Barry McCarthy3 (9)
Mohammad Nabi 9-0-45-3
Dawlat Zadran 8-1-24-0

Four overs to go, Dawlat to continue.

M Nabi to Murtagh, 1 run

chips the ball back over the bowlers head and its an easy run

M Nabi to McCarthy, 1 run

gets on the front foot and drives the ball up to Rashid at long-on

The batsmen crossed so McCarthy is on strike.

M Nabi to Dockrell, OUT

Dockrell knows that he has to start hitting out and picks out Rashid at long-on. Afghanistan must be heavy favourites from here

George Dockrell c Rashid Khan b Mohammad Nabi 6 (13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 46.15
M Nabi to McCarthy, 1 leg bye

that's the 200 up for Ireland, goes into the legside

M Nabi to Dockrell, 1 run

looks to slog sweep the ball into the legside, lands safe in front of point

Match details
Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast
TossIreland, elected to field first
SeriesAfghanistan tour of Scotland, Ireland and Netherlands
Series resultAfghanistan led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 3761
Hours of play (local time)10.45 start, First Session 10.45-14.15, Interval 14.15-15.00, Second Session 15.00-18.30
Match days12 July 2016 - day (50-over match)
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Alan Neill
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Ian Ramage
Reserve Umpire
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Roly Black
Match Referee
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David Jukes