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.
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.
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
drives the ball back past the bowler, a diving Rashid can't stop it
looks to pull the ball into the legside, gets a bottom edge down to short third man
looks to drive the ball and misses, Shahzad gathers the ball
drives the ball hard down to long-on
looks to slog sweep the ball, gets an edge which goes down to long-leg instead
spins outside the off-stump and Murtagh misses with the cut
goes for the pull shot and doesn't time it, goes to square leg and Murtagh keeps hold of the strike
its wide of off-stump and Murtagh is going to swing at everything, goes down to third man
another short ball going down the legside, hits Chase's pads and they go for the single
another short ball and its through Chase before he gets through his pull shot.
its another short ball which goes over the head of Chase and he is quite tall too.
McCarthy looks to swing the ball into the legside, he misses the ball and his stumps get flattened. The End is coming soon.
its fast outside off-stump, Murtagh swings at the ball and gets a thick edge down to third man
Four overs to go, Dawlat to continue.
chips the ball back over the bowlers head and its an easy run
gets on the front foot and drives the ball up to Rashid at long-on
The batsmen crossed so McCarthy is on strike.
Dockrell knows that he has to start hitting out and picks out Rashid at long-on. Afghanistan must be heavy favourites from here
that's the 200 up for Ireland, goes into the legside
looks to slog sweep the ball into the legside, lands safe in front of point