Ireland vs Afghanistan, 1st T20I at Greater Noida, Mar 08 2017, Afghanistan tour of India

1st T20I, Greater Noida, March 08, 2017, Afghanistan tour of India
(18/20 ov, T:166) 171/4

Afghanistan won by 6 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
56 (36)
Ireland Innings
Afghanistan Innings
Ireland  (20 ovs maximum)
c Najibullah Zadran b Amir Hamza56354562160.00
b Amir Hamza022000.00
run out (Rashid Khan)39305550130.00
st †Mohammad Shahzad b Rashid Khan1114211078.57
not out 41274031151.85
run out (Rashid Khan/†Mohammad Shahzad)14131820107.69
Extras(lb 2, nb 2)4
TOTAL20 Ov (RR: 8.25)165/5
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Paul Stirling, 0.4 ov), 2-83 (Stuart Thompson, 9.4 ov), 3-102 (William Porterfield, 12.1 ov), 4-112 (Kevin O'Brien, 14.3 ov), 5-165 (Lorcan Tucker, 19.6 ov)
0.4 to PR Stirling, and gone! Not a bad option, but quite terrible execution. Gets right across his stumps to sweep Hamza's darts over square leg, But the length is shorter and not quite a sweep-able delivery. Stirling attempts a pull and just plain misses it. Hits leg stump. Have to connect. 1/1
9.4 to SR Thompson, that's taken. Flat on leg, Thompson comes down but doesn't get to the pitch of the ball. He lofts the ball anyway but doesn't get enough behind his lofted flick. Long-on gets around to his left and completes a relatively easy catch. 83/2
14.3 to KJ O'Brien, the legspinner and Rashid strikes! Was that be best option? May have not been picking him, which is why coming down makes it doubly streaky. He doesn't get to the pitch, nor does he pick the legbreak, nor does he make contact with his wild heave. Shahzad does the simple rest. 112/4
Afghanistan  (T: 166 runs from 20 ovs)
run out (Dockrell)47416261114.63
c †Wilson b O'Brien27152832180.00
c Dockrell b SR Thompson56366563155.55
not out 20132221153.84
c Dockrell b Young1260050.00
not out 61101600.00
Extras(b 2, lb 2, w 10)14
TOTAL18 Ov (RR: 9.50)171/4
Fall of wickets: 1-51 (Najeeb Tarakai, 4.6 ov), 2-124 (Mohammad Shahzad, 13.5 ov), 3-161 (Samiullah Shinwari, 16.4 ov), 4-165 (Mohammad Nabi, 17.5 ov)
4.6 to Najeeb Tarakai, good, smart catch by the wicketkeeper. Tarakai was looking to loft this over the leg side. Length and it stops on the batsman, so it does come on to him as well as he would have liked. Tries to slog it away and gets a leading edge that goes towards third man and the keeper runs across and snaffles it well. 51/1
17.5 to Mohammad Nabi, oh, gone! Got to ask, was that really necessary? Full and outside off and Nabi drills it hard through midwicket. Cannot keep it along the ground and sends it straight into the hands of the midwicket fielder. 165/4
16.4 to Samiullah Shinwari, superb catch at long-on. They go upstairs to check if he has taken that fine, but does not seem like there's any problem. It was full and the batsman was using the inward angle and lofting it. It's the long part of the boundary there and the ball nearly carries but not over the fielder there. He moves to his right, takes it reverse-cupped and is arching back. The angle and momentum takes him over the ropes, so he flicks it in the air, crosses the boundary and steps back in to take it again. It's a pretty clean effort, no part of the foot was on the ropes. 161/3
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Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, Greater Noida
TossIreland, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultAfghanistan led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 599
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, First Session 14.00-15.25, Interval 15.25-15.45, Second Session 15.45-17.10
Match days8 March 2017 - day (20-over match)
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