Match Centre

Commentator: Justin smyth

It's a comfortable victory in the end for Afghanistan, the first eight Irish Batsman got into double figures yet apart from Balbirnie none of them could push on. You could tell that as soon as Balbirnie was out, that the momentum in the innings dropped. With only one boundary hit in the last 16 overs, they were always going to fall short. Two run outs definitely didn't help the cause and with the wickets spread out between the bowlers, it was an all around effort from the Afghan team.

So Afghanistan go one nil up in the series, luckily we don't have long to wait until the second game. I hope that you will be able to join me then, until then this is Justin saying godd night from Stormont.

48.3
W
Rashid Khan to Chase, OUT, gone first ball! Chase has nothing to lose and he goes for a big hit down the ground. The ball goes high, high in the air, Chase knows that he is done for and doesn't even look as Rashid takes the catch. Afghanistan wins!

PKD Chase c & b Rashid Khan 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

48.2
W
Rashid Khan to Wilson, OUT, well he hits them this time! Wilson tres to sweep a good length ball into the legside, think that it did him for pace and the stumps are knocked over.

GC Wilson b Rashid Khan 38 (50b 0x4 1x6) SR: 76.00

48.1
1lb
Rashid Khan to Rankin, 1 leg bye, hits the pad and Wilson calls for the run, Rashid picks up the ball and throws at the non-strikers end. Couls have been close if he had hit the stumps.

END OF OVER:
48 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | IRE: 197/8 (31 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 4.10, RRR: 15.50)

  • WB Rankin1 (2b)
  • GC Wilson38 (49b)
  • Aftab Alam9-2-34-2
  • Rashid Khan9-0-41-0
47.6
1
Aftab Alam to Rankin, 1 run, clips the ball into the on-side and then ambles down the other end, not too sure about the running although I guess when you are that tall it doesn't take long to get down the other end!
47.5
1
Aftab Alam to Wilson, 1 run, clips the ball in the air towards cow corner, not enough power to make it out to the deep fielder
47.4
1lb
Aftab Alam to Rankin, 1 leg bye, Alam looks to bring the ball back into Rankin, clips the pad and Wilson calls him through for the run

Ireland 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st19WTS PorterfieldPR Stirling
2nd16WTS PorterfieldA Balbirnie
3rd18NJ O'BrienA Balbirnie
4th40A BalbirnieSimi Singh
5th37KJ O'BrienA Balbirnie
6th15KJ O'BrienGC Wilson
7th34GC WilsonAR McBrine
8th15TJ MurtaghGC Wilson
9th4WB RankinGC Wilson
10th0WB RankinPKD Chase