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Ireland Look for a Win to Level Series against Afghanistan

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Ireland Look for a Win to Level Series against Afghanistan

July 14
13:03 2016

irelandNew Delhi, Thursday, July 14 – When two teams contend against each other, objective is to win and gain experience, which never gets wasted at any point of time. Afghanistan are on the tour of Ireland to play 5 One Day International matches. The first ODI held at Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast on Sunday, July 10 was abandoned without a ball bowled. The 2nd ODI that took place a couple of days ago on the same ground was won by Afghanistan who beat the host by 39 runs.

Ireland squad was led by William Porterfield. The players selected to perform were John Anderson, Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Kevin O’Brien, Andy McBrine, George Dockrell, Barry McCarthy, Peter Chase, Tim Murtagh and Stuart Poynter. Those who sat on bench were Sean Terry, Tyrone Kane, Gary Wilson and Mark Richard Adair. On the other hand Afghanistan Playing XI included Asghar Stanikzai – the captain, Mohammad Shahzad, Dawlat Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Shapoor Zadran and Mirwais Ashraf. Gulbadin Naib, Noor Ali Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Amir Hamza and Yamin Ahmadzai were in extras but enjoyed watching their team tasting victory when Ireland failed to chase the target of 251 runs.

Post winning the toss, Ireland skipper decided to bowl first. And losing the toss certainly became profitable for the visitors. Mohammad Shahzad and Javed Ahmadi gave Afghanistan a wonderful start with a 76-run opening stand. Kevin O’Brien gave his team the first breakthrough by dismissing opener Ahmadi at a score of 29, which included three boundaries. For another wicket, Ireland had to wait a tad more in view of the fact that Rahmat Shah made sure to stay on the crease for as long as possible and let the opening batsman perform as he being in an outstanding form. Kevin O’Brien pocketed wicket of the wicket-keeper batsman when Dockrell showed quickness to pouch the ball.

Shahzad’s innings of 66 runs off 79 balls included eights 4s and a biggie, setting a strong foundation for his team’s success in the last part. He was even the highest scorer as well. Soon after opener’s dismissal, Rahmat Shah was lbw by Chase when playing at a score of 14 off 26 balls. Pressure seemed to be building when Asghar Stanikzai was out for a duck post failing to read a delivery by Kevin O’Brien. Samiullah Shenwari and Najibullah Zadran made sure to stay on the pitch so that accumulation of the runs becomes easy. With a strike rate of 68.57, Shenwari scored 24 runs of 35 balls, including a couple of fours. Mohammad Nabi was lbw by Kevin O’Brien at a score of 5. Najibullah Zadran lost his wicket in the next over thanks to a bowling trick by Barry McCarthy. However, he was splendid in playing his innings. 59 runs off 61 balls consisted of six fours and a couple of sixes.

Dawlat Zadran hit a four but scored 7 runs off 9 balls. Barry McCarthy ended his stint. The bowler did not stop here as he sent Mirwais Ashraf back to the pavilion at the score of 12 (4 x 2) and Rashid Khan at 18 runs (4 x 2 and 6 x 1). Shapoor Zadran was not out at 2 runs. 14 extras were bowled by Ireland. For the loss of 10 wickets in 49.2 overs, 250 runs were scored by Afghanistan. Kevin O’Brien and Barry McCarthy earned four wickets and were successful in leaving an impression on the minds of viewers. Chasing the target did not look going to be any tough for Ireland as an opening partnership of 71 runs between William Porterfield and Ed Joyce boosted the thought that it is possible to log a win on the opponents.

Porterfield lost his wicket to Nabi at a score of 25 (4 x 3) as soon as the 15th over started. John Anderson gave Joyce much needed support. John Anderson played a knock of 26 runs, including a couple of fours. Mirwais ended stint of Joyce in 26.3 over post playing a knock of 62 runs off 87 balls, together with six boundaries. Stuart Poynter was lbw by Mirwais on a naught. Anderson fell short to Rashid Khan after a few hours. Kevin O’Brien sped up the pace of pocketing runs. Prior losing his wicket to Rashid Khan, the 32-year-old right-handed batsman scored 35 runs facing 23 balls, with a six and three fours.

Paul Stirling was out by Nabi at a score of 16 (4 x 1). Andy McBrine was lbw by Rashid Khan at 12 runs, together with a four. George Dockrell had to go back to the dressing room at 6 runs. Batting collapse was suffered in a little while as Barry McCarthy lost his wicket at 3 runs and Tim Murtagh at 7 runs. Peter Chase was not out at 1 run. The entire team was all out at 211 runs in 48.2 overs. Ireland did not fight back after the fall of sixth wicket. The run rate did not rise again as well. Afghanistan beat them Ireland in an important contest. Afghanistan took lead of 1-0 in the series. The third ODI is to be played today on the same ground. Fans pray for another dry day so that the match can be held without any trouble. Ireland will eye a win today so that they could level the series and hope for a bounce back in the game. On the other hand, Afghanistan will make sure not to lose any game further in order to be victorious by the end of the series as well.

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