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Ireland Eye Win to Level Series While Afghanistan Look For Sealing ODI series

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Ireland Eye Win to Level Series While Afghanistan Look For Sealing ODI series

July 19
16:33 2016

afNew Delhi, Tuesday, July 19 – Afghanistan’s tour of Ireland for five One Day International matches will come to an end today as both cricket playing nations are to contest against in the final match that has turned important in a number of contexts. As a matter of fact, both teams, which have a bunch of players who look forward to have a wonderful start in the game right from the beginning, will try to stay a step ahead of each other.

The first ODI held on July 10 was abandoned without a ball being bowled at Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast. Another one on June 12 at the same ground was won by the tourists by 39 runs. Ireland made the contest interesting by winning the third ODI by six wickets. Afghanistan won a crucial 4th ODI held a couple of days ago by 79 runs wherein they scored 229 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 50 overs.

Mohammad Shahzad threw his wicket to Stirling but scored 22 runs, which included a four as well. 35 deliveries were faced by the opener to get this total. Noor Ali Zadran’s catch was caught by Stuart Poynter when Chase bowled his over. 10 runs was scored in 12 balls, which included a couple of boundaries. Rahmat Shah played a wonderful knock of 48 runs facing 70 balls. He struck four 4s before losing his wicket to Chase. Samiullah Shenwari was lbw by Barry McCarthy at a score of 11 (4 x1). Asghar Stanikzai was out for a duck post not reading the mood of deliveries by Andy McBrine. Najibullah Zadran also threw his wicket to McBrine at 3 runs.

Mohammad Nabi was shown a way back to the dressing room by Murtagh but after he set the base for Afghanistan victory to a certain extent by scoring 50 runs off 67 deliveries. His innings was studded with five 4s and a biggie. But the real difference was brought by Rashid Khan, who arrived on the crease late but made the things turn in favour of Afghanistan. He was not out at 60 runs that were attained in 44 balls. Five boundaries and a couple of sixes from a batsman batting at number eight grabbed the eyeballs. Mirwais Ashraf was not out at 14 runs (4 x 1). Despite the fact that the total put by the visiting squad wasn’t huge and unattainable, Ireland did not perform up to the mark.

The opening batsman William Porterfield was run out by Shenwari & Mohammad Shahzad when he was batting at an individual total of 16, which included a couple of fours. Ed Joyce was run out with joint efforts of Nabi, Rashid Khan and Y Ahmadzai. The opener was dismissed at 12 runs. Two shots were hit by Joyce. Sean Terry was lbw by Rahmat. He had to go back to the pavilion post scoring nine runs. Stuart Poynter was out by Rahmat when playing at a score of 15 off 22 balls. Two 4s from him certainly boosted the thought that he might introduce some different and stable play but that did not happen.

Kevin O’Brien was the highest scorer from Ireland side. When Ahmadzai got his wicket, the middle-order batsman was playing at 34 runs. His innings included three 4s. Paul Stirling lost his wicket to Rashid Khan in an attempt to increase the pace of scoring runs. Mohammad Shahzad did not make any mistake and caught the ball that made Stirling depart at 31 runs (4 x 2). Gary Wilson was stumped by Mohammad Shahzad when Rashid Khan tried to experiment with different line and length. Six runs were scored by him in 13 balls. Andy McBrine was dismissed by the same combination the moment he opened his account after facing six deliveries. Tim Murtagh was another prey of Rashid Khan. He scored 1 run off 6 balls. Peter Chase was out for a naught by Dawlat Zadran. Barry McCarthy was not out at 10 runs (4 x 1).  The entire team was out at a mere total of 150.

The victory was enjoyed by the opponents as they got 2-1 lead in the ongoing series. Ireland squad had William Porterfield, Ed Joyce, Kevin O’Brien, Gary Wilson, Paul Stirling, George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh, Andy McBrine, Peter Chase, Tyrone Kane, Mark Richard Adair, Stuart Poynter, Sean Terry, John Anderson and Barry McCarthy. While on the other hand, team Afghanistan had Hamid Hassan, Mirwais Ashraf, Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Nabi, Noor Ali Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Shahzad, Shapoor Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Dawlat Zadran, Amir Hamza, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Yamin Ahmadzai, Rashid Khan and Gulbadin Naib.

It will be interesting to see who among these players sit on bench on Tuesday and who will get to see their names in the squads to playing in the contest that is to start in a little while. It is a bit tough for the Ireland cricketers to bounce back but support of cricket lovers into the stands may encourage them to do well. Fans can’t wait any further to catch the entertaining action between Ireland and Afghanistan. Great efforts to do better than before will be the key to success. Afghanistan wish to end the tournament with a win and go back home with head held high.

Today’s match is one of the best opportunities to show the cricket playing countries that nail-biting contests are ahead. Improvement on the personal front will be imperative to create a specific place of theirs in others’ mind. A good form is required for teammates of both Ireland and Afghanistan. It is clear that the tourists used their strengths on more than a few occasions to log victories in a couple of matches. If they manage to win today then series will be theirs. However, at the same time, Ireland are keen to mark a bounce back in the game and equalise series.

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