AFG vs IRE, 1st ODI, Afghanistan v Ireland ODI Series in India 2019, 28 Feb 2019
Afghanistan won by 5 wickets
BALL BY BALL
M U Rahman
What a way to finish it. No messing around, three balls, two sixes. Clears the front leg, and pumps it over deep mid wicket. Afghanistan get home with 49 balls to spare. Looked easy, but they had a bit of a wobble in the middle overs. Ireland not putting enough runs on the board to really pile on the pressure on the host's batting. In the end, the Afghanistan bowling was too strong, and they take a 1-0 lead in this five match series. Not long till the next one, which is on Saturday, so join us again for that.
41.5 - G Dockrell to N Zadran
Stock ball half volley, down leg side on the front foot Slog, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs.
41.4 - G Dockrell to N Zadran
Stock ball back of a length, to leg on the back foot driving, to mid off for no runs, fielded by Porterfield.
What a start from Najibullah! Gets into position early, and belts this over the long on fence. Just three more needed.
41.3 - G Dockrell to N Zadran
Stock ball half volley, off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control over long on for 6 runs.
A consolation wicket for Ireland. No fifty for Gulbadin. He looks to turn it into the legside, but closes the bat too early. The ball pops up off the edge, and loops back into the hands of the bowler.
41.2 - G Dockrell to G Naib
Stock ball half volley, to leg on the front foot working, leading edge back to bowler, by Dockrell.
41.1 - G Dockrell to A Afghan
Stock ball half volley, to leg on the front foot working, to square leg for 1 run, fielded by McCollum.
Ov 41: 4 0 0 2 6 4 ( 16 Runs )
Should have been called a no-ball on height, but nothing from the umpire. A huge beamer from Rankin, and Gulbadin manages to get some glove on it down the legside.
40.6 - B Rankin to G Naib
Full toss, to leg on the back foot pulling, Gloved past fine leg for 4 runs.
Phwoar! That's a meaty blow from Gulbadin. Clears the front leg, and deposits it deep into the stands.
40.5 - B Rankin to G Naib
Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs.
40.4 - B Rankin to G Naib
Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, to long off for 2 runs, fielded by Murtagh.
40.3 - B Rankin to G Naib
Length ball, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, to short extra cover for no runs, fielded by Singh.
Put down. Ireland's chances are fading, and dropping catches won't help either. Struck sweetly from Gulbadin, but straight into the hands of short mid wicket. Dockrell should take it, but it bursts out.
40.2 - B Rankin to G Naib
Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, to short mid wicket for no runs, dropped catch by Dockrell.
Gulbadin has targeted that area when it has come into his zone. Smoked over wide mid on once again for four.
40.1 - B Rankin to G Naib
Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control past long on for 4 runs.
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