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Ireland vs Afghanistan, 2nd T20I Commentary, Live Updates

IRE vs AFG, 2022 - T20 Live Commentary

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Match Ended   
125/5 (19.0/20)
122/8 (20.0/20)
Ireland beat Afghanistan by 5 wickets
Right then! Ireland have a chance to seal the series. They are 2-0 up. These two will meet again on Friday, 12th August and the match will begin at 8 pm IST (2.30 pm GMT) Do join us for the build up as well. Cheers!
Mohammad Nabi says the pitch looked dry but it was seaming earlier on. Says they did not form partnerships and kept losing wickets. Admits fielding was not great. Ends by saying he hopes of winning the next game.
Andy Balbirnie, the skipper of Ireland. He says it was a shaky start but they gave time to settle in. Adds that when you chase a low score there is not much pressure but he is happy that George Dockrell took them over the line. Applauds Lorcan Tucker and Josh Little's knocks. He is taking that number three spot well. Admits they would've bowled first. Mentions that it was a great effort to restrict Afghanistan to such a score. Tells that he reminds himself of the good stuff done in the past. Shares they are doing well as a team.
Josh Little the Player of the Match says he’s found his rhythm. Adds he was looking to keep it simple. Reckons wickets in the Powerplay increased the team’s chances of winning.
The Presentation ceremony...
Earlier in the day, Afghanistan didn't make the best choice as after opting to bat first things didn't pan out as they hoped for. They lost wickets at regular intervals and eventually, it was chased down pretty easily by Ireland.
Afghanistan were always behind the game as they had very less to bowl at. Mohammad Nabi struck twice in an over but it didn't help them to create pressure after that. The other bowlers tried their best but they created very less chances and it didn't create any panic for Ireland. A very tough situation for Afghanistan as they have to win the next game to keep the series alive.
It was a watchful start for Ireland as they kept things in control throughout the innings. The stand between Andy Balbirnie and Lorcan Tucker of 65 took the game away as they scored the bulk of runs. Both fell but there was not much to chase after that and George Dockrell, in the end, finish things off single handedly.
A comprehensive win for Ireland and with this win they go 2-0 up in this 5-match series. Tough time for Afghanistan as the next game is must win for them to keep the series alive.
End Of The Over 19 : 125/5
10 Runs
  • 118.1
  • 118.2
  • 118.3
  • 118.4
  • 018.5
  • 618.6
G. Dockrell
25 (19)
G. Delany
3 (5)
F. Farooqi
4-0-27-1
18.6
6
Fazalhaq Farooqi To George Dockrell
SIX! George Dockrell ends it in style! On middle, fuller, this is heaved over the long on fence for a biggie. Ireland WIN BY 5 WICKETS!
18.5
0
Fazalhaq Farooqi To George Dockrell
A dot! On off, this is hit on the off side.
18.4
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi To Gareth Delany
Just the one again as this is pushed through covers.
18.3
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi To George Dockrell
On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one more.
18.2
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi To Gareth Delany
Short and on middle, this is pulled down to long on for one.
18.1
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi To George Dockrell
On middle, this is hit down to long on for one.
End Of The Over 18 : 115/5
5 Runs
  • 217.1
  • 017.2
  • 117.3
  • 117.4
  • 117.5
  • 017.6
G. Delany
1 (3)
G. Dockrell
17 (15)
Naveen
3-0-12-1
17.6
0
Naveen-ul-Haq To Gareth Delany
Shorter and on middle, Delany looks to slap it but chops it to covers.
17.5
1
Naveen-ul-Haq To George Dockrell
Doing it in singles! On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket.
17.4
1
Naveen-ul-Haq To Gareth Delany
On off, this is pushed to cover for one.
17.3
1
Naveen-ul-Haq To George Dockrell
On off, this is pushed through covers for one.
17.2
0
Naveen-ul-Haq To George Dockrell
Angled into the pads, George Dockrell looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
17.1
2
Naveen-ul-Haq To George Dockrell
On middle, this is nudged on the leg side for two.
End Of The Over 17 : 110/5
7 Runs
  • 116.1
  • 116.2
  • 416.3
  • 116.4
  • W16.5
  • 016.6
G. Delany
0 (1)
G. Dockrell
13 (11)
F. Farooqi
3-0-17-1
16.6
0
Fazalhaq Farooqi To Gareth Delany
On off, this is defended.
16.5
W
Fazalhaq Farooqi To Curtis Campher OUT!
OUT! TAKEN! A little too late maybe! Shorter and outside off, Campher looks to cut but it goes off the outside edge and it is taken by the keeper. A little too late though.
16.4
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi To George Dockrell
Shorter and around off, this is guided down to third man for one.
16.3
4
Fazalhaq Farooqi To George Dockrell
FOUR! Thumped down the ground! Fuller and on middle, this is hit hard down the ground and it races away for a boundary.
16.2
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi To Curtis Campher
On off, this is pushed towards cover for one more.
16.1
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi To George Dockrell
Shorter and outside off, George Dockrell chops it on the off side for one.
End Of The Over 16 : 103/4
13 Runs
  • 115.1
  • 115.2
  • 215.3
  • 115.4
  • 415.5
  • 4 LB15.6
C. Campher
6 (5)
G. Dockrell
7 (8)
M. Nabi
2-0-15-2
15.6
lb
Mohammad Nabi To Curtis Campher
FOUR LEG BYES! Two boundaris in a row and this is probably the over which wins it for the hosts! On the pads, Campher looks to flick, it hits the pad and goes fine on the leg side for a boundary.
15.5
4
Mohammad Nabi To Curtis Campher
FOUR! A misfield and that is not what Afghanistan wanted! Shorter and outside off, this is cut through point. The fielder in the deep runs to his left but lets it through.
15.4
1
Mohammad Nabi To George Dockrell
Sweep and it is hit through square leg for one.
15.3
2
Mohammad Nabi To George Dockrell
Two! A full toss, it is hit wide of the fielder at long on for two.
15.2
1
Mohammad Nabi To Curtis Campher
Just the single again! The reverse sweep is out, it is played towards deep point for one.
15.1
1
Mohammad Nabi To George Dockrell
On off, this is hit down to long off for one.
End Of The Over 15 : 90/4
3 Runs
  • 114.1
  • 114.2
  • 014.3
  • 014.4
  • 114.5
  • 014.6
C. Campher
1 (2)
G. Dockrell
3 (5)
Ur Rahman
4-0-23-1
14.6
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Curtis Campher
Just the three from the over! Outstanding over. Shorter and outside off, Campher looks to cut but is beaten.
14.5
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To George Dockrell
On off, this is guided through point for one.
14.4
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To George Dockrell
Two dots in a row! Another short one. George Dockrell pushes it to covers.
14.3
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To George Dockrell
Shorter and on off, this is pushed to cover.
14.2
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Curtis Campher
Another run as this is pushed through covers.
14.1
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To George Dockrell
A single as this is worked through mid-wicket.
End Of The Over 14 : 87/4
6 Runs
  • 113.1
  • W13.2
  • 413.3
  • 013.4
  • W13.5
  • 113.6
G. Dockrell
1 (1)
C. Campher
0 (0)
M. Nabi
1-0-6-2
13.6
1
Mohammad Nabi To George Dockrell
A single as this is nudged on the leg side. 36 needed in 36.
13.5
W
Mohammad Nabi To Lorcan Tucker OUT!
OUT! TAKEN! Another one bites the dust! Not sure why these shots are being played! On middle, the slog sweep is out again, he does not hit it all that well and Najibullah Zadran takes another easy catch. Two new batters out in the middle, Afghanistan can build a little pressure.
13.4
0
Mohammad Nabi To Lorcan Tucker
On middle, defended.
13.3
4
Mohammad Nabi To Lorcan Tucker
FOUR! Very nicely played! The reverse sweep, it is hit through point and a boundary results. Releases the pressure if there was any building.
13.2
W
Mohammad Nabi To Harry Tector OUT!
OUT! TAKEN! Afghanistan have two in quick succession. Do they have a sniff here? 41 needed in 40. This is tossed up nicely, on middle, Tector goes for the slog sweep. He hits it well but it is the longer side of the boundary. He holes out to the fielder there. Najibullah Zadran takes a good catch.
13.1
1
Mohammad Nabi To Lorcan Tucker
On middle, this is swept through mid-wicket for one.
End Of The Over 13 : 81/2
6 Runs
  • 212.1
  • 012.2
  • 112.3
  • 112.4
  • 112.5
  • 112.6
L. Tucker
22 (24)
H. Tector
5 (6)
R. Khan
4-0-27-0
12.6
1
Rashid Khan To Lorcan Tucker
A single to end and the biggest threat, Rashid is done with his spell! On middle, his last ball is worked through mid-wicket for one.
12.5
1
Rashid Khan To Harry Tector
Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.
12.4
1
Rashid Khan To Lorcan Tucker
Another sweep shot, this is hit through square leg for one.
12.3
1
Rashid Khan To Harry Tector
Shorter and on middle, this is pushed down to long on for one.
12.2
0
Rashid Khan To Harry Tector
On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.
12.1
2
Rashid Khan To Harry Tector
Misfield and two! On the pads, works it through square leg. Two taken.
End Of The Over 12 : 75/2
3 Runs
  • 011.1
  • W11.2
  • 111.3
  • 111.4
  • 1 LB11.5
  • 011.6
L. Tucker
20 (22)
H. Tector
1 (2)
Ur Rahman
3-0-20-1
11.6
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Lorcan Tucker
Outside off, Tucker moves across and looks to sweep but misses to get hit on the pads.
11.5
lb
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Harry Tector
A leg bye! On the pods, Harry looks to flick but misses, it hits the pad and goes behind for one.
11.4
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Lorcan Tucker
Another single as this is nudged down to short fine leg.
11.3
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Harry Tector
On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
11.2
W
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Andy Balbirnie OUT!
OUT! c Rahmanullah Gurbaz b Mujeeb Ur Rahman.OUT! THE FINGER GOES UP! Afghanistan have something to be happy about but is this wicket a little too late? 51 needed. Down the leg side. Andy Balbirnie looks to sweep, it hits the glove and then the keeper. Lobs kindly for Gurbaz who takes it and appeals. The finger is raised.
11.1
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Andy Balbirnie
On middle, defended.
End Of The Over 11 : 72/1
7 Runs
  • 010.1
  • 210.2
  • 210.3
  • 210.4
  • 110.5
  • 010.6
L. Tucker
19 (20)
A. Balbirnie
46 (34)
R. Khan
3-0-21-0
10.6
0
Rashid Khan To Lorcan Tucker
On middle, defended.
10.5
1
Rashid Khan To Andy Balbirnie
On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
10.4
2
Rashid Khan To Andy Balbirnie
Two more as this is hit wide of long off.
10.3
2
Rashid Khan To Andy Balbirnie
Two more! Shorter and on off, this is pushed wide of long off for two.
10.2
2
Rashid Khan To Andy Balbirnie
Overthrow! On middle, Andy sweeps it towards short fine leg. They go for a run. The fielder fires it towards the bowler but it is well wide. Another run taken.
10.1
0
Rashid Khan To Andy Balbirnie
On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.
End Of The Over 10 : 65/1
8 Runs
  • 29.1
  • 19.2
  • 19.3
  • 09.4
  • 49.5
  • 09.6
L. Tucker
19 (19)
A. Balbirnie
39 (29)
Ur Rahman
2-0-18-0
9.6
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Lorcan Tucker
On middle, this is pushed back to the bowler.
9.5
4
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Lorcan Tucker
FOUR! In the gap! Lorcan Tucker makes room, this is tossed up, he plays the slog sweep and in the gap in the mid-wicket region for a boundary.
9.4
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Lorcan Tucker
On off, this is pushed to cover.
9.3
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Andy Balbirnie
Around off, this is guided towards backward point for a single.
9.2
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Lorcan Tucker
Outside off, Tucker looks to play the reverse sweep, it goes more off the bottom towards short third man for one.
9.1
2
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Lorcan Tucker
This is nicely swept, behind square on the leg side for two.
End Of The Over 9 : 57/1
4 Runs
  • 1 WD8.1
  • 18.1
  • 08.2
  • 18.3
  • 08.4
  • 18.5
  • 08.6
A. Balbirnie
38 (28)
L. Tucker
12 (14)
R. Khan
2-0-14-0
8.6
0
Rashid Khan To Andy Balbirnie
On middle, this is the googly, Andy Balbirnie looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. A loud appeal but turned down. Looked close.
8.5
1
Rashid Khan To Lorcan Tucker
On middle, this is worked towards mid-wicket for one.
8.4
0
Rashid Khan To Lorcan Tucker
Rashid gets away with one! This is down the leg side. Tucker looks to sweep but finds the man at short fine leg.
8.3
1
Rashid Khan To Andy Balbirnie
On middle, this is nudged through mid-wicket for one.
8.2
0
Rashid Khan To Andy Balbirnie
Shorter and on off, this is pushed to cover.
8.1
1
Rashid Khan To Lorcan Tucker
On middle, this is worked down to long on for one.
8.1
wd
Rashid Khan To Lorcan Tucker
WIDE! Down the leg side, Tucker looks to pull but misses. Wided.
End Of The Over 8 : 53/1
9 Runs
  • 07.1
  • 07.2
  • 47.3
  • 1 B7.4
  • 07.5
  • 47.6
A. Balbirnie
37 (25)
L. Tucker
10 (11)
A. Omarzai
2-0-15-0
7.6
4
Azmatullah Omarzai To Andy Balbirnie
FOUR! A misjudgement from the fielder and a chance goes abegging. This is short and on middle, it is pulled towards deep square leg. The fielder runs in and leaps, iut goes over him for a boundary.
7.5
0
Azmatullah Omarzai To Andy Balbirnie
Fuller and outside off, Andy Balbirnie looks to drive but is beaten.
7.4
b
Azmatullah Omarzai To Lorcan Tucker
A bye! Shorter and on middle, Tucker comes down the track and looks to pull but misses. The keeper fails to collect it cleanly and a bye is taken.
7.3
4
Azmatullah Omarzai To Lorcan Tucker
FOUR! That is a lovely stroke! This is full and outside off, it is caressed through covers and the ball races away to the fence.
7.2
0
Azmatullah Omarzai To Lorcan Tucker
Two dots in a row! On off, this is hit hard to cover.
7.1
0
Azmatullah Omarzai To Lorcan Tucker
Tucker comes down the track but this is short! Tucker looks to hit it over point but misses.
End Of The Over 7 : 44/1
10 Runs
  • 16.1
  • 16.2
  • 16.3
  • 16.4
  • 66.5
  • 06.6
A. Balbirnie
33 (23)
L. Tucker
6 (7)
Ur Rahman
1-0-10-0
6.6
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Andy Balbirnie
Flatter and outside off, Andy Balbirnie looks to drive but misses.
6.5
6
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Andy Balbirnie
SIX! Top edge and it flies over! On middle, the sweep is out, it goes off the top edge and over the square leg fence.
6.4
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Lorcan Tucker
Another run as this is worked through mid-wicket.
6.3
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Andy Balbirnie
Leading edge but a run! On middle, Andy Balbirnie looks to flick but it goes off the leading edge towards cover for one.
6.2
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Lorcan Tucker
On middle, this is nudged towards mid-wicket for one.
6.1
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Andy Balbirnie
Easy one as this is pushed towards cover.
End Of The Over 6 : 34/1
7 Runs
  • 05.1
  • 15.2
  • 05.3
  • 15.4
  • 45.5
  • 15.6
A. Balbirnie
25 (19)
L. Tucker
4 (5)
A. Omarzai
1-0-7-0
5.6
1
Azmatullah Omarzai To Andy Balbirnie
Shorter and on off, Andy Balbirnie pushes it through covers and gets to the other end.
5.5
4
Azmatullah Omarzai To Andy Balbirnie
FOUR! Shorter and outside off, this is cut over point and it races away to the fence.
5.4
1
Azmatullah Omarzai To Lorcan Tucker
On off, this is pushed through covers for one.
5.3
0
Azmatullah Omarzai To Lorcan Tucker
On middle, defended.
Andy Balbirnie is down injured! Not sure what happened to him but he is in a lot of pain. He now seems fine and all set to go.
5.2
1
Azmatullah Omarzai To Andy Balbirnie
On middle, this is worked on the leg side for one.
5.1
0
Azmatullah Omarzai To Andy Balbirnie
On middle, this is worked towards mid-wicket.
End Of The Over 5 : 27/1
10 Runs
  • 14.1
  • 44.2
  • 04.3
  • 04.4
  • 44.5
  • 14.6
A. Balbirnie
19 (15)
L. Tucker
3 (3)
R. Khan
1-0-10-0
4.6
1
Rashid Khan To Andy Balbirnie
On middle, this is nudged on the leg side for one.
4.5
4
Rashid Khan To Andy Balbirnie
FOUR! Lovely shot! Andy Balbirnie makes room! This is full and on middle, it is driven through covers for a boundary.
4.4
0
Rashid Khan To Andy Balbirnie
On middle, defended.
4.3
0
Rashid Khan To Andy Balbirnie
Shorter and outside off, Andy looks to cut but is beaten.
4.2
4
Rashid Khan To Andy Balbirnie
FOUR! Misfield and a boundary! On middle, this is swept through mid-wicket. It goes towards deep square leg and the fielder lets it through.
4.1
1
Rashid Khan To Lorcan Tucker
A single as this is worked through mid-wicket.
End Of The Over 4 : 17/1
9 Runs
  • 13.1
  • 03.2
  • 43.3
  • 03.4
  • 03.5
  • 43.6
A. Balbirnie
10 (10)
L. Tucker
2 (2)
F. Farooqi
2-0-10-0
3.6
4
Fazalhaq Farooqi To Andy Balbirnie
FOUR! Through mid-wicket! Shorter and on middle, this is pulled hard through mid-wicket for a boundary.
3.5
0
Fazalhaq Farooqi To Andy Balbirnie
Around off, kept out.
3.4
0
Fazalhaq Farooqi To Andy Balbirnie
On middle, defended.
3.3
4
Fazalhaq Farooqi To Andy Balbirnie
FOUR! Fuller and outside off, this is driven through covers for a boundary.
3.2
0
Fazalhaq Farooqi To Andy Balbirnie
Outside off, Balbirnie slashes at it but misses.
3.1
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi To Lorcan Tucker
A single to end! Angled into the pads, this is worked down to fine leg for one.
End Of The Over 3 : 8/1
2 Runs
  • 12.1
  • W2.2
  • 12.3
  • 02.4
  • 02.5
  • 02.6
A. Balbirnie
2 (5)
L. Tucker
1 (1)
Naveen
2-0-7-1
2.6
0
Naveen-ul-Haq To Andy Balbirnie
Angled into the pads, Andy Balbirnie looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
2.5
0
Naveen-ul-Haq To Andy Balbirnie
Outside off again, Andy looks to drive but misses.
2.4
0
Naveen-ul-Haq To Andy Balbirnie
Shorter and outside off, Andy Balbirnie slashes but misses again.
2.3
1
Naveen-ul-Haq To Lorcan Tucker
A single as this is guided down to third man.
2.2
W
Naveen-ul-Haq To Paul Stirling OUT!
OUT! TIMBER! Stirling is gone! Naveen gets the early wicket his side needed! This is a big booming inswinger. It comes back in from outside off. Stirling looks to go downtown but misses and the stumps are shattered.
2.1
1
Naveen-ul-Haq To Andy Balbirnie
Around off, this is guided through point for one.
End Of The Over 2 : 6/0
1 Runs
  • 11.1
  • 01.2
  • 01.3
  • 01.4
  • 01.5
  • 01.6
P. Stirling
4 (11)
A. Balbirnie
1 (1)
F. Farooqi
1-0-1-0
1.6
0
Fazalhaq Farooqi To Paul Stirling
Yes, he can! Length and on off, this lands and moves away. The batter is beaten as he tries to block.
1.5
0
Fazalhaq Farooqi To Paul Stirling
This is a really good over so far from Fazalhaq Farooqi! Length and on off, it is pushed to cover. Can he end it well?
1.4
0
Fazalhaq Farooqi To Paul Stirling
Another dot! On off, Stirling plays it to covers.
1.3
0
Fazalhaq Farooqi To Paul Stirling
Length and on off again, this is pushed to covers.
1.2
0
Fazalhaq Farooqi To Paul Stirling
Good length and on off, defended.
1.1
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi To Andy Balbirnie
Good length and on off, this is played down to third man for one.
End Of The Over 1 : 5/0
5 Runs
  • 00.1
  • 00.2
  • 40.3
  • 00.4
  • 00.5
  • 1 WD0.6
  • 00.6
P. Stirling
4 (6)
A. Balbirnie
0 (0)
Naveen
1-0-5-0
0.6
0
Naveen-ul-Haq To Paul Stirling
On middle, this is kept out. End of a good first over for Ireland.
0.6
wd
Naveen-ul-Haq To Paul Stirling
WIDE! Well wide outside off, left alone. Naveen is not happy.
0.5
0
Naveen-ul-Haq To Paul Stirling
Fuller and on off, this is driven but to covers.
0.4
0
Naveen-ul-Haq To Paul Stirling
Appeal but turned down! Shorter and outside off, Stirling looks to pull but misses.
0.3
4
Naveen-ul-Haq To Paul Stirling
FOUR! Off the mark in style! Stirling makes room, this is full and on off, it is lofted over covers for a boundary.
0.2
0
Naveen-ul-Haq To Paul Stirling
Angled into middle, Stirling works it to mid-wicket.
0.1
0
Naveen-ul-Haq To Paul Stirling
Good length and on off, defended.
Match Info
  • Venue Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast
  • Weather Sunny
  • Toss Afghanistanwon the toss and elected to bat
  • Result Ireland beat Afghanistan by 5 wickets
  • Player of the Match Josh Little
  • Umpire Jareth McCready (IRE), Paul Reynolds (IRE) and No TV Umpire
  • Referee Graham McCrea (IRE)
Match Notes
  • Innings Break: Afghanistan 122/8 in 20.0 overs
  • Afghanistan 100/6 in 16.0 overs
  • Drinks: Afghanistan 62/4 in 10.0 overs
  • Afghanistan 52/3 in 7.4 overs
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): Afghanistan 41/3
  • Ireland 103/4 in 16.0 overs
  • Drinks: Ireland 65/1 in 10.0 overs
  • Ireland 53/1 in 8.0 overs
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): Ireland 34/1
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Worm
PlayerRunsAvg.
George Dockrell IRE141-
Lorcan Tucker IRE12625.20
Najibullah Zadran AFG12525.00
Andy Balbirnie IRE12224.40
Rahmanullah Gurbaz AFG10821.60
PlayerWicketsEco.
Naveen-ul-Haq AFG78.74
Mark Adair IRE78.80
Josh Little IRE77.00
Mujeeb Ur Rahman AFG66.86
Gareth Delany IRE67.17