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Afghanistan vs Ireland, 4th ODI Match Summary

AFG vs IRE, 2017 - ODI Summary

Afghanistan vs Ireland Scorecard
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4th ODI, Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, Greater Noida , Mar 22, 2017
220 (49.5/50)
224/7 (46.5/50)
Ireland beat Afghanistan by 3 wickets
  • Player of the Match
    Kevin O'Brien
AFG 220/10
Bat Top Batsmen
42 (42)
  • 8x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 100SR
41 (53)
  • 3x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 77.35SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 3.71
7
OVERS
26/4
R/W
Bowler
ECON 5.7
10
OVERS
57/3
R/W
IRE 224/7
Bat Top Batsmen
72 (60)
  • 8x4s
  • 2x6s
  • 120SR
41 (67)
  • 3x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 61.19SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 3.33
9
OVERS
30/4
R/W
Bowler
ECON 5.55
9
OVERS
50/2
R/W
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So, that wraps up the formalities of this game. The series has gone well and now the decider is set to be a cracking one. Join us on 24th March at 0930 local (0400 GMT) to catch all the action. Until next time, it's goodbye from us. Cheers!
IRELAND SKIPPER, WILLIAM PORTERFIELD is relieved at the victory. Says that the last two games were must-win games and the next one is no different. Opines that bowling a side out on such pitches isn't easy and is proud of his bowlers for doing the job. Praises Kevin O'Brien for the knock and his stand with Gary Wilson. States that there have been some forced changes in the squad and adds that Kevin's condition will be assessed before taking a call for the next game.
AFGHANISTAN SKIPPER, ASGHAR STANIKZAI says it was a good batting wicket. Credits Kevin O'Brien for the way he batted in spite of being injured. Adds he is not happy with the batting performance of his side but is really proud of the efforts shown by 7. 8. 9, 10 batsmen. Ends by saying Ireland have come back well and he hopes Afghanistan do well in the series decider.
MAN OF THE MATCH, KEVIN O'BRIEN says he's not feeling well at the moment but is happy to take his team over the line. Adds Afghanistan are a good bowling team and agrees they knew the Afghans won't give it away easily. Is delighted to finish it off for his side today.
Nabi was the pick of the Afghanistani bowlers with a 4-fer while Naib was tidy as well. However, the other bowlers weren't able to create constant pressure. Stanikzai's main weapon Rashid Khan did pick up two wickets but wasn't threatening at all and leaked runs as well with O'Brien taking a special liking to the leggie. Earlier in the day, Afghanistan's lower order saved them the blushes after O'Brien's heroics had led the Irish charge to reduce the hosts to 83/7 at one stage. However, the total was at least 20-25 runs short.
Excellent win for Ireland and they have stretched the series to the decider. Chasing a moderate target of 221, they got off to a steady start but Nabi's introduction changed things as they started to stutter in the chase. 48/0 became 102/4 and to make matters worse, Kevin O'Brien had retired hurt as well. It seemed like the chase was getting derailed but once O'Brien returned, things changed. He played an exceptional knock, staying till the end to guide his side home. His 66-run stand with Wilson turned the game on its head.
46.5
4
Dawlat Zadran To Kevin O'Brien
FOUR! Kevin O'Brien seals the deal for his side and levels the series 2-2! It all started with him this morning and has ended with him, whattey all rounder! A low full toss on the pads, Kevin O'Brien flicks it neatly through square leg and the ball races away to the fence for a boundary. IRELAND WIN BY 3 WICKETS AND 19 BALLS TO SPARE!
46.4
4
Dawlat Zadran To Kevin O'Brien
FOUR! That will do! What a hit that is! Zadran hurls in a length delivery on middle, Kevin O'Brien stays back and mauls the pull through mid-wicket for a boundary.
46.3
1
Dawlat Zadran To George Dockrell
Bangs in a short ball down the leg side, Dockrell misses his glance as the ball goes off the gloves towards the leg side for a single.
46.2
1
Dawlat Zadran To Kevin O'Brien
Angled in on the pads, Kevin O'Brien tucks it in front of square for a single.
46.1
0
Dawlat Zadran To Kevin O'Brien
On a length, slower in pace, Kevin defends it back down the wicket.
Over 46 : 214/7
8 Runs
    K. O'Brien
    63 (56)
    G. Dockrell
    4 (9)
    R. Khan
    9-1-50-2
    45.6
    1
    Rashid Khan To Kevin O'Brien
    Around middle, whipped through the leg side for a single. Just 7 needed from 4 overs now!
    45.5
    0
    Rashid Khan To Kevin O'Brien
    Another googly around off, Kevin O'Brien comes forward to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. A loud, loud appeal for LBW but it's turned down. Maybe, the impact was just outside the line.
    45.4
    4
    Rashid Khan To Kevin O'Brien
    FOUR! Almost a wicket! Rashid bowls a googly around off, Kevin looks to drive it through but gets a thick inside edge which rolls past the leg pole and races down to the fine leg fence for a boundary. The tourists won't mind it at all.
    45.3
    1
    Rashid Khan To George Dockrell
    Once again it's flat and short outside off, Dockrell cuts it behind point for one more.
    45.2
    1
    Rashid Khan To Kevin O'Brien
    Flatter outside off, cut through backward point for a single.
    45.1
    1
    Rashid Khan To George Dockrell
    Full around middle and leg, flicked through square leg for a single.
    Over 45 : 206/7
    10 Runs
      K. O'Brien
      57 (52)
      G. Dockrell
      2 (7)
      D. Zadran
      8-1-41-0
      44.6
      4
      Dawlat Zadran To Kevin O'Brien
      FOUR! IS THAT A DROPPED CHANCE? Seems so as Zadran is livid at the effort! Usman Ghani the culprit! Back of a length ball outside off, Kevin sees the width and goes after it. Gets a thick outside edge towards short third man where Ghani is late to react and to make the matters worse, the ball bursts off his fingers and rolls down to the fence for a boundary. This could surely be the turning point of the game now!
      44.5
      1
      Dawlat Zadran To George Dockrell
      Slower full delivery on off, George drives it towards mid off and sets off. Rehmat Shah has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. A single taken.
      44.4
      lb
      Dawlat Zadran To Kevin O'Brien
      Leg bye! A shout for an LBW! Angles in a length delivery on middle, Kevin looks to flick it across the line but misses as the ball goes off the pads towards the off side. Zadran is busy appealing for an LBW but the height seems to be an issue there. The pair crosses for a leg bye.
      44.3
      1
      Dawlat Zadran To George Dockrell
      Back of a length ball outside off, Dockrell taps it towards covers for a single.
      44.2
      1
      Dawlat Zadran To Kevin O'Brien
      On the stumps, flicked down to long on for one.
      44.1
      2
      Dawlat Zadran To Kevin O'Brien
      Fuller in length and outside off, driven down to long off where Rehmat Shah fumbles and that brings back Kevin O'Brien on strike.
      Over 44 : 196/7
      0 Runs
        G. Dockrell
        0 (5)
        K. O'Brien
        50 (48)
        R. Khan
        8-1-42-2
        43.6
        0
        Rashid Khan To George Dockrell
        Full and around off, George defends it into the ground. A wicket maiden for the leggie, what an over.
        43.5
        0
        Rashid Khan To George Dockrell
        Quicker through the air outside off, Dockrell looks to cut but gets a bottom edge on the boots.
        43.4
        0
        Rashid Khan To George Dockrell
        A straighter one around middle, nudged towards mid-wicket.
        43.3
        0
        Rashid Khan To George Dockrell
        Flatter one around middle, Dockrell punches it towards covers.
        43.2
        0
        Rashid Khan To George Dockrell
        Tossed up around off, pushed back to the bowler.
        GEORGE DOCKRELL is the new man in.
        43.1
        W
        Rashid Khan To Gary Wilson OUT!
        OUT! Gary Wilson holes out! Rashid Khan provides a much-needed breakthrough and has brought life back into this contest. Bowls a half-tracker around off, Wilson camps back and looks to murder the pull over mid-wicket but doesn't get enough meat on it. He finds the fielder, Mohammad Nabi near the ropes who makes no mistake. A timely wicket for the Afghans as they break the 66-run stand. Can the hosts sneak in a few more?
        Match Info
        • Venue Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, Greater Noida
        • Weather Sunny
        • Toss Afghanistanwon the toss and elected to bat
        • Result Ireland beat Afghanistan by 3 wickets
        • Player of the Match Kevin O'Brien
        • Umpire Ahmed Shah Durrani (AFG), Anil Chaudhary (IND) and Nitin Menon (IND)
        • Referee Graeme Labrooy (SL)
        Match Notes
        • Innings Break: Afghanistan 220/10 in 49.5 overs
        • Afghanistan 200/9 in 47.5 overs
        • D Zadran dropped on 20 by E Joyce in 44.5 overs
        • 9th wkt Partnership: 50 off 71 balls between M Nabi (26) and D Zadran (24)
        • Power play 2 (11-40) Afghanistan 165/8
        • Drinks: Afghanistan 152/8 in 37.0 overs
        • Afghanistan 150/8 in 36.2 overs
        • 8th wkt Partnership: 52 off 48 balls between M Nabi (15) and Shafiqullah (38)
        • Afghanistan 100/7 in 25.3 overs
        • Drinks: Afghanistan 55/3 in 16.0 overs
        • Afghanistan 50/3 in 14.0 overs
        • Power play 1 (1-10) Afghanistan 28/3
        • K O'Brien dropped on 53 by U Ghani in 44.6 overs
        • Ireland 200/7 in 44.3 overs
        • K O'Brien 15th ODI fifty: 50 runs in 48 balls (4x4) (2x6)
        • Power play 2 (11-40) Ireland 182/6
        • 7th wkt Partnership: 50 off 40 balls between K O'Brien (31) and G Wilson (15)
        • Ireland 151/6 in 34.3 overs
        • Ireland 100/3 in 24.2 overs
        • Drinks: Ireland 66/3 in 17.0 overs
        • Ireland 50/1 in 10.2 overs
        • Power play 1 (1-10) Ireland 48/1
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