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Afghanistan vs Ireland, 5th ODI Match Summary

AFG vs IRE, 2017 - ODI Summary

Afghanistan vs Ireland Scorecard
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5th ODI, Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, Greater Noida , Mar 24, 2017
231/3 (48.4/50)
229 (48.1/50)
Afghanistan beat Ireland by 7 wickets
  • Player of the Match
    Rahmat Shah
  • Player of the Series
    Paul Stirling
IRE 229/10
Bat Top Batsmen
51 (60)
  • 4x4s
  • 2x6s
  • 85SR
42 (52)
  • 6x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 80.76SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 2.9
10
OVERS
29/4
R/W
Bowler
ECON 6.5
10
OVERS
65/3
R/W
AFG 231/3
Bat Top Batsmen
108 (128)
  • 10x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 84.37SR
62 (77)
  • 5x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 80.51SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
9
OVERS
36/1
R/W
10
OVERS
38/1
R/W
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So that's it from us today, hope you enjoyed our coverage of the series. Both the teams now head to play the Intercontinental Cup, where a win for either side would be crucial in the race for acquiring the Test status. Till then, goodbye and cheers!
Afghanistan skipper, Asghar Stanikzai thanks almighty for the series victory. Praises his fellow teammates for the win. Acknowledges the efforts of Rahmat Shah in the finals. Says that Samiullah Shenwari and Rahmat Shah proved their seniority in the team with their performance today. Ends by saying that there is a tough game (Intercontinental Cup) lined up and they are hoping to win it.
Ireland skipper, William Porterfield feels that they were 25-30 runs short. Thinks that the ODI series could've gone either way but Rahmat played incredibly to take Afghanistan over the line. Ends by saying that they fought well but the hosts were the better side.
A couple of more awards... Best Batsman of the Series is Paul Stirling. Best Bowler of the Series is Rashid Khan.
Man of the Series, Paul Stirling says that he is really happy to get some runs on the board. Feels good to contribute for the team. Acknowledges Afghanistan for the victory. Ends by saying that he loves to play cricket in the subcontinent and it is quite different to the conditions at home.
Man of the Match, Rahmat Shah thanks almighty. Informs that Asghar asked him to take time and keep wickets in hand. (On the preparation for his batting) Admits that they worked hard for two or three months and the result was there to see, he says.
During the first innings, it was Rashid Khan, once again, who scalped four wickets to bring the hosts back into the game. Paul Stirling continued his good run with the bat, registering his fourth fifty of the series. The target of 230 never seemed that daunting, but a good bowling performance could've made things trickier. However, the hosts ensured that was not the case and chased the total quite comfortably. The Afghan side were delighted, rightly so. Lets find out more about their emotions at the presentation ceremony.
The Irish bowlers seemed to have some control in the game when their spinners were on. But their failure to break the Shenwari-Shah partnership proved too costly. Jacob Mulder and George Dockrell were a tad expensive in the context of the game, but the rest of the bowlers kept things tight.
Afghanistan have produced an astounding performance in the fifth and the final ODI to seal the match and the series. This series was similar to their tour of Zimbabwe, where they lost the third and the fourth ODI only to come back hard in the fifth and win it. This time around it was Ireland who fell prey to an inspired Afghanistan side. Talking about the match, it was Rahmat Shah who scored an excellent ton, and stayed unbeaten, to guide his side to a 7-wicket victory. He was ably supported by Samiullah Shenwari, who not only shared a 133-run stand with the former, but also scored 62 runs.
48.4
6
George Dockrell To Rahmat Shah
SIX! Rahmat Shah finishes off in style! Dances down the track and smashes the ball pitched in line of the stumps for a biggie straight down the ground. AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 7 WICKETS AND THEY ALSO WIN THE SERIES 3-2.
48.3
1
George Dockrell To Samiullah Shenwari
Outside off, Shenwari smashes it but straight to the fielder at long off for a single.
48.2
4
George Dockrell To Samiullah Shenwari
FOUR! That went like a tracer bullet! Full in the line of the stumps, Shenwari smokes that one over the bowler's head for a boundary.
48.1
0
George Dockrell To Samiullah Shenwari
Tossed up outside off, Shenwari goes for a slog but misses it completely.
George Dockrell will bowl his last over.
Over 48 : 220/3
5 Runs
    R. Shah
    102 (127)
    S. Shenwari
    57 (74)
    T. Murtagh
    9-1-36-1
    47.6
    0
    Tim Murtagh To Rahmat Shah
    Rahmat Shah drives the last ball of the over, straight back to the bowler.
    47.5
    1
    Tim Murtagh To Samiullah Shenwari
    Driven towards long on for a single.
    47.4
    1
    Tim Murtagh To Rahmat Shah
    Short delivery outside off, Shah goes for a pull but gets a top edge which falls safe. The batsmen run a single.
    2nd ODI ton for Rahmat Shah.
    47.3
    2
    Tim Murtagh To Rahmat Shah
    Rahmat Shah makes it count when it matters the most. A terrific century under pressure by the youngster. Length delivery outside off, Shah cuts it past the point region for a couple.
    47.2
    1
    Tim Murtagh To Samiullah Shenwari
    Full in the line of the stumps, Shenwari drives it down the ground and hits the umpire who stops a certain boundary. The batsmen run a single.
    47.1
    0
    Tim Murtagh To Samiullah Shenwari
    Length delivery outside off, Shenwari flat bats it straight back to the bowler.
    Over 47 : 215/3
    3 Runs
      R. Shah
      99 (124)
      S. Shenwari
      55 (71)
      S. Thompson
      10-0-38-1
      46.6
      0
      Stuart Thompson To Rahmat Shah
      The wait for Rahmat Shah continues. Shah clips this one straight to the fielder at mid-wicket.
      46.5
      0
      Stuart Thompson To Rahmat Shah
      Full outside off, Rahmat drives it towards covers. But the fielder there makes a fine stop to stop Shah from getting to his hundred.
      46.4
      1
      Stuart Thompson To Samiullah Shenwari
      Shenwari eases it down towards long off for a single.
      46.3
      1
      Stuart Thompson To Rahmat Shah
      Length delivery outside off, Shah pushes it through covers for a single.
      46.2
      0
      Stuart Thompson To Rahmat Shah
      Angling into the stumps, Shah clips it straight to the mid on.
      46.1
      1
      Stuart Thompson To Samiullah Shenwari
      Length delivery outside off, Shenwari gets an inside edge towards short fine leg for a single.
      Stuart Thompson comes back to bowl his last over.
      Over 46 : 212/3
      3 Runs
        R. Shah
        98 (120)
        S. Shenwari
        53 (69)
        T. Murtagh
        8-1-31-1
        45.6
        0
        Tim Murtagh To Rahmat Shah
        Length delivery outside off, Shah pushes it towards covers.
        45.5
        0
        Tim Murtagh To Rahmat Shah
        Length delivery into the stumps, Shah drives it down the ground but straight onto the stumps at the non-striker's end.
        Match Info
        • Venue Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, Greater Noida
        • Weather Sunny
        • Toss Irelandwon the toss and elected to bat
        • Result Afghanistan beat Ireland by 7 wickets
        • Player of the Match Rahmat Shah
        • Player of the Series Paul Stirling
        • Umpire Ahmed Shahpakteen (AFG), Nitin Menon (IND) and Anil Chaudhary (IND)
        • Referee Graeme Labrooy (SL)
        Match Notes
        • Innings Break: Ireland 229/10 in 48.1 overs
        • Ireland 200/7 in 43.5 overs
        • Ireland 152/2 in 31.3 overs
        • William Porterfield completes 3000 runs in ODI
        • P Stirling 13th ODI fifty: 50 runs in 55 balls (4x4) (2x6)
        • Ireland 100/1 in 20.3 overs
        • Drinks: Ireland 69/1 in 14.5 overs
        • 1st wkt Partnership: 52 off 61 balls between Ed Joyce (27) and P Stirling (21)
        • Ireland 52/0 in 10.1 overs
        • Power play 1 (1-10) Ireland 48/0
        • R Shah 2nd ODI Hundred: 101 runs in 125 balls (10x4) (0x6)
        • Afghanistan 200/3 in 44.3 overs
        • S Shenwari 11th ODI fifty: 50 runs in 65 balls (4x4) (1x6)
        • 4th wkt Partnership: 100 off 116 balls between R Shah (50) and S Shenwari (49)
        • Drinks: Afghanistan 158/3 in 38.0 overs
        • Afghanistan 151/3 in 37.1 overs
        • 4th wkt Partnership: 50 off 73 balls between R Shah (16) and S Shenwari (34)
        • R Shah ODI fifty: 50 runs in 81 balls (4x4) (0x6)
        • Afghanistan 100/3 in 25.2 overs
        • Drinks: Afghanistan 72/2 in 19.0 overs
        • Afghanistan 50/2 in 14.3 overs
        • Power play 1 (1-10) Afghanistan 28/2
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