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Ireland vs Afghanistan, 3rd T20I Match Summary

IRE vs AFG, 2022 - T20 Summary

Ireland vs Afghanistan Scorecard
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Match Ended   
167/9 (20.0/20)
189/5 (20.0/20)
Afghanistan beat Ireland by 22 runs
AFG 189/5
Bat Top Batsmen
53 (35)
  • 8x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 151.42SR
42 (18)
  • 0x4s
  • 5x6s
  • 233.33SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 7.25
4
OVERS
29/2
R/W
Bowler
ECON 9.66
3
OVERS
29/1
R/W
IRE 167/9
Bat Top Batsmen
58 (37)
  • 6x4s
  • 2x6s
  • 156.75SR
36 (18)
  • 4x4s
  • 2x6s
  • 200SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 9.50
4
OVERS
38/3
R/W
2
OVERS
11/2
R/W
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Right then. That's it from the coverage of this game. Afghanistan have managed to keep their hopes alive in this series. It currently stands at 2-1 in Ireland's favour. The two sides will meet again on 15th August, 2022. The first ball will be at 8 pm IST (2.30 pm GMT). But as you all know you can join us early for the build-up. Till then, take care and goodbye.
Mohammad Nabi, the victorious skipper is in for a chat. He says that the batted according to the plan. The opening stand was the key to post a huge total on the board. Mentions they played a great game, just the Afghan way. Says the team performed really well and hopefully they can emulate the same in the next two games.
Andy Balbirnie, the skipper of Ireland, says they lost a lot of wickets in the Powerplay and that put them on the back foot. Praises the effort of the batters at the fag end and kept them in the game for long. Says Hume and Hand have been knocking on the door for quite some time and is really glad to have them in the side. Mentions, Dockrell has gone from strength-to-strength which is really pleasing to see. Mentions, they have played pretty good cricket and would aim to win the series.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz wins the Man of the Match award for his exceptional effort with the bat. He starts by saying it feels good to win after two losses on the trot. Says the coach and the skipper asked him to stay out for long and that's what he aimed to do. Says he is really happy to see Zazai back in the side. Ends by saying he hopes they can win the rest of the matches.
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Earlier in the innings, Afghanistan started well with the blade. Their openers built a solid foundation up top. Rahmanullah Gurbaz smacked a quickfire 53. Later, the middle order capitalized on this opportunity and punched 189 runs on the board. Ireland though could not get a good start with the blade and that costed them the game here.
Afghanistan bowlers finally came to the fore. They managed to pick wickets regularly and that completely pushed the hosts on the back foot. It was a complete performance from the visitors and they completely outplayed the hosts. Also, surprisingly, Rashid Khan has failed to pick a single wicket in this series until now, He will be hoping to change his fortunes in the remaining games.
The Ireland batters just did not arrive today! They needed the top order to fire but that did not happen and then the task just getting difficult. George Dockrell is the only batter who showed some fight in this chase. He recorded his highest ever score in T20Is with his 58 runs. He got good support from the debutant, Fionn Hand as well, but it was too little too late.
A thumping win for the visitors to stay alive in the series. To be honest this victory was set up by the batters. 190 was always going to be an uphill task against this Afghanistan bowling attack and the Afghans got their A-game to the fore to bag their first win of the tour.
Over 20 : 167/9
5 Runs
  • 019.1
  • 419.2
  • 019.3
  • 019.4
  • 019.5
  • 1 WD19.6
  • 019.6
G. Dockrell
58 (37)
J. Little
0 (0)
A. Omarzai
2-0-13-0
19.6
0
Azmatullah Omarzai To George Dockrell
Azmatullah Omarzai serves it full, wide outside off. George Dockrell looks to drive it away but misses. Afghanistan win the game by 22 runs.
19.6
wd
Azmatullah Omarzai To George Dockrell
WIDE! On a length, outside the tramline. George Dockrell misses his attempt. Wided.
19.5
0
Azmatullah Omarzai To George Dockrell
Swing and a miss! Length ball, outside off. George Dockrell looks to heave it away but misses.
19.4
0
Azmatullah Omarzai To George Dockrell
Length ball, on off, pushed to wide long off.
19.3
0
Azmatullah Omarzai To George Dockrell
On off, this is pushed to sweeper cover,
19.2
4
Azmatullah Omarzai To George Dockrell
FOUR! Finds the gap now! It is full, outside off. George Dockrell leans in and drives it through covers. It splits the two fielders in the deep and crosses the boundary.
19.1
0
Azmatullah Omarzai To George Dockrell
Full length, on off. George Dockrell gets it to mid-wicket off the inner half. George Dockrell needs to hit 5 balls out of the park to win the game here.
Over 19 : 162/9
10 Runs
  • 118.1
  • 018.2
  • 618.3
  • W18.4
  • 118.5
  • 1 WD18.6
  • W18.6
G. Hume
1 (1)
G. Dockrell
54 (31)
Naveen
4-0-38-3
18.6
W
Naveen-ul-Haq To Graham Hume OUT!
OUT! RUN OUT! Graham Hume gives away his wicket here, as he wanted to keep George Dockrell on strike. It is a short ball, down leg. Graham Hume pulls it to fine leg and the call is for two. Mujeeb Ur Rahman throws it to the keeper. Rahmanullah Gurbaz is quick to clip the bails off. The square leg umpire raises his finger. Graham Hume has to walk back. Josh Little is the last man in for Ireland.
18.6
wd
Naveen-ul-Haq To Graham Hume
WIDE! Short one, down leg. Hume lets it be. Wided.
18.5
1
Naveen-ul-Haq To George Dockrell
A single now as this is pushed to extra cover.
18.4
W
Naveen-ul-Haq To Fionn Hand OUT!
OUT! CAUGHT! Fionn Hand's cameo comes to an end. He receives an applause as he head out of the field. It is full, on off. Fionn Hand shuffles across and ramps it over short fine leg. Hazratullah Zazai runs behind and takes a sharp catch over his shoulders. This is should ease down some pressure for Afghanistan. Graham Hume is the new batter in for Ireland.
18.3
6
Naveen-ul-Haq To Fionn Hand
SIX! This is gone all the way! It is full and outside off. Fionn Hand stays back and smokes it over the wide long off fence for a biggie. Fionn Hand is on a roll here. 7 runs off the first three balls here. Ireland need 31 off 9 balls.
18.2
0
Naveen-ul-Haq To Fionn Hand
A length ball, around off. Fionn Hand looks to go for the reverse sweep but misses.
18.1
1
Naveen-ul-Haq To George Dockrell
Naveen-ul-Haq steams in and angles it in, full and on off. George Dockrell drives it to long off and rotates the strike.
Over 18 : 152/7
13 Runs
  • 417.1
  • 117.2
  • 117.3
  • 417.4
  • 117.5
  • 217.6
F. Hand
30 (15)
G. Dockrell
52 (29)
R. Khan
4-0-38-0
17.6
2
Rashid Khan To Fionn Hand
Touch short, on middle and leg. Fionn Hand pulls it to deep square leg. Naveen-ul-Haq in the deep makes an exceptional stop with a dive. They take two. George Dockrell to be on strike for the penultimate over.
17.5
1
Rashid Khan To George Dockrell
On off, pushed to covers for one.
17.4
4
Rashid Khan To George Dockrell
FOUR! George Dockrell racks up his fifty! It is short, on off. George Dockrell swivels on the back foot and pulls it through square leg for four. Can Ireland pull a rabbit out of the hat here?
17.3
1
Rashid Khan To Fionn Hand
A single now as this is pushed to covers.
17.2
1
Rashid Khan To George Dockrell
On middle and leg, flicked to mid-wicket for one.
17.1
4
Rashid Khan To George Dockrell
FOUR! Incredible shot! It is full and on off. George Dockrell drills it straight down the ground, It is in the gap and races away.
Rashid Khan is back into the attack for his final over.
20 OV
5 Runs
A. Omarzai to G. Dockrell
  • 019.1
  • 419.2
  • 019.3
  • 019.4
  • 019.5
  • 1 WD19.6
  • 019.6
19 OV
10 Runs
Naveen to G. Dockrell F. Hand G. Hume
  • 118.1
  • 018.2
  • 618.3
  • W18.4
  • 118.5
  • 1 WD18.6
  • W18.6
18 OV
13 Runs
R. Khan to G. Dockrell F. Hand
  • 417.1
  • 117.2
  • 117.3
  • 417.4
  • 117.5
  • 217.6
17 OV
13 Runs
Naveen to G. Dockrell F. Hand
  • 016.1
  • 416.2
  • 216.3
  • 116.4
  • 016.5
  • 616.6
16 OV
8 Runs
Ur Rahman to F. Hand G. Dockrell
  • 415.1
  • 115.2
  • 215.3
  • 015.4
  • 015.5
  • 115.6
15 OV
16 Runs
R. Khan to G. Dockrell
  • 614.1
  • 214.2
  • 014.3
  • 414.4
  • 414.5
  • 014.6
14 OV
14 Runs
M. Nabi to F. Hand G. Dockrell
  • 013.1
  • 413.2
  • 113.3
  • 113.4
  • 413.5
  • 413.6
13 OV
4 Runs
Ur Rahman to G. Dockrell M. Adair F. Hand
  • 112.1
  • W12.2
  • 012.3
  • 212.4
  • 012.5
  • 112.6
12 OV
7 Runs
M. Nabi to G. Dockrell M. Adair
  • 111.1
  • 211.2
  • 211.3
  • 111.4
  • 011.5
  • 111.6
11 OV
11 Runs
Ur Rahman to G. Dockrell M. Adair
  • 210.1
  • 110.2
  • 110.3
  • 610.4
  • 110.5
  • 010.6
10 OV
7 Runs
M. Nabi to G. Delany G. Dockrell
  • 09.1
  • 49.2
  • 19.3
  • 19.4
  • W9.5
  • 19.6
9 OV
5 Runs
Ur Rahman to L. Tucker G. Delany
  • 08.1
  • 08.2
  • 48.3
  • W8.4
  • 08.5
  • 18.6
8 OV
10 Runs
M. Nabi to G. Delany L. Tucker
  • 27.1
  • 17.2
  • 17.3
  • 27.4
  • 27.5
  • 27.6
7 OV
8 Runs
R. Khan to L. Tucker G. Delany
  • 46.1
  • 06.2
  • 06.3
  • 26.4
  • 16.5
  • 16.6
6 OV
9 Runs
Naveen to L. Tucker C. Campher G. Delany
  • 45.1
  • 15.2
  • 05.3
  • 45.4
  • W5.5
  • 05.6
5 OV
1 Runs
R. Khan to L. Tucker C. Campher
  • 14.1
  • 04.2
  • 04.3
  • 04.4
  • 04.5
  • 04.6
4 OV
6 Runs
Naveen to H. Tector C. Campher
  • 23.1
  • W3.2
  • 03.3
  • 43.4
  • 03.5
  • 03.6
3 OV
8 Runs
F. Farooqi to L. Tucker A. Balbirnie H. Tector
  • 62.1
  • 12.2
  • W2.3
  • 02.4
  • 02.5
  • 12.6
2 OV
8 Runs
A. Omarzai to L. Tucker A. Balbirnie
  • 1 WD1.1
  • 1 WD1.1
  • 1 WD1.1
  • 01.1
  • 01.2
  • 41.3
  • 11.4
  • 01.5
  • 01.6
1 OV
4 Runs
F. Farooqi to P. Stirling A. Balbirnie L. Tucker
  • 1 WD0.1
  • 1 LB0.1
  • 10.2
  • W0.3
  • 00.4
  • 10.5
  • 00.6
Match Info
  • Venue Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast
  • Weather Sunny
  • Toss Irelandwon the toss and elected to field
  • Result Afghanistan beat Ireland by 22 runs
  • Player of the Match Rahmanullah Gurbaz
  • Umpire Mark Hawthorne (IRE), Roly Black (IRE) and No TV Umpire
  • Referee Graeme McCrea (IRE)
Match Notes
  • Innings Break: Afghanistan 189/5 in 20.0 overs
  • Afghanistan 153/2 in 17.3 overs
  • Afghanistan 100/1 in 12.1 overs
  • R Gurbaz 4th T20I fifty: 50 runs in 31 balls (8x4) (1x6)
  • Drinks: Afghanistan 82/0 in 9.5 overs
  • 1st wkt Partnership: 50 off 47 balls between H Zazai (21) and R Gurbaz (22)
  • Afghanistan 50/0 in 7.5 overs
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): Afghanistan 41/0
  • Ireland 150/7 in 17.5 overs
  • G Dockrell Maiden T20I fifty: 51 runs in 28 balls (5x4) (2x6)
  • Ireland 102/7 in 14.0 overs
  • Drinks: Ireland 65/6 in 9.5 overs
  • Ireland 50/4 in 7.4 overs
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): Ireland 36/4
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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

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