So that concludes the first game! Afghanistan win it comfortably and take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match T20I series. The next game is going to be a do-or-die for the Irishmen. They would look to improve their bowling and bounce back hard. Whereas the hosts would look to build on this victory. The second game takes place on 10th March at 1400 local time (0830 GMT). Till then, take care! Cheers!
Afghanistan skipper, Asghar Stanikzai feels that the wicket was looking good throughout, which made batting easy for them. Opines that the opposition fell short of 25-30 runs on a deck such as this which favoured the batsmen. Adds that the first game is always important in any series and he is really happy to win it.
Ireland skipper, William Porterfield says that his team didn't build on the start they got. Praises the Afghan batsmen by saying that they played well and struck the ball cleanly. He feels that his run out changed the momentum of their innings. Feels that they could have got to 180 easily and also that the bowling could have been a bit better. Ends up by saying that it's just the first match and there were a lot of positives to take from it.
Man of the Match, Samiullah Shenwari thanks the almighty for his performance today. Applauds his coach and the skipper for giving him the confidence when he needed it the most. Adds that he would like to keep up his performance level high. Ends by saying he enjoyed his batting today.
None of the Irish bowlers were that effective as they hardly could keep the runs in check. Kevin O'Brien managed to get a wicket but he was hammered all round the park, conceding 52 off his 4-overs quota. By the time Stuart Thompson and Craig Young chipped in with a wicket each, the game had already tilted in the favour of the hosts.
Shenwari came in next and started off in the fourth gear directly as he hammered three boundaries in the first three balls and then 56 runs off only 36 balls. Mohammad Shahzad also batted well smashing 47 off 41 balls. The top order took the game out of the opposition's hands and skipper Stanikzai walked in to see his team through to the finish line.
An entertaining performance by the Afghanistani batsmen help them to take a lead of 1-0 in the 3-match T20I series. They were on top of the game from the very first over. The openers managed to get their team to a flying start where they scored 51 runs before losing Najeeb Tarakai on the last ball of the fifth over.
Craig Young to Shafiqullah
SIX! Finishes it off in style! Full and in the line of the stumps, Shafiqullah kneels down and slogs it way over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum. What a way to win the match! AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 6 WICKETS AND WITH 2 OVERS TO SPARE!
Shafiqullah is the next man in.
Craig Young to Mohammad Nabi
OUT! With just a run needed to win, Nabi looks to finish it in style. Full delivery, angling into the pads, Nabi clips it uppishly. Dockrell at short mid-wicket takes another good catch to his left. Nabi has to walk back!
Craig Young to Asghar Stanikzai
Full on middle and off, dug out to long on for a single. SCORES ARE LEVEL!
Another back of a length delivery, dragged to deep square leg for a single.
Short delivery, pulled on the leg side for a single.
Length delivery outside off, Stanikzai sways at it and ends up missing!
Craig Young is back for a bowl.
Stuart Thompson to Asghar Stanikzai
Outside off, played to point for a single.
Pitched outside off, AS misses his punch!
Mohammad Nabi walks out.
Stuart Thompson to Samiullah Shenwari
OUT! Shenwari departs in the process of finishing the match with a glory shot! Slower one on leg, Shenwari gets ahead a touch and looks to whip it. Ends up chipping it high in the air. Dockrell at long on, judges the ball well, grabs it and just when he thinks he is crossing, he lofts the ball in air, comes back in and then pouches it safely. The umpire have a check upstairs and the replays confirm that the catch is clean. A sensational innings for Shenwari comes to and end!
The umpires have gone upstairs to check if the catch off Shenwari is clean or not.