IRELAND V AFGHANISTAN
Cricbuzz Staff •
Dockrell’s positive fifty helped Ireland sq. the series © Getty
Fine knocks from George Dockrell and Paul Stirling on all sides of a mid-overs cave in, adopted by way of a bowling efficiency that had self-discipline written in every single place, helped Ireland keep alive within the three-match ODI series in opposition to Afghanistan as they secured a 51-run victory in Sharjah on Thursday (December 7).
After a 115-run opening stand between Stirling and skipper William Porterfield, Ireland’s innings got here undone because the spin duo of Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Zadran ran amok, lowering the European aspect to 188 for six. However, Dockrell, batting at No. eight, registered his maiden ODI fifty to help the guests submit a aggressive general of 271.
On a pitch that had little help for both the batsmen or the bowlers, Ireland’s bowlers excelled within the recreation of persistence with their correct line and lengths, making sure that they picked up wickets at common durations in spite of all of Afghanistan’s best six managing double digit rankings. Barry McCarthy led the display with the ball by way of bagging his maiden 5 wicket-haul as Afghanistan have been bowled out for 220.
It was once a circumspect get started from the Afghanistan openers within the chase as they seemed prepared to tempo their innings and no longer try anything else too flashy. Having with reference to controlled to search out the distance between duvet and mid-off for his first boundary, Javed Ahmadi was once glad to pay attention to strike rotation whilst hanging away the fast deliveries to the fence on every occasion the chance arose. Ihsanullah, barring a six over mid-wicket off Tim Murtagh and a mis-timed loft over long-off, additionally most popular final at the aspect of warning as Afghanistan controlled 43 within the first 10 overs.
While the outlet stand, price 46 runs, got here to an finish when Barry McCarthy discovered the distance between Ihsanullah’s bat and pad to strike bushes, Ahmadi endured together with his considered way, taking part in the anchor’s function. He discovered a spouse in sort within the type of Rahmat Shah as they raised a half-century stand with minimal possibility. However, the fast ball, which had given Ahmadi the vast majority of his limitations, additionally brought about his downfall as he pulled a McCarthy supply immediately to Dockrell to fall two wanting a half-century. Failing to transform just right begins gave the look of a development in Afghanistan’s best order as Rahmat too departed, stumped off Dockrell after being overwhelmed by way of a turning supply, adopted by way of skipper Asghar Stanikzai, who additionally reached double digits earlier than failing in his try to to transparent the mid-wicket fence.
Nasir Jamal, the half-centurion within the earlier recreation, seemed scratchy and in addition struggled to rotate strike whilst Mohammad Nabi, on the different finish, attempted to stay Afghanistan not off course together with his sure batting. Despite their contrasting approaches, the pair controlled to stay in combination and sew a fifty-run stand earlier than Nabi departed, reducing on a supply from Peter Chase, who bagged his 2nd wicket an over later by way of sending again Gulbadin Naib. McCarthy then ended Jamal’s fight and collected the wicket of Shafiqullah, off successive deliveries. While Dawlat Zadran controlled to barter the hat-trick ball safely, he ended up being McCarthy’s fifty scalp, which was once adopted by way of the run out of Rashid Khan who misplaced his bat earlier than attaining the crease, finishing Afghanistan’s innings within the 46th over.
Earlier, opting to bat, Ireland were given off to a just right get started due to Stirling, who controlled limitations at common durations at the same time as Porterfield took some time to get going. Afghanistan’s hopes of revealing Ireland’s weak point in opposition to spin bowling early within the innings, by way of asking Mujeeb to open the assault, did not fairly materialise as Stirling’s sure intent translated into two fours off the spinner within the opening over. Although Mujeeb controlled to stay it rather quiet in his subsequent 3 overs in his spell all the way through the powerplay he did not pick out up any wickets whilst Dawlat Zadran leaked limitations.
As the innings improved, Porterfield controlled to make up for his quiet get started and Stirling raised his bat for a 51-ball fifty – his 14th half-century in ODIs and 5th in opposition to Afghanistan – to carry up the century stand. The pair endured in a cast method or even controlled to stay Ireland’s leader tormenter lately – Rashid – at bay. But an try to pull Naib caused Porterfield’s dismissal for 47, which then brought about a mid-innings slide as Ireland misplaced six wickets for 73 runs, with the spinners accounting for 4 of the ones.
A rearguard motion from Dockrell and Stuart Poynter led Ireland previous the 200-run mark however the latter was once out stuck and bowled off Nabi, which ended a seventh-wicket affiliation price 29 runs. But the dismissal did not deter Dockrell from taking part in his strokes. He took a liking to Dawlat, managing 3 fours off the pacer, who ended up with figures of two for 65 after selecting up the wicket of McCarthy off the remaining ball of his spell. Dockrell was once unperturbed as he introduced up a 45-ball half-century with a 4 off Nabi within the ultimate over and in addition cleared the long-on fence for a mighty six to help Ireland finish the innings on a favorable word.
Brief rankings: Ireland 271/nine in 50 overs (Paul Stirling 82, George Dockrell 62*; Rashid Khan 2-40, Mujeeb Zadran 2-50) beat Afghanistan 220 in 45.2 overs (Javed Ahmadi 48, Rahmat Shah 32; Barry McCarthy Five-46, Peter Chase 2-45) by way of 51 runs.