AFGHANISTAN VS IRELAND, 2019
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Andrew Balbirnie smashed eight fours and eight sixes in his knock © Getty
A career-best efficiency from Andrew Balbirnie (145 not out off 136 balls) helped Eire get off the mark and draw stage within the five-match collection in opposition to Afghanistan within the third ODI on the Rajiv Gandhi Worldwide cricket stadium on Tuesday (March three).
Chasing a stiff goal of 257, Eire have been down and out at 73/four in the course of the 16th over, however a powerful 143-run partnership between quantity three batsman Andrew Balbirnie and all-rounder George Dockrell completely tilted the momentum within the guests’ favour. The duo exhibited nice composure on the crease and negotiated all of the tips thrown at them to engineer a much-needed, series-reviving stand for his or her crew. Dockrell performed the right second fiddle whereas Balbirnie stored the scorecard ticking with occasional boundaries to maintain the required charge underneath management.
Afghanistan failed to use any strain after the very important opening spell from Dawlat Zadran who eliminated Paul Stirling and Simi Singh within the area of three deliveries. In the direction of the top of the chase, Eire did supply a number of probabilities however the hosts crumbled underneath strain and let the sport slip away with some strange bowling and fielding. That mentioned, Balbirnie stayed unfazed all through his innings and appeared actually hungry to assist his aspect tick their first win on this tour.
Earlier, a particular innings from the highly-rated Najibullah Zadran helped Afghanistan recuperate from a dangerous state of affairs – 74/5 at one stage – to put up a combating complete on the board. Opting to bat, Afghanistan misplaced two of their prime three batsmen – Mohammad Shahzad and Rahmat Shah – to some correct bowling from Tim Murtagh and Andy McBrine; each the opening bowlers attacked the stumps extra typically and have been rewarded with an lbw dismissal every.
The in-form batsman Hazratullah Zazai was in good nick from the beginning and simply as he regarded to rebuild some momentum with skipper Asghar Afghan, a brainfade second from the previous opened doorways for yet one more Eire comeback. From 53/three, Afghanistan have been quickly lowered to 74/5 within the span of 5 overs.
The hosts regarded in all kinds of bother on the finish of 20th over with the rating studying 77/5, however a 117-run affiliation between Asghar Afghan and Najibullah Zadran revived Afghanistan’s innings and set the platform for a aggressive complete on the board.
Temporary scores: Afghanistan 256 for eight in 50 overs (Asghar Afghan 75, Najibullah Zadran 104*; Boyd Rankin 2-56) misplaced to Eire 260 for six in 49 overs (Andrew Balbirnie 145*, George Dockrell 54; Dawlat Zadran 2-52) by four wickets