48.Three overs Afghanistan 250 for 7 (Zazai 67, Rahmat 54, Shahidi 52, Dockrell Three-52, McBrine 2-43) v Eire
Left-arm spinner George Dockrell, and offspinner Andy McBrine took 5 wickets between them as Eire put a well timed finish to 2 substantial Afghanistan partnerships and restricted them to 250 for 7 in 48.Three overs as rain stopped play in Dehradun.
Afghanistan had a gap stand of 90, and a third-wicket stand of 87, however misplaced two fast wickets after each of them to lose steam and be pressured into extra conservative batting in direction of the tip. On each events, it was the mix of Dockrell and McBrine that introduced the breakthroughs. Because the strain mounted, allrounder Simi Singh sneaked in 1 for 33 in his eight overs.
For the third consecutive sport on the tour, Afghanistan had a powerful opening begin. Not for the primary time, it was dominated fully by Hazratullah Zazai. The left-hander opened the scoring on the day by tonking Tim Murtagh over midwicket and out of the stadium off the second ball of the sport after Asghar Afghan had elected to bat. Eire had McBrine share the brand new ball with Murtagh, a bet on his offbreak to upset Zazai’s rhythm. Whereas it labored to some extent – Zazai had a number of come off the highest, backside, and main edges towards all bowlers – runs have been nonetheless pretty simple to choose up for the batsman. His sixes – 5 of them – have been solely on the leg facet and aimed over long-on, the distinction simply being the space he received on them.
Debutant left-arm spinner, 28-year-old James Cameron-Dow, was given a style of this off consecutive deliveries in his first over in worldwide cricket. Having confronted solely tempo and offbreaks till the 12th over, Zazai sized up the newcomer, drilling him over long-on to deliver up fifty, and following it up with a much bigger slog subsequent ball.
His adventures solely lasted three overs from there. McBrine, introduced again into the assault, slowed down a size ball that spun away from off stump and Zazai’s tried slog sweep got here off the highest edge. For the primary time, it was in touching distance of a fielder and Balbirnie grabbed it working again from first slip.
Within the subsequent over, one other bowling change introduced a wicket. Dockrell lobbed one as much as Javed Ahmadi, Afghanistan’s different opener on the day, and his first try at forcing the assault towards spin ended up with him lobbing a easy catch to mid-on. It was emblematic of Ahmadi’s wrestle all afternoon; his 53-ball 22 performed into Eire’s arms even throughout Zazai’s onslaught. Once they’d each been dismissed off consecutive overs, Afghanistan have been 92 for two within the 17th over: an affordable run-rate given Zazai had received his 67 off simply 43 deliveries.
The screws may have been turned additional, however Balbirnie dropped Rahmat Shah at gully off Boyd Rankin within the 25th over, and Hashmatullah Shahidi’s top-edged sweep was grassed at deep sq. by Murtagh within the 29th. What ought to have been McBrine’s second wicket on the time turned the place to begin of Afghanistan’s acceleration.
Shah was by far the extra fluid of the 2 batsmen, promptly on his toes when the seamers dropped it quick, and unafraid to make use of his toes to change the spinners’ lengths. However after making 54 off 66 balls, he fell enjoying the unsuitable line to Dockrell, and made method for Afghan, who proceeded to hit the spinner for 2 fours – one to extensive long-on, and one extensive of long-off. With slightly below 15 overs left when he got here in, the Afghanistan captain’s intentions have been clear, however could not be matched with greater than these two boundaries as he chopped McBrine on subsequent over.
Shahidi, who introduced himself on the Asia Cup final 12 months with three consecutive fifties, was nonetheless round. He accomplished his fourth fifty in six ODI innings, wanting fairly snug towards spin, however fully at sea towards Rankin’s wanting a size check. Having beforehand been rapped on the thumb attempting to fend one, Shahidi ended up slicing a pull out to deep sq. towards the quick bowler. The place he’d struck at at the very least 85 towards spin, he received solely four off 17 towards Rankin. And his wicket – shortly after Nabi’s 20-ball 24 ended with a miscue to long-on – was the centre of a collapse that took Afghanistan from 226 for four to 234 for 7. Rashid Khan’s fledgling cameo was lower quick as quickly as he swatted Murtagh over midwicket, with the clouds that had continued all through the day delivering on their undesirable promise.