Afghanistan 223 (Nabi 64, Asghar 54, Rashid 52, Cameron-Dow Three-32) beat Eire 114 (Alam Four-25, Rashid 2-22, Mujeeb 2-25) by 109 runs
Afghanistan turned the tables on Eire, mounting a comeback of their very own from 81 for six, and sustaining it for the remainder of the match to go 2-1 up with a sport left within the sequence. Captain Asghar Afghan made yet one more fifty that held the innings collectively, and his effort was backed by stalwarts Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan who made fifties of their very own down the order as Eire struggled to shut yet one more innings after being in a dominant place.
Afghanistan made fewer runs than that they had on Tuesday within the third ODI, however a bowling line-up strengthened by Aftab Alam, who took Four for 25, ensured Eire did not get wherever close to the goal on the night time. With solely 4 batsmen stepping into double-figures, Eire misplaced by 109 runs. Mujeeb ur Rahman and Rashid – standing in in the course of the bowling innings for the injured Asghar – took two wickets every.
After William Porterfield had put them in, Afghanistan’s batsmen repeatedly paid the worth for seeking to play with onerous palms on a gradual floor. Whereas it was Hazratullah Zazai’s mandate to be aggressive – and he was earlier than Andy McBrine bought him – the remainder of the highest order was responsible of not adapting. Noor Ali Zadran and Rahmat Shah have been caught seeking to power pictures on the up via the off facet, Ikram Ali Khil – coming in for Mohammad Shahzad – reached out and jabbed at a turning ball, and Gulbadin Naib went throughout the road to be lbw. At that time, Eire’s bowlers had shared 5 wickets inside 14 overs. Najibullah Zadran’s watchfulness for 14 balls was an unlikely precursor to his dismissal – chipping one again to James Cameron-Dow, who would end with Three for 32 in his ten.
Asghar hadn’t modified his fashion an excessive amount of regardless of the wickets tumbling round him, surviving dangerously earlier than nailing the occasional six. He had hit three and was hanging at run-a-ball at 81 for six, however quickly picked a extra mature strategy.
This was additionally what Nabi did on the different finish. The pair assessed their scoring choices, discovering that utilizing their toes in opposition to spin was the one strategy to drive successfully via the covers. Nabi particularly was delicious via the additional cowl area all through his innings, whereas additionally taking runs off the pacers via level once they dropped brief. They put up 50 for the seventh wicket and simply when it appeared like Eire have been feeling the stress – the bowlers instantly seemed meek – they have been supplied a run-out alternative that they duly took. Asghar was struggling and had no probability as Dockrell’s throw hit the stumps on the bounce. Within the course of, he took a tumble as effectively and injured the fitting facet of his physique, presumably within the bicep area.
However quickly sufficient, the stress was again on Eire. Nabi and Rashid did not search for any consolidation, sticking to concentrating on the straight boundaries till the 45th over. At that time, they took Rankin for 3 boundaries and confirmed the primary indicators of acceleration. Rashid went after Dockrell within the subsequent over as effectively, carting him over additional cowl for six, and pulling to the deep midwicket fence off consecutive deliveries.
However Nabi holed out to long-off and sparked one other collapse: 217 for 7 turned to 223 all out initially of the 50th over.
Chasing 224, Porterfield used a strong begin to launch in opposition to Aftab within the sixth over. However his three fours in a row have been instantly offset when the bowler switched to across the wicket and cramped him with a full ball. Porterfield did not look happy on the determination, however his foot had been adjoining to leg stump when he was struck after lacking on the flick.
This was Afghanistan’s opening, and so they capitalised nearly instantly. Hero of the chase final match, Andy Balbirnie was the following of that lengthy record of batsmen who have been out pushing onerous at deliveries from spinners. In Balbirnie’s case, it was second ball in opposition to Mujeeb, chipping one straight again to the bowler. Two balls later, Paul Stirling, who has swept effectively all sequence, dragged his heel out of the crease as he was crushed on a sweep. With toe on the crease, he was adjudged stumped. Inside eight balls, Eire had misplaced their finest batsmen and have been 33 for Three.
Afghanistan had Nabi, their second-highest run-scorer in ODIs, at No. eight and Rashid at No. 9, each of whom have been in stress conditions throughout lots of the world’s finest leagues. Missing that kind of depth down the order, Eire had no alternative however to decelerate their scoring massively, not like Afghanistan throughout their collapse.
Simi Singh, who has batted in 4 positions in 13 ODIs, and who did not bowl on Friday, dug himself right into a rut earlier than seeking to sweep Rashid to be bowled.
With even Kevin O’Brien struggling to seek out boundaries, and an ever-slowing pitch, gamers who usually play supporting roles – George Dockrell, Stuart Poynter – have been compelled to attempt to up the speed. In each circumstances, this meant a simple goal for the seamers. Gulbadin Naib’s slower ball slid beneath Dockrell’s step-out-and-heave, whereas Alam’s brief ball got here on too gradual for Poynter who chopped on. Quickly sufficient, Rashid had McBrine and within the 32nd over, O’Brien chopped Alam on as effectively. Tim Murtagh opened the prospect of some drama, placing Alam on a hat-trick subsequent ball, however what we’d get was a tame finish to a toothless chase 4 overs later.