Dehradun, March 08, Friday at 01:00 PM IST
So, the five-match ODI series between Afghanistan and Ireland rests at 1-1 with two more games to be played on Friday and Sunday. In the third ODI on Tuesday, Ireland bounced back to register 4 wickets win and level the series by 1-1. Now, both the sides will reload at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun, Uttarakhand on Friday noon for the fourth ODI. The clash is set to begin at 01:00 PM IST.
Having opted to bat first after winning the toss in the 3rd ODI, Afghanistan managed yet another challenging total for the visitors -256 for eight wickets. Najibullah Zadran (104 not out) and skipper Asghar Afghan (75) were amongst the runs for Afghanistan.
Coming to chase, Ireland lost their skipper William Porterfield at just 13 runs on the board and were soon reduced to 29-3. The visitors were once again at the receiving end and were feeling the heat when Andrew Balbirnie (145 not out) paired up with George Dockrell (54) to help the side cross 200 runs mark. The game was slipping out of the hands of the hosts when M Nabi got rid of George Dockrell in the 43rd over and Rashid Khan sent back wicket-keeper batter Stuart Poynter to bring back Afghanistan back in the game. However, A Balbirnie made sure Ireland pulls out this time and secure the first win on the entire tour. Powered with A Balbirnie’s unbeaten 145, Ireland chased down the target with 4 wickets in hand and 6 balls to spare. The 4 wickets win is Ireland’s first win on the tour so far.
Earlier, the 3 matches T20I series was sealed by Afghanistan by 3-0. The five-match ODI series will be followed by the only test starting from March 15 at the same venue.
Afghanistan- L, NR, W
Ireland- W, NR, L
The probable AFGH vs IRE playing 11 is listed below.
Wicketkeeper: Mohammad Shahzad
Batsmen: H Zazai, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rahmat Shah, N Zadran, Asghar Afghan (c)
All-rounder: Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran
Wicketkeeper: Stuart Poynter
Batsmen: Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, William Porterfield (c)
All-rounder: Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Kevin O Brien
Bowlers: George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Tim Murtagh, James Cameron-Dow
Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hazratullah Zazai, Samiullah Shenwari, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Asghar Afghan(c), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Usman Ghani, Najeeb Tarakai, Zahir Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Janat, Fareed Malik, Sayed Shirzad, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Ziaur Rahman
Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Stuart Poynter, Paul Stirling(c), Joshua Little, Simi Singh, Peter Chase, Shane Getkate, Andy McBrine, Kevin O Brien, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker
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Fantasy picks from Afghanistan
Najibullah Zadran, Asghar Afghan, H Zazai and M Shahzad will be the key in batting. N Zadran slammed a very crucial century coming down the order in the 3rd ODI while Asghan Afghan’s experience in the middle order comes handy in stabilising the innings.
M Shahzad hasn’t fired up in the series so far but can change the course of the game with his hard-hitting abilities.
In bowling, Mujeeb ur Rahman will be responsible for giving early breakthroughs like always while Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Dawlat Zadran will be crucial in middle orders.
D Zadran is the leading wicket-taker for the side with 5 scalps while Mujeeb ur Rahman has bagged 4 wickets
Fantasy picks from Ireland
Paul Stirling, George Dockrell and Andrew Balbirnie will be the top fantasy picks from Ireland
Balbirnie scored a match-winning century while George Dockrell contributed with a fifty. Dockrell is a key all-rounder for the side. He has also bagged 5 wickets and is the leading wicket-taker for the side along with Boyd Rankin.
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