Murtagh, Balbirnie shines in the series-levelling victory

Murtagh, Balbirnie shines in the series-levelling victory

Afghanistan tour of Ireland 2018, Second ODI, Ireland vs Afghanistan – Ireland won by 3 wickets

Wednesday, August 29, 2018, Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast

Match Wrap:

What a nail biting finish to the second ODI! Ireland were all the way during the chase but with the departure of Andy Balbirnie with 19 more to score brought back Afghanistan right into the game! However, Simi Singh held his nerve batted along with the tail and guided Ireland home with 3 wickets in hand and 6.1 overs (37 deliveries) to spare.

Ireland’s fast bowler Tim Murtagh set the tone with the ball upfront in the first half with three quick wickets inside 5 overs. And a run out in the 8th over further dented the hopes of Afghanistan getting to a good score after opting to bat first. Rahmat Shah is the lone performer with the bat in their top order with 32 runs. Lower batting order stepped up and contributed crucial runs to help Afghanistan finish with a paltry score of 182 for 9 in 50 overs.

Ireland lost their captain – William Porterfield – in the very first over of the chase for a 4-ball Duck to Mujeeb ur Rahman. Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie batted brilliantly then adding 69 runs for the second wicket. Ireland who were in command in most part of the chase, escaped a late scare and went on to win the game by 3 wickets to level the three match ODI series 1-1.

Afghanistan won by first ODI by 29 runs while Ireland won the second ODI by 3 wickets. The third and final ODI of the series will be played at the same venue on Friday (Aug 31).

Stat Alert:

  • This is the first instance of Simi Singh remaining unbeaten in ODIs, played 9 so far.
  • Rashid Khan’s bowling average of 45 is the best for any player in this format with at least 100 wickets.

Match Summary:

Ireland– 183/7 in 43.5 overs (Andrew Balbirnie – 60, Paul Stirling – 39, Rashid Khan – 3/37, Mohammad Nabi – 2/38)beat Afghanistan – 182/9 in 50 overs (Najibullah Zadran – 42, Asghar Afghan – 39, Tim Murtagh – 4/30, Simi Singh – 1/17) by 3 wickets

Top Performer of the Match:

Tim Murtagh (Ire) – 4 wickets



Playing XI: William Porterfield (c), Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Niall O Brien (wk), Simi Singh, Kevin O Brien, Gary Wilson, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, Peter Chase

Bench:David Delany, George Dockrell, James Shannon


Playing XI: Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan (c), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran

Bench:Ihsanullah Janat, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Dawlat Zadran, Sayed Shirzad, Samiullah Shenwari, Wafadar, Javed Ahmadi

ODI Series Schedule:

ODI #1: Aug 27, Ireland vs Afghanistan, Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast
ODI #2: Aug 29, Ireland vs Afghanistan, Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast
ODI #3: Aug 31, Ireland vs Afghanistan, Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast

** Image credits to SuperSport

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