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Ireland vs Afghanistan, 3rd ODI in Belfast: Afghanistan Take the Series 2-1

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: August 31, 2018, 9:50 PM IST

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IRE vs AFG Cricket Scorecard (ODI)

3rd ODI ODI, Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast, 31 August, 2018

Ireland

124/10

(36.1) RR 3.42

v/s
Afghanistan

127/2

(23.5) RR 5.32

Afghanistan beat Ireland by 8 wickets
Ireland vs Afghanistan, 3rd ODI in Belfast: Afghanistan Take the Series 2-1

PREVIEW: Ireland, at long last, managed to register their first win of the series against Afghanistan, and will hope to carry that form into the final one-day international on Friday, 31 August. Ireland’s batting was the worry. They lost too many wickets too soon, and just couldn’t stitch together partnerships. It was so iffy for Ireland that, Tim Murtagh conceded that the likes of Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman were “world-class bowlers”, who “made all the difference” between the two sides.

However, the home side showed much-needed fight in the second ODI on Wednesday. They restricted Afghanistan to 182/9 after the visitors opted to bat, and even had them at 16/4 at one point. Andrew Balbirnie then scored a second consecutive half-century, and this time found support in Paul Stirling (39) and Simi Singh (36*) as Ireland drew level in the three-match series.

Good as that win was, the batting problems didn’t really get fixed. There were still wobbles, with William Porterfield, the captain, dismissed for nought early on, and the O’Brien brothers, Kevin and Niall, managing just 18 runs between them. Tim Murtagh has claimed two four-wicket-hauls in as many ODIs Tim Murtagh has claimed two four-wicket-hauls in as many ODIs

The three-wicket victory, in fact, came thanks to Singh showing plenty of nerves in his 59-ball knock. “It would have been nice to get over the line with 10-15 overs to go but it is important that we won,” Porterfield later said. Ireland will take confidence from that.

Afghanistan will take solace from the fact that they once again troubled the home side considerably, despite, once again, posting a small total. That said, they have batting concerns of their own to address.

Hazratullah Zazai scored consecutive half-centuries in the T20Is, but he has been dismissed for 14 and 1 in the ODIs. Mohammad Shahzad’s usual gung-ho feats were missed as well, and Afghanistan have a problem facing the new ball.

All of which means the final ODI might well come down to the batting – the side that copes better can come away with the series.

Paul Stirling needs to ensure Andrew Balbirnie has some support Paul Stirling needs to ensure Andrew Balbirnie has some support

Squads

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Andy Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Gary Wilson, Josh Little

Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Asghar Afghan (c), Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Ihsanullah Janat, Sayed Shirzad, Dawlat Zadran, Wafadar

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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