“We didn’t read the pitch properly, we thought it was dry but the ball was seaming a lot. We were 30 runs short. We threw away wickets back to back up front. We started with a quick because it was a seaming wicket.” Fielding: “We missed a lot of balls, hopefully, we will come back well in the next match. We will work on the mistakes.”
“We were brilliant in the powerplay. Josh Little gets better and better. We’ve been great against world-class layers in the last few weeks.” Fielding: “We know we have to be good at it. We are working on various things, glad to see the benefits for it.” His own batting: “You’ve to remind yourself you’ve done good stuff in the past. We’re gelling well as a team as we’ve been playing a lot together.”
Josh Little is Player of the Match for his 2/18:
“I had a nice little rhythm. Something I was successful at the World Cup last year, always going to look at what works for me. if you get wickets in the powerplay you always give yourself a chance.”
Afghanistan vs Ireland 2nd T20I Highlights today, Thursday 11-8-2022. 1st T20I, Afghanistan tour of Ireland from Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast.
Mohammad Nabi chose to bat first.
Afghanistan team: 1 Rahmanullah Gurbaz, 2 Ibrahim Zadran, 3 Usman Ghani, 4 Hashmatullah Shahidi , 5 Najibullah Zadran, 6 Mohammad Nabi (capt), 7 Azmatullah Omarzai, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 10 Naveen Ul-Haq, 11 Fazalhaq Farooqi.
Ireland team: 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Andy Balbirnie (capt), 3 Lorcan Tucker (wk), 4 Harry Tector, 5 Gareth Delany, 6 Curtis Campher, 7 George Dockrell, 8 Mark Adair, 9 Andy McBrine, 10 BJ McCarthy, 11 Josh Little.
Head to Head In T20I’s: 19
Afghanistan Won: 14
Ireland Won: 5
Match Timings: 14:30 GMT | 15:30 Local
Umpires – Jareth McCready, Paul Reynolds
Match Referee – Graham McCrea
Reserve Umpire – Roly Black
Match number – T20I no. 1729