Ireland v Afghanistan
Stormont, 17 August 2022
T20 International
Result Ireland beat Afghanistan by 7 wickets (DLS)
Toss Ireland
Latest update at 7:23 PM Local Time
Commentator Ian Callender
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7:21 PM With the news that the player of the match is Mark Adair for his three early wickets, that is all from Stormont, Ian Callender saying thanks for joining us and good evening
7:19 PM Ireland's next action will be in Sydney on October 1, the first of their warm-up games ahead of the T20 World Cup which gets under way with a game against Zimbabwe on October 17 in Hobart.
7:18 PM And that ends Ireland's hectic summer - 15 matches congested into just 53 days and they finish it with three wins and 12 defeats but the three wins against their nearest rivals has given them their first series win against Afghanistan.
7:17 PM There really could have been only one man to finish it.
7:16 PM The bowlers may have won this match for Ireland and the series by 3-2 but Dockrell is certain to be the man of the series after a phenomenal run of 141 runs without being dismissed at a strike rate of 158.
6.4 Farid to Dockrell, 1 run.
Lofted over extra cover for the winning run and it just had to be George Dockrell 6.3 Farid to Dockrell, FOUR Pulled through square leg and beats the fielder to tie the scores with three balls left
6.2 Farid to Tector, 1 run. Pulled towards long-on
6.1 Farid to Dockrell, 1 run. Dabbed to short thirdman, possibility of overthrow but turned down
7:08 PM Seven needed off the last over
6
End of over 6 (6 runs) Ireland 49-4
H Tector 8* (4 balls, 1x4, 0x6) G Dockrell 1* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 4 in 0.3 overs
Rashid Khan 2-0-17-1 Mujeeb 2-0-17-2
Ireland need 7 runs to win in 1.0 overs.
5.6 Rashid Khan to Tector, 2 runs. Hit hard to the cover sweeper who fumbles and gives up the second.
5.5 Rashid Khan to Dockrell, 1 run. Through mid-wicket to the sweeper
5.4 Rashid Khan to Tector, 1 run. Along the ground to long-on
4
L Tucker c Farid b Rashid Khan 14 (12 balls, 0x4, 1x6) SR: 116.67
Partnership of 7 in 5 balls
Ireland 45-4 in 5.3 overs
5.3 Rashid Khan to Tucker, OUT - CAUGHT! Top edge goes straight to short thirdman
5.2 Rashid Khan to Tector, 1 run. Off the back foot down to long on
7:04 PM Huge Afghan support here today and over the PA an announcement has just made in their own language thanking them
5.1 Rashid Khan to Tucker, 1 run. Thickish edge which has resulted in either a dropped catch or missed stumping by the keeper who has been hit on the shoulder, now getting treatment
7:01 PM Ireland need 13 off the last two overs
5
End of over 5 (12 runs) Ireland 43-3
H Tector 4* (1 balls, 1x4, 0x6) L Tucker 13* (10 balls, 0x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 5 in 0.2 overs
Mujeeb 2-0-17-2 Rashid Khan 1-0-11-0
Ireland need 13 runs to win in 2.0 overs.
4.6 Mujeeb to Tector, FOUR Full toss driven through extra cover
4.5 Mujeeb to Tucker, 1 run. Forward and easily into the covers
3
P Stirling c Naveen ul haq b Mujeeb 16 (10 balls, 1x4, 1x6) SR: 160.00
Partnership of 21 in 13 balls
Ireland 38-3 in 4.4 overs
4.4 Mujeeb to Stirling, OUT - CAUGHT! Too far underneath that one and simple catch for deep mid-wicket, well inside the boundary. Disappointing series for Stirling
4.3 Mujeeb to Tucker, 1 run. Well forward and through the covers
4.2 Mujeeb to Tucker, no run. Taken on the pad as he tries to sweep
4.1 Mujeeb to Tucker, SIX Another huge hit lands on top of the media tent with a huge crunch
4
End of over 4 (11 runs) Ireland 31-2
P Stirling 16* (11 balls, 1x4, 1x6) L Tucker 5* (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 14 in 1.3 overs
Rashid Khan 1-0-11-0 Mujeeb 1-0-5-1
Ireland need 25 runs to win in 3.0 overs.
3.6 Rashid Khan to Tucker, 1 run. Along the ground to long-on and that's 11 off Rashid's first over
3.5 Rashid Khan to Stirling, 1 run. Pushed through point
3.4 Rashid Khan to Stirling, SIX Huge hit over long-on, fielder can only watch it go over his head
3.3 Rashid Khan to Tucker, 1 run.
3.2 Rashid Khan to Tucker, 2 runs. Including an overthrow as Rashid fails to gather
3.1 Rashid Khan to Tucker, no run.
3
End of over 3 (6 runs) Ireland 20-2
P Stirling 9* (9 balls, 1x4, 0x6) L Tucker 1* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 3 in 0.3 overs
Mujeeb 1-0-5-1 Farid 1-0-7-0
Ireland need 36 runs to win in 4.0 overs.
2.6 Mujeeb to Tucker, 1 leg bye.
2.5 Mujeeb to Stirling, 1 run.
2.4 Mujeeb to Tucker, 1 run.
6:55 PM There was a single off the first ball of the over
2
A Balbirnie lbw b Mujeeb 9 (9 balls, 0x4, 1x6) SR: 100.00
Partnership of 17 in 15 balls
Ireland 17-2 in 2.3 overs
2.3 Mujeeb to Balbirnie, OUT - LBW! Misses the sweep shot
2.2 Mujeeb to Stirling, 2 runs. Lofted over extra cover, well placed but just doesn't make the boundary
2.1 Mujeeb to Stirling, no run. Another bottom edge, to short thirdman
2
End of over 2 (7 runs) Ireland 14-0
A Balbirnie 7* (7 balls, 0x4, 1x6) P Stirling 7* (5 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 14 in 2.0 overs
Farid 1-0-7-0 Naveen ul haq 1-0-7-0
Ireland need 42 runs to win in 5.0 overs.
1.6 Farid to Balbirnie, SIX What a finish to the over, lofted way over long-off. Captain delivers when required!
1.5 Farid to Balbirnie, no run. Misses with the pull to leg
1.4 Farid to Balbirnie, no run. Misses the wide yorker, good bowling by the left arm pace man
1.3 Farid to Balbirnie, no run. Big step forward but misses with the off drive
1.2 Farid to Balbirnie, no run. Drives straight at mid-off
1.1 Farid to Stirling, 1 run. Forward and through the covers
1
End of over 1 (7 runs) Ireland 7-0
A Balbirnie 1* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 6* (4 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 7 in 1.0 overs
Naveen ul haq 1-0-7-0
Ireland need 49 runs to win in 6.0 overs.
0.6 Naveen ul haq to Stirling, 1 run. Goes for a big pull shot but only gets a bottom edge into the leg side
0.5 Naveen ul haq to Balbirnie, 1 run. Miscued to mid-wicket and Rashid just fails to get there running back
0.4 Naveen ul haq to Balbirnie, no run. Drives back down the pitch, good stop by the bowler
0.3 Naveen ul haq to Stirling, 1 run. Forward and pushed through point
0.2 Naveen ul haq to Stirling, no run. Beats the forward defensive
0.1 Naveen ul haq to Stirling, FOUR Perfect start, cut away through point
6:38 PM As long as Ireland don't go mad in this chase, they should be ok. It is only eight runs an over required.
6:37 PM Afghanistan players in a huddle in the outfield as the umpires take the field
6:33 PM The official playing conditions state that Afghanistan need to use only four bowlers so three bowlers can bowl two overs - which I have never come across before!
6:25 PM Ireland will have seven overs when the game resumes and their target is 56 to win
6:24 PM Stumps being put back in the ground, Afghanistan fielders making their way onto the outfield for fielding practice and Andrew Balbirnie has just run back to the players' tent.
6:23 PM Good news about to be announced. If there is no more rain we will start at 6.40pm. Overs still to be confirmed, likely eight
6:03 PM Little too optimistic there. Offical word is ground is still not fit for play and there will be another inspection at 6.15pm. It has been confirmed that the Afghanistan innings is over
6:00 PM Umpires talking to the captains now on the outfield as the light rain continues to fall
5:59 PM Umpires have now left the field and the covers the sheets are coming off the square. And the sun is out, although I can now see rain against the trees!
5:54 PM But those five wickets and 'only' 95 runs conceded have put Ireland in a very strong position if the match resumes. If they get the full 15 overs, the target is 106, if it is 10 overs, their target is 76 and if we get only the minimum five overs it will be a target of 42.
5:51 PM Match umpires on their way to the middle. Covers and sheets still in place.
5:44 PM Rain has stopped, confirmed by third and fourth umpires Mark Hawthorne and Jonathan Kennedy in the middle with folded up umbrellas
5:39 PM Well fed and the better if not good news is that the heavy rain is over. Still light rain so no immediate chance of even an inspection but if the rain stops - if Monday is anything to go by - we should definitely get some more play, although I would suggest the Afghanistan innings is finished, which is obviously excellent news for Ireland who will know what they have to chase when they resume. For now though we must wait for the rain to cease
5:16 PM Plenty of time for dinner and it's chilli con carne today so back after I have finished with a weather update. For now still raining heavily
5:14 PM Oh dear! Now it is pouring rain. Not quite of the proportions which delayed the start on Monday but heavy to cause a delay when it stops!
5:11 PM The rain (still not very heavy) but the heaviest of the day so far. Mark Hawthorne returns to the middle, still time with his brolly definitely up!
5:09 PM And just as he about to bowl the first ball, the rain has returned. Everyone troops off again and the covers are being brought back on!
5:08 PM Ireland to introduce a seventh bowler after the break, it's George Dockrell
5:02 PM We will resume at 5.10 and no overs lost
5:01 PM Covers coming off as we wait for announcement of resumption time
4:57 PM Umpires are on their way to the middle with rain virtually stopped
4:45 PM Third umpire Mark Hawthorne is out in the middle with a brolly but it is not up!, although extra sheeting now being brought on to cover the square
4:44 PM The miss off Ghani when he was 28 could prove costly but then, we don't know if Najibullah and Nabi would have played those strokes immediately after if he had been caught!
4:42 PM Rain has got too heavy so the umpires take the players off the field. Apps say it should only last around half an hour and that's how long we have before overs are lost although it could be a bit longer with a shortened interval
15
End of over 15 (8 runs) Afghanistan 95-5
Azmatullah Omarzai 15* (14 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Usman Ghani 44* (40 balls, 3x4, 2x6)
Partnership of 29 in 4.0 overs
Campher 4-0-21-0 Delany 2-0-10-0
14.6 Campher to Omarzai, 2 runs. Pulled high into the air but it doesn't reach Dockrell
14.5 Campher to Omarzai, no run. Beaten outside off as he pushes forward
14.4 Campher to Usman Ghani, 1 run. Looking for a second for a push into the big space at mid-wicket but Dockrell quickly in off the boundary
14.3 Campher to Usman Ghani, FOUR Cut hard through backward point
14.2 Campher to Omarzai, 1 run. Pushed up towards mid-on
14.1 Campher to Omarzai, no run.
14
End of over 14 (7 runs) Afghanistan 87-5
Usman Ghani 39* (38 balls, 2x4, 2x6) Azmatullah Omarzai 12* (10 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 21 in 3.0 overs
Delany 2-0-10-0 McCarthy 3-0-14-0
13.6 Delany to Omarzai, 1 run.
13.5 Delany to Usman Ghani, 1 run. Off the back foot to backward point, Stirling
14
End of over 14 (7 runs) Afghanistan 87-5
Usman Ghani 39* (38 balls, 2x4, 2x6) Azmatullah Omarzai 12* (10 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 21 in 3.0 overs
Delany 2-0-10-0 McCarthy 3-0-14-0
13.6 Delany to Omarzai, 1 run. Pushed into the big gap in the covers
13.5 Delany to Usman Ghani, 1 run. Off the back foot to backward point, Stirling
13.4 Delany to Omarzai, 1 run. Turned through square leg
13.3 Delany to Usman Ghani, 1 run. Forward and along the ground through the covers
13.2 Delany to Usman Ghani, 2 runs. Pulled through mid-wicket as light rain starts to fall
13.1 Delany to Omarzai, 1 run. Turned through mid-wicket from the crease
13
End of over 13 (9 runs) Afghanistan 80-5
Usman Ghani 35* (35 balls, 2x4, 2x6) Azmatullah Omarzai 9* (7 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 14 in 2.0 overs
McCarthy 3-0-14-0 Campher 3-0-13-0
12.6 McCarthy to Usman Ghani, no run. Beaten outside off, that was the first non-single off McCarthy in that over, his third
12.5 McCarthy to Omarzai, 1 run. Turned to mid-wicket, comfortable single
12.4 McCarthy to Omarzai, FOUR Drives along the ground through extra cover and goes all the way
12.4 McCarthy to Omarzai, WIDE Too short and high
12.3 McCarthy to Usman Ghani, 1 run. Eased out to the cover sweeper, Delany
12.2 McCarthy to Omarzai, 1 run. Flicked down to fine leg, Campher
12.1 McCarthy to Usman Ghani, 1 run. Stroked through point
12
End of over 12 (5 runs) Afghanistan 71-5
Azmatullah Omarzai 3* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Usman Ghani 33* (32 balls, 2x4, 2x6)
Partnership of 5 in 1.0 overs
Campher 3-0-13-0 Little 3-0-14-2
11.6 Campher to Usman Ghani, 1 run. Short and pulled from in front of his fact to long leg
11.5 Campher to Omarzai, 3 runs. Off the back foot and good diving stop on the cover boundary
11.4 Campher to Omarzai, no run. Misses outside off
11.3 Campher to Omarzai, no run. Again no stroke outside off
11.2 Campher to Omarzai, no run. Leaves rising ball outside off
11.1 Campher to Usman Ghani, 1 run. Turned through square leg
11
End of over 11 (4 runs) Afghanistan 66-5
Usman Ghani 31* (30 balls, 2x4, 2x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.0 overs
Little 3-0-14-2 Singh 1-0-20-0
5
Mohammad Nabi c Tucker b Little 0 (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 0.00
Partnership of 0 in 1 balls
Afghanistan 66-5 in 11.0 overs
10.6 Little to Nabi, OUT - CAUGHT! Super take by Tucker diving full length in front of him to reach another top edge. Litle on a hat-trick next over
4
Najibullah c Tucker b Little 10 (16 balls, 1x4, 0x6) SR: 62.50
Partnership of 40 in 42 balls
Afghanistan 66-4 in 10.5 overs
10.5 Little to Najibullah, OUT - CAUGHT! Short ball gets the wicket as he gloves the pull shot to the keeper
10.4 Little to Usman Ghani, 1 run. Mishit to mid-wicket
10.3 Little to Usman Ghani, 2 runs. DROPPED. Pulled this time to McCarthy but diving to left got two hands to it and through them
10.2 Little to Usman Ghani, no run. Slapped straight to McCarthy at mid-wicket
10.1 Little to Najibullah, 1 run. Turned down to deep backward square
4:16 PM Devastating over from Ghani who made up his mind to target Singh and it increases the score by almost a half in that one over. Pressure released after a superb first nine overs by Ireland
10
End of over 10 (20 runs) Afghanistan 62-3
Usman Ghani 28* (27 balls, 2x4, 2x6) Najibullah 9* (14 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 36 in 6.1 overs
Singh 1-0-20-0 Campher 2-0-8-0
9.6 Singh to Usman Ghani, FOUR Cracked through extra cover to take us to drinks
9.5 Singh to Usman Ghani, SIX Clears the media tent at wide long-on
9.4 Singh to Usman Ghani, no run. Leaves the leg spinner
9.3 Singh to Usman Ghani, no run. Misses outside off, on the back foot
9.2 Singh to Usman Ghani, FOUR Now driven through extra cover, along the ground
9.1 Singh to Usman Ghani, SIX Down the pitch immediately and clears long-off, first boundary off the bat since the first ball of the fourth over
9
End of over 9 (3 runs) Afghanistan 42-3
Najibullah 9* (14 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Usman Ghani 8* (21 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 16 in 5.1 overs
Campher 2-0-8-0 Delany 1-0-3-0
8.6 Campher to Usman Ghani, 1 run. Chopped out to Delany, the cover sweeper. Ireland continue to keep on the pressure
8.5 Campher to Usman Ghani, no run. Big swing and a miss
8.4 Campher to Usman Ghani, no run. Short ball, batsman ducks
8.3 Campher to Najibullah, 1 run. Off the back foot through the covers
8.2 Campher to Usman Ghani, 1 run. Turned to square leg
8.1 Campher to Usman Ghani, no run. Driven back to the bowler
8
End of over 8 (3 runs) Afghanistan 39-3
Najibullah 8* (13 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Usman Ghani 6* (16 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 13 in 4.1 overs
Delany 1-0-3-0 McCarthy 2-0-5-0
7.6 Delany to Najibullah, no run. Deceived by fuller ball which he can only get bottom edge on, excellent start by Delany again
7.5 Delany to Usman Ghani, 1 run. Shorter and pulled through mid-wicket
7.4 Delany to Najibullah, 1 run. Cut through point
7.3 Delany to Najibullah, no run. Misses with the reverse sweep
7.2 Delany to Najibullah, no run. Sliced to short thirdman
7.1 Delany to Usman Ghani, 1 run. Forward and along the ground to long-off
4:05 PM First spin of the day
7
End of over 7 (3 runs) Afghanistan 36-3
Najibullah 7* (9 balls, 1x4, 0x6) Usman Ghani 4* (14 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 10 in 3.1 overs
McCarthy 2-0-5-0 Campher 1-0-5-0
6.6 McCarthy to Usman Ghani, 1 run. Walks into the shot and stroked through the covers
6.6 McCarthy to Usman Ghani, WIDE Short ball, too short and high
6.5 McCarthy to Usman Ghani, no run. Misses outside off, still good length from McCarthy
6.4 McCarthy to Usman Ghani, no run. Misses with the leg glance
6.3 McCarthy to Najibullah, 1 run. Forward and through the covers
6.2 McCarthy to Najibullah, no run. Good length and back to the bowler
6.1 McCarthy to Najibullah, no run. Drives towards mid-off
6
End of over 6 (5 runs) Afghanistan 33-3
Usman Ghani 3* (11 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Najibullah 6* (6 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 7 in 2.1 overs
Campher 1-0-5-0 McCarthy 1-0-2-0
5.6 Campher to Usman Ghani, no run. Straight to mid-off. Good powerplay for Ireland
5.5 Campher to Usman Ghani, no run. SHort ball, and batsman ducks
5.4 Campher to Usman Ghani, no run. Drives so straight that it hits the stumps at the other end but no touch from anyone
5.3 Campher to Usman Ghani, no run. Flashes at that outside off but no contact
5.2 Campher to Najibullah, 1 run. Nudged into the leg side
5.1 Campher to Najibullah, FOUR Drives to mid-on but Tector throw misses everyone and they get four overthrows
5
End of over 5 (2 runs) Afghanistan 28-3
Usman Ghani 3* (7 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Najibullah 1* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 2 in 1.1 overs
McCarthy 1-0-2-0 Adair 2-0-16-3
4.6 McCarthy to Usman Ghani, no run. Good short straight ball and he ducks
4.5 McCarthy to Usman Ghani, no run. Forward and takes a blow high on the thigh
4.4 McCarthy to Najibullah, 1 run. Turned behind square from the crease
4.3 McCarthy to Najibullah, no run. Misses outside off
4.2 McCarthy to Najibullah, no run. Drives straight to cover, Balbirnie
4.1 McCarthy to Usman Ghani, 1 run. Nudged down to deep square
4
End of over 4 (8 runs) Afghanistan 26-3
Najibullah 0* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Usman Ghani 2* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.1 overs
Adair 2-0-16-3 Little 2-0-10-0
3.6 Adair to Najibullah, no run. Stays back and pushed into the covers
3
Ibrahim Zadran c McCarthy b Adair 8 (8 balls, 1x4, 0x6) SR: 100.00
Partnership of 10 in 11 balls
Afghanistan 26-3 in 3.5 overs
3.5 Adair to Ibrahim, OUT - CAUGHT! Top edge to short thirdman and good catch over his head, Adair has three
3.4 Adair to Usman Ghani, 1 run. Chopped down to thirdman
3.3 Adair to Usman Ghani, no run. Played down in front of him but Adair quickly through to prevent quick single
3.2 Adair to Ibrahim, 1 run. Well forward and drives through the covers
3.1 Adair to Ibrahim, FOUR Cut away through backward point
3:47 PM Missed a wide in that last over
3
End of over 3 (4 runs) Afghanistan 20-2
Ibrahim Zadran 3* (5 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Usman Ghani 1* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 2 in 1.0 overs
Little 2-0-10-0 Adair 1-0-10-2
2.6 Little to Ibrahim, one run. Off the back foot into the leg side
2.5 Little to Ibrahim, no run. Misses outside off
2.4 Little to Ibrahim, no run. Off the back foot to Delany, now in the covers
2.3 Little to Usman Ghani, 1 run. Late cut to Singh at thirdman
2.2 Little to Usman Ghani, no run. Left outside off
2.1 Little to Ibrahim, 1 run. Banged in and turned down to deep backward square
2
End of over 2 (10 runs) Afghanistan 16-2
Ibrahim Zadran 1* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.0 overs
Adair 1-0-10-2 Little 1-0-6-0
2
Rahmanullah Gurbaz c Tucker b Adair 4 (5 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 80.00
Partnership of 2 in 3 balls
Afghanistan 16-2 in 2.0 overs
1.6 Adair to Gurbaz, OUT - CAUGHT! But Gurbaz goes next ball, another nibble and this time the edge. Two wickets in the over
1.5 Adair to Ibrahim, 1 run. Drives and runs to mid-off, Tector's throw hits but umpire Black gives him the benefit of the doubt. Very close
1.4 Adair to Gurbaz, 1 run. Pushed into the covers
1
Hazratullah Zazai c Singh b Adair 10 (6 balls, 2x4, 0x6) SR: 166.67
Partnership of 14 in 9 balls
Afghanistan 14-1 in 1.3 overs
1.3 Adair to Hazratullah Zazai, OUT - CAUGHT! Sliced high in the air towards extra cover and comfortable running catch
1.2 Adair to Hazratullah Zazai, FOUR This is driven through point, no boundary fielder
1.1 Adair to Hazratullah Zazai, FOUR Thickish edge goes all the way to thirdman
1
End of over 1 (6 runs) Afghanistan 6-0
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 3* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Hazratullah Zazai 2* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 6 in 1.0 overs
Little 1-0-6-0
0.6 Little to Gurbaz, no run. Good finish, as per usual, nibbled at that outside off
0.5 Little to Gurbaz, no run. Leaves full ball outside off
0.4 Little to Hazratullah Zazai, 1 run. Heaved down to deep backward square
0.3 Little to Gurbaz, 3 runs. Stroked over extra cover, Balbirnie seemed to slip, hauled in just before the rope by Tector
0.2 Little to Hazratullah Zazai, 1 run. Flicked down to deep square leg, Delany
0.2 Little to Hazratullah Zazai, WIDE One ball late! Down leg side
0.1 Little to Hazratullah Zazai, no run. Turned straight to Adair at short fine leg
3:30 PM Little to open the bowling from the City End
3:28 PM Umpires on their way to the middle - and even getting applause! Followed by the Ireland team
3:18 PM Looks to be the biggest crowd of the series building up on a dry, calm day but no lots of cloud and no sun
3:13 PM Usman Ghani is back in the Afghanistan team in place Sharafuddin. Teams in scoreboard shortly
3:11 PM News from the middle is that Ireland have won the toss and will bowl first, with one change to their line-up, Curtis Campher returns for Fionn Hand
3:11 PM Good afternoon from Stormont for Ireland's final match of the summer, the fifth and deciding T20 international against Afghanistan.