Live Updates

  • 3:59 PM IST

    LIVE: Ireland 261 and 104 , Peter Chase 11: Afghanistan win the match by innings and 172 runs! The spinners have been highly effective on Noida pitch and Ireland failed to put up any defense. Afghanistan have batted exceptionally and the pressure of runs acted on Ireland.

  • 3:33 PM IST

    LIVE: Ireland 261 and 83/8 , Tim Murtagh 0, George Dockrell 0: Afghanistan on the verge of winning the match! The Ireland batting line-up has failed terribly on Day Three pitch and Afghanistan spinners are dominating. Nabi has picked up 4 wickets while Rashid got 3.

  • 3:10 PM IST

    LIVE: Ireland 261 and 68/5 , Paul Stirling 1, Gary Wilson 14: Afghanistan en route victory! Asking Ireland to follow on, Afghanistan have once again done an excellent job, bagging 5 of their wickets with 56 runs on the board. While Dawlat picked the first, Nabi and Rashid picked 2 each

  • 12:36 PM IST

    LIVE: Ireland 261, John Anderson 61: Ireland bundled for 261. The final wicket falls as Chase edges a Rahmat Shah delivery to Mohammad Shahad. A praiseworthy knock of unbeaten 61 by Anderson down the order. Afghanistan take 276-run lead.

  • 11:35 AM IST

    LIVE: Ireland 230/9, John Anderson 41, Peter Chase 6: Ireland lose yet another! Murtagh goes for 2, out lbw. Plumb in the middle-stump. Anderson, at the other end, is playing a commendable knock. He is close to his half-century and is Ireland’s last ray of hope.

  • 10:46 AM IST

    LIVE: Ireland 213/8, John Anderson 33, Tim Murtagh 0: Ireland lose the first wicket of the day as Andy McBrine departs for 18. Provided good support to Anderson but a lot more is needed at this stage.

Rashid Khan has been Afghanistan's star bowler so far © Getty Images
Rashid Khan has been Afghanistan’s star bowler so far © Getty Images

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the InterContinental Cup match between Afghanistan and Ireland, Day Three at Greater Noida. I am Paulami Chakraborty and I will be bringing you the live updates of the day’s play. Ireland are in deep trouble going into Day Three. They are 170 for 7, still trail Afghanistan by 367 runs. Afghanistan declared at 537 for 8 in their first innings, thanks to centuries from skipper Asghar Stanikzai and Afsar Zazai. There were also useful contributions from Mohammad Shahzad (85) and Nasir Jamal (73). Left-arm spinner was the pick of the Irish bowlers, finishing with figures of 3 for 160.Andy McBrine and John Anderson chipped in with a couple of wickets apiece. READ: Afghanistan in driver’s seat with 367-run lead against Ireland in Intercontinental Cup Match, Day 2

However, Rashid Khan was the star for Afghanistan with figures of 5 for 54. Mohammad Nabi and Zahir Khan shared one wicket apiece between them. Afghanistan will hope to bundle Ireland as soon as possible on Day Three and look to enforce the follow-on to register a huge win. A big win could potentially take Afghanistan to the top of the table. Afghanistan currently are placed in the second position on the table, with Ireland leading the way. Afghanistan dominated Ireland in the T20 International (T20I) series before this, winning the three-match series 3-0. However, Ireland did out up a fight in the One-Day International (ODI) series after that, yet conceded the series 3-2.

Afghanistan are in complete control of this match and this match could be settled today. There is very less chance of Afghanistan winning from here, but they will look to put up a good fight for the remainder of the match.

Teams:

Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai (c), Mohammad Shahzad, Shabir Noori, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Nasir Jamal, Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan, Dawlat Zadran

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Niall O’Brien (wk), Ed Joyce, Andrew Balbirnie, John Anderson, Paul Stirling, Gary Wilson, Andy McBrine, George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh, Peter Chase