Live Updates

  • 5:11 PM IST

    It’s stumps on Day One with Afghanistan reaching 357 for 6 in their first innings. Asghar Stanikzai reached 110 not out whereas Afsar Zazai was on 6 not out.

  • 4:49 PM IST

    WICKET! Dockrell strikes his first wicket and Nabi has to walk back. Tried to play over mid-off but get caught inside the circle by Chase. Afsar Zazai joins skipper Stanikzai at the crease.

  • 4:37 PM IST

    LIVE: Afghanistan 330/5, Mohammad Nabi 0, Asghar Stanikzai 101: Century for the captain! Stanikzai leads the side from front, hitting a century. A paced up knock for a four-day match, as he consumed only 137 deliveries to get to the landmark. Afghanistan lost a couple of wicket meanwhile as Nasir Jamal and Hashmatullah Shahidi departed in quick succession. Jamal’s 73 was a crucial contribution but Shahidi could not add more than 2 runs.

  • 4:14 PM IST

    LIVE: Afghanistan 318/3, Nasir Jamal 73, Asghar Stanikzai 92: Ireland in deep trouble and that increases with every passing over. Afghanistan have already got over 300 runs up on the board. They have batted only two session on the very first day. Given the conditions in India, it will get harder for them to bat later in the match. Afghanistan have a spin-rich bowling which will further help them in the next session when they come up with the ball.

  • 3:18 PM IST

    LIVE: Afghanistan 252/3, Nasir Jamal 39, Asghar Stanikzai 60: Back from tea and 250 up for Afghanistan. Ireland need wickets as their opponents are heading towards a big total. With 7 wickets still in hand and both batsmen set at the crease, Afghanistan are in the driver’s seat.

  • 2:53 PM IST

    LIVE: Afghanistan 234/3, Nasir Jamal 24, Asghar Stanikzai 57: It’s tea! A good session for Afghanistan despite losing two wickets. Shahzad departed for 85 while Rahmat went back for 46. But Stanikzai increased the scoring rate with his hammering. His half-century came in the right time and he maintained the flow of runs.

  • 2:21 PM IST

    LIVE: Afghanistan 204/3, Nasir Jamal 11, Asghar Stanikzai 44: 200 up for Afghanistan!Though they have lost a couple of wickets in this session, the scoring rate has gone up, thanks to Stanikzai’s intelligent hammering. With 7 wickets still in hand, they look in a comfortable position.

  • 2:08 PM IST

    LIVE: Afghanistan 193/3, Nasir Jamal 8, Asghar Stanikzai 32: OUT! Big wicket for Ireland as Rahmat departs for 46. Outside off delivery and Rahmat tries to drive it casually, ending up edging it to the wicketkeeper. Stanikzai on fire. hits 3 power-packed sixes post the dismissal.

  • 1:39 PM IST

    LIVE: Afghanistan 153/2, Rahmat Shah 41, Asghar Stanikzai 5: Shahzad departs for 89. Coming back from lunch, it was the first over and Shahzad departs playing a loose shot. Leading edge and it lands straight in the hands of the fielder. Rahmat looks set and Asghar will have to rotate strike more often.

  • 12:10 PM IST

    LIVE: Afghanistan 112/1, Rahmat Shah 21, Mohammad Shahzad 69: Shahzad has played a class knock, a bit different to his usual style. Afghanistan lost opener Noori early and Shahzad took up the charge, took lesser risks. He started looking for singles too besides boundaries and completed a much-needed fifty. Rahmat Shah is supporting him well at the other end while playing his own brand of technical cricket.

  • 11:25 AM IST

    LIVE: Afghanistan 50/1, Rahmat Shah 6, Mohammad Shahzad 28: OUT! First success for Ireland. McBrine removes Noori for 15. Pitched outside off, swung in to get Noori lbw. 50 comes up for Afghanistan following the wicket.

  • 11:02 AM IST

    LIVE: Afghanistan 22/0, Shabir Noori 10, Mohammad Shahzad 12: Most of Afghanistan’s runs are coming in boundaries. They have maintained a constant frequency of boundaries but they need to look for singles. Off to a steady start now, Afghanistan. But the openers will have to bat longer.

  • 10:38 AM IST

    LIVE: Afghanistan 13/0, Shabir Noori 5, Mohammad Shahzad 8: Shahzad started things off for Afghanistan with a boundary. Such a shot early in the innings will create pressure on the bowler. Afghanistan are confident after the back-to-back victories and the start shows that.

  • 10:24 AM IST

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

  • 10:23 AM IST

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

  • 9:38 AM IST

    TOSS: Afghanistan elect to bat

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Hello, good morning and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post from 18th match of ICC Intercontinental Cup 2015-16-17 between Afghanistan and Ireland. I, Paulami Chakraborty, will be bringing you the live cricket scores and updates from this game being played at Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground. Afghanistan is currently high on confidence after their whitewash win in T20Is and then ODI series win over Ireland in Greater Noida, which has been given to Afghanistan by BCCI as their home venue. Looking at the points table, Afghanistan are at second spot with three wins from four matches, whereas Ireland are at the top with four wins from four matches.

Both Ireland and Afghanistan are yet to lose a match in this tournament. And the only match which Afghanistan could not win was their first match of the tournament against Scotland in June 2015. This will be the first First-Class match between two international teams at this venue. The ODIs and T20Is saw a healthy number of fans coming in support of Afghanistan, whereas Ireland got very few fans at the venue. But to compensate for the same, Larry the leprechaun will be present at the venue to cheer for Ireland.

For those who do not know about Larry the leprechaun, his real name is Adrian Raftery and is a lecturer in a university in Australia for Taxation. During the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, he used to come out as ‘Larry the leprechaun’ sporting a fake beard, long Irish hat and a traditional Irish attire. He is basically an Irish-Australian as his parents came Down Under in the 1970s as skilled migrants.

With such big Irish fan making his presence at the venue, one can expect a thrilling contest between these two sides competing for Test status.

Squads:

Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Stanikzai (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Dawlat Zadran, Rashid Khan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Nasir Jamal, Gulbadin Naib, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Fareed Ahmad, Amir Hamza, Zahir Khan

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien, Gary Wilson (wk), Andrew Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien, George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, Andy McBrine, Jacob Mulder, Barry McCarthy, Stuart Thompson, Craig Young