Afghanistan vs Ireland: Match abandoned, Afghanistan, Ireland settle for one point – The Indian Express

  • October 28, 2022

Afghanistan vs Ireland T20 World Cup 2022: The Ireland vs Afghanistan match has been abandoned without a bowl balled due to rain at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday, leaving the teams to split the points.
It was winless Afghanistan’s second wash-out in the Super 12’s after their New Zealand game at Melbourne was abandoned due to poor weather on Wednesday.
The no-result left Ireland second in Group 1 on three points after three matches behind leading New Zealand, though the Black Caps have a game in hand.Afghanistan remain bottom of the Group on two points.
The weather could yet shape the group, with fifth-placed Australia and fourth-placed England, each on two points, scheduled to play the late match at the MCG.
“Very disappointing. We played some really good cricket the other night and were looking forward to this fixture against the team we know really well. If it could have gone our way, we could have gone to Brisbane with a lot of hopes of going into the next round, can’t do anything about the weather and we just have two more games to try and do our best to get to the semis. We didn’t our back our performance after the West Indies game, we spoke a lot about it after the England game about backing up that performance and coming out here and playing some good cricket, we didn’t get to show what we could do today unfortunately, but we get a crack at the defending champions in Brisbane. We will fly out tomorrow and get used to the conditions. It’s like going to a different country the way the weather has been out there and we look forward having a bit of sun on our back. We will have a good session on Sunday and focus on what we can do to try and knock Australia off their perch. You never know what’s gonna happen in this competition with the rain and stuff and NRR, essentially we gotta win games against two of the best teams in the world and if we can put our best feet forward and try to do that, who knows what can happen. Lot of coverage back home about the results and how big it was to do it at a special venue (win against England) and that’s why you play the game – you play the game to get people buzzing back home for the sport and hopefully we can continue to do that.”
“Very disappointed to be not playing at such an amazing ground. Me and Rash (Rashid) played a lot of BBL games here, but most of the players are waiting to play here.. But it’s not in our hands and we look forward to the upcoming games. The preparation was really good, we learned a lot from our first game against England and worked on our particular mistakes. We were fully ready for these 2 games, but unfortunately we did not get to play. The plan was to put score on the board and bring the spinners into the game during the chase, in the first game also we did few mistakes which is why we couldn’t get to the 140-150 score. We watched last 2 games, it was a close game between Zimbabwe and Pakistan. Zimbabwe played really well and fought till the last ball, all the teams are trying to win some games in the World Cup. From last five years we (me and Rashid) played Big Bash here and we share all the experience with our team members and also talk about how to bat and bowl in Australia. Use the bigger boundaries as a bowler, and as a batsman you can’t wait for the ball, you hit the ball here and you need to take that attacking approach as a batsman.”
The no-result left Ireland second in Group 1 on three points after three matches behind leading New Zealand, though the Black Caps have a game in hand.Afghanistan remain bottom of the Group on two points. 
🌧️ MATCH ABANDONED 🌧️

Our clash against Afghanistan has been rained off. We go again against Australia on Monday.#AFGvIRE #T20WorldCup #BackingGreen ☘️🏏 pic.twitter.com/oQtOpcXD8H
The rain isn’t heavy, but it is persistent, so there’s still no word of a start time.#AFGvIRE #T20WorldCup #BackingGreen ☘️🏏 pic.twitter.com/EAWGx6DUud
🚨 UPDATE 🚨

If there’s no further rain, there will be an official inspection at 4pm local time (6am back home)#AFGvIRE #T20WorldCup #BackingGreen ☘️🏏 pic.twitter.com/G4mzNZoHxp

Afghanistan got their first points of the tournament when their game against New Zealand in Melbourne on Wednesday was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of evening showers. Earlier in the day, at the MCG, England lost to Ireland by five runs after the Duckworth Lewis method was used. On Monday, Zimbabwe and South Africa split points because the match in Hobart was abandoned because of rain.(Read More)

Zimbabwe beat Pakistan by one run in a final-ball thriller to register their first Super 12 win at the T20 World Cup. Pakistan, who were beaten by arch-rivals India in their opening match, now find their tournament hopes in tatters after failing to reach a modest target of 131 against Zimbabwe at Perth Stadium. Zimbabwe’s win has now made Pakistan’s equation in Group 2 to qualify for the semi-final an interesting one. [Read More]

Matthew Mott, the England white-ball coach, has backed all-rounder Ben Stokes to come good after a lean run so far since landing in Australia. Mott said that “someone’s going to pay a price” when Stokes fires with the bat, and hoped that’ll happen against Australia in England’s crucial Super 12 Group 1 T20 World Cup game in Melbourne on Friday. “I think he’s bowled some big overs, particularly in the Powerplay,” Mott said. “With the bat, he hasn’t come off yet. But his career would suggest that at some point someone’s going to pay a price, and hopefully that’s Australia.” Stokes had scored just 9 and 7 in the two T20Is against Australia in Perth and Canberra earlier this month. And while he got some runs in the twin warm-ups against Australia and Pakistan thereafter, he has managed only 2 and 6 in England’s T20 World Cup games against Afghanistan and Ireland. [Read More]

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Rain is all set to play another spoilsport in today’s game between Afghanistan and Ireland at MCG.  Covers firmly on at the moment.
The toss has been delayed at the MCG ahead of the Super 12 clash between Afghanistan and Ireland.#T20WorldCup | #AFGvIRE pic.twitter.com/FCKQDNUbyt
Hello and welcome to our live blog on Afghanistan vs Ireland T20 world cup match at Melbourne Cricket Ground. It’s been drizzling since early morning and chances of a delayed start are high. Stay tuned for more live updates. 
Rain has delayed the toss ahead of our T20 World Cup clash against Afghanistan 🌧️

Here’s hoping it clears up soon 🤞#AFGvIRE #T20WorldCup #BackingGreen ☘️🏏 pic.twitter.com/DsRGsuuy8j
T20 wc Afghanistan vs Ireland T20 World Cup 2022 Match Live Streaming: AFG vs IRE at Melbourne.
Afghanistan Squad: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Ibrahim Zadran, Usman Ghani, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi(c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mohammad Saleem Safi, Darwish Rasooli, Naveen-ul-Haq, Qais Ahmad
Ireland Squad: Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Lorcan Tucker(w), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Fionn Hand, Joshua Little, Simi Singh, Conor Olphert, Graham Hume, Stephen Doheny

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