Ireland hammer Afghanistan to level ODI series 2-2
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fired by their ruthless opener, Ireland have beaten Afghanistan by 12 runs in the last encounter to level the five-match one-day international series 2-2, an official said on Wednesday.
For the hosts, Ed Joyce struck a career-best 160 not out in the final match at the Civil Service Cricket Club on Tuesday, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) spokesman Farid Hotak told Pajhwok Afghan News.
During Sunday’s fourth ODI, Joyce was given run-out in a controversial manner, based on Mohammad Nabi’s claim that he stopped the ball within the ropes. However, a video clip exposed the falsity of his assertion later on.
On Tuesday, Joyce perfectly demonstrated his class by smashing three sixes and 19 boundaries. He was the biggest contributor to Ireland’s total of 265, Hotak said, adding the hosts lost five wickets.
Kevin O'Brien bagged three wickets as the visitors were restricted to 253 for the loss of nine wickets.Peter Chase and Barry McCarthy took two wickets each to hand their side a series-levelling win.
N. Zadran hit 54 off 66 deliveries, Rashed Khan 40, Asghar Stanikzai 32 and D. Zadran an unbeaten 31, but they could not score at the required rate and fell 12 runs adrift of the target, the ACB spokesman concluded.
On the other hand, Afghan cricketer Mohammad Nabi has been reprimanded officially for violating the Code of Conduct of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Nabi breached the court by insisting Ireland’s Ed Joyce was run out in the sixth over of the opposition’s chase in Sunday’s one-day international match. Joyce stood in the middle of the pitch, indicating he had hit a boundary.
But Nabi claimed his dismissal, tossing the ball to Rashid Khan, who threw it to the non-striker’s end, where Yamin Ahmadzai removed the bails. In the absence of a third umpire, on-field umpires had to rely on Nabi’sstatement.
Although Joyce walked back to the pavilion without protesting, his media manager posted a clip on the internet showing the ball had crossed the ropes and the batsman had been given out unfairly.
On Tuesday, ICC said Nabi had violated Level 1 Article 2.1.1 of the Code of Conduct for Players. The rule is related to conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.
“Photographic evidence later confirmed that Nabi was in contact with the ball while outside the boundary when he had flicked the ball for Rashid Khan to help run out Joyce,” a statement from ICC said.
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