The penultimate game of the five-match ODI series between Afghanistan and Ireland courted controversy when Irish opener Ed Joyce was run out in a bizarre manner.
The incident happened in the sixth over of the innings. Facing Yamin Ahmadzai, Ed Joyce drove the second last ball of that over on the off-side. The ball was destined for a boundary but slowed down and was stopped inside the ground. Joyce thought that the ball had reached the boundary and so after completing the third run, the left-handed batsman stood half-way down the pitch. However, the fielder threw the ball at the non-striker’s end and the bails were dislodged. The on-field umpires adjudged Joyce out and he left the field in a disappointed manner.
Coming to the match, Afghanistan defeated Ireland by 79 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Batting first, Afghanistan were in a spot of bother when they lost 6 wickets with only 109 runs on the board. But half-centuries from Mohammad Nabi(50) and Rashid Khan(60)
propelled the visitors to a respectable total of 229 for 7.
Chasing the target, Irish batsmen once again disappointed with their batting. The hosts kept on losing wickets at regular intervals before being eventually dismissed for 150 runs. Kevin O’Brien was their highest scorer with 34 runs. Rashid Khan, who was Afghanistan’s top scorer, starred with the ball too and took 4 wickets.
The fifth and the final ODI will be played on July 19.