One-day internationals (2): Ireland 1, Afghanistan 1
Without a match for nine days, and forced for ﬁnancial reasons to prepare in Scotland rather than in Ireland, Afghanistan were skittled in the ﬁrst game of this short series. But days later, they hit 305, to draw level. Afghanistan's most dangerous batsmen, Mohammad Shahzad and Rahmat Shah, put on 150.
The bowlers departed for England in less good heart. On two new pitches, the ﬁrst tinged with green, the Afghan spinners were nulliﬁed: Mujeeb Zadran, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi collected two for 155 in 38 overs. The medium pace of Gulbadeen Naib, the new captain, was more successful, taking six for 43 in the second match.
Ireland's bowlers recovered from their pummelling in the preceding tri-series, with seamer Mark Adair collecting four for 19 in the ﬁrst game. That allowed William Porterﬁeld to sniff back-to-back wins for the ﬁrst time in any format for 14 months. He might have missed a trick: offspinner Andy McBrine shimmied through ten overs for 17 after opening in the ﬁrst game, but did not come on in the second until the 16th. Adair took three more wickets, but they cost 71. Player of the Series Paul Stirling made 71 and 50 - giving him four successive ODI half-centuries - and Porterﬁeld 53 in the victory, but the rest of the batting was disappointing.