A sorry end to this 2nd ODI. Afghanistan would have liked to have a go at the Irish and possibly take a 2-0 lead but that's not to be. The 3rd ODI will be played at this very venue at the same time - Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun at 1300 local (0730 GMT) on the 5th of March. Join in for that one. Till then, stay safe!
That is that! THE MATCH HAS BEEN CALLED OFF! It didn't seem like the showers wanted to stop and after much delay the umpires have put curtains to this affair.
We have no news yet of the revised score and will get back as soon as we are updated. For now the covers continue to stick to the playing surface. Let's hope we have some cricket left in this.
The tourists were below average on the field. They dropped catches and allowed the Men in Blue to take charge of the game. Porterfield kept changing his bowlers which he was rewarded for. Dockrell was the pick of the bowlers picking 3 wickets while his partner McBrine grabbed two. The ball is spinning here and the tweakers have made good use of the surface.
The home team started on a positive note. Especially, Zazai who got to his maiden half century. He gave his side the head-start that was needed stitching 90 runs for the opening wicket. Shahidi and Rahmat added 87 for the 3rd wicket where both reach their respective 50s. The lower order tried going after everything and eventually lost their way.
Ireland came back well at the death. They tightened things towards the end and ensured they do not chase a big total. The Afghans were 187/3 after 36 overs, and looked like they would reach close to the 300-run mark but lost wickets as the game progressed.
While the rain continues to fall, the Afghanistan innings has come to an end at 250/7 in 48.3 overs.
Update 1745 local - The covers are coming off! Wait a minute. We don't like to say it but just like the last time, the groundsmen have brought back the covers. The teasing game continues.
Update 1730 local - We have nothing for you. The covers are still on along with the floodlights. The forecast of rain till 2000 hrs is about 50 percent and gets worst post that. Let's hope we have good news to follow.
Update 1655 local - The covers are off. We hope we get the remaining 9 balls quickly. Scratch that. The groundsmen have brought the covers back on. Looks like we will have a further delay.
Bad news! It has started to drizzle a bit. Not heavy but enough for the umpires to ask the players to take shelter. Let's hope we resume the innings ASAP.
Tim Murtagh to R Khan, SIX! Amazing shot. Short of a length delivery, Rashid waits and pulls it over mid-wicket for a biggie. It was a much needed one for them as runs were coming very slow.
Tim Murtagh to R Khan, Full on off, Khan plays it to short third man.
Tim Murtagh to Ali Khil, Length delivery on middle, Ikram flicks it towards square leg for a run.
END OF OVER: 48 | 4 Runs 0 Wkt | AFG: 243/7
G Dockrell to Ali Khil, Tossed up on middle, Ikram comes down the track and plays it towards mid on for a single.
G Dockrell to R Khan, Short on off, Khan cuts it towards point for a run.
G Dockrell to R Khan, Flighted delivery on off, Khan guides it towards third man for a run.
G Dockrell to Ali Khil, Tossed up on middle, Khil drives it towards mid on for a single.
G Dockrell to R Khan, Floated on middle, Khan comes down the track and plays it towards the leg side for a run.
END OF OVER: 47 | 5 Runs 0 Wkt | AFG: 239/7
Tim Murtagh to R Khan, Length delivery outside off, Rashid cuts it towards point for a run.
Tim Murtagh to Ali Khil, Short of a length delivery, Ikram pulls it over mid-wicket for a run.
Tim Murtagh to R Khan, On middle, Khan flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
Tim Murtagh to R Khan, Short of a length delivery, Khan tries to hook it but misses it.