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29th-Aug-2018

Afghanistan beat Ireland by 29 runs in first ODI at Stormont

By BBC Online


Afghanistan beat Ireland by 29 runs at Stormont in the first match of the one-day series on Monday.
Gulbadin Naib made 64 and Hashmatullah Shahidi 54 but the tourists slipped from 155-3 to post 227-9 as Tim Murtagh took 4-31.
Ireland were bowled out for 198 despite Andrew Balbirnie's 55 and 38 from Gary Wilson. The second match of the three-game series takes place in Belfast on Wednesday.
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The two sides have enjoyed several hard-fought ODI series in recent years, with Ireland earning a 2-1 win in Sharjah last December.
Asked to bat on Monday, Afghanistan appeared set for a more challenging total before Boyd Rankin trapped Gulbadin lbw and the recalled Murtagh claimed three wickets in two overs - all caught by Balbirnie.
Niall O'Brien was brilliantly run out in the 18th over by a superb piece of fielding from Hashmatullah Shahidi at short mid-wicket.
Kevin O'Brien was also run out attempting a third before Ireland lost their last four wickets for 19 runs.
First one-day international, Stormont Afghanistan 227-9 (50 overs): Gulbadin 64, Shahidi 54; Murtagh 4-31, Rankin 3-44 Ireland 198 (48.3 overs): Balbirnie 55, Alam 2-34 Afghanistan won by 29 runs.