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28-Aug-2018 05:25:00 GMT
Ire v Afg, 1st ODI, Belfast

Afghanistan scrap to 29-run victory over Ireland

Belfast: Afghanistan beat Ireland by 29 runs in the first one-day international of a three-match series in Belfast on Monday.

Afghanistan continued their unbeaten tour of Ireland after clean-sweeping both T20Is, but they were made to work much harder after changing to the 50-over format.

The hosts, beaten 2-0 in the recent T20 series, were chasing a target of 228 to win but were bowled out for 198.

Having slipped to 93 for four, Ireland were relying on Andy Balbirnie, but when he fell for a gritty 55 their hopes evaporated.

Brief scores:
Afghanistan 227 for 9 (Naib 64, Shahidi 54, Murtagh 4-31, Rankin 3-44) beat Ireland 198 (Balbirnie 55, Alam 2-34, Rashid 2-41, Nabi 2-42) by 29 runs

Earlier, Ireland's bowlers had restricted Afghanistan to 227 for nine.

Gulbadin Naib topscored with 64 and shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 77 with Hashmatullah Shahidi, who hit 54.

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