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28-Feb-2019 15:12:00 GMT
Afg v Ire - 1st ODI, Dehradun

Mujeeb, Naib star as Afghanistan go 1-0 up

Afghanistan 165 for 5 (Naib 46, Shahzad 43, Rankin 2-48) beat Ireland 161 (Stirling 89, Mujeeb 3-14, Dawlat 3-35) by five wickets

Dehradun: Najibullah Zadran completed the Afghanistan chase in style as he slammed a six over deep mid-wicket to help his side claim a five-wicket win over Ireland in the first ODI.

After bundling out Ireland for a paltry 161, openers Mohammad Shahzad and Hazratullah Zazai got Afghanistan off to a cautious start.

The duo added 43 runs for the first wicket before Zazai was dismissed by Barry McCarthy.

Ireland tried to get their grip on the match as they picked three quick wickets in the middle.

However, the team completed the chase with 49 balls to spare.

Earlier, Dawlat Zadran and Mujeeb Ur Rahman shared three-wickets each as Afghanistan bundled out Ireland for 161.

Opener Paul Stirling, who played a gutsy inning of 89 runs in 150 deliveries, was the last batsman to depart as he was cleaned up by Gulbadin Naib while he attempted to scoop the ball towards fine-leg in the final over.

The bowlers dominated over the Irish batsman right from the word go. Mujeeb gave his team the first breakthrough in the second over and more trouble mounted on Ireland as they were reduced to 69/6.

However, George Dockrell and Stirling added 76 runs for the seventh wicket before Dockrell was dismissed by Rashid Khan.

Wickets kept tumbling after Dockrell’s dismissal and the final three batsmen could only manage to add 21 runs.

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