AFG 165/5 (41.5ov)
IRE 161 (49.2ov)

Afghanistan beat Ireland by 5 wickets

MOM: Gulbadin Naib

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  • That's all from this match. Victory for Afghanistan was never in doubt but they took the longer route to reach the target. The second ODI is on Saturday at 1300 local (0730 GMT). Do join us for all the action. Until then, it's goodbye and cheers!
  • Afghanistan's skipper, Asghar Afghan is really happy with the performance and reckons that the first game of the series is always important. Adds that chasing is not an issue and they were just being careful. Praises Mohammad Shahzad for his knock. On Nabi's injury, Asghar informs that he's fine.
  • Man of the Match, Gulbadin Naib says that it's not easy to play in this kind of team and he is delighted to perform and contribute to this success. On his bowling, he replies that he just tried to maintain a tight line.
  • Ireland's skipper, William Porterfield says that picking early wickets would have given them a chance but it didn't come. Feels the wicket was a tough one and it was not easy to play strokes fluently. Reckons that 220-230 would have been a good chase. Admits that their batting let them down. Mentions that it's more mental for them as the pitch is going to remain more or so similar throughout this series.
  • Earlier, it was an abysmal batting show by Ireland. They were completely at sea against the spin of Mujeeb Ur Rahman and at one stage were tottering on 69/6. The 76-run stand between Paul Stirling and George Dockrell took them past the 150-run mark but it was never going to be enough. Afghanistan adopted a cautious approach in their run chase. The first two partnerships nearly sealed the deal and after a bit of hard work the 49-run stand between Gulbadin Naib and Asghar Afghan brought them close to 161. Towards the end, two lusty blows from Najibullah Zadran finished things off for the Afghans.
  • A victory in the 42nd over while chasing a target of 162 runs. Afghanistan really had to sweat hard to go 1-0 up in the 5-match series. Not even for once, the Afghans looked in trouble but the going was extremely slow from them. Whether Ireland bowled superbly or Afghanistan were too cautious, we leave that up to you to find out. The surface was on the slower side but not so tough to rotate the strike. 172 dot balls bowled by the Irish bowlers but they were defending such a small target that it didn't build enough pressure on the opposition.
  • 41.5GDockrell to NZadran

    SIX! All over, finally. AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 5 WICKETS! Dockrell serves a flighted full ball around leg, Najibullah turns and dispatches it over mid-wicket for the winning runs.
  • 41.4GDockrell to NZadran

    Short and outside off, punched down but straight to mid off.
  • 41.3GDockrell to NZadran

    SIX! Lusty blow! Floated and full around middle and off, Zadran kneels down and launches it over long on for a biggie.
  • Najibullah Zadran walks in next.
  • 41.2GDockrell to GNaib

    OUT! Catching practice for the bowler! Naib won't get his fifty. A soft dismissal really. A flighted ball around middle and leg, Gulbadin tries to flick but closes the face of the bat early. It flies back to the bowler off the leading edge and Dockrell makes no mistake in his followthrough. Less than 10 runs needed for a win.
  • 41.1GDockrell to AAfghan

    Tossed up ball around leg, clipped towards square leg for a run.
  • 40.6BRankin to GNaib

    FOUR! A high full toss around leg, Naib turns and deflects it fine down the leg side for a boundary. Lucky it wasn't called a no ball for height. 16 from the over, 10 more needed.
  • 40.5BRankin to GNaib

    SIX! High and handsome, into the night sky. Rankin delivers another short ball and this time Naib is ready for it. As soon as the ball reaches in his half, Naib dismisses it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
  • 40.4BRankin to GNaib

    Digs in a short ball outside off, Naib is early into his pull shot this time. It goes off the bottom edge and sneaks past mid off for a couple.
  • 40.3BRankin to GNaib

    The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 40.2BRankin to GNaib

    Dropped by Dockrell! Short in length on off, Naib plays a crunching pull shot and it goes quickly to Dockrell at short mid-wicket. He fails to hold on and gives a life to Naib.
  • 40.1BRankin to GNaib

    FOUR! Neat and tidy! Too full in length on off, Naib climbs onto it and with mid on up inside the circle, he just lofts it over the infield for a boundary.
  • 26 more needed as we enter into Powerplay 3. Five fielders allowed outside the ring now. Don't think Ireland will opt for that...
  • 39.6GDockrell to GNaib

    Presses forward to a full ball and bunts it through mid off for a run.
  • 39.5GDockrell to GNaib

    Naib has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 39.4GDockrell to GNaib

    Full and flighted on off, defended off the front foot to the off side.
  • 39.3GDockrell to GNaib

    Strides forward to a full ball and blocks it watchfully.
  • 39.2GDockrell to AAfghan

    Skidding down the leg side, Asghar tickles it to short fine leg for one.
  • 39.1GDockrell to AAfghan

    Floated full ball on off, Afghan tries to flick but gets a leading edge towards covers. Looks for a run but is sent back immediately.
  • 38.6BRankin to GNaib

    Fine stop, McCarthy! Full in length and drifting down the leg side, Naib flicks it over backward square leg. McCarthy runs across to his left from fine leg, puts in a dive and stops it with one hand. A couple taken.
  • 38.5BRankin to GNaib

    Too full in length and on off, Naib just digs it out back to the bowler.
  • 38.4BRankin to GNaib

    FOUR! Brilliant shot! Once again from the bat of Gulbadin Naib. He just stands firm inside the crease, takes a short ball from around off and smashes it over mid-wicket.
  • 38.3BRankin to AAfghan

    Uses his wrists to work a length ball from around off to deep backward square leg. A single taken.
  • 38.2BRankin to AAfghan

    Good length ball on off, worked on the leg side but not in the gap.
  • 38.1BRankin to AAfghan

    Shortish delivery outside off, Asghar taps it down from the crease to point. Looks for a quick run but it's not on.
  • Boyd Rankin is back on.
  • 37.6GDockrell to GNaib

    Loopy and on off, defended off the front foot to end the over.
  • 37.5GDockrell to AAfghan

    Slower through the air, full and on off, it's pushed softly towards cover-point for a run.
  • 37.4GDockrell to AAfghan

    Fires it in full on off, Asghar defends it off his front foot to covers.
  • 37.3GDockrell to AAfghan

    Quicker and shorter on middle, defended off the back foot.
  • 37.2GDockrell to AAfghan

    Pushes it down towards mid on from the inner half of his bat.
  • 37.1GDockrell to AAfghan

    Flighted and full on off, Afghan is on the front foot with a straight bat in defense.
  • George Dockrell is back into the attack.
  • 36.6BMcCarthy to GNaib

    FOUR! Third boundary in the over! The fielder continues to be up and Naib takes full advantage. Fetches a shortish length ball from outside off and lifts it over wide mid on for a boundary. 12 from the over, 36 needed more.
  • 36.5BMcCarthy to GNaib

    Naib has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 36.4BMcCarthy to GNaib

    FOUR! Two in two! A bit overpitched this time, around off, Naib once again attacks it with all his might and thwacks it over mid on for a cracking boundary. He has decided to shift gears now.
  • 36.3BMcCarthy to GNaib

    FOUR! Shot! McCarthy puts this one in the half for the batsman to have a real go at it. It's around off and Naib swings it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 36.2BMcCarthy to GNaib

    Full and outside off, it's pushed off the front foot to mid off.
  • 36.1BMcCarthy to GNaib

    Shout for an lbw, too high! Back of a length ball angling in from around off, Naib tries to pull but misses and is hit high on the back leg.

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