Ireland v Afghanistan: Hosts ease to Belfast victory in first ODI

Paul Stirling

Afghanistan was rejected for only 138 as Ireland won by 72 keeps running in the first of two one-day internationals between the sides at Stormont on Sunday.

Paul Stirling (71) and skipper William Porterfield (53) joined for a 99-run organization as the hosts were bowled out for 210 with seven balls left.

Afghanistan came to 94-4 preceding the last six wickets succumbed to 44 runs.

Imprint Adair took 4-19 while Boyd Rankin (3-40) and Tim Murtagh (2-12) additionally inspired in the Irish assault.

Ireland lost each of the three of their finished Tri-Countries recreations against West Independents and Bangladesh and another thrashing looked likely in the wake of posting a less than impressive 210.

Stirling and Porterfield, who was moved to number four after poor structure as an opener, put on an Irish record remain of 174 for the third wicket against Bangladesh last Wednesday.

The pair established the framework for the Irish innings again with a stand barely short of a century after Afghanistan won the hurl and chose to field.

Kevin O’Brien included 32 however it was advantage Afghanistan with Aftab Alam (3-28) and Dawlat Zadran each taking three wickets.

Murtagh set off Afghanistan’s battles with the bat by taking the initial two wickets and leaving the voyagers on 19-2.

The travelers’ expectations blurred when a fifth-wicket organization between Asghar Afghan (29) and Mohammad Nabi (27) was finished with a Gary Wilson get.

It was a genuinely necessary success for the Irish and the groups will meet again at a similar setting on Tuesday.

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