AFGHANISTAN VS IRELAND, 2019
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Mujeeb’s figures after his first 5 overs learn: 5-Three-Three-Three. © Getty
A terrific opening spell of bowling from Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Dawlat Zadran performed a pivotal half in Afghanistan recording a seamless win over Eire within the first ODI on the Rajiv Gandhi Worldwide cricket stadium in Dehradun on Thursday (Ferbruary 28).
A pleasant William Porterfield selected to bat first below sultry circumstances and he backed his batters to get them to a aggressive complete. Sadly although for the visiting facet, Mujeeb wrecked havoc on the high along with his befuddling variations and decreased Eire to 15/Three on the finish of the ten-over mark. Mujeeb’s figures after his first 5 overs learn: 5-Three-Three-Three.
Eire discovered it actually laborious to hint the street to restoration as they saved shedding wickets with none form of momentum within the scoreboard. Across the 31st over, they had been 69/6 and appeared set to bundle out inside fifty overs. A tenacious partnership between Stirling and George Dockrell, nevertheless, rekindled hopes of a comeback and the duo engineered a 76-run stand for the seventh wicket to assist their facet put up a complete of some substance.
The important thing ingredient in the course of the partnership between Stirling and Dockrell was persistence and dealing with the spinners with a straight bat. Each batsmen confirmed nice intent to take the sport deep and it did repay ultimately as Eire ended up posting a complete over 150 to pose some problem for the house crew. Simply when the partnership appeared blossoming, Dockrell swiped at a skiddy legbreak from Rashid and threw his wicket away with 26 balls to spare.
Stirling, nevertheless, carried his good type from the T20I sequence and amassed 89 worthwhile runs for his facet. Though his strike price may not justify the standard of his innings, the burly right-hander displayed nice grit and willpower to take the sport deep and maintain one finish for his facet.
Chasing 162, Afghanistan bought off to a gradual begin earlier than enjoying the ready sport throughout center overs. Mohammad Shahzad and Hazratullah Zazai amassed 43 runs in 12 overs and appeared to have issues below management till a Kevin O’Brien particular despatched the latter packing again to the dressing room. Publish Zazai’s dismissal, Shahzad struggled for timing and as did his associate Rahmat Shah who each bought out, looking for some momentum, within the span of three overs.
Hashmatullah Shahidi’s innings was a nightmare to say the least because the left-hander struggled to rotate strike and ultimately bought out for a 29-ball 9. The arrival of skipper Asghar Afghan infused the much-needed urgency as all-rounder Gulbadin Naib took over the ending duties and smacked 6 fours and one six in his 61-ball 46. Although Naib fell 9 wanting the goal, the chase by no means appeared intimidating for the mighty Afghanistan line up with loads of dew setting in.
Eire will look to stage issues after they meet the hosts for the second ODI on the similar venue on Saturday.
Transient scores: Eire 161 in 49.2 overs misplaced to (Paul Stirling 89, George Dockrell 37; Mujeeb ur Rahman Three-14, Dawlat Zadran Three-35) misplaced to Afghanistan 165/5 in 41.5 overs (Gulbadin Naib 46; Boyd Rankin 2-48) by 5 wickets.