AFG🆚IRE : Bowlers💫 Power Afghanistan To 1⃣-0⃣ Lead⬆

Afghanistan 227/9 in 50 overs (Gulbadin Naib 64, Hashmatullah Shahidi 54; Tim Murtagh 4-31, Boyd Rankin 3-44) beat Ireland 198 in 48.3 overs (Andrew Balbirnie 55; Aftab Alam 2-34, Rashid Khan 2-41, Mohammad Nabi 2-42) by 29 runs

Afghanistan continued to make forward strides on their tour of Ireland with another clinical bowling performance to leave hosts Ireland without a positive result. A lot of it was down to Ireland's own deficiencies with the bat, as their bowlers did everything in their powers to set the game up beautifully for a prospective 1-0 lead. Afghanistan took that scoreline home in the end, with each of their bowlers chipping away at wickets.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman was given new-ball duties and bowled six overs in his first spell by when Ireland had both their openers back in the dressing room. Once Porterfield fell in the 11th over, Ireland's scoring rate worsened. In seven overs since, they added just 18 more runs. The scoreboard pressure culminated in another wicket as Niall O'Brien was run out for 11.

If the shaky start wasn't enough, Ireland had the arduous task of negotiating 10 overs of Rashid Khan in the final 30 overs, few of those through middle overs when they badly needed an upward surge in chase.

They needed 77 off the last 60 balls, Ireland could only manage 27 runs in the five overs that was bowled in tandem by Mujeeb and Rashid. Gary Wilson still kept the chase alive with 10 to get every over, but Rashid wrapped it all up in two deliveries in the 49th over.

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