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Afghanistan vs Ireland: Ireland Bags Their First T20I Win Of The Season

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Ireland and Afghanistan played their 1st T20I of the five-match series on August 9 (Tue). Match started with Afghanistan winning the toss and opting to bat first. Usman Ghani scored the first boundary for Afghanistan. Afghanistan was at 92/2 after 12 overs. Ibrahim Zadran brought up 21 runs in the last over. After 20 overs, Afghanistan gave a target of 168 runs.

Ireland sends in Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie for the opening. Ireland was 80/1 after 10 overs. Mujeeb took a crucial wicket. Andy Balbirnie departed shortly after his fifty. George Dockrell helped the team and hit the ball for a four. 2 runs were needed from 2 balls. FOUR! George Dockrell hit another boundary to seal the match for Ireland.

Let’s take a look at the match details and scorecard.


Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast

Toss: Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat first


Ireland: Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Lorcan Tucker(w), Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little

Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Ibrahim Zadran, Usman Ghani, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi(c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi


Ireland: 168/7 (20 overs)

Afghanistan: 171/3 (19.5 overs)

MAN OF THE MATCH: Andy Balbirnie (51 runs off 38 balls)

RESULT: Ireland won by 7 wickets

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