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Ireland vs Afghanistan – Highlights & Stats

Afghanistan fell to a shock 72-run loss against Ireland in their first one-day international as Mark Adair took a career best 4-19.


Gulbadin Naib’s World Cup-bound side elected to bowl first and were frustrated by a fine 99-run third-wicket partnership between Paul Stirling (71) and captain William Porterfield (53).

The stand was eventually broken by leg spinner Rashid Khan who had Porterfield caught at deep square and Stirling was then dismissed seven balls later as the hosts collapsed.

Although Kevin O’Brien chipped in with 32, Ireland lost 8-76 as they fell from 134-2 to 210 all out – Aftab Alam the pick of the bowlers with 3-28.

However, the visitors’ batting in Belfast left much to be desired as Tim Murtagh trapped Mohammad Shahzad lbw and had Rahmat Shah caught at midwicket to reduce Afghanistan to 19-2.

Adair then bowled Hazratullah Zazai (14), saw Hashmatullah Shahidi (12) caught behind before Naib (20) was pouched at long-on off the fast bowler.

The match fittingly ended with Adair taking a fine return catch to remove Mujeeb Ur Rahman for a two-ball duck as the away side were bowled out for just 138.

The teams will meet for the second ODI on Tuesday, May 21 before Afghanistan begin their World Cup campaign against Australia on Saturday, June 1 live on Sky Sports Cricket.

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