Rashid Khan and Dawlat Zadran triggered a collapse as Afghanistan cricket team beat Ireland cricket team by 30 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series in Greater Noida on Wednesday.
Ireland cricket team, chasing 293 for victory were 206 for 2 in the 36th over before crumbling and getting bowled out for 262 with 18-year-old leg-spinner Rashid Khan picking up four wickets, including Niall O’Brien that triggered the collapse. Zadran, who took the crucial wicket of William Porterfield (119) gave Rashid able support from the other end, not letting the Irish batsman recover from the mid-innings jolt.
Earlier, Ireland won the toss and decided to bowl. Mohammad Shahzad scored 43 off 41 balls, with seven fours and a six, as he played the attacking role in an opening partnership of and dominated an opening partnership of 68 with Noor Ali Zadran, who then went on to build a strong second-wicket partnership with Rahmat Shah.
That laid the foundation for the strong total of 292 for 7 the Afghans posted, with meaningful contributions from almost everyone who walked into the middle.
Brief scores: Afghanistan 292 for 7 (Mohammad Shahzad 43, Noor Ali Zadran 51, Rahmat Shah 78; Kevin O’Brien 3-47) beat Ireland 262 in 46.5 overs (William Porterfield 119, Paul Stirling 68; Rashid Khan 4-48, Dawlat Zadran 4-53).