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Afghanistan win 1st ODI against Ireland by 29 runs

Afghanistan beat Ireland by 29 runs in the first one-day international of a three-match series in Belfast on Monday.

cricket Updated: Aug 28, 2018 16:02 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
AFP, Belfast
Gulabdin Naib,Rashid Khan,Afghanistan cricket
Afghanistan players celebrate the fall of a wicket during the first ODI against Ireland in Belfast.(Twitter/ICC)

Afghanistan beat Ireland by 29 runs in the first one-day international of a three-match series in Belfast on Monday.

The hosts, beaten 2-0 in the recent T20 series, were chasing a target of 228 to win but were bowled out for 198.

Having slipped to 93 for four, Ireland were relying on Andy Balbirnie, but when he fell for a gritty 55 their hopes evaporated.

Earlier, Ireland’s bowlers had restricted Afghanistan to 227 for nine.

Gulbadin Naib top scored with 64 and shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 77 with Hashmatullah Shahidi, who hit 54.

First Published: Aug 28, 2018 15:43 IST