Afghanistan beat Ireland in one-day opener in India


Paul Stirling hit six fours and three sixes in his 89 off 150 balls
First one-day international, Dehradun, India
Ireland 161 (49.2 overs): Stirling 89; Mujeeb 3-14
Afghanistan 165-5 (41.5 overs): Gulbadin 46; Rankin 2-48
Afghanistan won by five wickets

Afghanistan beat Ireland by five wickets in the first of five one-day internationals in India.

Paul Stirling’s 89 helped Ireland to a modest 161 with Mujeeb Ur Rahman taking 3-14 in Dehradun.

Gulbadin Naib hit 46 and opener Mohammed Shahzab 43 as Afghanistan won with 8.1 overs to spare despite Boyd Rankin’s 2-48.

Afghanistan whitewashed Ireland 3-0 in the Twenty20 series this month.

Ireland never recovered from slipping to 14-3, although Stirling added 78 for the seventh wicket with George Dockrell, who made 37.

But the loss of three wickets for one run ended their hopes of a competitive total and Stirling was the last man out with four balls remaining.

Dawlat Zadran finished with 3-25 and Gulbadin took 2-20 before top-scoring with 46 in Afghanistan’s chase.

The second ODI takes place at the same venue on Saturday.

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