Ireland thrash Afghanistan to seal first home win of the summer
After a disastrous tri-nation series, Ireland came back strongly and sealed a huge win by 72 runs against Afghanistan in the first ODI.
The hosts Ireland had a disappointing tournament where they failed to grab any win against Bangladesh and Windies. But they have rattled the men in blue Afghanistan in the first of the two-match series encounter.
After winning the toss, Afghanistan opted to bowl first. Opener James McCollum departed early for 4, but man in form Paul Stirling, who smacked a hundred against Bangladesh went onto score 71 from 94 balls. Skipper William Porterfield (53) and Kevin O’Brien (32) also chipped in and helped Afghanistan to reach to a fighting total of 210 runs.
Aftab Alam and Dawlat Zadran was the pick of the bowlers for Afghanistan, who picked up three wickets each.
In reply, the men in blue were in all sorts of trouble after losing wickets early in the chase. Mohammad Shahzad was the first man to depart followed by Rahmat Shah and Zazai. And Afghanistan couldn’t drag themselves after the early trouble and kept losing wickets in the middle.
Ireland bowler Mark Adair was on fire with the ball as he conceded only 19 wickets and picked up four wickets to destroy Afghanistan’s batting department. Boyd Rankin chipped in and picked up three wickets while Tim Murtagh picked up two. In the end, the hosts managed to secure a much-awaited win against Afghanistan, who are set to play in the World Cup after less than two weeks.
IRE 210 (48.5)
AFG 138-all out (35.4)
Result: Ireland won by 72 runs