Record-breaker Gurbaz, Rashid fire in Afghanistan’s win
Century from debutant Rahmanullah Gurbaz and all-round show by Rashid Khan have given Afghanistan a 16-run victory over Ireland in the first ODI in Abu Dhabi.
Afghanistan are off the mark in the Cricket World Cuo Super League 2020-23 with 10 points.
Gurbaz became the first Afghan and the 16th overall to hit a hundred on debut in ODI history. At 19 years and 54 days age, the wicket-keeper batsman became the second youngest to score three-figure mark on ODI debut.
Gurbaz’s first fifty came in 38 balls before he had to slow down to get his hundred on the 115th ball. He stepped up the pace before getting out on run-a-ball 127 runs, that saw 9 sixes and 8 fours.
Afghanistan had a good start after electing to bat first as Javed Ahmadi (38 off 55) supported Gurbaz in 120-run opening stand.
The batting order collapsed because of one man – Andy McBrine, the off-spinner who took 5/29 is his first five-for in ODI career. All of Afghanistan’s first five wickets went to his name.
Rashid Khan clobbered 5 sixes and 2 fours in his 30-ball 55 runs knock to help Afghanistan finish on 287/9.
Ireland lost wickets early on. Paul Stirling made 39 at the top but he lacked support. Curtis Campher and Lorcan Tucker added 86 for the fifth-wicket. Campher made 53-ball 39 while Tucker hit career-best 83 runs off 96 balls with three sixes and three fours.
Ireland fell 16 runs short in the end, failing to grab another ten pointa after they had beaten England last year.
Rashid and Mujeeb Ur Rehman took two wickets apiece. Fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq bagged three but went for 68 runs in nine overs.
Afghanistan 287/9 in 50 overs (Gurbaz 127, Rashid 55; McBrine 5/29, Delany 1/17)
Ireland 271/9 in 50 overs (Tucker 83; Naveen 3/68, Mujeeb 2/40, Rashid 2/56)
Afghanistan won by 16 runs
Player of the Match: Rahmanullah Gurbaz