Sunday 24 January 2010 

Afghanistan Beat Ireland By Seven Wickets

Afghanistan Beat Ireland By Seven Wickets
Afghanistan Beat Ireland By Seven Wickets
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Afghanistan pulled off a seven-wicket victory over reigning champions Ireland on the final day of their ICC Intercontinental Cup match in Dambulla.

Going into the final day, Afghanistan held a slender lead as Ireland began their second innings, but they soon took control of proceedings by taking wickets, Dawlat Ahmadzai with five and Mohammad Nabi with four to bowl Ireland out for 202, despite the best efforts of Trent Johnston to hold up Aghanistan with an unbeaten 63 in 91 balls.

Ahmadzai returned five for 52 and Nabi four for 33 to ensure that Afghanistan's victory target was 133.

In the run chase, Afghanistan lost Karim Sadiq (1) and Shabir Noori (21) early but 57 from Noor Ali and then unbeaten innings of 42 from Mohammad Shehzad and 16 from captain Nowroz Mangal handed Afghanistan victory.

Afghanistan made 474 in their first innings in reply to Ireland's 405.

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