Porterfield century goes in vain as Afghanistan start ODI series with 30-run win
Afghanistan 292-7 (Rahmat 78) beat
Ireland 262 (Porterfield 119) by 30 runs
First One-Day International in Greater Noida
Four wicket hauls from Dawlat Zadran and Rashid Khan proved crucial as Afghanistan defend 293 runs against Ireland successfully and sealed a 30-run win in the first One-Day International in Greater Noida.
Afghanistan won the toss and decided to bat first. Noor Ali Zadran (51) and Mohammad Shahzad (43) scored nine boundaries between them in the first powerplay to take the score to 61 for naught.
In an eventful 11th over bowled by Jacob Mulder (0-18), Noor Ali was dropped in the first delivery and four deliveries later, Shahzad was run out, ending the 68-run opening stand.
Afghanistan's 100-run mark in 16 overs and as Rahmat Shah (78) started to gain control, he brought the 50-run stand with Noor Ali in the 22nd over. Both the players brought their respective fifties in the 28th over.
Ireland made a brief comeback in the game when they lost three wickets in a span of 46 runs and found themselves at 197 for four.
Useful contributions from Hashmatullah Shahidi (32), Samiullah Shenwari (30) and Mohammad Nabi (34 not out) helped Afghanistan post 292 for seven in the 50 overs. Kevin O'Brien (3-47) was the pick of Ireland bowlers.
In the chase, Ed Joyce (4) fell early but Paul Stirling (68) and William Porterfield (119) added 157 runs for the second wicket to bring the innings on track.
Porterfield reached his fifty off 39 deliveries while Stirling brought his own off 73 deliveries. As the 150-run partnership between the duo came, Ireland needed 124 runs from final 22 overs with nine wickets in hand.
However, from there on they lost the plot completely with Dawlat (4-53) and Rashid (4-48) picking four wickets apiece to dismiss Ireland for 262. Porterfield was awarded the man of the match despite ending on the losing side as Afghanistan claimed a 1-0 lead in the series.
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