An unbeaten 86-run partnership between Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran took Afghanistan to a five-wicket win against Ireland in the first of three T20 International played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Dehradun. All-rounder Nabi finished unbeaten on 49 runs from 40 balls that included five fours and a six. On the other hand Zadran scored an impressive 40 from 36 balls. His innings included three fours and a six. Zadran joined Nabi when Afghanistan were in a spot of bother at 50/5. Boyd Rankin picked two wickets but was the most expensive bowler for Ireland. Mohammad Nabi was adjudged player of the match for his all-round performance in the match. (SCORECARD)
Highlights Updates Between AFG Vs IRE 1st T20I, straight from Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun
21:50 IST: That brings an end to the first T20 International between Afghanistan and Ireland in Dehradun. Thank you for joining us for the live coverage.
21:46 IST: FOUR! Nabi hits the winning runs for Afghanistan as they win by five wickets.
A brilliant 86-run stand between veteran all-rounder @MohammadNabi007 and @Najib_Zadran ensured Afghanistan overcome an early struggle to take a lead of 1-0 in the three-match series.— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) February 21, 2019
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21:44 IST: SIX! Nabi went deep inside the crease and smoked the half-volley towards deep extra cover for a magnificent six.
21:40 IST: 18 overs have been bowled. The Afghans need 9 runs from two overs.
21:38 IST: FOUR! Zadran hits it towards deep square leg to take Afghanistan closer to victory.
21:37 IST: Afghanistan need another 16 runs from the last three overs.
21:36 IST: Peter Chase made a brilliant dive to save a certain boundary. Saved two runs for his team.
21:34 IST: FOUR! Nabi hits it straight down the ground as Afghanistan sniff victory.
21:32 IST: SIX! Zadran hits it clearly towards backward square leg.
21:30 IST: FOUR! Zadran's boundary brings up the 50-run partnership between him and Nabi.
21:29 IST: FOUR! The half-volley was driven hard by Nabi towards long-off.
21:24 IST: Chase appeals for an LBW! But the umpire isn't interested. Meanwhile, the batsmen steal a single. Nabi was awarded that single as the umpire thought it to be an inside edge. No leg byes was given.
21:20 IST: FOUR! Nabi hits it towards backward square leg.
21:18 IST: FOUR! Zadran cuts it hard as Afghanistan get a much-needed boundary.
21:17 IST: Left-arm spinner George Dockrell has been brought into the attack.
21:15 IST: A good over bowled by Getkate as Afghanistan reach 70/5. They need 63 runs off 48 balls.
21:12 IST: Getkate (2-0-10-1) comes in to bowl his third over.
21:11 IST: End of 11 overs as Afghanistan reach 65 with a loss of five wickets.
21:09 IST: Thompson is leaving the field as he has pulled a hamstring. Simi Singh will complete the over.
21:08 IST: After 10.3 overs, Ireland were 60/4. Afghanistan are 64/5.
21:05 IST: At halfway stage, Afghanistan have reached 62/5. With five wickets in hand, they still require 71 runs from 60 balls.
21:04 IST: Wide. Getkate bowls a wide in what has been a good over so far.
20:54 IST: Left-handed batsman, Najibullah Zadran is the new man at the crease.
The game is on! @Irelandcricket have taken quick wickets to come back in the game. With 81 needed from 12 overs, will Afghanistan be able to chase the target?#AFGvIRE #IREvAFG #1stT20I pic.twitter.com/33939duN5G— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) February 21, 2019
20:53 IST: OUT! Debutant Shane Getkate bags his first international wicket as Sharafuddin Ashraf top-edges the ball. Joshua Little took an easy catch as the ball was in the air for a long time.
20:51 IST: A half-hearted appeal for an edge by Thompson but the umpire isn't convinced.
20:48 IST: End of the powerplay as Afghanistan are 43/4 in six overs. Sharafuddin Ashraf is the new batsman at the crease.
20:46 IST: OUT! Little strikes as Kevin O'Brien takes a low catch. Shenwari has been dismissed for 17. Afghanistan lose their fourth wicket on 43 runs.
20:41 IST: Wide! Little starts the over with a short ball. Afghanistan are 43/3.
20:38 IST: FOUR! It was an action replay of the previous boundary. But this time it came from the bat of Nabi.
20:36 IST: FOUR! Shinwari gets another boundary as the ball took a thick outside edge to beat the slip cordon.
20:35 IST: All-rounder Mohammad Nabi is the new batsman at the crease. He joins Shinwari.
20:34 IST: OUT! Karim Janat is dismissed for a duck. Afghanistan lose their third wicket.
20:31 IST: OUT! Boyd Rankin strikes as Ireland dismiss the dangerous looking Hazratullah Zazai for 11.
20:29 IST: FOUR! It was driven powerfully by Shamiullah Shinwari. Stirling made a full dive to his right but to no avail.
20:26 IST: FOUR! Shinwari has thick edged this one as Boyd Rankin's slide fails to stop the ball across the third man boundary.
20:25 IST: Change in bowling as Stirling introduces Joshua Little into the attack. Ireland have a small target to defend and they will look to stop the dangerous Zazai.
20:23 IST: Another wide bowled by the lanky Chase. Afghanistan are 20/1 after two overs.
20:21 IST: Peter Chase has bowled two back-to-back wides.
20:19 IST: OUT! Ireland draw first blood as they dismiss Asghar Afghan. Afghanistan 16/1 in 1.2 overs. Afghan sliced hard but failed to clear the fielders inside the 30-yard circle as debutant Getkate takes an easy catch.
20:16 IST: SIX! Slogged hard by Zazai as the ball was in the air for a long time. Thompson caught a good catch at deep square leg only to misjudge it as he steps back.
20:16 IST: FOUR! A thick inside edge from Hazratullah Zazai.
20:14 IST: FOUR! Captain Asghar Afghan opens the innings for Afghanistan.
20:13 IST: Welcome back after the innings break. The Afghan openers are out in the middle.
19:53 IST: SIX! 16 runs came off the last over as Ireland finish at 132/6 in 20 overs.
19:50 IST: FOUR! A wristy boundary by Dockrell.
19:48 IST: SIX! Poynter hits Rashid for a six over long on. Ireland get a much-needed six. The 50-partnership comes up between Poynter and Dockrell.
19:47 IST: Rashid Khan comes into bowl his final over. He has been impressive and economical.
19:45 IST: The pair of George Dockrell and Stuart Poynter have added 43 runs for the seventh wicket.
19:42 IST: Left-arm medium fast bowler Fareed Malik is back into the attack.
19:41 IST: Ireland reach 101/6 in 17 overs.
19:40 IST: FOUR! It is four-leg byes as Ireland crawls towards 100.
19:38 IST: Run-out appeal! The umpire has gone upstairs. But the batsman was safe inside the crease. That was a flat throw by Rashid.
19:35 IST: FOUR! Dockrell sweeps Mujeeb for a boundary.
19:34 IST: Mujeeb Ur Rehman (3-0-13-1) comes to complete his spell. He has bowled an economical spell that took Ireland to the back-foot.
19:33 IST: FOUR! Poynter hits another boundary as Ireland are looking to get past the 100-run mark. End of 15 overs. Ireland are 85/6.
19:31 IST: Ireland are 79/6 after 14 overs. Left-arm spinner Sharafuddin Ashraf has been introduced by Nabi.
19:25 IST: FOUR! Andrew Poynter rever-sweeps Nabi for a boundary towards backward point. Four much-needed runs for Ireland.
19:25 IST: A successful over bowled by Rashid Khan as he picked up two wickets.
19:24 IST: OUT! Rashid strikes again. This time it is the debutant Getkate who was dismissed LBW. Ireland 65/6.
19:22 IST: Shane Getkate is the new batsman at the crease.
19:21 IST: OUT! Rashid Khan strikes in only his second ball as Thompson has been bowled. Ireland in deep trouble at 65/5.
19:20 IST: Rashid Khan comes in to bowl the 12th over.
19:18 IST: A complete mix up between Dockrell and Thompson as Ireland nearly lose another wicket. However, Dockrell managed to escape as a poor throw towards the runner-end missed the stumps.
19:16 IST: 10 overs have been bowled as Ireland are 60/4. Stuart Thompson and George Dockrell are rebuilding Irish innings.
19:12 IST: FOUR! That was sweetly timed as Thompson cover drives it for a much-needed boundary.
19:10 IST: Right-handed batsman George Dockrell is the new batsman at the crease.
19:09 IST: OUT! Simi Singh has been stumped while he tried to step out. Mohammad Nabi strikes again. It's 52/4.
19:06 IST: Ireland reach 50/3 in eight overs. Following the loss of three early wickets, Singh and Thompson are looking to steady Ireland's innings.
19:05 IST: SIX! Simi Singh hits first six for Ireland.
19:02 IST: Simi Singh comes to the crease following the dismissal of Irish captain Paul Stirling. Ireland are 39/3 after the end of seven overs.
19:00 IST: OUT! Stirling departs for 23 as Mohammad Nabi strikes in his first over.
18:58 IST: FOUR! Stuart Thompson hits a classy cover drive and That's the end of the powerplay as Ireland manage 37 runs for the loss of two wickets.
18:56 IST: OUT! LBW. Janat strikes as Andy Balbirnie is out. That was crashing between the middle and leg stumps .
18:55 IST: FOUR! First boundary for Balbirnie. He hit it over mid-on to earn his first boundary.
18:53 IST: Change in bowling. Medium fast bowler Karim Janat comes into the attack.
18:51 IST: FOUR! Stirling sweeps Mujeeb over short fine leg. That was sweetly timed.
18:49 IST: OUT! Afghanistan draw first blood as Kevin O'Brien is dismissed for 5. Ireland 23/1.
18:48 IST: Mujeeb continues his spell, into his third over.
18:47 IST: FOUR! Stirling hits another boundary. End of four overs. Ireland are 22/0.
18:44 IST: FOUR! Stirling hits the first boundary for Ireland. That was a nicely placed as Stirling went over the top and driven over backward point for four.
18:39 IST: End of the second over. Ireland are 5/0. Ireland have made a slow start to their innings.
18:32 IST: End of first over. Ireland 3/0.
18:30 IST: Paul Stirling and Kevin O'Brien will open the batting for Ireland. The match is about to begin as Afghanistan go with wrist spinner Mujeeb Ur Rehman.
18:27 IST: Here is the playing XI for Afghanistan.
18:25 IST: Players from both the teams have taken the field for their respective national anthems.
18:20 IST: Ireland win the toss and have decided to bat first.
18:15 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the first T20I between Afghanistan and Ireland straight from Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Dehradun.
Dehradun Arena (Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium) is all set for the first #T20I of the series between Afghansitan and @Irelandcricket; the match starts at 5.30pm AFT.#AFGvIRE #IREvAFG pic.twitter.com/mq9y5IixFG— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) February 21, 2019
Ireland (From): Paul Stirling(c), Stuart Thompson, James Shannon, Andrew Balbirnie, Harry Tector, Stuart Poynter(w), Kevin O Brien, Simi Singh, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Peter Chase, Shane Getkate, Joshua Little, Andy McBrine, Lorcan Tucker
Afghanistan (From): Hazratullah Zazai, Samiullah Shenwari, Asghar Afghan(c), Shafiqullah Shafiq(w), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Karim Janat, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Zahir Khan, Ziaur Rahman, Sayed Shirzad, Farid Malik, Najeeb Tarakai, Usman Ghani