Commentry

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That's all from this match. Do join us on 17th March for the second ODI at 0930 local, 0400 GMT. Until then, it's goodbye and cheers!

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Asghar Stanikzai says that his players played really well and credits Dawlat Zadran and Rashid Khan for bringing them back in the game. Informs that he wanted Rashid and Dawlat to bowl with the old balls as both of them are quite good with it.

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In spite of ending on the losing side, William Porterfield is awarded the Man of the Match for his superb century. He says that they should have won the match. Adds that his partnership with Stirling was important but he knew it's not easy to bat for the new batsman. Admits that not having any other partnership cost them the game.

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Ireland will be heartbroken after this loss. They held the game by the scruff of the neck but then allowed it to slip away from their grasp. The middle order wasted the start and capitulated. Afghanistan should be given a lot of credit for triggering a collapse as at one stage Ireland were cruising on 206/2. Plenty of soul-searching to do for the Irish team.

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Excellent win for Afghanistan. They were under the pump at one stage when the big partnership between Paul Stirling and William Porterfield was prospering. But once again it was Rashid Khan who brought them back in the game by providing the breakthrough. He was too hot to handle and finished with a 4-fer. Dawlat Zadran also bowled an exemplary spell with the old ball and grabbed a 4-wicket haul which included the prized scalp of William Porterfield.

46.5
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Dawlat Zadran to

OUT! AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 30 RUNS! Zadran digs in a short ball around off after seeing the charge from the batsman, Chase still attempts to wheel a pull shot but it takes the top edge and goes straight down the throat of the long on fielder, Shafiqullah Shafiq (sub). That's all, Afghanistan take a 1-0 lead in the 5-match series.

46.4
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Dawlat Zadran to

That missed everything! Clever slower delivery, full and angling into the batsman, Chase is early into the swing of his bat and misses. It goes closely past the leg stump to the keeper.

46.3
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Dawlat Zadran to Jacob Mulder

Eyes the blockhole, Mulder brings his bat down just in time and it goes off the inside edge to fine leg. The batsmen have run through for a single.

46.2
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Dawlat Zadran to

Very full and around off, swinging in the air, Chase hits it down to long on for a single.

46.1
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Dawlat Zadran to Jacob Mulder

Shortish and outside off, bunted towards mid off for a run.

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Dawlat Zadran replaces Rashid Khan in the attack.

45.6
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Gulbadin Naib to Jacob Mulder

Fullish and on middle, it's pushed to covers for a quick single.

45.5
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Gulbadin Naib to

Full and angling into the batsman, Chase tries to swing across the line but ends up slicing it in the air over covers. It falls safely in the deep and they take a run.

45.4
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Gulbadin Naib to Jacob Mulder

Good length delivery outside off, forced through covers for one.

45.3
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Gulbadin Naib to Jacob Mulder

EDGY FOUR! Naib angles in a length ball around off, Mulder makes room to play it through covers but it catches the outside edge flies wide of the keeper for a boundary at third man.

45.2
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Gulbadin Naib to

Back of a length ball on off, Chase turns it off his pads to mid-wicket and takes a single.

45.1
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Gulbadin Naib to

Fuller in length and outside off, straightening a touch, Chase decides not to chase it.

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Gulbadin Naib is back on. 42 needed off 30 balls.

44.6
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Rashid Khan to Jacob Mulder

Leans forward and pushes a full ball to point.

44.5
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Rashid Khan to

Flatter leg spinner on middle and off, Chase defends it off the back foot to the leg side and crosses for a run.

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