A breathless century on his debut from teenage opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz helped Afghanistan to a 16-run win over Eire within the first ODI in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. The 19-year-old, who hit a run-a-ball 127, and a few late slogging from Rashid Khan, who smashed 55 from 30 balls, took Afghanistan to an imposing 287 for 9 from their 50 overs. Off-spinner Andy McBrine was the decide of the Irish bowlers, choosing up 5-29 from his 10 overs. Nevertheless it proved to be too many for the Irish batsmen who struggled from the beginning. Lorcan Tucker made a battling 83 however they fell 16 runs wanting the goal.
Afghanistan took 10 factors from the match which is the primary within the World Cup Tremendous League which serves as a part of the 2023 Cricket World Cup qualification course of.
After successful the toss and selecting to bat, Afghanistan received off to a strong begin thanks in fundamental to Gurbaz who made his first 50 from 38 balls as he scored the lion’s share of a gap partnership of 120 with Javed Ahmadi.
He had 74 to his identify by the point Ahmadi was caught by Singh off McBrine on the boundary for 38.
Gurbaz reached his hundred off 115 deliveries and went on to make 127, which included 9 sixes and eight fours, earlier than slogging an extended hop from Gareth Delany down the throat of Simi Singh on the sq. leg boundary.
When he fell at 198-6, the Afghanistan innings was in hassle after McBrine had assiduously labored his manner via the center order, discovering flip and bounce.
This was McBrine’s first ODI five-wicket haul throughout which he grew to become the eighth Irish bowler to take 50 ODI wickets.
Najibullah Zadran steadied the ship with 29 earlier than Rashid Khan got here in to hammer 55 from 30 balls, together with 5 sixes, to take the innings away from Eire.
It was all the time a stiff goal for Eire as the common second innings complete on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium is simply 206, though Pakistan did chase down 294 there towards the West Indies in 2008.
They received off to the worst doable begin, shedding Kevin O’Brien within the third over, leg earlier than to Naveem-ul-Haq.
As wickets fell on the different finish, Paul Stirling made a speedy 39 earlier than he too was trapped leg earlier than by Mohammad Nabi.
At 88-4, Eire had been in hassle however Tucker and Curtis Campher (39) gave them renewed hope with an 86-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Tucker tried to extend the scoring charge however having reached 83 from 96 balls (three fours and three sixes), he was stumped by a delighted Gurbaz to spherical off a efficiency that secured him the person of the match award.
The second recreation within the three-match collection takes place on the identical venue on Sunday.
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