Result
1st ODI (D/N), Ireland tour of India at Dehradun, Feb 28 2019
41.5/50 ov, target 162
165/5
Afghanistan won by 5 wickets (with 49 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Afghanistan
Match centre 
Scorer: @Thilak_Rama
Commentator: @debayansen
Scorecard summary
Ireland161(49.2 overs)
Afghanistan165/5(41.5 overs)
end of over 4213 runs • 1 wicket
AFG: 165/5CRR: 3.94 
Najibullah Zadran12 (3)
Asghar Afghan7 (17)
George Dockrell4.5-0-31-1
Boyd Rankin9-2-48-2

A five-wicket win for Afghanistan then. They play their second ODI against Ireland in a couple of days' time. Join us then, for the moment, signing off on behalf of scorer Thilak Ram and my co-commentator Hemant Brar, this is Debayan Sen. Enjoy the game with ESPNcricinfo!

Asghar Afghan: "The first game is always important. Sometimes the wicket is like that, and that's why we had to play carefully. Mohammad Shahzad played really well."

Gulbadin Naib is the man of the match. Tells the broadcasters: "It's not easy to play on this kind of team, and then to perform and get the man of the match award. Wicket is changed, it is low and you cannot take most different deliveries. I planned to bowl slower ones and change the pace, and keep a tight line."

William Porterfield: "I think if we had (picked wickets) in the first 5-6 overs, we would have given ourselves a chance. It was a tough wicket, there was no way to hit the ball fluently. 220-230 would have been a good chase. I don' t think it played slower than expected. We just left ourselves short with the bat. With such tight schedules, it's more mental. I don't think the pitch will be too much different."

"My Crystal Ball is over the moon, to say the least. It's jumping around. "Is it because they did manage to chase this target down without major stutters like I smelled and now I'm up 1-0 with ABJ?" I ask. "Well I have done an Afridi and won't comment on International Affairs", it says. "I'm just happy for Afghanistan! Go on, lads, and conquer the world!'" muses Abhijato

7.57pm The result was scarcely in doubt, especially after the way Afghanistan bowled once William Porterfield won the toss and elected to bat. Barring Stirling, the rest of them were blown away by the control and variations of a good Afghan unit, on a pretty tricky wicket. 161 was always going to be difficult to defend, but Ireland made a good fist of it. They kept picking wickets at regular intervals, but two scratchy but effective hands from Mohammad Shahzad and Gulbadin Naib have seen Afghanistan through

41.5
6
Dockrell to Najibullah Zadran, SIX runs
full, and he tonks this over midwicket. Victory for Afghanistan, and with an emphatic slog sweep by the birthday boy!
41.4
Dockrell to Najibullah Zadran, no run
length, outside off, and he hits it hard again, but cannot get it past deep mid off

Abdul Rahim Noo: "As I have seen Ireland back in 2003 4 5 they were one of the best teams in the world that Afghan team were playing for clubs in Peshawar now see the difference a lot of things been changed my dream came true when I saw Afghan team playing on international stages back in 2011 especially Noor Ali Zadran's 50 against SA "

41.3
6
Dockrell to Najibullah Zadran, SIX runs
length, and he has biffed this straight down the ground, over long on! What a start!

Najibullah Zadran, who also turns 26 today, comes out to bat

41.2
w
Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, OUT
there won't be a fifty for Naib! Tossed up, and pitched on leg stump, and Naib was looking to just work it towards midwicket. Got the leading edge and floated back towards Dockrell, who clings on gleefully. An effective knock from Naib comes to an end, with the final acceleration probably doing enough to seal this deal for Afghanistan
Gulbadin Naib c & b Dockrell 46 (61b 6x4 1x6) SR: 75.40
41.1
1
Dockrell to Asghar Afghan, 1 run
full, but towards his pads, and he can move inside the line and flick it away towards midwicket

Just 10 to win now, and 4 runs for Gulbadin Naib to bring up a 50. Interesting, but effective knock!

end of over 4116 runs
AFG: 152/4CRR: 3.7 • RRR: 1.11 • Need 10 from 54b
Gulbadin Naib46 (60)
Asghar Afghan6 (16)
Boyd Rankin9-2-48-2
George Dockrell4-0-18-0
40.6
4
Rankin to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR runs
full toss, and he has tickled it down to fine leg. It could also be called a no-ball, because it was definitely a full toss above waist height. Not called a no-ball, though!
40.5
6
Rankin to Gulbadin Naib, SIX runs
he's connected with this! Just a bit full in length, at the stumps, but he steps away and then just hammers it down towards midwicket. Elevation, distance, and timing....this had the complete package!
40.4
2
Rankin to Gulbadin Naib, 2 runs
length, outside off stump, and he goes back into his crease and cross-batted swats it back towards the bowler. It goes on to beat mid off, but the fielder from mid on gets across to it

Zaranb Intezar: "@debayansen Don't mean to be nitpicker but the team's name is Netherlands so Bob Holland still couldn't be like as Asghar Afghan."

40.3
Rankin to Gulbadin Naib, no run
length, outside off, lifting a bit, and he defends off the crease
40.2
Rankin to Gulbadin Naib, no run
a chance goes begging! It was short, and he whipped it away cross-batted, towards midwicket. Dockrell got the ball in his fingers, but couldn't hold on
40.1
4
Rankin to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR runs
in the slot, just outside off, and he whacks it towards long on. Great shot, as Naib begins to hit his stride in the last 3-4 overs

Ireland were 102/6 at this stage

end of over 402 runs
AFG: 136/4CRR: 3.4 • RRR: 2.60 • Need 26 from 60b
Gulbadin Naib30 (54)
Asghar Afghan6 (16)
George Dockrell4-0-18-0
Boyd Rankin8-2-32-2
39.6
1
Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run
length, and he presses forward to ease the ball past the bowler down to long off
39.5
Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run
length, coming back in with the angle, and he defends from the crease
39.4
Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run
length, and he presses forward to defend
39.3
Dockrell to Gulbadin Naib, no run
length, straight ball, and he defends from the crease

Andy McGirl: "Considering the teams playing surely Anthony Ireland should get an honourable mention?"

39.2
1
Dockrell to Asghar Afghan, 1 run
fuller, down the leg side, and he can nudge this down towards fine leg
39.1
Dockrell to Asghar Afghan, no run
length ball, and Afghan comes forward to defend, and it just gets his bat. Might have been in trouble had that missed the blade. The ball trickles away towards short cover
end of over 397 runs
AFG: 134/4CRR: 3.43 • RRR: 2.54 • Need 28 from 11ov
Gulbadin Naib29 (50)
Asghar Afghan5 (14)
Boyd Rankin8-2-32-2
George Dockrell3-0-16-0
38.6
2
Rankin to Gulbadin Naib, 2 runs
fuller, and he flicks this one away between fine leg and deep backward square leg. The fielder there chases it down to his left, and then stops the ball even as he lies sprawled on the field. Excellent commitment!
Best performances - batsmen
PR Stirling
89 runs (150)
6 fours
3 sixes
Control84%
Productive shot
on drive
19 runs
0 fours
2 sixes
4160719112111
Gulbadin Naib
46 runs (61)
6 fours
1 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
slog shot
14 runs
2 fours
1 sixes
1731051217
Best performances - bowlers
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
O
10
M
3
R
14
W
3
Eco
1.40
  • Full Toss
  • Yorker
  • Full Length
  • Good Length
  • Short of good length
  • Short Length
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Dawlat Zadran
O
10
M
2
R
35
W
3
Eco
3.50
  • Full Toss
  • Yorker
  • Full Length
  • Good Length
  • Short of good length
  • Short Length
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun
TossIreland , elected to bat first
SeriesIreland tour of India 2018/19
Player Of The Match
Gulbadin Naib
Series resultAfghanistan led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 4100
Season2018/19
Hours of play (local time)13.00 start, First Session 13.00-16.30, Interval 16.30-17.15, Second Session 17.15-20.45
Match days28 February 2019 - day/night match (50-over match)
ODI debut
James McCollum
Umpires
Ahmed Shah Pakteen
Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
Bismillah Jan Shinwari
Reserve Umpire
Izatullah Safi
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath