Ire v Afg highlights today – first twenty/20 from Bready Cricket Club, Magheramason, Bready (Ireland) Monday 20th August 2018. Afghanistan 160 for 7 (Hazratullah Zazai 74, Asghar Afghan 31, Mohammad Shahzad 29, Joshua Little 2-20) beat Ireland 144 for 9 (Paul Stirling 27, Gary Wilson 34, Rashid Khan 3-35, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 2-14, Fareed Ahmad 2-29) by 16 runs.
Two young men who had played a combined three T20Is before Monday’s contest between Ireland and Afghanistan at Bready served notice of potentially bright futures. Hazratullah Zazai’s 33-ball 74 had turbo-charged Afghanistan before Joshua Little’s 2 for 20 in four overs reined them in, but the visiting team’s 160 for 7 in a rain-shortened match still proved too many for Ireland.
Toss: Ireland , elected to field first.
An hour’s delay due to rain had reduced the first T20I of a three-match series to an 18-over affair, but that was enough for Afghanistan to show their superiority. Afghanistan has now won their last six T20Is against Ireland, with the home side’s last win coming in November 2013.
1st T20I (D/N), Afghanistan Tour of Ireland Highlights