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Afghanistan defeat Ireland by 29 runs in 1st ODI

Monitoring Desk

BELFAST: Afghanistan defeated Ireland by 29 runs in the first one-day international of a three-match series in Belfast on Monday.

Afghanistan also won the T20 series with 2-0 against Ireland.

The Irish team was failed to chase a target of 228 to win but they were bowled out for 198.

Having slipped to 93 for four, Ireland were relying on Andy Balbirnie, but when he fell for a gritty 55 their hopes evaporated.

Earlier, Ireland s bowlers had restricted Afghanistan to 227 for nine.

Gulbadin Naib top scored with 64 and shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 77 with Hashmatullah Shahidi, who hit 54.

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