Afghanistan defeat Ireland by 29 runs in 1st ODI
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.