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Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I 2022 Highlights

Watch the highlights of Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I 2022 - Afghanistan tour of Ireland 5-match Twenty20 international series of the 1st T20I match played between Afghanistan and Ireland at Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast in 09th August 2022.

Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I 2022 Highlights
Andy Balbirnie plays the sweep shot © Sportsfile/Getty Images

Andy Balbirne and Lorcan Tucker's superb half-centuries set up the chase before George Dockrell and Harry Tector kept their cool finish as Ireland hard-fought seven-wicket victory over Afghanistan and take a 1-0 lead in a last-over thriller of the first T20I.

Match Stats :
  • Ireland chased 169 was their third highest successful run-chase in T20 international and It is their highest chase against Afghanistan in T20Is, previous highest was 153 at Dubai (DSC) in 2012.
  • Afghanistan's 168 was their seventh highest score against Ireland in T20 internationals.
  • 61 : Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirne set up the fifth highest first-wicket partnership for Ireland against Afghanistan in T20 internationals.
  • 62 : Andy Balbirne and Lorcan Tucker set up the third highest second-wicket partnership for Ireland against Afghanistan in T20Is.

Afghanistan scored 168-7 in 20 overs with top scorer by Usman Ghani hammered a 59 off 42-balls including 6-fours & 2-sixes with strike rate of 140.47.

Ibrahim Zadran cracked a unbeaten 29 off 18-balls including 2-sixes & a four with strike rate of 161.11, Rahmanullah Gurbaz struck 26 off 22-balls included 5-fours and Najibullah Zadran 15.

Ireland best bowler by Barry McCarthy picked up 3-wickets, George Dockrell takes 2-wickets for 7-runs in 2-overs and Gareth Delany and Josh Little both took one-wickets.

Ireland chased 171-3 in 19.5 overs with top scorer by Andy Balbirne struck 51 off 38-balls, Lorcan Tucker hammered a 50 off 32-balls including 6-fours & a six with strike rate of 156.25.

Paul Stirling scored 31 off 29-balls including 3-fours & 2-sixes, Harry Tector 25 not out and George Dockrell 10 not out.

Andy Balbirne named Player of the match for his match-winning superb 51-runs knocked off facing 38-balls including 5-fours and a six.

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