IRE vs AFG 1st T20I Highlights, Belfast: Ireland Win The Match by 7 Wickets To Take 1-0 Lead Against Afghanistan
Ireland started the series with a seven-wicket win against Afghanistan in the first T20I match at the Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast on Tuesday.

 Ireland vs Afghanistan Highlights 1st T20I, Belfast, Latest Match Updates:

Ireland started the series with a seven-wicket win against Afghanistan in the first T20I match at the Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast on Tuesday. After facing New Zealand and South Africa recently, Andy Balbirnie-led Ireland will look to register a series win against a higher-ranked opponent. All matches in the T20I series are being played at the same venue.

Afghanistan is being led by experienced player Mohammad Nabi. Star player Mohammad Rashid will also feature in the five-match T20I series and will want to give his best with the ball. Many veteran players like Hazratullah Zazai, Najibullah Zadran, and Hashmatullah Shahidi are also in the team.

Afghanistan’s bowling is very dangerous under Rashid Khan, Fareed Ahmad Malik, and young Noor Ahmed, who are ready to exploit Ireland under the green conditions. Ireland’s form in the T20I’s has been miserable in the recent times. They are coming fresh off a 2-0 defeat by South Africa. Previously, they have lost the T20I series against both India and New Zealand as well.

A few players in the Irish side are performing consistently though. Harry Tector is one of them while George Dockrell has also shown his character in tough situations. Ireland really need to work on their bowling department if they are willing to pose any competition to the strong Afghanistan side.

Squads:

Ireland:

Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Fionn Hand, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, and Craig Young

Afghanistan:

Mohammad Nabi (captain), Afsar Zazai, Azmatullah Omarzai, Darwish Rasooli, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Naveen ul Haq, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rashid Khan and Sharafuddin Ashraf

Live Updates

  • 11:46 PM IST
  • 11:39 PM IST

    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: Match ends! It was a sublime batting performance by the Irish batsmen that took the home side to victory by 7 wickets. Captain Andy Balbirnie and Lorcan Tucker scored the half-centuries, while Paul Sterling played a valuable inning to contribute to his team’s victory.

  • 11:25 PM IST

    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: Four!!! Ireland win the match by 7 wickets!!! (IRE- 171/3, 19.5 OVERS)

  • 11:24 PM IST

    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: Another boundary!! This time by Dockrell on the 4 balls of the last over. Ireland need 2 runs in 2 balls now.

  • 11:23 PM IST
    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: A boundary by Harry Tector against Naveen-ul-Haq. The home team now needs only seven runs in the last four balls.
  • 11:21 PM IST

    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: 10 runs in the 19th over. Ireland need 13 runs in the final over. (IRE- 156/3, 19 OVERS)

  • 11:19 PM IST

    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: OUT!!! Lorcan Tucker departs for 50 runs. (IRE- 146/3, 18 OVERS)

  • 11:14 PM IST
    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: A fine over by Fazalhaq Farooqi. Lorcan Tucker and Harry Tector could only manage to score 8 runs in the over. (IRE- 136/2, 17 OVERS)
  • 11:03 PM IST

    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: Another top over by Rashid Khan as he gave away just 4 runs. This is sublime by Rashid, especially at a time when other Afgan bowlers are struggling against the Irish batters. (IRE- 128/2, 16 OVERS)

  • 11:00 PM IST

    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: OUT!!! Andy Balbirnie departs after scoring a powerful half-century. He scored 52 runs off 38 balls which will be crucial if the Irish team wins the match. (IRE- 124/2, 15 OVERS)

  • 10:52 PM IST

    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: Andy Balbirnie is racing towards his 50 at the moment. He is playing on 47 off 31 balls. Afghanistan’s bowlers look helpless in front of his sublime hitting. (IRE- 109/1, 13 OVERS)

  • 10:45 PM IST

    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: Lorcan Tucker takes charge now. He hit Azmatullah Omarzai for a six and then a four to keep Ireland’s run rate over 8 runs. (IRE- 92/1, 11 OVERS)

  • 10:37 PM IST

    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: Another good over by Rashid Khan. He gave away just 8 runs in his second over of the match. (IRE- 72/1, 9 OVERS)

  • 10:34 PM IST

  • 10:31 PM IST
    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: OUT!!! Mohammad Nabi strikes as he gets the big fish Paul Stirling. The Irish batter could only score 31 runs in his 300th T20I match. (IRE- 61/1, 7.3 OVERS)
  • 10:24 PM IST
    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: Excellent powerplay for Ireland as they hit 54 runs in it without losing a wicket. Paul Stirling 25 (22) and Andy Balbirnie 26 (14). (IRE- 53/0, 6 OVERS)
  • 10:16 PM IST

  • 10:11 PM IST

    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: WOW! Naveen-ul-Haq has bowled a maiden over to Sterling. The Irish batter had no chance to hit a big shot in the over. (IRE- 26/0, 4 Overs)

  • 10:08 PM IST

    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: Andy Balbirnie has changed the gear. He hit two fours in the third over and will look to increase the run rate in the powerplay. (IRE- 26/0, 3 Overs)

  • 10:04 PM IST

    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: Two big boundaries for Ireland in the second over. They have scored 14 runs without the loss of a wicket. Paul Stirling is looking in good touch at the moment. (IRE- 14/0, 2 Overs)

  • 9:58 PM IST
    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: A good first over for Afghanistan. Ireland could only score 3 runs in it. The home side will be hoping a lot from Paul Stirling, who is playing his 300th T20 game. (IRE- 3/0, 1 Over)
  • 9:48 PM IST

  • 9:38 PM IST

    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: Innings end!!! A half-century from Usman Ghani and some late hitting by Ibrahim Zadran took Afghanistan to 168 runs in 20 overs. It’s a good total on this pitch and Ireland need to get a good start to win the match. (AFG- 168/7, 20 Overs)

  • 9:32 PM IST

    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: Sublime hitting by Ibrahim Zadran. He has hit 16 runs (6,6,4) in the last three balls. (AFG- 164/7, 19.4 Overs)

  • 9:29 PM IST

    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: OUT!! Rashid Khan is gone for 2. Ireland will now look to wrap up Afghanistan’s innings quickly. (AFG- 147/7, 19 Overs)

  • 9:25 PM IST

    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: Ibrahim Zadran and Rashid Khan are looking to hit big shots in the last two overs of the match.

  • 9:19 PM IST

    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: OUT!!! Another wicket for the home team. Azmatullah Omarzai goes back to the hut after scoring just 11 runs. (AFG- 134/6, 17 Overs)

  • 9:15 PM IST

    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: OUT!!! Ireland are getting their grip on the match now. Captain Mohammad Nabi goes back to the hut for just 5. (AFG- 122/5, 16 Overs)

  • 9:09 PM IST

    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: Usman Ghani tried clear the boundary on the on side but got caught at the deep by Harry Tector. It’s a big blow for Afghanistan.

  • 9:07 PM IST

    Live Score Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20I: OUT!!! Big wicket for Ireland. Usman Ghani is gone for 59 runs. (AFG- 116/4, 14.4 Overs)