Gurbaz Century Powers Afghanistan to Victory Over Ireland in ODI Opener

Gurbaz Century Powers Afghanistan to Victory Over Ireland in ODI Opener

Afghanistan's Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ireland's Harry Tector engaged in a thrilling batting duel in Sharjah, with Gurbaz's century ultimately leading Afghanistan to a 35-run victory in the first ODI of the three-match series.

Gurbaz, known for his aggressive batting, smashed 121 runs off 117 deliveries, including eight fours and six sixes. His innings formed the backbone of Afghanistan's impressive total of 310 for 5. Ibrahim Zadran provided solid support with a 60-run contribution, while captain Hashmatullah Shahidi chipped in with a half-century.

Ireland's chase got off to a shaky start as they lost three wickets in the powerplay, including captain Paul Stirling. However, Tector and Tucker steadied the innings with a 173-run partnership. Tector, in particular, played a magnificent knock, scoring 138 runs off 147 balls.

Afghanistan's left-arm quick Fazalhaq Farooqi proved to be the game-changer, dismissing Tucker and Andy Balbirnie in quick succession. This triggered a collapse as Ireland lost four wickets for just 42 runs. Tector fought valiantly but was eventually dismissed in the final over, leaving Ireland 35 runs short of their target.

Farooqi finished with impressive figures of 4 for 51, while George Dockrell and Theo van Woerkom picked up three wickets each for Ireland.

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