Ire v Afg highlights today – First one day international from Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast (Ireland) Monday 22nd August 2018. Ireland lost the T20I series 2-0 to Afghanistan while chasing targets but that didn’t stop William Porterfield from choosing to bowl again as the action shifted to the 50-over format in Belfast. His decision might perhaps have been influenced by the blustery weather in the city, where thick cloud cover hung over the Civil Service Cricket Club. Conditions are also expected to ease out for batting as the day goes on.
The hosts were strengthened by the returns of Niall O’Brien, Tim Murtagh, and Andy McBrine. Afghanistan, on the other hand, were missing their talismanic opening batsman, Mohammad Shahzad, with Shafiqullah donning the wicketkeeper’s gloves. Afghanistan are coming into this series on a high, having dominated the T20Is thanks to their excellent spin attack which features Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
1st ODI, Afghanistan Tour of Ireland Highlights