Irish cricket team against Afghanistan in India in 2018–19

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Irish cricket team against Afghanistan in India in 2018–19
  Flag of Afghanistan.svg Cricket Ireland flag.svg
  Afghanistan Ireland
Dates 21 February – 19 March 2019
Captains Asghar Afghan William Porterfield (Test & ODIs)
Paul Stirling (T20Is)
Test series
Result Afghanistan won the 1-match series 1–0
Most runs Rahmat Shah (174) Andrew Balbirnie (86)
Most wickets Rashid Khan (7) Stuart Thompson (3)
Andy McBrine (3)
James Cameron-Dow (3)
One Day International series
Results 5-match series drawn 2–2
Most runs Asghar Afghan (226) Andrew Balbirnie (215)
Most wickets Mujeeb Ur Rahman (7) George Dockrell (8)
Player of the series Andrew Balbirnie (Ire)
Twenty20 International series
Results Afghanistan won the 3-match series 3–0
Most runs Hazratullah Zazai (204) Paul Stirling (124)
Most wickets Rashid Khan (11) Boyd Rankin (6)
Player of the series Mohammad Nabi (Afg)

The Ireland cricket team toured India in February and March 2019 to play three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), five One Day Internationals (ODIs) and a Test match against the Afghanistan cricket team.[1][2] It was Ireland's first Test played overseas[3] and the first Test match between the two sides.[4] All of the fixtures took place at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun.[5] The ODI fixtures were part of Afghanistan's preparation for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[6] In January 2019, the fixtures were brought forward by two days, to avoid clashing with the Indian Premier League.[7]

In the second T20I match, the Afghanistan team set several records. They made the highest team total, with 278 for 3,[8] which included the highest partnership for any wicket, with Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani putting on 236 runs for the first wicket.[9] Hazratullah Zazai scored 162 not out, the highest score for an Afghan batsman in a T20I fixture.[10] Afghanistan went on to win the T20I series 3–0.[11] The ODI series was drawn 2–2, after the second match finished as a no result.[12]

Afghanistan won the one-off Test match by seven wickets to record their first victory in a Test match.[13] They became the joint-second quickest, after England and Pakistan, to record their maiden win in Test cricket.[14] Asghar Afghan, captain of the Afghanistan team said that "it is a historic day for Afghanistan, for Afghanistan people, for our team, for our cricket board".[15] Ireland's captain, William Porterfield, said he was pleased how the five debutants performed and that Afghanistan were deserved winners.[16] Afghanistan's all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, praised both the batting and the bowling from the team saying "it shows we are ready for Test cricket".[17] Player of the match, Rahmat Shah, moved up to 89th place in the ICC Test Player Rankings, the highest-placed batsman for Afghanistan.[18]

Squads[edit]

Test ODIs T20Is
 Afghanistan[19]  Ireland[20]  Afghanistan[19]  Ireland[20]  Afghanistan[19]  Ireland[20]

Ahead of the ODI series, Stuart Thompson was added to Ireland's squad.[21] Following the conclusion of the ODI series, Zahir Khan and Sayed Shirzad were both added to Afghanistan's Test squad.[22]

T20I series[edit]

1st T20I[edit]

21 February 2019
18:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Ireland 
132/6 (20 overs)
v
 Afghanistan
136/5 (19.2 overs)
George Dockrell 34* (28)
Mohammad Nabi 2/16 (4 overs)
Mohammad Nabi 49* (40)
Boyd Rankin 2/39 (4 overs)
Afghanistan won by 5 wickets
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun
Umpires: Ahmed Shah Pakteen (Afg) and Izatullah Safi (Afg)
Player of the match: Mohammad Nabi (Afg)

2nd T20I[edit]

23 February 2019
18:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Afghanistan 
278/3 (20 overs)
v
 Ireland
194/6 (20 overs)
Hazratullah Zazai 162* (62)
Boyd Rankin 1/35 (4 overs)
Paul Stirling 91 (50)
Rashid Khan 4/25 (4 overs)
Afghanistan won by 84 runs
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun
Umpires: Ahmed Shah Durrani (Afg) and Bismillah Jan Shinwari (Afg)
Player of the match: Hazratullah Zazai (Afg)

3rd T20I[edit]

24 February 2019
18:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Afghanistan 
210/7 (20 overs)
v
 Ireland
178/8 (20 overs)
Mohammad Nabi 81 (36)
Boyd Rankin 3/53 (4 overs)
Kevin O'Brien 74 (47)
Rashid Khan 5/27 (4 overs)
Afghanistan won by 32 runs
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun
Umpires: Ahmed Shah Durrani (Afg) and Izatullah Safi (Afg)
Player of the match: Mohammad Nabi (Afg)

ODI series[edit]

1st ODI[edit]

28 February 2019
13:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Ireland 
161 (49.2 overs)
v
 Afghanistan
165/5 (41.5 overs)
Paul Stirling 89 (150)
Mujeeb Ur Rahman 3/14 (10 overs)
Gulbadin Naib 46 (61)
Boyd Rankin 2/48 (9 overs)
Afghanistan won by 5 wickets
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun
Umpires: Ahmed Shah Pakteen (Afg) and Sundaram Ravi (Ind)
Player of the match: Gulbadin Naib (Afg)
  • Ireland won the toss and elected to bat.
  • James McCollum (Ire) made his ODI debut.

2nd ODI[edit]

2 March 2019
13:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Afghanistan 
250/7 (48.3 overs)
v
Hazratullah Zazai 67 (43)
George Dockrell 3/51 (9 overs)

3rd ODI[edit]

5 March 2019
13:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Afghanistan 
256/8 (50 overs)
v
 Ireland
260/6 (49 overs)
Najibullah Zadran 104* (98)
Boyd Rankin 2/56 (10 overs)
Andrew Balbirnie 145* (136)
Dawlat Zadran 2/52 (10 overs)
Ireland won by 4 wickets
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun
Umpires: Sundaram Ravi (Ind) and Izatullah Safi (Afg)
Player of the match: Andrew Balbirnie (Ire)

4th ODI[edit]

8 March 2019
13:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Afghanistan 
223 (49.1 overs)
v
 Ireland
114 (35.3 overs)
Mohammad Nabi 64 (85)
James Cameron-Dow 3/32 (10 overs)
Kevin O'Brien 26 (57)
Aftab Alam 4/25 (8 overs)
Afghanistan won by 109 runs
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun
Umpires: Ahmed Shah Pakteen (Afg) and Sundaram Ravi (Ind)
Player of the match: Rashid Khan (Afg)
  • Ireland won the toss and elected to field.

5th ODI[edit]

10 March 2019
13:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Afghanistan 
216/6 (50 overs)
v
 Ireland
219/5 (47.2 overs)
Asghar Afghan 82* (111)
George Dockrell 2/46 (10 overs)
Paul Stirling 70 (88)
Zahir Khan 2/55 (10 overs)
Ireland won by 5 wickets
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun
Umpires: Sundaram Ravi (Ind) and Bismillah Jan Shinwari (Afg)
Player of the match: Asghar Afghan (Afg)
  • Ireland won the toss and elected to field.
  • Zahir Khan (Afg) made his ODI debut.

Only Test[edit]

15–19 March 2019[n 1]
Scorecard
v
172 (60 overs)
Tim Murtagh 54* (75)
Mohammad Nabi 3/36 (14 overs)
314 (106.3 overs)
Rahmat Shah 98 (214)
Stuart Thompson 3/28 (17.3 overs)
288 (93 overs)
Andrew Balbirnie 82 (149)
Rashid Khan 5/82 (34 overs)
149/3 (47.5 overs)
Rahmat Shah 76 (122)
James Cameron-Dow 1/24 (5.5 overs)
Afghanistan won by 7 wickets
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (Eng) and Sundaram Ravi (Ind)
Player of the match: Rahmat Shah (Afg)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ While five days of play were scheduled for the one-off Test, the match reached a result in four days.

References[edit]

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