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Afghanistan has the advantage after first day

Ireland bowled out for 187 with Dawlat Zadran picking up four wickets in Intercontinental Cup final

Afghanistan has the advantage after first day - Cricket News
Afghanistan bowls out Ireland for 187 in the Intercontinental Cup final.
Dawlat Zadran, the Afghanistan paceman, enjoyed a good day at the office, claiming 4 for 44 as Afghanistan dominated the opening day of the Intercontinental Cup final in Dubai on Tuesday (December 10). Afghanistan bowled Ireland out for 187 and finished the day at 81 for 3.
 
Ireland, which marched into the final as the favourite, did not get off to a good start after being put in as Izatullah Dawlatzai struck in the second over to dismiss William Porterfield, Ireland's captain.
 
Zadran and Rahmat Shah then made it worse for Ireland, leaving it struggling at 50 for 4. Zadran did most of the damage, dismissing the trio of Paul Stirling (17), Ed Joyce (11) and Niall O'Brien (7) in an inspired spell. 
 
John Anderson and Kevin O'Brien took the attack back to the Afghanistan bowlers by putting together 39 runs for the sixth wicket until Shah struck to dismiss Kevin O'Brien for 18.
 
But John Mooney did not disappoint, and together with Anderson, put on 54 runs for the seventh wicket, which was the highest partnership of Ireland's innings. 
 
Anderson played a responsible knock and reached his half-century off 103 balls, but then Shah came back to have Anderson edge one to Nawroz Mangal for 55, a knock consisting of eight boundaries.
 
Three balls later, Zadran came back to have Mooney caught by Mohammad Shahzad for 33, and Ireland's hopes of getting to a total in excess of 200 was lost as it reeled at 160 for 8.
 
George Dockrell (14*) and Max Sorensen (13) delayed the inevitable a little longer to add 23 in 8.3 overs for the tenth wicket to take Ireland to 187 in 61 overs.  Zadran’s four wickets and Shah’s three were vital in restricting Ireland to a modest total.
 
With momentum on its side, Afghanistan got off to a good start with Shabir Noori attacking the bowling from the outset. Nawroz Mangal fell to Mooney, edging one to Niall O’Brien, who took a diving catch to his left to break the opening stand of 29.
 
Andrew White then took a one-handed catch in the slips to dismiss Noori, who edged one from Mooney after scoring 29. Mohammad Shahzad gave Mooney a simple return catch for his third wicket as Afghanistan ended day one at 81 for 3 in 30 overs.

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