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All-round Mohammad Nabi helps Afghanistan clinch first T20 over Ireland
Afghanistan vs Ireland

All-round Mohammad Nabi helps Afghanistan clinch first T20 over Ireland

Scorecard & ball-by-ball: Afghanistan vs Ireland - 1st T20I - Dehradun

Mohammad Nabi starred with both bat and ball as Afghanistan defeated Ireland by five wickets in the first T20I in Dehradun.

Nabi and fellow spinner Rashid Khan took two wickets each to restrict Ireland to 132 for six.

He then hit an unbeaten 49 from 40 balls in an unbroken sixth-wicket partnership with Najibullah Zadran as Afghanistan reached the target with four balls to spare and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Afghanistan were in trouble after being reduced to 50-5 but the left-right batting pair of Nabi and Zadran, who made 40, ensured their team's eighth consecutive T20 win over Ireland.

34-year-old Nabi, who was named the man of the match, hit five fours and a six in his 40-ball knock while Zadran also took the attack to the opposition bowlers on a seemingly tricky wicket.

Ireland's pace spearhead Boyd Rankin took two wickets but gave away 39 runs in his four overs.

Earlier Ireland recovered from a precarious 65 for six to bolster their total after electing to bat first in Afghanistan's adopted home ground.

George Dockrell, who made 34, and wicketkeeper-batsman Stuart Poynter, who scored 31, put on an unbeaten 67-run stand.

Rashid Khan, the world's top-ranked T20 bowler, weaved his magic in his very first over, taking two wickets in the space of three deliveries as Ireland slipped to 65 for six in the 12th over.

The batting duo played the Afghanistan spinners with aplomb and then counter-attacked in the last five overs to get 47 runs from the final 30 deliveries.

Nabi returned an impressive 2-16 in four overs of off-spin.

The second match will be held on Saturday in Dehradun.