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The Afghanistan National Cricket Team team defeated Ireland by five wickets during the first match of the bilateral Twenty20 International match in Dehradun on Thursday.

Ireland set a target of 133 runs from 20 overs by losing 6 wickets after winning the toss and electing to bat first with Paul Stirling scoring 23 runs, George Dockrell scoring 34 runs, and Stuar Poynter scoring 31 runs who remained among the top scorers on the batting side for Ireland.

Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan took 2 wickets each while Mujeeb Ur Rahma and Fareed Ahmad took one wicket each on the bowling side for Afghanistan.

Chasing the given target, the Afghan team scored 136 runs from 19.2 overs by losing 5 wickets and secured victory in the opening match of the series.

Mohammad Nabi was awarded the match of the match for his performance in both departments. He scored 49 runs from 40 balls on the batting side and took 2 wickets on the bowling side for the Afghan team.