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Ireland beats Afghanistan by 72 runs in 1st ODI

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Ireland bowled out Afghanistan for 138 to claim a 72-run victory in their first one-day international on Sunday. Opener Paul Stirling top scored with a 94-ball 71 as Ireland was dismissed for 210 in 48.5 overs after being put into bat. Captain William Porterfield scored 53.

Dawlat Zadran (3-35) and Aftab Alam (3-28) did the damage for Afghanistan but the tourists couldn't take advantage, lasting only 35.4 overs in reply at the Civil Service Cricket Club. Asghar Afghan was the leading scorer with 29, falling leg before wicket to Boyd Rankin.

Mark Adair took 4-19 and Rankin 3-40. The second and final ODI is on Tuesday. Afghanistan opens its World Cup campaign against Australia on June 1.

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