Gurbaz equals Flower’s record

Afp, Abu Dhabi

22 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A breathless century on his debut from teenage opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz gave Afghanistan the upper hand in the first ODI against Ireland as they beat them by 16 runs in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Afghanistan reached 287 for nine from their 50 overs but Ireland fell short of the target, managing only 271-9 in their stipulated overs.

The 19-year-old hit a run-a-ball 127 which included nine sixes and six fours before slogging a long hop from Gareth Delany down the throat of Simi Singh on the square leg boundary.

With this hundred, Gurbaz becomes only second wicket-keeper batsman to score a hundred on debut after Zimbabwe great Andy Flower who achieved the feat against Sri Lanka in 1992.