Afghans skittle Ireland for 187 in Intercontinental Cup final
File picture shows Afghanistan fast bowler Dawlat Zadran celebrating dismissing Indian batsman Virat Kohli during the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match in Colombo on on September 19, 2012
The Afghans finished the day at 81 for three, trailing by 106 runs.
Fast bowler Dawlat Zadran claimed 4-44 off 16 overs and wrist spinner Rahmat Shah 3-36 off nine at the ICC Cricket Academy Oval.
Ireland, the three-time former champions, lasted just 61 overs with only John Anderson (55) and John Mooney (33) offering any significant resistance.
However, the Irish fought back to leave Afghanistan in some bother at 81 for three with Mooney grabbing all the wickets to fall.
Ireland 187 all out, 61 overs (John Anderson 55; John Mooney 33; Dawlat Zadran 4-44, Rahmat Shah 3-36, Samiullah Shenwari 2-26)
Afghanistan 81-3, 30 overs (Shabir Noori 29; John Mooney 3-26)