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    Afghanistan defeat Ireland by 7 wickets in the Only Test, win series 1-0

    Afghanistan: Asghar Afghan (capt.), Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Wafadar Momand, Yamin Ahmadzai, Waqar Salamkhail

    Ireland: William Porterfield (capt), Andy Balbirnie, James Cameron-Dow, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Stuart Poynter (wk), Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson

    Ireland have won the toss and elected to bat.

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    No live telecast here so no clue what the pitch is like . 10 for none after 2 overs . Cricinfo narration says no bounce or movement .

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    Ireland racing to 37/0 in 6 overs .

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    Stirling c Ikram Ali Khil b Ahmadzai 26(30

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    Porterfield lbw b Nabi 9(26) Both openers gone .

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    Andy Balbirnie b Ahmadzai 4 , 41/3

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    Enthralling cricket. Yamin is a good bowler. BTW this stadium is beautiful, why doesn't India play here?


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    Quote Originally Posted by aloo paratha View Post
    Enthralling cricket. Yamin is a good bowler. BTW this stadium is beautiful, why doesn't India play here?
    They have played here .
    You have the live telecast ? If yes , how is the pitch ? 55/5 atm .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ILcricket View Post
    They have played here .
    You have the live telecast ? If yes , how is the pitch ? 55/5 atm .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrL7oE1Ko_M

    It is spinning, nothing crazy though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by aloo paratha View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrL7oE1Ko_M

    It is spinning, nothing crazy though.
    ty . Incidentally this stadium , built on around 24 acres has lot of facilities & is a great pick by Afghan Board to get it on soft lease as home ground .
    37/0 to 62/7 . poor batting i suppose .

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    Waqar unlucky - that was out .

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    This bald chap Waqar CANNOT be 18 years old !

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    69/7 at Lunch .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ILcricket View Post
    This bald chap Waqar CANNOT be 18 years old !
    17 years , 164 days to be precise..



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    DEHRADUN – After bowling Ireland out for 172 in 60 overs, Afghanistan reached 90-2 in reply on day one of the one-off Test between five-day cricket’s newest sides, Afghanistan and Ireland.
    After a sprightly start by Ireland, Afghanistan’s bowlers ripped through the tourist’s top order, who collapsed dramatically to 85-9 before an epic tenth-wicket partnership from Tim Murtagh (54 from 75 balls) and George Dockrell (39 from 100 balls) lifted the hosts to 172 against all odds.
    Afghanistan quick Yamin Ahmadzai (3-41) and spin trio Rashid Khan (2-20), Mohammad Nabi (3-36) and Waqar Salamkheil (2-35) caused the Irish all sorts of problems, with Rashid conceding a measly 1.66 runs per over.

    After Afghanistan’s reply got off to a steady start, spinner James Cameron-Dow made two vital breakthroughs to keep Afghanistan’s batsmen on their toes, removing the assertive Mohammad Shahzad after he struck six fours and a six on his way to 40.

    If it was fitting that Ireland’s Test journey began against Pakistan, the team who sparked their ascent on that magical St. Patrick’s Day in the 2007 World Cup, it was equally fitting that their second saw them pitted against the side with whom their story and rise is inextricably linked, with both Ireland and Afghanistan being granted Test status in June 2017.

    Ireland won the toss, but the rest of the morning didn’t go to plan. They embraced the occasion with adventure, early blows giving them impetus, but their attacking nature soon turned sour, losing five wickets for just 18 runs in just five overs.

    While Afghanistan’s opening bowlers failed to keep things quiet – Paul Stirling struck an attacking 26, which included six boundaries – Afghanistan’s star duo Rashid and Nabi, delivered on cue. Before today, Rashid had claimed 75 international scalps against Ireland at an average of 12.56, and how they fared against him was likely to go some way to determining the outcome of the day and match.

    Stirling nicked one behind off the bowling of Ahmadzai and the first scalp initiated a major collapse, with William Porterfield soon falling LBW to a peach from Nabi. Andrew Balbirnie (4) was bowled by Ahmadzai during the next over, who uprooted the batsman’s off-stump.
    The wickets kept tumbling as Rashid produced a double strike in his first over; the leg-spinner enticed debutant James McCollum (4) to chop back onto his stumps before trapping Stuart Poynter in-front for a duck.

    Both spinners were causing the Irish serious problems, getting the ball to spin and spit. Kevin O’Brien (12) was unable to read the degree of turn imparted by Nabi, who beat the inside edge before the umpire raised his finger. The seasoned all-rounder soon removed Stuart Thompson (3), who chipped a simple chance to Hashmatullah Shahidi at short-leg to leave the visitors reeling at 62-7.

    Lunch didn’t bring good fortune for Ireland, with Andy McBrine (3) bowled by Salamkheil soon after the restart, who also dismissed James Cameron-Dow (9) LBW to make it 85-9. The Irish outlook looked bleak, with even the 100-mark looking far off, until veteran Murtagh played an incredible innings from No.11.

    In the 41st over, Murtagh whipped one off his hips for three before a powerful blow down the ground off Nabi, while the gritty George Dockrell brought up Ireland’s hundred in the 44th. Five overs later, Nabi tossed one up in Murtagh's arc, who got down on one knee to slog-sweep over deep mid-wicket, becoming Ireland’s highest run-scorer in the innings in the process. Both were wisely still showing the unremitting Rashid respect, however.

    The last-wicket partnership had propelled Ireland to 172 by the time Dockrell picked out Ikram Ali Khil at square-leg off the bowling of Ahmadzai. The duo had shared an 87-run stand to give the Irish something to bowl at.

    The final session was a vital one for Afghanistan's batsmen, with Murtagh and his Irish teammates buoyed by their late-order exerts. It was a vital passage of play with both sides chasing their inaugural Test victory. The veteran grabbed the new ball and bowled with typical discipline, conceding just one run from his first six overs.

    Cameron-Dow was the man who made the breakthrough, however, with the left-arm spinner trapping Ihsanullah in-front to make it 27-1. Fellow opener Mohammad Shahzad signalled his intent with a hefty blow over deep mid-wicket before tickling one down to fine leg.
    A fantastic caught and bowled from Cameron-Dow saw off the dangerous Shahzad, who failed to get the desired elevation, with Thompson entering the attack and keeping things quiet.

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    Afghanistan v Ireland, one-off Test, 15 March 2019, Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun

    Ireland 172 (60 overs; T Murtagh 54*, G Dockrell 39; Y Ahmadzai 3-41, M Nabi 3-36)
    Afghanistan 90-2 (31 overs; M Shahzhad 40, J Cameron-Dow 2-35)

    Afghanistan trail by 82 runs with eight wickets remaining in their first innings (End of Day One)


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    Ireland might have escaped a humiliation. From 62/7 at lunch and 85/9, reaching 172 is an achievement & I think it has kept Irish team somewhat in game - still 82 ahead and if they can keep the lead below 100; there is a small chance of putting a similar target (like 1st innings). But who knows, they were 7 down in 1st session of a Test, might not last a full session next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaaik View Post
    17 years , 164 days to be precise..
    you are a great help

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    watched a bit of match courtesy youtube link by aloo paratha . Spin but slow spin & no uneven bounce , Afghans batted sensibly & if they do so on day 2 , 150 lead should be in the bag .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ILcricket View Post
    watched a bit of match courtesy youtube link by aloo paratha . Spin but slow spin & no uneven bounce , Afghans batted sensibly & if they do so on day 2 , 150 lead should be in the bag .
    That channel had been streaming the whole series. I didn't really know before as I was not interested in the ODIs and T20s

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    Quote Originally Posted by aloo paratha View Post
    That channel had been streaming the whole series. I didn't really know before as I was not interested in the ODIs and T20s
    very good transmission too bro .

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    33 runs in 19 overs today , slow going on a fairly benign surface . 123/2

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    IRE 172
    AFG 157/2 (61.0 Ovs) CRR: 2.57
    Day 2: Lunch Break - Afghanistan trail by 15 runs


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    DEHRADUN – Ireland fought back in the second half of the day to bowl Afghanistan out for 314, but lost captain William Porterfield early to finish Day Two of the Dehradun Test on 22-1 – trailing by 120 runs with nine second innings wickets in hand at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.

    Batters Andy Balbirnie (14*) and Paul Stirling (8*) negotiated a tricky last 12 overs leaving Ireland with a challenging task, almost eerily similar to that which faced the side in their inaugural Test match at Malahide in 2018.

    Stuart Thompson (3-28) was the pick of the bowlers while Andy McBrine (2-77), James Cameron-Dow (2-94) and George Dockrell (2-63) took were among the wickets.

    The Ireland bowlers were disciplined and didn't make scoring easy, but the morning was dictated by the Afghanistan batsmen, who displayed grit in stringing together valuable partnerships.

    A patient 98 from Rahmat Shah headlined Afghanistan's efforts, as they dug in to build a sizeable lead. His efforts were complemented by Hashmatullah Shahidi's fifty in a partnership of 130 before Asghar Afghan put on a display of power-hitting to secure a big lead for his side despite a flurry of wickets in the middle.

    Having begun the day at 90-2, Shah and Shahidi saw out the morning session – the first hour brought just 20 runs. The Irish bowlers extracted some purchase, and both batsmen faced a few nervy moments up front, but were able to put those past them and get on with the job of steadfastly building the innings.

    Shah got more comfortable as the day progressed, and even brought up his half-century – the first for Afghanistan in Test cricket – with a pull to deep mid-wicket off James Cameron-Dow. Shahidi followed suit some while later, bringing up the milestone with run-down to third man. Both he and Shah started to take more initiative once they went past the landmark.

    Attacking shots meant a better opportunity to pick up wickets and McBrine cashed in, tossing one up to lure Shahidi and trapping him in front for 61.

    Shah, at the other end, was cruising towards what could have been a historic century. But that dream was cut two runs short when he chopped one onto his stumps in looking to run Tim Murtagh down to Third Man. It was a painful moment for the batsman after having got so close to etching his name in history, but it was due reward for Murtagh, who went about his job with excellent dedication, only rarely straying from his areas.

    One brought two as Thompson had Mohammad Nabi caught at mid-wicket for a duck. It was a leg-stump half-volley, but Ireland had earned their luck.

    The bowlers continued to make inroads. Ikram Ali Khil's 50-ball vigil for seven runs was ended with a dipping off-break from McBrine, which went through his gate. Rashid Khan came out with counter-attacking intent, and struck a six and four off Dockrell but the bowler had the last laugh, trapping him in front with one that went on with the angle. Another arm ball from Dockrell accounted for Yamin Ahmadzai.

    Afghan was holding fort at the other end. His intent became increasingly attacking as wickets fell at the other end. In the over after Ahmadzai was dismissed, he cleared the deep mid-wicket fence before going over the straight boundary to McBrine's bowling. The second six brought up his fifty.

    Thompson brought the innings to an end, getting him to nick one to the wicket-keeper, then went on to wrap up the innings in his next over, capping the lead at under 150.

    A difficult task though became a little harder for Ireland when skipper Porterfield edged one behind the stumps on the second ball of the innings, from Ahmadzai.


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    Afghanistan v Ireland, one-off Test, 15-19 March 2019, Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun

    Ireland 172 (60 overs; T Murtagh 54*, G Dockrell 39; Y Ahmadzai 3-41, M Nabi 3-36)
    Afghanistan 314 (106.3 overs; R Shah 98, A Afghan 67, H Shahidi 61; S Thompson 3-28)
    Ireland 22-1 (12 overs; A Balbirnie 14*)

    Ireland trail by 120 runs with 9 wickets remaining in their second innings (end of Day Two)

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    22/1 & trailing . Can Ireland score 250 ?

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    A splendid 98 from Rahmat Shah – tantalisingly short of the first ever Test century by an Afghanistan cricketer – paved the way for Afghanistan's solid display on day two of the one-off Test against Ireland in Dehradun. They were all-out for 314, taking a lead of 142 midway through the Test on Saturday, 16 March.

    They then consolidated that by removing William Porterfield for a duck in the very first over of Ireland's second innings.

    Afghanistan began the day at 90/2, and Shah and Shahidi (61) were in control from the get-go. It was Shah who started with added confidence, recording his first boundary of the day in the sixth over. He kept the Irishmen on their toes, as he guided the ball past the ropes 15 times in his superlative innings.

    Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi added 130 runs for the third wicket Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi added 130 runs for the third wicket
    He muscled a four off James Cameron-Dow to record the first half-century by an Afghanistan cricketer in Test cricket.

    Shahidi, on the other hand, kept him good company but took his time to settle into the game – he scored just eight runs off the first 40 deliveries he faced on the second morning. The right-hander remained watchful through the first session, building a steady but solid foundation with Shah for the second wicket.

    The effort bore fruit after lunch, when the Ireland bowlers looked visibly out of steam. Both the batsmen opened up more and the scoring rate went up as they grew in confidence. The Irish total of 172 was overhauled in the 65th over, as the partnership between Shah and Shahidi scaled the three-figure mark.

    Shahidi's half-century came after a tussle of 140 deliveries, but he kept at it with patience and an understanding of the pitch. However, just as the boundaries began to flow, Andy McBrine came to Ireland's rescue – as he so often does – and trapped Shahidi in front of the wicket with a straight, loopy delivery.

    The visitors broke the deadlock, and Afghanistan had to start all over again as their skipper, Asghar Afghan, made his way to the middle. He put up a typically reliable display and slowed things down to take Ireland's newform momentum away.

    Cameron-Dow, who had claimed a brace the previous day, looked out of sorts on Saturday. The left-arm spinner struggled to control the pace on his deliveries and ended up bowling a tad too short. He undertook a more cautious approach halfway through the game, and adopted a leg-side line in the second session. However, things went from bad to worse for the visitors, as he was then reprimanded by the umpire for negative bowling.

    Afghan and Shah were partly successful in their attempt at mitigation and added 28 before the latter fell to a heartbreaking dismissal, as Tim Murtagh made most of the second new ball. Mohammad Nabi was dismissed for a duck in the very next over and Ireland found a foothold in the Test.

    While Debutant Ikram Ali Khil looked tentative initially, he managed to hang around to take Afghanistan to tea without further blips. He played out 40 deliveries to score 7 runs, but was the first scalp of the final session, as McBrine disturbed the woodwork to claim his second wicket. Rashid Khan and Yamin Ahmadzai, the next batsmen in, did not offer much, adding 18 runs between them before returning to the pavilion.

    Asghar, however, remained resolute as ever at the other end. A heady mix of powerful hitting with smart tactics saw him notch up his first half-century in Test cricket, as he added 67 off just 92 deliveries before falling to Stuart Thompson.

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    Ireland 65/2 & the only wicket to fall today was poor judgement by Umpire . Nothing in the Pitch . 250+ definitely on .

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    Ireland cruising , 119/2 & just 23 behind . If they can get too 300-320 , Afghans would be rather nervous chasing 160-180 .

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    I think, IRL will need a target of 200+ at least. They are batting at a decent rate - if they can bat till lunch tomorrow, should post a match winning total.

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    AFG 314
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    O’Brien and Dockrell in. Probably the last stand. Come on Ireland.

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    Only Test, Ireland tour of India at Dehra Dun, Mar 15-19 2019

    Ireland 172 & 229/8 * (80.2 ov)

    Afghanistan 314


    Day 3 - Session 3: Ireland lead by 87 runs with 2 wickets remaining

    Minimum Ov. Rem 21.4



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    Rashid bowls wicket taking balls when in rhythm but bowls too many wayward deliveries throughout. Which is curable with regular multi-day cricket.

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    230/9 & now 282/9 ....this could hurt them .

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    target 147 . could be tricky .

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    IRE 172, 288
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    Day 3: 3rd Session - Afghanistan need 146 runs


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    Quote Originally Posted by JattMaula View Post
    Rashid bowls wicket taking balls when in rhythm but bowls too many wayward deliveries throughout. Which is curable with regular multi-day cricket.
    I agree , he does need to play extensive red ball first class cricket . Afghans unable to score atm . 4/0 in 9 overs .

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    DEHRADUN – A heroic combined batting effort from Ireland, headlined by half-centuries from Andy Balbirnie and Kevin O’Brien, ensured they set Afghanistan a tricky target of 147 to chase for victory at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in India.

    Ireland began the day 22-1, which soon unluckily became 33-2 as Paul Stirling was given out LBW despite inside-edging onto his pad, before a century stand for the third wicket brought them back into contention.

    A post-lunch slide of 4-20 seemed to have put paid to their victory hopes, only for O’Brien and George Dockrell to combine for a half-century seventh-wicket stand. Another half-century stand for the final wicket pushed the lead past three figures and towards 150 before excellent new-ball spells from Dockrell and Andy McBrine helped Ireland draw first blood in the chase.

    Ireland resumed at the start of play still 120 runs behind, and the fourth ball of the day, which Balbirnie drove beautifully straight back past the bowler for four, demonstrated two things – that Ireland weren’t going to go into their shells, and that he was in some of the best form of his life.

    Most of it was made in the company of James McCollum. The pair battled through to lunch in the face of some threatening bowling on a helpful wicket, putting the plays and misses and loud appeals to one side and taking full toll of the bad balls when they came. A three-ball stretch in the 30th over was a microcosm of their approach, Balbirnie surviving two LBW appeals before driving confidently for four when Rashid Khan overpitched.

    The game turned in the third over after lunch with the dismissal of Balbirnie, who edged Waqar Salamkheil behind. McCollum was pinned in front by Rashid in the next over, and Stuart Poynter and Thompson each fell for one – Ihsanullah catching both at first slip, the first an extraordinary reflex catch to leave Ireland five down and leading by just 15.

    O’Brien and Dockrell dug in to ensure Ireland batted out the session and remained in the contest. Dockrell was especially dogged, scoring just five off his first 34 balls, demonstrating fully the defensive technique which has earned him a growing reputation as an all-rounder, while O’Brien scored briskly without risking too much.

    By tea he had his half-century, and the pair had extended Ireland’s lead to 78, but a break in play once again brought about a change in fortunes. Rashid struck three times in three overs after the break, removing Dockrell and O’Brien LBW and having Andy McBrine stumped to complete his maiden Test five-for.

    Ireland were effectively 88-9, but for Tim Murtagh in this match that was familiar territory, with the No.11 having entered with his side 85-9 in the first innings. That time he compiled a situation rescuing half-century, and while he only made 27 on this occasion, his 58-run stand with debutant James Cameron-Dow shifted the momentum all the same.

    The pair played freely and earned their good fortune; while a number of boundaries came through edges and false shots, a number more were convincingly struck. Afghanistan’s bowlers began to feel the strain, dropping short in the face of the assault and being punished accordingly, before Murtagh top-edged a pull and was caught by Rahmat Shah running in at deep midwicket, having once again dragged his side back into the game.

    An excellent over-rate meant Ireland were able to get through 16 overs before stumps, and Dockrell and McBrine were quickly into their work, each bowling metronomic new-ball spells to tie their opponents down. They got their reward in the 10th over with perhaps the worst ball they had bowled between them, McBrine sliding one down the leg-side only for Mohammad Shahzad to tickle a catch behind. After 10 overs, Afghanistan were 5-1.

    By stumps they had lifted themselves to 29-1 as Rahmat and Ihsanullah finally loosened the shackles, the former twice pulling for four and the latter hitting consecutive Dockrell deliveries for six and four. With the spinners finding assistance, and 118 runs still needed, the result remains firmly up for grabs heading into the fourth day.


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    Afghanistan v Ireland, one-off Test, 15-19 March 2019, Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun

    Ireland 172 (60 overs; T Murtagh 54*, G Dockrell 39; Y Ahmadzai 3-41, M Nabi 3-36)
    Afghanistan 314 (106.3 overs; R Shah 98, A Afghan 67, H Shahidi 61; S Thompson 3-28)
    Ireland 288 (93 overs; A Balbirnie 82, K O’Brien 56; R Khan 5-66, Y Ahmadzai 3-52)
    Afghanistan 29-1 (16 overs; A McBrine 1-8)

    Afghanistan require 118 runs with nine wickets remaining (end of Day Three)


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    IRE 172, 288
    AFG 314, 39/1 (20.5 Ovs) CRR: 1.87
    Day 4: 1st Session - Afghanistan need 108 runs


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    Only Test, Ireland tour of India at Dehra Dun, Mar 15-18 2019

    Ireland 172 & 288
    Afghanistan 314 & 149/3 (47.5 ov, target 147)

    Afghanistan won by 7 wickets

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    IRE 172, 288
    AFG 314, 149/3 (47.5 Ovs) CRR: 3.11
    Afghanistan won by 7 wkts


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    History.

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    Good to see Murtagh of Middlesex do well. A quality English export to Ireland!

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    Ireland were resolute, but a 139-run stand between Ihsanullah Janat (65*) and Rahmat Shah (76) on the fourth day propelled Afghanistan to their first victory in Test cricket as they beat Ireland by seven wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Dehradun.

    Ireland's batting display on the third day, led by Andrew Balbirnie's 82, had helped them bounce back in the game, setting Afghanistan a target of 147. The early wicket last evening of Mohammad Shahzad had given Ireland a glimmer of hope, and when Shah and Janat took guard on the fourth morning, the Test was in the balance.

    With George Dockrell and Tim Murtagh taking the ball for Ireland, back-to-back fours off Murtagh in the second over of the day by Shah signalled the Afghans intent.

    Shah gave one opportunity shortly after, but Stuart Thompson couldn't hold on to the catch at cover. Following that the story of the morning was the visiting bowlers bending their backs in search of a breakthrough, but their opponents remained solid at the crease.

    It was James Cameron-Dow who finally broke the deadlock, as Shah was stumped for 76 in the 48th over. However, it was too little too late for the visitors, with Afghanistan just three runs from victory. Mohammad Nabi, the next batsman in, seemed in a hurry too, as a scramble to find the second meant he was run-out off the very next delivery.

    Hasmatullah Shahidi, the next batsman in, was the one to hit the historic runs for Afghanistan. With two left to win, the right-hander pulled the ball to deep square leg, scripting a historic victory for his side.

    Shah was named Player of the Match for his two half-centuries.

    After the match, Ireland captain William Porterfield said:

    “It was obviously going to be a tough ask today defending 147, but it was the first innings where it went wrong for us. I thought at the time that winning the toss was a big toss to win, and any multi-day game you have to capitalise in the first innings. If we had done that, if we had batted remotely like we did in the second innings in that first innings, then I think it could have been a completely different game. Instead you would have been then chasing a score upward of 280 or 300, which would have been a completely different story. But take nothing away from Afghanistan and how they played, they played well throughout the game and came out deserved winners.”

    “This was our second Test, with five lads making their debut, but I’m very happy with the lads that came in, how they went about the game and how they prepared. You obviously want them to kick on and make big contributions – we just didn’t do that in the first innings and from there you’re always looking at coming back into the game from there. However, Afghanistan never let us do that, so you have to give congratulations to them.”

    “It’s been a long tour - the lads had been in Oman before they came here - and to see the same ground and the same hotel every day can get a little long, but the lads have been very good, and when you have a Test match at the back end of the tour then you’re never tired of being here. It’s a special occasion to play Test cricket, and we’re lucky enough to have done that now.”


    SCORECARD IN BRIEF

    Afghanistan v Ireland, one-off Test, 15-19 March 2019, Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun

    Ireland 172 (60 overs; T Murtagh 54*, G Dockrell 39; Y Ahmadzai 3-41, M Nabi 3-36)
    Afghanistan 314 (106.3 overs; R Shah 98, A Afghan 67, H Shahidi 61; S Thompson 3-28)
    Ireland 288 (93 overs; A Balbirnie 82, K O’Brien 56; R Khan 5-66, Y Ahmadzai 3-52)
    Afghanistan 149-3 (47.5 overs; R Shah 76, Ihsanullah 65*; J Cameron-Dow 1-24, A McBrine 1-35)

    Afghanistan won by 7 wickets



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    Afghanistan are really becoming battle hardened. Combine that with the talent on display from them and their fearless approach and I see only good things. Well done Afghanistan team.

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    Credit to Afghanistan who deserved the win in the end but the umpiring of S Ravi was nothing short of a disgrace. Three set batsmen done in by absolutely terrible decisions. Leaves such a sour note on what was an excellent game,


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    I am starting to become a firm believer in Afghanistan taking over Bangladesh in all three formats. They already surpassed them in T20 in no time.

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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congratulations to Afghanistan on their team&#39;s first ever win in test cricket. The Afghan cricketers have achieved amazing successes in such a short period of their exposure to international cricket.</p>&mdash; Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) <a href="https://twitter.com/ImranKhanPTI/status/1107688821850804226?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 18, 2019</a></blockquote>
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    Historic day for Afghanistan, for our people, for our team Asghar Afghan

    Asghar Afghan, the Afghanistan captain, detailed just how important and joyous their seven-wicket triumph over Ireland was in the one-off Test in Dehradun on Monday, 18 March.

    It was their maiden Test victory, in just their second ever Test the latest feat by a team thats made a habit of it. Apart from Australia, who won in their maiden Test, only England and Pakistan have secured a Test win within two matches.

    Just how much the victory meant was summed up by Afghan. Happy for today, its a very historic day for Afghanistan, for Afghanistan people, for our team, for our cricket board. We are very happy, he said.

    When [we play] a lot of Test matches, we mature. Nowadays, were playing a lot in Afghanistan first-class cricket. Before, it was three-day, two-day cricket. Now were playing first-class cricket.

    It was our dream to play Test cricket. It was just our second Test and we won the game. Ill give a lot of credit to our bowlers, especially Rashid Khan, Waqar (Salamkheil), Yamin (Ahmadzai), and (Mohammad) Nabi. They bowled very well, on a wicket that was good for batting.

    Apart from the bowling quartet, one of Afghanistans stars was Rahmat Shah. He put behind poor form in the ODIs he scored just one half-century in five outings to score two in as many innings in Test whites.

    He was unfortunate to miss out on a century by two runs in the first innings, and having done the hard work in the second, scoring a 122-ball 76, he was dismissed with just three runs required to seal victory.

    However, during the course of his knock he displayed good temperament for Tests, and that is something that bodes well for Afghanistan. I'd like to congratulate the country for this win, he said after winning the Player of the Match award.

    There was a difference in the pitches the ODI wickets were suitable for spin, this was better for batting. I stayed at the wicket, that was important. We played session by session, and tried to win the match, but Id like to give credit to the bowlers, they bowled really well.

    As for Ireland, there were some smiles, despite being beaten within four days in their second ever Test. Their captain, William Porterfield, reminded everyone that quite a few of their players were playing only their second Test ever while the rest of the team five players, to be precise were making their debuts.

    Despite that, they troubled Afghanistan considerably, and had they been able to do better with the bat in the first innings, they might yet have been able to change the eventual result.

    Its obviously the first innings that went wrong for us, he said at the post-match presentation. It was big toss to win. Any multi-day game, the first innings you got to capitalise on, he said.

    If you had done that, batted remotely like we batted in the second innings, it could have been a completely different game. Then youre talking about potentially chasing upwards of 280 to 300, which could have been a completely different story.

    But that being said, Porterfield wasnt making excuses. Afghanistan bossed them with both bat and ball in the crucial stages of the match, and he gave credit where it was due. Take nothing away from Afghanistan, he said. They played very well throughout the whole game, and came out deserved winners.

    You want the lads to kick on and make big contributions. We didnt do that in the first innings. Were obviously looking to come back into the game from that. Once Afghanistan got past us, they never really let us [back].

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    Congrats to Afghanistan, they didn't come easy.


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