Afghanistan beats Ireland in historic Test

“I want to give credit to the bowlers, especially Rashid Khan, Waqar [Salamkheil], Yamin [Ahmadzai] and [Mohammad] Nabi because the wicket was good for batting.”

Leg-spinner Rashid claimed the match haul of 7-102 and played the Test while nursing his injured spinning finger.

Janat was equally good in scoring an unbeaten 65 off 129 balls as both batsmen dominated Ireland bowling with attacking shots during their 139-run, match-winning stand.

Ireland got an early opportunity to break the stand but Shah was dropped on 19 by Stuart Thompson in left-arm spinner George Dockrell’s second over of the day, after Afghanistan resumed on 1-29.

Captain William Porterfield saw his team’s first-innings effort of 172 as the prime reason for the defeat as Afghanistan replied strongly with 314.

“In any multi-day game, we had to capitalise on the first innings. If we’d done how we’d done in the second innings then, it could have been a completely different game,” Porterfield said.

Ireland fought back in the second innings by scoring 288, thanks largely to the last-wicket half century stand between Cameron Dow and Tim Murtagh that set up Afghanistan’s target of 147 runs.

“Credit to Afghanistan, they outplayed us … and once Afghanistan got past us in the first innings, it was always going to be hard,” Porterfield said.



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