AFG vs IRE: Afghanistan on top at the end of 1st day (Day 1 report)

AFG vs IRE 1st Test: Afghanistan on top at the end of first day


It has been all too easy for Afghanistan as they closed the first day on top in AFG vs IRE 1st test. Despite an 87-run 10th wicket stand, Afghanistan had been very clinical with the ball and they got themselves in a very strong position as the first day wrapped.

Day 1 report

After Afghanistan wrapped up the ODI series convincingly, they squared off against the Irish men in a one-off test series. Ireland won the toss and chose to bat first. The line-ups were announced as follows:

Afghanistan take firm control

Ireland started off very brightly, hitting 33 off the first five overs. However, the excitement was short lived as Afghanistan regained control after leaking early runs. Stirling (26), who looked very dangerous, edged one to the keeper and faltered as Ireland started to stamp their authority thereafter. Nabi, who has been a consistent thorn in this Irish side, got Porterfield (9) as both the openers went back to the pavilion.

There wasn’t much to cheer about as Ireland lost another wicket, this time Balbirnie (4) as Ahmedzai picked up his 2nd. Rashid Khan, who has been a revelation, showed his class once again as he picked up two wickets in his first over, a double wicket maiden.

Wickets continued to tumble as Afghanistan ran riot against the Irish men, losing another 4 quick wickets. Ireland found themselves 86/9 as only two of the 9 wickets could make it to the double figures.

Ireland fight back

Afghanistan, however, got a bit relaxed after such a wonderous start and Ireland fully capitalized on it. They found resistance in the form of their 11th man, Murtagh (54*), who played a gem of an innings for a tail-ender. He was partnered by Dockrell (39) and the pair, together, put up a much needed 87-run stand for the last wicket, 2 more than the first nine wickets could manage.

The partnership was finally broken by Ahmedzai as Ireland were bowled out for 172 in 60 overs. Ahmedzai and Muhammad Nabi picked up 3 scalps while Rashid Khan and Salamkheil got 2 each.

Afghanistan close the day strongly

Afghanistan lost Ihsanullah (7) early but it wasn’t much of a trouble for them as Shahzad chipped in with his unorthodox style of batting. He scored 40 from 64 balls including 7 boundaries before Cameron-Dow caught and bowled him. Afghanistan ended the day with 90/2 on the board. Both, Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi are unbeaten on 22 and 12 respectively. Cameron-Dow bagged 2 wickets for Ireland as Afghanistan trail by 82 runs with 8 wickets in hand. Day 2 to follow.

Afghanistan vs Ireland 1st Test will resume tomorrow and Rahmat and Hashmatullah will continue their batting.

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