AFG vs IRE 1st Test: Afghanistan still leading after 2nd Day (Day 2 Report)

Afg vs Ire 1st test 2nd Day Report: Afghanistan still on top


In the 2nd day of AFG vs IRE 1st test, Rahmat Shah became the first guy to score a half-century for Afghanistan in Test Cricket but he got very unlucky not to convert it to triple figures. This allowed Afghanistan to close the 2nd day of play still being on top as they posted a lead of 142 runs.


Afghanistan had a brilliant first day of test cricket as they stamped their authority on Ireland. They resumed for the 2nd day with 90/2 on the board.

Milestone for Afghanistan Cricket

Rahmat Shah (22*) and Hashmatullah Shahidi (13*) remain unbeaten overnight as they came out to bat after remaining unbeaten on the 1st day of the test. After a tricky start to the first session, both the batsmen slowly came into their own as they settled well into the match. Both played some good shots as they brought up the 50-run stand for the 34th wicket.

Soon after, the 100-run stand was brought up as history was made by Rahmat Shah when he reached his half-century, becoming the first player to achieve this feat for his country in red-ball cricket.

Afghanistan got passed Ireland’s score as Shahidi also reached his maiden half-century entering his name in the record books. The partnership was broken by Mcbrine when he trapped Shahidi (61) plumb in front.

Heartbreak for Shah as Ireland strike back

The skipper, Asghar, joined Shah in the middle with Afghanistan in pole position. Both the batsmen carried the innings forward as Rahmat Shah moved closer to his century. Ireland, however, had other plans as they took the new ball. Rahmat Shah tried to cut one but got cramped for room as he chopped one onto his stumps on 98, much to the angst of the dressing room.

Captain Asghar played a wonderful inning but Ireland got themselves back into the game as they started to pick up wickets from the other end. Asghar became the third guy to score a half-century this innings, as he smashed 67 including 10 boundaries.

Afghanistan were bowled out for 314 in their first innings as they posted a lead of 142 runs. Thompson stood out with figures of 3 for 28 in 17.3 overs.


Ireland hold on

Afghanistan got off to a sumptuous start as Ahmedzai got Porterfield (0) out on the very 2nd ball in what was a peach of a delivery. With not much overs to play, Ireland couldn’t afford to lose any more wickets before the close of play with Stirling and Balbirnie making sure of that. Both remained unbeaten on 8 and 14 respectively as Ireland closed the day with 22/1 in the board. They still trail by 120 runs with 9 wickets remaining. Day 3 to follow.

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