AFG vs IRE, Only TEST, Afghanistan v Ireland Test in India 2019, 15 March 2019
Afghanistan won by 7 wickets
BALL BY BALL
That's the moment, joy for Afghanistan! Amazing scenes in Dehradun. Afghanistan have created history by registering their first Test victory, beating Ireland by seven wickets in Dehradun. It looked like it could be a tricky target but Rahmat Shah and Ihsanullah calmed the nerves with a superb 139 run partnership. Rahmat was probably the difference between the two sides over the course of the match, his patient first innings 98 set things up as the hosts built a sizeable lead. Rashid Khan was another standout performer, bowling beautifully on the third day to claim a maiden Test five wicket haul. Ireland will reflect that they didn't score enough first innings runs, despite a swashbuckling fifty from number eleven Tim Murtagh. After winning the toss, 172 was a way below par total on a placid pitch and left them always fighting to stay in the game. Nonetheless, they did themselves proud and showed admirable improvement in the second dig. It's all about Afghanistan now though, back home they will be celebrating from Kabul to Kandahar after an amazing journey to get Test status. In Dehradun the party will go long into the night.
47.5 - J Dow to H Shahidi
Stock ball back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, well timed in the air under control past deep square leg for 4 runs.
What is going on? This is ridiculous. Nabi tries to steal a second but it never looked likely. Perhaps he wanted to keep the strike to try and hit the winning runs. Suicidal running in the end. Murtagh did well to fire in the throw but the fault lies entirely with Nabi.
47.4 - J Dow to M Nabi
Stock ball half volley, middle stump on the front foot sweeping, to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Murtagh, by Poynter.
Rahmat Shah, what have you done? He's been batting so well but aims a filthy swipe to try and finish it and gets beaten by the turn. Poynter has ample time to remove the bails, a consolation wicket for Ireland. A rush of blood from the batsman.
47.3 - J Dow to R Shah
Stock ball back of a length, outside off stump down the track Slog, missed to wicketkeeper, by Poynter.
47.2 - J Dow to R Shah
Stock length ball, middle stump on the front foot defending, to silly mid off for no runs, fielded by Cameron-Dow.
Crunched into a gap, Afghanistan are now within touching distance of the win.
47.1 - J Dow to R Shah
Stock ball back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot driving, well timed past deep extra cover for 4 runs.
Ov 47: 0 4 0 4 0 0 ( 8 Runs )
46.6 - A Balbirnie to Ihsanullah
Off break length ball, outside off stump on the back foot working, to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Dockrell.
46.5 - A Balbirnie to Ihsanullah
Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to silly mid on for no runs, fielded by Balbirnie.
Some turn and bounce on offer there but Ihsan did well to stand tall and get on top of it.
46.4 - A Balbirnie to Ihsanullah
Off break back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, well timed past deep backward point for 4 runs.
46.3 - A Balbirnie to Ihsanullah
Off break half volley, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to mid off for no runs, fielded by Porterfield.
Balbirnie is a part-time bowler at best, he's been brought on to tempt the batsmen into doing something silly. Ihsan sees it as an opportunity to hit some more boundaries.
46.2 - A Balbirnie to Ihsanullah
Off break back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, well timed past deep cover for 4 runs.
46.1 - A Balbirnie to Ihsanullah
Off break half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to cover for no runs, fielded by Murtagh.
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