Test Game, Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Dehra Dun (Evening four of five)
Ireland 172 (60 overs):288 (93 overs) Balbirnie 82, O’Brien 56, Rashid 5-82, Ahmadzai 3-52
Afghanistan: 3 14 (106.3 overs):149-3 (47.5 overs) Shah 76, Janat 65
Afghanistan Triumph by seven wickets

Afghanistan made their first Test win after Rahmat Shah’s 76 and Ihsanullah Janat’s 65 helped them develop a seven-wicket victory over Ireland.

Starting day four to 29-1 chasing 147 for victory, the duo’s 139-run venture ended any hopes of an unlikely Ireland fight-back in Dehra Dun.

After hitting 98 in Afghanistan’s first innings, Shah was outside for 76 only three short of their success goal.

Mohammad Nabi quickly departed but the Afghans were to not be denied.

‘Historic day for Afghanistan’

Hashmatullah Shahidi smashed the winning boundary to trigger parties within the Afghanistan dressing room.

“It’s a historical day for Afghanistan, for our team and our people,” said that the winning captain Asghar Afghan, who left 6 7 at the first innings.

“we’ve been playing for a while, we’ve been playing top-notch , so we’ve that composure.

“The bowlers were very good, Rashid (Khan), Yamin (Ahmadzai). Now we’re likely to South Africa to get World Cup preparation. We’ll try our best to play good .”

Ireland were to the rear from the opening day when these were that they were bowled out to 172 at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium.

Afghanistan reacted with a total of 3 14 to secure a 144-run first innings guide and even though Ireland’s improved second-innings full of 288, helped by Andrew Balbirnie’s 82, the Afghans were still in a strong position going into the penultimate day.

Ireland opener and captain William Porterfield, who handled only nine runs at the competition, admitted that the Afghans”outplayed us”.

“We needed to gallop in the first innings. If we had done exactly how we had done from the second innings, it could have been a completely different game. But charge to Afghanistan.”

Both Ireland and Afghanistan were playing their second-ever Exam since being awarded the full member status in 2017.

The side’s home introduction ended in a five-wicket defeat by Pakistan in a hard-fought competition last might, while Afghanistan appeared in two days against top-ranked per month after in Bengaluru.

Prior to the Test, Afghanistan won a Twenty20 series 3-0 at their adopted home in Dehra Dun until Ireland rebounded to earn a 2-2 draw in a yearlong show.


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