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15-Mar-2019 12:18:00 GMT
Afg v Ire - only Test, Dehradun, day 1

Afghanistan an edge after restricts Ireland to 172

Dehradun: Afghanistan were utterly dominant for large parts of the opening day of the one-off Test against Ireland in Dehradun.

Afghanistan were 90/2 at stumps in reply Ireland 172, trail by 82 runs. Rahmat Shah not out on 22 while Hashmatullah Shahidi on 13.

Mohammad Shahzad out for 40, off 64-ball.

For Ireland Janes Cameron-Dow picked up both openers wicket.

Afghanistan shelved their firebrand approach to batting, which they displayed during a nervy Test debut nine months ago. Mohammad Shahzad kept lunging forward and defending, pottering to 6 off 35 deliveries as Ireland opened with pace and spin in trying to adopt the very methods that brought Afghanistan much success earlier in the day.

Earlier, number 11 Tim Murtagh hit a defiant half-century to lift Ireland to 172 after Afghanistan spinners wreaked havoc on the opening day of the one-off Test between the cricketing minnows on Friday.

Murtagh, who remained unbeaten at 54, and George Dockrell, who made 39, put together an 87-run 10th-wicket stand to give Ireland a respectable outcome after they were left reeling at 85-9 in Dehradun.

Brief scores:
Afghanistan 90 for 2 (Shahzad 40, Cameron-Dow 2-35) trail Ireland 172 (Murtagh 54*, Nabi 3-36, Ahmadzai 3-41) by 82 runs

Paceman Yamin Ahmadzai and off-spinner Mohammed Nabi took three wickets each to rattle the opposition batting after Ireland elected to bat first.

Opener Paul Stirling gave the team a brisk start with his 26 but Ireland's batting collapsed to 69-7 at lunch.

Nabi combined with wrist spinners Rashid Khan and Waqar Salamkheil -- who took two wickets each -- to run through Ireland's top and middle order.

But Murtagh, a right-arm fast bowler who bats left-handed, registered his 11th first-class fifty to get a standing ovation from the Afghanistan dressing room.

Both sides are playing their second Test after making their five-day debut last year.


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