DEHRADUN: Afghanistan lost their openers and reached 90-2 after a half-century by using No. Eleven batsman Tim Murtagh carried eire to 172 on the primary day of the one-off test right here at the Rajiv Gandhi Intern­ational Cricket Stadium on Friday.

On an eventful day of every team’s 2nd test match, spinners bagged 9 of the 12 wickets.


Murtagh, 37, made an unbeaten fifty four off 75 balls to hold ireland going until they had been bowled out simply earlier than tea, plenty to the disappointment of Afghanistan.

ireland’s left-arm spinner James Cameron-Dow, on debut, had Ihsanullah Jannat leg before wicket and took a sizzling two-passed catch off his very own bowling to push aside Mohammad Shahzad on forty within the ultimate consultation.

Rahmat Shah changed into unbeaten on 22 and Hashmatullah Shahidi thirteen now not out at stumps. Afghanistan nonetheless trailed by way of eighty two runs with 8 wickets in hand.

eire had in advance collapsed to eighty five-9 soon after lunch towards the spin trio of Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, and debutant Waqar Salamkheil, who shared seven wickets before Murtagh led the counterattack.

With George Dockrell proving a really perfect foil to Murtagh, they added 87 runs and saved eire from general humiliation. Dockrell made 39, and Murtagh hit 4 boundaries and sixes.

fast bowler Yamin Ahmadzai sooner or later ended eire’s resistance when he had Dockrell caught at the back of. He took three-forty one.

in advance, ireland had a woeful first session when they have been decreased to 69-7 by using lunch.

establishing batsman Paul Stirling smashed six fours in a breezy knock of 26, and captain William Porterfield regarded to have made the right choice to bat first.

Stirling hit rapid bowler Ahmadzai for 3 offside boundaries in one over, then eire collapsed and lost seven wickets in 25 runs.

Ahmadzai bagged Stirling, who turned into caught behind, and knocked returned Andy Balbirnie’s stumps off an in-swinger in his next over.

In between, Nabi (3-36) had Porterfield trapped lbw in his second over.

Rashid (2-20) ran eire into deep hassle whilst he brushed off of the five ireland debutants in his first over. James McCollom become easy bowled off a sharp googly first up, and one ball later Stuart Poynter was lbw off a full toss as eire slipped to fifty five-five.

Nabi brought the wickets of veteran Kevin O’Brien for 12 and Stuart Thompson for 3. Thompson took 27 balls to get off the mark before giving a sharp close catch.

The unorthodox left-arm spinner Salamkheil (2-35) eliminated Andy McBrine and Cameron-Dow after lunch but Murtagh’s amazing half of-century denied Afghanistan till tea.

There have been 3 check rookies for Afghanistan: Batsmen Janat and Ikram Ali Khil, and speedy bowler Waqar Salamkheil.


ireland (1st Innings):

W. Porterfield lbw b Nabi 9
P. Stirling c Khil b Ahmadzai 26
A. Balbirnie b Ahmadzai four
J. McCollum b Khan four
Okay. O’Brien lbw b Nabi 12
S. Poynter lbw b Khan 0
S. Thompson c Shahidi b Nabi 3
G. Dockrell c Khil b Ahmadzai 39
A. McBrine b Salamkheil 3
J. Cameron-Dow lbw b Salamkheil 9
T. Murtagh not out 54

EXTRAS four (B-4, LB-five) nine

general (all out, 60 overs) 172

FALL OF WKTS: 1-37, 2-41, 3-forty one, 4-55, five-fifty five, 6-59, 7-sixty two, 8-69, 9-85

BOWLING: Ahmadzai 12-2-41-three; Momand 8-3-31-0; Nabi 14-5-36-3; Khan 12-5-20-2; Salamkheil 14-four-35-2

AFGHANISTAN (1st Innings):

M. Shahzad c and b Cameron-Dow forty
Ihsanullah lbw b Cameron-Dow 7
R. Shah no longer out 22
H. Shahidi now not out thirteen

EXTRAS (B-4, LB-1, NB-three) 8

total (for two wkts, 31 overs) ninety

FALL OF WKTS: 1-27, 2-68

TO BAT: A. Afghan, M. Nabi, R. Khan, Y. Ahmadzai, W. Momand, I.A. Khil, W. Salamkheil BOWLING (to-date): Murtagh 6-three-6-0; McBrine 13-2-38-zero; Cameron-Dow 6-0-35-2 (1nb); Thompson 5-3-three-0 (2nb); Dockrell 1-0-3-zero

UMPIRES: Richard Illingworth (England), Sundaram Ravi (India)

tv UMPIRE: Ahmed Shah Pakteen (Afghanistan)

suit REFEREE: Javagal Srinath (India)

published in sunrise, March 16th, 2019