Afghanistan Clinch Historic Maiden Test Victory, Beat Ireland


Afghanistan notched a historic maiden win in only their second test match when it defeated Ireland by seven wickets in the one-off test on Monday in Dehradun in India.

Needing further 118 runs, Rahmat Shah scored his second half century of the match and Ihsanullah Janat made a fifty in his debut test as Afghanistan reached 149/3 just before lunch on the fourth day.

Shah, who missed out on the century in the first innings before falling for 98, played another splendid knock of 76 with 13 fours before he got stumped when Afghanistan required only three runs for victory.

Janat was equally good in scoring unbeaten 65 off 129 balls as both batsmen dominated Ireland bowling with attacking shots during their 139-run match-winning stand.

Ireland got an early opportunity to break the stand but Shah was dropped on 19 by Stuart Thompson in left-arm spinner George Dockrell’s second over of the day after Afghanistan resumed on 29/1.

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