Ireland struggle against Afghanistan in Test


George Dockrell’s final wicket partnership with Tim Murtagh helped to revive Ireland’s chances
Test match, Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Dehradun (day one of five)
Ireland 172 (60 overs): Murtagh 54*, Dockrell 39; Nabi 3-36, Ahmadzai 3-41
Afghanistan: 90-2 (31 overs): Mohammad Shahzad 40, Zurmati 22*; Cameron-Dow 2-35
Afghanistan trail Ireland by 82 runs

Ireland recovered with a last-wicket stand of 87 between Tim Murtagh and George Dockrell but Afghanistan ended day one of their one-off Test on top.

The teams were playing their second Test matches and Ireland were to reduced 85-9 after opting to bat first.

Dockrell (39) and last man Murtagh (54no) took the Irish to a total of 172 with Mohammad Nabi taking 3-36.

Afghanistan were 90-2 at the close with Mohammad Shahzad hitting 40 while James Cameron-Dow claimed both wickets.

Ireland, playing in their first overseas Test, made a solid start at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in the north Indian city of Dehradun.

Murtagh happy with Ireland ‘repair job’ against Afghans

Irish captain William Porterfield (nine) and Paul Stirling (26) put on 37 for the opening stand before the wickets began to tumble.

Stirling was first to go with Ireland losing nine wickets for just 48 runs as the Afghan attack capitalised on a turning pitch.

Murtagh was an unlikely batting hero for Ireland and he hit two sixes in a vital partnership with Dockrell, which gave Ireland something to bowl at.

Nabi was ably backed up by Yamin Ahmadzai (3-41), Rashid Khan (2-20) and Waqar Salamkheil (2-35).

James McCollum was one of five Ireland players to make their Test debut on Friday

Afghanistan were frustrated by Ireland’s final stand but they made a solid response thanks to opener Shahzad while Rahmat Shah Zurmati was unbeaten at the close on 22.

Irish spinner James Cameron-Dow took 2-35 on his Test debut but Afghanistan are in control going into day two.

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