Compiled by Saurabh Sagar & Shuvabrata Garai
Afghanistan stitched history in Dehradun on Monday to become the latest to win a Test match after beating Ireland by seven wickets. Chasing 147 for the win, Afghanistan got there thanks to a 100-plus run stand between Rahmat Shah and Ihsanullah Janat. It was the second Test for the newest members to the longest format fold.
The win saw Afghanistan become the second fastest nation to notch their maiden Test match win alongside England and Pakistan; all three countries accomplished the feat in 2 Tests.
Interestingly, Afghanistan took lesser matches to notch up their first Test win than countries like West Indies (6), South Africa (12), Sri Lanka (14), India (25), Bangladesh (35) and New Zealand (45), reported News18.
Coming into the fourth day, both results seemed possible with Afghanistan needing 118 runs and Ireland nine wickets. Sensible batting, bar the rush of excitement at late on, kept the Afghans going and without any trouble. Not only playing a defensive style of play, Afghanistan were equally attacking and confident in not letting pressure get to them as they chased history, reported Indian Express.
"It was a matter of great pride. It shows we are ready for Test cricket.”
— ICC (@ICC) March 19, 2019
Ace spinner Rashid Khan, who is second in the ICC one-day international rankings, had played a key role in the historic win by taking five wickets on Sunday’s day three to help dismiss Ireland for 288 in their second innings.
Khan returned career-best figures of five for 82 to stall Ireland’s resurgence after Andy Balbirnie and Kevin O’Brien had hit gritty half-centuries.
Balbirnie made 82 and O’Brien 56 before a 10th-wicket 58-run partnership between James Cameron-Dow and Tim Murtagh set up the potentially tricky chase for the Afghans.
Spinner Andy McBrine had opener Mohammad Shahzad caught behind for two in the final session on day three before Janat and Shah played out the last few overs, reported scroll.