In the 18th Test cricket match of ICC Intercontinental Cup being played between Afghanistan and Ireland, the Afghanistan’s cricket team scored 537 runs in the first inning. Ireland lost all ten wickets in their batting inning and scored 261 runs in 91.4 overs. Irish test cricket team trails by 276 runs in this slowest format of cricket game. The match is being played at Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground stadium in Greater Noida.
Afghanistan’s team won the toss and elected to bat first. Opening batsman Mohammad Shahzad scored 85 runs while his partner Shabir Noori at other end of strike lost his wicket in the early stage of the match and scored just 15 runs. Skipper Asghar Stanikzai’s 145 runs’ knock and his partnership with Rahmat Shah (46 runs) and Nasir Jamal (73 runs) hiked the team’s score.
Wicket keeper Nasir Jamal also showcased excellent performance in this match and scored 103 runs. The team set up a huge score of 537 runs with the loss of 8 wickets. Other batsmen in the batting lineup played smaller individual innings and couldn’t contribute majorly in building such a big total score.
Irish bowler George Dockrell picked up maximum three wickets while Andy McBrine and John Anderson picked up two wickets each. Peter Chase succeeded in picking up one wicket of the opponent while Tim Murtagh went wicketless in this match. Second inning began with a stuttering start as William Porterfield, who is the captain of Irish cricket team, lost his wicket after scoring just 4 runs.
After his departure, the partnership between Ed Joyce (45 runs) and Andrew Balbirnie (62 runs) didn’t sustain for a longer time. These two batsmen lost their wickets at the end of second day of this game. No batsman, except John Anderson (61 runs), managed to stabilise on the ground throughout the inning. The team lost all its wickets in 91.4 overs and ended up scoring 261 runs.