Afghanistan’s cricket team won their maiden test on Monday in Dehradun, India. They beat Ireland by seven wickets to claim this historic win. This was only the second test of Afghanistan. Their first one was against India last year that they lost inside two days in Bangalore. Even for Ireland, this was just the second test outing. They played their first test also in the last year against Pakistan.
How They Won
Ireland, in the first innings, were bowled out for 172. Afghanistan took a huge innings lead and scored 314. Rahmat Shah registered a 98 Asghar was 67 for Afghanistan. Then in the second innings, Ireland was bundled out for 288. For Afghanistan, it wasn’t an easy chase in the second innings. Thanks to the brilliant 82 by Balbirnie and 56 by O’Brien. Then a 10th-wicket 58-run partnership between James Cameron-Dow and Tim Murtagh finally assured the difficult chase by the Afghans.
While chasing, Shah once again was the man in the rescue for Afghanistan. He registered the second fifty on the match and scored 76. After one quick dismissal Shah with the other opener, Ihsanullah Janat took care of the target.
With three needed to win, Afghanistan suddenly lost Shah and then Mohammad Nabi in successive deliveries. Hashmatullah Shahidi joined the scene and hit the winning boundary while Insanullah remained not out at 65.
Rashid Khan, the second in the ICC One Day Internationals rankings had a five-wicket haul in the second innings. On the other hand, Yamin Ahmadzai and Mohammad Nabi played key roles in the first innings by taking three wickets each in the first innings of Ireland.
A Significant Win
Asghar Afghan, the captain of Afghanistan cricket summed up how important this win is for them. He said, “Happy for today, it’s a very historic day for Afghanistan, for Afghanistan people, for our team, for our cricket board. We are very happy.”
Furthermore, he credited his team for this historic win, “It was our dream to play Test cricket. It was just our second Test and we won the game. I’ll give a lot of credit to our bowlers, especially Rashid Khan, Waqar (Salamkheil), Yamin (Ahmadzai), and (Mohammad) Nabi. They bowled very well, on a wicket that was good for batting.”