Afghanistan became the newest ICC member to win a Test match after beating Ireland by seven wickets in a one-off Test against fellow newcomers Ireland.
Afghanistan made history in Indian city of Dehradun on Monday to become the latest team 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.
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.
Shah scored a second fifty of the Test to highlight his credentials as Afghanistan’s go to man in international cricket. He was given good support from Janat at the other end as they took the ‘hosts’ from an early blow of loss Mohammad Shahzad on Sunday.