Tea Afghanistan 242 for two (Shah 98, Shahidi 61) lead Eire 172 by 70 runs
Rahmat Shah fell agonisingly in need of a historic first century when he chopped Tim Murtagh on for 98, however his 130-run stand with Hashmatullah Shahidi put Afghanistan firmly forward at tea – by 70 runs – on the second day. The pair, arguably Afghanistan’s finest batsmen, used the center session to counterattack a toothless Irish assault and construct on the lead, however a late fightback with the brand new ball introduced a cease to Eire’s freefall.
Rahmat had hit 15 boundaries and appeared in full management when he chased a brief ball exterior off stump with a reduce, following an prolonged cease in play as Eire waited for a helmet to return on for his or her close-in fielder. The within edge hit off stump, a second that had everybody within the Afghanistan camp shaking their heads. Shortly after his wicket, Mohammad Nabi chipped a full ball to sq. leg to fall for a duck.
Rahmat went alongside nearly identically to the primary session after lunch. He’d hit Dockrell out of the assault with two chic hits over his head within the morning throughout a sequence the place he acquired boundaries off 4 consecutive overs. Within the second session, he hit 5 boundaries in 4 overs, together with two elegant drives both facet of additional cowl – pictures that had appeared inconceivable on this monitor. However Rahmat had sized the floor up and was in full management. Between these cowl drives, he smashed a brief ball previous mid-on to take Afghanistan into the lead shortly after the pair had introduced up 100 for the third wicket.
It was a dominant part in the beginning of the session, with even the watchful Shahidi opening as much as choose up boundaries with ease. It was maybe one other instance of the inexperience of the groups. Simply as Afghanistan had didn’t handle the sport within the center session on Friday, so did Eire on Saturday. For the second time, they conspicuously under-used Dockrell, who did not bowl a single ball within the session, having bowled a single over the entire first day.
William Porterfield went as a substitute with the ostensibly attacking possibility of James Cameron-Dow, who had taken the primary two wickets. However the left-arm spinner persistently bowled brief deliveries that allowed each batsmen to flee any strain from a pitch that was slowly exhibiting indicators of sharp flip. So off-colour was Cameron-Dow that after going steadily for over 5 an over, he resorted to a leg-side line towards Shah. Within the 79th over, this value him: umpire Richard Illingworth deemed it adverse bowling and referred to as him for wides three balls in a row.
However there was an unlikely upside. Shahidi, who had been watchful for a big a part of the day, was way more aggressive as he notched up his maiden Check fifty. This opened up a vulnerability and when Andy McBrine was introduced on to exchange Cameron-Down, his floaty center stump ball caught a sweeping Shahidi on the again leg. There was little doubt with that lbw resolution, and it was the primary of three wickets that fell within the session.
It had been a battle of endurance within the first session, with each groups extraordinarily conservative within the opening hour. On a drained, dry pitch with little flip in it, there wasn’t a extra possible technique for Eire than bowling full and on the stumps. Murtagh and Dockrell had saved Afghanistan to 20 off 16 overs within the first hour, however with little taking place, it was solely going to be a matter of time earlier than Afghanistan opened up.