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Stuart Thompson bagged three wickets © Getty
It was a day of toil for Eire with Afghanistan raking up an imposing lead however the Irish had their moments, particularly within the second half of the day once they restricted the hosts’ whole to 314 after they have been 198 for two at one stage.
Stuart Thompson, who completed because the chief wicket-taker of the innings with a three-wicket haul, was comfortable along with his staff’s effort on the sphere on Saturday (March 16) and talked about that there is sufficient time left within the Check for Eire to try to get again into the sport.
“I am comfortable to wrap up the innings at present for Eire. It was a fairly robust day for us however getting again within the recreation was essential for us. We did not take any wickets within the first session however we knew if we caught to our duties then the wickets would are available in clusters they usually did, so it is actually good to complete off the innings like that,” Thompson stated after the second day’s play on the Rajiv Gandhi Worldwide Cricket Stadium in Dehradun.
“It was good early on once I obtained right into a little bit of rhythm and obtained an excellent lengthy spell. It was arduous work on the market for the seamers because the wicket did not supply us very a lot however we knew if we saved going with tight traces and good lengths we would get our rewards ultimately. It was all about retaining their runs down – we did not rating sufficient runs within the first innings, so it was about us retaining their run fee down after which going bang, bang with the wickets,” he added.
Beginning their second innings with a 142-run deficit, Eire have quite a lot of catching as much as do they usually have already misplaced their skipper William Porterfield with out scoring. Andrew Balbirnie and Paul Stirling noticed via a difficult interval with out additional harm however they’re going to have their work lower out on Day three.
Thompson was hopeful of the duo persevering with the great work and harassed on the necessity for partnerships to ensure that Eire to stage a comeback.
“There’s nonetheless three days left of Check cricket on this recreation, and quite a lot of time to bat. If we are able to placed on some large partnerships – the 2 lads tonight seemed fairly set – so if they will kick on and we bat for lengthy intervals of time then we are able to go previous them and try to get an enormous lead,” Thompson stated.