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Recent Match Report – Afghanistan vs Ireland Only Test 2023/24

Stumps Afghanistan 155 and 134 for 3 (Shahidi 53*, Noor 32, Adair 2-23) lead Ireland 263 (Stirling 52 Campher 49, Zia-ur-Rehman 5-64, Naveed 3-59) by 26 runs

Hashmatullah Shahidi‘s unbeaten 53 led Afghanistan’s batting and left the Abu Dhabi Test delicately poised at stumps on the second day. After conceding a 108-run first-innings lead, Afghanistan fought back to end the day at 134 for 3 in their second innings, with a lead of 26 runs.

Shahidi will resume his stand with debutant Rahmanullah Gurbaz on Friday while Ireland will hope that their spinners can make a bigger impact on day three.

For Ireland, Paul Stirling made 52 and four other batters scored between 30 and 50 to lift them to 263. Left-arm spinner Zia-ur-Rehman’s control and Naveed Zadran’s pace didn’t allow Ireland’s batters to build on their starts.

Zia-ur-Rehman wheeled away for 30 overs, returning 5 for 64 – his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket – while Naveed picked up 3 for 59.

Full report to follow…

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