Live Blog: Afghanistan vs Ireland, Only Test



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Ireland 41/1 (9.0 Ovs)

Porterfield  9 (22)

Day 1: 1st Session – Ireland opt to bat

Both sides are on a historic quest to win their first ever Test match © Cricket Ireland

Afghanistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsanullah Janat, Asghar Afghan(c), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil(w), Rashid Khan, Wafadar Momand, Yamin Ahmadzai, Waqar Salamkheil

Ireland (Playing XI): William Porterfield(c), Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Kevin O Brien, Stuart Thompson, George Dockrell, Stuart Poynter(w), Andy McBrine, James Cameron-Dow, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh

So, here we go – Ireland have opted to bat first. They’ve stuck to the Indian playing rulebook – win the toss, think, think more, AND BAT.

It’s one of those days where cricket becomes so, so secondary on the back of the grim news trickling in from Christchurch. Although without a lot of heart, the show here will go on.

Yes, firsts are real special. But it’s the second that promises to achieve much more if you happen to be one of these two sides. Well, Afghanistan have a lot to redeem since the carnage Shikhar Dhawan subjected them to at Bangalore. And to be fair, you cannot possibly get bowled twice in two sessions again either, surely not on your home ground. Ireland, meanwhile, were more than a handful for Pakistan, at one stage even looking like picking an unlikely win. It promises to be fun .. here’s munch on the preview, and check the comm ..

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