Dehradun: Afghanistan claimed their first ever victory in Test cricket Monday, beating fellow newcomers Ireland in what captain Asghar Afghan hailed as a historic day for the war-torn country. Afghanistan and Ireland both achieved full member status of the International Cricket Council in 2017, becoming only the 11th and 12th teams to play the long format of the sport beloved of purists.
Rahmat Shah and Ihsanullah Janat scored fifties as Afghanistan chased down 147 to beat Ireland by seven wickets on day four of the one-off game in the north Indian city of Dehradun.
“It’s a historic day for Afghanistan, for our team and our people,” Afghan said.
“We have been playing for a while, we have been playing first-class cricket, so we have that composure. The bowlers were very good, Rashid (Khan), Yamin (Ahmadzai),” he added....