Afghanistan and Ireland in India, Only Test, 2019

Afghanistan vs Ireland - One-off Test

Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun

Date: 15 March-19 March, 2019

Afghanistan 149/3

RR: 3.11 |

commentary

What an incredible victory! The first ever one for the Afghanistan National Team in Test cricket and that too in just their second game. This is a moment to savor for the 'hosts', especially because it has been a team effort to win the game! Right from the first innings to the last one, Afghanistan have been right on top and they won more sessions than the Irish. The home side are now seen in a huddle and lots of jumping and celebration happening out there! Lovely scenes.

47.5
4
Cameron Dow to Shahidi, FOUR! There comes the winning shot. Afghanistan win by 7 wickets. Short on middle, Shahidi pulls it over square leg for a boundary.

Shahidi walks out next to bat with just 2 runs needed.

47.4
1
Cameron Dow to Nabi, OUT! Run out! Afghanistan are committing foolish mistakes here. A fuller one on middle, Nabi paddles it fine on the leg side and the ball runs towards fine leg. The fielder reaches it quickly and throws it at the keeper's end. The keeper removes the stump and Nabi who was coming for the second run seems to be struggling. The leg umpire takes it upstairs and the replays show Nabi is short. Maybe the excitement of the victory is causing all this.

Run out appeal taken upstairs! Unnecessary stuff from Afghanistan here. Mohammad Nabi tries for a non-existent second run and looks to be in some trouble here. Let us see what the replays have to say!

Mohammad Nabi walks in at number 4.

47.3
0
Cameron Dow to Shah, OUT! Stumped! What an anti-climax! Rahmat missed out on a century in the first innings and now he has missed out on scoring the winning runs. Cameron Dow sees the batsman charging down the wicket to smash this ball and bowls it short. Rahmat is foxed by the turn and the lack of flight. Shah is stranded in the middle of nowhere and gets stumped by the keeper who makes no mistake.
47.2
0
Cameron Dow to Shah, Full on middle, defended with ease.
47.1
4
Cameron Dow to Shah, FOUR! A short pitch delivery on off, Shah punches it from back foot towards the covers region. Another boundary picked. Just 3 required now.
46.6
0
A Balbirnie to Ihsanullah, Tossed up on middle, Ihsanullah flicks it to mid-wicket.
46.5
0
A Balbirnie to Ihsanullah, Flighted delivery on middle, Ihsanullah defends it off the back foot.
46.4
4
A Balbirnie to Ihsanullah, FOUR! Nice shot. Short and outside off, Ihsanullah makes room and cuts it through point for a boundary. Just 7 needed for Afghanistan to win the match.
46.3
0
A Balbirnie to Ihsanullah, Full on off, kept away.
46.2
4
A Balbirnie to Ihsanullah, FOUR! Back of a length delivery around off, Ihsan gets on the back foot and slaps it towards the point region. The ball touches ropes. Just 11 runs needed by Afghans.
46.1
0
A Balbirnie to Ihsanullah, A flighted delivery on off, Ihsanlluah keeps it away.

Andy Balbirnie is now into the attack.

45.6
0
Cameron Dow to Shah, Tossed up on middle, Shah defends it out.
45.5
0
Cameron Dow to Shah, Floated on middle, Shah defends it off the back foot.
45.4
1
Cameron Dow to Ihsanullah, Flighted delivery on middle, Ihsanullah flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
45.3
1
Cameron Dow to Shah, A back of a length, Shah gets on his back foot and punches it down for a single.
45.2
0
Cameron Dow to Shah, A flatter ball on off, defended watchfully by Shah.
45.1
1
Cameron Dow to Ihsanullah, A back of length delivery on off, Ihsanullah gets on the back foot and plays a late cut towards the point region and runs for a single.
44.6
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Floated on middle, RS defends it off the back foot.
44.5
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Floated delivery on middle, Rahmat blocks it off his back foot.
44.4
1
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Full toss on leg, Ihsanullah sweeps it through square leg for a run.
44.3
0
Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Full on leg, Ihsanullah plays a defense but the ball raps his pads and lobs to short leg. A soft appeal from the bowling side. The umpire shakes his head.
44.2
1
G Dockrell to Shah, Back of a length delivery on leg, Shah flicks it away for a single.
44.1
2
G Dockrell to Shah, A flighted delivery around off, Shah leans forward and strokes it to cover region for a couple.
43.6
0
Cameron Dow to Ihsanullah, A bit round arm and on middle with some pace, dug out off a yorker length by the batsman and pushed back to the bowler.
43.5
0
Cameron Dow to Ihsanullah, Fuller and flatter on middle, Ihsan drives it hard to mid off but does not take the single as the ball goes too quickly to the fielder.
43.4
1
Cameron Dow to Shah, A short pitch delivery on off, Shah plays it late on his back foot and gets a single at the point region.
43.3
0
Cameron Dow to Shah, A back of a length delivery, RS punches it from the back foot straight to covers.
43.2
1
Cameron Dow to Ihsanullah, Short ball on middle, Ihsan pulls it away to mid-wicket and adds single to the score.
43.1
0
Cameron Dow to Ihsanullah, Full on middle, defended watchfully.
42.6
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Floated on middle, Rahmat comes down the track and blocks it.
42.5
1
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Flighted delivery on leg, Ihsanullah sweeps it through square leg for a run.
42.4
3
G Dockrell to Shah, Good stop by Andy Balbirnie. The umpires are checking for the replays and they confirm the same. Full and outside off, Shah looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes wide of first slip towards third man. Balbirnie chases it and slides and does a brillaint job to stop it before the ropes. The batsmen get three runs.
42.3
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Full on leg, Shah pads it away.
42.2
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Full on leg, defended with ease.
42.1
0
G Dockrell to Shah, A flighted delivery around leg, Shah gets to the pitch of the ball by stepping out of the crease and plays it straight to the bowler.
41.6
1
Cameron Dow to Shah, Flighted delivery on off, Shah plays it uppishly towards covers for a single.
41.5
0
Cameron Dow to Shah, Floated delivery on middle, Rahmat keeps it out.
41.4
0
Cameron Dow to Shah, Tossed up on middle, Shah defends it off the back foot.
41.3
0
Cameron Dow to Shah, A quicker one in the air, pitched around off, defended watchfully.
41.2
1
Cameron Dow to Ihsanullah, Floated delivery on leg, Ihsanlluah making it a full toss and plays a wristy shot to mid-wicket for a single.
41.1
0
Cameron Dow to Ihsanullah, A back of length ball on off, gets the bounce from the track. Ihsanullah just survives it.
40.6
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Loopy delivery outside leg, Rahmat tucks it to the leg side.
40.5
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Flighted delivery on leg, Shah defends it off the front foot.
40.5
0
G Dockrell to Shah, WIDE! Tossed up outside leg, Rahmat lets it go.
40.4
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Flighted delivery on leg, Shah defends it out.
40.3
1
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, A flighted delivery on leg, Inshanullah plays a sweep towards the fine leg area and runs a single.
40.2
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, A back of a length delivery on middle and leg, Ihsanullah gets an inside edge and onto his pads.
40.1
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Full on leg, Ihsanullah blocks it.
39.6
1
Cameron Dow to Ihsanullah, 50 for Ihsanullah. Maiden Test fifty for him. Brilliant innings from him. Full toss on middle, Ihsan flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen take a run. The hosts need just 32 now to win this match.
39.5
0
Cameron Dow to Ihsanullah, Flighted delivery on off, Shah defends it out.
39.4
1
Cameron Dow to Shah, Floated on middle, Rahmat tucks it towards square leg for a single.
39.3
0
Cameron Dow to Shah, Flatter delivery on leg, Shah blocks it watchfully.
39.2
2
Cameron Dow to Shah, A juicy full toss on leg, Shah flicks it down the fine leg. Batsmen takes double.
39.1
1
Cameron Dow to Ihsanullah, A back of a length delivery outside off, Ihsanullah slaps it from his back foot to deep point and grabs a single

James Cameron Dow is now on to bowl.

38.6
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Floated on leg, Rahmat keeps it out.
38.5
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Flighted delivery on leg, Shah comes to the pitch of the ball and blocks it.
38.4
0
G Dockrell to R Shah, Full toss on off, Shah drives it to covers.
38.3
4
G Dockrell to Shah, FOUR! Afghans are looking to end this quick. A short of a length delivery on leg, Shah gets back to his back foot and pulls it towards the mid-wicket region. The ball touches the ropes. Just 37 runs more needed for the win.
38.2
0
G Dockrell to Shah, A tossed up delivery on leg, Shah comes down the track to the pitch of the ball and defends it with ease.
38.1
0
G Dockrell to Shah, A flighted delivery on leg, defended with ease.
37.6
4
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, FOUR! A boundary to end this huge over for Afghanistan. 14 off it in the end. Coming to the ball, it is short and outside off. Ihsanullah makes room and cuts it hard past cover to his left for a boundary. Also brings up the 100-run stand between these two. They have battered any hopes that Ireland had.
37.5
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Flatter one on middle, kept out on the back foot.
37.4
6
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, SIX! Yes indeed, Ihsanullah wants an extended Lunch. A flighted ball outside off, the batsman was out of his crease real early. Comes down the track and picks the bones out of this one. Goes over long on and takes maximum toll. The team 100 comes up with this huge one as well. Just 45 required now!
37.3
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Flights this one outside off, defended towards cover.
37.2
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Hurled in quicker on middle, Janat stands in his crease and defends the ball.
37.1
4
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, FOUR! Catch it was the call but that is not happening. A flatter one outside off, Ihsan comes down the track and goes through with his lofted shot. Gets enough to take it over mid on. Looks like they want to end this quickly.
36.6
2
G Dockrell to Shah, Flighted delivery on off, Shah plays it through point. The batsmen pick up a couple.
36.5
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Full on leg, Shah comes down the track and plays it to mid off.
36.4
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Tossed up outside leg, Shah pads it away.
36.3
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Full on middle, Shah keeps it away.
36.2
4
G Dockrell to Shah, FOUR! A good tossed up delivery around leg, Shah gets to the pitch of the ball by dancing down the track and takes it on the full and does not allow the ball to pitch. Uses his wrist and just places the ball towards the vacant mid-wicket region. The ball touches the ropes. Four runs added to the score.
36.1
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Full on leg, Shah keeps it away.
35.6
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Floated delivery on off, the batsman keeps it out. The hosts need 61 runs to win this match.
35.5
4
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, FOUR! Good timing on this one. Full and outside off, Ihsanullah comes down the track and drives it beautifully through covers for a boundary. Once it beat the infield, there was no stopping that one.
35.4
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Flighted delivery on middle, Ihsanullah flicks it to mid-wicket.
35.3
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, A flighted delivery outside off, Ihsanullah goes for a hard slash towards the point region but gets beaten because of spin.
35.2
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, A floated delivery, around middle. Ihsanullah dances down the track and plays it straight back to the bowler.
35.1
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, A good flighted delivery on off, Ihsanullah plays it onto the ground.
34.6
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Flighted delivery on leg, Rahmat defends it off the front foot.
34.5
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Bowls outside leg, Shah pads it away.
34.4
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Tossed up on leg, Shah defends it out.
34.3
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Full on middle, Shah defends it with full face of the bat.
34.2
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Full on off, defended with ease.
34.1
4
G Dockrell to Shah, FOUR! A nice tossed up delivery around leg, Shah plays a sweeps with precision towards the square leg region. And that brings his 2nd half century of the match. He has mixed caution with aggression in this innings and notched another fifty to his name. Brilliant stuff this!
33.6
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Tossed up on off, Ihsanullah defends it off the front foot. Back-to-back maiden overs from Ireland.
33.5
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Floated delivery on off, Ihsanullah defends it out.
33.4
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Full outside off, Ihsanullah keeps it away.
33.3
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Full on off, defended with ease.
33.2
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Full on middle, blocks with ease.
33.1
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, A flatter delivery on off, Ihsanullah plays it onto the ground.
32.6
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Short on leg, Rahmat looks to pull but misses it and gets hit on the thigh pad. Maiden over from Dockrell after drinks break.
32.5
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Flighted delivery on leg, Shah defends it out.
32.4
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Tossed up on leg, Shah defends it off the front foot.
32.3
0
G Dockrell to Shah, A flatter delivery on leg, Rahmat Shah gets to the pitch of the ball and blocks it.
32.2
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Full outside leg, Rahmat just lets it go.
32.1
0
G Dockrell to Shah, A flighted delivery on leg, Shah defends it watchfully.

Drinks Break! A flawless first hour of play for Afghanistan. They have knocked off 49 runs off the 118 that was required at the start of play and have not lost a single wicket in the process. Ireland though have not been up to the mark, bowling loose stuff at least once an over. They even dropped the catch of Ihsanullah early on, which could have given them the boost in the morning. Nevertheless, the writing seems to be on the wall now and it is about how much more time the 'hosts' take to knock off the remaining 69 runs.

31.6
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Full on middle, the batsman drives it straight towards the bowler.
31.5
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Tossed up on off, Ihsanullah defends it off the front foot.
31.4
1
A McBrine to Shah, Flighted delivery on middle, Shah comes down the track and flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
31.3
4
A McBrine to Shah, FOUR! Outstanding shot from Rahmat Shah. Short and outside off, Shah makes room and slaps it through covers for a boundary.
31.2
0
A McBrine to Shah, Floated on middle, Shah defends it off the back foot.
31.1
0
A McBrine to Shah, Tossed up on off, Shah defends it off the front foot.
30.6
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, A back of a length on leg, Ihsanullah keeps it away.
30.5
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Full on middle and leg, defended with ease.
30.4
4
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, FOUR! A fighted delievry around middle and leg, Ihsanullah smashes a sweep towards the square leg region. The fielder on the fine leg was blinded for a moment because of the leg umpire and looses the track of the ball. The ball touches the boundary ropes. Four runs added to the score.
30.3
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Floated on off, the batsman keeps it out.
30.2
0
Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Tossed up outside leg, Ihsanullah looks to defend but gets hit on the back pad. Dockrell appeals for lbw but the umpire is not interested in this one as it was pitching outside leg stump.

Another man coming close-in... a helmet has been brought for Kevin O'Brien at silly mid-off.

30.1
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Full and outside leg, Ihsanullah looks to sweep but misses it.
29.6
0
A McBrine to Shah, A flatter delivery around off, Shah blocks it away.
29.5
0
A McBrine to Shah, A flighted delivery on off, defended with ease.
29.4
2
A McBrine to Shah, Tossed up on off, Shah guides it towards third man. The batsmen pick up a couple.
29.3
2
A McBrine to Shah, Short and outside off, Rahmat cuts it through point. The batsmen pick up a couple.
29.2
0
A McBrine to Shah, Floated delivery on middle, Shah defends it watchfully.
29.1
0
A McBrine to Shah, Tossed up on off, Shah defends it off the back foot.

First change of the morning. Andy McBrine is into the attack.

28.6
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, A flatter delivery around off, watchfully kept away.
28.5
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Short of a length delivery on off, Ihsanullah rocks back and watchfully plays a Square cut. Straight to point.
28.4
4
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, FOUR! A flighted delivery around off, Ihsanullah dances down the track and just lifts it over the mid on region for a one bounce four.
28.3
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Full on off, Ihsanullah defends it with ease.
28.2
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, A short of a length delivery outside off, Ihsanullah just lets it go.
28.1
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, A flighted delivery on off, Ihsanullah defends it watchfully.
27.6
4
S Thompson to Shah, FOUR! Second boundary of the over. Nice shot. Full and outside off, Rahmat Shah drives it beautifully through point for a boundary. 13 runs have come in the last two overs.
27.5
0
S Thompson to Shah, On a good length on off, Shah defends it off the back foot.
27.4
0
S Thompson to R Shah, Full and outside off, Shah drives it to short cover.
27.3
4
S Thompson to Shah, FOUR! As easy as you like. Pierce the gap, find the boundary. Full and wide outside off, Rahmat leans and drives it between cover and mid off for a boundary! 50-RUN STAND IS UP!
27.2
0
S Thompson to Shah, Full and around off, watchfully defended to the off side.
27.1
1
S Thompson to Ihsanullah, Around middle and leg, helped through square leg for a single.

Stuart Thompson into the attack now.

26.6
4
G Dockrell to Shah, FOUR! Nice shot. Full on middle, Shah comes down the track and drives it straight towards the bowler where Dockrell dives to his left but is late to react. It goes past him through mid off where the fielder runs across to his left from deep mid on and dives but misses as well.
26.5
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Flighted delivery on leg, Shah tucks it to the leg side.
26.4
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Floated delivery on leg, Shah defends it off the front foot.
26.3
0
G Dockrell to Shah, A flighted delivery on leg, Shah keeps it away.
26.2
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Full on leg, Shah defends it watchfully.
26.1
0
G Dockrell to Shah, A flighted delivery around middle, Rahmat just blocks it.
25.6
0
Tim Murtagh to Ihsanullah, Full on off, Ihsanullah plays it straight towards the bowler.
25.5
0
Tim Murtagh to Ihsanullah, On a good length on off, Ihsanullah stands tall and defends it off the back foot.
25.4
0
Tim Murtagh to Ihsanullah, Murtagh changes his line this time, bowls this one around middle. Ihsanullah blocks it out.
25.3
0
Tim Murtagh to Ihsanullah, Same length, same result.
25.2
0
Tim Murtagh to Ihsanullah, A short of a length delivery around off, Ihsanullah defends it with ease.
25.1
0
Tim Murtagh to Ihsanullah, On a good length on middle, Ihsanullah defends it off the back foot.
24.6
1
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Full on off, the batsman plays it towards point for a single. Less than 100 needed now.
24.5
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Floated on off, Ihsanullah defends it off the front foot.
24.4
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Tossed up on middle, Ihsanullah defends it towards the leg side.
24.3
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, A full delivery on middle and leg, Ihsanullah tries to work it down to the leg side, but gets a leading edge along the ground to the bowler.
24.2
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Full on off, defended with ease.
24.1
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, A flighted delivery on middle, Ihsanullah blocks it.
23.6
0
Tim Murtagh to Shah, On a good length on off, the batsman keeps it out.
23.5
4
Tim Murtagh to R Shah, FOUR! Cracking shot. Short and outside off, Shah smashes it through point for a boundary. Afghanistan exactly need 100 runs to win now.
23.4
0
Tim Murtagh to Shah, On a good length on off, Rahmat defends it out.
23.3
0
Tim Murtagh to Shah, Full on middle, Shah defends it off the back foot.
23.2
2
Tim Murtagh to Shah, Played to the point region by the batsman. They manage to come back for the second.
23.1
0
Tim Murtagh to Shah, Full on off, defended with ease by Shah.
22.6
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Floated delivery on off, the batsman offers a solid defense on this one.
22.5
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Tossed up on off, Ihsanullah defends it to point.
22.4
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Flighted delivery on middle, Ihsanullah defends it off the front foot.
22.3
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Flatter delivery on off, Ihsanullah defends it this time.
22.2
2
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, A short of a length delivery around off, Ihsanullah rocks back and flicks it towards the mid-wicket region and gathers a double. Finally runs added to the scoreboard after a silent 25 balls.
22.1
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Full on off, defended with ease.

Oops... what happened there? Dockrell was through his delivery stride, bowled the ball as well but then Ihsanullah backed off at the last moment. The ball just missed the off stump. Now we see a security guard or some admin guy nonchalantly walking across the sightscreen.

21.6
0
Tim Murtagh to Shah, Full again on off, the batsman drives it to point. Fourth consecutive maiden over from Ireland.
21.5
0
Tim Murtagh to Shah, Full and outside off, Shah drives it to covers.
21.4
0
Tim Murtagh to Shah, On a good length on middle, Shah defends it off the back foot.
21.3
0
Tim Murtagh to Shah, A good length delivery on off, Rahmat defends it.
21.2
0
Tim Murtagh to Shah, A short of a length delivery on off, Rahmat defends it with ease.
21.1
0
Tim Murtagh to Shah, A short of a length delivery on middle and leg, kept away by Shah.
20.6
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Around off, defended watchfully.
20.5
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
20.4
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
20.3
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, A flatter delivery on off this time, Ihsanullah blocks it.
20.2
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, A flatter ball, on middle, defended with ease.
20.1
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, A full length delivery on off, Ihsanullah keeps it away.
19.6
0
Tim Murtagh to Shah, On a good length and outside off, Shah plays it to point. Consecutive maiden overs from Ireland. They are keeping it tight.
19.5
0
Tim Murtagh to Shah, On off, Rahmat blocks it off his front foot.
19.4
0
Tim Murtagh to Shah, On a good length again on off, Shah plays it to covers.
19.3
0
Tim Murtagh to Shah, On a good length on middle, the batsman defends it off the front foot.
19.2
0
Tim Murtagh to Shah, Full and outside off, Shah pushes it to short cover.
19.1
0
Tim Murtagh to Shah, Full on middle, Rahmat flicks it to short mid-wicket.
18.6
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
18.5
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
18.4
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Sitter dropped! Big moment in the game and it has been fluffed. Poor effort, really. A floated delivery on off, the ball holds itself on the surface. Ihsanullah is early into his flick and the ball goes off the leading edge towards short extra cover. Stuart Thompson gets across, jumps but then puts it down.
18.3
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Full on off, Ihsanullah blocks it.
18.2
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Full on off, defended with ease.
18.1
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Floated delivery on off, defended watchfully.
17.6
4
Tim Murtagh to Shah, FOUR! Good effort but in vain. Length delivery outside off, Shah again guides it towards third man. The fielder chases it and slides to stop it just before the ropes. It is referred upstairs but replays show that while trying to push the ball back in, the foot was touching the ropes.
17.5
4
Tim Murtagh to Shah, FOUR! First boundary of the day. Length delivery outside off, Shah easily guides it towards third man for a boundary.
17.4
0
Tim Murtagh to Shah, On a good length on middle, Shah defends it off the back foot.
17.3
0
Tim Murtagh to Shah, A back of a length delivery around off, defended with ease.
17.2
1
Tim Murtagh to Ihsanullah, Murtagh changes his line, drifts down on leg and middle. Ihsanullah flicks it mid-wicket for a single.
17.1
0
Tim Murtagh to Ihsanullah, Murtagh starts with a good length delivery around off, Ihsanullah blocks it well.

Tim Murtagh to bowl from the other end.

16.6
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Tossed up on off, Shah defends it out.
16.5
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Flighted delivery on off, Shah defends it to short cover.
16.4
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Floated on middle, Rahmat blocks it well.
16.3
0
G Dockrell to Shah, Tossed up on off, Shah keeps it out.
16.2
0
G Dockrell to R Shah, Full on off, Shah drives it to mid off.
16.1
1
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, First runs of Day 4 for Afghanistan. Flighted delivery on middle, Ihsanullah flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.

We are all set to begin. The players and umpires are out in the middle. Rahmat Shah and Ihsanullah will continue their batting. Ihsanullah will take strike for the first ball of Day 4. George Dockrell will start the proceedings.

Weather Report - It is sunny. There are no predictions of rain and there is not a single cloud in the sky. Nice conditions for playing cricket.

A warm welcome to Day 4 which could well be the final day of the Test match between Afghanistan and Ireland at Dehradun. The hosts are just 118 runs away from a win and would look to finish the chase in the first session itself. They have lost the only wicket of Mohammad Shahzad. On the other hand, Ireland would need quick wickets to derail the chase of Afghanistan. They don't have a huge total on board to defend but they would try their level best to defend. Rashid Khan has been a star for Afghanistan especially in the second innings with a fifer. The pitch has started to explode and it will be difficult for the batsmen to score runs. The Afghan batsmen need to apply themselves on this track. Will the hosts chase it in a canter or will Ireland fightback? Stay tuned.

... DAY 4, SESSION 1 ...

Rashid Khan emerged as the likely hero for Afghanistan. He became the first Afghan bowler to bag a fifer in Tests and was nicely supported by the other bowlers. Chasing a stiff target on a naughty surface, they have lost Mohammad Shahzad but still have plenty of batting to come. The current pair has looked assured and Afghanistan will hope that they continue in the same manner in the morning session on Day 4. The action resumes at 1000 local (0430 GMT). 118 runs and 9 wickets - that's the equation. Do join us to witness a historic day for either Afghanistan or Ireland. Cheers!

End of an exciting day of a Test match! Yet again it was a fast-paced one with both teams landing punch after punch. It started with the Afghans getting lucky with the wicket of Paul Stirling and then the Irish responding with a strong partnership between Andy Balbirnie and James McCollum. Just when it appeared that Ireland will take a firm grip on this Test, Afghanistan bounced back post Lunch to force a collapse. Staring down the barrel, Ireland's hopes got revived by the pair of Kevin O'Brien and George Dockrell, who batted brilliantly in the afternoon. As was the norm, the virtual hosts once again came roaring back to dismiss both the set batsmen after Tea but then they collided with the 10th wicket hurdle. After a bit of hard work, Afghanistan eventually managed to break it but not before the last Irish pair took the lead close to 150.

15.6
0
A McBrine to Shah, Fuller in length this time, Shah prods forward and plays it straight back to the bowler to end the day. A maiden to end proceedings. STUMPS ON DAY 3!
15.5
0
A McBrine to Shah, Leans forward on this flighted ball and keeps it to the off side.
15.4
0
A McBrine to Shah, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
15.3
0
A McBrine to Shah, Dances down the track and blocks it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
15.2
0
A McBrine to Shah, Plays this one off the front foot and into the ground.
15.1
0
A McBrine to Shah, Tossed up delivery on off, punched off the back foot straight to the bowler.
14.6
1
Cameron Dow to Shah, Floated on middle, Shah nudges it towards square leg for a run.
14.5
0
Cameron Dow to Shah, Tossed up on middle, Shah defends it off the front foot.
14.4
1
Cameron Dow to Ihsanullah, Short and outside off, Ihsanullah slaps it through covers for a single.
14.3
0
Cameron Dow to Ihsanullah, Short delivery, the batsman pulls it to mid-wicket.
14.2
0
Cameron Dow to Ihsanullah, Tossed up on off, Ihsanullah plays it to point.
14.1
1
Cameron Dow to Shah, Starts with a short delivery outside off, Shah smashes it through covers for a single.

James Cameron Dow is into the attack.

13.6
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, A flighted ball on off and middle to end the over, Ihsanullah blocks it.
13.5
1
A McBrine to R Shah, Flatter one on middle, driven through mid on for a single by RS. Single following the boundary, good batting this!
13.4
4
A McBrine to Shah, FOUR! Shorter length on middle, Rahmat has all the time in the world to rock back and pull it to the right of deep mid-wicket for a boundary. Runs coming now for Afghanistan.
13.3
0
A McBrine to Shah, Flighted on middle, pushed back down the ground by Shah to the right of the bowler where McBrine moves and makes a stop.
13.2
0
A McBrine to Shah, Outside the off stump this time, pushed back to the bowler from the crease by the batsman.
13.1
0
A McBrine to Shah, An off-spinner with some flight on middle, worked down the leg side to square leg, watchfully done by Rahmat.
12.6
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Floated on off, Ihsanullah keeps it out. Big over for Afghanistan. 10 runs have come from the over.
12.5
4
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, FOUR! Cracking shot. Short and outside off, Ihsanullah makes room and cuts it through point for a boundary.
12.4
6
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, SIX! First six of the innings. Amazing shot. Tossed up on middle, Ihsanullah comes down the track and lofts it over mid-wicket for a biggie.
12.3
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Floated on middle, the batsman blocks it well.
12.2
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Slider on off, Ihsanullah defends it off the front foot.
12.1
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Full on middle, Ihsanullah plays it back towards the bowler.
11.6
0
McBrine to Shah, Appeal for a catch ... Not out! McBrine bowls it on the leg stump line, Shah goes forward to defend but gets hit on the pads.
11.5
0
A McBrine to Shah, Bowls this one a little quicker as he finds Shah dancing down the track. Rahmat hits it to the on side but the ball hits the left leg of the fielder at short leg.
11.4
0
A McBrine to Shah, Goes on the back foot to this tossed up delivery, and keeps it out.
11.3
0
A McBrine to Shah, Flighted delivery on off, Shah goes down the track and defends it.
11.2
0
A McBrine to Shah, Tossed up on off, Shah goes back and plays it to the off side.
11.1
1
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Bowls it on off, Ihsanullah plays it back to the bowler.
10.6
4
G Dockrell to Shah, FOUR! First boundary for Afghanistan. Short delivery on middle, Shah pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
10.5
1
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Tossed up on middle, Ihsanullah punches it towards mid on for a single.
10.4
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Flighted delivery on off, Ihsanullah keeps it out.
10.3
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Short and outside off, Ihsanullah looks to cut but misses it due to the bounce on this one.
10.2
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Flighted delivery on middle, Ihsanullah keeps it out.
10.1
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Tossed up on off, Ihsanullah drives it to point.
9.6
0
A McBrine to Shah, Floated delivery on leg, Shah tucks it to the on side.
9.5
0
A McBrine to Shah, Tossed up on middle, Shah comes down the track and defends it.

Rahmat Shah is the new batsman in.

9.4
0
A McBrine to Shahzad, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Afghanistan have lost their first wicket. All the hard work of playing the day out has been stopped. McBrine bowls this ball on leg and gives it some air, Shahzad leans forward to flick it but ends up giving a faint edge down the leg side and straight to the keeper who takes a good catch behind the stumps. Ireland have got a breakthrough and will feel confident if they end the day with another one.
9.3
1
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Ihsanullah goes back on this tossed up ball and flicks it to mid-wicket and takes a single. The fielder in the deep makes a good save.
9.2
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Defends it with a straight bat back to the bowler.
9.1
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Tossed up on leg, worked fine to leg gully.
8.6
0
G Dockrell to Shahzad, Full on off, Shahzad drives it to covers.
8.5
0
G Dockrell to Shahzad, Floated on off, Shahzad keeps it out.
8.4
0
G Dockrell to Shahzad, Flighted delivery on leg, Shahzad defends it off the back foot.
8.3
0
G Dockrell to Shahzad, Tossed up on off, Shahzad defends it to covers.
8.2
0
G Dockrell to Shahzad, Floated on off, Mohammad defends it out.
8.1
0
G Dockrell to Shahzad, Flighted delivery on middle, Shahzad defends it off the front foot.
7.6
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Flighted outside off to end the over, the batsman has no mood of playing shots and decides to defend the ball like he has the whole over.
7.5
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Another one that is met with the defensive bat of Ihsanullah.
7.4
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, This time it is short outside off, Ihsanullah stands in his crease and blocks.
7.3
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Kept out off the front foot to this flighted ball on middle.
7.2
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Another one pushed in quicker through the air on middle, driven down to mid on by the batsman.
7.1
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Flatter one on middle, Ihsan pushes it back to the bowler.
6.6
0
G Dockrell to Shahzad, Full on off, Mohammad drives it to mid off.
6.5
0
G Dockrell to Shahzad, Flighted delivery on off, Shahzad defends it out.
6.4
0
G Dockrell to Shahzad, Floated on middle, Mohammad defends it off the back foot.
6.3
0
G Dockrell to Shahzad, Flighted delivery on off, Mohammad defends it out.
6.2
2
G Dockrell to M Shahzad, Tossed up on off, Shahzad looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes wide of first slip towards third man. The batsmen pick up a couple.
6.1
1
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Floated delivery on middle, Ihsanullah flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
5.6
0
A McBrine to Shahzad, Tossed up on middle, Shahzad gets right behind the pitch of the ball and keeps it out.
5.5
0
A McBrine to Shahzad, Goes forward and blocks this full ball into the ground.
5.4
0
A McBrine to Shahzad, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
5.3
0
A McBrine to Shahzad, Goes on the back foot to cut this one, but gets it of the inside half of the bat. The slip fielder stops it.
5.2
0
A McBrine to Shahzad, Fuller this time, drives it straight back.
5.1
0
A McBrine to Shahzad, Tossed up on off, played towards the bowler.
4.6
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Full on middle, the batsman drives it to mid on.
4.5
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Tossed up on off, Ihsanullah defends it off the front foot.
4.4
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Flighted delivery on middle, Ihsanullah keeps it out.
4.3
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Floated delivery on middle, the batsman comes down the track and blocks it.
4.2
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Tossed up on middle, Ihsanullah defends it out.
4.1
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Flighted delivery on off, Ihsanullah defends it off the front foot.
3.6
0
A McBrine to Shahzad, Floated delivery on middle, played back towards the bowler.
3.5
0
A McBrine to Shahzad, Fuller in length and gives it some air, Shahzad drives it to covers.
3.4
0
A McBrine to Shahzad, Plays this one off the front foot and into the ground.
3.3
0
A McBrine to Shahzad, Tossed up on off, the batsman offers a similar shot.
3.2
0
A McBrine to Shahzad, Full ball, punched back towards the bowler.
3.1
0
A McBrine to Shahzad, Floated outside off, Shahzad gets it off the inside half of the bat and the ball rolls to mid on.
2.6
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Loopy delivery on middle, Ihsanullah defends it off the back foot.
2.5
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Floated delivery on middle, the batsman blocks it well.
2.4
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Tossed up on off, Ihsanullah defends it off the front foot.
2.3
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Flighted delivery outside off, Ihsanullah looks to drive but gets beaten due to the turn on this one.
2.2
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Tossed up on off, Ihsanullah defends it out.
2.1
0
G Dockrell to Ihsanullah, Full and outside off, Ihsanullah drives it towards covers.
1.6
0
A McBrine to Shahzad, Quicker on leg stump line, Shahzad works it to the on side.
1.5
0
A McBrine to Shahzad, Shahzad gets right behind this delivery and keeps it out.
1.4
0
A McBrine to Shahzad, Floated on off, defended off the back foot.
1.3
0
A McBrine to Shahzad, Shahzad defends this full ball off the back foot.
1.2
1
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, Flighted on off, clipped to mid-wicket for a single.
1.1
0
A McBrine to Ihsanullah, McBrine starts with a floated ball on off, pushed towards short mid-wicket by Ihsanullah.

Andy McBrine to share the cherry. Spin from both ends!

0.6
0
G Dockrell to Shahzad, Floated delivery on middle, Shahzad looks to defend but gets it off the inner half of the bat. Dockrell starts with a maiden over.
0.5
0
G Dockrell to Shahzad, Bowls it down the leg side, the batsman lets it go.
0.4
0
G Dockrell to Shahzad, Tossed up on off, Mohammad defends it out.
0.3
0
G Dockrell to Shahzad, Flighted delivery on middle, Shahzad defends it off the back foot.
0.2
0
G Dockrell to Shahzad, Floated on middle, Shahzad defends it off the front foot.
0.1
0
G Dockrell to Shahzad, Starts with a tossed up delivery on off, Shahzad comes down the track and drives it to covers. Intent shown straightaway!