Rahmat and Ihsanullah seal historic Test win for Afghanistan

By Sports Desk March 18, 2019

Rahmat Shah and Ihsanullah made half-centuries as Afghanistan sealed a historic first Test victory, recording a seven-wicket triumph over Ireland on day four in Dehradun.

Afghanistan needed 118 runs on Monday to win only the second match they have played in the longest format and Rahmat and Ihsanullah ensured in was mission accomplished.

Opener Ihsanullah batted with great application for an unbeaten 65 as the Ireland bowlers gave little away on a testing surface and Rahmat (72) played with more freedom in a second-wicket stand of 139.

Rahmat was named man of the match after following up his 98 in the first innings with another impressive knock, striking 12 boundaries while Ihsanullah ticked along at the other end.

The positive Rahmat was eventually stumped giving James Cameron-Dow the charge and Mohammad Nabi was run out going for a second off the next delivery in a frantic finish.

That presented Hashmatullah Shahidi with the opportunity to win it, which he duly did by pulling the next ball for four to spark jubilant celebrations.

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