Afghanistan fought back brilliantly to beat Ireland to take the ODI series 2-1 in Belfast.
Ireland finally found their feet against Afghanistan to level the ODI series 1-1 in Belfast.
Afghanistan beat Ireland with the white ball for the third time in eight days.
Afghanistan’s 20-year-old Hazratullah Zazai slams 74 off 33 balls in 16-run win.
The ICC’s five-year fixture schedule has offered Test newcomers Ireland and Afghanistan 12 Tests each in the next five years.
Ireland lost their maiden Test match by five wickets to a game Pakistan side, but the visitors didn’t have things all their own way.
Ireland fought to restore some pride in their inaugural Test after being forced to follow on, 180 runs behind Pakistan’s 310-9 declared.
Ireland’s first Test appearance was delayed by 24 hours after rain washed out day one of their inaugural Test against Pakistan. But day two has proved to be worth the wait for the Irish.
A seventh-wicket stand of 127 between Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf spoiled a dream start to Ireland’s Test ‘career’.
Different views of Ireland’s first ball in Test cricket.
Throughout history, the plucky Irish have always had to battle for their piece of the pie, and the world of cricket is no exception.
Shadab Khan, the big-turning teenage legspinner, took 10 for 157 in Pakistan’s tour match against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road ahead of the historic first Test against Ireland on Friday.
Afghanistan continued their fairytale rise in world cricket by securing a place in the 2019 World Cup by beating Ireland.
Zimbabwe were unable to seal their place in next year’s World Cup on Monday, but with one game left to play, their fate remains firmly in their own hands.
Ireland reignited their World Cup qualification hopes when they defeated Scotland by 25 runs at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday.