Afghanistan registered their maiden win in the longest format of the game by hammering Ireland by seven wickets in the one-off Test here.
Chasing 147 for victory, Afghanistan comfortably crossed the line on the fourth day of the contest, thanks to the 139-run second wicket partnership between between Rahmat Shah (76 off 122) and Ihsanullah Janat (65 off 129).
It was also Shah’s second fifty of the match as he had played a 214-ball 98-run knock in Afghanistan’s first innings score of 314.
With just three runs needed for victory, Afghanistan lost Shah and Mohammad Nabi in successive deliveries before incoming batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi hit the winning boundary to hand Afghanistan a memorable win.
Earlier opting to bat, Ireland were bundled out for 172 runs, courtesy some decent bowling by the Afghan bowlers — Yamin Ahmadzai (3/41), Mohammad Nabi (3/36) and Rashid Khan (2/20).