Afghanistan 84 & 208-7 drew with
Ireland 251-4d (Wilson 73)
Intercontinental Cup Match, Dublin, day four
Afghanistan clung on for a draw on the final day of their ICC Intercontinental Cup match at Rathmines, Dublin. Ireland had begun the day on 126 for two in reply to the visitors’ woeful first innings total of 84, and they lost Alex Cusack early on for 38. However, Gary Wilson (73 from 100 balls) and Andrew White (62 not out from 89) added 119 from just 155 balls for the fourth wicket to allow stand-in captain Kevin O’Brien to declare with his side 167 runs to the good.
The Afghan opening pair of Karim Sadiq and Javed Ahmadi ensured that a debacle similar to that of their first innings was prevented by adding 106 for the first wicket. Sadiq was eventually the first to go – for 46 to off-spinner Albert van der Merwe – while Ahmadi followed in the very next over to debutant Stuart Thompson for 59.
After that, a steady procession of wickets followed as Max Sorensen (two for 36) and Stuart Thompson (three for 51) chipped away at the middle-order. Only Asghar Stanikzai held firm and finished on 51 not out as the team shook hands on the draw with six overs still remaining and Afghanistan on 208 for seven.
The result means that Ireland retain their place at the top of the table after four games, with Afghanistan third – just two points behind second-placed Scotland.
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