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No.11 Murtagh hits defiant fifty to lift Ireland to 172 against Afghanistan

Press Trust of India  |  Dehradun 

struck a rearguard half-century to lift to 172 all out in their first innings against on the opening day of the one-off Test match between the two sides here Friday.

Coming out to bat at no.11, Murtagh remained unbeaten on 54 off 75 balls as top-order batsmen failed to stitch partnerships after opting to bat.

The 87-run last wicket stand between Murtagh and (39) was the only the notable partnership in Ireland's innings which folded up in 60 overs.

Murtagh scored his runs with the help of four boundaries and two hits over the fence.

In reply, ended the day at 90 for two in 31 overs.

(40) and Ihsanullah (7) were the two Afghan wickets to fall with left-arm orthodox bowler (2/35) being the beneficiary on both occasions.

(22 not out) and Hashmatullah Shahidi (13 not out) were the two unbeaten batsmen at the crease.

At stumps on day one, still by 82 runs with eight wickets in hand.

Both Ireland and Afghanistan are playing their second Test after making their five-day debut last year.

Brief Scores:

Ireland 1st innings: 172 all out in 60 overs (54 not out; 3/36).

Afghanistan 1st innings: 90 for 2 in 31 overs (40; 2/35).

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 17:55 IST