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Shah falls 2 short of maiden ton as Afghanistan take upperhand against Ireland

Press Trust of India  |  Dehradun 

fell just two short of his maiden century as produced a commanding batting display to take the upperhand over on the second day of the one-off Test here Saturday.

Coming on to bat at no.3, Shah scored a patient 98 off 214 balls while (67) and Hashmatullah Shahidi (61) hit their maiden half-centuries to propel the 'home team' to 314 all out in 106.3 overs in reply to Ireland's paltry first innings score of 172.

At stumps on the second day, were 21 for one in 12 overs. The Irish still trail by 120 runs.

Resuming at an overnight score of 90 for two, Shah and Shahidi shared 130 runs for the third wicket to set the platform for a 300-plus total. Shah struck 15 boundaries during his knock while Shahidi hit six boundaries.

Skipper Afghan's 67 came off 92 balls with the help of six boundaries and four hits over the fence.

Medium-pacer (3/28) was the pick of the bowlers for Ireland, while (2/63), (2/77) and (2/94) scalped two wickets apiece.

Brief Scores:

Ireland: 172 all out and 22 for 1 in 12 overs.

Afghanistan: 314 all out in 106.3 overs (98, 67, Hashmatullah Shahidi 61; 3/28).

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 18:50 IST