Yet another landmark moment is about to unfold as Afghanistan and Ireland lock horns with each other in a Test match for the first time in the history of international cricket. Both teams have played one Test match each till now, and it will be their second ever outing in the longest format when they take each other on at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Dehradun on Friday morning. Both teams played their first Test match against two powerhouses, India and Pakistan. While Afghanistan was blown-out by India, Ireland produced an inspirational performance which saw them having Pakistan on the mat for the first couple of days.
Ireland are more accustomed to this format courtesy their first class experience back home and in England. Afghanistan may not be equally adept in this format but the have shown that they are quick learners. Still they are a threat to Ireland considering the enormous talent in their side.
Although Afghanistan started the tour on a bright note, whitewashing Ireland 3-0 in the T20I series, the visitors made a strong comeback as they drew the ODI series 2-2. As the Test begins, both sides will be eager to make a statement and make their presence felt in the purest format of the game as well.
Weather and Pitch conditions: Clear weather throughout the five days. Pitch will be generally good for batting and will aid the spinners as the game progresses.
Wicket-keeper: Stuart Poynter (8.5 Cr)
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