Afghanistan pulled off their second win in the Intercontinental Cup, defeating defending champions Ireland by seven wickets to propel the tournament newcomers to the top of the table
Afghanistan, aided by five top-order half-centuries, grabbed a 69-run first innings lead to continue their strong performance against Ireland at Dambulla. William Porterfield and Gary Wilson's unbroken opening partnership had reduced Ireland's deficit to
Afghanistan seized the initiative on the second day of their Intercontinental Cup game against Ireland at Dambulla, reaching 263 for 3 at stumps with Shabir Noori, on 44 not out, and Mohammad Shahzad, unbeaten on 60 from only 62 balls, holding firm.
Half-centuries from William Porterfield, Gary Wilson and Niall O'Brien helped Ireland shade a fluctuating opening day against Afghanistan, despite a flurry of wickets for legspinner Samiullah Shenwari
|1st||5||Noor Ali Zadran||Karim Sadiq|
|2nd||43||Shabir Noori||Noor Ali Zadran|
|3rd||53||Noor Ali Zadran||Mohammad Shahzad|
|4th||36||Nawroz Mangal||Mohammad Shahzad|