AFGHANISTAN V IRELAND IN INDIA, 2019
Cricbuzz Staff •
Hashmatullah Shahidi holds the key along with Rahmat Shah for Afghanistan to put up a good total on the board © Getty
1 hour | 16 overs | 20 runs — yes, sometimes scoreboards do tell you a story.
Okay, spot the pattern – a short cover, a silly mid-off, a silly mid-on, nobody at slip, the keeper standing up to the stumps and lines nagging around for a poke. It’s been a forced quiet start. Lots of defences, with both batsmen going at a strike-rate of under 30. Yeah, that’s pretty much as challenging as things get for the big-shot-not-far-away Aghans.
100 up for Afghanistan. Been quite comfortable for the batters out there so far this morning. #AfgvIre
— justin smyth (@justinsmyth1) March 16, 2019
Anyway, Ireland are sticking to the textbook basics – good lengths, just around of-stump to dry out the runs. It clearly isn’t a bad ploy given how little the Afghans would have played with a temperament of patience — four maidens in the first six overs.
Here’s what Ed Rainsford reckons in his pitch report (and you can trust him with it, given that he’s almost a converted sub-continental citizen these days) that this surface ‘still has a lot of runs’. Still?! He perhaps means it will have a lot of runs FROM NOW ON.
** Woot, woot ** It’s one of those quiet mornings in Dehradun, you know the one’s where it’ll need the cricket to wake people out of their slumber. Now irrespective of how you look at how yesterday went, there’s no denying that Afghanistan have their noses (probably even heads and shoulders) ahead at the moment. But given the inexperience both these sides come in with, a surprise is never ever far away. Hang on, let’s indulge .. Here – catch up with what’s live, and here – revise into what yesterday was all about.