Afghanistan had a point to prove in their first “home” Test, and they delivered in style, showing their ability of not only sustaining but thriving in the longer format.
Afghanistan vs Ireland: Tim Murtagh strikes fifty at No 11 to lift visitors to 171 on opening day of Only Test
Coming out to bat at No 11, Murtagh remained unbeaten on 54 off 75 balls as Ireland top-order batsmen failed to stitch partnerships after opting to bat.
Afghanistan vs Ireland: Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie guide visitors to five-wicket win in 5th ODI; series ends in 2-2 deadlock
Chasing a modest 217, Ireland depended on a 81-run second wicket stand between Stirling and Balbirnie to achieve their target in 47.2 overs as the series ended at 2-2 in Dehradun
Afghanistan vs Ireland: Andy Balbirnie's century steers visitors to four wicket win in third ODI, series level 1-1
Andy Balbirnie's career-best 145 not out anchored Ireland to a four-wicket victory over Afghanistan in the third one-day cricket international
Veteran all-rounder Mohammad Nabi starred with both bat and ball as Afghanistan defeated Ireland by five wickets Thursday's first Twenty20 international.
India vs Ireland: KL Rahul, spinners help visitors thrash Gary Wilson and Co by 143 runs to clinch series 2-0
India posted a massive 213 for four after being asked to take the first strike and then bundled out the hosts for a mere 70 in 12.3 overs.
India vs Ireland: Virat Kohli and Co begin UK tour on positive note by thrashing Ireland in opening T20I
Dubbed as dress rehearsal for the marquee England series, the formidable Indian team outbatted the opposition scoring an imposing 208 for five, courtesy openers Rohit Sharma (97 off 61 balls) and Shikhar Dhawan (74 off 45 balls).
India are placed third in the team rankings with 123 points, while Virat Kohli is on the eighth position having accumulated 670 points with his batting exploits.
Afghanistan vs Ireland: Paul Stirling, George Dockrell star to give William Porterfield's men series win
Opener Paul Stirling struck a brilliant century and left-arm spinner George Dockrell took four wickets as Ireland thumped Afghanistan by five wickets in the third and final one-day international in Sharjah on Sunday.
Afghanistan vs Ireland: Barry McCarthy's maiden fifer helps William Porterfield's men win second ODI, level series
Opener Paul Stirling cracked a brilliant half century while medium pacer Barry McCarthy took a maiden five wicket haul to guide Ireland to a 51-run win over Afghanistan in Sharjah on Thursday
For Afghanistan and Ireland, the first years in Test arena won't be a smooth ride. And this is when they will need to remain patient and, more importantly, the rest of the cricketing world too.
Ireland may have stumbled with victory in sight but their four-wicket win with 25 balls to spare is a loud statement of their capabilities.
Ireland surpassed the West Indies' total with 21 balls to spare, becoming the first team at the tournament to win while batting second.