Afghanistan v Ireland – Test newcomers to face each other

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    Ireland and Afghanistan will have the opportunity to both play their second ever Test.

    The two nations battle each other in India on Friday.

    Ireland loss their debut Test match against Pakistan last May, despite an impressive batting display – they lost that match by 5 wickets.

    Meanwhile, Afghanistan played their only Test against India in June last year, losing to India within two days.

    Spin is expected to play a critical part in the Test with the weather forecast dry for all five days in Dehradun.

    Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan will once again be looking to work his magic with the ball, with Mohammad Nabi another slow bowler who has caused Ireland problems in the past.

    Ireland meanwhile will be looking towards their batting strength of Andrew Balbirnie and the experience of Kevin O’Brien.

    The sides go into the match after a T20 series won 3-0 by the Afghans which was followed by a drawn one-day series.