Asghar Stanikzai remained unbeaten at 110    Getty Images
Asghar Stanikzai remained unbeaten at 110 Getty Images

After a decent start from Afghanistan openers, it was captain Asghar Stanikzai who put the team in the driver s seat against Ireland with his century on Tuesday. This is the only four-day match between the two teams on this tour, which is a part of ICC Intercontinental Cup. After electing to bat first, Mohammad Shahzad and Rahmat Shah were the early contributors in the innings, while Nasir Jamal and Stanikzai took the charge in the middle order. At stumps, Afghanistan have 357 for 6 on the board with Stanikzai (110*) and Afsar Zazai (6*) unbeaten at the crease and will bat on Day Two as play resumes. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Afghanistan vs Ireland, ICC Interconinental Cup, Day 1 at Greater Noida

Shahzad opened the innings with Shabir Noori and put up 39 runs on the board before the latter departed for 15, getting lbw off an Andy McBrine delivery. Shahzad paired up with No. 3 Rahmat Shah to build up a big partnership. Afghanistan did not lose any more wickets in the first session of the day. Shahzad remained unbeaten at 69 with Rahmat at 21, with over 100 runs on the board.

Coming back from lunch, the duo added in excess of 100 runs. Shahzad departed for 85, as he tried to play a big shot but only managed to top edge it to find a fielder.

Rahmat was denied his half-century for 4 runs, as he edged one to the wicketkeeper. Afghanistan had lost both their set batsmen post lunch. Stanikzai, along with Jamal, made sure they had yet another big partnership. However, Stanikzai scored runs quickly and scored a run-a-ball half-century while Jamal took 72 deliveries to reach his. They synchronised well and kept on taking singles during their knocks, something which was lacking in Shahzad s innings. The two put up a 144-run partnership before Jamal departed for 73. Afghanistan lost a couple of wickets in quick succession as Hashmatullah Shahidi soon followed him for 2.

Stanikzai, however, stood strong, not throwing his wicket. Mohammad Nabi also departed for 11 and Afghanistan lost three wickets in the final session of the day. Stanikzai kept his cool and got to his century post tea. He hit 7 fours and 5 sixes on Day One and consumed 137 deliveries to get to the landmark. The team put up 357 for 6 at stumps.

Andy McBrine and John Anderson were the most successful bowlers on Day One with a couple of wickets each. George Dockrell and Peter Chase picked up a wicket each while Tim Murtagh, despite bowling really well, failed to taste success.

Brief scores:

Afghanistan 357 for 6 (Mohammad Shahzad 85, Rahmat Shah 46, Asghar Stanikzai 110*, Nasir Jamal 73; Andy McBrine 2 for 76, John Anderson 2 for 68) against Ireland.