Ireland's introduction to Test cricket after 144-year wait ruined by rain

Heather Diaz
May 13, 2018

Keeping up with the spirit of the occasion, the crowd joined in too, keeping up the energy and colour - while retaining the quintessential quiet cricket applause.

Pakistan were reduced to 13-2, with Boyd Rankin and Tim Murtagh the successful bowlers, but Pakistan, sent into bat by Ireland captain William Porterfield after rain washed out Friday's opening day, recovered to 67-2 at lunch on the second day. To begin with, however, it was all going the way of the hosts.

Ireland XI: William Porterfield, Ed Joyce, Andrew Balbirnie, Niall O'Brien, Paul Stirling, Gary Wilson, Kevin O'Brien, Stuart Thompson, Tyrone Kane, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin.

Murtagh hurled in the opening ball to Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali, who got the briefest of touches, before making a run for the opposite stumps.

Imam did not last much longer as he departed the next ball, leaving Ireland jubilant and Pakistan in trouble at 13-2.

Using the pressure of the early wickets, Ireland went on the aggressive, often having five fielders in the slip cordon.

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Murtagh got the full treatment from his team-mates and there was nearly a third wicket next ball, but Stuart Thompson was wide of the stumps where a direct hit would have seen the end of Haris Sohail, who was well out of his crease backing up. Babar Azam had hit three nice boundaries in his 14 as Pakistan went past 100 before Murtagh moved one away and caught the edge through to his Middlesex team-mate Stirling at second slip. And thereafter, all the middle order batsmen managed to get starts but their inability to string partnerships of substance allowed Ireland to remain on top till Tea. And that is when Shadab and Faheem joined forces in the middle.

Shadab Khan and debutant Faheem Ashraf saved the day for Pakistan against Ireland as wickets kept falling at Malahide on Saturday. The latter become the fastest half-centurion for Pakistan on debut, bringing up his 50 off only 52 balls.

Imam, the nephew of Pakistan selection chief and former Test batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq, scored a hundred on his one-day global debut against Sri Lanka previous year.

Pakistan's team includes leg spinner Shadab Khan, who took 10 wickets in a warm-up win over Northamptonshire.

The third's play will start at 11am on Sunday, with the umpires again adding time on later in the day.

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