Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Ireland v Pakistan: Hosts impress in inaugural Test

Ireland v Pakistan: Hosts impress in inaugural Test

Pakistan VS Ireland test match is now restricted to four days as the rain dishearted the fans on Friday.

An expectant crowd of nearly 6,000 filled the temporary stands in anticipation of witnessing a piece of sporting history, with Tim Murtagh, the Middlesex seamer, delivering the historic first ball - and it wasn't without drama.

Rankin, who had taken one wicket in his lone Test appearance for England against Australia at Sydney in 2014 before switching allegiance, had the honor of claiming Ireland's maiden scalp at this level, when an uncertain Azhar (4) edged to Porterfield at second slip.

Middlesex paceman Tim Murtagh led Ireland's attack with two wickets for 33 runs from 17 overs, with Boyd Rankin taking two for 58 in 17 overs.

Azhar Ali dug out a Murtagh delivery and called for a quick legside single.

Azhar Ali (4) and Imam-ul-Haq (7) were sent in to bat before a weird start saw the latter involved in a nasty collision with both Tyrone Kane and wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien following the very first delivery.

Ali's batting partner Ul-Haq, who just so happened to be making his Test debut for Pakistan, then bolted down the pitch in the other direction.

When the players left the pitch shortly before 5.30pm just before the heavens opened - play was abandoned for the day 20 minutes later - Pakistan had moved on to 268 for six, with Faheem Ashraf on 61 not out and Shadab Khan unbeaten on 52.

The left-hander, who came into this match following fifties in Pakistan's two warm-up fixtures, against Kent and Northamptonshire, square-drove Murtagh for a stylish four.

However, it did not take long for Ireland to make a stunning double strike.

And off the next ball, Murtagh trapped Imam-ul-Haq with an inswinger.

Shafiq began to steady the Pakistan ship and reached his 50 from 107 balls after the restart.

Pakistan, 67-2 at lunch, lost their third wicket soon afterwards when Haris (31) was caught in the gully by Porterfield off Thompson. Shafiq square-cut Kane for four, with left-hander Haris Sohail glancing Stuart Thompson for a legside boundary.

They didn't have to wait long for a second as Murtagh struck next ball, trapping Imam leg-before for seven on his Test debut with a ball that would have hit middle stump.

Pakistan rebuilt and managed to not lose a wicket before the lunch break.

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