Ireland's Very First Ball In Test Cricket Was A Dramatic One

14 May, 2018, 00:21 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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An unbeaten century partnership between newcomer Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan switched the momentum to Pakistan after Ireland made a credible start to their inaugural cricket test on Saturday.

This is a format so exacting that it took New Zealand 44 matches before recording their first win, India 24 and, most recently, Bangladesh 34.

But he recovered and faced his first ball, the second of the match, from Murtagh with Imam, who had had a cold press applied to the back of his neck, playing and missing before he saw out the remainder of the over at a sunny Malahide.

Ireland vs Pakistan Only Test Day 3 Live Score: Pakistan will eye going past 300.

Shadab Khan was 25 not out and Faheem Ashraf, making his debut, 15 not out at the interval.

The 22-year-old was left flat on the ground and needed treatment on the field, but the nephew of Pakistan selection chief and former captain Inzamam-ul-Haqrecovered to bat. It took a sturdy knock of 40 from Kevin O'Brien and an even gutsier display from Gary Wilson, batting at No. 9 after suffering a blow to his right elbow during practice before the start of play, to lift Ireland from ignominy and, eventually, to three figures in their first Test innings.

William Porterfield's decision was rewarded nearly immediately as Rankin and Murtagh, among the more senior members in the side, picked up a wicket each to break Pakistan down to 13 for 2 inside the first ten overs.


Ed Joyce and William Porterfield's unbroken stand of 64 moved the Irish to within 116 of Pakistan's total.

After Pakistan had lost their openers in consecutive deliveries in the opening session, Asad Shafiq and Haris Sohail had stabilized the innings with some slow progress.

Pakistan looked to rebuild while the ball was still doing plenty, but what edges there were did not carry. Fast bowler Mohammad Amir picked two wickets while Faheem Ashraf chipped in with a wicket as well.

Babar Azam (14), pushing hard at a Murtagh delivery that left him off the pitch, was well-held by Paul Stirling at second slip.

Shafiq though completed a 107-ball fifty before a pull off the towering Rankin went straight to square leg.

"So did the coach, Mickey Arthur and Sarfraz (Ahmed, the Pakistan captain), especially after the retirements of Misbah and Younis, so it's now my responsibility to take that number four position".

"Whenever you're asked to follow on and you can go 60 for none at the close, that shows big balls".

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