Pakistan VS Ireland Test: Match Begins Today, First Day was Washed Out

Pakistan VS Ireland Test: Match Begins Today, First Day was Washed Out

Pakistan VS Ireland Test: Match Begins Today, First Day was Washed Out

Despite being the first team to lose their entire opening day of Test match cricket, Deutrom refused to be deflated.

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Rankin, the former England global and only Irish player with test experience, had the honour of Ireland's first test wicket when Azhar Ali (4) edged him to second slip in the eighth over.

Pakistan were 268 for 6 after losing the toss when bad light and then rain forced an early close to the second day of Ireland's inaugural Test at Malahide on Saturday.

Ireland left out spinner Andy McBrine, with Stuart Thompson completing an all-pace attack led by Boyd Rankin, who played one Test for England before requalifying, and experienced Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh.

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 freaky start saw the latter involved in a nasty collision with both Tyrone Kane and wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien following the very first delivery.

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But it did not take long for Ireland to make a stunning double strike on a pitch offering some sideways movement.

Debutant Imam ul-Haq (7) went the very next ball, to Tim Murtagh, struck on the knee roll and given out leg before wicket, leaving Pakistan at 13-2.

That left Pakistan 13 for one off the last ball of the eighth over.

Shafiq moved to a 107-ball 50 in the afternoon session as his side reached 135-4.

Porterfield used all five of his seam bowlers before lunch but it was Paskistan that carried the momentum, going in on 67 for two with Haris on 28 and Shafiq 22. And when Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed (20) was caught by Stirling in the slips off Thompson, the tourists were 159 for six. Faheem, however, did have a break when, on 36, he edged Rankin only for a diving Niall O'Brien to miss the catch and give the obscured Gary Wilson at first slip no chance of taking the ball.

But Khan, batting lower than usual, and allrounder Ashraf, on debut, began a recovery before tea in the grounds of Malahide Castle, just north of Dublin.

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