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

13 May, 2018, 01:44 | Author: Drew Briggs
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Murtagh and Boyd Rankin, who previously played a Test match for England, opened the bowling, with Kane, Stuart Thompson and Kevin O'Brien providing the first change options.

Faheem Ashraf marked his Test debut with 61 not out and teenager Shadab Khan, in only his second match at this level, also hit a maiden Test fifty to be unbeaten on 52.

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.

Ireland's inaugural men's Test got off to a dramatic start when Pakistan debutant Imam-ul-Haq was injured on the first ball.

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.

Rankin, the 15th man ever, and the first since Kepler Wessels (Australia and South Africa) 25 years ago, to play Test cricket for two nations after making a lone appearance for England in 2014, had an uncertain Azhar (four) edging to Porterfield at second slip. The hosts got off to a bright start as they reduced Pakistan to 13 for 2 after 8.1 overs.

In a huge scramble, Ul-Haq made a last-ditch dive towards the stumps only to collide with the Irish duo of wicket-keeper Niall O'Brien and fielder Tyrone Kane.

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Barely had the crowd's cheers subsided when Pakistan were 13-2 off the very next ball.

Pakistan team is in good form as it won the tour match against Northamptonshire with 9 wickets.

Ashraf was dropped twice at first slip by Gary Wilson, on 24 and 36.

Ireland continued to enjoy their inaugural Test earlier in the day by dismissing dangerman Asad Shafiq as wickets kept falling at Malahide.

Rankin eventually tempted Shafiq to pull to square leg on 62, giving him, Murtagh and Stuart Thompson two wickets apiece. When Stirling did come on, a well-set Faheem launched the part-time spinner over long-on for six.

Porterfield used all five of his seam bowlers before lunch but it was Pakistan that carried the momentum into the break, going in on 67 for two with Haris on 28 and Shafiq 22.

Bad light saw the players leave the field at 5:27pm local time (1627 GMT) and 20 minutes later, after a thunderclap and a heavy downpour, play was abandoned for the day.

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