Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

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 were 67 for two after losing the toss at lunch on the second day of Ireland's inaugural men's Test match at Malahide on Saturday.

With Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq at the crease, Pakistan rebuilt after being put into bat and did not lose another wicket before lunch.

After an opening day washout, Ireland took advantage of seam conditions by making Pakistan bat and reducing the visitors to 159-6 in the second session.

There was drama at a sun-drenched Malahide even before the wickets fell, with Pakistan debutant Imam-ul-Haq injured off the first ball of the match.

Tyrone Kane and Niall O'Brien collide with Imam-ul-Haq.

The 22-year-old was soon moving around but took some time before the physiotherapist helped him back to his feet, ready to face his first ball in Test cricket.

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.

Imam is the nephew of Pakistan selection chief and former Test batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq and his inclusion in the squad provoked allegations of nepotism.

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

Shafiq is the class act of this Pakistan batting line-up and he moved past his half-century and had moved on to 62 before he played a poor pull shot to a short ball from Rankin, with Andrew Balbirnie taking the catch at square leg to leave Pakistan on 153 for five.

Rankin had an uncertain Azhar (four) edging to Porterfield at second slip.

After a few near run-outs, Pakistan's third-wicket duo settled in.

Shafiq square-cut Kane for four, with left-hander Haris glancing Thompson for a legside boundary.

"We have pre-sold 4,000 and with good weather we should get a number of walk-ups and it will be a more appropriate environment to bowl our first ball in Test cricket".

After a brief delay, Imam was able to carry on, with no wicket lost.

And when Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed (20) was caught by Stirling in the slips off Thompson, the tourists were struggling at 159-6. Rules of the game are also changed as both teams can impose follow-on if the lead is 150 runs or more.

An unbeaten century partnership between newcomer Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan switched the momentum to Pakistan after Ireland made a credible start to its inaugural cricket test on Saturday.

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