Rain ruins Ireland's opening day of maiden Test

Rain ruins Ireland's opening day of maiden Test

Rain ruins Ireland's opening day of maiden Test

Pakistan have found a way to keep the match in balance with a brilliant partnership between Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf who added 109 runs together to take Pakistan from 159/6 at one stage to 268/6 at stumps on Day 2. "When they both went in we were not in a very good position but the way they both batted they really put us in the driving seat in this Test match".

Pakistan, 67 for two at lunch, lost their third wicket soon afterwards when Haris was caught in the gully by Porterfield off Thompson.

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

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.

A crowd of just under 5,000 gave plenty of vocal encouragement to Ireland and they were in full voice following Rankin and Murtagh's early strikes.

Ireland's historic first Test wicket was actually Rankin's second in Tests though, his first came in his solitary England Test appearance against Australia in Sydney, during the 2013/14 Ashes.

Some disciplined bowling from the Irish new ball attack saw two of the Pakistani openers getting out by the ninth over, leaving their side struggling at 13 for the loss of two wickets.

"It looked like Pakistan maybe had the ball reversing slightly towards the end".

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

Babar Azam only made 14 before being removed by Murtagh, but Shafiq and Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed managed to forge a 49-run stand before Shafiq was sent packing by Rankin for 62, which came off 121 balls and included eight boundaries.

But Shadab and Faheem turned the tide in impressive style for two Test novices. Abbas returned to claim his fourth and Shadab finished off the innings but Wilson's unbeaten 33 was symbolic of Irish resolve - a foundation which Joyce and Porterfield built on doughtily during the evening sunshine. He deserved better than for his first innings to be truncated after four balls by an lbw decision when the ball pitched outside legstump.

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