Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Pakistan collapse gives Ireland hope of remarkable Test victory

Pakistan collapse gives Ireland hope of remarkable Test victory

Ireland's historic Test debut ended in a five-wicket defeat, but only after they had given Pakistan a major scare on the final day at Malahide.

Ireland's hopes of pulling off a sensational victory in their maiden Test were enhanced on day five in Malahide as Pakistan dramatically collapsed to 14-3 having been set 160 to win.

Pakistan 2nd Inns: 160-5 (Imam-ul-Haq 74 no, Babar Azam 59).

Earlier, Mohammad Abbas, benefiting from plenty of swing movement in overcast conditions, took the final three wickets of Ireland's second innings including O'Brien, who slashed at a wide one and edged to first slip.

The hosts began the day on 319-7 thanks to Kevin O'Brien's belligerent knock but Ireland's maiden Test centurion was caught off his first ball of the day.

Abbas took his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket, in his sixth game, to finish with figures of 5-66 in 28.3 overs.

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The unanimous verdict from the cricket world showed that it was great to see Ireland play Test cricket, and even greater to come out with an extremely competitive performance on their Test debut.

Although the crowd was small at that stage of the morning, Ireland's supporters were making plenty of noise as Tim Murtagh took the new ball from the Dublin Road end, tasked with getting among the Pakistan top order.

Imam and Barbar however knuckled down and dented Ireland's opening spell as the visitors went to lunch on 52/3.

The 11th Test nation's optimism began to dissipate with Imam and Azam at the crease, though the former was fortunate an edge dropped short off Murtagh and the latter was nearly undone by a Rankin yorker.

"Hopefully in the next week or two there's going to be hundreds of little kids aspiring to be Kevin O'Brien in backstreet cricket", added Porterfield.

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Pakistan now heads to England for a two-test series, starting next week at Lord's. But with Pakistan 20 runs shy of victory, a mix-up saw Babar run out.

"We wouldn't have had the opportunity to play a Test match today I don't think if we hadn't been playing the last 10, 12 years at World Cups".

Boyd Rankin followed up closely with another outing leaving Pakistan 13-2 - before Murtagh claimed his second of the innings bowling out Asad Shafiq as Pakistan moved to 14-3. Pakistan have a lot of good young players coming up, and the chance been provided to these young lads in their young careers is giving Pakistan cricket a bright future.

"But Test cricket is Test cricket for a reason, it's there in the name; you do get tested and we were after the first innings".

Murtagh gave Ireland a flying start with the ball on the final day. "And we were in that first innings, but to get to 340 shows the character in that changing room and the passion we have to play for our country".

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