Publicado: Lun, May 14, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Ireland finally make Test debut after opening day washout against Pakistan

Ireland finally make Test debut after opening day washout against Pakistan

Former England one-day global Joyce, arguably Ireland's greatest batsman, appeared to be a first-innings victim of the fact the Decision Review System was not being used in this Test because Cricket Ireland decided they could not afford the $50,000 cost.

There was drama at an initially sun-drenched Malahide right from Saturday's first ball of this stand-alone match.

Murtagh hurled in the opening ball to Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali, who got the briefest of touches, before making a run for the opposite stumps.

Pakistan ended day two on 268/6 and will continue batting on Sunday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

The ball had travelled just a couple of feet from the stumps and wicket-keeper Niall O'Brien and fielder Tyrone Kane both darted towards the ball while Ul-Haq, on Test debut, dived to make his ground.

Ireland have waited long enough to get to the Test stage and Gary Wilson wasn't going to miss out despite suffering a suspected broken bone in his elbow after he was struck in an early morning net session.

Rankin, the former England worldwide 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.

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.

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Pakistan looked to rebuild while the ball was still doing plenty, but what edges there were did not carry.

The seventh-ranked Test side in the world fought back through Haris Sohail's 31 and Asad Shafiq's 68. That all changed after lunch though as the visitors lost four wickets in the second session of the day.

It was 73 for 8 when Kevin O'Brien slapped the returning Amir to cover but Wilson, grimacing throughout but refusing to give his wicket away, was then joined by the willing Boyd Rankin as the ninth-wicket pair compiled the highest stand of the innings.

Shafiq was the next to go, for a well-made 62, and it was Rankin that got him with a short ball.

And when Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed (20) was caught by Stirling in the slips off Thompson, the tourists were 159 for six.

"Then one went between Niall and myself so it could have a very different end to the day".

The players came off just after that for bad light and thunder and heavy showers meant they would not return, with Shadab on 52 and Ashraf on 61.

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