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Ireland vs Pakistan - Only Test

Series: Pakistan tour of Ireland, 2018
Venue: The Village, Dublin
Date: 11-15 May 2018

Pakistan 160/5 (45 Ovs) RR: 3.56 | Pakistan won by 5 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Azhar Ali c Stirling & b Murtaghc Stirling & b Murtagh2400
Imam-ul-Haq Not OutNot Out7412180
Haris Sohail c Ed Joyce & b Rankinc Ed Joyce & b Rankin7810
Asad Shafiq bowled Murtaghbowled Murtagh1500
Babar Azam runout runout 5911480
Sarfraz Ahmed lbw S Thompsonlbw S Thompson81220
Shadab Khan Not OutNot Out41100
Faheem Ashraf dnbdnb0000
Mohammad Amir dnbdnb0000
Mohammad Abbas dnbdnb0000
Rahat Ali dnbdnb0000
Extras 5 (b 0, lb 0, w 0, nb 5)
Total 160 (5 Wkts, 45 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
2-1 (Azhar Ali,0.4), 13-2 (Haris Sohail,3.4), 14-3 (Asad Shafiq,4.3), 140-4 (Babar Azam,37.1), 152-5 (Sarfraz Ahmed,41.3),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Tim Murtagh16 3 55 2 3.44
Boyd Rankin12 1 57 1 4.75
Stuart Thompson11 4 31 1 2.82
Tyrone Kane6 1 17 0 2.83
Paul Stirling0 0 0 0 0
William Porterfield0 0 0 0 0
Ed Joyce0 0 0 0 0
Andrew Balbirnie0 0 0 0 0
Niall O Brien0 0 0 0 0
Kevin O Brien0 0 0 0 0
Gary Wilson0 0 0 0 0


For Pakistan, the debutants - Faheem Ashraf and Imam-ul-Haq played a vital role in the match. Abbas picked nine wickets in the Test and Amir looks in good shape. However, Pakistan's top order still looks unsettled and their catching has to improve. They go to England for a 2-Test series next. Ireland, on the other hand, will have to wait for a long time before they play their next Test. They will be locking horns with India in a 2-match T20I series here in Dublin in June. We'll be back for all that. It was a pleasure to cover this historic Test. Hope you folks enjoyed it. Until next time, it's goodbye from Abhinand Raghavendran, Varun Dikshit and Venkatesh..

After a washout on day one, we witnessed two young Pakistani lower-order batsmen bailing their team out of trouble on day two. When the hosts were bundled out for a cheap score on day three, a one-sided affair was expected with Pakistan enforcing the follow-on for the first time in 16 years. But, Ireland, playing their first-ever Test had other plans. The fifty partnership between Joyce and Porterfield set the platform and yesterday, it was Kevin O' Brien's show, who recorded a remarkable maiden Test ton ensured that his team had something to bowl at. It was a spirited bowling performance from the Ireland in the fourth innings, but they had too little to defend.

Sarfraz Ahmed: "Batting was very difficult here, a great knock from Imam and Babar Azam. We dropped a couple of catches. They played very well especially Kevin O'Brien and also Thompson who had a good partnership. Credit to my bowlers and also the batsmen. Babar and Imam have the potential. Hopefully, they play well in the future too. We need this kind of performances. We are ready, hopefully we do well in England as well."

William Porterfield: It would have made a very interesting game, if we would have gone close to the 200 run mark. We have played some very good cricket in this game and we can take a lot out of this game. We put up a really good fight in the whole game. If we would have been able to break the partnership after lunch, we would have had a chance. The boys played really well throughout the game and I could not have asked them for anything better. From follow-on to getting ourselves in a winning position was a very good effort. We talked about just winning the next session, we lost 4 wickets in the morning yesterday and that pegged us back. Kevin played an outstanding innings and he got us out of the bad situation along with Thompson and Kane. I am looking forward to the T20 series against India, we have some very good cricket to look forward to in the summer.

Kevin O' Brien, Player of the Match: "If the morning session could have been slightly better for us then we could have pushed for a win. It was disappointing for us not to get more runs. I tried to forget about yesterday, that was probably the toughest part as there was lot of attention from the media and on twitter. I am not used to batting for five and a half hours. I played the situation, we needed to stick in and rotate the strike. I am renowned for slogging the ball but I played according to the game situation".

Both teams pose for a group photo. All smiles. An amazing moment! Presentations coming up.

Chasing a target of 160, Pakistan lost three wickets inside four overs with just 14 on the board. That's when Babar Azam joined Imam-ul-Haq and they weathered the storm and thereby settled the nerves as they went to lunch without losing any wickets. Immediately after the break, Murtagh found the outside edge of Azam, but Andrew Balbirnie put it down at slip. How costly was that? Well, Babar Azam added 50 more runs to take his team towards the victory line. Imam-ul-Haq, on debut, was calm and didn't take any undue risks. The 22-year-old, Inzamam's nephew, fittingly hit the winning runs.

15:45 Local Time, 14:45 GMT, 20:15 IST: Imam-ul-Haq removes the helmet, goes down on his feet and kisses the turf. The debutant gets hugged by his batting partner - Shadab Khan. Smiles in the Pakistan camp. Ireland can keep their heads high. They competed exceptionally well in their maiden Test. Now both teams exchange handshakes. A well-fought Test, played in the right spirit.

Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, angles in a fuller length, Imam-ul-Haq looks to work it to mid-wicket and gets an inside edge to backward square leg. Comes back for the second and Pakistan win by 5 wickets
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, very full, kept out with a block
Tyrone Kane to Shadab Khan, 1 run, a tap towards cover with soft hands. Just 2 runs needed
Tyrone Kane to Shadab Khan, no run, full and wide of off, left alone
Tyrone Kane to Shadab Khan, 2 runs, short of a good length delivery, Shadab Khan goes back in his crease and whips it through mid-wicket
Tyrone Kane to Shadab Khan, no run, full ball on middle and leg, Shadab Khan defends
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, slashes at a wide ball outside off. Ends up bottom-edging it, which rolls to the keeper
S Thompson to Shadab Khan, 1 run, knocks the length ball in front of mid-on for a quick single
S Thompson to Shadab Khan, no run, short of a good length delivery on middle, nudged into the leg-side
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, short of length slanted across, cut behind square on the off-side
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller length ball on the pads, clipped to square leg
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, slanted across the left-hander, from a good-ish length, left alone
Tyrone Kane to Shadab Khan, no run, tapped to cover off the back foot
Tyrone Kane to Shadab Khan, no run, shapes away from a good length, kept out with a solid block
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, yorker length, jammed towards mid-on. Mid-off mops up
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, this one deviated a long way after pitching. But the line was too wide and hence Imam-ul-Haq ignored it
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, on a good length and wide of off, no shot offered
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller than a good length, blocked from the crease
S Thompson to Shadab Khan, no run, a beautiful ball to end the over. You can't do much as a batter. Angled in, hit the fullish length on off and decked away to beat the defensive blade of Shadab Khan
S Thompson to Shadab Khan, no run, sees the line outside off and shoulders arms
S Thompson to Shadab Khan, no run, outswinger on off, blocked back to the bowler

Shadab Khan, right handed bat, comes to the crease

S Thompson to Sarfraz, out Lbw!! Sarfraz has been given out lbw and he isn't happy with the decision. Did he get an inside edge? No. The ball - on a short of length - nipped in and pinged his front pad above the kneeroll in front of middle and leg. He was a touch late to bring the bat down. Height was a factor, but the umpire reckons it's good enough. Sarfraz lbw b S Thompson 8(12) [4s-2]

S Thompson to Sarfraz, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

S Thompson to Sarfraz, FOUR, waits for this back of a length delivery on the back foot and opens his bat-face at the last moment to punch it behind backward point. Runs away to third man. Pakistan are 8 runs away from a win
S Thompson to Sarfraz, no run, away-shaping full ball outside off, left alone
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, beaten again! Kane pitches it slightly fuller and it's once again in that nagging zone outside off. Imam-ul-Haq has a push at it and gets beaten on the outside edge. Very close to the nick
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, just a hint of away movement off the deck on this length ball and beats Imam-ul-Haq's outside edge, who was prodding across to block
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, short of a good length delivery, Imam-ul-Haq moves across and dead-bats
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, out-seamer, too wide. Imam-ul-Haq lets it be
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, very full and outside off, another leave
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller than a good length on off and middle, blocked off the front foot

Tyrone Kane [3.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack

S Thompson to Sarfraz, no run, wow! That deviated off the pitch a long way. Sarfraz would have thought that he had the line covered as he pressed forward to block. The ball, however, hit the pitch on a good length just outside off and moved away to beat the outside edge
S Thompson to Sarfraz, no ball, Thompson oversteps and bowls a short of length delivery. Sarfraz defends with an open face of the bat
S Thompson to Sarfraz, no run, full and shaping away, ignored
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, bit of extra bounce on this short of length delivery, Imam-ul-Haq inside-edges it to square leg looking to block. Steal a run too
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, full and angling away outside off, Imam-ul-Haq shoulders arms
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, in two minds - to play or leave, chose the latter, but is late. The length ball takes the toe-end and rolls to third man
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, short of length delivery shaping away from the lefty, left alone
Murtagh to Sarfraz, no run, angled in on middle, blocked stoutly
Murtagh to Sarfraz, no run, on the stumps, Sarfraz presses forward in defence


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