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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

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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.

44.6
2
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
44.5
0
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, very full, kept out with a block
44.4
1
Tyrone Kane to Shadab Khan, 1 run, a tap towards cover with soft hands. Just 2 runs needed
44.3
0
Tyrone Kane to Shadab Khan, no run, full and wide of off, left alone
44.2
2
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
44.1
0
Tyrone Kane to Shadab Khan, no run, full ball on middle and leg, Shadab Khan defends
43.6
0
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
43.5
1
S Thompson to Shadab Khan, 1 run, knocks the length ball in front of mid-on for a quick single
43.4
0
S Thompson to Shadab Khan, no run, short of a good length delivery on middle, nudged into the leg-side
43.3
1
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, short of length slanted across, cut behind square on the off-side
43.2
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller length ball on the pads, clipped to square leg
43.1
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, slanted across the left-hander, from a good-ish length, left alone
42.6
0
Tyrone Kane to Shadab Khan, no run, tapped to cover off the back foot
42.5
0
Tyrone Kane to Shadab Khan, no run, shapes away from a good length, kept out with a solid block
42.4
1
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, yorker length, jammed towards mid-on. Mid-off mops up
42.3
0
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
42.2
0
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, on a good length and wide of off, no shot offered
42.1
0
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller than a good length, blocked from the crease
41.6
0
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
41.5
0
S Thompson to Shadab Khan, no run, sees the line outside off and shoulders arms
41.4
0
S Thompson to Shadab Khan, no run, outswinger on off, blocked back to the bowler

Shadab Khan, right handed bat, comes to the crease

41.3
0
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!!

41.2
4
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
41.1
0
S Thompson to Sarfraz, no run, away-shaping full ball outside off, left alone
40.6
0
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
40.5
0
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
40.4
0
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, short of a good length delivery, Imam-ul-Haq moves across and dead-bats
40.3
0
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, out-seamer, too wide. Imam-ul-Haq lets it be
40.2
0
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, very full and outside off, another leave
40.1
0
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

39.6
0
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
39.6
1
S Thompson to Sarfraz, no ball, Thompson oversteps and bowls a short of length delivery. Sarfraz defends with an open face of the bat
39.5
0
S Thompson to Sarfraz, no run, full and shaping away, ignored
39.4
1
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
39.3
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, full and angling away outside off, Imam-ul-Haq shoulders arms
39.2
2
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
39.1
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, short of length delivery shaping away from the lefty, left alone
38.6
0
Murtagh to Sarfraz, no run, angled in on middle, blocked stoutly
38.5
0
Murtagh to Sarfraz, no run, on the stumps, Sarfraz presses forward in defence
38.4
0
Murtagh to Sarfraz, no run, looks to off-drive and inside-edges it to mid-on
38.3
4
Murtagh to Sarfraz, FOUR, nicely done. Saw the width outside off, stayed back and glided it well behind backward point. Runs away to the third man fence. Sarfraz gets off the mark with a boundary
38.2
0
Murtagh to Sarfraz, no run, tucks this short of length delivery to mid-wicket
38.1
0
Murtagh to Sarfraz, no run, Sarfraz push-drives a fullish ball to mid-off
37.6
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, length ball on the stumps, knocked to mid-on
37.5
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, blocks from the crease
37.4
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, tapped to cover
37.3
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, driven firmly, another good stop by Balbirnie who dived to his left
37.2
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, loud appeal for lbw, the umpire says that there was an inside edge. Had there been no bat, that would have been plumb. In-seamer on a good length fromn round the wicket, Imam-ul-Haq plays slightly outside the line and gets an inside edge onto his pad. A faint one

Sarfraz Ahmed, right handed bat, comes to the crease

37.1
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, out Babar Azam Run Out!! He dropped a catch early in the innings did Balbirnie, but does a good piece of fielding now. A wicket too late? Total miscommunication between the batsmen. Imam-ul-Haq tapped this length ball to the left of cover and was ball-watching. Babar Azam was halfway down and by the time he could make his ground the bails were removed by Thompson. Balbirnie at cover dived to his right, stopped the ball, turned and ballooned the throw to Thompson. Babar Azam is well short. Babar Azam run out (Andy Balbirnie/S Thompson) 59(114) [4s-8]

S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

Third umpire called. Run-out check. Babar Azam is short. OUT is flashed on the screen.

36.6
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, sixth stump line outside off, Babar Azam shoulders arms
36.5
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, loopy full ball, curled in a shape, Babar Azam inside-edges the drive to mid-on
36.4
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, punched to cover off the back foot. The ball seamed in a touch and cramped Babar Azam for room
36.3
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, persists with the wide line outside off, was the quick leg-cutter. Babar Azam leaves
36.2
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, slightly fuller, but the line is further wide, another leave
36.1
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, short of length delivery outside off, Babar Azam covers his stumps before shouldering arms
35.6
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, sliding down the leg-side, beats Imam-ul-Haq's tuck
35.5
1
S Thompson to Babar Azam, 1 run, looked to whip and inside-edged it to square leg. Brushed his thigh pad too. Was the in-dipper from Thompson
35.4
0
S Thompson to Babar Azam, no run, back-foot block to an out-seamer
35.3
0
S Thompson to Babar Azam, no run, outswinger outside off, left alone
35.2
1
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, sees the width outside off and goes for a booming drive. Inside-edges and luckily misses the leg-pole as it rolls to the right of the keeper
35.1
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, shortish ball from round the wicket, Imam-ul-Haq hops and drops it adjacent to the pitch on the leg-side
34.6
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, the out-seamer, just outside off, Babar Azam blocks
34.5
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, stands tall to punch a short of length delivery to cover
34.4
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, the quick leg-break, wide outside off. No shot offered
34.3
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, slightly fuller than a good length, well outside off. Left alone
34.2
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, length ball on middle and leg, blocked
34.1
2
Murtagh to Babar Azam, 2 runs, back of a length delivery outside off, Babar Azam stays back and cuts through point

Tim Murtagh [13.0-2-49-2] is back into the attack

33.6
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, too wide and Imam-ul-Haq doesn't bother going after it
33.5
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, very full, driven towards cover, who makes a diving stop to his left and parries it to mid-off
33.4
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, Imam-ul-Haq is back and across to block this short of length delivery
33.3
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fullish outside off, Imam-ul-Haq lets it be
33.2
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, short of length delivery, tucked into the leg-side off the inside half
33.1
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, full ball leaving the lefty, Imam-ul-Haq shoulders arms
32.6
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, good looking drive to mid-off
32.5
2
Rankin to Babar Azam, 2 runs, loopy full ball on the pads, flicked through backward square leg
32.4
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, short of length on leg, nudged to square leg
32.3
3
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, 3 runs, very full, Imam-ul-Haq shows the maker's name as he on-drives. Poses for a while and then decides to run. Three more
32.2
1
Rankin to Babar Azam, 1 run, short on off, Babar Azam hops and drops it on the off-side for a quick single. Imam-ul-Haq puts a dive to make his ground
32.1
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, wasted ball down leg
32.1
1
Rankin to Babar Azam, no ball, shortish ball down leg, Babar Azam moves across and looked to tickle. In the end, decided to let it go
31.6
1
S Thompson to Babar Azam, 1 run, after a couple of outswingers, Thompson gets one to curl in, Babar Azam clips it off his pads to backward square leg

Grey clouds hovering over the stadium.

31.5
0
S Thompson to Babar Azam, no run, too full and too wide. Nothing doing
31.4
0
S Thompson to Babar Azam, no run, full and swinging away outside off, Babar Azam shoulders arms
31.4
5
S Thompson to Babar Azam, no ball, FOUR, now Thompson bangs one short. He has overstepped too. Babar Azam gets into a good position and pummels the pull through mid-wicket. The boundary brings up Babar Azam's fifty!
31.3
4
S Thompson to Babar Azam, FOUR, glorious drive! No need to run for those. Length ball curling away, Babar Azam comes forward and caresses the cover drive. High elbow!
31.2
0
S Thompson to Babar Azam, no run, out-seamer outside off, left alone
31.1
0
S Thompson to Babar Azam, no run, square-drives off the front foot. Can't beat the diving point fielder
30.6
0
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length delivery angled across, Imam-ul-Haq leaves it alone
30.5
0
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller in length, defended off the inside edge to square leg
30.4
1
Rankin to Babar Azam, 1 run, short ball, pulled away, well wide of leg gully. A single to long leg
30.4
1
Rankin to Babar Azam, no ball, Rankin oversteps and bowls a short of length delivery, down the leg-side. Babar Azam lets it be
30.3
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, defended back to the bowler
30.2
2
Rankin to Babar Azam, 2 runs, Rankin angles this short of length delivery across the right-hander, Babar Azam gets squared up. The leading edge rolls towards point, who makes a half-stop
30.1
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, angled across, Babar Azam gets beaten on the outside edge
29.6
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, seams in from a length, Imam-ul-Haq is beaten on the inside looking to block. Gets hit on the pad. Umpire turns down the lbw appeal. Ah. Replays show that there was an inside edge
29.5
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, full and outside off, pushed to mid-off
29.4
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, Imam-ul-Haq has his stumps across as he shoulders arms
29.3
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, further wide outside off, Imam-ul-Haq won't go after those
29.2
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, away-shaper outside off, left alone
29.1
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, full and swinging outside off, left alone

Stuart Thompson [3.0-1-9-0] is back into the attack

28.6
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, wasted delivery down the leg-side
28.5
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, another bumper, down the leg-side, ignored
28.5
1
Rankin to Babar Azam, no ball, Rankin oversteps and bowls a short ball, Babar Azam ducks under it
28.4
2
Rankin to Babar Azam, 2 runs, tucked to mid-wicket
28.3
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, shortish ball, Babar Azam shoulders arms, gets hit high on the thigh pad
28.2
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, full ball, on-driven to mid-on
28.1
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, back of a length delivery, tapped towards the cover region
27.6
2
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, back of a length delivery, tucked through mid-wicket
27.5
0
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, drives this full ball to mid-off
27.4
0
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, away-angling pitched up delivery, Imam-ul-Haq lets it go on line
27.3
1
Tyrone Kane to Babar Azam, 1 run, oustswinger outside off, loose drive from Babar Azam and it's in the air for a while. Luckily for the batter, well wide of mid-off. The ball rolls towards extra cover
27.2
1
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, shorter in length and Imam-ul-Haq stays back to punch it through the cover region
27.1
0
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, presses forward to drive, the ball was angled across and it misses the outside nick
26.6
3
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, 3 runs, sweetly driven off the front foot. The back leg is bent too. Through covers and Imam-ul-Haq returns back for the third and keeps the strike

Smile on the face of Mickey Arthur

26.5
3
Rankin to Babar Azam, 3 runs, glorious shot! Very wristy. Full ball on off and middle, Babar Azam waits for the ball to come to him and clips it to mid-on's right. That was Laxman-esque
26.4
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, back of a length delivery, Babar Azam slashes and ends up bottom-edging it towards cover
26.3
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, wasted delivery down the leg-side
26.2
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, back foot defence to a back of a length delivery
26.1
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, shortish ball down the leg-side, Babar Azam gets inside the line and lets it go through to the keeper

Boyd Rankin [8.0-1-37-1] is back into the attack

25.6
0
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, big appeal for lbw and umpire Richard Illingworth shakes his head in disapproval. This one cut in from a short of length and caught Imam-ul-Haq in his crease. Pitched well outside off and seamed in to ping his front pad. On the kneeroll and that would have gone over the stumps. Imam-ul-Haq was outside his crease too. He was late to respond, didn't bring his bat down too
25.5
0
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, away-angling full ball wide of off, Imam-ul-Haq ignores
25.4
0
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, good length on off, Imam-ul-Haq stays back in defence
25.3
0
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, full and angled across, left alone
25.2
4
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, FOUR, finds the gap on this occasion. Low full toss outside off, sweetly driven through extra cover. All along the carpet and into the fence
25.1
0
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, full and outside off, Imam-ul-Haq bends his back knee and goes hard on the drive. Mistimes to mid-off
24.6
4
Murtagh to Babar Azam, FOUR, width served outside off, short as well, Babar Azam stays back in his crease and cracks the cut behind backward point
24.5
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, back of a length delivery with a bit of extra bounce, Babar Azam gets on top of the bounce and punches it to cover
24.4
1
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, comes forward and knocks a good length ball wide of mid-off for a sharp single
24.3
0
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, stump-to-stump line, stonewalled from the crease
24.2
0
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, good length delivery outside off, left alone
24.1
0
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller just outside off, Imam-ul-Haq walks forward and defends down the pitch
23.6
0
Tyrone Kane to Babar Azam, no run, left alone outside off
23.5
3
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, 3 runs, maiden Test fifty on debut! Imam-ul-Haq will be proud, his uncle Inzamam will be proud too. A good knock under pressure. Raises his bat and soaks in the applause he receives from his team-mates. Gets a hug from his batting partner too. A good looking clip against a length ball through mid-wicket. Good running results in a triple
23.4
0
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, slipping down the leg-side, Imam-ul-Haq misses the tickle
23.3
0
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, shorter in length, but the line is still wide outside off. Another leave
23.2
0
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, full and outside off, Imam-ul-Haq lets it go on line
23.1
0
Tyrone Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, driven off the front foot. Can't beat cover-point

Tyrone Kane, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

22.6
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, Murtagh drags his length back, the line is outside off. Babar Azam shoulders arms
22.5
4
Murtagh to Babar Azam, FOUR, you can't bowl on the pads, he'll hit you all day. Stays low and leg-glances it through square leg. Good timing
22.4
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, much fuller, solid forward defence
22.3
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, fuller and angling in, Babar Azam plonks his front leg across and blocks with his bat close to his pad
22.2
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, length, just outside off, Babar Azam barricades with a stride forward
22.1
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, seams away a bit off the deck, defended with soft hands. Goes to fourth slip on the bounce
21.6
1
Rankin to Babar Azam, 1 run, short of length on middle on leg, turned wide of mid-wicket
21.5
1
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, slanted across outside off from a back of a length, forced to deep point off the back foot. Moves to 49
21.4
1
Rankin to Babar Azam, 1 run, Rankin shortens his length, but the line is still on leg-stump, Babar Azam helps it along its way to fine leg
21.3
4
Rankin to Babar Azam, FOUR, good shot! This short of length delivery kept a tad low, but the line was wrong. On the pads and Babar Azam glanced it behind square leg. Relied on timing
21.2
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, back of a length delivery, down the leg-side, Babar Azam misses the glance. Through to the keeper
21.1
1
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, closes the bat-face to tuck a back of a length delivery to mid-wicket. Hurries through for a quick single and McBrine hits the target at the bowler's end. Imam-ul-Haq is in
20.6
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, short of a good length delivery, wide of off
20.5
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, length ball just outside off, Babar Azam walks across to defend it on the off-side
20.4
4
Murtagh to Babar Azam, FOUR, width served outside off on this shortish ball, Babar Azam goes deep in his crease and delays his stroke. Cut behind backward point
20.3
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, as expected, stump-to-stump line, from a good length, forward block

The keeper is up to the stumps and there's a short cover in place too. Babar Azam has been regularly walking down the pitch

20.2
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, this good length ball straightens a tad after pitching, Babar Azam accounts for the movement and pokes it to cover
20.1
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, in-seamer, Babar Azam walks across and taps it to the off-side

Four slips!

19.6
2
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, fuller and straighter, flicked away to deep mid-wicket
19.5
0
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, touch fuller and gets it to shape away from the lefty, another leave
19.4
0
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, slanting away outside off, Imam-ul-Haq lets it be
19.3
4
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, FOUR, edged and four! Looks to drive on the up and chases a wide-ish short of length delivery. The ball trims the outside edge and flies through the gap between third slip and gully
19.2
0
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, angled across, just outside off, from a short of length, firmly blocked to mid-off
19.1
0
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, pacy fullish ball down leg, Imam-ul-Haq misses the flick
18.6
4
Murtagh to Babar Azam, FOUR, Murtagh bangs one short, Babar Azam picks it early, gets into a good position and rolls his wrists to pull it powerfully through backward square leg
18.5
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, a tap to cover off the front foot against a length ball
18.4
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, shuffles and pokes to cover
18.3
4
Murtagh to Babar Azam, FOUR, ah! Drop, followed by a boundary. Back of a length delivery wide of off, Babar Azam treks back and punches firmly through the covers
18.2
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, dropped! A dolly. Good length delivery that seamed away a tad, Babar Azam defends hard hands, gets a fat edge and goes towards the cordon. Andrew Balbirnie at third slip moves to his left, but couldn't hold onto it. Costly?
18.1
1
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, back of a length delivery, Imam-ul-Haq rides the bounce and punches it to mid-off's right for a quick single
17.6
3
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, 3 runs, Imam-ul-Haq is forward and across to tap this pitched up delivery down the ground. Placed it between the umpire and the non-striker. Didn't over-hit and settles for a triple. Good running
17.5
0
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, shortish, Imam-ul-Haq hops and block it on the leg-side
17.4
0
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, too wide outside off and Imam-ul-Haq lets it be
17.3
4
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, FOUR, good looking shot! Overpitched, Imam-ul-Haq leans across and drives it handsomely through covers
17.2
0
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, full ball on the stumps, jammed into the leg-side
17.1
0
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, starts from round the wicket and bowls a short of length delivery wide of off, left alone

Welcome back. This session in all likeliness is going to decide the fate of the match. The players take their respective positions. 108 runs versus 7 wickets. Three slips in place. Here we go..

13:01 Local Time, 12:01 GMT, 17:31 IST: Umpire Nigel Llong takes off the bails to mark the end of a fabulous session of Test cricket. Who says Test cricket is dying! It is truly alive. We have witnessed four scintillating days of Test cricket in this match and the pendulum has swung from one side to another and all three results are still possible. Pakistan wrapped up the Ireland batsmen in a flash today and then Ireland, almost in revenge mood sent back Pakistan's top three batsmen equally quickly. Post lunch session should determine the outcome of the match, join us on the other side of the break.

16.6
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, hops in the crease slightly and blocks this good length ball back to the keeper. That is lunch on day 5!
16.5
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, wayward delivery down the leg-side, ignored
16.4
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, on a good length and at the stumps, Babar Azam was late on the shot and inside edge takes the ball through the keeper
16.3
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, peach of a delivery! An absolute delight - an outswinger. It pitched just outside off and moved away, Babar Azam was totally beaten there
16.2
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, fuller length on off, Babar Azam comes forward and blocks it back to the bowler
16.1
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, blocks this ball right under his eyes and admires the block by holding his pose
15.6
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, positive stride forward, identifies the outside off line and shoulders arms
15.5
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, good length outside off, comes on the front foot and leaves the ball
15.4
4
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, FOUR, beautiful away shape on that ball but equally good shot from Imam-ul-Haq. He wasn't close to the pitch of the ball but goes with the full flourish and drives it through cover. S Thompson won't mind this shot, it gives him opportunity to find the edge
15.3
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, gets a positive stride forward and leaves the ball alone
15.2
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, again low bounce on this ball. Keeper collects it on the bounce
15.1
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller length ball angling across Imam-ul-Haq, left alone, Ball kept a touch low as keeper collects it
14.6
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, straight bat, front-foot block and then flaunts his pose for the cameramen. Gee! These batsmen love holding their pose after playing a front foot defensive shot
14.5
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, positive stride forward and sees the ball go through the keeper
14.4
2
Murtagh to Babar Azam, 2 runs, good length delivery outside off, Babar Azam stays in the crease and drives it away from the body to cover for a brace
14.3
1
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, back of a length delivery outside off, tentative push and outside half of the willow takes the ball away from the point fielder for a single
14.2
0
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, good length delivery angling across Imam-ul-Haq who gets a good stride forward and leaves it alone
14.1
0
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, comes on the front foot and drives it back to the bowler
13.6
0
S Thompson to Babar Azam, no run, went for the drive outside off with hard hands, played it slightly away from the body and ball catches the outside edge of the batsman. It fell short of the gully fielder who did well to collect it on the bounce
13.5
0
S Thompson to Babar Azam, no run, short of length delivery on off, Babar Azam hops and blocks
13.4
1
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, good length delivery angling in to Imam-ul-Haq who tucks it to square leg for a single
13.3
4
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, FOUR, this ball rised a touch after pitching, Imam-ul-Haq was firmly in control as he cuts it to deep backward point in the vacant area for a boundary
13.2
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, that ball came at a knee height for Imam-ul-Haq. It kept horribly low, kind of ball which will create doubt in the mind of the batsmen
13.1
0
S Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, on a good length and going across Imam-ul-Haq who punches it off the back foot to point
12.6
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, terrific away shape on that fuller length delivery outside off, Babar Azam lets it go to the keeper
12.5
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, full length outside off, left alone
12.4
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, comes across and shuffles to the off-side to negate the swing, ends up blocking it to the off-side
12.3
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, on a back of a length, Babar Azam defends it to the off-side
12.2
1
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, on the pads and Imam-ul-Haq tucks it to square leg for a brace
12.1
2
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, good positive movement of feet and punches this good length at the stumps to cover for a brace. He has to dive to make it in the end, even without a dive he would have made it but he dived to be on the safer side
11.6
0
S Thompson to Babar Azam, no run, comes forward positively and lets the ball go through to the keeper
11.5
0
S Thompson to Babar Azam, no run, not much shape on this ball and Babar Azam ignores it
11.4
0
S Thompson to Babar Azam, no run, lovely away shape on that good length delivery, just too wide and Babar Azam leaves it
11.3
0
S Thompson to Babar Azam, no run, just wrote about his good rhythm, jinxed him probably as this ball was wayward, it was well down the leg-side and Sarfraz collects it
11.2
0
S Thompson to Babar Azam, no run, good length outside off, left alone
11.1
0
S Thompson to Babar Azam, no run, looks in a good rhythm already, Bowls this ball at the stumps at it was at that perfect length, just fuller of good. Babar Azam brings out the straight bat to block it back

Stuart Thompson, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

10.6
1
Murtagh to Babar Azam, 1 run, much fuller and enticing Babar Azam to drive. He played the ball outside off and outside edge of the bat was found, he pushed with soft hands and ball falls short of the slip fielder
10.5
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, not much venom on that ball outside off, Babar Azam watches it and happily lets it go into the gloves of the keeper
10.4
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, much fuller and in the off-stump channel, Babar Azam blocks this ball to the off-side
10.3
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, short of length delivery at the body, Babar Azam jumps in the crease slighly to block the ball to mid-on
10.2
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, gets a long way forward and leaves that good length ball outside off alone. Strangely, he looked back to see whether the keeper collected the ball or not
10.1
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, on a good length and outside off, Babar Azam opens the face of the bat and guides the ball to slip
9.6
4
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, FOUR, poor delivery on the pads, Imam-ul-Haq makes full use of it and clips if fine of fine leg for a four
9.5
1
Rankin to Babar Azam, 1 run, much fuller and bowls it just outside off, Babar Azam takes a good stride forward and pushes this ball gently to cover for a single
9.4
1
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, back of a length delivery at the body, Imam-ul-Haq hops in the crease and blocks this delivery to the left of square leg for a single
9.3
0
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, good length delivery angling away from Imam-ul-Haq who leaves the ball alone
9.2
0
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, straight bat comes out and blocks that good length ball to mid-off
9.1
0
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, short one down leg-side, poorly directed, Imam-ul-Haq ducks under it comfortably
8.6
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, angling in on the thighs, Babar Azam fends it one-handed it to the right of short leg who picks it up before the batsman can think about a run
8.5
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, perfect length but errs in line by half a meter. Too wide to cause any harm, and Babar Azam shoulders arms
8.4
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, Babar Azam stays back and lets it come on, defends off the back foot right under his eyes
8.3
2
Murtagh to Babar Azam, 2 runs, fullish delivery on the stumps, turned away to backward square leg for a brace. Easy runs...
8.2
1
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, fuller length delivery, tapped off the outer half towards deep backward point for a single
8.1
0
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, first slip has been too far behind, and this edge has fallen short! Good length ball on off, that carved slice coming down again, and a thin edge that fell just short of Stirling. Agonisingly short...
7.6
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, could Bradman play that? Jeez, that was honing in on a good length, angling in, and then suddenly and unpredictably jagged away off the seam just, betraying the batsman's trust at the 11th hour.
7.5
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, about half an inch short of another off-stump yorker, scooped off the toe towards mid-off.
7.4
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, beautiful delivery angling towards off from the 4th stump line, Babar Azam stays in the crease and defends it rather late back to the bowler
7.3
1
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, off-stump yorker, dug out off the toe-end into the off-side for a scrambled single
7.2
4
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, FOUR, short, barely any width, but Asian batsmen create width with their wrists. Short-arm whipped to deep backward point for four. Cracked away...
7.1
1
Rankin to Babar Azam, 1 run, terrible aberration of a delivery down leg, a deflection down to fine leg for a single
6.6
0
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller delivery on off, a half-volley essentially, pushed back down to mid-off again. He's slicing everything, like he would on a true-bounce wicket. Dangerous approach.
6.5
0
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length delivery slanting across again, didn't look like there was much movement, but Imam-ul-Haq ended up playing inside the line and misjudging the direction. Beaten on the outside edge again...
6.4
0
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, perfect length angling into the channel outside off, staightening off the seam, Imam-ul-Haq gets forward and opens the face of the bat to guide it towards point
6.3
2
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, half-volley, right in the slot, check-driven straight down the ground for a couple. Nice and compact, good shot...
6.2
0
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, another one beats the bat! A back of a length delivery angling across, seaming away from the original path of the ball, and hoodwinks the batsman at the last moment as he comes across and defends thin air. The Irish are on fire...
6.1
2
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, fuller length delivery on the pads, clipped away to deep mid-wicket for a couple

Wow, the T20 League is etched in my mind in a way such that 17 runs seems like a poor powerplay score to me...

5.6
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, short of length delivery outside off, angling in towards off, no lateral movement to speak of, Babar Azam stands tall and fends that off the back foot into the off-side
5.5
2
Rankin to Babar Azam, 2 runs, length ball on the pads, whipped away comfortably to backward square leg for a brace
5.4
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, yorker length delivery, perfectly executed, Babar Azam jabs his bat down just in time and it misses leg-stump and goes past it. Ooohs and aaahs all around...
5.3
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, steered behind point
5.2
0
Rankin to Babar Azam, no run, back of a length delivery, good bite off the surface, Babar Azam tries to turn it away like it was a true wicket, gets hit on the sensitive abdomenal region. Rubs it and puts on a tough guy facade. Back to business...
5.1
1
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, length delivery on the pads, tucked away to fine legf or a single
4.6
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, big appeal, but a little too high! On a back of a length and seaming back in, almost cutting him in half, beating the inside edge and striking him high on the pads. He was in front of off, struck in in front of off, but too high...
4.5
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, straighter and fuller on the pads, turned away towards short mid-wicket
4.4
0
Murtagh to Babar Azam, no run, good length ball outside off, seaming away steered (yeah, right) towards the cordon with soft hands

Babar Azam, right handed bat, comes to the crease

4.3
0
Murtagh to Shafiq, out Bowled!! Un-frickin-believable! Back of a length, the perfect test match length in the Heisenberg glacier outside off, seaming in sharply and breaching the defence of Shafiq. Furniture disturbed, and a celebrated guardian of the stumps in the 4th innings departs. Shafiq b Murtagh 1(5)

Murtagh to Shafiq, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

4.2
0
Murtagh to Shafiq, no run, good length ball just outside off, Shafiq gets half-forward and pushes it towards mid-off
4.1
0
Murtagh to Shafiq, no run, in the channel outside off, seaming in, and a brave, BRAVE leave by Shafiq. Tantalisingly close to off, says my colleague, and rightly so.
3.6
1
Rankin to Shafiq, 1 run, short one without much width outside off, Shafiq hops and dabs it into the gap between backward point and gully as they scamper through for a quick single
3.5
0
Rankin to Shafiq, no run, short delivery but too far down leg-side, Shafiq leaves it alone

Asad Shafiq, right handed bat, comes to the crease

3.4
0
Rankin to Haris Sohail, out Caught by Ed Joyce!! They're checking for the no-ball, but I think he has made it. This is out I think. A short-ish ball just outside off, not much width, Haris Sohail tries to force a carved cut through the off-side, ends up slicing it to Joyce at gully. St. Patrick's Day 2.0 for 2018. Are the Irish onto something special here? Haris Sohail c Ed Joyce b Rankin 7(8) [4s-1]

Rankin to Haris Sohail, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

3.3
0
Rankin to Haris Sohail, no run, length delivery on middle, straightening just a tad, Haris Sohail gets on the half-cock and pushes it to mid-off
3.2
0
Rankin to Haris Sohail, no run, another short of length delivery but the natural angle takes it away from the southpaw who is comfortable leaving it alone
3.1
0
Rankin to Haris Sohail, no run, short of length delivery angling towards off, some spongy bounce, Haris Sohail gets back, waits and pokes a defence towards cover
2.6
0
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, good length delivery in the hallway of hesitation outside off, Imam-ul-Haq gets half-forward and tries to block, gets beaten on the outside edge by the away seam movement
2.5
4
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, FOUR, looked loopier, and a little slow, on middle and leg, and easy pickings for Asian batsmen; whipped away to deep mid-wicket for four
2.4
0
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length delivery angling just outside off, tapped with an open bat-face off the back foot towards point
2.3
0
Murtagh to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, good length delivery on middle, Imam-ul-Haq pushes it back to Murtagh compactly
2.2
3
Murtagh to Haris Sohail, 3 runs, good length ball angling outside off, Haris Sohail has his feet stuck and reaches out for it to check-drive it to deep extra cover for three. Played away from his body, not very safe...
2.1
0
Murtagh to Haris Sohail, no run, good length delivery just outside off, Haris Sohail waits for it to come on and taps it with a partially open face towards point
1.6
0
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, good length delivery but a tad too wide outside off, Imam-ul-Haq is content with leaving that alone...
1.5
0
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, short of length delivery on the ribs, Imam-ul-Haq gets on the back foot and drops it into the on-side
1.4
0
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, good length delivery going across the left-hander, Imam-ul-Haq gets forward to drive it on the up through cover, and a hint of seam movement beats his outside edge
1.3
0
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, length delivery angling into the channel of uncertainty, Imam-ul-Haq swiftly gets in the way and taps it off the front foot to mid-off
1.2
0
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller, on a good length, and skidding on towards off, Imam-ul-Haq stays in his crease and pokes it off the back foot tentatively towards backward point
1.1
0
Rankin to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length delivery across the left-hander, going away with the angle, left alone without any worries

Boyd Rankin, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
4
Murtagh to Haris Sohail, FOUR, full and wide outside off, Haris Sohail stretches forward and reaches out, slices it away with top-notch timing square of the wicket for four. Haris is up and away. There was a backward point, but it was well wide of him. And jeez that was travelling...
0.5
0
Murtagh to Haris Sohail, no run, back of a length delivery to the southpaw from over the wicket, straightening on middle and leg, fended into the pitch off the back foot

Haris Sohail, left handed bat, comes to the crease

0.4
0
Murtagh to Azhar Ali, out Caught by Stirling!! A shaky stay out there ends for Azhar! That Dukes ball seems to have a life of its own as it swung sharply away from a shuffling Azhar Ali, kisses the edge off a tentative poke and carries to Mr. Beardy Stirling at first slip. First blood for Ireland, and this is already an interesting chase. Azhar Ali c Stirling b Murtagh 2(4)

Murtagh to Azhar Ali, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

0.3
0
Murtagh to Azhar Ali, no run, good length delivery, pitching on the seam and in the channel outside off, Azhar Ali walks down to negate the movement and just about keeps it down
0.2
2
Murtagh to Azhar Ali, 2 runs, fuller delivery swerving in towards off, Azhar Ali gets across and whips it away in front of square leg for a brace
0.1
0
Murtagh to Azhar Ali, no run, a bit of away swing and pitching on a good length, Azhar Ali gets forward and drives it back to the bowler off the inside half

Azhar Ali and Imam-ul-Haq are at the crease. Azhar Ali is on strike. Murtagh will open the attack