Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Ireland off to flying start as inaugural Test gets underway at last

Ireland off to flying start as inaugural Test gets underway at last

They had to bat 280 overs (214 in the first innings) in Harare against India to achieve that and, while Ireland should not have to bat that long if they are to claim what would be a memorable draw, with a good forecast today Boyd Rankin should finally win his second Test cap and 10 other proud players - Craig Young, Stuart Thompson and James Shannon are expected to miss out - will, finally, win their first.

DUBLIN: Shadab Khan and debutant Faheem Ashraf both scored maiden Test fifties as Pakistan fought back in Ireland´s inaugural Test match in Dublin on Saturday.

Ireland captain William Porterfield won the aforementioned toss and chose to put his side in to bowl and field first, before throwing the ball to Tim Murtagh to enjoy the privilege of bowling the first ever Test delivery.

Pakistan, sent into bat by Ireland captain William Porterfield, lost two wickets in successive balls to be 13 for two, but concerns that Ireland would pay for doing without a specialist spinner were eventually proved to be well-founded.

But it did not take long for Ireland to make a stunning double strike on a pitch offering some sideways movement.

Boyd Rankin got Ireland's first wicket, while Tim Murtagh got the second.

Ireland were awarded Test status previous year by the ICC and it was confirmed in October that Pakistan would be the first opponents for the new boys.

Rankin will go down as Ireland's first ever wicket taker in this format as Aznar Ali's slight edge travelled straight into the hands of the ever reliable William Porterfield, before Murtagh trapped novice Ul-Haq lbw for just seven runs. The century stand for the seventh wicket helped Pakistan shift the initiative, which rested with Ireland for most parts of the day, in their favour. Shafiq square-cut Kane for four, with left-hander Haris glancing Thompson for a legside boundary.

The batsman was left stricken on the turf but after receiving several minutes of treatment from the Pakistan physio, was able to carry on. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed (20) soon bowed out, too.

The teams went to lunch without a ball bowled in the grounds of Malahide Castle, just north of Dublin.

Despite being the first team to lose their entire opening day of Test match cricket, Deutrom refused to be deflated.

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