Pakistan VS Ireland Test: Match Begins Today, First Day was Washed Out

The match against Pakistan at Malahide had to be abandoned

The International Cricket Council awarded Ireland Test status in June past year.

Ireland win the toss and elect to bowl first.

Boyd Rankin, the 15th man and the first since Kepler Wessels (Australia and South Africa) 25 years ago to play Test cricket for two nations after making a lone appearance for England, had the honour of taking Ireland's first Test wicket.

Ireland left out spinner Andy McBrine, with Stuart Thompson completing an all-pace attack led by Boyd Rankin, who played one Test for England before requalifying, and experienced Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh.

Pakistan would have expected more from Babar Azam (14) who couldn't hang on with Shafiq for longer than nine overs before nicking off to Murtagh. When bad light stopped play after 76 overs, Pakistan was 268-6 and in charge, with Ashraf 61 not out and Khan 52 not out.

William Porterfield's decision was rewarded nearly immediately as Rankin and Murtagh, among the more senior members in the side, picked up a wicket each to break Pakistan down to 13 for 2 inside the first ten overs.

Azhar lobbed to Ireland captain Will Porterfield at second slip and his opening partner was then trapped lbw by Tim Murtagh.

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The 22-year-old was left flat on the ground and needed several minutes' treatment on the field, but he recovered to face the second ball of the match, with Imam playing and missing. Inzamam-ul-Haq's nephew Imam-ul-Haq, who is the nephew of It is the inaugural test for Ireland.

Pakistan team is in good form as it won the tour match against Northamptonshire with 9 wickets.

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

Rankin had an uncertain Azhar (four) edging to Porterfield at second slip. The duo added 58 runs for the third wicket to allay fears of an absolute collapse, but Sohail's fall only reignited the possibility.

Pakistan rebuilt and managed to not lose a wicket before the lunch break.

Shafiq moved to a 107-ball 50 in the afternoon session as his side reached 135-4.

But with the towering Rankin, bowling from around the wicket, a similar shot proved Shafiq's undoing when he found Andrew Balbirnie at square leg.

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