Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

Heavy rain washes out Day One of inaugural Test

Heavy rain washes out Day One of inaugural Test

The wait is over for the Irish fans as they will finally witness their country playing Test cricket for the first time.

A day after Ireland's players were seen skulking around in the pavilion as rain dashed their hopes of an ideal start to their Test career, the sun shone brightly on Saturday (May 12) and those at The Village in Malahide were in for a treat as the hosts picked up six wickets to reduce Pakistan to 268 after rain forced stumps on the second day of the one-off Test.

Ireland made a brilliant start to Test cricket on day two of their Test against Pakistan at Malahide reducing the tourists to 159 for 6 before an unbroken 109 run stand between Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf saved the day for the tourists.

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.

The 22-year-old left-hander was left flat on the ground and needed several minutes´ treatment on the field.

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

Having taken their first, Ireland added a second wicket moments later as Murtagh trapped Imam-ul-Haq lbw with the first ball of the next over to leave Pakistan 13-2.

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But it did not take long for Ireland to make a stunning double strike.

Shafiq square-cut Kane for four, with left-hander Haris glancing Thompson for a legside boundary.

Imam quickly recovered, but the two Pakistan batsmen soon departed in consecutive balls.

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

Duly reprieved, he went to fifty in just 52 balls, including seven fours, with Shadab following him to the landmark in 89 balls.

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. Faheem, however, did have a break when, on 36, he edged Rankin only for a diving Niall O'Brien to miss the catch and give the obscured Gary Wilson at first slip no chance of taking the ball.

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