Pakistan beat Ireland in Dublin after recovering from 14-3

Pakistan beat Ireland in Dublin after recovering from 14-3

Debutants Ireland give Pakistan a scare before Imam-ul-Haq takes them to victory Pakistan debutant Imam-ul- Haq saw his side to victory as Ireland's first match in men's Test cricket ended in a gallant last-day defeat by five wickets at Malahide, Ireland, yesterday.

Babar, who was dropped on 9, was run out 20 runs short of the target.

Ireland came up short in their bid to pull off a miracle in Malahide as they were beaten by five wickets in their enthralling inaugural Test with Pakistan.

Medium-pacer Tim Murtagh gave the hosts the flawless start in the second innings as he had Azhar Ali edging to Paul Stirling at first-slip in the very first over of Pakistan's chase.

It was primarily O'Brien's graft and guile that brought Ireland to this juncture, taking their first ever Test match into the fifth day, but now only two wickets remained with the lead just over 140.

His 126-run partnership with Azam was the defining one of the day.

Fears that as soon as Ireland lost one wicket, another would follow quickly, were proved correct as 69 for one became 69 for two, with Andrew Balbirnie, for the second time in the match, was lbw to Mohammad Abbas for nought.

However, an unbeaten 74 for Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam's 59 helped the tourists claim a victory that had been on the cards once they bowled Ireland out for 130 on Sunday to establish a 180-run lead. The resolve of O'Brien and Thompson in batting them back into the game and their spirited persistence today showed any future opponents that they will be no pushover in Test cricket.

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Yet he missed Kevin O'Brien post a century the following day - a feat Porterfield hopes can have a lasting impact for the future of the game in the country.

Ireland doesn't play another test this summer as it eases into life in the longer format. Hopefully now we've put ourselves in a good position to try and go ahead and win it.

Ireland also had a chance to become the third team, after England and India, to win a Test after following on.

Resuming their second innings on 64 without loss after being asked to follow on and still needing 116 more runs to make Pakistan bat again, Ireland slumped to 123-4 by lunch.

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6 - Kevin O'Brien is only the 6th player to win the Man of the Match award on Test debut despite being on the losing side.

That wasn't to be the only remarkable moment of Ireland's initiation as a Test match nation. After Ireland's roaring start with the ball on the final day, Azam got together with Imam-ul-Haq to take the visitors to 52-3 at lunch.

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