Irish waiting another day for Test debut

Posted May 13, 2018

But the 22-year-old left-hander, who hit a hundred on his one-day global debut against Sri Lanka last year, has made fifties against both Kent and Northamptonshire in Pakistan's two warm-up matches ahead of this one-off Test.

An expectant crowd of nearly 6,000 filled the temporary stands in anticipation of witnessing a piece of sporting history, with Tim Murtagh, the Middlesex seamer, delivering the historic first ball - and it wasn't without drama.

Rankin, the former England global and only Irish player with test experience, had the honor of Ireland's first test wicket when Azhar Ali (4) edged him to second slip in the eighth over.

The new ball pair of Boyd Rankin and Tim Murtagh kept the line tight and allowed only for few runs to escape in the first half an hour of play, and then a double strike off consecutive balls had the visitors reduced to 13 for 2. Non-striker Imam-ul-Haq, like Faheem making his Test debut, found himself sandwiched between wicket-keeper Niall O'Brien and Kane in a heavy collision as he scrambled to complete the run.

The 22-year-old was soon moving around but took some time before the physiotherapist helped him back to his feet, ready to face his first ball in Test cricket. Imam-ul-Haq, who is the nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq, will also likely make his test debut.

Murtagh and Boyd Rankin, who previously played a Test match for England, opened the bowling, with Kane, Stuart Thompson and Kevin O'Brien providing the first change options.

The left-hander, who came into this match following fifties in Pakistan's two warm-up fixtures, against Kent and Northamptonshire, square-drove Murtagh for a stylish four.

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Imam did not last much longer as he departed the next ball, leaving Ireland jubilant and Pakistan in trouble at 13-2.

The tourists recovered but Asad Shafiq (62) was one of four wickets to fall after lunch to leave Pakistan 159-6.

But, in hindsight, given what the forecasts had predicted, both teams, especially Ireland, would be happy with the amount of cricket that eventually took place.

Imam was lbw for seven to a Murtagh delivery that came back into him.

Shafiq went on to complete a 107-ball fifty when he pulled Rankin for a single.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed would also fall before tea, Thompson taking his second wicket with Stirling again taking the catch at second slip after a wafted effort from the batsman.