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

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

The opening day's play was rained off meaning that the clash between Ireland and Pakistan at Malahide Castle was delayed until Saturday, which cost Cricket Ireland a pricey £66,000.

There was drama at an initially sun-drenched Malahide right from Saturday´s first ball of this stand-alone match.

On the other hand, the Pakistani cricket team will not be taking the Irish lightly, because Ireland will look to do what no side has done in 141 years: win their inaugural test match.

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.

More news: Palestinian killed, more than 100 wounded in 7th week of Gaza protests

The ball had travelled just a couple of feet from the stumps and wicket-keeper Niall O'Brien and fielder Tyrone Kane both darted towards the ball while Ul-Haq, on Test debut, dived to make his ground.

And so less than an hour into the embryonic stages of their Test life, Ireland had shown what they will bring to this former exclusive club of ten with their renowned fighting spirit in full throttle, as they remained unfazed and took two top wickets against one of the games most esteemed elders.

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.

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. Babar Azam's stay barely lasted and Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan skipper, couldn't make the most of the greenhorn opposition.

More news: Khloe Kardashian shares first picture of baby True!

After a few near run-outs, Pakistan´s third-wicket duo settled in.

The batsman was left stricken on the turf but after receiving several minutes of treatment from the Pakistan physio, was able to carry on.

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

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

More news: Miranda Kerr Gives Birth to Baby No. 2!

When Stirling did come on, a well-set Faheem launched the part-time spinner over long-on for six.

Related Articles