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Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Ireland fight back after Pakistan enforce follow-on

Ireland fight back after Pakistan enforce follow-on

Ireland put up a strong fight in the second innings, ending Day 3 at 64 without loss after being made to follow on in their first-ever Test match, in Malahide near Dublin.

Ireland's first Test innings got off to a awful start, Abbas trapping Ed Joyce and Andy Balbirnie leg before and Amir removing captain William Porterfield's off stump to leave them 5-3 at lunch.

And Porterfield had made just three when Azhar Ali made a mess of a routine catch at third slip. It was pacer Mohammad Abbas who made the early inroads for Pakistan.

Abbas struck either side of lunch picking two before it and one immediately after it to leave the debutants in tatters. Pakistan won that Test by an innings and 324 runs.

Non-striker Imam, in scrambling to complete the run, found himself sandwiched between wicket-keeper Niall O'Brien and Tyrone Kane in a heavy collision.

Kevin O'Brien top scored with 40 and Gary Wilson made an unbeaten 33 to get Ireland up to 130 all out, Mohammad Amir (2-9) and Shadab Khan (3-31) also doing damage on Sunday.

The batting of Ireland, the 11th nation to play men's Test cricket, was always likely to prove decisive in the outcome of this one-off match.

But while replays suggested the ball that did for Joyce may have pitched outside the line, there was little doubt about the Abbas delivery that had Andrew Balbirnie lbw for a duck. Ireland, on the other end, will look to take quick wickets to try and bowl out Ireland below the total of 300.

Middlesex paceman Tim Murtagh led Ireland´s attack with four wickets for 55 runs from 25 overs.

Leg-spinner Shadab Khan continued his fine all-round display by taking two wickets in three balls to leave Ireland 61 for seven.

They needed to be within 150 runs of Pakistan, rather than the usual 200, after rain had washed out the whole of Friday's first day.

After Pakistan had declared their first innings on 310/9, Ireland were skittled out for 130 before replying solidly in their second innings as they were 64/0 at stumps.

Faheem responded to the arrival of the new ball, by stylishly driving Murtagh for four, having scored the fastest fifty by a Pakistan Test debutant, off 52 balls, on Saturday.

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