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Pakistan likely to play with the same squad.

Ireland won the toss and bowled and their first delivery in Test cricket proved eventful as Imam ul-Haq suffered an injury when scrambling for a quick single.

Although Test cricket arrived 24 hours late in Malahide, it finally did so under clear blue skies, with Friday's driving rain and howling winds a fading memory.

After 141 years of wait, Ireland became the 11th nation in the world to play Test cricket on Saturday as a village ground played host to a Test match in front of a near-capacity crowd.

Ul-Haq, nephew of legendary Pakistan captain Inzamam, did not appear to suffer too many after-effects although it did take him 16 balls to get off the mark before he drove Murtagh stylishly for four through the off side.


The very next ball saw Imam trapped leg before for just 7 as Tim Murtagh got in on the act.

Ireland went on to bag back-to-back wickets to make it 13-2 in what was a memorable start to their inaugural Test match.

Both physios attended him, with Ireland's Ciaran O'Reilly assisting his Pakistan counterpart.

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.

Ireland's historic first Test wicket was actually Rankin's second in Tests though, his first came in his solitary England Test appearance against Australia in Sydney, during the 2013/14 Ashes.


Shafiq began to steady the Pakistan ship and reached his 50 from 107 balls after the restart.

Haris would have been run out if Stuart Thompson's throw at the stumps had hit, but Pakistan's third-wicket pair eventually started to settle in.

But Haris Sohail quickly became the next victim as he was out for 31 and Babar Azam made 14 before Murtagh struck to reduce Pakistan to 104-4.

Porterfield used all five of his seam bowlers before lunch but it was Pakistan that carried the momentum into the break, going in on 67 for two with Haris on 28 and Shafiq 22.

Few Pakistani fans echoed the sentiments of Akram who objected Pakistan team's move to give their customary green stripe a miss.


Stirling's attempt to replicate John Mooney's famous Gaelic football solo from the 2007 World Cup win over Pakistan was miscued as it shanked off his right foot, but at 159 for six, there was giddiness on the pitch as well as off.

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