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Pakistan give Ireland lesson in harsh realities of Test cricket

Irish Times – Pakistan: 310-9 dec (Faheem Ashraf 83, Asad Shafiq 62, Shadab Khan 55, T Murtagh 4-45) v Ireland 130: (Mohammad Abbas 4-44) 64-0

Ireland were given a lesson in the harsh realities they face in the early years of their Test-playing odyssey in Malahide on Sunday, but they also displayed the kind of steel, determination and bravery that has marked their rise in the cricketing world.


  • Forced to follow-on after being bowled out by Pakistan for 130 in their first innings – a deficit of 180 – openers Ed Joyce and William Porterfield went on to make amends second time around, recording Ireland’s first half-century partnership in Test cricket after each was dropped early in their second innings.
  • Ireland will start day four of the Test needing 116 to make Pakistan bat again and they will be confident of doing so after the start they have made to the second innings.
  • Abbas struck again in his first over after lunch, earning a third leg-before decision, this time against Niall O’Brien to leave Ireland on seven for four, with talk turning to the record books and the lowest innings scores in Test cricket.
  • Kevin O’Brien looked to be relishing his debut Test innings but Ireland continued to lose wickets, with Stuart Thompson and Tyrone Kane both being found out by leg-spinner Shadab Khan in the space of three deliveries.
  • Wearing an arm guard on his injured right arm as he went out to bat Wilson would go on to face 74 deliveries despite looking in discomfort throughout his innings and finished on 33 not out, Ireland’s second highest score after Kevin O’Brien’s 40.

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