Shadab and Faheem revive Pakistan

Umpires Illingworth and Llong carry out an inspection but there was little prospect of play and Ireland will hope to make their bow today instead

A day after Ireland's players were seen skulking around in the pavilion as rain dashed their hopes of an ideal start to their Test career, the sun shone brightly on Saturday (May 12) and those at The Village in Malahide were in for a treat as the hosts picked up six wickets to reduce Pakistan to 268 after rain forced stumps on the second day of the one-off Test.

From there, they arguably recovered pretty well, but a first-innings score of 130 was still penurious enough for Pakistan to enforce the follow on for the first time in 16 years and seven opportunities.

Pakistan opener Azhar Ali attempted to scoot through for a quick single and Imam-ul-Haq, the nephew of former worldwide batsman Inzamam, collided with Niall O'Brien, forcing a delay while he was attended to. There was drama at a sundrenched Malahide even before the wickets fell, with Pakistan debutant Imam-ul-Haq injured off the first ball of the match.

For Pakistan, Imam-ul-Haq and Faheem Ashraf made their test debuts.

And Porterfield had made just three when Azhar Ali made a mess of a routine catch at third slip.

The paceman took four wickets for 44 runs as Ireland's first innings was wrapped up inside 48 overs.

Ireland, who became only the 11th nation to play Test cricket, opted to bowl first, with Tim Murtagh handed the honour of getting his country's maiden match underway.

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

"The noise for those first couple of wickets was great, they really got behind us and that helped with the adrenaline pumping and gave us an extra spring in our steps as bowlers", said Murtagh.

The batsman was left stricken on the turf but after receiving several minutes of treatment from the Pakistan physio, was able to carry on. Batting on 60, Shafiq hit a Rankin short-ball straight into the hands of square-leg as Pakistan went from 71-2 to 159-6. Haris Sohail (31 runs), Asad Shafiq (62 runs), Babar Azam (14 runs) and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (20 runs) kept the scoreboard moving but not effectively. Abbas returned to claim his fourth and Shadab finished off the innings but Wilson's unbeaten 33 was symbolic of Irish resolve - a foundation which Joyce and Porterfield built on doughtily during the evening sunshine.

At the other end, Faheem started the slower of the two but quickly changed gears as he too brought up a half-century with the partnership going beyond the 100-run mark.

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