Pakistan win Dublin test against Ireland by 5 wickets

Pakistan win Dublin test against Ireland by 5 wickets

Pakistan chased 160 runs target with the loss of five wickets in their second innings. Opener Imam-ul-Haq, nephew of former captain and current chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, steadied the ship with a fine test debut, stroking an unbeaten 74 that provided the platform for victory.

Earlier, Mohammad Abbas, benefiting from plenty of swing movement in overcast conditions, took the final three wickets of Ireland's second innings including O'Brien, who slashed at a wide one and edged to first slip.

Earlier, Pakistan declared their innings on 310/9 after reducing Ireland to just 130 runs.

Hero of the fourth day, and Ireland's first ever centurion in Test cricket, Kevin O'Brien did not add anything to his overnight score as he was out caught in the slips for 118 off seamer Mohammad Abbas.

Abbas in just his sixth Test match took Boyd Rankin and Tyrone Kane's wicket next, completing a five-wicket haul.

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With Ireland lying 160 runs behind, Pakistan elected to enforce the follow-on for the first time in their history and make Ireland bat again.

YEARS OF HARD work in the making, and then it comes and goes in a flash but William Porterfield hopes Ireland's inaugural Test match will leave a lasting legacy and inspire a generation. Imam hit the winning runs as grey clouds threatening rain hung over Malahide. Babar Azam was with him on 9.

Yet the controversial decision to shrink the 2019 World Cup in England to a 10-team tournament and Ireland's failure to come through an increasingly competitive qualifying tournament where only two spots were available means Porterfield's men will be on the outside looking in next year.

Although it was nearly inevitable that the upset was too far gone, Ireland further added to a respectable scoreline and outstanding match in general producing a further outing through Stuart Thompson's dismissal of Safraz Ahmed for 8, Pakistan now at 152-5.

The two sides posed together soon after for a photograph to mark the historic occasion, while Kevin O'Brien was awarded the man of the match award for his second-innings heroics with the bat. In addition, Pakistan enforced follow-on after 16 years.

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A quick turnaround, as Pakistan came out to knock off the 160 runs needed to secure the victory ahead of their tour of England.

Pakistan's record on fifth day performances was evidently abysmal with only one win in their last nine day five matches. Pakistan have a lot of good young players coming up, and the chance been provided to these young lads in their young careers is giving Pakistan cricket a bright future.

Murtagh gave Ireland a flying start with the ball on the final day. That's the character we've had and to be able to bring that into first Test is pleasing. That was as good as it got for Ireland.

But after a glorious four days in Malahide, following a washed-out opening day, there is now no question that the 11th team to play Test cricket are in any way out of place.

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