Only Test, Dublin (Malahide), May 11 - 15 2018, Pakistan tour of Ireland, England and Scotland
(target 160)310/9d & 160/5
(f/o) 130 & 339
Pakistan won by 5 wickets
Player Of The Match
40 & 118
end of over 455 runs
PAK: 160/5CRR: 3.55 
Imam-ul-Haq74 (121)
Shadab Khan4 (11)
Tyrone Kane 6-1-17-0
Stuart Thompson 11-4-31-1

4pm So, that just about wraps things up from Malahide. It's been a special five four days, and it's ended with a doughty performance from a young Pakistan side who found their heroes at the right moment throughout the contest.

Ireland have oodles to be proud of, however. Especially that man Kevin O'Brien. Don't forget to check out all our post-match coverage from Mel and Jarrod, including #PoliteEnquiries. And we'll see you next week for Pakistan's next engagement, against England at Lord's on May 24.

Time for some presentations First up the Man of the Match is Kevin O'Brien.

"I think a slightly better morning for us and we could have pushed Pakistan even harder. I struggled the most this morning trying to forget about yesterday, it was mentally draining. I just played the situation where we needed to stick in and dig around. I'm renowned for slogging the ball into the stands but I reined myself in a little bit!

Will Porterfield: "The 200 mark would have made it close, but full credit to the boys, if we'd been able to break that partnership earlier it could have been close. We had a hell of a lot of good things coming out of the game. I couldn't have asked any more of the bowlers, we'd have liked to have the opportunity to bat that first innings again, but we showed character, and brought that into our first Test."

"Regardless of what happens, we always talked about winning the next session."

A T20 series against India coming up... "A lot to look forward to."

Sarfraz Ahmed: "Batting is very difficult here so a great knock from Imam and Babar. We dropped a couple of catches but if we'd taken them... they made a good partnership, but credit to my bowlers and my batsmen."

England coming up for Pakistan. "We need this kind of performance, so in'shallah we are ready for that tour."

3.55pm Ali Ahad: "Pakistan have too few experienced player for the team of their caliber, Ireland have two many experienced player they needed young blood" Not entirely untrue. But the combination has been compelling this week.

3.50pm The two teams have just posed for a joint photograph. What a nice touch that is! And a sign of the respect forged between the two sides. A genuine feelgood match for a beleaguered old format.

Ali Ahad: "Sometimes I realize how Important Pakistan is for the revival/survival of Test Cricket ... " Damn right. They are the linchpin in my opinion. The most interesting team for the neutrals to observe, in awe, in shock, in laughter sometimes. But it's never dull!

Swerver: "Ireland may have lost this match, but they have certainly won respect. A better first innings score and this match could've been really close." Indeed. They were a touch paralysed by nerves in the first dig, but really settled into their roles thereafter. Batting at times brilliant, bowling forever tenacious.

Maan: "A one or two very important things Pakistan need to improve in up coming games against england .. firstly they need azhar to stand up Pak surely cant afford him being out of form .. secondly sarfraz need to improve behind the stumps .. he is not batting that well and then if he cant keeps well enough then surely its gonna hurt Pskistan big time"

3.45pm Handshakes all round, and rightly so. It's been a tremendous Test match, Ireland battled to the bitter end, even when all hope was lost they refused to offer any freebies

Stefan: "Hey, at least this was a wonderful distraction from the seemingly never-ending, monotonously soul crushing, strategy breakingly commercial megabeast that is the IPL. I almost forgot what real cricket is like... " Talking of such things, an IPL/Test cricket cross-over player is at it again for Rajasthan Royals...

Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs

inside-edged push through square leg, and Pakistan have won by five wickets! Fittingly it's Imam with the winning runs. He's played a blinder, rescuing his side from 14 for 3, and on debut as well

Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run

full length, dug out, pushed into the off side

Umair Mehmood: "Looking back at 14/3, Pakistan still needs a top order batsman which can stay longer. It's big time to test Fawad Alam" He certainly thinks so!

Kane to Shadab, 1 run

nudged to cover to take a third off the requirement

Kane to Shadab, no run

left alone, no stroke offered on a wide line

Kane to Shadab, 2 runs

on the pads, flicked square, a scrambling half-stop from Thompson, but Pakistan need three now

Kane to Shadab, no run

very full, late swing, blocked, no surrender from the Irish

end of over 442 runs
PAK: 155/5CRR: 3.52 
Imam-ul-Haq72 (119)
Shadab Khan1 (7)
Stuart Thompson 11-4-31-1
Tyrone Kane 5-1-12-0
Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run

attempted biff off the back foot, not quite timed

Atrus: "I have to say, I'm impressed by IRE's resiliency here. They will almost certainly lose, but they don't intend to make it easy. 18/2 in the last 10 overs!"

Thompson to Shadab, 1 run

full and straight, keeps low, tucked to leg, another single

Kumail Zaidi: "Is Pakistan the only country, that gives its opponents hope and then take it away .. then give it back and take it away .. and it goes on and on .. " England have got quite good at that in recent years, to be fair ... when they aren't being butchered overseas, that is

Thompson to Shadab, no run

tapped into the leg side

Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run

shorter in length, still a tight line, and an urgent cut through backward point. Another one chalked off

Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run

on the pads, tucked to the leg side

Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run

big outswinger, fizzing through to the keeper, no stroke

end of over 431 run
PAK: 153/5CRR: 3.55 
Shadab Khan0 (5)
Imam-ul-Haq71 (115)
Tyrone Kane 5-1-12-0
Stuart Thompson 10-4-29-1
Kane to Shadab, no run

back of a length, outswing, punched to cover

Kane to Shadab, no run

keeps low from over the wicket, attacking off stump and dug out

Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run

beauty! A big inswinger, out of the blue, and it's just as well it was a man who 114 balls to his name behind that one. Dug out with a shuffle of bat and feet

Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run

very wide line, nipping away, no stroke there

Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run

outside off, ploughing a furrow, no stroke offered

Three slips and a gully

Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run

round the wicket, stabbed back down the pitch on the back foot

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