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Only Test, Dublin (Malahide), May 11 - 15, 2018, Pakistan tour of Ireland, England and Scotland
(T:160) 310/9d & 160/5
(f/o) 130 & 339

Pakistan won by 5 wickets

Player Of The Match
40 & 118
Pakistan 1st Innings
Ireland 1st Innings
Ireland 2nd Innings (Following on)
Pakistan 2nd Innings
Match Details
Pakistan 1st Innings 
Azhar Ali c Porterfield b Rankin423370017.39
Imam-ul-Haq lbw b Murtagh726391026.92
Haris Sohail c Porterfield b Thompson3166912046.96
Asad Shafiq c Balbirnie b Rankin621211698051.23
Babar Azam c Stirling b Murtagh1425343056.00
Sarfaraz Ahmed (c)†c Stirling b Thompson2040612050.00
Shadab Khan lbw b Murtagh551051397052.38
Faheem Ashraf c †NJ O'Brien b Thompson831151709172.17
Mohammad Amir c †NJ O'Brien b Murtagh1341511031.70
Mohammad Abbas not out 413191030.76
Rahat Ali not out 0613000.00
Extras(b 1, lb 10, nb 4, w 2)17
TOTAL96 Ov (RR: 3.22, 411 Mts)310/9d
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Azhar Ali, 7.6 ov), 2-13 (Imam-ul-Haq, 8.1 ov), 3-71 (Haris Sohail, 29.6 ov), 4-104 (Babar Azam, 38.2 ov), 5-153 (Asad Shafiq, 48.4 ov), 6-159 (Sarfaraz Ahmed, 51.5 ov), 7-276 (Shadab Khan, 80.4 ov), 8-304 (Faheem Ashraf, 91.5 ov), 9-306 (Mohammad Amir, 92.6 ov)
Tim Murtagh2554541.801244000
8.1 to Imam-ul-Haq, massive appeal, and Ireland have two in two! And Murtagh has his maiden wicket too! Incredible scenes, another full length, pitched on middle-and-off, straightened off the deck and would have knocked back the off stump. Imam was only halfway into his forward stride when he was pinned on the kneeroll. Scenes!. 13/2
38.2 to Babar Azam, edged and gone again! Murtagh lures the loose stroke, pushing hard at a ball that left him off the pitch, Stirling snaffles the offering at second slip, and Ireland keep chipping away! Just when he seemed to be settling into his day's work, Babar is gone!. 104/4
80.4 to Shadab Khan, big appeal and out! Murtagh strikes in his first over of the morning! Fuller length, tighter line, Shadab was playing across the line and was thumped on the front pad. Potentially wasn't doing enough to hit leg stump, but there's no DRS here, so no recourse for the batsman!. 276/7
92.6 to Mohammad Amir, he's nicely set up Amir there. There was the one that came in, one that went away, a back of a length delivery, and now a fullish one that Amir is drawn forward to. But he can't cover for the swing away from him and promptly gets an outside edge to the keeper. 306/9
Boyd Rankin2137523.579011001
7.6 to Azhar Ali, Rankin strikes! Ireland have their first Test wicket! Hugely deserved breakthrough, another tight line, leaping delivery, kisses the splice with a bit of nip off the deck and lobs invitingly into the hands of second slip. Will Porterfield makes no mistake, and Malahide is jubilant!. 13/1
48.4 to Asad Shafiq, the short ball has worked! Well, whatever you think of the tactic it's paid off. Banged in halfway down, he goes for the pull again, can't keep this one down and offers a catch to square leg. 153/5
Tyrone Kane2028604.308511001
Stuart Thompson2246232.811037012
29.6 to Haris Sohail, edged and gone, and Thompson joins the debutant wickets list! Dangled outside off, a loose poke on the back foot from Sohail, hands away from the body, and Porterfield reaches forward at gully with calm hands to give Ireland the perfect lift in this session!. 71/3
51.5 to Sarfaraz Ahmed, another catch into the slips! And that's a big giveaway from Sarfraz. Short of a length outside off and a very careless glide straight to second slip, neat grab from Stirling. As though he was given slip catches before play. Ireland keep chipping away. 159/6
91.5 to Faheem Ashraf, that's a brilliant delivery. No century for Faheem but a brute from Thompson. Pitches outside leg, gets big on him and seams away before getting the glove to the keeper. Top delivery. 304/8
Kevin O'Brien612003.33271010
Paul Stirling201105.5070100
Ireland 1st Innings 
Ed Joyce lbw b Mohammad Abbas44900100.00
William Porterfield (c) b Mohammad Amir12030005.00
Andy Balbirnie lbw b Mohammad Abbas0816000.00
Niall O'Brien lbw b Mohammad Abbas01012000.00
Paul Stirling c Babar Azam b Faheem Ashraf1720352085.00
Kevin O'Brien c Imam-ul-Haq b Mohammad Amir4068985058.82
Stuart Thompson  b Shadab Khan321400014.28
Tyrone Kane c Babar Azam b Shadab Khan022000.00
Gary Wilson not out 3374976044.59
Boyd Rankin c †Sarfaraz Ahmed b Mohammad Abbas1750542034.00
Tim Murtagh c Imam-ul-Haq b Shadab Khan57181071.42
Extras(b 8, lb 1, w 1)10
TOTAL47.2 Ov (RR: 2.74, 202 Mts)130
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Ed Joyce, 1.5 ov), 2-5 (Andy Balbirnie, 5.1 ov), 3-5 (William Porterfield, 6.1 ov), 4-7 (Niall O'Brien, 7.5 ov), 5-36 (Paul Stirling, 13.3 ov), 6-61 (Stuart Thompson, 22.2 ov), 7-61 (Tyrone Kane, 22.4 ov), 8-73 (Kevin O'Brien, 29.4 ov), 9-107 (Boyd Rankin, 42.6 ov), 10-130 (Tim Murtagh, 47.2 ov)
Mohammad Amir105920.90550010
6.1 to WTS Porterfield, Amir floors the off stump and sets off on a celebratory sprint. He relishes the wicket. Amir ventures wide of the crease and gets it to skid back in from over the wicket, Porterfield is beaten for pace, he plays inside the line of it and loses his off stump. What a terrific sight for a fast bowler. Perfect end to the session for Pakistan. 5/3
29.4 to KJ O'Brien, straight to cover! O'Brien has been keen to have a drive. Goes for it again, this time more on the up, can't keep it down and it's a neat snaffle by Imam at cover. 73/8
Mohammad Abbas1144444.00507000
1.5 to EC Joyce, Abbas draws another appeal for lbw, this time umpire Illingworth raises his finger. Full inswinger from Abbas, shapes back in, Joyce hangs back and plays all around it. This might have clipped leg stump but was the impact in line with leg stump? Tight, tight call. May have pitched just outside leg. 5/1
5.1 to A Balbirnie, Abbas finds inswing again, this time Balbirnie is pinned in front. Nice and full, angling, shaping in from over the wicket. Pitches in line, the batsman plays around his front pad, and falls over. This would have cannoned into middle and leg stumps. 5/2
7.5 to NJ O'Brien, pinned on the knee-roll and Ireland are in tatters! Caught on the crease, and a hostage to the late nip back off the seam. No option there but to stick up the finger and sink this innings further into the mire!. 7/4
42.6 to WB Rankin, good length outside off, and that's been inside edged! Nicely taken by Sarfraz, who had to run across to his right. Rankin tried to drive, but the ball zipped in, and then took a feather edge off the bat. Ireland lose their ninth. 107/9
Rahat Ali701802.57281000
Faheem Ashraf521813.60223000
13.3 to PR Stirling, oh, no, no no! Stirling was looking so good, and he perishes to a rash shot. It was back of a length with a fair bit of width, perhaps in the slot for his favourite front-foot cut, but he goes for the pull instead. The ball nips away off the pitch, perhaps stops on him too, catches the toe-end of the bat, and loops up for extra-cover to take a simple catch. 36/5
Shadab Khan13.233132.32645000
22.2 to SR Thompson, cleaned him up! He's basically played all round this one. Pitched just outside off, looking to work it too square really and completely misses. Went straight on. To be fair, the previous one did spin a bit. So a nice set-up by Shadab. 61/6
22.4 to TE Kane, and another! Edged to gully off the pad The slide continues. Think this may have been the googly, spun back a fraction, he was on the back foot looking to work to leg, gets an inside edge into his pad which loops to the close catcher. 61/7
47.2 to TJ Murtagh, they're all out! Clipped to short leg. It was a length ball on off, and his attempted whip behind square goes straight to Imam. Smiles all around among the visitors as Murtagh and Wilson make their way back. Ireland are bowled out for 130. 130/10
Haris Sohail10101.0050000
Ireland 2nd Innings (Following on) 
Ed Joyce run out (Faheem Ashraf)43981276043.87
William Porterfield (c)c †Sarfaraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir321201953026.66
Andy Balbirnie lbw b Mohammad Abbas045000.00
Niall O'Brien  b Mohammad Amir1845552040.00
Paul Stirling lbw b Mohammad Abbas1133572033.33
Kevin O'Brien c Haris Sohail b Mohammad Abbas11821734412054.37
Gary Wilson c Haris Sohail b Mohammad Amir1234471035.29
Stuart Thompson  b Shadab Khan531161506045.68
Tyrone Kane  b Mohammad Abbas14961281014.58
Boyd Rankin  b Mohammad Abbas613211046.15
Tim Murtagh not out 53910166.66
Extras(b 1, lb 20, nb 2, w 4)27
TOTAL129.3 Ov (RR: 2.61, 579 Mts)339
Fall of wickets: 1-69 (Ed Joyce, 28.5 ov), 2-69 (Andy Balbirnie, 29.4 ov), 3-94 (Niall O'Brien, 42.5 ov), 4-95 (William Porterfield, 44.4 ov), 5-127 (Paul Stirling, 57.1 ov), 6-157 (Gary Wilson, 67.5 ov), 7-271 (Stuart Thompson, 102.2 ov), 8-321 (Kevin O'Brien, 123.1 ov), 9-332 (Boyd Rankin, 127.4 ov), 10-339 (Tyrone Kane, 129.3 ov)
Mohammad Amir29.296332.141406000
42.5 to NJ O'Brien, cleaned him up! Two stumps out of the ground - off and middle - what a sight for a fast bowler. A full delivery, a hint of late shape in at O'Brien, he aims to whip it through the leg side and his woodwork is shattered. The ball didn't do that much, so O'Brien will be disappointed to miss it. Decent pace, though. 94/3
44.4 to WTS Porterfield, taken this time! They've grabbed a catch off Amir. This is a lovely spell. In the channel again, full outside off, Porterfield reaches forward and gets an outside edge. Sarfraz dives to his left in front of first slip to gather it. 95/4
67.5 to GC Wilson, edged, taken at the wideish slip! And 100 Test wickets for Amir Wilson lured into a drive away from his body, full outside off, the thick edge is safely held. 157/6
Mohammad Abbas28.3106652.311419001
29.4 to A Balbirnie, huge appeal and Balbirnie has a pair on debut! That was plumb alas, just planted the front foot, the ball nipped back off the seam, and Nigel Llong's slow death did the rest. 69/2
57.1 to PR Stirling, given lbw, umpire says pad before bat!. A big inswinger from Abbas (reverse swing?), on a good length, tails into Stirling and, yes, that looks an excellent decision by Nigel Llong. Struck the knee roll just before the bat came through. Perhaps not a decision we'd have seen in a pre-DRS era (I know there's no DRS this match, but umpires now think differently). 127/5
123.1 to KJ O'Brien, width, slashed, gone! O'Brien is gone to his first ball of the morning! He forgot that he wouldn't necessarily still be seeing it like a planet today, and his feet weren't moving either. Big outswing, he lined up the mow through the covers but snicked it straight to slip!. 321/8
127.4 to WB Rankin, bowled him! Angled across the left-hander, Rankin is caught in two minds, tries to leave but under-edges onto his own timbers! Abbas kicks the turf in a mixture of joy and frustration. Pakistan are one away from embarking on their run-chase. 332/9
129.3 to TE Kane, all over! Five for Abbas, who performs the sajda after shattering Kane's stumps via an inside edge. It's been a valiant effort from the bowler, and the Ireland batsmen too. And the target is a tantalising 160. 339/10
Rahat Ali2337503.26968020
Faheem Ashraf1835102.83827011
Shadab Khan30.476312.051425000
102.2 to SR Thompson, that's done it! Shadab pulls out a ripper to break the stand. Pitches in the rough outside off, grips sharply, beats the inside edge and takes middle stump. That spun miles. 271/7
Pakistan 2nd Innings (T: 160 runs)
Azhar Ali c Stirling b Murtagh2430050.00
Imam-ul-Haq not out 741211998061.15
Haris Sohail c Joyce b Rankin78131087.50
Asad Shafiq  b Murtagh1560020.00
Babar Azam run out (Balbirnie/Thompson)591141428051.75
Sarfaraz Ahmed (c)†lbw b Thompson812192066.66
Shadab Khan not out 411150036.36
Extras(nb 5)5
TOTAL45 Ov (RR: 3.55, 199 Mts)160/5
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Azhar Ali, 0.4 ov), 2-13 (Haris Sohail, 3.4 ov), 3-14 (Asad Shafiq, 4.3 ov), 4-140 (Babar Azam, 37.1 ov), 5-152 (Sarfaraz Ahmed, 41.3 ov)
Tim Murtagh1635523.43748000
0.4 to Azhar Ali, edged and gone! Goodness me, this is a huge breakthrough! Murtagh refused to stray from his strengths amid all of Azhar's prancing, and just found some lovely shape on a good length, a bit of new-ball bite, a tentative prod, and a flying edge to first slip! That is how to use the conditions, and now then, Pakistan, what's your response?. 2/1
4.3 to Asad Shafiq, through him! Pakistan are three down. Astonishing scenes. A good length ball, hint of shape back, Shafiq plays a loose drive and the ball goes through the massive gap to take off stump. 14/3
Boyd Rankin1215714.75465003
3.4 to Haris Sohail, gone as well! A tentative back-foot stab into the off side, but Rankin's extra height does for Haris, who can't get over his stroke! Ed Joyce in the gully, gathers low, straight off the face of an uppish push ... and Ireland are on fire! Oh, lummie, they are checking the no-ball, and it is so tight, but it is out!. 13/2
Stuart Thompson1143112.81545002
41.3 to Sarfaraz Ahmed, big appeal, and nailed on the knee-roll! Thompson is rewarded for his perseverence... kept a touch low as Sarfraz shaped to pull and up goes the finger! He doesn't look best pleased, might have been sliding leg-side, but Ireland have a late reward for their efforts. 152/5
Tyrone Kane611702.83271000
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The Village, Malahide, Dublin
TossIreland, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
Kevin O'Brien
Match numberTest no. 2303
Hours of play (local time)11:00 start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days11,12,13,14,15 May 2018 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Andy Balbirnie
Andy Balbirnie
Ed Joyce
Ed Joyce
Gary Wilson
Gary Wilson
Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien
Niall O'Brien
Niall O'Brien
Paul Stirling
Paul Stirling
Stuart Thompson
Stuart Thompson
Tyrone Kane
Tyrone Kane
Tim Murtagh
Tim Murtagh
William Porterfield
William Porterfield
Faheem Ashraf
Faheem Ashraf
Nigel Llong
Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire
Mark Hawthorne
Reserve Umpire
Alan Neill
Match Referee
Chris Broad
Fri, 11 May - day 1 - no play
Sat, 12 May - day 2 - Pakistan 1st innings 268/6 (Shadab Khan 52*, Faheem Ashraf 61*, 76 ov)
Sun, 13 May - day 3 - Ireland 2nd innings 64/0 (Ed Joyce 39*, William Porterfield 23*, 26 ov)
Mon, 14 May - day 4 - Ireland 2nd innings 319/7 (Kevin O'Brien 118*, Tyrone Kane 8*, 122 ov)
Tue, 15 May - day 5 - Pakistan 2nd innings 160/5 (45 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
  • 8th Wicket: 50 runs in 121 balls (KJ O'Brien 30, TE Kane 10, Ex 10)
  • Innings Break: Ireland - 339/10 in 129.3 overs (TJ Murtagh 5)
  • Pakistan 2nd innings
  • Pakistan: 50 runs in 15.4 overs (94 balls), Extras 0
  • Lunch: Pakistan - 52/3 in 17.0 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 33, Babar Azam 9)
  • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 84 balls (Imam-ul-Haq 37, Babar Azam 13, Ex 0)
  • Imam-ul-Haq: 50 off 61 balls (7 x 4)
  • Pakistan: 100 runs in 25.2 overs (152 balls), Extras 0
  • 4th Wicket: 100 runs in 145 balls (Imam-ul-Haq 59, Babar Azam 41, Ex 0)
  • Babar Azam: 50 off 90 balls (8 x 4)
  • Pakistan: 150 runs in 41.2 overs (253 balls), Extras 5
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