result
Only Test, Dublin, May 11 - 15 2018, Pakistan tour of Ireland, England and Scotland
(45 ov, target 160)310/9d & 160/5
(f/o) 130 & 339
Pakistan won by 5 wickets
player of the match
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• The Report by Alan Gardner

Imam-ul-Haq guides Pakistan home after Ireland scare

Imam-ul-Haq produced the match-winning contribution for Pakistan as they chased down 160 in the fourth innings and denied Ireland a fairytale win

Match centre 
Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
Pakistan310/9(96 overs)1st INNINGS
Faheem Ashraf83 (115)
Asad Shafiq62 (121)
Ireland130/10(47.2 overs)1st INNINGS
Shadab Khan3/31(13.2)
Ireland339/10(129.3 overs)2nd INNINGS
Kevin O'Brien118 (217)
Mohammad Abbas5/66(28.3)
Mohammad Amir3/63(29.2)
Pakistan160/5(45 overs)2nd INNINGS
Imam-ul-Haq*74 (121)
Babar Azam59 (114)
end of over 455 runs
PAK: 160/5CRR: 3.55 
Imam-ul-Haq74 (121)
Shadab Khan4 (11)
Tyrone Kane6-1-17-0
Stuart Thompson11-4-31-1

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...

44.6
2
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

44.5
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!

44.4
1
Kane to Shadab, 1 run

nudged to cover to take a third off the requirement

44.3
Kane to Shadab, no run

left alone, no stroke offered on a wide line

44.2
2
Kane to Shadab, 2 runs

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

44.1
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 Thompson11-4-31-1
Tyrone Kane5-1-12-0
43.6
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!"

43.5
1
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

43.4
Thompson to Shadab, no run

tapped into the leg side

43.3
1
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

43.2
Thompson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run

on the pads, tucked to the leg side

43.1
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 Kane5-1-12-0
Stuart Thompson10-4-29-1
42.6
Kane to Shadab, no run

back of a length, outswing, punched to cover

42.5
Kane to Shadab, no run

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

42.4
1
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

42.3
Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run

very wide line, nipping away, no stroke there

42.2
Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run

outside off, ploughing a furrow, no stroke offered

Three slips and a gully

42.1
Kane to Imam-ul-Haq, no run

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

end of over 424 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 152/5CRR: 3.61 
Shadab Khan0 (3)
Imam-ul-Haq70 (111)
Stuart Thompson10-4-29-1
Tyrone Kane4-1-11-0
41.6
Thompson to Shadab, no run

outside off, through to the keeper, but yikes, that was tight to the edge!

Zeeshan: "Can we let improve Imam without everytime naming his uncle? He has right to become a good player and earn his own name" To be fair, it is his debut. I'm sure he'll develop his own identity in time. Like Shaun Pollock or Stuart Broad

41.5
Thompson to Shadab, no run

outside off, and left alone

Best performances - batters
Kevin O'Brien portrait
KJ O'Brien
118 runs (217)
12 fours
0 six
Control75%
Productive shot
flick
34 runs
2 fours
0 six
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Faheem Ashraf portrait
Faheem Ashraf
83 runs (115)
9 fours
1 six
Control63%
Productive shot
flick
16 runs
0 four
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Mohammad Abbas portrait
Mohammad Abbas
O
28.3
M
10
R
66
W
5
ECO
2.31
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
3W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Tim Murtagh portrait
TJ Murtagh
O
25
M
5
R
45
W
4
ECO
1.8
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
The Village, Malahide, Dublin
TossIreland, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan tour of Ireland, England and Scotland
Season2018
Player Of The Match
Kevin O'Brien
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
Faheem Ashraf
Faheem Ashraf
Gary Wilson
Gary Wilson
Imam-ul-Haq
Imam-ul-Haq
Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien
Niall O'Brien
Niall O'Brien
Paul Stirling
Paul Stirling
Stuart Thompson
Stuart Thompson
Tim Murtagh
Tim Murtagh
Tyrone Kane
Tyrone Kane
William Porterfield
William Porterfield
Umpires
England Image
Nigel Llong
England Image
Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire
Ireland Image
Mark Hawthorne
Reserve Umpire
Ireland Image
Alan Neill
Match Referee
England Image
Chris Broad