Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Live Cricket Updates, Ireland vs Pakistan, One-off Test Day 5 in Dublin

Live Cricket Updates, Ireland vs Pakistan, One-off Test Day 5 in Dublin

Pakistan debutant Imam-ul-Haq saw his side to victory as Ireland's first match in men's Test cricket ended in a gallant last-day defeat by five wickets at Malahide on Tuesday.

Kevin O'Brien failed to add any runs to his overnight score of 118 before swinging at a wide delivery from Mohammad Abbas and edging to first slip.

Although the crowd was small at that stage of the morning, Ireland's supporters were making plenty of noise as Tim Murtagh took the new ball from the Dublin Road end, tasked with getting among the Pakistan top order.

Abbas swiftly removed Boyd Rankin (6) and Tyrone Kane (14) to return second-innings figures of 5-66.

In the post-lunch session, Ireland lost Paul Stirling (11 runs) after his short stay.

Ireland's Tyrone Kane (right) congratulates teammate Kevin O'Brien on his century on day four of the global test match against Pakistan in Dublin, Ireland, Monday May 14. It was a worrying sign for Pakistan, who next play a warm-up match against Leicestershire (May 19-20) before facing England in a two-Test series, with back-to-back fixtures at Lord's (May 24-28) and Headingley (June 1-5). That took him to 48 and he became Ireland's first male test half-centurion with a single.

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14 May 2018; Kevin O'Brien of Ireland, left, shakes hands with Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed as he leaves the field at the close of play after scoring 118 runs on day four of the International Cricket Test match between Ireland and Pakistan at Malahide, in Co.

Resuming on 64 without loss, still 116 in arrears, the sight of Mohammad Amir moving gingerly due to a "chronic knee problem" flaring up would have provided further encouragement, particularly when he did not open the bowling.

To put it in context, only once in the 141-year history of Test cricket has a team playing their first Test won, and that was the very first game, when Australia beat England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1877.

Amir was on target for the first time on Monday when Niall O'Brien, Kevin's brother, had his stumps uprooted - a wicket greeted with the bowler's familiar arms outstretched celebration.

When Thompson was bowled by leg-spinner Shadab Khan for 53, Ireland were 271 for seven.

But as well as his own composed strokeplay, O'Brien had support from Stuart Thompson in a seventh-wicket stand of 114.

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