Mohammad Abbas puts Pakistan on top in one-off Test against Ireland

Irish hopes intact as bad weather derails Test debut

Irish hopes intact as bad weather derails Test debut

When the extended day's play ended at 7pm, with Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger an interested spectator, Ireland had moved on 64 without loss with Joyce on 39 not out and Porterfield unbeaten on 23.

Abbas also trapped Andrew Balbirnie leg-before for a duck and Mohammad Amir completed the nightmare start when he uprooted Porterfield's off stump to leave Ireland reeling on five for three.

Former England one-day worldwide Joyce, arguably Ireland´s greatest batsman and at 39 the oldest Test debutant since Australia´s Bryce McGain made his bow aged 36 in 2009, appeared to be a victim of the fact the Decision Review System was not being used in this match because Cricket Ireland had decided they could not afford the cost for a one-off game.

And Porterfield had made just three when Azhar Ali fumbled a routine catch at third slip. Ireland will resume their second innings trailing by 180 runs.

"Whenever you're asked to follow on and you can go 60 for none at the close, that shows big balls".

The paceman took four wickets for 44 runs as Ireland's first innings was wrapped up inside 48 overs.

Former England one-day global Joyce, at 39 the oldest Test debutant since Australia's Bryce McGain made his bow aged 36 in 2009, cashed in with some elegant shots including a cover-driven boundary off Abbas.

Ireland were given a lesson in the harsh realities they face in the early years of their Test-playing odyssey in Malahide on Sunday, but they also displayed the kind of steel, determination and bravery that has marked their rise in the cricketing world.

Kevin O'Brien top scored for Ireland with 40 and Gary Wilson, batting with an injured arm, made a gutsy 33 not out.




Wilson, who came in down the order, helped ensure South Africa's 84 against England at Port Elizabeth in 1889 remained the lowest total by a side in their first Test-match innings.

Following Friday´s first-day washout, Ireland needed to make a total of 161 - within 150 runs rather than the standard 200 of their opponents´ first innings - to deny Pakistan the chance to enforce the follow-on.

Pakistan, sent into bat by Ireland captain William Porterfield, lost two wickets in successive balls to be 13 for two, but concerns that Ireland would pay for doing without a specialist spinner were eventually proved to be well-founded.

This was the first time Pakistan had enforced the follow-on in a Test in 16 years since they beat New Zealand by an innings and 324 runs at Lahore in 2002.

Tim Murtagh finished with excellent figures of 4-45 and Stuart Thompson took 3-62 as Pakistan added 42 runs before the declaration.

And when Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed (20) was caught by Stirling in the slips off Thompson, the tourists were 159 for six.

Debutant Faheem Ashraf was dismissed for 83 and Shadab made 55 before the Pakistan bowlers ripped through Ireland, who restored some pride later in the day.

Wilson admitted that the thought of missing out on a Test innings after waiting so long to play in one made him play through the pain barrier.

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