Ireland set Pakistan victory target of 160

Ireland set Pakistan victory target of 160

Amir, however, repeatedly limped around the field on Monday when he was not bowling.

But there would be no encore from O'Brien.

Tim Murtagh made the new ball talk to have Azhar Ali caught at slip and then clean bowled Asad Shafiq, while Boyd Rankin had Haris Sohail caught in the gully. Now the rest of the world, surely, believes them too.

9/110 - Mohammad Abbas became the first Pakistan fast bowler to take as many as nine wickets in a Test match since 2010.

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.

But the rest of the day belonged to Ireland.

Rather than the packed stands of Bangalore, there were only a few hundred spectators dotted around the five temporary stands in Malahide yesterday, the fourth day of the historic Test, but it was definitely an "I was there" moment. "Hopefully now we've put ourselves in a good position to try and go ahead and win it".

He had come to the middle 40 minutes before lunch when Ireland still needed 85 runs just to make Pakistan bat again.

The visitors winning with five wickets to spare after their chased down a victory target of 160.

Ireland set Pakistan a victory target of 160 after getting bowled out for 339 just over half an hour into the final day of their one-off Test match on Tuesday.

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The shock was very much on the cards.

Ireland gained another wicket to keep their hopes alive through Andrew Balbirnie, outing Babar Azam for 59 - bringing the game to 140-4 with Pakistan needing 20 to win. Rules of the game were also changed as the lead limit for follow-on was reduced to 150 runs or more.

"They came out and played positively, which was always going to give us a chance, but it was what they had to do to get over the line".

Only three sides in the 141-year history of Test cricket had won after being made to follow on and only one men's team - Australia in the inaugural Test against England at Melbourne in 1877 - had enjoyed a victory in their debut match at this level.

The Irish can be proud of taking Pakistan all the way in their first match in cricket's longest format after being awarded test status last June, especially having been bundled out for 130 in their first innings in the grounds of Malahide Castle, just north of Dublin.

4 - As many as four Test debutants scored fifties in this match - Imam-ul-Haq, Faheem Ashraf, Kevin O'Brien (Century) and Stuart Thompson.

"The biggest thing was how we fought back in the second innings with the bat - that showed the character we have", said Porterfield.

"I think it's very good for Pakistan as a team to chase this on the fifth day". A great way to start their Test cricket journey.

"But Test cricket is Test cricket for a reason, it's there in the name; you do get tested and we were after the first innings".

"We want him to play Test cricket because he's our number one bowler", said Mahmood.

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