Ireland solid after facing Test realities

The match against Pakistan at Malahide had to be abandoned

The match against Pakistan at Malahide had to be abandoned

Ed Joyce was 39 not out and Ireland captain William Porterfield unbeaten on 23, with both openers dropped off Mohammad Amir. While Joyce survived in the very first over due to wicketkeeper and captain Sarfraz Ahmed's lack of judgement, Porterfield was dropped by Azhar Ali in the third slip in the fifth over.

Ireland will resume their second innings at 64-0 and trailing Pakistan by 116 runs.

Former England one-day worldwide 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 Mohammad Abbas.

Abbas struck twice in a 30-minute spell before lunch to leave Ireland 5-3 after Sarfraz's well-timed declaration.

Non-striker Imam, in scrambling to complete the run, found himself sandwiched between wicket-keeper Niall O'Brien and Tyrone Kane in a heavy collision.

Kevin O'Brien (40) and Gary Wilson (33 not out) at least showed some resistance but Paul Stirling (17) gave his wicket away when he became Faheem Ashraf's maiden Test wicket.

The batting of Ireland, the 11th nation to play men's Test cricket, was always likely to prove decisive in the outcome of this one-off match.

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Former England one-day worldwide Joyce, arguably Ireland's greatest batsman, appeared to be a victim of the fact the Decision Review System was not being used because Cricket Ireland had decided they could not afford the $50,000 cost.

After Day 1 ended with no play possible and Day 2 saw honours being shared relatively evenly, Pakistan stamped their authority on Day 3, as Ireland find themselves following on after being bowled out for a paltry 130 in the first innings. Amir had picked the other wicket before lunch.

Ireland seamer Tim Murtagh finished with figures of 4-45 in 25 overs and Stuart Thompson 3-62 as the home team's bowlers can look back at a satisfactory first innings in the field in the longest format of the game.

Leg-spinner Shadab Khan continued his fine all-round display by taking two wickets in three balls to leave Ireland 61 for seven. With it, Pakistan for the first time in 16 years enforced a follow-on.

On Saturday, Shadab Khan and debutant Faheem Ashraf saved the day for Pakistan against Ireland as wickets kept falling at Malahide on Saturday.

Faheem responded to the arrival of the new ball, by stylishly driving Murtagh for four, having scored the fastest fifty by a Pakistan Test debutant, off 52 balls, on Saturday.

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