Ireland Test off to dramatic start as Pakistan's Imam injured first ball

Ireland's introduction to Test cricket after 144-year wait ruined by rain

But Pakistan, sent into bat by Ireland captain William Porterfield after rain washed out Friday's opening day, recovered to 67 for two at lunch on Saturday's second day.

Faheem Ashraf marked his Test debut with 61 not out and teenager Shadab Khan, in only his second match at this level, also hit a maiden Test fifty to be unbeaten on 52.

However, while Rankin and Tim Murtagh had troubled the Pakistan openers and runs had been hard to come by, after half an hour Ireland were still waiting for the breakthrough. Pakistan likely to play with the same squad.

Deutrom confirmed that 4,000 advance tickets have been sold for today's action and that figure is now sure to swell by walk-ups keen to witness the historic first ball bowled in a Test match in Ireland.

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In a huge scramble, Ul-Haq made a last-ditch dive towards the stumps only to collide with the Irish duo of wicket-keeper Niall O'Brien and fielder Tyrone Kane.

Ireland went on to bag back-to-back wickets to make it 13-2 in what was a memorable start to their inaugural Test match.

However, for some inexplicable reason, Pakistan's cricketers didn't wear sweaters with a green neckline when they locked horns against Ireland in the much-talked-about Test.

An expectant crowd of nearly 6,000 filled the temporary stands in anticipation of witnessing a piece of sporting history, with Tim Murtagh, the Middlesex seamer, delivering the historic first ball - and it wasn't without drama.

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Sohail (31) fell to a stunning low catch from Porterfield that gave Thompson his first Test wicket and left Pakistan 71 for 3.

Haris Sohail was 28 not out and Asad Shafiq 22 not out. But, in hindsight, given what the forecasts had predicted, both teams, especially Ireland, would be happy with the amount of cricket that eventually took place.

The wickets of Shafiq (62) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (20) left Pakistan in all sorts at 159 for 6 and their last two recognized batsmen at the crease. The century stand for the seventh wicket helped Pakistan shift the initiative, which rested with Ireland for most parts of the day, in their favour.

After a few near run-outs, Pakistan's third-wicket duo settled in.

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