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Pakistan 310 for 9 December & 160 for 5 (Imam-ul-Haq 74*, Babar Azam 59; Tim Murtagh 2 for 55) beat Ireland 130 all out & 339 all out (Ed Joyce 43, Kevin O'Brien 118, Stuart Thompson 53; Mohammad Aamer 3 for 63, Mohammad Abbas 5 for 55) by 5 wickets.

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Mick Jagger had turned up to watch the cricket at the north Dublin venue and O'Brien's performance proved a cricketing equivalent of the Rolling Stones front man rocking the big arena stages back in his prime, as he worked through all the hits on Monday in Malahide. And no Ruby Tuesday for Ireland. Now the rest of the world, surely, believes them too. Tyrone Kane was with O'Brien on 8 not out. "Anytime Mum and Dad watch and my wife's there I am very proud, whether I succeed or fail". "I can't fault anyone at all", said captain William Porterfield.

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.

'If we'd been able to get another 40 or 50 runs, that would have made it very tough for Pakistan's batsmen, ' he said.

Imamul saw the tourists to victory with a total of 160 for five.

But this Irish team will always attempt to throw a reverse-swinging spanner into the works and sure enough, they gave the visitors a major fright.

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Kevin O'Brien scores Ireland's first Test hundred
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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.

The shock was very much on the cards.

"But Imam, whose selection for the tour led to allegations of nepotism given he is the nephew of Pakistan selection chief and former Test batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq, didn't just hold his nerve but counter-attacked with a maturity belying his lack of experience".

That wasn't to be the only remarkable moment of Ireland's initiation as a Test match nation.

However, debutant Imam and Babar maintained their composure to combine for 38 runs before lunch and their alliance continued well into the afternoon after the latter was dropped by Andrew Balbirnie off Murtagh on nine.

"If we could have got a couple more wickets, if we'd broken that partnership a bit earlier then it's completely different game".

"To get there, it's a great honour".

But 22-year-old left-handed opener Imam, himself making a Test debut, responded to the pressure of the situation with a composed 74 not out - his third fifty of the tour following half-centuries in warm-up matches against Kent and Northamptonshire.

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