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Ireland has had a wet welcome to Test cricket with the opening day of their inaugural one-off match against Pakistan completely wiped out by bad weather.

Pakistan had been struggling early on but Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan played patiently to lead the recovery effort.

After day one was washed out, Ireland won the toss and opted to bowl on day two against Pakistan and they started brightly.

Ireland was awarded Test status by the International Cricket Council last June.

And what drama followed as a hurried single saw Imam-ul-Haq collide with Tyrone Kane, both players hitting the deck.

After 141 years of wait, Ireland became the 11th nation in the world to play Test cricket on Saturday as a village ground played host to a Test match in front of a near-capacity crowd.

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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It was not the start either side wanted with Pakistan keen to avoid early wickets and Ireland desperate to get on with the game after the Friday washout cost Cricket Ireland €75,000 (£66,000) in ticket refunds.

Boyd Rankin, who had previously taken one scalp in a lone Test appearance for England before switching allegiance to his native country, was the man to provide the breakthrough, becoming Ireland's first wicket-taker in the five-day format, producing an edge to second slip to reduce Pakistan to 13/1.

Shafiq and Haris Sohail (31), who put on 58 for the third wicket, had yet to make more than 30 in the innings.

That left Pakistan 13 for one off the last ball of the eighth over. That all changed after lunch though as the visitors lost four wickets in the second session of the day.

Pakistan would have expected more from Babar Azam (14) who couldn't hang on with Shafiq for longer than nine overs before nicking off to Murtagh.

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


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