Faheem, Shadab revive Pakistan after Irish show

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Tyrone Kane and Niall O'Brien collide with Imam-ul-Haq.

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.

Ireland captain William Porterfield won the aforementioned toss and chose to put his side in to bowl and field first, before throwing the ball to Tim Murtagh to enjoy the privilege of bowling the first ever Test delivery. The new ball pair of Boyd Rankin and Tim Murtagh kept the line tight and allowed only for few runs to escape in the first half an hour of play, and then a double strike off consecutive balls had the visitors reduced to 13 for 2.

Rain washed out the whole of Friday's scheduled first day but a day later grey clouds had been replaced by sunny blue skies as Ireland, from the moment of the toss, officially became the 11th nation to play men's Test cricket.

Haris Sohail was 28 not out and Asad Shafiq 22 not out.

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

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Duly reprieved, he went to fifty in just 52 balls, including seven fours, with Shadab following him to the landmark in 89 balls.

It means there was no place for off-spinner Andy McBrine, nor Craig Young and James Shannon, in Ireland's XI, while Pakistan named an unchanged side from last week's warm-up game against Northamptonshire.

And despite the impressive partnership by Pakistan in the final session, Porterfield took plenty of heart from his team's overall performance coupled with the chances created in the final overs with the old ball. "We're still hugely proud".

Umpires inspect the pitch as play is suspended for the day.

The Irish are the 11th nation to play the longest format of the game after the International Cricket Council awarded Ireland test status in June a year ago. "We're going to have a lot of tougher days moving forward but the way the lads stuck at it, we can carry that into tomorrow and hopefully get those couple of nicks and get stuck in with the bat".

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