Pakistan edge past spirited Ireland in historic encounter

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Pakistan edge past spirited Ireland in historic encounter

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May 15, 2018 at 3:29 PM
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    In the end, the result turned out to be the expected one, with Pakistan winning the one-off test against newcomers Ireland. But the debutants can hold their heads up high, after giving the visitors some serious jitters on their route to victory.

    At 14 for 3, chasing 160, the possibility of humiliation against a team playing their first test looked like a very real one, but young batsmen Imam ul Haq and Babar Azam combined to deny what would have been a remarkable feat for Ireland on test debut. It would have been encouraging for Pakistan to see two young batsmen who were playing Under-19 cricket not too long ago, finally come good at the biggest stage of world cricket. Chief selector Inzamam was criticized for selecting nephew Imam when the team was announced, but he would have been pretty pleased at Imam's effort, perhaps more-so, because he had featured in Pakistan's shock World Cup defeat at the hands of the hosts back in 2007.

    It didn't seem that things would have gotten so close two days back, when, after a washout on Day 1, Pakistan had compiled 310 in their first innings, before reducing Ireland to 7 for 3, and then eventually bowling them out for 130. There were jitters when Pakistan batted too, being reduced to 168 for 6, but half-centuries from Shadab Khan and Fahim Ashraf had put the visitors in a commanding position, before the Pakistan bowlers made regular incisions to limit the hosts to 130.

    With the inclement weather possibly in mind, Pakistan opted for the follow-on, but it was a decision that would go on to make the visitors toil seriously hard to get their win. Mohammad Amir bowled pretty much the perfect spell upfront in the second innings, but two dropped catches meant Ireland had a base to build their innings on. At one stage it felt that Ireland wouldn't have made use of that base to build on, but a fantastic hundred from Kevin 'O Brien, along with a quickfire half century from Stuart Thompson, and resistance from Tyrone Kane meant that Ireland had a lead of 160 to work with.

    And at 14 for 3, it seemed that would have been enough, especially considering Pakistan's recent dismal fourth innings outings. But two of Pakistan's young prospects had other ideas and made sure to thwart the hosts' plans. With 20 runs still left in the bank, Babar was runout, and captain Sarfraz fell soon after, but Imam and Shadab made sure there were no more hiccups to take Pakistan over the line. The visitors will hope that the youngsters putting their hand up is only a sign of things to come in the next few weeks, although they would hope for the seniors to gain some more form, and will want to make sure not to allow such slip-ups in the upcoming games. For Ireland, it was a case of so close yet so far, but they can hold their heads up high after making a team far more experienced seriously sweat over the course of the past four days.
     
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      Pretty much expected win. We had to work real hard to loose this one.
      But nice show by Ireland consider it was their first international game.
       
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      Pakistan always brings you the most exciting form of cricket
       
    3. Donal Cozzie
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      So the curtain has been drawn on the historic Test and such a spectacle I dont think the most optimistic of Irish fans, or pessimistic of Pakistan fans, could have imagined.

      Since the Test was announced there has been an aura of anticipation and dread in Irish cricket circles over the possibilities of this match. An anticipation that the greatest generation of Irish cricketers to ever exist will finally, after decades of toil, earn the accolade of Test cricket that is reserved for so few. The dread that the occasion will come too late for many of those players, an opportunity that only comes around once we are too weak to grasp it.

      One thing that has never been in doubt however, was the opposition. Despite the immense pain and anguish 2007 caused for Pakistan cricket, since that fateful St. Patrick's Day the fate of our two cricketing sides have been permanently intertwined. Irish cricket would not exist if not for that Pakistan victory. It granted us a Super 8 passageway, it showed the world Ireland as a side would fight to the end with pride for everything on offer and much more importantly, it taught an island, an island where cricket has a 300 year history of strife, trouble and prejudice, one that has not entirely disappeared, that it had a team of part time amateurs who were the greatest ambassadors for our proud little island that you could ever find. I owe my presence on this forum and my love for cricket purely to that day and my father coming home and saying he heard the radio report of a possible shock on the cards in that match.

      Pakistan being the right opponents for this match has never been in doubt. From that day Pakistan have been invaluable supporters of Irish cricket, three separate ODI tours, 1 famous tied ODI, 1 oh so close victory for Pakistan amongst some one sided matches but still Pakistan always returned when they easily could have snubbed us as others have. It was only fate that the team who started our journey would be the one to oppose us on the occasion when our journey, and the journey of many of the Joyces, O Briens and Porterfields, who's careers began in 2007, reached its climax. Not just for the fact of 2007, but because, although some regard it as a weakness, Pakistan have, thanks to Misbahs tenure IMO, embodied everything great about cricket for so long.

      A mercurial team who could chase 500 vs Australia or collapse chasing 100 vs Bermuda. A team who, like Ireland has in the past, thankfully before my birth, known the horrors of terrorism and the impact it has on cricket. A team who have scaled the highs and plumbed the lows. A team of fans who I feel genuinely appreciate cricket for what it is and can separate the patriotic jingoism of other nations from the beauty of sport (even if some fall into the same trap as those of its neighbouring nations). A team who, even now despite the criticism, whatever the flaws and whatever England may do in two weeks, nobody can doubt their work ethic and the passion of the team and its fans. A team of pathetic bowlers and inspiring quicks alike, a team of majestic spinners and pie chuckers, a team of glorious openers and bunnies alike. A team of honest cricketers.

      This event has been an event no Irish cricket fan or Irishman worth his salt will ever forget. From the elderly Irish Pakistani wearing a ginger beard and leprechaun cheering on his adopted home when they were facing the barrel, to the Irish fans jokingly cheering Ireland Zindabad, This Test has epitomised not just everything great about Irish and Pakistani cricket fans, but everything great about Test cricket. An event and sport that draws two nations of polar opposite cultures, values, religions, customs and the like together. A nation known for its drinking and a nation known for its spirituality. A nation known for its football and a nation known for its cricket. Both nations known for their natural beauty, friendliness and poetry. In times of division, pain and sectarianism Test cricket these past few days has highlighted how people from opposite divides and countries and cultures can unite and enjoy together, back each other on, appreciate each others achievements and more importantly, battle one another in mutual respect.

      This Test may well be the highlight of our entire Test history. Ireland faces a very tough few years ahead when the stalwarts depart. But what a highlight and what a match Pakistan, and the Irish team themselves, have managed to give the Irish public. A match of nauseating highs where a win looked possible, a match of dizzying lows where a 5 session innings loss looked inevitable, I dont expect Ireland to win many matches in any format vs any decent nation on a regular for a long long time, but what an event we were treated to these past few days. And Pakistan more than played their part.

      From showing Ireland the respect we deserved by treating it like a proper match and not a glorified warm up, from applauding Kevin on his historic, sensational innings after he walked off the field on Day 4, from grinding their teeth and making life tough for us when it looked like you could collapse and yes, even if it pains me, to snatching victory from our grasp when the Irish cricket fan was beyond ecstatic at the proceedings, Pakistan gave us here in Ireland the utmost honour that any cricket nation can bestow upon an opponent, a battling, hard fought loss. Minnow mentality you may call it, I call it proper Test cricket. No shame in defeat when the opposition simply outplay you and that, ultimately, is what Pakistan did, shaky moments or not. The ultimate honour is to force your opponent to do well and exert themselves to beat you, and that is what occurred. No shame at all.

      So thank you and congratulations to @Markhor bhai despite him vanishing when Ireland were on top [​IMG]. Thank you @shaz619 for appreciating all sides and aspects of cricket when bias is an easier option. Thank you @Syed1for the banter and good humour. Thank you @hur rizvi and co for the fearful comments post Day 4 which gave me much laughter seeing Pakistan fearing little old Ireland on test debut [​IMG]. Thank you @Mamoon and @dr bassim for the honest opinions which I always respect as nothing is more praiseworthy than giving a hard cold opinion regardless of the majority view, and thank you Pakistan. You came over, made the dreams of 699 past Irish cricketers and countless fans and an embattled cricketing fraternity here a reality. Whatever about the general Irish public, all Irish people, now and future and past, able to appreciate the majesty of the worlds greatest sport, Test cricket, will forever hold you in a special place in our hearts for coming over, playing your part in history, and earning yourselves a deserved victory. Even seeing a side of such skill, tradition and reputation as Pakistan striving for victory against a team of, 10 years ago, postmen, farmers and fabric salesmen, was an honour. Call it minnow mentality, I call it respect and appreciation.

      I finished my last undergraduate exam today, and aye to back up the stereotype have knocked back more than a few, but this has been on my mind all week. This was a cricketing festival of which nobody here would have dreamt of 10 years ago, and it culminated in two teams of hard working cricketers embracing one another in mutual respect on a battle well fought. For the Irish cricketers who had tears in their eyes in managing a Test cap they never ever thought would arrive, to the Pakistan cricketers who were just relieved at avoiding a humiliating loss. When all was said and done, two teams, who have inflicted immense pain on their opposing fanbases over the years, came together as men, as Test cricketers, and delivered one of the more memorable Tests in recent years, ended a match as equals, as test cricketers. An accolade we have dreamt of for so long and finally achieved.

      Thank you Pakistan. This Irish fan will never forget this match, the good spirit it was fought in and the way in which it ended. As Niall O Brien said, I only dream we can repay you the favour and bring Test cricket back home for you all too. I am certain the goodwill this match was played in will go a long way to fulfilling the dream you have all had, of a home Test series, a reality. As Niall said, see you in Lahore for the rematch, should it happen.

      I'll leave this image here as a final note, a more lasting and fitting tribute to this game, and the power of Test cricket as a whole, you will never find. Thank you all, and best of luck for England. You are amazing ambassadors for the sport of cricket. Who would have ever imagined that in 2009.

      [​IMG]
       
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      Oh My God.....
      That, was ABSOLUTELY amazing. It warmed my heart and almost brought tears to my eyes. (Which is an extremely hard feat).

      Are you a poet or something?
      Because that was really poetry in prose.

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      That was a great read. The Irish team can hold their heads up high. They fought till the very end in this game. To recover from the position that they were in shows their strength in character. They didn't just roll over when the pressure was on. A great moment in the history of Irish cricket.
       
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      Sarfraz Ahmed proud of Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam as Pakistan survive Ireland scare

      Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed praised the character of young batsmen Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam after they ensured his decision to enforce the follow-on in Ireland's inaugural Test did not backfire.

      Only three times in the 141-year history of Test cricket have a side won after following-on but when Pakistan were 14 for three, chasing a modest 160 to win on Tuesday's final day of this stand-alone match, it seemed Ireland might mark their entry into the format with a stunning success.

      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.

      Together with the 23-year-old Babar, who made 59 after being dropped on nine shortly after lunch, he shared a stand of 126 that took Pakistan to the brink of an eventual five-wicket win over a competitive Ireland side.

      The way Imam in particular coped under grey skies against some lively pace bowling was an especially heartening sign for Pakistan ahead of their upcoming two-Test series in England, where conditions are likely to be similar to those they encountered at Dublin's Malahide.

      It also meant Pakistan had not failed in a run chase again. Their previous Test, against Sri Lanka in the UAE in October, saw them beaten after a target of 136 proved beyond them as left-arm spinner Rangana Herath took six wickets for 43 runs.

      "Definitely we were worried when we were down 14 for three," Sarfraz told reporters. "But it's really good that these two young players in our team, Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam, the way they played, they showed their character, they showed their confidence. I think the way they played gives great confidence to the team and will help them in the next matches as well," the wicket-keeper added.

      Pakistan were reeling after losing three wickets inside five overs and their skipper feared another morale-sapping loss was at hand. "You know previously it's not happened like this," admitted Sarfraz. "In the last Test match when we were chasing 136 and we were all out for about 120. Yeah we were thinking when we called for the follow-on if we were batting in the fourth innings it would be very difficult," he added.

      Pakistan, understandably enough, have been struggling to replace the likes of retired veteran batsmen Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan. 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. And with Faheem Ashraf, Pakistan's other debutant, making 83 in the first innings to take the tourists to beyond 300, Sarfraz was in buoyant mood.

      "We are very confident. We are a very young side, we had two debutant players, but we were very confident whatever the target will come, we will chase it down. At 14 for three there was a little bit of concern but the way Imam and Babar Azam were as a collective, it was very important the way these two young players are batting. I think it's very good for Pakistan as a team to chase this on the fifth day," said the Pakistan

      http://www.dnaindia.com/cricket/rep...zam-as-pakistan-survive-ireland-scare-2615740
       
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      Ireland captain Porterfield proud of his charges

      DUBLIN: Ireland captain William Porterfield was in no doubt his side deserved their elevation to Test cricket after a thrilling debut ended in a five-wicket loss to Pakistan.

      Hopes of a miracle at Malahide weren’t just the stuff of fantasy when Pakistan, set a modest 160 to win on Tuesday’s final day, collapsed to 14 for three before lunch at the Dublin ground.

      Imam-ul-Haq (74 not out) and Babar Azam (59) then combined to dash dreams that Ireland, the 11th nation to play men’s Test cricket, would record a remarkable win.

      But it was a testament to Ireland’s skill and resolve that after they had been made to follow-on by visiting captain Sarfraz Ahmed, the game remained in the balance on the final day.

      For a while, it seemed Ireland might rewrite the record books on two fronts in becoming only the fourth side to win a Test after following-on and just the second in the 141-year history of the format, following Australia’s defeat of England in the inaugural 1877 Test at Melbourne, to win their debut match.

      That they were in a position to do that owed much to Kevin O’Brien’s impressive 118 — just the fourth instance of a man scoring a century in his country’s first Test match — that was the cornerstone of Ireland’s second innings 339.

      Ireland made their reputation on the global stage with World Cup wins over Pakistan, England and West Indies, Porterfield was proud of his side’s entry into the Test arena.

      “The biggest thing was how we fought back in the second innings with the bat — that showed the character we have,” he said. “It’s something that’s been talked about during big occasions, World Cups. That’s always been known to be there but Test cricket is Test cricket for a reason, it’s there in the name, you did get tested and we were after the first innings. To get up to close to 350 showed what we’ve got in the changing room and the passion that we have for playing our cricket.”

      The crowd briefly included 74-year-old Rolling Stones front man and cricket fan, Mick Jagger, but Porterfield hoped that the next generation of potential Irish cricketers would be more inspired by O’Brien’s hundred.

      “Hopefully in the next week or two there’s going to be hundreds of little kids aspiring to be Kevin O’Brien in backstreet cricket,” said the Irish captain. “This Test match will have gone a long way to providing the next generation of cricketers, I’m sure.”

      This was O’Brien’s first international century since he scored the fastest-ever World Cup hundred, off just 50 balls, in Ireland’s stunning win over England at Bangalore seven years ago.

      Yet the controversial decision to shrink the 2019 World Cup in England to a 10-team tournament and Ireland’s failure to come through an increasingly competitive qualifying tournament where only two spots were available means Porterfield’s men will be on the outside looking in next year.

      “We wouldn’t have got to where we were if we didn’t get those opportunities to put down a marker on the world stage,” insisted Porterfield. “That gives you an opportunity to create enough noise. To miss out by it just being a 10-team World Cup is bitterly disappointing. We wouldn’t have had the opportunity to play a Test match today, I don’t think if we hadn’t been playing the last 10, 12 years at World Cups.”

      https://tribune.com.pk/story/1711614/7-ireland-captain-porterfield-proud-charges/
       
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      Imagine how good it would have been if it was written sober :p

      Thanks anyway. The match was beyond significance for any Irish fans
       
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      I hope the game got decent coverage in the media over in Ireland.
      Hopefully some of the future generation will have seen what test cricket is all about.
       
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      Lots of paper coverage in the build up and after we started fighting back (Mick Jagger showing up helped).

      Including Day 1 about 16-17000 turned up over the 5 days.

      National broadcaster had 1 hour long highlights every night of play.

      KOB being the man to score the 100 was good as he is the poster child of Irish cricket.

      Obviously it will be shunned by some and given a fleeting glance by others, but it certainly grabbed some people's attention even if for a little while.
       
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      Great to hear. Its been a great story for the Irish team. Ever since they entered the frame of International cricket, they have always given it a go.
       
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      I read Ireland confirmed to play their next Test in Lahore
       
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      @Donal Cozzie deserves POTF due to this phenomenal write-up.

      That said, I am not trying to be devil's advocate, but I hope Ireland cricket will return the favor and support PCB when it needs, unlike BD and ACF after all the support they got from PCB.
       
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      I would ONLY support them visiting Pakistan for a test or series IF we don't stop being vigilant and give them full security protocol.

      I DO NOT WANT ANOTHER 9 MARCH.

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      Did you watch last PSL? If yes, then no need to cry on security. Still if you have concern, then feel free to tweet all those who visited Pakistan and get their input.

      No place in the world can be labelled 100% 'save'. Unfortunate events occur even in countries like US, CAN, UK and France but life doesn't stop, people move on with time. Also security situation has been significantly improved compared to 2010.
       
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      I did, and the sample size is just too darn small.I mean, it's not like the whole tournament was played here, you know.

      Pakistanies have this horrible, outright SUICIDAL habit of not recognising the threat while it could still be avoided.
      That's what we did in 2009.

      And anyone who thinks that Pakistan is now "free of terrorism", is living in fools paradise.

      I would say that we are only in the eye of the storm.


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      In PSL II only final was played in Lahore, in third edition III games were played, and in VI there will be 10 or even more will be scheduled. So your sample data will grow with time. Also don't forget world XI tour. This is how things will improve, step by step and this is how it should be. If one believe that ENG, AUS or NZ will tour us tomorrow then he's naive.

      I am not defending what happened in 2009, and also what happened in winter outside of the hotel where NZ was present. But again, things have improved drastically.

      And as for "free of terrorism", there is no place in this world, which can be claimed as such.
       
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      Oh, you think that things have improved? Really?
      I must be living in another country than because i remember "special people" making government bent on its knees and apologizing to them while accepting their EVERY demand.
      That too in Punjab, the heart and soul of Pakistan, Or should i say the "asli Pakistan".

      Bottom line is this:
      We MUST NOT TAKE THE THREAT LIGHTLY, PERIOD.

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      Absolutely security situation has significantly improved, you want to further debate, lets open a separate thread and not derail this one, wherein we both can provide our rationals.

      And I never said that security, specially when it comes to foreign teams/players can be taken lightly - not even once. All I said, is that circumstances have improved.
       
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      Fair enough.
      I am just afraid of our inability to access threats before they metastasize, is all.

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      Totally understand that level of thread will be higher for "white" team, but it not necessarily has to be a full tour. Perhaps we can start with 1 Test and 1/2 ODI's. Again, the idea is to do baby steps - one step at a time, because it not changing the perception, which take years to build and only one bad event to sabotage.
       
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