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12-May-2018 17:39:00 GMT
Ire v Pak, only Test, Dublin, day 2

Pakistan fight back after Ireland seamers strikes

Dublin: Pakistan recover from 159-6 to reach 268-6 after losing the toss when bad light and then rain forced an early close to the second day of Ireland's inaugural Test at Malahide on Saturday.

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.

The pair had so far added an unbroken 109 for the seventh wicket after Pakistan had been struggling at 159 for six after losing the toss following a total washout on Friday's first day of this stand-alone match.

Pace bowlers Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin and Stuart Thompson all took two wickets apiece.

Boyd Rankin, the 15th man and the first since Kepler Wessels (Australia and South Africa) 25 years ago to play Test cricket for two nations after making a lone appearance for England, had the honour of taking Ireland's first Test wicket.

Murtagh had two for 33 in 17 overs, Rankin two for 58 in 17 and Thompson a slightly more expensive two for 51 in 16, with Ireland opting against including a specialist spinner in their XI.

Brief scores:
Pakistan 268 for 6 (Shafiq 62, Ashraf 61*, Shadab 52*) v Ireland

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

There was drama at a sun-drenched Malahide even before the wickets fell, with Pakistan debutant Imam-ul-Haq injured off the first ball of the match.

Azhar Ali dug out a Murtagh delivery and called for a quick legside single.

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