Day 2 Evaluation: Shadab Khan and debutant Faheem Ashraf each scored maiden Take a look at fifties as Pakistan fought again in Eire’s inaugural Take a look at fit in Dublin on Saturday.Pakistan have been 268 for 6 when dangerous gentle after which rain introduced the second one day at Malahide to a untimely shut.
Shadab, in simply his 2nd Take a look at, was once 52 now not out and left-hander Faheem 61 now not out, with their unbroken seventh-wicket stand thus far value 109 runs once they had come in combination at 159 for 6.
Pakistan, despatched into bat through Eire captain William Porterfield, misplaced two wickets in successive balls to be 13 for 2, however considerations that Eire would pay for doing and not using a specialist spinner have been ultimately proved to be well-founded.
Middlesex paceman Tim Murtagh led Eire’s assault with two wickets for 33 runs from 17 overs, with Boyd Rankin taking two for 58 in 17 overs.
There was once drama at an to start with sun-drenched Malahide proper from Saturday’s first ball of this stand-alone fit.
Azhar Ali dug out a Murtagh supply and referred to as for a fast legside unmarried.
Non-striker Imam-ul-Haq, like Faheem making his Take a look at debut, discovered himself sandwiched between wicket-keeper Niall O’Brien and Kane in a heavy collision as he scrambled to finish the run.
The 22-year-old was once left flat at the floor and wanted a number of mins’ remedy at the box, however he recovered to stand the second one ball of the fit, with Imam enjoying and lacking.
Imam, the nephew of Pakistan variety leader and previous Take a look at batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq, scored 100 on his one-day world debut in opposition to Sri Lanka final yr.
The left-hander, who got here into this fit following fifties in Pakistan’s two warm-up fixtures, in opposition to Kent and Northamptonshire, square-drove Murtagh for a classy 4.
However it didn’t take lengthy for Eire to make a surprising double strike on a pitch providing some sideways motion.
Rankin, the 15th guy ever, and the primary since Kepler Wessels (Australia and South Africa) 25 years in the past, to play Take a look at cricket for 2 countries after creating a lone look for England in 2014, had an unsure Azhar (4) edging to Porterfield at 2nd slip.
That left Pakistan 13 for one off the final ball of the 8th over.
Slightly had the gang’s cheers subsided, then Pakistan have been 13 for 2 off the very subsequent ball, with Imam lbw for seven to a Murtagh supply that got here again into him.
After a couple of close to run-outs, Pakistan’s third-wicket duo settled in.
Shafiq square-cut Kane for 4, with left-hander Haris Sohail glancing Stuart Thompson for a legside boundary.
Pakistan, 67 for 2 at lunch, misplaced their 1/3 wicket quickly afterwards when Haris was once stuck within the gully through Porterfield off Thompson.
Babar Azam (14), pushing laborious at a Murtagh supply that left him off the pitch, was once well-held through Paul Stirling at 2nd slip.
Shafiq went on to finish a 107-ball fifty when he pulled Rankin for a unmarried.
However with the towering Rankin, bowling from across the wicket, a identical shot proved Shafiq’s undoing when he discovered Andrew Balbirnie at sq. leg.
And when Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed (20) was once stuck through Stirling within the slips off Thompson, the vacationers have been 159 for 6.
However Shadab and Faheem grew to become the tide in taste.
Faheem, alternatively, did have a damage when, on 36, he edged Rankin just for a diving Niall O’Brien to leave out the catch and provides the obscured Gary Wilson to start with slip no probability of taking the ball.
Duly reprieved, he went to fifty in simply 52 balls, together with seven fours, with Shadab following him to the landmark in 89 balls.
When Stirling did come on, a well-set Faheem introduced the part-time spinner over long-on for 6.
Dangerous gentle noticed the gamers go away the sector at 5:27pm native time (1627 GMT) and 20 mins later, after a thunderclap and a heavy downpour, play was once deserted for the day.