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Ireland stare at a follow-on on second day

Veteran O’Brien shows character with patient 40

AFP
19:57 May 13, 2018
Mohammad Abbas

Dublin: Ireland were 95 for eight in reply to Pakistan’s first innings 310 for nine declared — a deficit of 215 runs and still needing a further 66 to avoid the follow-on — at tea on the third day of their inaugural men’s Test at Malahide on Sunday.

At seven for four, Ireland were in an even worse position before Kevin O’Brien made 40.

Mohammad Abbas led Pakistan’s attack with three wickets for 25 runs in six overs, with Gary Wilson (14 not out) and Boyd Rankin (six not out) the two unbeaten Ireland batsmen at tea in a match where the whole of Friday’s first day had been washed out completely.

Ireland collapsed to five for three at lunch as Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s well-timed declaration left Ireland with a tricky 30 minutes to bat before lunch and that was long enough for the hosts to suffer a top-order slump.

Veteran batsman Ed Joyce was lbw to Mohammad Abbas for four before fellow opener Andrew Balbirnie, who might have been run out for a duck, was lbw to the paceman for nought.

Then, with what became the last ball before lunch, Ireland captain William Porterfield fell for one when left-arm quick Mohammad Amir uprooted his off-stump.

Abbas had lunch figures of two for four in three overs and Amir one for one in 3.1 overs.

Earlier, Pakistan went past 300 after resuming on their overnight 268 for six in a match where Friday’s scheduled opening day was washed out completely.

Test debutant Faheem Ashraf top scored with 83 and together with Shadab Khan (55) put on 117 for the seventh wicket.

Middlesex paceman Tim Murtagh led Ireland’s attack with four wickets for 55 runs from 25 overs.