One-off Test: Ireland tested as Pakistan enforce follow-on

Doug Mendoza
May 14, 2018

Joyce was 39 not out and Ireland captain Porterfield unbeaten on 23 at the close after they were both dropped off Mohammad Amir.

Ireland were batting again after being dismissed for just 130 in reply to Pakistan's first innings 310/9 declared. While Joyce survived in the very first over due to wicketkeeper and captain Sarfraz Ahmed's lack of judgement, Porterfield was dropped by Azhar Ali in the third slip in the fifth over.

Former England one-day global Joyce, at 39 the oldest Test debutant since Australia's Bryce McGain made his bow aged 36 in 2009, cashed in with some elegant shots including a cover-driven boundary off Abbas.

They were four down in a flash when Niall O'Brien failed to use his feet and went lbw to the superb Abbas, Paul Stirling, Thompson and Tyrone Kane also failing to hang around as Ireland crumbled to 61-7.

Ireland were in danger of marking their debut with the lowest completed innings total by any side in the 141-year history of Test cricket - New Zealand's 26 against England at Auckland in 1955.

Gary Wilson showed exemplary courage and grit as he batted with an injured arm and made a gutsy 33 not out.

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But while replays suggested the ball that did for Joyce may have pitched outside the line, there was little doubt about the Abbas delivery that had fellow opener Andrew Balbirnie lbw for a duck.

Abbas was the pick of bowlers as he took four wickets at the cost of 44 runs and Sadab finished with figures of 3/31.

Earlier, Ireland finished 31 runs shy of the follow-on avoidance mark of 161. With it, Pakistan for the first time in 16 years enforced a follow-on.

They made a much better fist of it after Pakistan enforced the follow-on for the first time since 2002, closing on 64 without loss to trail by 116, with the tourists having concern over Amir as he spent time off the field after picking up an injury while bowling.

Pakistan have found a way to keep the match in balance with a brilliant partnership between Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf who added 109 runs together to take Pakistan from 159/6 at one stage to 268/6 at stumps on Day 2.

"We knew that they would come hard and it was a difficult period and we unfortunately couldn't get through it", said all-rounder Kevin O'Brien.

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