Two highly-impressive teams of the limited-overs cricket, Ireland, and Afghanistan were rewarded for the persistence recently, as the two nations were the latest recipients of the honorary Test status in June 2017.
Needless to say, the Irish cricket supporters were eagerly awaiting featuring in their maiden match while donning whites. Therefore, the match between Ireland and visitors Pakistan at The Villiage in Dublin turned out to be a historic event.
Apart from the emotions attached to the game, the Test match witnessed a special feat. Where, as many as four batsmen registered their maiden 50-plus score in the match.
Amir and Abbas bagged 14 out of the 20 Irish wickets –
Two batsmen from both teams managed to achieve the feat. Ireland’s talismanic all-rounder Kevin O’Brien went on to score his maiden century on his debut Test match. With the help of his valiant 118, Ireland forced Pakistan to bat again.
Ireland batters were in all sorts of trouble in reply to the total of 310 set by Pakistan batting first, being bundled out for 130. Following on, the Irish were tottering at 157-six, with Kevin O’Brien and Stuart Thompson at the crease.
Then, the two managed to save a face-saving partnership whereas, debutant Thompson scored a handy 53 on his debut.
Also, chasing 160, Pakistan opener Imam-ul Haq made batting look easy, with his match-winning 74, to become the fourth player in the match to register a 50-plus score.
Further, Pakistan victory was set up by highly rated all-rounder Faheem Ashraf, who took his team out of trouble with his counter-attacking 83.
At the end of the day, Pakistan pacemen Mohammad Amir and Mohammed Abbas helped visitors to clinch a five-wicket win over Ireland.
Interestingly, both Amir and Abbas bagged 14 out of the 20 Irish wickets in the match. Abbas bagged nine wickets himself.