Pakistan beat Ireland by 5 wickets in historic Test

O'Brien scores Ireland's first Test hundred

And despite an early scare, where Ireland had Pakistan struggling at 14 for three, the tourists secured the win just before tea thanks to two half-centuries from Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam.

Ireland's second innings came to an end with 339 on the board, as Pakistan required 160 to take the match.

Kevin O'Brien, who on Monday became the first Ireland batsman to score a Test hundred, fell to his first ball on Tuesday. But after Tyrone Kane had seen out Tuesday's opening over from Mohammad Amir, who took his 100th Test wicket on Monday, Abbas struck.

Kevin O'Brien of Ireland plays a shot off of a delivery from Shadab Khan of Pakistan during day four of the International Cricket Test match between Ireland and Pakistan at Malahide, in Co.

They have extended the lead to 139 runs, and with one day still to go, they would hope to at least get a draw rather than a loss in their inaugural Test match.

"They have a quality line-up but if we had got another couple and break that partnership, then it's completely game on", added Porterfield, reflecting on the missed opportunity to cause another major shock in world cricket. Abbas pocketed the last two wickets, as well, to finish with his second five-for in six Tests.

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The Ireland and Pakistan players together at Malahide. However, Pakistan continued to bat consistently and the partnership between Imam and Babar Azam set up the favourites for the victory.

Yet the controversial decision to shrink the 2019 World Cup in England to a 10-team tournament and Ireland's failure to come through an increasingly competitive qualifying tournament where only two spots were available means Porterfield's men will be on the outside looking in next year.

Becoming just the fourth batsman to score a century in his country's maiden Test, Kevin O'Brien was deservedly adjudged Man of the Match. It was a worrying sign for Pakistan, who next play a warm-up match against Leicestershire (May 19-20) before facing England in a two-Test series, with back-to-back fixtures at Lord's (May 24-28) and Headingley (June 1-5) leaving little time for rest and recovery.

Ireland can be extremely proud and their display gave a basis to compete on equal terms and they certainly do not look like the new boys of Test cricket. But overall, all the lads are delighted and they all played a roll throughout the game, so it is great for ourselves and it gives us a lot of belief.

"But Test cricket is Test cricket for a reason, it's there in the name; you do get tested and we were after the first innings".

This was a game to display the true folly of the ICC's exclusionary policy in Test cricket with Ireland showing that the game's oldest form could only benefit from fresh blood, that the sport is only dying out while its governing body allows it to. That's the character we've had and to be able to bring that into first Test is pleasing.

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