Ireland Test off to dramatic start as Pakistan's Imam injured first ball

Deutrom revealed the capacity for the match is 6,300 – it will be 8,500 for the T20s against India next month with further temporary stands erected

Deutrom revealed the capacity for the match is 6,300 – it will be 8,500 for the T20s against India next month with further temporary stands erected

Having won the toss, William Porterfield elected to field.

Deutrom confirmed that 4,000 advance tickets have been sold for today's action and that figure is now sure to swell by walk-ups keen to witness the historic first ball bowled in a Test match in Ireland.

The International Cricket Council awarded Ireland Test status in June past year, while Pakistan were then named as their first opponents in cricket's longest format.

Once the familiarities were done, Murtagh was handed the new ball as the noise levels rose as an expectant crowd cheered him in to the crease for the first Test delivery in Ireland.

Tyrone Kane and Niall O'Brien collide with Imam-ul-Haq.

Merrion all-rounder Kane was quickly to his feet, but Imam, a nephew of Inzaman-ul-Haq - a man not known for his running between the wickets - required lengthy treatment after injuring his neck in the collision. But, in hindsight, given what the forecasts had predicted, both teams, especially Ireland, would be happy with the amount of cricket that eventually took place. O'Reilly, who also works with Dublin's senior footballers, would not have expected to be dealing with an impact injury after the first ball.

Boyd Rankin, the 15th man and the first since Kepler Wessels (Australia and South Africa) 25 years ago to play Test cricket for two nations after making a lone appearance for England, had the honour of taking Ireland's first Test wicket.

"A part of me was thinking, as we were getting to three o'clock and the rain was hammering down, "you know what, even if the skies had cleared and the umpires said we could go out for a number of overs, say at five o'clock, it would have been an underwhelming, inappropriate way to make our bow in Test cricket", he said.

Sohail (31) fell to a stunning low catch from Porterfield that gave Thompson his first Test wicket and left Pakistan 71 for 3.

Pakistan rebuilt and managed to not lose a wicket before the lunch break.

After a few near run-outs, Pakistan's third-wicket duo settled in.

And when Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed (20) was caught by Stirling in the slips off Thompson, the tourists were 159 for six in this stand-alone match.

Pakistan had been struggling early on but Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan played patiently to lead the recovery effort.

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