Dublin - Ireland's first ever men's Test against Pakistan
finally got under way at Dublin's Malahide ground on Saturday, with home
captain William Porterfield winning the toss and electing to field.
Rain washed out the whole of Friday's scheduled first day
but a day later Malahide was bathed in sunshine, with grey clouds replaced by
sunny blue skies as Ireland, from the moment of the toss, officially became the
11th nation to play men's Test cricket.
Ireland left out spinner Andy McBrine, with Stuart Thompson
completing an all-pace attack led by Boyd Rankin, who played one Test for
England before requalifying, and experienced Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh.
Pakistan gave Test debuts to opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq and
medium-pacer Faheem Ashraf.
Imam is the nephew of Pakistan selection chief and former
Test batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq and his inclusion in the squad provoked allegations
But the 22-year-old left-hander, who hit a hundred on his
one-day international debut against Sri Lanka last year, has made fifties
against both Kent and Northamptonshire in Pakistan's two warm-up matches ahead
of this one-off Test.
After this match, Pakistan will return across the Irish Sea
for a two-Test series against England.
William Porterfield (captain), Ed Joyce, Andrew Balbirnie, Niall O'Brien (wkt), Paul Stirling, Kevin O'Brien, Gary Wilson, Stuart Thompson, Tyrone Kane, Boyd Rankin, Tim Murtagh
Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain/wkt), Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas, Rahat Ali
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (ENG), Nigel Llong (ENG)
TV umpire: Mark Hawthorne (IRL)
Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)