Ireland started their Test journey with a five-wicket loss to Pakistan, who rode on sedate knocks from debutant Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam to eventually romp home without much hiccups on the final day of the historic Test here on Tuesday.
Kevin fell to the first ball he faced on the fifth morning, caught at slip off Mohammad Abbas while going for a booming drive.
For all that early excitement though, Pakistan gradually took the game away from Ireland, thanks in no small part to 22-year-old Imam, who batted with patience and a sound technique to end on a well-made 74 not out.
His 126-run partnership with Azam was the defining one of the day.
Though Babar was run out thanks to a mix-up with Imam, with the score on 142, and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed followed soon after for 8, it was too little too late for Ireland, and Shadab Khan ended on 8 not out to help Pakistan over the line.
In the first innings Pakistan made 310/9 with Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan and Asad Shafiq scoring handsomely. After that the bowlers did a fantastic job to restrict the hosts to 130. Mohammad Abbas took four wickets while Shadab Khan scalped three wickets.
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