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Pakistan beat Ireland by 5 wickets in historic Test

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started their Test journey with a five-wicket loss to Pakistan, who rode on sedate knocks from debutant Imam-ul-Haq and to eventually romp home without much hiccups on the final day of the historic Test here on Tuesday.

Chasing 160, (74 not out) and Azam (59) forged a crucial partnership to guide to a comfortable victory after the visitors had slipped to 14/3.

had added just 20 to their overnight 319/7, with centurion failing to add anything to the magnificent 118 he compiled on the fourth day.

Kevin fell to the first ball he faced on the fifth morning, caught at slip off while going for a booming drive.

With requiring 160 to win, sensed the possibility of a sensational victory, quickly reducing their opponents to 14/3.

made the new ball talk to have caught at slip and then clean bowled Asad Shafiq, while had caught in the gully.

For all that early excitement though, 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 followed soon after for 8, it was too little too late for Ireland, and ended on 8 not out to help Pakistan over the line.

In the first innings Pakistan made 310/9 with Faheem Ashraf, and scoring handsomely. After that the bowlers did a fantastic job to restrict the hosts to 130. took four wickets while scalped three wickets.

Brief Scores: Pakistan 310 & 160/5 (Imam-ul-Haq 74 not out, 59; 2/45) beat Ireland 130 & 339 (118, 53; 5/66) by 5 wickets.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 22:38 IST
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