Ireland vs Pakistan Only Test Day 2: Ashraf, Shadab rescue Pakistan after Ireland’s early success

Shadab Khan Faheem Ashraf 52 not out unbeaten 61 Pakistan Ireland Only Test Day 2 Dublin cricket

Shadab Khan (left) and Faheem Ashraf both surpassed 50 for the first time in Test cricket

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Ireland were flying high for most of the second day in Dublin, but Pakistan debutant Faheem Ashraf and spinner Shadab Khan came to their side’s aid as they scored an unbeaten 61 and 52 not out respectively.

With the first day having been washed out due to persistent rain, Ireland finally took to the field in their first-ever Test match as they won the toss and opted to bowl first.

The hosts made two early breakthroughs as Pakistan opener Azhar Ali was dismissed by Boyd Rankin for four runs, while debutant Imam-ul-Haq, who made seven runs, became Tim Murtagh’s first Test victim.

Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq stabilised the innings with a 58-run partnership before Sohail was caught by Ireland captain William Porterfield at gully off the bowling of debutant Stuart Thompson for 31.

Babar Azam only made 14 before being removed by Murtagh, but Shafiq and Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed managed to forge a 49-run stand before Shafiq was sent packing by Rankin for 62, which came off 121 balls and included eight boundaries.

Sarfraz ended up making 20 before he was dismissed by Thompson.

With Pakistan in a spot of bother at 159/6, Ashraf and Shadab came to the rescue as they amassed an unbeaten 109-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before bad light brought play to an end for the day.

Ashraf finished on 61 off 69 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six, while Shadab remained undefeated on 52 off 91 deliveries, which included seven boundaries.

Rankin, Murtagh and Thompson picked up two wickets apiece.

Pakistan ended day two on 268/6 and will continue batting on Sunday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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