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Ireland learned about the hardships of Test cricket on the third day in Dublin as Pakistan seamer Mohammad Abbas ripped through their batting line-up with a four-wicket haul and made them follow on.
Starting off the day on 268/6, Pakistan only added eight runs to their overnight score before Shadab Khan was given out lbw off the bowling of Tim Murtagh for a career-best 55, which came off 105 balls and included seven boundaries.
Debutant Faheem Ashraf, who helped rescue Pakistan with Shadab on the second day, went on to score 83 off 115 deliveries, which included nine boundaries and a six, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Stuart Thompson.
Mohammad Amir only made four runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Murtagh. Shortly after, Pakistan decided to declare on 310/9.
Murtagh was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Thompson snapped up three and Boyd Rankin chipped in with two.
Trailing by 310 runs, Abbas carved through Ireland’s top order, taking three wickets in quick time. With Amir and Ashraf making their presence felt too, Ireland found themselves in a world of trouble at 36/5.
They managed to add 25 runs to their score before Thompson was clean bowled by Shadab for three runs.
Tyrone Kane was on his way back to the pavilion two balls later, while Kevin O’Brien, who was Ireland’s top-scorer, was dismissed by Amir for 40.
Rankin and Murtagh only made 17 and five runs respectively before the hosts were skittled out for 130. Gary Wilson was left stranded on 33 not out.
Abbas was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Shadab took three, Amir got two and Ashraf claimed one.
With Ireland still trailing by 180 runs, Pakistan opted to enforce the follow on.
However, Ireland got off to a much better start this time around as openers Ed Joyce and captain William Porterfield amassed an unbeaten 64-run partnership before stumps was called.
Joyce finished on 39 off 90 balls, which included five boundaries, while Porterfield remained undefeated on 23 off 67 deliveries, which included two boundaries.
Ireland ended day three on 64/0 and will continue batting on Monday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.