A new drama in historic Ireland Test: Pakistan in serious trouble

A new drama in historic Ireland Test: Pakistan in serious trouble

LONDON - Ireland are just seven wickets away from a dream victory in debut Test against Pakistan at Malahide with the visitors reeling at 27 for 3 in chase of 160 on Tuesday.

Azhar Ali was the first man to go after scoring just two runs. He was caught in the slips by Paul Stirling in the first over of the innings by Tim Murtagh.

Harris Sohail was caught in the gully after scoring seven, followed soon after by the experienced Asad Shafiq who was bowled by Murtagh. Debutant Imamul Haq was joined Babar Azam after Shafiq fell.

Shrugging off their first innings scare, Ireland set Pakistan a victory target of 160 after getting bowled out for 339 just over half an hour into the final day of their one-off Test match. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD

They had been forced to follow on by Pakistan after being bowled out for just 130 in the first innings.

Kevin O'Brien failed to add any runs to his overnight score of 118 before swinging at a wide delivery from Mohammad Abbas and edging to first slip. It was the first ball he faced.

Abbas also took the wickets of Boyd Rankin (6) and Tyrone Kane (14), who were both bowled, to finish with figures of 5-66. He had nine wickets for the match.

Asked to follow on, Ireland had resumed on 319-7.

The Irish are playing their inaugural test match in the longest format after being awarded test status last June.