Rain extends Ireland's wait for Test cricket as first day of clash against Pakistan is washed out

Waseem Ahmed 11/05/2018
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No play was possible at all on the first day.

Ireland’s historic first-ever Test got off to a damp start with no play possible on the first day of the clash against Pakistan at Malahide in Dublin.

Inclement weather on Friday means that the Irish will have to wait until the second day to make their ‘official’ bow in the Test arena. Such was the incessant rain on the opening day at The Village, Malahide that even the toss was not possible.

The four remaining days of play possibly also means that the follow-on mark will be 150 instead of 200 runs when the two teams take the field on Saturday.

Pakistan were due to give maiden Test caps to opener Imam-ul-Haq and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf with Sarfraz Ahmed confirming that he would go in with the same side which beat Northamptonshire in a warm-up game.

The outlook for the coming days with regards to weather looks much better and Ireland will be hoping that the forecasts hold true as they wait to take the field for the first time in their Test whites.

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Ashish Peter 10/05/2018
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Ireland will take on Pakistan in their maiden Test match.

Two of Test cricket’s latest entrants are all set to make their bow in the coming days. Ireland will kickstart their Test journey against Pakistan with the match getting underway at Dublin on Friday. Similarly, Afghanistan will follow suit by squaring off against India at Bengaluru in a one-off Test in June.

As the two sides get ready to enter the big league, we take a look at the Test debuts of the already existing 10 full ICC Members.

AUSTRALIA V ENGLAND, MARCH 15-19, 1877

VENUE: MELBOURNE

RESULT: AUSTRALIA WON BY 45 RUNS

It was Australia and England who played the first-ever Test match in history. Skippered by Dave Gregory, the hosts took the honours at Melbourne with a 45-run victory. Australia opener Charles Bannerman struck a fine 165 in his side’s first-innings total of 246.

Chasing 164 to win in the second innings, England were bowled out for 108 with Tom Kendall picking up seven wickets to lead Australia to a win.

SOUTH AFRICA V ENGLAND, MARCH 12-13, 1889

VENUE: PORT ELIZABETH

RESULT: ENGLAND WON BY EIGHT WICKETS

South Africa became the third Test playing nation after England and Australia when they took on the former at Port Elizabeth in 1889.

The Owen Dunell-led Proteas started off horribly with the bat as they were bowled out for just 84 runs in their first innings. Albert Rose-Innes’ five-wicket haul helped the hosts restrict England to 148 in their first attempt. However, getting bowled out for 129 in the second innings proved to be too costly for the hosts as they fell to a eight-wicket loss.

ENGLAND V WEST INDIES, JUNE 23-26, 1928

VENUE: LONDON

RESULT: ENGLAND WON BY AN INNINGS AND 58 RUNS

Karl Nunes led West Indies across the Atlantic Ocean for the side’s maiden Test against an England team captained by Percy Chapman. Ernest Tyldesley’s century gave England a huge first-innings total of 401 and that proved to be enough for the hosts. The Caribbean side were bowled out for 177 and 166 as their tryst with Test cricket ended in a huge defeat.

ENGLAND V NEW ZEALAND, JANUARY 19-13, 1930

VENUE: CHRISTCHURCH

RESULT: ENGLAND WON BY EIGHT WICKETS

Tom Lowry led New Zealand in their first-ever Test against Harold Gilligan’s England. England pacer Maurice Allom picked up a five-wicket haul in the first innings as the home side were bowled out just 112 runs.  Though New Zealand did well to scuttle England out for 181 in their first innings, the 69-run lead conceded proved to be a mountain too far to climb with Allom excelling once again in the second innings.

ENGLAND V INDIA, JUNE 25-28, 1932

VENUE: LONDON

RESULT: ENGLAND WON BY 158 RUNS

In 1932, a CK Nayudu-led India departed for England to participate in a one-off Test. England skipper Douglas Jardine’s 79 helped the hosts to a first-innings total of 259. Nayudu top-scored for the visitors with 40 runs as India were bowled out for 189 in the first innings.

Jardine was excellent second time around too and made an unbeaten 85 as India fell to a big defeat in their first Test.

INDIA V PAKISTAN, OCTOBER 16-18, 1952

VENUE: DELHI

RESULT: INDIA WON BY AN INNINGS AND 70 RUNS

Five years after both countries achieved independence from the British, Abdul Kardar led a Pakistan side across the border to India for the side’s maiden Test.

Vijay Hazare, Ghulam Ahmed and Hemu Adhikari each scored half-centuries as India posted 372 in their first innings. Then, India spinner Vinoo Mankar picked up eight Pakistan scalsp in the first-innings and five in the second to guide the hosts to a comprehensive victory at Delhi.

SRI LANKA V ENGLAND, FEBRUARY 17-21, 1982

VENUE: COLOMBO

RESULT: ENGLAND WON BY SEVEN WICKETS

Sri Lanka became the third country from the Indian subcontinent to achieve Test status when took on England in a sole Test at Colombo in 1982. Arjuna Ranatunga and Ranjan Madugalle’s fifties helped Sri Lanka to 218 in their first innings before David Gower’s 89 gave England a five-run lead.

England off-spinner John Emburey’s six-wicket haul in the second innings restricted Sri Lanka to just 175 before Chris Tavare’s knock of 85 handed the visitors a big win.

Ranatunga plays a shot during Sri Lanka's first Test.

Ranatunga plays a shot during Sri Lanka’s first Test.

ZIMBABWE V INDIA, OCTOBER 18-22, 1992

VENUE: HARARE

RESULT: DRAW

Mohammad Azharduddin-led India were Zimbabwe’s first Test opponents. A fine century from skipper Dave Houghton and a 82 from Grant Flower led the hosts to a mammoth first-innings total of 456. In reply, India were bowled out for 307 in the first innings despite a ton from Sanjay Manjrekar.

On a flat batting strip, Zimbabwe had reached 146-4 in their second innings as no result was possible in the five days.

John Traicos of Zimbabwe bowls during the historic Test.

John Traicos of Zimbabwe bowls during the historic Test.

BANGLADESH V INDIA, NOVEMBER 10-13, 2000

VENUE: DHAKA

RESULT: INDIA WON BY NINE WICKETS

Bangladesh were the latest of the subcontinent sides to make their Test bow. Despite scoring 400 runs in their first-innings, a Naimur Rahman skippered Bangladesh succumbed to a nine-wicket defeat against Saurav Ganguly’s India.

A superb 92 from spinner Sunil Josh helped India take a 23-run first innings lead before the hosts were bowled out for just 91 runs in the second-innings to pave the way for a big win for the visitors.

Ganguly and Tendulkar were part of the winning Indian team.

Ganguly and Tendulkar were part of the winning Indian team.

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Rain could play spoilsport to Ireland's first-ever Test.

History will be in the making for Irish cricket when the men’s team line-up against Pakistan for their first-ever Test match at Malahide in Dublin on Friday.

It was a victory against the same opponents in the ICC World Cup 2007 that announced the arrival of Ireland in cricket’s big league.

It has taken them more than a decade since then to achieve full ICC membership but all that hard work will come to fruition on Friday when Irish skipper William Porterfield lines up alongside his opposite counterpart Sarfraz Ahmed for the toss.

JOYCE IN LINE TO BECOME OLDEST DEBUTANT SINCE 1992

The Irish squad for the one-off Test includes many veterans who were present during the 2007 World Cup heroics. Among them is Ed Joyce, the leading run-scorer in Irish cricket. The left-hander actually featured for England in that World Cup despite having had helped Ireland qualify for the very same tournament.

Joyce moved to England in 2005 in the hope of playing Test cricket but returned to Ireland after six years without having achieved that honour. It is only fitting that the 39-year-old gets his Test cap in Irish whites in what will be his 151st appearance for the country. He is set to become the oldest Test debutant since South Africa’s Omar Henry in 1992 (age 40).

Joyce is finally set to get his long cherished Test cap.

Joyce is finally set to get his long cherished Test cap.

YOUNG LOOK TO PAKISTAN

Pakistan have named five uncapped players in their squad for the Test in the form of Faheem Ashraf, Imam-ul-Haq, Saad Ali, Fakhar Zaman and Usman Salahuddin. It only includes young leg-spinner Shadab Khan who has played just one Test match so far in his career. The 19-year-old impressed in Pakistan’s warm-up games alongside Imam-ul-Haq, who is set to make his Test debut on Friday.

On a pitch expected to aid seamers, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz will be hoping Mohammad Amir can bounce back into form after the pacer struggled to pick up wickets in the warm-up matches.

Imam-ul-Haq is set to make his first Pakistan Test appearance.

Imam-ul-Haq is set to make his first Pakistan Test appearance.

WEATHER COULD PLAY SPOILSPORT

The forecast for Dublin is not looking good for the duration of the Test. Rain is predicted on the majority of days and could scupper the chances of getting in a decent amount of play. The Irish will definitely be hoping the rain gods can smile upon them in what is set to be a momentous occasion.

SQUADS

Ireland: William Porterfield (C), Andrew Balbirnie, Ed Joyce, Tyrone Kane, Andrew McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien (wk), Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Craig Young, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson (wk),

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (c, wk), Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Sami Aslam, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Saad Ali, Asad Shafiq, Usman Salahuddin, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Faheem Ashraf.

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