Pakistan took control of the Dublin Test against Ireland after enforcing the follow on as they bowled the hosts out for 130. Pakistan had declared their first innings on 310 for nine.
Half-centuries from Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan helped Pakistan take control.
Thereafter, seamer Mohammad Abbas picked up four wickets and leg-spinner Shadab three at the Malahide Cricket Club Ground.
However, Ireland did well in the second essay as they reached 64 for no loss at stumps.
Catch all the live updates from day three below.
As the world celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13, several international cricketers reached out to Twitter to show just how they love their mothers.
Celebrated on the second Sunday of May, the occasion is marked to celebrate motherhood and stars from Virat Kohli to Chris Gayle expressed how they felt about the relationship they share with their mothers, on the auspicious day.
Here, we take a look at some of the best social media posts from cricketers.
She is the one who can take place of all others but her place cannot be taken by any other!
Happy #MothersDay Aai! pic.twitter.com/qBKzYWuiU4
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 13, 2018
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 13, 2018
To my mother and all the lovely mothers around the world who are truly the guiding force behind us all, without whom we wouldnt be half the people we are today. Happy Mother’s Day ❣️😘 #happymothersday #supermom pic.twitter.com/NPDY5jD1sf
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) May 13, 2018
With the entire first-day’s play lost to rain, Ireland skipper William Porterfield won the toss and elected to bowl first on a juicy pitch at the Village, Malahide.
By the time stumps were drawn early due to bad light after 76 overs, Pakistan had reached 286-6 in their first-innings.
Here, we look at the key talking points from the historic day.
RANKIN CREATES HISTORY FOR IRELAND
Boyd Rankin became the 15th player to play Test cricket for two different nations when he took the field for Ireland on Saturday. The tall pacer had played a sole Test for England before switching his allegiance to the Irish.
The 33-year-old started excellently with the ball as Pakistan’s openers were put through a testing period. That pressure ultimately told with the final delivery of the eighth over when Rankin had Azhar Ali all squared-up. The Pakistan opener could only get an edge to a rising delivery as William Porterfield gleefully held on to a comfortable catch at first slip.
With that, Rankin had captured the first-ever Test wicket for Ireland and wrote himself into the history books.
IRELAND’S SHORT-BALL TACTICS PAY OFF IN MIDDLE SESSION
After Pakistan had lost their openers in consecutive deliveries in the opening session, Asad Shafiq and Haris Sohail had stabilized the innings with some slow progress. That all changed after lunch though as the visitors lost four wickets in the second session of the day.
Ireland’s pacers resorted to bending their backs and banging in the short deliveries as they targeted the rib-cages of the Pakistan batsmen. That tactic seemed to throw off the batsmen who started falling one by one to loose deliveries. Sohail, Babar Azam and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed all fell to loose shots away from the body as the hosts started imposing themselves.
Even Shafiq, who had batted well on the way to a half-century, made a huge lapse in concentration. Batting on 60, Shafiq hit a Rankin short-ball straight into the hands of square-leg as Pakistan went from 71-2 to 159-6.
SHADAB AND FAHEEM LEAD PAKISTAN FIGHTBACK
With Pakistan’s entire top-order back in the pavilion before tea, the job of resurrecting the innings fell on the young shoulders of Shadab Khan and debutant Faheem Ashraf.
Playing in only his second Test, Shadab showed remarkable composure and maturity as he displayed his all-round credentials. The 19-year-old was the primary aggressor as the two batsman started to form a burgeoning partnership. Shadab brought up his maiden half-century in Test cricket as Ireland’s bowlers started running out of ideas with the ball turning soft.
At the other end, Faheem started the slower of the two but quickly changed gears as he too brought up a half-century with the partnership going beyond the 100-run mark. Shadab had moved on to 52 while Faheem had motored on to 61 when bad light brought an early end to play.