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Ireland pass Test despite opening loss against Pakistan

 

By Ian Callender

Ireland will probably have to wait until early next year before playing their second Test match but, after their debut performance on the biggest stage, they will have nothing to fear.

Opponents have yet to be announced for Ireland's next foray into the Test arena but a return match in Pakistan - if safe to do so - is unlikely to take place in the next 18 months because of their packed fixture schedule.

However, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said he would welcome Ireland any time, and was impressed by their performance over the last four days, before the tourists finally came out on top by five wickets.

Ireland's first Test centurion, Kevin O'Brien, was dismissed on his first ball of the final day yesterday and with Ireland bowled out for 339, Pakistan needed only 160 to win.

Proud Ireland skipper William Porterfield said the players were disappointed not to win.

"Close to 200 would have made it a very interesting game. They came out and played positively", he said.

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