The first players to score Test centuries for their countries

Kevin O'Brien slammed the first Test hundred for Ireland

Resuming on Tuesday on 319-7 in their second innings after being asked to follow on, they added only 20 runs to their total but still left a challenging target for a Pakistan team that has a recent history of stumbling in small run chases. But 22-year-old left-handed opener Imam, the nephew of Pakistan selection chief and former Test batsman Inzamam- ul-Haq, responded to the pressure with 74 not out - his maiden fifty at this level.

It was Ireland's first innings with the bat, when they only scored 130 in reply to Pakistan's 310/9, that put them on the back foot as they were forced to follow-on.

Abbas in just his sixth Test match took Boyd Rankin and Tyrone Kane's wicket next, completing a five-wicket haul.

No blushes ultimately for Pakistan but they were forced to work very hard following a spirited comeback from Ireland's cricketeers who enjoyed their maiden test despite their defeat today in Malahide.

For half an hour Ireland dared to dream: a great big, vivid, roller-coaster of a hallucination really, as Pakistan wickets fell and the thought of an stunning victory on the final day of the inaugural Test match looked on.

"They have a quality line-up but if we had got another couple and break that partnership, then it's completely game on", added Porterfield, reflecting on the missed opportunity to cause another major shock in world cricket.

If there was to be a miracle of Malahide, then Tim Murtagh was surely the key for Ireland and he could scarcely have got the hosts off to a better start, drawing an edge from a skittish Azhar Ali just four balls into Pakistan's innings.

Babar was dropped on nine runs in the 19th over when Balbirnie could not hold a catchable chance and the right-hander immediately made Ireland pay by thumping two of his next four deliveries through the covers for boundaries.

Ireland start strong but Faheem and Shadab keep Pakistan in the game
Boyd Rankin became the 15th player to play Test cricket for two different nations when he took the field for Ireland on Saturday. Abbas struck twice in a 30-minute spell before lunch to leave Ireland five for three after Sarfraz's well-timed declaration.

From there, they dragged themselves back into the match and played their way into contention going into the final day against a Test nation stalwart as Pakistan.

Pakistan now heads to England for a two-test series, starting next week at Lord's.

There was still time for a little wobble from Pakistan, after all what more would you expect, but in the end, Ireland just ran out of runs to defend, Imam fittingly the man to hit the winning runs.

The two sides posed together soon after for a photograph to mark the historic occasion, while Kevin O'Brien was awarded the man of the match award for his second-innings heroics with the bat.

"I think it's very good for Pakistan as a team to chase this on the fifth day".

3 - Andy Balbirnie became the first No.3 player in Test cricket to bag a pair on Test debut.

Only three teams have won a test after following on - England in 1894 and 1981, and India in 2001. Test cricket needed a good story and Ireland provided this with a respective performance and subsequent justification of their status in Test cricket.

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