Pakistan vs Ireland Only Test Day 2 Highlights – May 12, 2018

Pakistan vs Ireland Only Test Day 2 Highlights – May 12, 2018, Pak v Ire highlights today – Only test day two from The Village, Malahide, Dublin (Ireland) Saturday 12th May 2018. The first day of the historic test match ruined by the rain, no play even toss had been delayed for the next day. In the first tour match on April 28, Pakistan batted first and scored 168 runs all out in 55.2 overs. Sami Aslam opener of the Pakistan team faced 40 balls and scored 13 runs, Azhar Ali 15, Imam-ul-Haq scored 61 runs and he was the top runs scorer. In the second tour match, Pakistan bowled first and Northamptonshire all out with 129 runs. Shadab Khan took six wickets in that match, Rahat Ali took two and Haris Sohail took one wicket. Pakistan scored 428 runs all out, Asad Shafiq scored 186 not out, Haris Sohail 79 and Babar Azam 57. Northamptonshire scored 301 runs all out in their second innings, Mohammad Abbas and Shadab Khan these two Pakistani bowlers took four wickets each of them and remaining two wickets were taken by Rahat Ali, in the end, Pakistan won by 9 wickets.

Ireland win the toss and Pakistan will bat.

Pakistan team/playing XI
1 Imam-ul-Haq, 2 Azhar Ali, 3 Haris Sohail, 4 Asad Shafiq, 5 Babar Azam, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Faheem Ashraf, 9 Mohammad Amir, 10 Rahat Ali, 11 Mohammad Abbas.
Ireland team/playing XI
WTS Porterfield (c), PR Stirling, EC Joyce, NJ O’Brien †, A Balbirnie, GC Wilson, KJ O’Brien, SR Thompson, TE Kane, WB Rankin, TJ Murtagh.

Match Timings: 11:00 start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00

Umpires – Richard Illingworth, Nigel Llong
TV Umpires – Mark Hawthorne
Match Referee – Chris Broad
Reserve Umpire – Alan Neill
Match number – Test no. 2303

Form guide

Pakistan: LLWLW
Ireland: we shall see

If English early-season Tests are anything to go by, we can expect changeable conditions, lateral movement and plenty of nibble for the seamers. Rain is forecast for the first two days of the match. Sentiment is likely to hold sway where Ireland’s selection is concerned, with their contingent of veterans set to be rewarded for long service with first dibs at history. The key question may revolve around the identity of their third seamer, with Nathan Smith, their uncapped 22-year-old quick, ruled out of contention with a side strain. Craig Young has been drafted in as a replacement, but depending on the conditions, the medium pace of Stuart Thompson may get the spare slot.

Imam-ul-Haq is a strong contender to make his Test debut, and likeliest to do so as opener. Pakistan are thought to be keen to play the same XI as did against Northamptonshire which means a move back up to opening for Azhar Ali – Pakistan’s senior batsman moved himself back to No.3 for last year’s series against Sri Lanka. Faheem Ashraf, the bustling allrounder who debuted in the Champions Trophy last year, is also in line for a Test debut, adding depth to a seam attack that looks as potent as any in the world. Shadab is a like-for-like replacement for the absent Yasir.

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