Ireland hosted Pakistan for their first-ever Test match since gaining Test status and after a strong start with the ball, the match now seems to be slipping away from the hosts. The match was scheduled to begin on May 11 (Friday) but it could only start on Saturday after the first day was completely washed out due to rain.
It was Pakistan that batted first and their team was reduced early to 13/2 and then 159/6 as the Irish bowlers looked to make the most of the conditions. However, the away side make a strong comeback with their lower order and went on to declare at 310/9 just before lunch on Day 3 as debutant Faheem Ashraf scored a memorable 83.
In their first-ever batting effort at Test level, the home team was put to the sword and collapsed in front of a fiery Pakistani bowling attack. They lost their first five wickets for just 36 but did enough to take the total to 130 – 180 runs behind Pakistan. The visitors enforced the follow-on and put Ireland in to bat again, which confused fans on social media as the usual deficit for the follow in 200 runs or more.
Since the first day of the Test was washed-out, the toss took place on Day 2 and a result, the provisions for four-day games became applicable.
Rule 14.2.2 in the MCC’s Laws of Cricket also states:
The same option shall be available in two-innings matches of shorter duration with the minimum leads as follows:
– 150 runs in a match of 3 or 4 days;
– 100 runs in a 2-day match;
– 75 runs in a 1-day match.