Pakistan registered a five-wicket victory in the one-off Test against Ireland after few hiccups. The first day of the Test was washed out, however, in the remaining four days, Pakistan played in their signature way where there was batting collapse, resilience, brilliant bowling, poor fielding, an emphatic victory and everything which is associated with Pakistan cricket.
After the conclusion of the historic Test match against Pakistan, here are the five things we learned.
Imam can be a bright prospect for Pakistan
Imam Ul Haq’s selection was heavily criticised by cricket pundits and fans and called it biased from Inzamam Ul Haq, who is the chief selector of Pakistan and the opener’s uncle. However, he justified his selection with an impressive inning in the two warm-up games followed by his heroics in the one-off Test where he scored a fighting half-century. He seems a potential opener for Pakistan in the long run.
Pakistan have got a longer batting line
With Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan in the ranks, Pakistan seems to have a longer batting line. The two joined hands in the first inning when Pakistan were struggling for 159/6 and they eventually took the team to a competitive total of 310. Faheem scored 83 runs on his debut, while Shadab contributed precious 55 runs.
Mohammad Abbas can be a handy bowler in these conditions
Mohammad Abbas was extremely impressive throughout the Test match. He took his second five-wicket haul in the Test match and ended the game with impressive match figures of 110/9. He was accurate and effective, which troubled the Irishmen. With Abbas bowling from the other end, Mohammad Amir will have a better support which will be fruitful for Pakistan.
Asad Shafiq can bat up the order
Asad Shafiq played at number four since Azhar Ali asked to open, this was the first time in more than five years that Shafiq had batted at No.4 for Pakistan. Shafiq was more decisive as compared to his several teammates in the Irish conditions. The right-hand batsman scored 62 runs in the first inning which is a good sign as Pakistan mused over the jigsaw pieces after the retirements of Younis and Misbah.
Ireland belongs to this level of cricket
Ireland have made an impressive entry in Test cricket by giving Pakistan almighty scare. The newcomers showed that the game’s oldest form could only benefit from fresh blood. The target of 160 right in the sweet spot of low enough to appear easy but just high enough to be a challenge. The hosts ultimately lost by five wickets.