Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Industry | By Kenny Hampton

Ireland aim for upset on Test debut against Pakistan

Ireland aim for upset on Test debut against Pakistan

No side have won their first match at this level since Australia beat England in the inaugural Test in Melbourne in 1877 but that Ireland are playing Test cricket is a victory in itself.

"There has been a lot of banging the drum", said Porterfield. As per the weather forecast, the rain probability for the first three days of the Test is going to be 92, 94, 94; and thus, the chances of play for the first three days are likely to be bleak. "It is a big honour for me and my team to play this historic Test match - the first Test match to be played in Ireland", said Sarfraz.

"Like any May pitch in Ireland there will be a bit of sideways movement, and we'll be looking to utilise that".

Ireland will be without seamer Nathan Smith after he 22-year-old was ruled out with a side strain and replaced in the squad by Craig Young.

Pakistan and arch-rivals India were both knocked out in the first round, a huge blow to organizers banking on their fans to pack out grounds later on, as well as broadcasters who had paid heavily for television rights in the subcontinent. But hopefully it's not going to be too warm, it might be at best in double figures.

The opening batsman added: "We're obviously pretty excited".

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"Are we favourites? No". There is a lot of experience in our line-up, exciting youth as well so I don't see any reason why not.

William Porterfield has thanked those that have paved the way for him and his Ireland colleagues to make Test history on Friday.

In World Cup, 2007 Ireland defeated Pakistan in a group match then they went on to win another World Cup match against England in 2011.

Speaking to the media following the decision, Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom said that while it may have been possible to play for a couple of hours later in the day, he felt that it would be more "appropriate" to begin such an occasion on Saturday morning.

Ireland were soon 15 for two before an innings of 72 from Niall O'Brien, also in the Test squad, got them back on track before now-retired captain Trent Johnston won the match with a six off Azhar Mahmood.

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