Pakistan beat Ireland by 5 wickets in historic Test

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Pakistan 310 for 9 December & 160 for 5 (Imam-ul-Haq 74*, Babar Azam 59; Tim Murtagh 2 for 55) beat Ireland 130 all out & 339 all out (Ed Joyce 43, Kevin O'Brien 118, Stuart Thompson 53; Mohammad Aamer 3 for 63, Mohammad Abbas 5 for 55) by 5 wickets.

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Set a target of 160 to win in the final innings, Pakistan overcame early jitters to claim a comfortable victory in the end.

O'Brien's unbeaten effort took Ireland past Pakistan's score and to a healthy lead of 139 runs, and perhaps even gave them hopes of pulling off a miraculous Test victory.

Ireland are in the midst of their first Test against Pakistan and they are on the verge of a famous victory thanks to another brilliant 100-not-out from the 34-year-old.

Chasing 160 to win, Pakistan slumped to 14-3 and looked in real danger of becoming just the fourth team to lose a test after enforcing the follow-on.

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Ireland made their entry to Test cricket with a 5-wicket defeat against Pakistan but showed their experience giving the visiting side a real fight.

Ireland had added just 20 to their overnight 319/7, with centurion Kevin O'Brien failing to add anything to the magnificent 118 he compiled on the fourth day.

'We were definitely anxious at 14 for three, but we were confident we had a good batting side, ' said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

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

With 167 to chase on a day five pitch, Pakistani top-order fell like a deck of cards until Babar joined Imam.

Babar's departure, which came after a mix up between the two batsmen, was followed shortly afterwards by team captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who was out lbw off a Stuart Thompson delivery that kept low.

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Pakistan then slipped to 2-13 for the second time in the match when Haris Sohail attempted one drive too many and picked out Ed Joyce at gully off Rankin.

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"That's always been known to be there but Test cricket is Test cricket for a reason, it's there in the name, you did get tested and we were after the first innings. How we went about that to get up close to 350 just showed what we've got in the changing rooms and the passion that we've got". That's the character we've had and to be able to bring that into first Test is pleasing.

Overall, the display was full of positives and although it wasn't flawless over the five days, Ireland showed that they can absolutely compete in Test cricket at a high level.

Wisden ranks the innings that won the match the second best in cricket history.

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