By Atiya Riffat
Ireland’s debut in Test cricket ended in a five-wicket defeat by Pakistan at Malahide on Tuesday.
Set a seemingly modest 160 to win on the last day, Pakistan collapsed to 14 for three, having made Ireland follow-on earlier in the match.
But Pakistan debutant Imam-ul-Haq, the nephew of selection chief and former Test batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq, saw the tourists to victory with 74 not out.
Earlier, Ireland were dismissed for 339 in their second innings.
Kevin O Brien, who on Monday became the first Ireland batsman to score a Test hundred, fell to his first ball Tuesday as Mohammad Abbas had him caught by Haris at slip for 118.
Ireland had been in danger of an innings defeat at 95 for four but a seventh-wicket partnership of 114 between O Brien and Thompson (53) turned the tide.
The Irish, resuming on 319 for seven, lost their last three wickets for 20 runs on Tuesday.
Abbas did all the damage in a burst of three wickets for 12 runs in 22 balls, the paceman finishing with innings figures of five for 66 in 28.3 overs.
Ireland were facing an innings defeat when O Brien came in at 95 for four but, ably assisted by Thompson, who made 53, he turned the tide during a seventh-wicket partnership of 114.
Mohammad Amir, who had been struggling with a longstanding knee injury while taking his 100th Test wicket on Monday, opened the bowling on Tuesday.
But after Tyrone Kane had seen out the opening over, O Brien fell to his first ball of the day when, going down on to attempt a slashing drive off a wide half-volley from Abbas, he was held by Haris.
A crestfallen O Brien bowed his head in frustration and dropped his bat as he trudged off the field.
But the 34-year-old had every reason to be proud of an innings that spanned five hours, 44 minutes and saw him face 217 balls with 12 fours.
Abbas had Rankin, trying to leave, playing on before bowling Kane to end the innings.