Howzat for a knock­out! Pak­istan crick­eter is flat­tened in Dublin

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT - By Aine Conaty

IT was a his­toric mo­ment in Ir­ish cricket his­tory – and one Pak­istani player made sure it went off with a bang... crash and a wal­lop.

Ire­land’s first Test Cricket Match be­gan in Malahide on Fri­day, but the open­ing day was rained off. This meant the his­toric first ball was bowled dur­ing a con­sid­er­ably brighter morn­ing yes­ter­day.

The home crowd – who had waited a long time to see Ire­land com­pete at the high­est level of cricket – were bowled over with the ex­cite­ment, and so was one of the op­po­nents. The first ball was bowled by Ire­land’s Tim Murtagh, whose toss was hit for a sin­gle by opener Azhar Ali.

Un­for­tu­nately Ali’s Pak­istani batting part­ner, Imam-ul-Haq, col­lided with Ire­land’s Ty­rone Kane while try­ing to com­plete his run.

This left Imam-ul-Haq – him­self mak­ing his Test de­but – in­ca­pac­i­tated for a few min­utes, de­lay­ing the game.

He re­ceived med­i­cal at­ten­tion and was able to carry on.

But af­ter scor­ing seven runs he left the field, out from a LBW (Leg Be­fore Wicket) bowled by Murtagh.

Imam-ul-Haq is the nephew of the for­mer Pak­istan cap­tain In­za­mam-ul-Haq, who re­tired in 2007 af­ter the Cricket World Cup. In that World Cup, Ire­land fa­mously elim­i­nated Pak­istan with a shock win – an event marred by the later discovery of Pak­istani coach Bob Woolmer dead in his ho­tel room.

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