Pakistan recovered to end day two at 268/6 with Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan scoring fifties against Ireland, playing their debut Test.
An unbeaten century partnership between newcomer Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan switched the momentum to Pakistan after Ireland made a credible start to its inaugural cricket Test on Saturday. After an opening day washout, Ireland took advantage of seam conditions by making Pakistan bat and reducing the visitors to 159-6 in the second session.
But Khan, batting lower than usual, and allrounder Ashraf, on debut, began a recovery before tea in the grounds of Malahide Castle, just north of Dublin. When bad light stopped play after 76 overs, Pakistan was 268-6 and in charge, with Ashraf 61 not out and Khan 52 not out. They added 75 runs in 17 overs after tea, and rode some luck.
Ashraf was dropped twice at first slip by Gary Wilson, on 24 and 36. The second time was in a 71st over in which Ashraf plundered seamer Boyd Rankin for four boundaries to rush to his maiden half-century in 52 balls.
Just before Stumps was called, Ashraf slammed spinner Paul Stirling over long on for the only six of the day. He was 61 not out off 69 balls.