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Derek Scott

This was the first visit of the Pakistani cricket team to Ireland and coincided with the advent of television to cricket in Dublin. Telefis-Eireann cameras were present for the concluding two hours of each day. The visit of Pakistan meant that all six of the Test playing countries who visit Britain had come to Ireland in an 11 year period. Unfortunately the Pakistanis had a poor tour in weather that did not suit them. They lost four tests and drew one and lost a number of other matches as well. They came to this match from the fourth test at Nottingham which was drawn due to a splendid not out century by the 19-year-old Mushtaq Mohammad. Five of the test team at Nottingham played in Dublin. They were Mushtaq Mohammad, Shahid Mahmood, Nasim ul Ghani, Intikab Alam and Fazal Mahmood. Fazal, who had just joined the party as a replacement, captained the team in the absence of the team captain Javed Burki.

Ireland did well and might well have won if the game was over three days. Interest was maintained on the second day when Fazal declared at lunch when Pakistan were 62 runs behind. Ireland brought in Ian Lewis to replace Duffy who was not available, while Corry and Bernstein were dropped for Donaghy (a new cap) and Kenny (who had not played since 1957 due to being in Australia). At the last moment Kirkpatrick replaced Huey so Ireland did not play in College Park without an offspinner, a thing which would have occurred if the original team had turned out.

The first day was interfered with by rain, almost an hour being lost between lunch and tea. At noon McCloy and Bergin opened to D'Souza and Fazal. After making a few "passes" Bergin was well held at slip by Fazal off D'Souza for 0. Martin and McCloy settled down and added 60 in an hour. Six bowlers were used but they were somewhat wayward and Martin, in particular, was severe on the spinners. Then McCloy was LBW to the left arm Nazim. 60-2-24. At lunch the score was 69-2. After two breaks for rain Martin completed 50 in 105 minutes but was bowled by D'Souza for 54 with the total on 84. He hit six fours, all on the leg side, and when he had scored 42 he became the 11th player to complete 1000 runs for Ireland. McQuilken and Lewis saw 100 up but at 104 disaster struck as it often does to the Irish middle order batting. D'Souza produced two break backs to bowl Lewis and the new cap Donaghy with successive balls. In the next over Intikhab bowled McQuilken and 104-3 became 104-6. O'Riordan played well and he and Kirkpatrick brought the score to 122 when the latter was caught at slip off Intikhab. At tea the score was 126-7. At 140 Ferguson was bowled by Intikhab and four runs later O'Riordan was caught off D'Souza for 16. Colhoun and Kenny added 23 runs for the last wicket - Colhoun reaching double figures for the first time. The total of 167 should have been more but D'Souza bowled well on the soft green wicket in 28 overs at a brisk pace.

There were 64 minutes left and Ireland made good use of it taking four wickets for 36 runs. O'Riordan and Kenny bowled 28 overs between them with rarely a bad ball. O'Riordan had 3-16 at the end. He bowled Butt with his second ball and caught and bowled young Mushtaq in his third over. 2-2-0. Asif was caught at leg slip by Martin off Kenny has 22 and 29. Nasim was caught behind the wicket off O'Riordan. At the close Wallis was 16 and Shahid 3 and the total 36-4.

The real interest of the second day began at lunch when Pakistan declared 62 runs behind after reaching 105-6. Wallis added 39 in 90 minutes and finished with 55 not out. The Pakistan scoring rate was not good, only 69 runs coming in 90 minutes, but at one stage the score was 64-6. In 140 minutes after lunch Ireland scored 112-8. Perhaps they might have gone quicker and declared sooner but the sixth, seventh and eighth wickets fell at 90 when Ireland were 152 runs ahead and with 50 minutes left. Here opinions differed as to the tactics and, in fact, Donaghy and Colhoun were ordered to defend for 20 minutes and attack the last two overs - a cautious policy perhaps because the target of 175 in 130 minutes was beyond the Pakistanis.

Bergin was bowled sweeping at Fazal for 10 and Fazal also bowled McCloy at 26. At 31, after 45 minutes batting, Lewis was LBW. Fazal now used spinners and Martin and McQuilken scored 40 in 33 minutes. D'Souza came back and bowled McQuilken, 16, at 71. Just previously Martin had hit this bowler for a 6 to long-on and a four off successive balls. Now Nasim took a hand and bowled O'Riordan at 84. At 90 Afaq brilliantly ran out Martin from short mid-wicket with a throw which broke the bowler's wicket. Nasim then got Ferguson and Kirkpatrick in one over and the score was 90-8. Then, Donaghy and Colhoun defended until 4:25 PM when Donaghy lashed 13 off an over from Nasim and another four of Mushtaq's over, the last before tea.

Pakistan could never keep up at the clock. Shaheed made 19 out of 23 in 20 minutes when he skied Kenny to mid-on. 20 minutes later the score was 44 and then Mushtaq was caught at slip off Kenny for 10. With an hour to go Wallis was bowled by Kirkpatrick (his first wicket for Ireland) and Pakistan needed 115 in an hour. They got only 67 with Asif batting sedately for 54 not out after opening the innings. The highlight of this period was a splendid catch by BA O'Brien (Railway Union) to dismiss Butt off Kirkpatrick. O'Brien had come on as substitute for Lewis (injured leg). Butt swept Kirkpatrick to deep square leg. O'Brien sprinted along under the trees and made a two-handed catch with arms outstretched. Intikab thrilled the crowd when he "heaved" Ferguson for four fours in his last two overs. The Pakistanis where a cheerful lot and they seemed to enjoy their Irish visit. Kenny made a vast difference to the Irish attack supplying much-needed support for O'Riordan.

College Park, Dublin