Ireland bowl first ball in Test cricket

Rain washed out the opening day of Ireland's first Test match against Pakistan in Dublin

Ireland have had a first ball in Test cricket to remember.

Bowled on Saturday by Middlesex's Tim Murtagh, Pakistan opener Azhar Ali took a single. But in the process, opening partner Iman ul-Haq was injured.

Diving to make his crease as Tyrone Kane tried to throw down the stumps, Imam - nephew of Pakistan great Inzamam - collided with an onrushing Niall O'Brien.

After a brief delay, Imam was able to carry on, with no wicket lost.

Friday's opening day of Ireland's inaugural Test, in the grounds of Malahide Castle, just north of Dublin, was wiped out by bad weather.

Ireland won the toss on Saturday and put Pakistan into bat.

After the first-ball collision, the hosts made quick inroads dismissing both Pakistani openers.

Boyd Rankin took Ireland's first wicket in Test cricket, having Azhar caught at second slip for four to have Pakistan at 1-13.

Off the next delivery, Murtagh trapped Imam lbw for seven.

Pakistan were 2-22 after 14 overs of Saturday's opening session.

The Irish are the 11th nation to play the longest format of the game after the International Cricket Council last June awarded Ireland Test status.