WHAT A DIFFERENCE a day makes and, boy, has it been worth the wait as Ireland make their historic first foray in Test cricket under glorious blue skies at Malahide, winning the toss and electing to field against Pakistan.
Ireland took two wickets in two balls as their inaugural men's Test finally got going at Malahide on Saturday.
And a healthy crowd had already made their way into the 6,300-capacity stadium ahead of play and were well in situ before the teams came out for a quick blast of Ireland's Call ahead of proceedings.
After day one was washed out, Ireland won the toss and opted to bowl on day two against Pakistan and they started brightly.
Diving to make his crease as Tyrone Kane tried to throw down the stumps, Imam - nephew of Pakistan great Inzamam - collided with onrushing wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien. But in the process, opening partner Iman was injured.
As luck would have it, Pakistan staged the second fight back, and this time they really did show stomach for the fight as Shadab and Ashraf stitched together an unbeaten 109-run stand for the seventh-wicket before the rain arrived and curtailed played by eleven overs.
Barely had the crowd´s cheers subsided, then Pakistan were 13 for two off the very next ball, with Imam lbw for seven to a Murtagh delivery that came back into him. Naturally, a few players could be seen getting emotional during the ceremony.
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The hosts' momentum waned before lunch and Haris Sohail (31) and Shafiq put on 58 for the third wicket, until the former gifted Porterfield another catch early in the second session.
Delivered by Middlesex bowler Tim Murtagh, Pakistan opener Azhar Ali took a single off it.
The batsman was left stricken on the turf but after receiving several minutes of treatment from the Pakistan physio, was able to carry on.
It means there was no place for off-spinner Andy McBrine, nor Craig Young and James Shannon, in Ireland's XI, while Pakistan named an unchanged side from last week's warm-up game against Northamptonshire.
"I think the lads are both mentally drained and physically drained. We're still hugely proud".
"If a couple of nicks go here or there or we take a couple of those half chances then it looks like a completely different picture".