The Irish showed incredible character and fight to produce a possible miracle result against the heavy favourites, Pakistan.
Ireland lost their debut Test by 5 wickets against Pakistan.
Ireland cricket team in action against Pakistan. A great way to start their Test cricket journey.
Ireland had been in danger of an innings defeat at 95 for four but a seventh-wicket partnership of 114 between O'Brien and Thompson (53) turned the tide. "This Test match has gone a long way to providing the next generation of cricketers I'm sure".
Both these players completed well-compiled half-centuries and added 126 runs for the 4th wicket. O'Brien's performance provided the platform for Ireland to produce the possibility of a miracle result in Malahide.
The 34-year-old became the first man from his country to post a three-figure Test score as Ireland, forced to follow-on by Pakistan on Sunday, accumulated a 139-run lead by reaching stumps on the penultimate day in Malahide at 319 for seven.
But after the break, Thompson upped the tempo and while O'Brien was content to nudge the singles, Thompson took 11 off an over from left-armer Rahat Ali and followed up with two more off Amir. The pressure was back on Ireland as the scorecard went past 100.
The nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq, Imam's introduction to the Pakistan team in the ODI format resulted in a fine century against Sri Lanka on debut previous year. Imam's batting for 33 before lunch saw a recovery from 14-3 to 52-3.
However, debutant Imam and Babar maintained their composure to combine for 38 runs before lunch and their alliance continued well into the afternoon after the latter was dropped by Andrew Balbirnie off Murtagh on nine.
He made up for it with a composed unbeaten half-century in the second innings to steer Pakistan to victory.
Babar Azam also scored a fifty in this innings.
Imam-ul-Haq made it a debut Test to remember. Now Pakistan were in trouble on a green seamer against green opponents (in Test terms), with their two most-experienced batsmen back in the dressing room. The last coming in Kingston against the Windies.
But the rest of the day belonged to Ireland.
"I'm extremely proud of how we went about it", Porterfield said at the end of the game. With the threat of rain to come later in the day, Pakistan sensed the need to accelerate against attacking Irish fields and Imam soon moved to his maiden 50 before Azam progressed to his fifth. Now the rest of the world, surely, believes them too.
Ireland have justified their test status.
This was Pakistan's first Test victory under the leadership of Sarfraz Ahmed who earlier had captained his team in two Tests, against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates a year ago. Despite the loss, the hosts managed to impress all with their first outing in Test cricket.
The future of Irish cricket is bright.