Pakistan were reduced to 13-2, with Boyd Rankin and Tim Murtagh the successful bowlers, but Pakistan, sent into bat by Ireland captain William Porterfield after rain washed out Friday's opening day, recovered to 67-2 at lunch on the second day. The seventh-ranked Test side in the world fought back through Haris Sohail's 31 and Asad Shafiq's 68.
Ireland's staggering 144-year wait for Test cricket was a memorable one to say the least after two Irish players smashed into Pakistan batsman Imam-ul-Haq in the opening ball of the match, leaving him dazed and confused on the floor.
Azhar Ali dug out a Murtagh delivery and called for a quick legside single.
The ball had travelled just a couple of feet from the stumps and wicket-keeper Niall O'Brien and fielder Tyrone Kane both darted towards the ball while Ul-Haq, on Test debut, dived to make his ground.
But the 22-year-old left-hander, who hit a hundred on his one-day global debut against Sri Lanka last year, has made fifties against both Kent and Northamptonshire in Pakistan's two warm-up matches ahead of this one-off Test.
The International Cricket Council awarded Ireland Test status in June a year ago, while Pakistan were then named as their first opponents in cricket's longest format.
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Ireland's historic first Test wicket was actually Rankin's second in Tests though, his first came in his solitary England Test appearance against Australia in Sydney, during the 2013/14 Ashes. Babar Azam's stay barely lasted and Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan skipper, couldn't make the most of the greenhorn opposition.
Imam was leg before wicket for seven to a Murtagh delivery that came back into him. The duo added 58 runs for the third wicket to allay fears of an absolute collapse, but Sohail's fall only reignited the possibility.
But Shadab and Faheem turned the tide in style.
Faheem, however, did have a break when, on 36, he edged Rankin only for a diving Niall O'Brien to miss the catch and give the obscured Gary Wilson at first slip no chance of taking the ball.
After a brief delay, Imam was able to carry on, with no wicket lost.
Duly reprieved, he went to fifty in just 52 balls, including seven fours, with Shadab following him to the landmark in 89 balls.