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There was drama at an initially sun-drenched Malahide right from Saturday's first ball of this stand-alone match.
Azhar Ali dug out a single off the opening delivery from Tim Murtagh and called for a quick legside single.
From there, they arguably recovered pretty well, but a first-innings score of 130 was still penurious enough for Pakistan to enforce the follow on for the first time in 16 years and seven opportunities.
Abbas had lunch figures of two for four in three overs and Amir one for one in 3.1 overs.
Ireland continued to enjoy its inaugural Test by dismissing Pakistan dangerman Asad Shafiq as wickets kept falling at Malahide on Saturday.
The 22-year-old was left flat on the ground and needed treatment on the field, but the nephew of Pakistan selection chief and former captain Inzamam-ul-Haqrecovered to bat.
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"I don't want to go round with a massively long face projecting misery, because it isn't, we are still hugely proud, there are still four days left in the match and, who knows, in the record books it may say we took the game to the fifth day", he said.
Rankin, who had taken one wicket in his lone Test appearance for England against Australia at Sydney in 2014 before switching allegiance, had the honor of claiming Ireland's maiden scalp at this level, when an uncertain Azhar (4) edged to Porterfield at second slip. He then pulled up after bowling two balls of a fourth over - having sent down 10 in the first innings - shortly before the close, leaving Pakistan with a couple of unforeseen issues to contemplate overnight.
Rankin, Murtagh and Thompson picked up two wickets apiece.
But Haris Sohail quickly became the next victim as he was out for 31 and Babar Azam made 14 before Murtagh struck to reduce Pakistan to 104-4. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed (20) was caught by Stirling in the slips off Thompson.
Joyce was unlucky first time around - given leg-before by umpire Richard Illingworth to a ball that pitched outside leg stump and even looked like it would go on to miss leg stump.
The players came off just after that for bad light and thunder and heavy showers meant they would not return, with Shadab on 52 and Ashraf on 61.