ICC World Twenty20 Super8 – Ireland v Pakistan

Ireland face Pakistan today in what seems likely to be their final game in this year’s ICC World Twenty20 tournament. But Pakistan will remember what happened in 2007 over 50 overs.. Pakistan won the toss and will bat first. Usual coverage via BBC live text, Radio 5Live commentary [UK only RealPlayer] and the Cricinfo scoreboard. Live-blogging may be intermitment so feel free to add updates in comments if I seem to be flagging. Pakistan 159-5 off 20 overs. Solid performance from Ireland to restrict Pakistan to 159 when, at the halfway stage [79-2 off 10 overs], they looked set for a much higher score. 160 to win may be too far though. Ireland 120-9 off 20 overs. Stirling b Shahid Afridi 17 from 16 balls (2×4). Porterfield c Younis Khan b Saeed Ajmal 40 from 36 (2×4). KJ O’Brien st Kamran Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 26 from 30 balls (1×4). Pakistan win by 39 runs. Ireland did well to survive their 20 overs but never really troubled the target set. Overall it’s been a good tournament for Ireland, particularly bowling and in the field, and they’ll come away with an enhanced reputation and with more experience at the top level.

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