ODI: Ireland v Pakistan

After a disappointing performance in the first One-Day International against Pakistan on Saturday, Ireland’s cricketers won the toss and elected to bat today at Stormont.  And they’ve set Pakistan a solid target of 239 from their 50 overs.  As the cricinfo report says,

A brilliant, belligerent century by Paul Stirling gave Ireland hope of levelling the two-match RSA Series in Belfast today.

An ODI win for Ireland against Pakistan, a full ICC member, could have implications for Ireland’s ICC World Cup 2015 hopes.

Cricinfo scorecard and ball-by-ball text here.

Ireland 238 for 8 from 50 overs.

Pakistan 242 for 5 from 48.4 overs.

Pakistan win by 5 wickets with 8 balls to spare.  But a good performance by Ireland, and Paul Stirling in particular, to push Pakistan all the way.