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.

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  • perseus

    do-able peter, another one gone 154/4
    was wondering where u were with the cricket blog..
    fingers crossed ICC will allow 12 teams in WCC
    maybe 16 with 4 groups of 4?
    psst don’t mention ENG bowling SriLanka out for 82 !!

  • Pete Baker

    10 overs left.

    Pakistan on 175 for 4.

    Require 64 runs to win.

    Pakistan have to be favourites at this point. But a couple of wickets could make all the difference.

  • Pete Baker

    5 overs left.

    Pakistan on 210 for 4.

    Require 29 to win.

    It’s probably only a matter of time now.

  • perseus

    Does faith apply in sport?

    Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
    the evidence of things not seen.

    –Hebrews 11:1

  • Pete Baker

    Wicket!

    Younis Khan c O’Brien b Cusack 64 (74b 4×4 1×6) FoW 237 for 5 from 48.1 overs.

    But Pakistan only need 2 runs to win from 10 balls.

  • Pete Baker

    And it’s all over.

    Pakistan win by 5 wickets with 8 balls to spare.