Ireland v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Dublin May 26, 2013

Kamran, Wahab dash Irish hopes

The Report by Ger Siggins
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Pakistan 230 for 8 (Kamran 81*, Wahab 47*, Johnston 2-35) beat Ireland 229 for 9 (Joyce 116*, Rehman 4-48, Junaid 2-59) by 2 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In the feudal world of cricket, an Associate nation has never beaten a Full Member in an international series, but Ireland came desperately close to beating Pakistan before a breathtaking partnership took the game, and series, away.

Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz came together with just under 100 needed off 13 overs. Kamran is experienced in Irish conditions, having played with the Limavady club in 2002 and 2003, and with his young colleague he went about repairing the early damage wreaked by the Irish seamers. But Kamran is a wily performer and eased into destructive mode as the bowlers struggled to find their lengths.

Wahab took nine balls to get off the mark but his demolition of Tim Murtagh in the 47th over proved decisive and he made an ODI career best 47 not out. Murtagh, a Middlesex seamer, is the leading championship performer this season but he was taken apart by clean hitting as the over went 2,6,6,0,4,6 with the maximums soaring over long-off and square leg.

With just eight needed off three overs, Kamran tried to finish it off and lost his wicket, but Wahab and Junaid Khan saw Pakistan home. The decisive eighth wicket partnership of 93 took just 62 balls. "Two special innings took it away from us", admitted Kevin O'Brien, who took the Man-of the-Series award.

Ireland had a special innings of their own to enjoy. Ed Joyce walked to the wicket in Clontarf after just five balls of Ireland's innings, and left it unbeaten 49.1 overs later. His highest score of 116 was an innings of high quality from a player who became only the second man to make an ODI century for two countries. The first was also an Irishman, Eoin Morgan, who is playing for England.

Pakistan made three changes to their bowling attack, bringing in debutant Asad Ali, Wahab Riaz and Abdur Rehman for Mohammed Irfan, Saeed Ajmal and Ehsan Adil. Ireland, too, called upon a newbie in James Shannon, who came in for club-mate Andrew White.

And Ali quickly showed his great promise, finding extravagant seam movement as he reeled off three maidens to open his international career. Ireland were quickly 4 for 2, but the experienced southpaws Joyce and Niall O'Brien stitched the ideal partnership for the situation and battled their way through to see off Ali and Junaid Khan, with the debutant's opening spell reading 6-4-4-1.

When he reached 33, Joyce passed 1000 runs in ODIs, 471 of which he made for England. The pair was batting with increasing confidence when Riaz found the edge of O'Brien's bat. Gary Wilson perished soon after when he ballooned an attempted reverse sweep to slip, but Joyce found a steady partner in Kevin O'Brien.

Kevin has often been accused of inconsistency, but he continued here as he finished Thursday's tie. He played several powerful drives and was looking set to make back-to-back ODI fifties for the first time since the 2007 World Cup when he holed out on the midwicket boundary.

Joyce rode his luck - an entertaining juggling act from Mohammed Hafeez spilled to earth after five attempts when he was on 61 - and moved serenely towards his century. Kevin's departure seemed to cause panic in the Irish lower order and four wickets fell for 11 as Rehman found some turn. Trent Johnston fell to the first leg-before decision of the series but Murtagh hung around long enough to see his former Middlesex colleague into three figures, which Joyce raised with his only six, over midwicket.

Ireland had switched pitches two days before the game, banking on a greener track to negate the Pakistan spinners. The 7,000 euro bill for moving the scaffolding and grandstands looked money well spent until those last ten overs. Trent Johnston and Tim Murtagh found extravagant seam and played havoc with the Pakistan top order, reducing them to 17 for 4.  That score could have been worse had two catches not been forsaken off Johnston to dismiss Misbah-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik before they had scored.

But experienced players of the Pakistan middle order battled their way back with stands of 43, 52 and 21. Misbah and Shoaib were able to settle in when the Irish opening bowlers were removed and the pressure slipped a little. George Dockrell turned back on the heat with a spell of 8-2-16-1, but by the time he came back for his last two overs, Kamran was eyeing up the ropes.

Skipper William Porterfield knows how close his team came to a historic series victory. "We're pretty dejected at the minute because of the position we got ourselves in," he said. "We're very disappointed not to win."

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  • on May 31, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Can't see any reason whatsoever why Ireland have not received Test Status as yet while Bangladesh and Zimbabwe continue to embarrass themselves. If their players are good enough to represent England, they must be doing something right.

  • MAN_AT_WORK on May 30, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    Dont know about Ban or Zim but Ireland is much better team than Pak at this moment .

  • Rafelgibt on May 29, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    @Muhammad Fahad on (May 28, 2013, 17:25 GMT) Did you check how many players of IRELAND have been playing in COUNTRY cricket???50% of current IRE players have been participating in Grade 1 and rest of the players are in Grade 2 of Country cricket in UK.So, in terms of practical knowledge of playing in UK conditions its not absolutely unfamiliar to IRE cricketers.That's why i would advice you to stop comparing IRE with BAN & ZIM.IRE might be a strong competitor in UK conditions (For all the Test playing nations) but in BAN or ZIM conditions they are no match to BAN or ZIM.But they are a good side to play with and most potential to get TEST status within next 10 years.

  • umars101 on May 29, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    i dont understant why imran farhat has to play despite going through so many failures.His strike rate is not good even for tests.i think pakistan are waisting one batsman.it is better for them to open with hafeez and jamshed.And play with a batting alrounder instead of farhat.

  • on May 28, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    i don't understand wahab riaz role in the team he's been bowling poorly for a long time but his batting really working for the team maybe he's becoming a bowling allrounder..

  • on May 28, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Ireland is definitely a better team then Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, given how less experienced they are as compare to them

  • Farrukh.91. on May 28, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Dear Irish supporters, don't complain about Morgan, forget the past, look into the future, which seems bright. Ire really played well, they won many hearts, but they will still need to enhance their perfomance on turning tracks, best of luck from a Pakistani fan!

  • ilililililililililililililx on May 28, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    A lot of people are saying this win would not be possible if Irfan played as Riaz contributed with the bat and Irfan would not have. However, Riaz was expensive with the bowling. His bowling gave away a lot of runs. If Irfan bowled he would concede half the runs of Wahab. Anyway it isnt down to the tailenders to get runs, it up to the top order. If the top order perform like this in the CT Pakistan is sure to lose. Come on Farhat, Jamshed and Hafeez.

  • on May 28, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    kevin O'brien is class act! He has always performed when he plays against us and thats very admirable. Ireland are most welcome to tour Pakistan, they are a great nation and a good fighting cricket side. Three cheers for the Irish!

  • on May 28, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    team for odi .......... 1.nasir jamshed 2.imran nazir 3.m hafeez 4.misbah 5.s malik 6.abdul razzaq 7.afridi 8.akmal 9.wahab 10.junaid 11. m irfan .......12 u.akmal 13. h sohail 14. ajmal 15.gul.............

  • on May 31, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Can't see any reason whatsoever why Ireland have not received Test Status as yet while Bangladesh and Zimbabwe continue to embarrass themselves. If their players are good enough to represent England, they must be doing something right.

  • MAN_AT_WORK on May 30, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    Dont know about Ban or Zim but Ireland is much better team than Pak at this moment .

  • Rafelgibt on May 29, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    @Muhammad Fahad on (May 28, 2013, 17:25 GMT) Did you check how many players of IRELAND have been playing in COUNTRY cricket???50% of current IRE players have been participating in Grade 1 and rest of the players are in Grade 2 of Country cricket in UK.So, in terms of practical knowledge of playing in UK conditions its not absolutely unfamiliar to IRE cricketers.That's why i would advice you to stop comparing IRE with BAN & ZIM.IRE might be a strong competitor in UK conditions (For all the Test playing nations) but in BAN or ZIM conditions they are no match to BAN or ZIM.But they are a good side to play with and most potential to get TEST status within next 10 years.

  • umars101 on May 29, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    i dont understant why imran farhat has to play despite going through so many failures.His strike rate is not good even for tests.i think pakistan are waisting one batsman.it is better for them to open with hafeez and jamshed.And play with a batting alrounder instead of farhat.

  • on May 28, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    i don't understand wahab riaz role in the team he's been bowling poorly for a long time but his batting really working for the team maybe he's becoming a bowling allrounder..

  • on May 28, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Ireland is definitely a better team then Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, given how less experienced they are as compare to them

  • Farrukh.91. on May 28, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Dear Irish supporters, don't complain about Morgan, forget the past, look into the future, which seems bright. Ire really played well, they won many hearts, but they will still need to enhance their perfomance on turning tracks, best of luck from a Pakistani fan!

  • ilililililililililililililx on May 28, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    A lot of people are saying this win would not be possible if Irfan played as Riaz contributed with the bat and Irfan would not have. However, Riaz was expensive with the bowling. His bowling gave away a lot of runs. If Irfan bowled he would concede half the runs of Wahab. Anyway it isnt down to the tailenders to get runs, it up to the top order. If the top order perform like this in the CT Pakistan is sure to lose. Come on Farhat, Jamshed and Hafeez.

  • on May 28, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    kevin O'brien is class act! He has always performed when he plays against us and thats very admirable. Ireland are most welcome to tour Pakistan, they are a great nation and a good fighting cricket side. Three cheers for the Irish!

  • on May 28, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    team for odi .......... 1.nasir jamshed 2.imran nazir 3.m hafeez 4.misbah 5.s malik 6.abdul razzaq 7.afridi 8.akmal 9.wahab 10.junaid 11. m irfan .......12 u.akmal 13. h sohail 14. ajmal 15.gul.............

  • Stone89 on May 28, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Pakistan team management should worry about opening batsmen. because over all Farhat's performance proved thats he dont deserve the which he got because poor selection. im really amazed why always selectors denied Ahmad shahzad. he very aggressive and talented opening batsman and he really deserve at moment. pakistan selectors and management should think about it. because if you right now pakistan team side so poor no one can play aggressively or fast everyone starts so slow just like test.

    please think about ahmad shahzad or shahzab hassan there are thousand time better then Farhat & nasir

  • on May 28, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    can some please take out the trash (Imran Farhat, Malik and Hafeez) and bring back Haris Sohail, Hammad Azam, Anwar Ali.

  • IAS2009 on May 28, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    i am not sure what Imran Farhat is in team, the slow batting of Misbah will cause games and imran farhat makes it two, Pakistan team is not balanced. there is no sense of opening with two left handers, if Farhat is the only opener left in Pakistan he should bat with Hafeez, Jamshed should play at 3.

  • on May 28, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    46.1 Murtagh to Wahab Riaz, 2 runs, super stop by Kevin O'Brien at long on saves two more runs

    46.2 Murtagh to Wahab Riaz, SIX, great hit straight down the ground

    46.3 Murtagh to Wahab Riaz, SIX, full toss and he's pulled over deep midwicket, this could be over in a few balls

    46.4 Murtagh to Wahab Riaz, no run, driven directly to point

    46.5 Murtagh to Wahab Riaz, FOUR, slower short ball which is pulled to cow corner

    46.6 Murtagh to Wahab Riaz, SIX, another full toss and another maximum which beats the man standing at the deep midwicket rope

    My goodness! Wahab really smoked Irish team. Murtagh must be having nightmares.

  • on May 27, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    So first to Pakistan - thanks for coming to play! We loved having you guys on the pitch and in our schools - a wonderful classy act. Second - we would love to come and play there - we KNOW about trying to play cricket in times of unrest - you are not alone.

    Third - what a couple of great games! People posted here from Pakistan before the series that Ireland had batsmen and bowlers of some talent and some form and so it proved. And yet we could not get over the line - you were too experienced - but you left with a great feeling of respect for our capabilities and there are many Irish people supporting your team through the trophy tournament - trust me I think you will win it all and many Irish will be cheering you on!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on May 27, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    Two evenly matched sides, with Pakistan just pipping it at the end. Ireland absolutely blew away the weak Pakistan top order, if only others had contributed for Ireland they would have won this easily.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on May 27, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    You need to get this team for ODI for Pakistan : (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Ahmad Shahzad (3) hafeez (4) Misbah (5) Harish Sohail (6) Umar Akmal (7) Muhammad Rizwan (8) Rehman/Ajmal (9) Ehsan Adil (10) Junaid (11) Irfan......

    .... (12) Asad Shafeeq (13) Asad Ali (14) Anwar Ali (15) Ajmal/Rehman

  • on May 27, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    I already mentioned that we are not gonna make it with this weak side. It will not be surprising for me if Pakistan team loses its first game against no matter who. How hard it is to figure out that we need openers??PCB is far from selecting right ones. It is all about who pays, plays. It is funny that tail enders like GUL, REHMAN AND WAHAB are winning the games for us. It is quite hilarious that they all are bowlers.

  • on May 27, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Surprised & shocked to see the performance of Pakistan's cricket team. This is a wake-up call for them before Champion's Trophy. I don't know what is wrong with them whenever they are playing abroad. I wish our team Pakistan best of luck during Champion's Trophy. And being a Pakistani I only pray from ALLAH PAK that lose all the matches against all the teams but win only one match that is against India. Aameen

  • on May 27, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    I don't know what to say... first pakistan barely tie the first match, then almost lose the second one. And Ireland hints to come to Pakistan for a sprint ODI/T20 series... must be a coincidence.

  • Jadejafan on May 27, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    lool! Pakistan struggling against Ireland and tied the first game. Forget Zimbabwe or Bangladesh. This Ireland team is better than Pakistan and credit for them for making it a great series. Hope they get many more matches now.

  • dmqi on May 27, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    @Ahsan Javed. What did you smoke mate?---"Akmal one of the best in the world in batting, keeping" or catch dropping? Have you ever hard the names, Sangarkara, Dhoni, de Villers? Take a look at their statistics in cricinfo. Comments should be backed by all the matches over the years, not by one in 10 matches. Wait till Kamran faces England, SA, Aus in a few days.

  • xylofon on May 27, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Wahab Riaz is not par for the level Pakistan plays at but PCB are not mature to see this, thats why Imran Farhat came back on the strength of one century, since then he has struggled to make an impact at all. Wahab needs to go and make his money in county cricket somewhere but hes not good enough to play for Pakistan A - a one off show shouldnt change that. His performance against india was because gul was underperforming and the only reason for that was becayse Pak didnt play Shoaib Akthar in that game semifinal ODI, remember? So Wahab came in a did opportunist performance off Gul really. But Wahab never ever convinced to play well on merit.

    PCB have to show belif in their young batsmen, Pakistan A cricket is headed for complete disaster and no matter how good our bowlers are the team will keep failing unless this issue is resolved! Babar Azam, the best Pakistan potential batsman for test & ODI, MARK MY WORDS. And they should groom Asad Shafiq (test & ODI), Hammad Azam (ODI & T20)

  • on May 27, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Now everyone praise kamaran akmal becoz of his match winning innings against ireland. He deserve this appreciation becoz he is a good wicket-keeper batsman and once again he proved it when pakistan almost lost the match and ke win it not only for his team but also for his country and himself and shut the mouth of those who criticized him due to his bad form in recent matches. I always know that he is the best and one of the best player in the world cricket.

  • on May 27, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    What a great New ball prospect Pakistan have found in Asad Ali who can extrude out so much from these English wickets. A combination of Junaid, Asad and Irfan will prove deadily !

    As Far as Saeed Ajmal is concerned, He is the premier bowler of Pakistan and he will find his place in the side although depending upon the pitch and form, one of these faster bowlers can give place to Wahab and A.REHMAN off late.

    Pakistan should go with Nasir and Farhat as openers and Hafeez at Number 3

    Asad and Misbah, followed by Malik and Kamran makes it a stable batting unit if they play on Merit

    Although, Pakistan is seriously going to miss UMER AKMAL due to his accelerating ability and Afridi offcourse who is always a gamble !

  • g.narsimha on May 27, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Gudduji71-wow- cricket is unpopular only becouse of IPL which is a domestic event than what about those who were impresioned in a foriegn country i am sure they did u proud , reg IND performance just wait & see our ODI record in ENG is better as we won WC cup & other important cups beating home team , ist match was savd by rain, this one is helped by a freak partnership - SAHWAAG - is average but this average player thrashed u r so called great every where including in u r own backyard by thrashing u r bowlers while scoring a tripple, reg our performance outside just look what is u r score line in just conclued series in SA & IN AUS FOR THE LAST 3 CONSICUTIVE TOURS, HATRICHE OF WHITEWASHES.

  • Vivek.Bhandari on May 27, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    If Kamran got out, then why he's shown as unbeaten * in the opening line?

  • Guduji71 on May 27, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Wahab is a big player. He performed in a big match against India in the semifinal when our spearhead (Gul) embarassed us against average Sehwag. Wahab should be given channces regularly. He will get his confidence back and will perform with his bowling, as well. He is a very useful batsman for #8 or 9 position, anyway. My response to Cricket is unpapoular is that cricket gets un papular due to incidents like IPL corruptions. Think before you pass any comment, you should be ashamed of yourself Pakistan did not loose any of the three matches, bring Indian team here in Ireland and see what happens to them who can only play in Indian conditions.

  • -tanZeeEeel- on May 27, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    PAK: 137 for 7 and that time required rate almost 10. And eveN then......... PK WON That's Why.... Pakistanis are well known as Un-predictables. ;) What a turn .. Around. Amazing...!! Great 2 See in Cricinfo LIve CommENTARY. :)

  • PPL11 on May 27, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    I assume this Irish team would have been very compatible had Morgan not joined England.

  • Stark62 on May 27, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    @Cricket_is_Unpopular Yeah, that's why cricket is the second most popular sport in the world!!

    Anyway, Pak should drop Farhat, then play Riaz as an opener and let him play his natural game.

    That way, Pak will have a bowling line up of Junaid, Asad Ali, Irfan and Riaz, with the two spinners, plus that would allow Jamshed to settle down and be at the crease till the end.

  • PAKISTANiLive on May 27, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    A Reply to some foolish comments, For those, saying Pak will lose all 3 matches in CT, Remember ur words, after the CT I'll ask u!

  • Captainman on May 27, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Pakistan were lucky but Ireland has the potential to be better than them one day since their team is way younger and talented. Only experience brought Pakistan the win, they were poor in all the 3 matches against such teams and should be ashamed a bit given the amount of Cricket they have compared to Ireland. At least Ireland can safely hold matches and deserve lots of ODIs and T20s especially against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and New Zealand who are not much different either. I do not understand why Cricket is restricted to just 08-10 nations and not spreading the game to more nations when they can clearly compete with them. No wonder Cricket is an unpopular sport :)

  • on May 27, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    pak should drop Imran farhat and Bring kamran and jamshed on the opening.....Hafeez be brought to no. 5 becaz pak need a match finisher and moreover a lowerorder batsman and hafeez can hold his place at 5

  • on May 27, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Imran Farhat and Ajmal should be drop if Pakistan wana won this Champion Trophy

  • on May 27, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    Sure Pakistan won, and I am glad they did. But overall it was a brave effort by both sides. I was horrified when I checked the score at the middle of the innings - 133/7? But anyway, Ireland have proved to be a force to be reckoned with - even then, Pakistan dominates.

  • DataQue on May 27, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    To all the people out there who have been bashing Kamran Akmal & Shoaib Malik; well 'who' saved the day? K Akmal & S Malik - you Mofos! The top five batsmen (Farhat all the way down to Haq) did Jack!

    It is evident that the team needs above two plus Afridi, U Akmal & Razzaq. It is high time that PCB fires Iqbal Qasim & the rest of waste to structure the team!!!!

  • pranavreddy on May 27, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    let ireland play other test nations nd den dcd abt pak team.......don't jst go by d way dey play against a promising side like ireland........m sure ireland can make every other test nation feel ashamed abt their test status (except aus nd sa)......i appreciate pcb for providing oppurtunities for ireland nd afghanisthan.....nd shame on bcci!!!!!......an indian fan

  • Pak_Guru on May 27, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    WoW !!! that was lucky, but good for the team. Decent debut by Asad Ali. But the problem is Wahab's inconsistency with the ball, batting he is good enough for a No. 8. Kamran's consistency with bat is important to the team's balance. I think we should try Umar Amin in place of Farhat, he can also bowl a few overs. So, in the 4 internationals before the CT, Misbah, Hafeez, Shafiq, Kamran and Malik scored and Asad had a good debut, good signs. Team should be - Hafeez, Jamshed, Shafiq, Umar, Misbah, Malik, Kamran, Ajmal, Junaid, Asad, Irfan and 12th man Wahab. All the best.

  • on May 27, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    The top touring management of Pakistan Cricket Team made a very good decision for resting Ajmal and replacing by Wahab Riaz who proved that he has the ability of swinging his bat to get maximums. If Wahab Riaz were not there, Misbah's Cricketing days would be finished like the legend Inzamam.

  • on May 27, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Why is Imran Farhat still in the team? He has been the worst selection and somehow keeps ending up in the national side. Your best batsman Haris Sohail isn`t in the squad even. You don`t have a genuine finisher, Hammad Azam who would`ve filled that spot or Umar Akmal. Where are the aggressive players. What sort of selection is this? There is no team plan. Just a bunch of individuals rounded up to play whatever they know of. I respect Misbah but if he has any hand in this selection, he should be ashamed of this.

  • on May 27, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    @reason-galore: ireland is much better than india too

  • AltafPatel on May 27, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Ireland lost deserving victory. bad luck...

  • ana_ibrahim on May 27, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    All those people how are critizing Pakistan team have no knowledge of cricket,should check the temp. of dublin it is around 10C, not easy to adjust when you are coming from the country which has the weather over 40C now adays. And all those who are demading Razzak, Afridi, Imran Nazir and Umer Akmal must know they perform after 15 to 20 innings and that too when either condition or bowling suited to them. Three of them are above 32 do you want to take our cricket forward or backwards???

  • on May 27, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Why the hell Imran Farhan is opening the batting?? Send someone else opener and add another batsmen to the team for god sake !

  • M.S78622 on May 27, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    The best and the most talentend team amongest the associate teams,and far better then bangladesh and zimbabwe,IRELAND.I have become a big fan of ireland since they have diffeted Pakistan in 2007 world cup.icc should inveset more money and give more chances to ireland

  • straightbat12 on May 27, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    please replace farhat,rehman,umar aminwith shahzad,afridi and umar akmal line up should be jamshed, hafeez,umar akmal, malik, misbah, shafiq, kamran,afridi, ajmal,junaid,irfan This is a well balanced team. idealy would have preffered hammad azam instead of malik, too many spin options in uk conditions not required.

  • getsetgopk on May 27, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    After the India series and just before the SA tour, Nasir Jamshed said, I am yet to face a tough bowler. Well, since leaving subcontinent, he is yet to score runs against any bowler let alone a tough one. And Hafeez again, the moment the ball moves a bit, he played and missed two and was gone on the third one. Taking nothing away from IR, they are a worthy opponent. Pak should have been a bit more attacking with the bat, if you let a bowler settle in and dont punish him for bad deliveries and just play out the overs is not how one should bat, simple as that. You have to rattle a bowler, make him lose his rhythm a bit. If Wahab could it, anyone at the top could do it as well.

    I hope this very fascinating series serves a good advertisement for cricket in IR and i hope it gets more fan following after this. A better fan following would solve most of IR cricket's problems including the all important source of revenue.

  • BravoBravo on May 27, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    Ireland, such a good team and PAK is such a mercurial team. But spirit of Irish players won my heart. It has been undisputed facts that WI and PAK are the only team which produced player of immense flair compared to any other major test playing nations. But Irish cricketers, they are beauty, you gotta love them. Beyond statistical purpose, they won the todays game. Ireland must be included as regular member. They could achieve more in a few years what NZ and IND accomplished in more than 80 years.

  • Shahbaz_Alam on May 27, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Welldone, Kami and Malik. No one is willing to praise the efforts of these two but when he made mistakes, everybody throw stones. Kami and Malik are pure match winners in all avaiable players, they are the best. Ireland will trouble every team in their own conditions but apprise or status can be given if they perform in evey condition. In sub-continent or in Aus on bouncy pitches where their real strength would be seen. I hope that Pakistan will reach S.F. of ICC. Umer Amin should be given a chance in CT insetead of Imran FArhat. Once again Kamran's efforts would be praised.

  • cricket2011 on May 27, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Ireland has always their bad luck. They are slipping from victory in a lot of games because the lack of experience. Experience is very important to each team for the crucial victory. If MOONY/ANDREW WHITE played this game , they should win but the selection made mistake. But I say Ireland need MORE INTERNATIONAL CRICKET WITH TEST NATIONS. ALL THE BEST IRELAND.

  • Baber_Baloch on May 27, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    good wind up by kamran & wahab....but ireland game is very cool....this team will learn faster than Bangladesh...but Pak bating worries not end yet......

  • reason-galore on May 27, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    it is no secret that pakistani lineup is pathetic... they are talented but they are not mentally strong enough... sad but true and story of the ages... but i can say one thing for sure, ireland is better than bangladesh which has been playing for the last 14 years and still haven't improved much... ireland is more likely to improve and become a great team..

  • Crick_Expert on May 27, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    PCB should drop Mr. tuktuk, Professor and Asad Safiq now. Please add BOOM BOOM, Shahzad and Razzak to win the matches

  • Crick_Expert on May 27, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    PAK batting too weak, PCB should add AFRIDI, Ahmed Shahzad, Razzak, Imran Nazir for UK tour.

  • Crick_Expert on May 27, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    still time to learn a lesson from Ireland. PCB should send immediately AFRIDI, Ahmed Shahzad, Razzak in place of Asad Safiq, Imran Farhat and Sohaib Malik. Otherwise a huge defeat waiting for Mr. tuktuk.

  • on May 27, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Good for pakistan to hv played some tight games beforde CT...It surely will help. Ajmal and Irfan sd back...

  • JustIPL on May 27, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    And please dont forget to mention Asad Ali's phenomenal performance who was a total surprise package to limit ireland. thankz.

  • JustIPL on May 27, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    And if they play India then Irish dreams will come good for sure.

  • on May 27, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    I think it is only against India that Pakistani Fans get a little overly emotional and make over the top comments, but otherwise in general, I like to believe Pakistani Fans appreciate teams that ply good cricket and Associate Nations in particular (Bangladesh, SL (in their early days) and now Ireland)... Ireland played very well and success for them is not very far. Sincerely hope their case for test status is looked at considering how ordinary some test playing nations are these days ...

  • on May 27, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    Pakistan was very lucky inthis match . Shoaib Malik and Misbah both ' down the hill players ' were dropped when they had not scored . Imran Farhat as usual did not score . Pakistan most likely will loose all the three Chamions' Trophy matches and will be sent home . Hopefully then the non performers will be fired along with our totally inept selectors .

  • riz309 on May 27, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    Well played Ireland you really made Pakistan go the whole 9 yard you are most welcome to Pakistan plying against you is always breathtaking and fun,always knew the top Pakistan batting order will not stick around for very long and they will manage to pull through that's how Pakistan play's. I would like Pakistan beat india and loose all their remaining matches in the up coming CT that way Pakistan have a wholesale change sack the selectors (Iqbal Qasim) sack the coach get rid off some players that i be seeing them since i was born and introduce some fresh talent should have done that before the start of the disastrous tour of SA.

  • on May 27, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    Now its time to confer Ireland the "Test Status".

  • on May 27, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    There is a reason Pak Team created these close encounters....to have IRISH TEAM come have a tour in Pakistan...even the commentator said it "WHEN IS THE NEXT GAME"..if the games would have been one sided..the irish cricketers and the irish board would have lost interest in coming to Pak...you have to look at reasons smartly..oh yeh and kick Farhat out plzzz

  • CrICkeeet on May 27, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    Truely Ireland showed that they deserve test status. Bcz i don think BAN/ZIM able 2 threat PAK lyk dis b4. (neutral fan here)

  • hafizshoaib on May 27, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    pakistani batting is very nice if they will played seriously and shahid afridi and abdul razzaq must come in the team then team will more strong

  • 2.14istherunrate on May 26, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    Ireland need Full Membership like Bangladesh do not. Bangladesh just never improve. Irelasnd continue to. Does the |Test arena need wastes of space or sides with purpose and plans,intent and intersest. I feel sorry for Bangladesh and their terrible wickets,but more I feel sorry for the fans,so deserving of a team which is successful. anyway Ireland need to get it now,and continue to grow.

  • aiksa on May 26, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    Going ny their present performances, Pakistan team is staring at the last position in the Champions Trophy. They'll need all the luck in the world to win even one game. Bowling is considered their strength and still Ireland almost won the 1st game chasingalmost 270. What a shame.

  • Zameerlodhi on May 26, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    All of the supporters of both teams should be happy for what they achieved. I know more was expected from Pakistan team but you guys need to understand Pak team is going thorugh transition and conditions did not favor them. But i am not saying Ireland played bad they put their hearts out to play those two matches. Afghanistan and Ireland are two rising team. I appriciate Pak boards to play with associate nations to help them grow and share their experience. BCCI would never do that. Pakistan have helped Sri lanka, Bangladesh, AFghanistan and now Ireland to show their strength in cricket field. I hope they keep this trend going for better of cricket as a game. I am a big cricket fan and Paul Stirling's batting is a sweet candy to eyes. I also think Umar Akmal should be picked for bouncy tracks cause he pick the ball way earlier than other Pak batsmen. I also hope to see Irish team in Pak and help Pak in a way to bring international cricket in Pakistan.

  • on May 26, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    I am honestly gutted that Ireland couldn't close. They deserved the series, hands down. Well played. You are better than just an associate side. It would be an honour watching you tour international countries.

  • on May 26, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    Pakistan batting has always struggled in English conditions...even in the 1999 world cup which is to date labelled as the strongest pakistan odi side ever the top order batters struggled and it was the late order hitting of moin khan, azhar mahmood and wasim akram that allowed them to post defendable totals...its the bowlers who need to get their act together...junaid khan has been very expensive so far on this tour and wahab riaz is going to need a few more games to get back into rhythm

  • PakiPassion on May 26, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    If players like Morgen & Rankin show loyalty then Ireland could have been playing test cricket by now

  • on May 26, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Don't be dejected Pakistani fans. Our team always play to opponent's strength; if they are playing Australia, they will play like Australia; if they are playing Ireland, they ll play like them. And in doing so, they sometime lose. So, don't judge them by this performance, they are the most mercurial team among the lot. I am sure they are going to do great in Champions Trophy.

  • thekaz on May 26, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    Well played to Ireland. They definately deserve member statues and should be given the chance to play more odi's and t20's against top sides, and a couple of test matches against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. The majority of the Ireland team play first class cricket in the UK and do reasonably well. Must be given the chance to improve.

  • Dannymania on May 26, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    It was such a great match. I am a Pakistani fan & i feel that Pakistan did really well to come back & win this game after it felt like they had lost it. Ireland played fantastically well. It always feels like such an honour to see the Irish play. W Porterfield, Stirling, Ed Joyce..These are the great names that'll always but stay in the best corners of the memory of any cricket lover. I have a huge respect for the Irish cricketers and I honestly hope that they play much more international cricket. Here we have a team with a huge potential and a huge promise, and there we have another one who've been given the test status and are but a disgraceful black mark upon the face of cricket. We all know which team i'm talking about. Ireland deserve the test status way more than the bangladeshis who're obviously not as talented as the irish. Anyways,thats another issue. THIS was just a terrific series.I hope to see more of these two teams playing each other in near future.

  • CharlesCrasto on May 26, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    Looking at all the pro Irish comments from Pakistani fans; I think its safe to assume that after Sri Lanka, the Irish Cricket Team is the next favorite for Pakistani fans. Go Paddy Go!!!

  • MichealT on May 26, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    Pak Pride is intact the dream is shattered. With this performance against an associate side, I don't see any hope for Pak side. Some fans are suggesting Yousuf and Younis in the team but what about Wasim, Waqar or even Imran. This is the time of picking fresh blood not spent forces.

  • khs_shk2000 on May 26, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    Pakistan board should not select the batsmen by there domestic performance. Bring your all players to England or Ireland and ask the local bowler to bowl them. Then they should decide which player is capable to play moving balls. Otherwise they will become hero at home and zero abroad.

  • wakaPAK on May 26, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    Wow... Ireland rocks.. I'm happy for them for showing such a good performance.. We'll better know if Ireland play against another full member nation.. I think they'll play against Australia which will be interesting.. I just knew we had won after I had dejectedly closed cricinfo after 30-4.. good come back Pak..

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 26, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    I'm really really shocked by the performance of the Pakistan team. :O They barely managed to pull if off today, but thanks to the lack of experience of their opposition. What's going on ?? they can't bat, they can't ball , they can't defend , they can't chase. I hope they will get their acts together pretty soon. Otherwise the champions trophy is gonna be a big disappointment for them. G'luck guys !!! - a concerned SL fan -

  • haq33 on May 26, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    All the talk of kamran saving us from "humiliation" and our "blushes" being spared is patronising and failing to appreciate Ireland's strength. They can push any team, especially at home. Pak's top order showed its usual frailty but Ireland also bowled well and it would have been no shame whatsoever to lose this match against a competent bunch of bowlers and batters who do the basics well and show tremendous mental strength to fight back from difficult situations. Looking forward to playing Ireland regularly.

  • SaadRocx on May 26, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Poor by pakistan. pathetic batting,i would prefer irish batsmen any day on pak useless toporder...no imran farhat now plz...!! ICC plz give test status to ireland now.,(pak fan)

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    Only back from the match wat an atmosphere created by the pak and irish supporters. Still feels ireland were a bit too unlucky they shOuld have won it easily but the lack of pace and death bowling cost them a match. Congratulations ireland and the fans theres nothing to be upset about you were again the better team today.

  • Captainman on May 26, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    lol Pakistan struggled in all their 3 matches against minnows Scotland and Ireland. Credit to Ireland though for an excellent performance in both their matches. They need lots of matches.

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Pakistan Batting was always the same...but this time our bowling is a big mess too...now we cant chase cant defend....cant field and cant slog..enjoy your time in UK

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    @ Khawaja Fahad:why u r bringing here 'bangladesh'?? your country played very badly against Irish.ireland deserved to win this match.Its bad luck for both games.how could u evaluate an ODI match with test?? Did u check da record of Ireland vs Bd ODi ?? BD is still far ahead of winning record against Irish.Irish played well.we should encourage them but u guys always brought Bangladesh in any type of cricket.Why??? bd's last ODI result: Win3-2 agnst WI,draw 1-1 with SL & lost 1-2 against Zim.They played superb cricket last few test series against WI & SL (check da result) & draw 1-1 with Zim.Plz respect other for gain respect.

  • SaadRocx on May 26, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    Poor by pakistan. pathetic batting,i would prefer irish batsmen any day on pak useless toporder...no imran farhat now plz...!! ICC plz give test status to ireland now.,(pak fan)

  • shahnan on May 26, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    Well played Ireland. Thanks to Kamran to prevent humiliation. If Pakistan keep on bringing Imran Farhat they will never progress and will have no future in cricket world. He is a bits and pieces player and has no international standard. He is responsible for destroying careers of so many young talented openers like Ahmad Shehzad, Khurram Manzoor and Shahzaib Hassan. He is also destroying Nasir Jamshed's game by being so circumspect. It is high time to drop him and let Kamran Akma open with Nasir. Umar Amin should play down the order as a batting all rounder and strengthen the weak Pak batting.

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Ireland give very tough time to Pakistan, Ireland much deserve more series against top teams , Good luck in future. But Pakistan need to learn from their mistakes they have to play against the tough sides in Champions trophy..

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    All rounder / lower order pinch hitter spot for Wahab. My XI would be : Jamshed Kamran Hafeez Shafiq Misbah Malik Wahab Rahman / Asad Ajmal Junaid Irfan This would be the bet from this squad, the batting is always going to be weak but at least they bat down to no 9 and Junaid can throw his bat around. The bowling on the other hand is awesome.

  • on May 26, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Ireland great game i really loved the fight.They definitely deserve a test status are better then Bangladesh(Not Zimbabwe because of brendon Taylor).Once again the frailty in the Pakistani batting line shows.When is Pakistan going to ban Imran farhat to play cricket because he sucks so bad.Pakistan has mised the trick by not including umar akmal and afridi.I am not against Asad shafiq but if he has to play in the team then umar akmal needs to be in the side too.Ideally Pakistan should have played with Hafeez,jamsheed,umar akmal,asad shafq,misbah,Kamran,Afridi,ajmal,wahab,junaid,irfan . Would have had three quality spinners and three fast bowlers .It is still not the start of Champions Trophy send Imran home and bring in afridi and akmal

  • Stark62 on May 26, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Misbah must retire from ODI's after the CT, along with the sacking of the high school drop out Pak selector, M. Ilyas.

    Harris Sohail has been the best batsmen in the domestic scene in on all formats but yet, he is not selected. Farhat has proven time and time again, he is useless and a failure but keeps getting selected.

    Malik is another, who has failed for quite some time and is being persisted with.

    Go Mr. Ilyas, go back to being a nobody!!

  • CharlesCrasto on May 26, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Respect to Ireland. They did not bow down. Stretched my team to the fullest. They really deserve more matches against top notch teams. No marks here for Pakistan, even though they won. Full marks to Ireland. Go Paddy Go!!

  • Faraz99 on May 26, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    AUS/SA/ENG and even current Poor WI team all of these when ever they play with associate teams they never play with their Full Strength team, only Asian teams love to play with full strength against weaker teams to make their records shine.. I felt that Umpires did also some favor to PK for few close appeals all went to PK favor.. Additionally if PK played with their A team than IRL may have a Chance else the Result is as Expected before the match..PK win and win with almost 2 overs in spare.. Well Done Ireland who played 100 times better than current WI and ZIM/BAN.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on May 26, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    One point of criticism for Misbah, who I never criticise, but you MUST have a slip in place at all times for the pace bowlers in particular. At least 6-7 genuine edges went through a.vacant first slip, and to the boundary. The pace bowlers are wicket takers who induce many edges against attacking batsmen. Take away a man saving singles and have him catching, doubly so in the batting powerplay and death overs. This is one area in aggressive field placements which Hafeez beats Misbah hands down.

  • on May 26, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Pakistan:

    Good comeback after going 4 down for less than 30 . and winning it is a great win indeed. BUT

    these 2 close games have tested them to bits and it will be good preparation for CT. However, the questions have increased instead of getting answers. i think more confusion that what playing 11 they will go with.

    Going in with 2 openers have not worked. Nasir is talented no doubt but terribly out of for. had a poor SA series, with poor domestic season. Farhat has 49 slow vs Scotland but failed in these 2 games.

    I think its best to drop 1 of them and bring the only extra batsman in squad , that is umar amin in middle.

    Kamran has performed very less down the order. he can open if they go with 1 opener.

    Junaid & irafan will go in playing 11. who will be 3rd bowler?

    Wahab's bowling is not good enough , Asad's bowling is much better and he bowled well. But Wahab's batting is better . he had 46 in SA & now again 47.

    2 practice games left but lot of questions.

  • ilililililililililililililx on May 26, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    I understand the changes made. Asad in for Adil and Riaz in for Ifran, Rehman in for Ajmal. It is to see if they are fit to play the CT. Ajmal obviously will play the matches in the CT. But if he get's injured, who will replace him? This is why they gave Rehman a chance this game. As the batting is concerned.POOR. Pakistan should have learned from RSA and should have played the new swinging ball better. Since Afridi's bowling has not been very good we lack a dangerous allrounder. Match changer with ball or bat. This is where Razzaq comes in. We lack people that are not afraid to hit the ball. Asad Ali performed and he was impressive.

    All that is left to say is WELL DONE IRELAND and PAKISTAN STILL HAS A LONG WAY TO GO TO REACH NO.1. On the whole good match.

  • on May 26, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Ireland:

    Well done by Ireland. they showed a lot of character and game in both matches. They should be given more games vs Big teams so that they can get more experience. playing 2/3 games vs big teams a year may not be enough for these guys.

    Its been ages since a full member came in so it would be nice to see Ireland getting a full status soon.

    well done .

  • on May 26, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Excellent series performance by Ireland. The buffoons at ICC should take note of this "associate" nation's performance. I would include them ahead of Pakistan and Bangladesh in the Champions trophy

    Notwithstanding, Irelands performance, shameful and shameless batting by the Pak top and middle orders:

    - Pak top order made 60/5 in 20 overs - Riaz/akmal made 61 runs in 4.1 overs - Bookies made a lot of money

  • on May 26, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    i dnt get some of the comments like or real winners were ireland. or pak escape with a win?

    pakistan won it. and it was performance based win not as if it came. and there are no real winner. its always a winner and a loosing side.

  • roook on May 26, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    With this batting preparedness i doubt pakistan has any chance against good team in champion trophy. New ball attack remains a problem for our batting line up and our batsman are clueless.

  • -tanZeeEeel- on May 26, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    PAK: 137 for 7 and that time required rate almost 10. And eveN then......... PK WON That's Why.... Pakistanis are well known as Un-predictables. ;) What a turn .. Around. Amazing...!! Great 2 See in Cricinfo LIve CommENTARY. :)

  • on May 26, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Pakistan escaped with the win - but the real winners here are Ireland. They took a big 8 side to the edge - twice. Pakistan's batting is a worry outside of subcontinental conditions. The bowling had a bad day in game 1, that happens - but the bowlers have sufficient credible performances overseas to persist with.

    Ireland - what can one say? Gutsy, brave, entertaining. They deserve more chances, more games against big 8 sides. They stretched Pak like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe never do. I hope I live to see test matches in Dublin one day!

  • on May 26, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Whoo!! That was close. Great hitting by Kamran and Riaz to snatch a win. Respect to Ireland, i really want you guys to get TEST status, you deserve it.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on May 26, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Once in a blue moon Kamran turns up to bat. But oh boy when he does. As one Indian commentator a few months ago stated, there is a reason why there are no jokes about Kamran Akmals batting. All hats off though to Ireland. I genuinely hope they get Test Match status soon.

  • on May 26, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Credit to 4 players the captain,Shoaib Malik,Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz.Taking Irfan in would not have made possible for Pakistan to chase this target.Now captain should realise the importance of Afridi and Razzaq

  • Jda123 on May 26, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    If it wasn't for Kamran and Wahab a huge embarrassment it would have been for Pakistan cricket... Pakistan have no chance winning the CT or even any of their games against SA , India and WI.

    They came in with this 15 man squad as if they have the best batsman, they needed experience for this tournament, Younis and Afridi should have been included.

  • Zahidsaltin on May 26, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Shameful performance from Pakistan in both the encounters. Batting isn't any different than what they did in South Africa and bowling isn't worth boasting.

  • on May 26, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Hey guys, don't be upset. Just look at score card and you're simply surprised. This unpredictable team showed their promise from a long time. The only thing is to give proper chances the youngster's. Imran Farhat the only guy who should have been remove from the list. Rest of the team is ok

  • Shajadul on May 26, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Great relief for PAK, they were about to loose the whole series. Very good show by IRL. PAK needs to improve their performance outside subcontinent condition.

  • EnglishCricket on May 26, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Great effort from Ireland. After 2 early wickets down, they still clawed their way back and that should be noted because it shows they are NOT a 'typical' minnow. They deserve more matches and could've won this 2-0 with a bit more luck. Nothing for Pakistan to be proud off and only won because they have far more experience than the Irish players. Everyone wants to see Ireland become the next full member and so they should otherwise they could turn into another Kenya.

  • pkXI on May 26, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    That was a really exciting and close match! Even though it was quite teeth clenching, I really liked the play by both sides in this match... Well done Ireland! Well done Pakistan!

  • on May 26, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Good drama and hats off to Misbah for his on field shenanigans. Look at the bright side Pakistani cricket fans, something is needed to get over the election disappointment earlier this month. The cricket tournament will ensure people move on instantly by distracting themselves with watching cricket and getting on their past hobby of giving Misbah flak for all the right and wrong reasons.

  • malik-muhammad-basit on May 26, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    the best player in the domestic season in all the 3 formats Harris sohail is infact sitting in his home...highest wicket taker Aizaz cheema is enjoying load sheddind in pakistan.umar akmal is probably the second man having higher average after misbah is home.no hard hitting allrounder.what to expect from such a team.when some one like ahmed shezad is home and imran farhat is in team having no performance in international and domestic season.keep it up guyss

  • Sports4Youth on May 26, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    The changes made by Misbah are beyond me. Bringin in Asad Ali in place of Ehsan Adil was not bad. it even pald off, infact I believe Asad Ali should have played all the matches.

    But replacing Irfan with W.Riaz was atrocous. Riaz was the only guy who went for plenty and his three overs had to be used through Malik.

    Another mind bogling decision was to play A.Rehman in place of Ajmal. I know that many will argue that Rehman took 4 wickets. But look at the larger picture. Do you see Misbah playing Rehman in place of Ajmal in the CT matches? The answer has to be a simple NO. Then what is the point of this change?

    Regarding the fielding and BATTING, least said is the best.

    .

  • Desihungama on May 26, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    So as I was predicting these Hafeez's, Farhat's, Nasir's will be found wanting in English conditions (Well, we are not even there yet) so ideally Yousaf and Younis should have been picked for the CT. PCB continues to show it's inability to envision anything beyond it's pettiness in convincing teams to tour instead of building secured premises throughout the country. You are going to England to play cricket where pitches and weather are the best and you refuse to look at Yousaf/Younis knowing it was Yousaf who provided first glimpse of contest when Pak toured last in 2010. You can try your Amin's and Farhat's and Nasir's when you visit India next.

  • Kak-mal_Khan on May 26, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Pakistan are 4 down for 30 runs in the 13th (this is a improvement from what was), is this surprising - to a Pakistani fan NO. A score of 200+ for Pakistan is always going to ask questions of a brittle batting unit. Would Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi or Abdul Razzak have made a difference, I doubt this, as this is just the way Pakistan play. So I am just going to say well done Ireland, win or lose, your small nation with small population which hold more interest in Gaelic Sports, Football, Rugby & Eurovision Song Contest, will forever be able to laugh in the faces of many a fanatic Pakistan supporter, that your cricket team, whom have even lost their best batsman to England team can contest against these overpaid excuse of international cricketers!

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  • Kak-mal_Khan on May 26, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Pakistan are 4 down for 30 runs in the 13th (this is a improvement from what was), is this surprising - to a Pakistani fan NO. A score of 200+ for Pakistan is always going to ask questions of a brittle batting unit. Would Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi or Abdul Razzak have made a difference, I doubt this, as this is just the way Pakistan play. So I am just going to say well done Ireland, win or lose, your small nation with small population which hold more interest in Gaelic Sports, Football, Rugby & Eurovision Song Contest, will forever be able to laugh in the faces of many a fanatic Pakistan supporter, that your cricket team, whom have even lost their best batsman to England team can contest against these overpaid excuse of international cricketers!

  • Desihungama on May 26, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    So as I was predicting these Hafeez's, Farhat's, Nasir's will be found wanting in English conditions (Well, we are not even there yet) so ideally Yousaf and Younis should have been picked for the CT. PCB continues to show it's inability to envision anything beyond it's pettiness in convincing teams to tour instead of building secured premises throughout the country. You are going to England to play cricket where pitches and weather are the best and you refuse to look at Yousaf/Younis knowing it was Yousaf who provided first glimpse of contest when Pak toured last in 2010. You can try your Amin's and Farhat's and Nasir's when you visit India next.

  • Sports4Youth on May 26, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    The changes made by Misbah are beyond me. Bringin in Asad Ali in place of Ehsan Adil was not bad. it even pald off, infact I believe Asad Ali should have played all the matches.

    But replacing Irfan with W.Riaz was atrocous. Riaz was the only guy who went for plenty and his three overs had to be used through Malik.

    Another mind bogling decision was to play A.Rehman in place of Ajmal. I know that many will argue that Rehman took 4 wickets. But look at the larger picture. Do you see Misbah playing Rehman in place of Ajmal in the CT matches? The answer has to be a simple NO. Then what is the point of this change?

    Regarding the fielding and BATTING, least said is the best.

    .

  • malik-muhammad-basit on May 26, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    the best player in the domestic season in all the 3 formats Harris sohail is infact sitting in his home...highest wicket taker Aizaz cheema is enjoying load sheddind in pakistan.umar akmal is probably the second man having higher average after misbah is home.no hard hitting allrounder.what to expect from such a team.when some one like ahmed shezad is home and imran farhat is in team having no performance in international and domestic season.keep it up guyss

  • on May 26, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Good drama and hats off to Misbah for his on field shenanigans. Look at the bright side Pakistani cricket fans, something is needed to get over the election disappointment earlier this month. The cricket tournament will ensure people move on instantly by distracting themselves with watching cricket and getting on their past hobby of giving Misbah flak for all the right and wrong reasons.

  • pkXI on May 26, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    That was a really exciting and close match! Even though it was quite teeth clenching, I really liked the play by both sides in this match... Well done Ireland! Well done Pakistan!

  • EnglishCricket on May 26, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Great effort from Ireland. After 2 early wickets down, they still clawed their way back and that should be noted because it shows they are NOT a 'typical' minnow. They deserve more matches and could've won this 2-0 with a bit more luck. Nothing for Pakistan to be proud off and only won because they have far more experience than the Irish players. Everyone wants to see Ireland become the next full member and so they should otherwise they could turn into another Kenya.

  • Shajadul on May 26, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Great relief for PAK, they were about to loose the whole series. Very good show by IRL. PAK needs to improve their performance outside subcontinent condition.

  • on May 26, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Hey guys, don't be upset. Just look at score card and you're simply surprised. This unpredictable team showed their promise from a long time. The only thing is to give proper chances the youngster's. Imran Farhat the only guy who should have been remove from the list. Rest of the team is ok

  • Zahidsaltin on May 26, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Shameful performance from Pakistan in both the encounters. Batting isn't any different than what they did in South Africa and bowling isn't worth boasting.