Pakistan tour of Ireland, 2011 / Commentary

Pakistan in Ireland ODI Series - 2nd ODI

Ireland v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 5 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)

Good morning and welcome to ESPNCricinfo's coverage of the 2nd ODI between Ireland and Pakistan at the Stormont cricket ground here in Belfast.

For those of you that followed the coverage on Saturday you will be glad to know that the weather is much better today. We have blue sky above the ground at the moment but a few quick showers later this afternoon.

Toss - Ireland have won the toss and they will bat first.

The Irish team is the same as Saturday although Pakistan have made one change bringing in Hammad Azam for Tanvir Ahmed. I am Justin Smyth, your commentator for the day and we are just 20 minutes away from the start.

The umpires are on their way to the middle and surprise, surprise! dark clouds have started rolling over the ground.

0.1

Umar Gul to Joyce, no run, full delivery on a good length hit back to bowler

0.2

Umar Gul to Joyce, no run, shorter delivery, Joyce gets behind the line and defends forward

0.3

Umar Gul to Joyce, no run, outside off stump and left well by Joyce

0.4

Umar Gul to Joyce, no run, wide outside of stump again and left well alone

0.5

Umar Gul to Joyce, 1 wide, strays too far down legside and its the first run of the day

0.5

Umar Gul to Joyce, no run, fuller delivery which Joyce goes forward to and hits to mid-off

0.6

Umar Gul to Joyce, no run, short delivery outside off stump which doesnt trouble the batsman

End of over 1 (1 run) Ireland 1/0
EC Joyce    0* (6b)      Umar Gul    1-0-1-0
PR Stirling    0* (0b)     

1.1

Junaid Khan to Stirling, no run, wide outside off stump to start from Junaid which Stirling leaves

1.2

Junaid Khan to Stirling, 1 run, shorter delivery outside off stump which is cut away

1.3

Junaid Khan to Joyce, no run, straighter delivery hits Joyce high on the pad and there is a muted shout. Too high though

1.4

Junaid Khan to Joyce, no run, outside off stump and left well alone. The Irish batsmen seem less in a rush today

1.5

Junaid Khan to Joyce, 1 run, good length delivery driven to mid-on

1.6

Junaid Khan to Stirling, no run, good length delivery hits Stirling on the pad no shouts this time

End of over 2 (2 runs) Ireland 3/0
PR Stirling    1* (3b)      Junaid Khan    1-0-2-0
EC Joyce    1* (9b)      Umar Gul    1-0-1-0

2.1

Umar Gul to Joyce, no run, shorter delivery from Gul defended to point

2.2

Umar Gul to Joyce, no run, good length from Gul too far wide to trouble Joyce

2.3

Umar Gul to Joyce, no run, straighter bowl that time that Joyce played well to the fielder at mid-on

2.4

Umar Gul to Joyce, no run, short delivery on middle stump the Joyce defends into the ground

2.5

Umar Gul to Joyce, no run, straight again from Gul. Defended back to the bowler

2.6

Umar Gul to Joyce, no run, short and wide outside off stump cut hard and it was straight to the cover fielder

End of over 3 (maiden) Ireland 3/0
EC Joyce    1* (15b)      Umar Gul    2-1-1-0
PR Stirling    1* (3b)      Junaid Khan    1-0-2-0

3.1

Junaid Khan to Stirling, 2 runs, strays onto leg stump and driven through mid-wicket

3.2

Junaid Khan to Stirling, 1 run, on leg stump again and turned round the corner

3.3

Junaid Khan to Joyce, no run, wide outside off stump and left well alone by Joyce

3.4

Junaid Khan to Joyce, 1 run, dropped down at Joyce's feet and they run a very quick single

3.5

Junaid Khan to Stirling, SIX, that didnt take long! Stirling picks up a ball at leg stump and hits it high over the square leg boundary

3.6

Junaid Khan to Stirling, 1 run, good length delivery hit wide of the man at mid-off

End of over 4 (11 runs) Ireland 14/0
PR Stirling    11* (7b 1x6)      Junaid Khan    2-0-13-0
EC Joyce    2* (17b)      Umar Gul    2-1-1-0

4.1

Umar Gul to Stirling, 1 run, short delivery popped up from Gul and turned round the corner

4.2

Umar Gul to Joyce, FOUR, good length delivery driven hard through the vacant mid-wicket area

4.3

Umar Gul to Joyce, 1 run, outside off stump and its played into the ground for a quick run

4.4

Umar Gul to Stirling, 1 run, shorter that time from Gul and Stirling pulls it round the corner

4.5

Umar Gul to Joyce, no run, wide outside off stump and Joyce doesnt have to play at it

4.6

Umar Gul to Joyce, no run, pitched up outside off and no shot needed

A more measured approach from the Irish batsmen today.

End of over 5 (7 runs) Ireland 21/0
EC Joyce    7* (21b 1x4)      Umar Gul    3-1-8-0
PR Stirling    13* (9b 1x6)      Junaid Khan    2-0-13-0

5.1

Junaid Khan to Stirling, no run, pitched up and defended forward

5.2

Junaid Khan to Stirling, FOUR, wide outside off stump and Stirling stands up and hits it to the cover boundary

5.3

Junaid Khan to Stirling, 1 run, good length delivery cut to the fielder at point who lets it straight through him

5.4

Junaid Khan to Joyce, no run, straight ball which Joyce plays inside the line

5.5

Junaid Khan to Joyce, no run, outside off stump and never going to trouble the batsman.

5.6

Junaid Khan to Joyce, no run, good length ball that Joyce tries to guide past second slip

End of over 6 (5 runs) Ireland 26/0
EC Joyce    7* (24b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    3-0-18-0
PR Stirling    18* (12b 1x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    3-1-8-0

6.1

Umar Gul to Stirling, no run, hits Stirling on the pad and a muted shout from Gul. It was too far down legside

6.2

Umar Gul to Stirling, SIX, goes down legside and hit high over mid-wicket again

6.3

Umar Gul to Stirling, FOUR, short delivery which Stirling hooks to boundary. Pakistan set him up for that and he played it very well

6.4

Umar Gul to Stirling, 1 wide, too far down legside. Its just started raining, hopefully a quick shower

6.4

Umar Gul to Stirling, 1 run, wide outside off stump and guided to the fielder at third man

6.5

Umar Gul to Joyce, 1 run, shorter delivery guided again to the fielder at third man

6.6

Umar Gul to Stirling, no run, good length delivery on middle stump defended back to the bowler.

The umbrella's are going up in the crowd.

End of over 7 (13 runs) Ireland 39/0
PR Stirling    29* (17b 2x4 2x6)      Umar Gul    4-1-21-0
EC Joyce    8* (25b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    3-0-18-0

7.1

Junaid Khan to Joyce, no run, full length delivery cut the fielder at point

7.2

Junaid Khan to Joyce, no run, big shout for LBW. The ball was straight and just a bit too high. So not out.

7.3

Junaid Khan to Joyce, no run, another straight one hits Joyce high on his thigh pad

7.4

Junaid Khan to Joyce, 1 run, shorter delivery on leg stump clipped off the legs for an easy single

7.5

Junaid Khan to Stirling, FOUR, great shot from Stirling. Junaid bowled outside off stump and cut hard through point. The fielders didnt move

7.6

Junaid Khan to Stirling, no run, hit hard back past the bowler and hits Joyce on the hip. Ouch.

End of over 8 (5 runs) Ireland 44/0
PR Stirling    33* (19b 3x4 2x6)      Junaid Khan    4-0-23-0
EC Joyce    9* (29b 1x4)      Umar Gul    4-1-21-0

8.1

Umar Gul to Joyce, no run, pitched up and hit to the fielder at mid-off

8.2

Umar Gul to Joyce, no run, shorter delivery which Joyce played inside the line

8.3

Umar Gul to Joyce, no run, another short delivery played and missed this time by Joyce

8.4

Umar Gul to Joyce, 1 run, pitched delivery down legside and hit square

8.5

Umar Gul to Stirling, FOUR, short outside off stump and a fine edge the fielder at third man couldnt stop

8.6

Umar Gul to Stirling, 1 run, same delivery and same shot. Straight to the fielder that time. The fifty is up for Ireland

The drizzle has stopped and the sun is out again

End of over 9 (6 runs) Ireland 50/0
PR Stirling    38* (21b 4x4 2x6)      Umar Gul    5-1-27-0
EC Joyce    10* (33b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    4-0-23-0

9.1

Junaid Khan to Stirling, 1 leg bye, hits the pads outside off and they run through

9.2

Junaid Khan to Joyce, no run, shorter delivery which got more bounce and guided to the fielder at point.

9.3

Junaid Khan to Joyce, no run, short delivery again which Joyce defends into the ground and almost runs back onto the stumps

9.4

Junaid Khan to Joyce, no run, faster delivery ouside off stump which almost catches the edge of Joyce's bat

9.5

Junaid Khan to Joyce, (no ball) 1 run, strayed down leg stump and clipped round the corner

9.5

Junaid Khan to Stirling, no run, outside off stump and Stirling goes for a big cut and misses

9.6

Junaid Khan to Stirling, no run, shorter delivery which Stirling plays inside the line. Big oohs from the crowd

The umpire has signalled the start of bowling powerplay

End of over 10 (3 runs) Ireland 53/0
PR Stirling    38* (24b 4x4 2x6)      Junaid Khan    5-0-25-0
EC Joyce    11* (37b 1x4)      Umar Gul    5-1-27-0

10.1

Saeed Ajmal to Joyce, no run, full length defended to point

10.2

Saeed Ajmal to Joyce, 1 leg bye, drifted down leg stump and ran quickly

10.3

Saeed Ajmal to Stirling, no run, goes forward for a sweep shot and makes a mess of it, it goes nowhere

10.4

Saeed Ajmal to Stirling, no run, goes for the same shot again and hit on the pad outside leg stump though

10.5

Saeed Ajmal to Stirling, no run, faster and flater that time. Stirling defends it back

10.6

Saeed Ajmal to Stirling, 2 runs, more room that time and driven through mid-wicket

End of over 11 (3 runs) Ireland 56/0
PR Stirling    40* (28b 4x4 2x6)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-2-0
EC Joyce    11* (39b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    5-0-25-0

11.1

Junaid Khan to Joyce, no run, good length pitched up and hit back to the fielder at mid-off

11.2

Junaid Khan to Joyce, 2 runs, drifts down leg stump and pulled to the square leg fielder. He fumbles and they think of three before settling for two

11.3

Junaid Khan to Joyce, 1 run, shorter delivery which Joyce hooks

11.4

Junaid Khan to Stirling, 1 run, comes down the wicket and hits a straight ball to mid-on

11.5

Junaid Khan to Joyce, no run, yorker length delivery which Joyce deals with well

11.6

Junaid Khan to Joyce, no run, good length outside off stump hit to the fielder square on the off side

End of over 12 (4 runs) Ireland 60/0
EC Joyce    14* (44b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    6-0-29-0
PR Stirling    41* (29b 4x4 2x6)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-2-0

12.1

Saeed Ajmal to Stirling, 1 run, down legside and turned around the corner. The close fielder couldnt stop it

12.2

Saeed Ajmal to Joyce, no run, full delivery hit back to the bowler

12.3

Saeed Ajmal to Joyce, no run, pitched up and the keeper runs into the off side field to get it

12.4

Saeed Ajmal to Joyce, 1 run, clipped off the legs and run a quick one

12.5

Saeed Ajmal to Stirling, no run, straight and through to the keeper

12.6

Saeed Ajmal to Stirling, no run, Stirling played down one line and the ball turned to take his outside edge. He was lucky there was no close fielders on the off side

End of over 13 (2 runs) Ireland 62/0
PR Stirling    42* (32b 4x4 2x6)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-4-0
EC Joyce    15* (47b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    6-0-29-0

13.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Joyce, 1 run, full delivery to start. Joyce goes back and hits it to long off

13.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, no run, on middle stump and hit back to the bowler

13.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, 1 run, comes down the pitch and only just hits the ball over Hafeez's head

13.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Joyce, 1 run

13.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, no run

13.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, no run

End of over 14 (3 runs) Ireland 65/0
PR Stirling    43* (36b 4x4 2x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-3-0
EC Joyce    17* (49b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-4-0

14.1

Saeed Ajmal to Joyce, no run, pitched up and hit to mid-on

14.2

Saeed Ajmal to Joyce, no run, played inside the line

14.3

Saeed Ajmal to Joyce, OUT, faster delivery outside off stump and just takes Joyce's outside edge. Pakistan are delighted to take that wicket. A much better start that time from Ireland

EC Joyce c †Mohammad Salman b Saeed Ajmal 17 (65m 52b 1x4 0x6) SR: 32.69

14.4

Saeed Ajmal to Porterfield, 1 run, down legside and Porterfield paddles it round the corner

14.5

Saeed Ajmal to Stirling, 1 run, pitched up hit to long off

14.6

Saeed Ajmal to Porterfield, no run, played back to a faster ball and almost took the edge just like Joyce's wicket

End of over 15 (2 runs) Ireland 67/1
WTS Porterfield    1* (2b)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-6-1
PR Stirling    44* (37b 4x4 2x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-3-0

15.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, 2 runs, drifted down legside and hit round the corner. Quick running makes it two

15.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, no run, hit straight back to the bowler

15.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, no run, hit back to the bowler again

15.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, 1 run, pitched up and hit past the bowler to the fielder at long-on

15.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Porterfield, no run, pitched up outside off stump. Goes for the cut and misses

15.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Porterfield, no run, wider that time hit to the fielder at point

End of over 16 (3 runs) Ireland 70/1
WTS Porterfield    1* (4b)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-6-0
PR Stirling    47* (41b 4x4 2x6)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-6-1

16.1

Saeed Ajmal to Stirling, 1 run, full delivery hit into the vacant point area

16.2

Saeed Ajmal to Porterfield, no run, pitched up and well forward by Porterfield

16.3

Saeed Ajmal to Porterfield, no run, goes for the sweep shot and misses

16.4

Saeed Ajmal to Porterfield, 1 run, pitched up and Gul has to run across from mid-on to field

16.5

Saeed Ajmal to Stirling, FOUR, pitched up and driven hard to the square boundary on the off side. Thats fifty for Stirling off 43 balls

16.6

Saeed Ajmal to Stirling, no run, defended back to the bowler. Not much turn there

End of over 17 (6 runs) Ireland 76/1
PR Stirling    52* (44b 5x4 2x6)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-12-1
WTS Porterfield    2* (7b)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-6-0

17.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Porterfield, 1 run, pitched up and hit to the fielder at long-on

17.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, 2 runs, good running there turns that into two. hit to the right of the long off filder

17.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, 1 run, same shot straighter this time

17.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Porterfield, 1 run, hit to long off

17.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, 1 run, easy singles here for Ireland hit to long off

17.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Porterfield, no run, straighter from Hafeez hit back to the bowler

End of over 18 (6 runs) Ireland 82/1
WTS Porterfield    4* (10b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-12-0
PR Stirling    56* (47b 5x4 2x6)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-12-1

18.1

Hammad Azam to Stirling, no run, on middle stump to star, defended well by Stirling

18.2

Hammad Azam to Stirling, 1 run, straight ball again not quite timed by Stirling. Hit to mid -off

18.3

Hammad Azam to Porterfield, FOUR, wide outside off stump and driven to the long-off boundary. Good shot by Porterfield

18.4

Hammad Azam to Porterfield, 1 run, driven to the same spot again. Pakistan had put a fielder there now

18.5

Hammad Azam to Stirling, 1 run, on leg stump and driven to long-on

18.6

Hammad Azam to Porterfield, no run, defended forward by Porterfield and Azam fields off his own bowling

End of over 19 (7 runs) Ireland 89/1
WTS Porterfield    9* (13b 1x4)      Hammad Azam    1-0-7-0
PR Stirling    58* (50b 5x4 2x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-12-0

19.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, no run, shorter delivery defended to Stirling's feet

19.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, 1 run, drifted down legside and the fielder runs across from mid-on to field

19.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Porterfield, no run, well defended forward back to the bowler

19.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Porterfield, 1 run, dropped back in his crease and cut the ball into the off side

19.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, 1 run, drifted down legside and clipped around the corner

19.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Porterfield, no run, hit to fielder at mid-on

End of over 20 (3 runs) Ireland 92/1
WTS Porterfield    10* (16b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-15-0
PR Stirling    60* (53b 5x4 2x6)      Hammad Azam    1-0-7-0

20.1

Hammad Azam to Stirling, 1 run, hit into the off side

20.2

Hammad Azam to Porterfield, no run, hit straight back to the bowler

20.3

Hammad Azam to Porterfield, no run, hit back to the bowler again

20.4

Hammad Azam to Porterfield, no run, went for the big hit and misses

20.5

Hammad Azam to Porterfield, 1 run, fuller and hit to long-off

20.6

Hammad Azam to Stirling, no run, hit back to the bowler

End of over 21 (2 runs) Ireland 94/1
PR Stirling    61* (55b 5x4 2x6)      Hammad Azam    2-0-9-0
WTS Porterfield    11* (20b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-15-0

21.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Porterfield, 1 run, hit to the man at long-on

21.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, no run, hit to the bowler again

21.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, no run, straight through to the keeper

21.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, 1 run, dropped into the off side and run a quick one

21.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Porterfield, 1 run, hit off the legs and the fielder runs in from deep square leg to field

21.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, SIX, massive six by Stirling over mid-wicket brings up the 100 for Ireland

End of over 22 (9 runs) Ireland 103/1
PR Stirling    68* (59b 5x4 3x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-0-24-0
WTS Porterfield    13* (22b 1x4)      Hammad Azam    2-0-9-0

22.1

Hammad Azam to Porterfield, no run, pitched up and driven back to the bowler

22.2

Hammad Azam to Porterfield, no run, outside off stump and Porterfield goes for the big hit. He misses

22.3

Hammad Azam to Porterfield, no run, good length ball again from Azam defended back

22.4

Hammad Azam to Porterfield, no run, tries to cut a wide ball and doesnt quite time it

22.5

Hammad Azam to Porterfield, 1 run, short outside off stump and cut to the fielder on the off side boundary

22.6

Hammad Azam to Stirling, 2 runs, late cut to a short ball and the fielder runs across from third man to field just inside the boundary

End of over 23 (3 runs) Ireland 106/1
PR Stirling    70* (60b 5x4 3x6)      Hammad Azam    3-0-12-0
WTS Porterfield    14* (27b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-0-24-0

23.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Porterfield, 1 run, more bounce from Hafeez. Hits into the off side

23.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, no run, faster and flater hit to mid-off

23.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, no run, comes down the wicket and hit back to the bowler

23.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, 1 run, hit back past the bowler to long on

23.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Porterfield, OUT, plays back to a straight one, he misses and Hafeez hits. Porterfield will be very disappointed with that because he was looking good

WTS Porterfield b Mohammad Hafeez 15 (31m 29b 1x4 0x6) SR: 51.72

Still no close fielders for the new batsman

23.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Cusack, no run, plays back in the crease and defends this one forward

End of over 24 (2 runs) Ireland 108/2
AR Cusack    0* (1b)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-0-26-1
PR Stirling    71* (63b 5x4 3x6)      Hammad Azam    3-0-12-0

24.1

Hammad Azam to Stirling, no run, straight delivery with lots of bounce. Hits Stirling high on the thigh pad

24.2

Hammad Azam to Stirling, no run, pitched up and defended forward down the pitch

24.3

Hammad Azam to Stirling, no run, comes down the wicket to a short delivery and misses it completely

24.4

Hammad Azam to Stirling, 1 run, strayed down leg stump and Stirling clips it round the corner

24.5

Hammad Azam to Cusack, no run, pitched up and driven to the man in the covers

24.6

Hammad Azam to Cusack, no run, pitched up and hit to mid-off. Ireland will need to keep it steady here.

End of over 25 (1 run) Ireland 109/2
AR Cusack    0* (3b)      Hammad Azam    4-0-13-0
PR Stirling    72* (67b 5x4 3x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-0-26-1

25.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, 1 run, strayed down legside. Stirling went back and clipped it around the corner

25.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Cusack, no run, outside off stump and Cusack played inside the line

25.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Cusack, no run, goes back and hits it to mid-on

25.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Cusack, 1 run, hit back past the bowler to long-off

25.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, 1 run, hit back past the bowler again to long off

25.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Cusack, 1 run, goes onto leg stump and Cusack turns it round the corner

End of over 26 (4 runs) Ireland 113/2
AR Cusack    2* (7b)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-0-30-1
PR Stirling    74* (69b 5x4 3x6)      Hammad Azam    4-0-13-0

26.1

Hammad Azam to Cusack, no run, bowled on middle stump and hits Cusack on the pads. They all shout although it was going to high

26.2

Hammad Azam to Cusack, no run, big shout from Pakistan. They think they have Cusack caught behind. The umpire doesnt move

26.3

Hammad Azam to Cusack, 1 run, hit square of the wicket on the off side

26.4

Hammad Azam to Stirling, 1 run, drifts onto leg stump and Stirling tucks it round the corner

26.5

Hammad Azam to Cusack, no run, outside off stump and Cusack goes for a big hit and misses

26.6

Hammad Azam to Cusack, no run, outside off stump and he gets an edge this time. A thick edge which flies to third man

End of over 27 (2 runs) Ireland 115/2
AR Cusack    3* (12b)      Hammad Azam    5-0-15-0
PR Stirling    75* (70b 5x4 3x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-0-30-1

27.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, no run, pitched up and hit back to the bowler

27.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, 1 run, hit to the man at square leg

27.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Cusack, no run, goes back in the crease and hits back to the bowler

27.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Cusack, no run, same shot. Same result

27.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Cusack, no run, hit back to the bowler again

27.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Cusack, no run, goes back and back to the bowler.Pakistan are really slowing the run rate here

End of over 28 (1 run) Ireland 116/2
AR Cusack    3* (16b)      Mohammad Hafeez    8-0-31-1
PR Stirling    76* (72b 5x4 3x6)      Hammad Azam    5-0-15-0

28.1

Hammad Azam to Stirling, 1 run, cut into the covers and almost a mix up gives Pakistan a run out

28.2

Hammad Azam to Cusack, no run, hits Cusack on the pads and a big shout. Umpire just shakes his head

28.3

Hammad Azam to Cusack, 1 run, cut to the point boundary. right to the fielder

28.4

Hammad Azam to Stirling, SIX, another massive hit from Stirling. The ball was short and de deposited it over the mid-wicket boundary.

28.5

Hammad Azam to Stirling, no run, goes to pull and it just flicks the pad. Salman goes up behind the wicket. Not out

28.6

Hammad Azam to Stirling, 1 run, hits the outside edge and goes to the fielder at third man

End of over 29 (9 runs) Ireland 125/2
PR Stirling    84* (76b 5x4 4x6)      Hammad Azam    6-0-24-0
AR Cusack    4* (18b)      Mohammad Hafeez    8-0-31-1

29.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, no run, hit back to the bowler

29.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, no run, hit to the man at cover

29.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, FOUR, hit over the top of the man at cover and races away

29.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, 1 run, dropped into the mid-wicket area and runs a quick single

29.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Cusack, no run, pitched up and defended back to the bowler

29.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Cusack, 1 run, hit through mid-wicket and jogged through for the single

End of over 30 (6 runs) Ireland 131/2
AR Cusack    6* (20b)      Mohammad Hafeez    9-0-37-1
PR Stirling    88* (80b 6x4 4x6)      Hammad Azam    6-0-24-0

30.1

Hammad Azam to Cusack, no run, pitched up and hit to mid-off

30.2

Hammad Azam to Cusack, no run, straighter ball hit back to the bowler

30.3

Hammad Azam to Cusack, 4 leg byes, too far down legside and goes off the pad to the boundary

30.4

Hammad Azam to Cusack, no run, outside off stump and let through to the keeper

30.5

Hammad Azam to Cusack, 1 run, shorter and hit to the left of the man in the covers

30.6

Hammad Azam to Stirling, FOUR, pitched up and driven hard past the man at mid-off. Two fielders race after it and can not stop it from going all the way

End of over 31 (9 runs) Ireland 140/2
PR Stirling    92* (81b 7x4 4x6)      Hammad Azam    7-0-29-0
AR Cusack    7* (25b)      Mohammad Hafeez    9-0-37-1

31.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Cusack, 1 run, goes back in the crease and hits it to the square off bounary

31.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, 1 run, hit to third man

31.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Cusack, 1 run, hit back past the bowlere to long off

31.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Stirling, 1 run, drifts down leg stump and clipped off the legs square

31.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Cusack, 2 runs, paddles the ball round the corner and runs two easily

31.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Cusack, no run, driven back to the bowler

End of over 32 (6 runs) Ireland 146/2
AR Cusack    11* (29b)      Mohammad Hafeez    10-0-43-1
PR Stirling    94* (83b 7x4 4x6)      Hammad Azam    7-0-29-0

32.1

Umar Gul to Stirling, no run, hit to mid odff

32.2

Umar Gul to Stirling, 1 run, run of face of bat

32.3

Umar Gul to Cusack, no run, short delivery cut to the man at point

32.4

Umar Gul to Cusack, no run, full delivery hits Cusack on the pads. No shout from the bowler

32.5

Umar Gul to Cusack, no run, full delivery hit back past the bowler. Mid-off fields so no run

32.6

Umar Gul to Cusack, no run, shorter delivery cramped cusack for room. Hit down into the ground

Hafeez is bowled out so Azam has changed ends.

End of over 33 (1 run) Ireland 147/2
AR Cusack    11* (33b)      Umar Gul    6-1-28-0
PR Stirling    95* (85b 7x4 4x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    10-0-43-1

33.1

Hammad Azam to Stirling, no run, outside off stump with lots of bounce and Stirling plays inside the line

33.2

Hammad Azam to Stirling, 1 run, played off the edge of the bat. The fielder dives across from point to stop the boundary

33.3

Hammad Azam to Cusack, 1 run, inside edge on to the pads and good running from Stirling

33.4

Hammad Azam to Stirling, no run, fuller delivery hits Stirling on the pads and it was outside off stump

33.5

Hammad Azam to Stirling, no run, shorter outside off stump and Stirling goes for a cut. He misses

33.6

Hammad Azam to Stirling, 1 run, hit back past the bowler and long off fields. Stirling looks a bit nervous in the nineties here

That brings up the 150 for Ireland. A much better game today between the two sides. Ireland are batting much better

End of over 34 (3 runs) Ireland 150/2
PR Stirling    97* (90b 7x4 4x6)      Hammad Azam    8-0-32-0
AR Cusack    12* (34b)      Umar Gul    6-1-28-0

34.1

Umar Gul to Stirling, 1 run, outside off stump with a full delivery and Stirling hits it hard to the cover boundary

34.2

Umar Gul to Cusack, no run, yorker length from Gul hit hard by Cusack to mid-off

34.3

Umar Gul to Cusack, 1 run, shorter delivery which Cusack plays down into the ground and they scamper through

34.4

Umar Gul to Stirling, no run, going down legside and hits Stirling on the pads

34.5

Umar Gul to Stirling, 1 run, fuller delivery hit back past the bowler to the man at long-on

34.6

Umar Gul to Cusack, 1 run, lots of bounce outside off stump and run of the face of the bat to third man

The players are having a drinks break. Im sure that Stirling's mind will be on his next run.

End of over 35 (4 runs) Ireland 154/2
AR Cusack    14* (37b)      Umar Gul    7-1-32-0
PR Stirling    99* (93b 7x4 4x6)      Hammad Azam    8-0-32-0

35.1

Hammad Azam to Cusack, no run, outside off stump and Cusack plays and misses at the ball

35.2

Hammad Azam to Cusack, 1 run, mucher fuller from Azam and driven to the cover boundary. Here is Stirling's chance

35.3

Hammad Azam to Stirling, no run, straight ball played back to the bowler

35.4

Hammad Azam to Stirling, 1 run, great cheer from the crowd. Straight ball hit back past the bowler and he completes his century. Very well played and he takes his helmet off to salute the crowd

35.5

Hammad Azam to Cusack, no run, hit back to the bowler

35.6

Hammad Azam to Cusack, 1 run, hit wide of the man at mid-wicket

End of over 36 (3 runs) Ireland 157/2
AR Cusack    16* (43b)      Hammad Azam    9-0-35-0
PR Stirling    100* (93b 7x4 4x6)      Umar Gul    7-1-32-0

36.1

Saeed Ajmal to Cusack, no run, hit back to the bowler

36.2

Saeed Ajmal to Cusack, no run, hit back to the bowler agin

its started to rain again

36.3

Saeed Ajmal to Cusack, no run, hit back to the bowler. Runs have dried up here

36.4

Saeed Ajmal to Cusack, no run, same ball, same result

36.5

Saeed Ajmal to Cusack, 1 run, went down legside and driven to the man at deep mid-wicket

36.6

Saeed Ajmal to Stirling, 1 run, fuller and flater and driven to the fielder at deep point

Dark clouds are rolling in. The rain is coming down harder now and the umpires are having a chat in the middle.

They are coming off and play has been suspended. The covers are coming on quickly. The wind is quite strong so hopefully this will clear soon.

Stirling will be happy that he got to his century before the rain started coming down. I will keep you informed with any changes in the weather and hopefully we can get back to this exciting game soon.

Good news, its stopped raining and they have taken the covers off. The umpires are in the middle and hopefully we will be able to resume Ireland's innings soon. Ireland will be looking to get over 250 from here with the eight wickets that they have in hand.

The players have come back onto the pitch... here we go again

End of over 37 (2 runs) Ireland 159/2
PR Stirling    101* (94b 7x4 4x6)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-14-1
AR Cusack    17* (48b)      Hammad Azam    9-0-35-0

37.1

Hammad Azam to Stirling, 1 run, outside off stump and cut late to the man on the third man boundary

37.2

Hammad Azam to Cusack, 1 run, full delivery driven past the man at mid-on

37.3

Hammad Azam to Stirling, no run, slower delivery mistimed by Stirling and drops just before the man at mid-off

37.4

Hammad Azam to Stirling, no run, good length hits the pads outside the off stump

37.5

Hammad Azam to Stirling, 1 run, little inside edge onto the pad and trickles onto the legside

37.6

Hammad Azam to Cusack, 1 run, hit back past the bowler to long on

End of over 38 (4 runs) Ireland 163/2
AR Cusack    19* (50b)      Hammad Azam    10-0-39-0
PR Stirling    103* (98b 7x4 4x6)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-14-1

38.1

Saeed Ajmal to Cusack, no run, just outside off stump and hit back to the bowler

38.2

Saeed Ajmal to Cusack, 2 runs, goes back in the crease and pulls it to the square leg boundary

38.3

Saeed Ajmal to Cusack, no run, plays inside the line and it goes through to Salman

38.4

Saeed Ajmal to Cusack, no run, doesnt move his feet and hits it onto the legside

38.5

Saeed Ajmal to Cusack, 2 runs, goes for the big hit over the bowler head and drops just in front of the long off fielder

38.6

Saeed Ajmal to Cusack, no run, pitched up and hit back to the bowler

Powerplay has just been called by Ireland Junaid is coming back on. He was man of the match in the first ODI

End of over 39 (4 runs) Ireland 167/2
AR Cusack    23* (56b)      Saeed Ajmal    6-0-18-1
PR Stirling    103* (98b 7x4 4x6)      Hammad Azam    10-0-39-0

39.1

Junaid Khan to Stirling, 1 leg bye, hit full on the pads. It was going down legside and the bowler fields off his own bowling

39.2

Junaid Khan to Cusack, no run, fuller outside off stump and hit to the man at point

39.3

Junaid Khan to Cusack, no run, pitched up again and hit straight to the man at mid-off

39.4

Junaid Khan to Cusack, 2 runs, drifted onto leg stump and driven through mid-wicket.

39.5

Junaid Khan to Cusack, 1 run, strayed onto leg stump and hit through square leg

39.6

Junaid Khan to Stirling, no run, yorker length from Junaid and Stirling misses it. It goes through to Salman behind the stumps

End of over 40 (4 runs) Ireland 171/2
PR Stirling    103* (100b 7x4 4x6)      Junaid Khan    7-0-32-0
AR Cusack    26* (60b)      Saeed Ajmal    6-0-18-1

40.1

Saeed Ajmal to Cusack, no run, straight and hit back to the bowler

40.2

Saeed Ajmal to Cusack, 2 wides, down legside. ireland are going to need to push the pace up here

40.2

Saeed Ajmal to Stirling, 1 run, wide off off stump and cut hard by Stirling. A great stop by Ali at point keeps it to one

40.3

Saeed Ajmal to Cusack, no run, came down the pitch and missed. Easy stumping for Salman. Kevin o'brien has now been sent in to push up the run rate. Lets see if it works

40.4

Saeed Ajmal to O'Brien, no run, hit on the pads to start. No shout from anyone

40.5

Saeed Ajmal to O'Brien, no run, plays back in his ease and hits to mid-wicket

40.6

Saeed Ajmal to O'Brien, no run, pitched up and hit back to the bowler

End of over 41 (3 runs) Ireland 174/3
KJ O'Brien    0* (3b)      Saeed Ajmal    7-0-21-2
PR Stirling    104* (101b 7x4 4x6)      Junaid Khan    7-0-32-0

41.1

Junaid Khan to Stirling, 1 run, yorker length which stirling drops down at his feet. Kevin calls for the run and its a race between him and the bowler . Junaid hits the wicket and O'brien is just home.

41.2

Junaid Khan to O'Brien, 1 run, the same things happens again! stirling looked like he was going to struglle and he just gets home

41.3

Junaid Khan to Stirling, 1 run, hit back wide of the bowler who dives for the ball. An easy single run that time!

41.4

Junaid Khan to O'Brien, no run, high full toss to straight to hit any where

41.5

Junaid Khan to O'Brien, 1 run, hit back past the bowler

41.6

Junaid Khan to Stirling, no run, straight back to Junaid

End of over 42 (4 runs) Ireland 178/3
PR Stirling    106* (104b 7x4 4x6)      Junaid Khan    8-0-36-0
KJ O'Brien    2* (6b)      Saeed Ajmal    7-0-21-2

42.1

Saeed Ajmal to O'Brien, no run, goes for a big hit outside off stump and misses

42.2

Saeed Ajmal to O'Brien, no run, drifted down legside and hits Kevin on the pad

42.3

Saeed Ajmal to O'Brien, no run, hit back to the bowler

42.4

Saeed Ajmal to O'Brien, 1 run, cut past slip

42.5

Saeed Ajmal to Stirling, 2 runs, hit over the head of point

42.6

Saeed Ajmal to Stirling, 1 run, hit high in the air and Junaid drops him at long leg. That could be costly

End of over 43 (4 runs) Ireland 182/3
PR Stirling    109* (106b 7x4 4x6)      Saeed Ajmal    8-0-25-2
KJ O'Brien    3* (10b)      Junaid Khan    8-0-36-0

43.1

Junaid Khan to Stirling, OUT, it isnt because he bowls him next ball! It moved it a little bit off the pitch and Stirling was going for a big hit and misses it. That was the wicket Pakistan wanted

PR Stirling b Junaid Khan 109 (180m 107b 7x4 4x6) SR: 101.86

43.2

Junaid Khan to Wilson, no run, full delivery defended forward

43.3

Junaid Khan to Wilson, FOUR, full again and cut past the fielder at point and races to the boundary

43.4

Junaid Khan to Wilson, FOUR, wide of off stump again and the felder at third man can not stop it hitting the rope

43.5

Junaid Khan to Wilson, no run, pitched on middle stump and defended to mid-off

43.6

Junaid Khan to Wilson, no run, outside off stump again and Wilson doesnt time it right. It dribbles to the man at mid-off

This is Wilson's 100th match for Ireland today.

End of over 44 (8 runs) Ireland 190/4
GC Wilson    8* (5b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    9-0-44-1
KJ O'Brien    3* (10b)      Saeed Ajmal    8-0-25-2

44.1

Umar Gul to O'Brien, 1 wide, Gul starts off with a wide done legside

44.1

Umar Gul to O'Brien, 1 leg bye, full delivery hits Kevin on the front leg. Gul goes up and noone else does

44.2

Umar Gul to Wilson, no run, shorter delivery hit to the point. Wilson shouts yes to start and then a loud NO.

44.3

Umar Gul to Wilson, no run, bouncer from Gul. Wilson goes to cut it and misses

44.4

Umar Gul to Wilson, 1 run, goes to hit it over mid-off. It ends up going to long leg

44.5

Umar Gul to O'Brien, FOUR, shorter on leg stump and gets pulled away to the mid-wicket boundary

44.6

Umar Gul to O'Brien, no run, hit hard to the man at mid-wicket. Wilson had come down the wicket and has to scramble back quickly

Ajmal has swopped ends.

End of over 45 (7 runs) Ireland 197/4
KJ O'Brien    7* (13b 1x4)      Umar Gul    8-1-38-0
GC Wilson    9* (8b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    9-0-44-1

45.1

Saeed Ajmal to Wilson, no run, goes for the reverse sweep and misses the ball

45.2

Saeed Ajmal to Wilson, 1 run, goes for it again and does get a great hit.

45.3

Saeed Ajmal to O'Brien, OUT, kevin goes for the big hit over long-off. It goes a mile in the air and Azam gets it just before the rope

KJ O'Brien c Hammad Azam b Saeed Ajmal 7 (23m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

45.4

Saeed Ajmal to Wilson, 2 runs, hit past mid-off and that brings up the 200 for Ireland

45.5

Saeed Ajmal to Wilson, 1 run, late cut gets a quickly run single

45.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mooney, no run, goes for the reverse sweep and misses again

End of over 46 (4 runs) Ireland 201/5
JF Mooney    0* (1b)      Saeed Ajmal    9-0-29-3
GC Wilson    13* (12b 2x4)      Umar Gul    8-1-38-0

46.1

Umar Gul to Wilson, 1 run, yorker length from Gul. Dug out well by Wilson and goes to mid-on

46.2

Umar Gul to Mooney, 1 run, strays down legside with a full delivery. Clipped of the legs to the man on the rope at square leg

46.3

Umar Gul to Wilson, 1 leg bye, down leg stump again and hits Wilson on the pads

46.4

Umar Gul to Mooney, 1 wide, too far down legside. Salman stops that spectacularly

46.4

Umar Gul to Mooney, 1 run, full pitched up delivery punched to long-on

46.5

Umar Gul to Wilson, FOUR, pitched up again and hit high in the air over mid-on and the fielders cant cut it off

46.6

Umar Gul to Wilson, FOUR, strayed onto leg stump and the man at short fine leg can not stop it

Two overs left. Big hitting needed here to get above 230

End of over 47 (13 runs) Ireland 214/5
GC Wilson    22* (16b 4x4)      Umar Gul    9-1-50-0
JF Mooney    2* (3b)      Saeed Ajmal    9-0-29-3

47.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mooney, no run, straight and full hits Mooney on the pads

47.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mooney, FOUR, just hits the edge and Salman can not stop it and it races away behind him to the boundaru

47.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mooney, OUT, he goes for the same shot again and this time Salman takes the catch. He was going for the big hit to try and up the rate

JF Mooney c †Mohammad Salman b Saeed Ajmal 6 (10m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

47.4

Saeed Ajmal to Johnston, 1 run, goes for the sweep shot to get Wilson back on strike

47.5

Saeed Ajmal to Wilson, 1 run, turned onto the legside for an easy single

47.6

Saeed Ajmal to Johnston, no run, hit Johnston on the pads

End of over 48 (6 runs) Ireland 220/6
DT Johnston    1* (2b)      Saeed Ajmal    10-0-35-4
GC Wilson    23* (17b 4x4)      Umar Gul    9-1-50-0

48.1

Umar Gul to Wilson, 1 wide, down legside

48.1

Umar Gul to Wilson, 1 run, wide of off stump this time and cut to third man for a single

48.2

Umar Gul to Johnston, 1 run, hit hard to long off by Johnston

48.3

Umar Gul to Wilson, 2 runs, full delivery driven hard by Wilson over mid-on. The fielder runs hard to stop the boundary

48.4

Umar Gul to Wilson, 1 run, pitched up again by the bowler. Wilson hits it to mid-on

48.5

Umar Gul to Johnston, 1 run, big hit from Johnston goes past the bowler. The man running in from long-on keeps it to a single

48.6

Umar Gul to Wilson, 1 run, goes down legside. wilson goes does onto one knee and trickles it round the corner

Six balls left for Ireland. Can they get to 240?

End of over 49 (8 runs) Ireland 228/6
GC Wilson    28* (21b 4x4)      Umar Gul    10-1-58-0
DT Johnston    3* (4b)      Saeed Ajmal    10-0-35-4

49.1

Junaid Khan to Wilson, FOUR, cut hard to the square boundary on the off side. Thats a good start

49.2

Junaid Khan to Wilson, 1 run, OUT, run out! Johnston went for a second which was never on. Azam gathered the ball at long -off and got it off quickly to the bowler who took off the bails. Johnston went for a desperate dive but was still out by some distance

DT Johnston run out 3 (10m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

49.3

Junaid Khan to Wilson, no run, full delivery hit to the man at point

49.4

Junaid Khan to Wilson, OUT, goes for the big hit back past the bowler. Wilson hits it a mile in the air goes down the throat of the man at long-off

GC Wilson c Hammad Azam b Junaid Khan 33 (32m 25b 5x4 0x6) SR: 132.00

49.5

Junaid Khan to Jones, 1 leg bye, the batsman crosssed so Jones was facing. Junaid puts it too far down legside and they scramble a single

49.6

Junaid Khan to White, FOUR, down legstump again an White whips it off his legs to the rope at fine leg

Ireland will be happy with their batting today compared to their effort on Saturday. Stirling scored a very accomplished first ODI hundred against a full member nation.

The first three three partnerships laid a good foundation for the Ireland innings. Gary Wilson hit a quickfire 33 off of 25 balls at the end of the innings to fire up things a bit, one which will give the Ireland bowlers a reasonable total to defend.

When we come back Pakistan will need 239 to win from 50 overs. Please join me again in 40 minutes for the start of the Pakistan innings.

End of over 50 (10 runs) Ireland 238/8
AR White    4* (1b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    10-0-53-2
NG Jones    0* (1b)      Umar Gul    10-1-58-0
Series Results
Ireland v Pakistan at Belfast - May 30, 2011
Pakistan won by 5 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
Ireland v Pakistan at Belfast - May 28, 2011
Pakistan won by 7 wickets (with 51 balls remaining) (D/L method)
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May 30, 2011

Pakistan celebrate after winning the series 2-0, Ireland v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Belfast, May 30, 2011

Pakistan celebrate after winning the series 2-0

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May 30, 2011

Younis Khan top scored for Pakistan with 64, Ireland v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Belfast, May 30, 2011

Younis Khan top scored for Pakistan with 64

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