Ireland v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Belfast May 28, 2011

Junaid stars in easy Pakistan win

The Bulletin by Gerard Siggins
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Pakistan 97 for 3 (Hafeez 52) beat Ireland 96 (Stirling 39, Junaid 4-12, Ajmal 3-7) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Ireland's first game since their World Cup heroics proved a disappointment for the 2000 spectators that turned up to see the first of the two-ODI series against Pakistan, who won by seven wickets with more than eight overs to spare. A typically steely grey, showery Belfast day, prevented play from commencing until 2pm. And with conditions helpful to the seamers, Junaid Khan ripped the Ireland middle order apart with four wickets in five overs. A 38-over game was the original plan - and a 36-over one after a short break - but Ireland conspired to reduce it further when they were bowled out in exactly 20 overs.

The total of 96 was pitiful - Ireland's lowest since the 2007 World Cup Super Eights - especially after Paul Stirling had thrilled the home fans with a startling innings of 39 off just 22 balls. Stirling, 20, who also plays for Middlesex, had finished off his World Cup with a match-winning 100 off 71 balls against Netherlands, and was on a similar trajectory here as he helped himself to seven fours and a six.

His opening partner was Ed Joyce, who switched places in the order with William Porterfield. Joyce had been keen to move up during the World Cup, but coach Phil Simmons resisted changing an established opening pair. But Porterfield was soon replacing Joyce, dismissed by Tanvir Ahmed.

Stirling took a liking to Tanvir, who bowled too short. His next over went for 19, including an enormous six over mid-on. Stirling took 12 off Umar Gul's next over, and clipped Junaid's first ball to the boundary when he came on to bowl the sixth over. Four balls later he was gone, skying the ball to cover where Mohammed Hafeez sprinted 20 yards, and dived full length. From 44 for 1, Ireland steadily lost wickets as Junaid made good use of the seaming conditions.

Alex Cusack, promoted to No.4 in the absence of the injured Niall O'Brien, was bowled in the last over of the Powerplay, which yielded 49 runs and three wickets. Porterfield followed for 4, caught behind trying to fend off a rising ball from Gul. Kevin O'Brien, having exchanged his dyed pink hair for his natural orange, gave his fans a small taste of his World Cup pyrotechnics. But, on 15, he tried to cart Junaid through the covers and saw his stumps demolished.

Soon enough, Ireland were floundering at 66 for 6. Gary Wilson, who replaced Niall O'Brien behind the stumps, briefly showed his World Cup batting form before the rain returned. After a 20-minute break the innings was recalculated as 36 overs. But there was little chance as many overs would be required; the Ireland batsmen failed to cope with a disciplined attack in tricky conditions. Saeed Ajmal claimed 3 for 7 off his three overs, including Trent Johnston and Boyd Rankin off successive balls. Younis Khan, who had taken two wickets in his previous 221 ODIs, induced John Mooney to carve to cover and a three-figure score proved beyond Ireland.

Rankin and Johnston bowled nine overs before the interval, which were negotiated safely by Taufeeq Umar and Mohammed Hafeez. Hafeez's six into the trees at square leg off Rankin gave the large Pakistani contingent more to sing about. The openers continued steadily towards their target after tea, and had made it to 73 when Stirling took a sharp catch at slip off Cusack.

Cusack's gentle medium-pace fetched him three wickets but Ireland had too little on the board, and the end came with 8.3 overs to spare.

"We've let a lot of people down today", Porterfield admitted. "We played too many poor shots on that wicket, nobody got their head down to forge a partnership. It wasn't a gung-ho situation, but too many of the batsmen made poor decisions."

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq was happy with the result, his first success in his new phase as ODI captain, achieved in conditions vastly different to those they experienced four days earlier on the other side of the North Atlantic. It was some measure of revenge for the only previous ODI meeting between the sides, the famous Ireland victory at Sabina Park in the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup. A small group of Pakistan fans chanted "No more Ijaz Butt" during the presentation ceremony. The Man-of-the-Match award was deservedly picked up by Junaid.

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  • POSTED BY KYZA on | May 31, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Reading some of these comments makes me laugh, Indians slating Pakistan team and visa versa, come you fools lets be serious, India are a great team one of the best and to be honest so is Pakistan we may have our weak batting, but India also have thier weak bowling, as seen in thier recent NZ series, I think bowlers like Zaheer khan have helped Indis so much, once he goes where are your best bowlers going to come from, who is there to replace old players. Lets move on to thier batting well, lets see Tendulkar soon to go, Sehwag is no spring chicken, you have a few young players but are there any test batsmen out there VVS is almost gone, Dravid gone, Yuvraj is eating too many pies, Kohli, Raina, is there anyone else out there?? Spin India have Harbhajan, who after him?? Ashwin?? Mishra?? Pakistan well we all know bowling has always been sensational so good that neutrals always love watching Pak fast bowlers, man there have been some!!!rippers over the years and still Pakistan produce

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    I was hoping for an Ireland vs Pakistan comments but instead I get Pakistanis and Indians bashing each other...ridiculous...anyways congrats to Ireland for fighting back and I really think the ICC is being unfair to them.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    people like Nihal & venki start absolutely useless discussion that Pakistan won only from WI, Ire and our batting lineup is the worst and all that, that too on a wrong page, may be they got their answer from Faraz Ali. Thank you

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    Why on earth are people discussing Pakistan vs India over here? This is about Pakistan vs Ireland. Ireland are a good team, luck wasn't on their side this time. I think they'll be doing a lot better in the 2nd ODI

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    @Nihal Gopinathan, Venki_indian: and yeah may be you forgot that it was Pakistan's bowling that restricted the most favorites in the WC to merely 177, Australia, winning three world cups in a row, 34 matches winning streak in the world cups, and Indian bowling let them score almost a 100 more runs in the next match. and not to mention we won from another team of the favorites, as well as the home team, Sri Lanka. and yeah India could ONLY get to 260, DESPITE getting many lives against us, even though India was playing in the home ground.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    @Nihal Gopinathan, may be you forgot that Umar Gul was one of the premiere bowlers of the WC, so what if he didnt perform in one match, we had Wahab Riaz who literally ripped through Indian batting line up, completely. so-called strong batsmen like Kohli(9), Yuvraj(golden duck), even Dhoni(25) couldnt stand against him! and let me remind you, WC's second best bowler, Zaheer went for 18 in the WC final, and guess what who got the best him, Parera, who averages merely 16. and your talking about Sehwag (and established batsman) hitting Gul! and please dont repeat the same thing about the our batting, its already known that we're not good in batting, and your team is worthless in bowling, Eng scored 338, getting easily at your total, while they got beaten by Ireland, wow amazing bowling i gotta say. India has one of the WORST bowling attack in the world, wait even the word "attack" doesnt seem good here.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    @Venki_indian: Pakistan just came out among the top 4 at the world-cup. I want to see you telling England, Australia and South Africa fans that they are minnows, because pakistan can only be better than minnows. @Sufyan Ul Haq: Pakistani captains have Imran Khan to look up to. They hardly need Dhoni as a role-model, with all due respect to him. @Venki_indian: Pakistan has only beaten Ireland and West Indies because it has only played against them! We won't play any top sides before going to Srilanka late in the year. @Nihal Gopinathan: The same argument applied to you when Strauss's otherwise hapless team managed to tie India in the world-cup. The best batting couldn't make up for the worst bowling. @Venki_indian: He didn't show it as your weakness. He just said you made only 260 DESPITE us helping you so much.

  • POSTED BY pauliangenius on | May 29, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    TANVIR AHMED REALLY DISAPPOINTED ME BUT TE GUY SHOULD BE GIVEN MORE CHANCES

  • POSTED BY Venki_indian on | May 29, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    @Ayaz Noor M Giving 4 chances in world cup semis is your waekness and failure, dont show it as ours buddy..

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    I was upset about yesterdays game but I still think we can turn it around on monday but to say that Ireland is not good is just unfair,

    Porterfield said the team know what went wrong and I believe they won't turn up like that again, not that the bowlers did wrong, had we simply put 50-100 runs more on the board it could have been so different, Misbah was plumb for LBW and they had already lost 3 wickets chasing the target as it was,

    I love the Irish Cricket team and will always back our guys, as I said before the game Joyce, Porterfield, Stirling, need to step up as the top players I know they're, Joyce is regarded as a better play we have produced then Morgan and he needs to show it on Monday, if it means he has to protect his wicket by grinding out a score so be it,

    Irish Cricket fans do deserve more and we will produce it,

    as ever an Irish Cricket fan who blindly follows the team despite being wrong a lot of the time...

  • POSTED BY KYZA on | May 31, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Reading some of these comments makes me laugh, Indians slating Pakistan team and visa versa, come you fools lets be serious, India are a great team one of the best and to be honest so is Pakistan we may have our weak batting, but India also have thier weak bowling, as seen in thier recent NZ series, I think bowlers like Zaheer khan have helped Indis so much, once he goes where are your best bowlers going to come from, who is there to replace old players. Lets move on to thier batting well, lets see Tendulkar soon to go, Sehwag is no spring chicken, you have a few young players but are there any test batsmen out there VVS is almost gone, Dravid gone, Yuvraj is eating too many pies, Kohli, Raina, is there anyone else out there?? Spin India have Harbhajan, who after him?? Ashwin?? Mishra?? Pakistan well we all know bowling has always been sensational so good that neutrals always love watching Pak fast bowlers, man there have been some!!!rippers over the years and still Pakistan produce

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    I was hoping for an Ireland vs Pakistan comments but instead I get Pakistanis and Indians bashing each other...ridiculous...anyways congrats to Ireland for fighting back and I really think the ICC is being unfair to them.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    people like Nihal & venki start absolutely useless discussion that Pakistan won only from WI, Ire and our batting lineup is the worst and all that, that too on a wrong page, may be they got their answer from Faraz Ali. Thank you

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    Why on earth are people discussing Pakistan vs India over here? This is about Pakistan vs Ireland. Ireland are a good team, luck wasn't on their side this time. I think they'll be doing a lot better in the 2nd ODI

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    @Nihal Gopinathan, Venki_indian: and yeah may be you forgot that it was Pakistan's bowling that restricted the most favorites in the WC to merely 177, Australia, winning three world cups in a row, 34 matches winning streak in the world cups, and Indian bowling let them score almost a 100 more runs in the next match. and not to mention we won from another team of the favorites, as well as the home team, Sri Lanka. and yeah India could ONLY get to 260, DESPITE getting many lives against us, even though India was playing in the home ground.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    @Nihal Gopinathan, may be you forgot that Umar Gul was one of the premiere bowlers of the WC, so what if he didnt perform in one match, we had Wahab Riaz who literally ripped through Indian batting line up, completely. so-called strong batsmen like Kohli(9), Yuvraj(golden duck), even Dhoni(25) couldnt stand against him! and let me remind you, WC's second best bowler, Zaheer went for 18 in the WC final, and guess what who got the best him, Parera, who averages merely 16. and your talking about Sehwag (and established batsman) hitting Gul! and please dont repeat the same thing about the our batting, its already known that we're not good in batting, and your team is worthless in bowling, Eng scored 338, getting easily at your total, while they got beaten by Ireland, wow amazing bowling i gotta say. India has one of the WORST bowling attack in the world, wait even the word "attack" doesnt seem good here.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    @Venki_indian: Pakistan just came out among the top 4 at the world-cup. I want to see you telling England, Australia and South Africa fans that they are minnows, because pakistan can only be better than minnows. @Sufyan Ul Haq: Pakistani captains have Imran Khan to look up to. They hardly need Dhoni as a role-model, with all due respect to him. @Venki_indian: Pakistan has only beaten Ireland and West Indies because it has only played against them! We won't play any top sides before going to Srilanka late in the year. @Nihal Gopinathan: The same argument applied to you when Strauss's otherwise hapless team managed to tie India in the world-cup. The best batting couldn't make up for the worst bowling. @Venki_indian: He didn't show it as your weakness. He just said you made only 260 DESPITE us helping you so much.

  • POSTED BY pauliangenius on | May 29, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    TANVIR AHMED REALLY DISAPPOINTED ME BUT TE GUY SHOULD BE GIVEN MORE CHANCES

  • POSTED BY Venki_indian on | May 29, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    @Ayaz Noor M Giving 4 chances in world cup semis is your waekness and failure, dont show it as ours buddy..

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    I was upset about yesterdays game but I still think we can turn it around on monday but to say that Ireland is not good is just unfair,

    Porterfield said the team know what went wrong and I believe they won't turn up like that again, not that the bowlers did wrong, had we simply put 50-100 runs more on the board it could have been so different, Misbah was plumb for LBW and they had already lost 3 wickets chasing the target as it was,

    I love the Irish Cricket team and will always back our guys, as I said before the game Joyce, Porterfield, Stirling, need to step up as the top players I know they're, Joyce is regarded as a better play we have produced then Morgan and he needs to show it on Monday, if it means he has to protect his wicket by grinding out a score so be it,

    Irish Cricket fans do deserve more and we will produce it,

    as ever an Irish Cricket fan who blindly follows the team despite being wrong a lot of the time...

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    @Ayaz Noor M: What bowling attack are you talking about? One where it's lead bowler was taken for 21 runs in one over by Virender Sehwag? It is true, Pakistan may have the better bowling attack, but it's as useless as an eskimo in a desert. Pakistan's batting is one of the WORST in world cricket, and even your great bowling attack can't do anything about it. At least our batting line up on a 'bad day' in the World Cup semi-final gets to 260 in 50 overs. Your batting line up couldn't even chase that. As for the chances, it was YOUR team that gave it. Oh yes, we forgot about the shoddy fielding. India may have a weaker bowling attack, but we can sure bat and field better. That's why WE ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS. I wish all the best to Pakistan though, because they are a team that World Cricket needs to fire. But don't for even a second think that Pakistan's so-called 'edge in bowling' can do anything great.

  • POSTED BY Venki_indian on | May 29, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    @Ahamed Hanees ,@Ayaz Noor M,@likeintcricket Pple are just going crazy. you have just won against WI and Ireland :) ofcourse i agree Pakisthan produce best fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY PAKISTAN.CRICKET.TEAM on | May 29, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Pakistan team well done. Hope you win the next game too and perform well Inshallah. Also hope no rain interupts the next game.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    Pakistan can not follow India or Australia how they selecting test, odi, t20 teams. India or Australia has almost same squad in all format of cricket. But for pakistan, i think, should be different teams for test, odi and t20. Nowadays in ODI , a team very often scoring over 300 runs. Can we expect pakistan chasing over 300 runs in ODI with taufeek umar, younis khan, asad shafeek in their batting line-up?. Pakistan lost some good players by having same squad for in all three format. for example, asim kamal, yasir hameed, Mohamed sami, Imran Nazir... . Stastic shows Mohamed sami is a world worst test bowler.But Considering mohamed sami's ODI perfomance, Now he should be playing in only ODI. Not only for his bowling, he also a good fielder and can bat well in lower order in ODI. Because of selecting same squad for all format of cricket,Pakistan is loosing good players like him. I think selectors must identify players who should be in which format.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    @Venki_indian, we Pakistani appreciate every win, doesn't matter who it is against. talk about batting lineup when you have any sort of bowling attack. India doesn't even have bowling, leave bowling attack! Pakistan has the edge in bowling, you saw that against India too, lowest Indian total in the WC semifinal, even after given 4 chances to your team, so much for your batting lineup!

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    the team needs to be balance between attack & stability providers. Asad Shafiq is a good prospect as we have seen him batting well against good sides, like Australia. i agree Pakistan needs to find new, better, younger batsmen, to replace the old guns like YK.

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan333 on | May 29, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    Dissapointing performance by Ireland,hope they bounce back in second game.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    happy that pakistan won but really mad with the selection commitee. Why dont they understand which players are for test match and which are for ODI's. Taufeeq umar, asad shafiq, younis khan cant all be selected in the playing 11!!!. how can pakistan expect to chase a total above 300 against stronger teams with these players who have a very poor strike rate. And taufeeq umar cant be our opener, yes he made a hundred in WI and i am happy for that but after being given about 4 chances!!! strong teams wont even give him 1.we need more attacking players in at the moment there is only one Umer Akmal thats it.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    Truth is bitter... But pak captains need to improve captaincy just like DHONI...

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    Ireland to become a compatative/good side at the international level they need to produce good young cricketers at their own, not to rely too much on migrated/foreign player's

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | May 29, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    @Venki_indian i dont see much cricketing sense in your comment, it was a match between ireland and pak and ur comparing pak and bangladesh batting lineups? ireland should have won easily but thats not the case as we all know and u should rather be commenting on why your half of the so called good batting lineup got tired after playing a useless domestic t20 tournament only to miss international cricket?

  • POSTED BY likeintcricket on | May 29, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    @ Venki_indian, Talent wise WI, NZ and Pak are at par with any other side despite their problems. Just look at the performance of Gayle and Vetori In IPL. A side who can produce bowlers like Asif, Aamir, Umer Gul, Ajmal, Reman and Kaneria and Batsman like Misbah, Younis and Yousuf beside Umer Akmal and Hafiz cannot be called a less talented than Top 3. With a full side a better management they can give a fight to any side on any ground. With so much money at work and so many cricket academies running with so many good foreign coaches around one can expect a better Indian side than 90's when even Zimbabwae fancy their chances against them.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | May 29, 2011, 0:26 GMT

    This pakistani team looks good if we can make a couple of changes in lower order. If Sarfraz is selected to replace Salman and Razaq comes in for Tanvir Ahmad then we can have a good team. Umar Gul has to find his touch otherwise sadaf should be given a go.

  • POSTED BY Venki_indian on | May 29, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    Why people hype after performing in only one match that too against ireland...pakisthan is just better team than weak teams like WI,Bdesh and ireland..They did not even have proper batting lineup as Bangladesh

  • POSTED BY mso797 on | May 28, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    congrats on junaid this match shud of really not have oldies like tanvir umar yk hafeez ect. no matter the performance in windies this would of been a perfect chance for young kids all the seniors should trade place with pakistan A i wish the people of pak could see theyre stars live

  • POSTED BY cricket_for_all on | May 28, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    Too much talk by Ireland. The ten test teams are here not by the gift rather they earned it. So better prepare well for the next game. Winning one or two games (with big teams) in the world cup never make you good team. You must show some consistent fight even with the defeat. I think Ireland have to learn lot to become a test team.

  • POSTED BY gazelle79 on | May 28, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    @Ammar7may , you are asking for very little, aren't you ?

  • POSTED BY likeintcricket on | May 28, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    Pakistan is not a consistent side batting wise and on a bad day they can lose the game against Ireland. But most of the time one can expect the same result between Ireland and a member side.

  • POSTED BY Vernacular_Press on | May 28, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    As a neutral i would ve liked Pakistan vs Afghanistan , Pak A vs Ireland

  • POSTED BY the.person.without.a.cool.name on | May 28, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    gud performance, but umar gul still seams a bit shaken from the india encounter????

  • POSTED BY bala-chala on | May 28, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    Very disappointed by the result. I hope the Irish bounce back in the next game.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    I knew that Junaid Khan was a raw talent, and he proved it in this match. Just sad that Misbah didn't give him an over or two, in order to give to the youngstah beauty 5-wickets haul! And also: Taufeeq Umar, Younus Khan, Tanvir Ahmed or even Asad Shafiq are NOT ODI materials! Put Hammad Azam at least, and Umar Akmal down in the order!

  • POSTED BY Happy_AusBang on | May 28, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    I don't quite understand some people continuously trying to hype up Ireland as better than Bangladesh. Which planet are these people in? Bangladesh beat Ireland more times than not. People are forgetting that Bangladesh beat them only recently in the World Cup. Admittedly, Ireland beat England and it was quite an achievement, but Hello! Bangladesh beat England too, in the World Cup and before that in their own backyard in Bristol in the same year. Ireland beat Pakistan in a previous World Cup, Bangladesh also did the same. Ireland cricket needs to be encouraged, but not in this way, by making false claims. Get real people!

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    I am happy with the success of junaid khan, i had seen him bowling in west indies as most of the other fans, he really clicked my mind as a really attractive bowler coz he bowls a decent line and length... the pitch which provided support to seamer, he exploded the condition.. Well done young boy, i guess azhar ali should be in for the next match in place of either umar or asad,

    @ Dhinoo008

    Young guns should have been given chances , i agree, but one can not inject so many young guns coz i dont think pakistan can afford to loose a match against ireland, we being the fan of pakistan cricket would have been blaming PCB and chief selectors for this.. I am not saying young guns should not be given chance but there is always a good time,,,, I can see pakistan team floating finally in a destined direction although there are so many decisions that are need to be asked like why afridi is demoted from captaincy role. but yet, they have done fair bit of job since misbah has been the captain.

  • POSTED BY tatactg on | May 28, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Yes , Ireland is so much better than Zimbabwe and BD.And about England taking Irish players - Ed Joyce is already returned to Irish Side and only Eoin Morgan is playing for England.It is not 3/4 of their best players playing for England as was suggested in an earlier post, rather Ireland is keep adding foreign imports ( last month they added Hamish Marshal from NewZealand) to their squad.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Should have more one days against Ireland as I really think they can test Pakistani batting in swinging condition.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | May 28, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    congratulations to pakistan on its first ever odi victory against ireland in ireland. it was only a matter of time though since they beat pak in their first ever encounter. what lesson should irish learn from this game? hitting 3 fours and a six in an over dont win you matches. go pak your the best!!!

  • POSTED BY ammar7may on | May 28, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Of-course, the defenciveness in approach should be balanced with aggressiveness, as well. Each top player should be given reast after 3 games for once, so that the new stuff is trialed well. The balanced team would be: 1-2) Openers, at least 3 (Hafeez, Taufeeq, someone new is awfully needed) 3) One downs, at least 3 (Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, someone new) 4) Two downs, the old guns, only 1 person in a single match (Misbah, Yunis, Yusaf, let's propose these guys to retire honarably without destroying career, or switch to test matches only) 5) Three downs, at least 3 (Umar Akmal, someone new awfully needed) 6) Wicket keeper, at least 3 (Salman, Adnan Akmal, Sarfraz) 7-9) Alrounders, at least 4 (Afridi, new hunt is awfully needed in this category) 10) Fast bowlers / seamers, only 1, the most fit having command on line and swing (Wahab, Junaid, Umar gul, Sohail Tanvir, Tanvir Ahmad, even faster bowler) 11) Spinner, only 1, given rest after each match (Saeed, Rheman, someone better)

  • POSTED BY dhino008 on | May 28, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    I can't really understand wht's going inda mind of PCB & Selection committee ..Both of this parties should first reckon dis z tour of ireland n nt 2 da australia thr4 thet should given chance 4 youngstars nt 2 da old guns...why should YOUNIS KHAN,SAEED AJMAL,UMAR GUL,TAUFEEQ UMAR&TANVIR AHAMED r thr in 2day's line up n tour squad..wht a hell of mistake made by selection committee 2 drop usman salahudeen 4m this tour also sarfaraz ahamed should b included..if anyone want pakistan crciket 2 be more success at future thn dis tour should been chances given 4 youngstars nt 2 da old guns..i personally feeling vry sad 4 pakistan cricket on ths days but thy should understand wht thy r doing n whr does ths gonna end..as a pakistan supportar i'm really frustrated wit pakistan crciket last 2 to 3 years..

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | May 28, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    @pak.huzu ,"how many overs can a bowler bowl in this match" . match is reduced to 36 overs so no bowler is allowed more than 8 overs. Only one bowler can bowl 8 and the rest can maximum bowl 7..... * I think the problem with assosiate teams is that they depend a lot upon a single player. Isn't that a case with Ireland and Neitherland. Ireland could have had 3 or 4 good players if England were not picking up the best of theirs.

  • POSTED BY mso797 on | May 28, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    sadaf should of replaced umar usman should be in this and azhar ali i hope they play him and not do what they with sadaf

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    where can i see this match on which channel

  • POSTED BY pak.huzu on | May 28, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    how many overs can a bowler bowl in this match

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  • POSTED BY pak.huzu on | May 28, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    how many overs can a bowler bowl in this match

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    where can i see this match on which channel

  • POSTED BY mso797 on | May 28, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    sadaf should of replaced umar usman should be in this and azhar ali i hope they play him and not do what they with sadaf

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | May 28, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    @pak.huzu ,"how many overs can a bowler bowl in this match" . match is reduced to 36 overs so no bowler is allowed more than 8 overs. Only one bowler can bowl 8 and the rest can maximum bowl 7..... * I think the problem with assosiate teams is that they depend a lot upon a single player. Isn't that a case with Ireland and Neitherland. Ireland could have had 3 or 4 good players if England were not picking up the best of theirs.

  • POSTED BY dhino008 on | May 28, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    I can't really understand wht's going inda mind of PCB & Selection committee ..Both of this parties should first reckon dis z tour of ireland n nt 2 da australia thr4 thet should given chance 4 youngstars nt 2 da old guns...why should YOUNIS KHAN,SAEED AJMAL,UMAR GUL,TAUFEEQ UMAR&TANVIR AHAMED r thr in 2day's line up n tour squad..wht a hell of mistake made by selection committee 2 drop usman salahudeen 4m this tour also sarfaraz ahamed should b included..if anyone want pakistan crciket 2 be more success at future thn dis tour should been chances given 4 youngstars nt 2 da old guns..i personally feeling vry sad 4 pakistan cricket on ths days but thy should understand wht thy r doing n whr does ths gonna end..as a pakistan supportar i'm really frustrated wit pakistan crciket last 2 to 3 years..

  • POSTED BY ammar7may on | May 28, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Of-course, the defenciveness in approach should be balanced with aggressiveness, as well. Each top player should be given reast after 3 games for once, so that the new stuff is trialed well. The balanced team would be: 1-2) Openers, at least 3 (Hafeez, Taufeeq, someone new is awfully needed) 3) One downs, at least 3 (Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, someone new) 4) Two downs, the old guns, only 1 person in a single match (Misbah, Yunis, Yusaf, let's propose these guys to retire honarably without destroying career, or switch to test matches only) 5) Three downs, at least 3 (Umar Akmal, someone new awfully needed) 6) Wicket keeper, at least 3 (Salman, Adnan Akmal, Sarfraz) 7-9) Alrounders, at least 4 (Afridi, new hunt is awfully needed in this category) 10) Fast bowlers / seamers, only 1, the most fit having command on line and swing (Wahab, Junaid, Umar gul, Sohail Tanvir, Tanvir Ahmad, even faster bowler) 11) Spinner, only 1, given rest after each match (Saeed, Rheman, someone better)

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | May 28, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    congratulations to pakistan on its first ever odi victory against ireland in ireland. it was only a matter of time though since they beat pak in their first ever encounter. what lesson should irish learn from this game? hitting 3 fours and a six in an over dont win you matches. go pak your the best!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Should have more one days against Ireland as I really think they can test Pakistani batting in swinging condition.

  • POSTED BY tatactg on | May 28, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Yes , Ireland is so much better than Zimbabwe and BD.And about England taking Irish players - Ed Joyce is already returned to Irish Side and only Eoin Morgan is playing for England.It is not 3/4 of their best players playing for England as was suggested in an earlier post, rather Ireland is keep adding foreign imports ( last month they added Hamish Marshal from NewZealand) to their squad.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    I am happy with the success of junaid khan, i had seen him bowling in west indies as most of the other fans, he really clicked my mind as a really attractive bowler coz he bowls a decent line and length... the pitch which provided support to seamer, he exploded the condition.. Well done young boy, i guess azhar ali should be in for the next match in place of either umar or asad,

    @ Dhinoo008

    Young guns should have been given chances , i agree, but one can not inject so many young guns coz i dont think pakistan can afford to loose a match against ireland, we being the fan of pakistan cricket would have been blaming PCB and chief selectors for this.. I am not saying young guns should not be given chance but there is always a good time,,,, I can see pakistan team floating finally in a destined direction although there are so many decisions that are need to be asked like why afridi is demoted from captaincy role. but yet, they have done fair bit of job since misbah has been the captain.