Ireland v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Dublin May 22, 2013

Ireland eye another chance to shine

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Match Facts

Thursday, May 23, Dublin
Start time 10.45 local (09.45 GMT | 14.45 PKT)

Big Picture

Contests between Ireland and Pakistan are rare - this will be only their fourth meeting - but the fixture has a place in cricket folklore. Labelled as minnows, Ireland produced a monumental upset to send Pakistan crashing out of the 2007 World Cup in the group stage. Pakistan's pain has healed over time but the memory of that embarrassment lingers.

Pakistan put the record straight with victories in their last series against Ireland - two matches in May 2011, both won comfortably - and will hope for similar success as they warm up for the Champions Trophy.

They are in good spirits but would like their top-order batting to find some form. An extra opener has been drafted into the XI so Mohammad Hafeez can move to No. 3, hoping to solidify the batting which can be brittle, as seen against Scotland last week when they slipped to 115 for 5. It took Misbah-ul-Haq to anchor the innings but a score of 231 would not be enough against better sides, and Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer admitted that, from a similar position, Ireland would likely to have gone and won the match.

Keeping Pakistan to a similar total will be key for Ireland to try and upset the odds. After cruising through the latest round of World Cricket League Championship matches in March, they are desperate to prove they belong at the top table of international cricket. It is important Ireland seize on any opportunity to impress. Last year's ODI against Australia was a damp squib but this year, two matches against Pakistan and the biennial fixture against England are three more chances to put on a good show on and off the field.

They have a bowling attack capable of troubling Pakistan, likely to be spearheaded by Tim Murtagh who has shown sublime form for Middlesex and is the leading wicket-taker in the County Championship. Ireland's batting will also be led by a man bang in form for his county; Ed Joyce has averaged 72.75 in six Championship innings for Sussex.

But Pakistan's attack will ask more testing questions of Joyce and Ireland's line-up. Junaid Khan proved he is capable of leading the attack with 3 for 19 against Scotland. He assumed the senior role from Umar Gul, who remains sidelined with a knee injury. The threat of Saeed Ajmal remains, albeit in less helpful conditions.

Form guide

(Most recent first, completed matches only)

Ireland WWLWW
Pakistan WLWLW

Watch out for

Kevin O'Brien might have no specific plans to tackle Saeed Ajmal but appeared confident to deal with the world's No. 1-ranked ODI bowler. He is one of the senior players and has been the backbone for the side. His role in the middle order is pivotal.

Mohammad Irfan is very tall already but his stature as a bowler at least, continues to grow. He is better than his 1 for 28 against Scotland and the Ireland batsmen must be wary of deliveries sent down from over seven feet.

Team news

Ireland named an unchanged squad from their two victories in the World Cricket League Championship in March. John Mooney is serving the final game of a three-match ban and Tim Murtagh, picked for Ireland's last two home ODIs, is likely to return to the XI.

Ireland (possible): 1 William Porterfield (capt), 2 Paul Stirling, 3 Ed Joyce, 4 Niall O'Brien (wkt), 5 Gary Wilson, 6 Kevin O'Brien, 7 Andrew White, 8 Alex Cusack, 9 Trent Johnston, 10 Tim Murtagh, 11 George Dockrell

Since Pakistan's outing in Ireland is a part of their practice for the Champions Trophy, they are unlikely to make any major changes to the XI that defeated Scotland on May 17.

Pakistan (possible): 1 Imran Farhat, 2 Nasir Jamshed, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Asad Shafiq, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Umar Amin, 7 Kamran Akmal (wkt), 8 Saeed Ajmal, 9 Junaid Khan, 10 Mohammad Irfan, 11 Ehsan Adil/Wahab Riaz

Pitch and conditions

Ireland will be hoping for better weather than their marquee ODI last year against Australia, where rain only allowed 10 overs of the match to be played. The moist climate will make swing bowling a big factor but just two years ago, Ireland racked up 328 on the ground, suggesting the wickets at Clontarf are not just bowling paradises.

Stats and trivia

  • Since the beginning of 2010, Ireland have a 17-15 win-loss record in ODIs, bettered only by Afghanistan (12-10) among non-Test-playing teams.

  • Paul Stirling, the Ireland opener, is the only player to score a century in ODIs between these two teams: he scored 109 in Belfast in 2011, in a match Ireland lost by five wickets.

  • In two ODIs and one T20I against Ireland, Saeed Ajmal has taken 11 wickets at an average of 5.54 and an economy rate of 3.58. In two ODIs, he has seven wickets at an average of 6.00 and an economy rate of 3.23

Quotes

"We've always got a chance in our conditions. We've turned in some strong performances in recent years and we're getting stronger all the time."
Ireland coach, Phil Simmons eyes on another upset.

"I remember him, and he's got some hundreds under his belt since. We're looking to execute our plans against him."
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq recalls Paul Stirling's run-a-ball hundred in the previous meeting between the sides.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • on May 23, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Pakistan batting always has issues but it does not mean that every team can out them below avg score. and they have a good bowling unit that can even defend 200 runs against many good teams. It is not sensible to start comparing Pakistan with Ireland.

  • on May 23, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    what iz the role of imran farhat?just beats the balls and keeps making pressure on middle order.we have so many talented openers like ahmed shazad.why imran farhat is in teams?thats ridicolus

  • on May 23, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Again a great performance from Imran Farhat, he is a class by saying this I mean he can make maximum 10 runs and then gives a chance to other team. Even the innings he made good scores include couple of chance given to other team. the example South Africa tour where he made 97 runs when two of his catches were dropped. Misbah is gathering this kind classic batsman around him. That is exactly why pakistan cricket is suffering badly.

  • on May 23, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    i tink dey missed da trick of nt giving a chance to the other members of the squad who didnt get a chance to play in scotland...i hope dey try umar amin , shoaib malik , kamran , wahab riaz , abdur rehman and specially asad ali...n dey must giv mor exposure to ehsan adil...and dey must becareful with our main players such as junaif , irfan , nasir and ajmal for not getting injured in dis warm up matches....

  • Syed-Ali-Shamshad on May 23, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Ireland has nothing to loose. Pakistan shall be under pressure.....

  • keptalittlelow on May 23, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Nothing is predictable from the unpredictables, dont be surprised if its a repeat of the 2007 World Cup, Pak batting is as brittle as ever.

  • on May 23, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    This is So evenly matched contest :p

  • on May 23, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    @Syed Anwar, unlike BD, countries like IRE and AFG put up a damn good fight. BD just surrenders.

  • on May 23, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Winning at a good margin may lead to a good position in the trophy

  • Marktc on May 23, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    It would be wonderful to see the non test playing sides who are on top of the pile playing more top sides. Yes, maybe it might not have the financial draw card of top vs top games, but it will be entertaining and give these teams much needed game time against quality teams. Hold in in the smaller stadiums that don't see much cricket even. IT is the only way the lower ranked sides can really lean is to play against the heavyweights.

  • on May 23, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Pakistan batting always has issues but it does not mean that every team can out them below avg score. and they have a good bowling unit that can even defend 200 runs against many good teams. It is not sensible to start comparing Pakistan with Ireland.

  • on May 23, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    what iz the role of imran farhat?just beats the balls and keeps making pressure on middle order.we have so many talented openers like ahmed shazad.why imran farhat is in teams?thats ridicolus

  • on May 23, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Again a great performance from Imran Farhat, he is a class by saying this I mean he can make maximum 10 runs and then gives a chance to other team. Even the innings he made good scores include couple of chance given to other team. the example South Africa tour where he made 97 runs when two of his catches were dropped. Misbah is gathering this kind classic batsman around him. That is exactly why pakistan cricket is suffering badly.

  • on May 23, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    i tink dey missed da trick of nt giving a chance to the other members of the squad who didnt get a chance to play in scotland...i hope dey try umar amin , shoaib malik , kamran , wahab riaz , abdur rehman and specially asad ali...n dey must giv mor exposure to ehsan adil...and dey must becareful with our main players such as junaif , irfan , nasir and ajmal for not getting injured in dis warm up matches....

  • Syed-Ali-Shamshad on May 23, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Ireland has nothing to loose. Pakistan shall be under pressure.....

  • keptalittlelow on May 23, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Nothing is predictable from the unpredictables, dont be surprised if its a repeat of the 2007 World Cup, Pak batting is as brittle as ever.

  • on May 23, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    This is So evenly matched contest :p

  • on May 23, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    @Syed Anwar, unlike BD, countries like IRE and AFG put up a damn good fight. BD just surrenders.

  • on May 23, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Winning at a good margin may lead to a good position in the trophy

  • Marktc on May 23, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    It would be wonderful to see the non test playing sides who are on top of the pile playing more top sides. Yes, maybe it might not have the financial draw card of top vs top games, but it will be entertaining and give these teams much needed game time against quality teams. Hold in in the smaller stadiums that don't see much cricket even. IT is the only way the lower ranked sides can really lean is to play against the heavyweights.

  • on May 23, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Here Pakistan is playing Ireland. Why some of you bring Bangladesh or Zimbabwe in the discussion? For these over excited folks who think Ireland are better than BD, can you tell us why and how? Get your fact first. Bangladesh won 8 matches and lost 3 against Ireland in all the format (T20 and ODI). Not to mention, Ireland have lost all of the last 5 matches. [Period]

  • on May 23, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan but have proudly adopted Ireland as the cricket team I support. They may not be at South Africa's level right now- but they play with a lot more heart and spirit than a lot of the test playing nations and that's something the cricket world needs right now.

  • CrICkeeet on May 23, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    I think IRE, ZIM, BAN can play a Tri nation Trophy 2 decide which 2 teams will play Test cricket 4 next four years.... there must b a religtn system lyk football leagues in TEST cricket..

  • ISHAIKH82 on May 22, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    With all due respect to their fans but these series against Scotland and Ireland were made by the PCB in order for the fragile Pakistan batting line up to get some runs under their belt and use that confidence for the Champions Trophy. Yet in the game that actually went ahead Pakistan could only muster pathetic 231 off 50 overs. I'm looking at the batting line up of Pakistan and can't find a match winner in there maybe push comes to shove I would probably say Jamshed and he is still inexperience at this level hence why I was surprised neither Umar Akmal or Shahid Afridi were not selected in the squad yet dud's like Farhat were, obviously his uncle had something to do with that. On paper Pakistan have a chance to qualify out of their group but in order to do so their batting will have to produce and I for certain won't be holding my breath for that.

  • on May 22, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    @Shahrukh Sheikh: Bit hard, he's walked away from Ireland for a long-term county deal.

  • on May 22, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    I obviously hope for and expect a Pakistani win - but I wish Ireland all the best. The Irish play with fire, with pride and grit. They deserve more games against big 8 sides. They have ability, a good infrastructure and maybe most importantly wonderful and lively fans who light up a cricket ground.

    Certainly, I hope Pakistan continues to aid Ireland in its rise up the world of cricket. Ireland are better then Zimbabwe and Bangladesh (certainly no worse) and should be shown a hand of friendship by the established cricket countries.

  • PanGlupek on May 22, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    @Shahrukh Sheikh: Rankin isn't playing because he quit Ireland, because he thinks he can play test cricket for England. Bit of a shame for Ireland, really, especially as he doesn't seem good enough to play for England. Hope Ireland get test status asap to avoid that happening every time Ireland produce anybody any good.

    Hope the weather holds & Ireland do the business

  • on May 22, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    Pity that Sky Sports are too busy showing re-runs and highlights to put this match as they have a contract to show Ireland games when they want. Can we get Premier Sports or ITV on the case as then we would have Ireland match to watch every now and again.

    Could be a shock again but nowhere to watch. What a Pity :(

  • samedwards on May 22, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    @Shahrikh, Rankin has retired fro Irish colors to concentrate on his county career.

  • on May 22, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    ireland need more matches. i wounder why they pak couldnt get another odi in there. practice matches will start from 30th may.

    Ireland need more exposure against test playing nations to give them more experience . its been ages a new member was added. Ajmal has got good record against them .

    i dont think they will play with this line up in CT. 1 of farhat/jamshed/umar amin will have to give way to malik in there. they have got this chance to prove themselves.

    Ireland has got a decent chance here. pakistan batting looking thin in middle and also some looking out of form like nasir jamshed. Ireland can upset them. possibly a wakeup call.

    these 2 games and then 2 practice matches vs SL & SA are the only chance for pakistan to get things right.

  • on May 22, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Ireland's bowling attack would've been stronger if they had included Boyd Rankin in their bowling attack. Good luck to Ireland.

  • SamAsh07 on May 22, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    I'm sure it will, Middle-East & Asian countries can most probably watch this match on Ten Sports / Ten Cricket. I doubt Neo Sports would broadcast and Cric One is already busy with IPL.

  • on May 22, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    It will be live on YouTube. A deal with the Irish board has been made in this regards. No television broadcast though.

  • on May 22, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Good looking Irish squad, particularly with Murtagh bowling well right now. I hope its a decent track with an even chance for bat and ball. Ireland a strong chance here I reckon!

  • Asad_Khan1 on May 22, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    @Stark62 The two one-day internationals will be streamed live on YouTube - via the Cricket Ireland channel

  • wrenx on May 22, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    @Stark62 I think this is being livestreamed on Youtube, though not 100% who will be doing this. Not great for fans in Pakistan, where Youtube access is restricted.

    Not sure calling their loss to Ireland in 2007 an "embarrassment" is appropriate - "unexpected" would be closer to the mark. Pakistan have been a volatile side for a long time, and since then Ireland have shown that they are a far better side than they had been given credit for (remember Ireland v England in Bangalore 2011?) Pak's last mini-tour was enjoyable, Junaid and Ajmal both performed well at Stormont, as did Paul Stirling and Trent Johnston. No doubt Ireland will have been brushing up on their last encounter, and will provide a good challenge once again

  • goindiago2012 on May 22, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    @Stark62: Yes, it'll be broadcasted at the Cricket Ireland YouTube channel, just go to YouTube, type in "Cricket Ireland", and find the channel (should be the 3rd or so option), and during the time that the match starts, there should be a live stream.

  • Stark62 on May 22, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    I think I speak for everyone when I ask the question, WILL THIS MATCH BE BROADCASTED?!?!

    If so, then by whom?

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  • Stark62 on May 22, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    I think I speak for everyone when I ask the question, WILL THIS MATCH BE BROADCASTED?!?!

    If so, then by whom?

  • goindiago2012 on May 22, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    @Stark62: Yes, it'll be broadcasted at the Cricket Ireland YouTube channel, just go to YouTube, type in "Cricket Ireland", and find the channel (should be the 3rd or so option), and during the time that the match starts, there should be a live stream.

  • wrenx on May 22, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    @Stark62 I think this is being livestreamed on Youtube, though not 100% who will be doing this. Not great for fans in Pakistan, where Youtube access is restricted.

    Not sure calling their loss to Ireland in 2007 an "embarrassment" is appropriate - "unexpected" would be closer to the mark. Pakistan have been a volatile side for a long time, and since then Ireland have shown that they are a far better side than they had been given credit for (remember Ireland v England in Bangalore 2011?) Pak's last mini-tour was enjoyable, Junaid and Ajmal both performed well at Stormont, as did Paul Stirling and Trent Johnston. No doubt Ireland will have been brushing up on their last encounter, and will provide a good challenge once again

  • Asad_Khan1 on May 22, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    @Stark62 The two one-day internationals will be streamed live on YouTube - via the Cricket Ireland channel

  • on May 22, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Good looking Irish squad, particularly with Murtagh bowling well right now. I hope its a decent track with an even chance for bat and ball. Ireland a strong chance here I reckon!

  • on May 22, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    It will be live on YouTube. A deal with the Irish board has been made in this regards. No television broadcast though.

  • SamAsh07 on May 22, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    I'm sure it will, Middle-East & Asian countries can most probably watch this match on Ten Sports / Ten Cricket. I doubt Neo Sports would broadcast and Cric One is already busy with IPL.

  • on May 22, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Ireland's bowling attack would've been stronger if they had included Boyd Rankin in their bowling attack. Good luck to Ireland.

  • on May 22, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    ireland need more matches. i wounder why they pak couldnt get another odi in there. practice matches will start from 30th may.

    Ireland need more exposure against test playing nations to give them more experience . its been ages a new member was added. Ajmal has got good record against them .

    i dont think they will play with this line up in CT. 1 of farhat/jamshed/umar amin will have to give way to malik in there. they have got this chance to prove themselves.

    Ireland has got a decent chance here. pakistan batting looking thin in middle and also some looking out of form like nasir jamshed. Ireland can upset them. possibly a wakeup call.

    these 2 games and then 2 practice matches vs SL & SA are the only chance for pakistan to get things right.

  • samedwards on May 22, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    @Shahrikh, Rankin has retired fro Irish colors to concentrate on his county career.