Ireland v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Dublin

Kevin O'Brien secures Ireland dramatic tie

The Report by Ger Siggins

May 23, 2013

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Ireland 275 for 5 (Stirling 103, O'Brien 84*) tied with Pakistan 266 for 5 (Hafeez 122*, Shafiq 84) (D/L method)
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Mohammad Hafeez scored his fifth ODI century, Ireland v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Dublin, May 23, 2013
Mohammad Hafeez scored his fifth ODI century but he was upstaged by Kevin O'Brien's heroics © AFP
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His fans have come to expect thunderous innings and Kevin O'Brien didn't let them down, with his 84 off 47 balls seizing a tie for Ireland against Pakistan in the first of two ODIs at Clontarf.

Ireland's cricket resurgence was sparked by beating Pakistan at the 2007 World Cup, when Trent Johnston and O'Brien saw them home at Sabina Park. The same pair were at the wicket with 13 needed off three balls here, when O'Brien hit Saeed Ajmal for six and two, before the last ball sped for four to leave them one run short of their Duckworth-Lewis-adjusted target.

"It feels a bit like a loss to be honest", a downcast O'Brien said afterwards, "we got ourselves in a position to win. You don't go out to tie a game, you go out to win it."

O'Brien's Man-of-the-Match knock, which included 11 fours and 2 sixes, overshadowed two masterful centuries of contrasting styles. A high-class, unbeaten 122 by Mohammad Hafeez warmed the hearts and hands of the large Pakistani contingent before Paul Stirling fired Ireland's chase with a ton of his own.

Hafeez, 32, made his first ODI century in 19 innings as Pakistan overcame difficult early conditions to post a formidable 266 for 5. The quality of Hafeez's innings was all the more laudable considering it was interrupted four times by stoppages as the Dublin skies emptied rain and hail on the picturesque ground.

In some ways the climate may prove as much a block to Irish ambitions as anything else. The many new fans the game has won in the country in recent years can't have been impressed by the live experience, as almost all the marquee fixtures since 2007 have been interrupted by rain.

The crowd were good-natured, however, and a carnival atmosphere obtained despite the chill. Eyebrows were raised when Pakistan opted to bat on winning the toss but, after fine opening spells by Tim Murtagh and Johnston there was little to concern the visitors.

Nasir Jamshed hit as big a six as has ever been seen here but was forced to retire hurt on 15 and when first-change bowler Alex Cusack snapped up Imran Farhat the locals found their voice. But it was another 30 overs before they had anything to cheer about as Hafeez and Asad Shafiq found batting increasingly easy.

Shafiq passed 1000 runs in ODIs, and his personal best, and was in sight of a maiden century when he spooned Cusack to Johnston at long-on. Their partnership of 188 was the second highest against Ireland for any wicket, dwarfed only by Brendon McCullum and James Marshall's opening 274 for New Zealand against a virtual second string in 2008.

Hafeez moved steadily to his hundred, finding gaps all round the wicket and reaching the milestone off 102 balls. There was a hiccup next over when the recovered Jamshed was well-taken by a diving Tim Murtagh and, next ball, Hafeez sent Misbah ul-Haq back, which he declined to do and was run out without facing. Kamran Akmal cracked three boundaries before O'Brien yorked him in the final over, and there was just time for Hafeez to sign off with a glorious cover drive to close as classy an innings as Dublin has seen in quite a while.

With only 47 overs bowled, the target was revised up to 276 and Stirling set Ireland off in a fashion that has become his mark. Two years ago he made a century against the same opposition, which caused Waqar Younis to rave: "He is a fine player, he played proper shots and he is not scared of playing his shots against good bowlers."

Here he played classical drives and deft cuts whilst bludgeoning boundaries on the way to his fifth ODI hundred, in 101 balls. He and Porterfield put on 62, before the second large second-wicket stand of the day, with Ed Joyce. The Sussex man has been in fine form in England but was disappointed to miss a straight one from Hafeez. The pitch generally failed to turn as much as expected and Saeed Ajmal had a day to forget quickly, his ten overs going for 71. He frequently bowled short and O'Brien played some punching backfoot drives through extra cover. Mohammed Irfan, too, had a difficult day, not least in the field where he was tested frequently.

"Ireland are a good side," Misbah, Pakistan's captain, said afterwards. "We will need to improve in all areas before Sunday's game." There were still a few hundred tickets left for that game but they may go quickly when word spreads about this remarkable result.

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Posted by pull_shot on (May 26, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

well pakistan scoring 250+ is a wonder then their bowling not been able to defend 250+ that to vs ireland is also a wonder

Posted by   on (May 25, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

I am not an Ajmal fan but you cannot judge a bowler on the performance of just one or two overs. Once Dale Steyn went for 58 runs in 5 overs and Malinga, a very good bowler in death overs, went for 96 runs in 7.4 overs which is the worst economy rate in ODI's. Does it mean that Steyn and Malinga are bad bowlers? The only person who should be blamed is Misbah for his unimaginative use of his bowlers.

Posted by romirom on (May 25, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

pak doesnt have tomuch variation in their bating. There should be 300 + score in this pitch. Hafiz shafiq misbah malik all are same slow player and jamshed n farhat are clue less in theri short selection n akmal is in phatintic form. There should be ahmed shazad and haris sohail in this squad. Pcb stil hav time to think for champion trophy

Posted by   on (May 25, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

Not for the first time will have to come up from down... Pak will be easily through to semis we have such history people :)

Posted by   on (May 25, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

one should never give saeed ajmal the last over. its a curse for him

Posted by dmqi on (May 25, 2013, 4:15 GMT)

Misbah, looking at the bowling figures, how did you decide to give the last over to Ajmal? He was wicket less and gave runs in 9 overs. Hafiz or Adil had to bowl the last over. Not a good decision from captain. I think Ajaml gets panicky at the last over under pressure. A top class bowler should not be hammered like the way he got.So, what is coming up with SA, ENGLAND. I feel sorry for this Pak team. They will have hard time to beat any team.

Posted by MichealT on (May 24, 2013, 21:30 GMT)

Ajmal going for 71 is something new. I think the pitch was easy paced and a score of 365 is below par against Ireland side. Some peoples says Ireland should get the Test status. Couple of these players are a product of English county cricket which is a better league than others.

Posted by Desihungama on (May 24, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

Misbah denied Hafeez Man of the Match award. It was Hafeez's day. He was bowling well enough to be awarded that last over but Misbah being non-innovative stuck to his guns. Ajmal no doubt is still the best spin bowler in the world but then anyone can have a mediocre day and nine overs from him were proof enough. The wicket was placid, no turn or seam and Hafeez is the perfect man to bowl on such wicket. I can't believe Misbah's decisions. On the other hand, I am so proud of Ireland for what they've achieved. They've always been my favorite non-Test playing team. Bravo Ireland. Please tour Pakistan.

Posted by dmqi on (May 24, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

AJMAL DID IT AGAIN: Anyone remember Ajmal got hammered by Australian batsman. 22 runs in the last over to win the match. He did again. he should not get the last over anytime.

Posted by Dhumper on (May 24, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

Let me say this upfront - Ireland is not an 'Associate country' anymore. Give them a full status. They may get beaten easily in Test cricket but that will fast track their learning curve. A couple of better facilities and more games would help them attract full time cricketers with T20 riches to follow! Time to make Cricket a top 3 sport in that country!

Posted by applethief on (May 24, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

@DublinBlade I agree that @getsetgopk makes fair remarks. Pakistan has shown its willingness to support Irish cricket, and commenting on the facilities aren't snide remarks. I HAVE been to see cricket at Irish venues, and let me tell you, they are certainly NOT up to scratch. In fact, the ground staff at Stormont were downright amateurish and it was embarrassing watching them stumble around, wasting so much time in dealing with rain delays back when Pakistan toured in 2011. Honestly, it was a joke, it took them an age to do anything, they weren't prepared, covers flapped around in the wind. Much time was lost. Infrastructure definitely needs to improve if it is to do justice to the standard of cricket Ireland play at.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

I will go with calcu that Pakistan is having hard time beating even Ireland and Scotland. We can only hope if they even hit semis.

Posted by Sabbir007 on (May 24, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

Well done Ireland! Best wishes from a Bangladeshi fan!

Posted by ahsanmahmood945 on (May 24, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

So much disappointment from pk fans but what a display of batting and bowling by irish team. they were managing the game from start whereas our players were just wasting time and energy and dropping catches with our fielding.

Posted by AshwathSampath on (May 24, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

I'm a big fan of Irish cricket and it's great to see them do well. Didn't watch the match, but 275 is a decent score, regardless of the result!

And Ajmal going for 71? We don't see that too often.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 13:36 GMT)

One wonders why Ajmal was give the last over when conditions demanded pacer. Misbah is a matured and seasoned Captain. But he must always take advice from Hafeez. They lost (Tie) the match which was in their bag. Pakistan's progress so far is satisfactory & improving. They just need to continue to gell as a fighting force and Champion Trophy will be brought home.

Posted by Shajadul on (May 24, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

PAK team like other subcontinent teams, can't do well outside. Good show by Ireland.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

Congratulation Ireland...............whole team played very well.............They deserved to win this game but due to their less experience they can't turn this chance into a win and end with a outstanding tie.....................Pakistan miss afridi and umer ukmal.........who can put 30-50 more runs on this wicket.............and afridi bowling is also very he just need a little bit confidence...................

Posted by backwardpoint on (May 24, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

Mmh, a question here. Is D-L method this strange? Pak played 47 overs and scored their runs. Agreed that it rained and it got reduced. So, Ireland plays and is expected to score more runs than Pak with the same number of overs? This is even called a great method to govern rain situations? So, had it been just 25 overs bowled and Pak [or any team] were scoring at 8 runs an over and were say about 200 ish after 25 overs, would Ireland [or any team] need to score 300+ off their 25 overs to secure a win? Shameful. Come on ICC, this isnt cricket. Wake up. Unless you want to see the game getting rolled over.

Posted by AlbertEinstein on (May 24, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

I always maintain the fact that if Hafeez can score a century on a pitch then any man on earth can score there too. I said it after his last century (against India in Asia Cup), and I say it again.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

Pakistani side can't learn from mistakes as everyone knows that most of the time conditions in Ireland or England are good for pacers, giving last over to ajmal was a big mistake from captain but one thing should be noticed that he went 2 runs for his first 3 balls and 12 on the remaining, which also proves that ajmal is not good at depth but credit goes to Ireland that they managed a tie. Well played Irish men!!

Posted by calcu on (May 24, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

Well what am i seeing!! first scotland restricts pak to 231 and now ireland have tied with them. If pak cannot beat ireland and scotland, then they should forget about even getting to the semifinals of champions trophy!!

Posted by TrishC on (May 24, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

@getsetgopk. The youtube feed was an excellent addition to the match by Cricket Ireland, I commend them for it. It was well commentated, well produced and was most certainly better than nothing! As things stand cricket is a minority sport in Ireland: in the republic the GAA sports, rugby and football receive the greatest coverage and have mass followings. It is not viable for the home broadcasting channels to cover cricket matches as of yet. And even if they did, the coverage wouldn't be any superior to that which was on the live feed, and wouldn't be available outside of the country anyway. In the north, the main broadcaster is the BBC whose priority are the UK nations. Since the Irish team is a united (north and republic) team, unfortunately one can hardly expect the BBC to undertake broadcasting rights of Irish matches. Sky TV would be the only feasible broadcaster, but they're covering Eng/NZ. It all comes down to international recognition and support of our country's cricket team.

Posted by TexanBlue on (May 24, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

Ireland are definitely a big winner in the 1st ODI. The tie tarnished their brave effort to score actually more runs than Pak in the alloted overs. Pak are a timid side captained by someone who is not sure of himself either. Hafeez is a selfish player who will always run out his partner in order to look big. Not long ago he did the same with A Shehzad as well. He wanted to look good with a century to his name and Misbah with a 0 because he's after the full time captaincy although Misbah recently said that no one, including Hafeez, is matured enough to take over. Nasir has a chronic fitness problem while Imran usually gets out flashing at wide balls. Over confidence on Ajmal proved costly with Hussey and same thing happened here as well. Hafeez should have bowled the last over since he was the most economical. The 3rd pacer Adil is a fluke & bowled only 3 overs. Malik is currently the most capped, has scored the most runs and taken most wkts so he should take more responsibility as well

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

Its great to see a good fight being put up by your opponent, after which a win, loss or tie becomes irrelevant. Thank you Ireland for the entertaining game of cricket.

Posted by -tanZeeEeel- on (May 24, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

That's Why ... Pakistanis are called Un-Predictable's. :)

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

getsetgopk: Obviously Clontarf's ground is too small/undeveloped for Ireland's future aspirations. But the new Malahide stadium in Dublin should seat 11,000 or so, making it as big as many of the test grounds in England. If you wait til the ODI against England in September, you'll hopefully be able to judge what the new stadium is like. I would imagine that if we do try for Test Cricket, we'd also like to get a Test quality stadium in Belfast, but that's neither here nor there.

But I wouldn't judge Ireland's capability by that youtube stream. It was impressive enough to set that much up, with multiple cameras and commentators, when there wasn't a television network behind it at all. The English counties don't provide so much, even when they play their games at Lord's and the Oval. Of course you're right that there needs to be improvement, but I'm seeing just that with each passing year.

Posted by Saqib_Sheraz on (May 24, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

This is a alarming situation for Misbah, he need to learn one thing that while playing in European conditions always trust on pacers, so include at-least one seam bowler in the side. Why Shoaib Malik in the team? Remove Imran Farhat from top, Send Hafeez back to top position, include one specialist batsman in the middle.

Posted by getsetgopk on (May 24, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

DublinBlade: First of, your right that I've never been to IR and dont know much about IR cricket grounds but as a Pakistan supporter, I dont really have to. All I know and care as a cricket fan from Pakistan is that the ground where the match was played looked amateurish and all i said was there is room for improvement. But then you refute your own argument by saying a new ground will be opened later this year. Why would IR need a new ground if Clontarf had it all? All I know was through that youtube feed and the things I said were those said by the Irish commentators themselves. If someone suggests improvements about Pakistan cricket, i'd consider him as a well wisher of Pak cricket, not term it as a 'snide remark'. And you seriously think IR cricket dont need a proper broadcaster and production facilities? That youtube feed was crappy, now again that might sound another 'snide remark' to you but its one of the many things that needs improvements in IR cricket.

Posted by TrishC on (May 24, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

@Jono. Yup that's about the size of it! Dockrell contemplated declaring for England a few years ago but, touch wood, has held fire yet. I honestly believe that all it needs is for a few big name key players to hold off on the lure of the money for the good of cricket here... if they could stay and play for the three regional teams that constitute our first class structure here, rather than sign for English counties, everything would run on from there, in terms of bringing in/keeping players and improving the standard of the game. Sounds simple but obviously it's a massive ask for guys trying to make it as professional players to pass up opportunities in England. But it would provide the basis for the other stuff - the funding, experienced heads to run stuff behind the scenes, bringing in the best opponents, the ground/facility improvements, the recognition from the powers-that-be etc - to fall into place. Will ping you a message on FB :)

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

Unbelivable stuff from Oberien, i mean it is not an easy task to score 14 runs against the caliber of Ajmaaal who is most skillful bowler in present era in all three versions of game, oberien must be an excellent batsman ,the way he had scored runs against worlds top most bowler , i feel sorry for aji bahi because he is my favorite ckter."""" Cheers from J & K""".

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

@TrishC, i'm with you on the player retention thing, that is going to be a very big battle. Surely the English big wigs must be looking closely at young blokes like George Dockrell and Paul Stirling wondering how many $$'s it will take to lure them across.

Apart from that, very well me old mate! Are you in Ireland now and are you involved in the cricket there? As you say, cricket can only be on the up and up in Ireland but it does take a lot of infrastructure to make it work and as you know only too well that means a huge effort behind the scenes. Still, results like this will only help and i'm sure it will also bring more money from the ICC, providing of course they are doing the right thing by cricket in Ireland and supporting it, rather than trying to maintain any balance of power amongst Asian nations by denying the promotion of a western country. It would be sad if Ireland had to wait until say Afghanistan could also be promoted, as that is surely a pipedream!

Posted by TrishC on (May 24, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

Jono (hey, how's it going?!) the first class competition is looking good :) Already weather problems, but the set up looks good and should definitely help to strengthen the depth of the team as intended. The main problem will be keeping good players here to boost the standard of cricket, rather than losing them to English counties. Hopefully it will also raise the profile of cricket in the country.

As for previous comments on the standards of the facilities at grounds. No, they are not up to the standards of the international grounds in the test countries but that is because, as of yet, the money is not there to make improvements. It's a bit of a cycle really: in order to bring in the revenue required for improvements, we need to raise the profile of the sport here. In order to raise the profile of the sport here we need to draw in more big-name opponents. In order to draw in more big-name opponents, we need better facilities, etc etc. But it's all on the way up, slowly but surely!

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

Surely time has come to bring Ireland in Test fold. It should be a priority to induct them as Test world at present is too small and Ireland's entry is surely going to make it a bit interesting,,,,,

Posted by DublinBlade on (May 24, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

@ getsetgopk What do you know about Irish cricketing grounds ? Have you ever been here ? Have you ever played at these grounds or attended a game ?

How much knowledge do you have about our new national stadium that Is being opened later this year ?

My guess is you have little knowledge and have never been to Ireland not to mind an Irish cricket ground and I bet you weren't aware of our new ground in Malahide.

As for Clontarf not being up to standard, if was good enough for the ICC to accept the facilities were up to scratch for it to be selected as a World Cup ground for the 1999 Cricket World Cup.

But again bet you didn't know that.

So before you post snide remarks perhaps you should actually know something about Irish cricket and its facilities.

Posted by DublinBlade on (May 24, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

@ Jono Makim re the setup if a first class structure in Ireland. The first steps to this took place recently when the Leinster Lightening took on the North West Warriors in the new 3 day interprovincial league.

I wrote a strongly worded email to cricinfo asking them why no coverage of this game and never got a reply despite the fact ball by ball coverage was available on the cricket Ireland website.

It was a great game that ended in a draw. Leinster managed to finally bowl out the North West in their second innings with 4 overs of play available to chase 26 runs to win the game but fell 2 runs short due in the most part to some great bowling from P. Connell (former Irish international) of the North West team.

This was the first of the 3 day games with a full rotation of the provincial teams playing each other in 50, T20 & 3 day games.

The hope is once enough exposure and experience is gained in the 3 day games that this can then be converted into a proper first class comp

Posted by Priyavrat96 on (May 24, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

Ireland should play more games against Full Member Teams like India,South Africa,Sri Lanka etc.

Posted by KaptaanCricket on (May 24, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

I am happy for Ireland there.No problem as a die-hard Pakistani Fan.Pakistan has always given the associate nations a chance to express themselves and Pak has always been there for them. The positive things Pakistan can out of this game are;-Hafeez's return to form,Asad getting runs. Negative things:-Bowlers taking it very lightly,openers not doing the job especially Farhat-someone tell him SA vs PAK test series is over now. All in all,Pakistan will be on their toes from now and it is Pak's habit to play a bad game and then come firing back.They always need WAKE-UP Calls.

Posted by getsetgopk on (May 24, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

Gutsy effort by Ireland and same old poor catching by Pakistan though the weather had some part to play in it. Pakistan's innings was interrupted like a million times so the total they got is appreciable. Hafeez's once in a blue moon performance was a highlight but just imagine if he hadn't got those runs! Pakistan dropped three catches I believe and that cost them the tie. In conditions where players are taken off the field after every 5 overs, the game shouldn't be played in such conditions to begin with but Ireland being in need of games against top sides, i'll say its good the match continued and a tie is the most logical outcome.

The state of cricket grounds in IR is not good at all. The third umpire was housed in a 'bar' I heard on the youtube feed. The dressing room facilities didn't look international standard. Smallish ground with just a few thousand capacity. If IR are looking to break into the top brass of cricket nations, infrastructure must improve, need a broadcaster too

Posted by xylofon on (May 24, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

Well done both teams! I dont understand why O┬┤Brien says it feels like a loss, it should feel like a win?

Either way, I have to agree that Misbah needs to understand which bowlers to use when, just keep to the basics and that will do nicely. Pakistan have one of the best bowling attacks in the world and on a good day they can make any in form team look like furniture.

Im still seeing troubles with batting though. Its inconsistent.

Nasir Jamshed may be the best pakistani batsman (who is allowed to play otherwise Babar Azam). But he Nasir has to focus and stay in shape. Play safe shots, develop your technique from year to year instead of these silly sixes.

Posted by szaidi on (May 24, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

@Raghavan Venugopal and @Lovetesh, before talking about D/L ask Dhoni about the value of last two overs. If Dhoni and Raina were betting last two overs worth of 25 to 40 runs while Pakistan was awarded only 10 extra runs.

Posted by Pak_Guru on (May 24, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

Excellent show by the Irish team. The result is actually their victory. Its a good test for Pak team as well, i still think this team has the potential to win the CT. They should now try Asad Ali for Ehsan and Umar Amin in place of Malik. Good wake up call. It will keep them on their toes.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

Terrific performance by the Irish lads yesterday, I hope they can back it up in the second match. I'm glad the Aussie A squad will also be playing a match there and I hope Ireland is near to full strength for that match.

Does anyone know how progress is going on the First Class competition that is meant to be starting up in Ireland? Surely once they get that fired up Test cricket is but a short step away!

Posted by Lovetesh on (May 24, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

This D/L is the biggest joke in cricket. Even bigger than the IPL anti-corruption unit.

Posted by malik-muhammad-basit on (May 24, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

stop talking about saeed ajmal.its not the pakistanis who make the icc rankings and he is probably number 1 in both ODI s and Tests.you people cannt judge him by 1 match.look at his carrier economy rate.i think you people doesnot know he bowls mostly in powerplays and the depth overs who else in the world is a spinner bowling depth overs and is having such a economy rate

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

266(47) and 275(47) same 5 wickets down

How did IRE lose?? Time for ICC to get rid of D/L and bring in something more meaningful???

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 5:22 GMT)

KOB.... You are real beauty man.... Keep doing this Masterclass.... Welldone....!!!

Posted by Marktc on (May 24, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

I am confused how D/L work...both teams face 47 overs...one team scores 266 and the other 275, in the same amount of overs, yet the game is a draw. The mind spins. The game should be Ireland's win,,,clear and simple. This goes further to prove my argument that the Irish need to play against the top teams more...this display shows they have what it takes. It was a high scoring match as well. A tie is a poor result. I really think it is time for the non test playing nations to have structures set in place for them to play 'tests' against each other and a plan for progression. They also need more exposure to the top 5 nations, even if it is to play their B sides.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

wish eoin morgan and boyd rankin were still there in the irish set up....formidable enough....

Posted by praful_cric on (May 24, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

What happened to Ajmal, the overhyped best bowler in the world. This is his class? I think Afridi is far better choice then him at any day and pitch.

Good to see some Pak fans talking sense now instead of blindly following there team. Well done guys.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

this is a good result for the irish cricket . this shows that if irsh cricket gets a fair number of matches against full member countries they can emerge as a very good cricket team and fixtures like this also helps to improve the infrastructure and provide a platform for development of cricket in the country . teams like zimbabwe and bangladesh should have a full tour of ireland and test teams should also play a three match one day series or T20 in ireland twice a year . this will not only improve irish cricket but will also provide them a media attention in their own country . people will talk about cricket and more children will take the game at an early stage .

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

Poor handling of his bowlers by Misbah. The best two Pakistani bowlers of the match, Hafiz and Junaid did not bowl their full spells. Ehsan Adil and Shoaib Malik were the second best as far as the economy rate was concerned but they bowled just three and six overs respectively. All good captains keep their fast bowlers for the last over but Misbah, the mathematician could not figure out how to use them. Irfan finished his spell long before the end of the innings and Junaid bowled the 49th over. Only fast bowling option was Ehsan Adil but Misbah did not use him. I am not very optimistic about Pakistan's chances in the Champion's Trophy.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 4:29 GMT)

Ajmal is very over-rated bowler & has continuously faulted at key stages in various occasions. But, I'm there will be many talented young spinners in Pakistan's domestic circuit.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

Ireland should have won it ... atleast they have won people's heart ... and as for Pak, they got the kick ... which is much required, so better to do basics right and concentrate on games rather ADssss .....all the bowelrs are too much inexperienced and once some one got going like Kevin then they come to Ajmal ..... so can not be super human everytime ....

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 4:11 GMT)

such is the D/L system that you still fail to win a match even if you end up scoring more runs than your opponent while batting second. I am pretty sure Ireland could have pulled it off had it been a straight 50-over contest.

Posted by the_blue_android on (May 24, 2013, 3:34 GMT)

Looks like lot of the folks posting here(non-Irish) were too young to see ODIs in early/mid nineties since they're having a tough time understanding the concept of D/L !!

@Ravi Shankar Prasad - What you think really doesn't matter. It's what the players, mathematicians, statisticians and cricket fans with common sense think.

@ Roger roberts - Both players played 47 overs, but only the Irish knew that they were batting for only 47 overs in its entirety. If you don't adjust, it gives Irish some advantage...if you apply your logic when a game is curtailed more than today, in other words if a team started out playing as an ODI and if it's cut short to a 20 over after the first team batted out 19overs, would you not adjust the runs for 20 overs? Or will you just let the second team come and chase what the other team scored in 20 overs?

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 3:20 GMT)

ICC must now think seriously and have a rethink on the D/L method. How funny that one team scores 266 in 47 overs and the team chasing is asked to score 275 in the same number of overs. Quite a few funny things have happened with the D/L method and in spite of these, the method contunues to flummox all. Hail ICC!

Posted by agent001 on (May 24, 2013, 2:33 GMT)

Poor handling of the bowling rotation by Captain Misbah. Moral victory for the Irish. This Pak team has no big hitters like Pollard, Watson, Dhoni or Afridi. I don't see this team making it to the final four or in the top six.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 1:20 GMT)

Pakistan took Ireland lightly, its always happens when a full member plays with an associate member. Put them into Test arena would be a bad decision as Ireland do not have the proper cricket structure and they use county cricket as their structure. England's structure can't be the structure of a Cricket Nation and hiring players from Australia and Endland county (who claimed they are Irish) can;t be the backbone of a team.I would not suggest ICC to give test status unless Ireland produce 11 players who born and brought in Ireland and came out from Irish cricket league rather than County cricket league. Only that can help Ireland to gain ICC Test status otherwise after 2-3 years will be like Kenya who had better team than current Ireland.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 1:13 GMT)

With due respects to Ireland's performance last night, I would like to add that this tie is a big slap to the Pakistan's selectors. You cannot win tournament by talking tall. 2 days ago Ajmal told media that we will win against India. The way Ajmal and co bowling anything over 250 can be chased by Gayle, Kohli or AB by 40 overs. Adil still looks raw for Int cricket. Junaid and Irfan looks totally lost. Ajmal looks pretty ordinary. Farhat and Jamshed wasted too many balls to settle and Kamran at the end had not enough balls to score. Pak should drop Farhat and bring Kamran as a opener. Malik should come in at 3. The way Pak played last night I am afraid Pakistan has not any single chance to win any group round match. This could be end of Whatmore's sage (although I wanted him most) as he is too defensive coach along with totally ordinary bowling coach like Akram. What Pakistan needs an attacking coach like Gilchrist, Aquib for bowling. Pakistan team needs to reshuffle but keep Misbah.

Posted by EngineerKhan on (May 24, 2013, 0:45 GMT)

Whole Pakistani Attack (Junaid, Irfan, Ajmal, Ehsan Adil, Hafeez) have combined less ODI wickets than Afridi's tally. Ok! He was wicketless vs SA. But I am sure he would have broke the partnership here and wont have gone for plenty like Ajmal. Shoaib Malik himself doesn't know why he is in the team. So are Kamran Akmal and Imran Farhat. I totally agree with salman_0902 and Rubic.

Those talking about Afridi finishing are mad. Misbah himself said in SA that new rule of only 4 fielders allowed outside the circle is suiting the Afridi's style a lot. Pakistan clearly seen missing a hard-hitter at the end. Compare the no of balls it took to score 84 by Asad Shafiq and Kevin O'Brien. Our bowling attack is very inexperienced and there must be an experienced guy in Afridi. His hitting form is as good as it had ever been. Utilize it!

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 0:39 GMT)

This should be a wake-up call to ICC, Please ICC you have to make Ireland a full member team. They are better/equal than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Ireland knows the game of cricket, and their fans love it. Please give Ireland more ODI's to play against full member team each Year (about 15 ODI's each year). Even though i am South African and Indian fan, I support associates teams.

Ireland proposed ODI's each year should look like this till 2015 world cup to be a full member team: Oceanic (Australia, New Zealnd, West Indies) tour to Ireland -each play oceanic team plays an ODI against Ireland and possibly other European teams.

Africans (South Africa, ZIM, even Kenya) tour to Ireland - same structure as above.

Asia (IND, PAK, SRL, BAN, even Afghanistan) tour to Ireland - same structure as above.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 0:24 GMT)

oh my word, i can,t still believe it, that Aji bahi has given 71 runs in his spell, i mean the worlds best bowler has given that much of runs and that too against irish team ,it must be his most expensive spell of his life, anyway congrats to irish team. But i can,t still belive to my eyes that such a highly skillful bowler has given that much of runs."""cheeers from j&k"""".

Posted by BARFI on (May 24, 2013, 0:13 GMT)

Ireland is much better team at present than ZIM and BD. They should get their ODI status. It is long DUE. I am a BD fan but I dont have any problem to accept IRELAND as a commanding force of Cricket. Introduction of Ireland will help BD and ZIM much more than they can think of. Sad to say but no one is interested to play with BD and ZIM. Therefore, our only option is to have more matches between us including more test matches

Posted by Jama on (May 24, 2013, 0:07 GMT)

Pakistan 266 vs Ireland 275, i See Ireland did actually won the game. They outplayed pakistan.

Not saying Pakistan is a bad team but Irreland has improved significantly, They should play atleast 25 ODI's all around the world every year as in a few years's time, these skilled batsman would retire without showing much of their class.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 0:05 GMT)

Great performance from Ireland - not surprising given their continuing domination of associate cricket and the performance of their top stars in England. Thanks for all the support in getting more ODI's - they are badly needed.

With only 3 major games this year - the target was to win 1 at least and keep pushing the ICC for more representation - the tie will probably do - so we have made "par" and created a buzz to start the summer.

Great to see Ireland cricket, stream the game on youtube - but we need major broadcasters to be interested in showing all our games and the excitement, quality and newsworthiness of today will go a long way to convincing Sky to consider it.

I keep saying it,but hats off to the administrators of the game in Ireland - we are looking more and more like a team that's ready for regular international play on and off the field and that doesn't happen by accident.

And a thought for Tim who cant buy a wicket - beat the bat 9 times in 4 overs - hang in there!

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 23:45 GMT)

It's frustrating to see the number of games that the irish get every year. I'm not even surprised to see the result- The Irish are really a team to watch out for- easily better than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, especially given the number of matches and exposure given to the Bangladesh team. Why can't the same be done for Ireland?? I'm afraid Ireland will go down the Zimbabwean path - slowly but steadily becoming a very average team from being an extremely competitive side

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 23:42 GMT)

Great work Ireland! If Murtagh and Johnston had had a bit more luck in their excellent opening spell we would have won easily by the looks of it, but we stuck with it and batted brilliantly when our time came. We really do have a formidable batting lineup now, all either county players or proven hitters like KOB. Here's hoping we can sneak a win on Sunday and take the series!

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 23:37 GMT)

I wonder when ICC will stop the nuisance of D/L method?

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 23:03 GMT)

What more does Ireland have to do to become a full member? From what I remember, Bangladesh did not do a whole lot to earn their test status, and lets face it. ICC should have supported Kenya after the 2003 world cup, instead, the lack of action ensured that Kenyan cricket failed to take on after the success of 2003 world cup. To the cricket administrators, please, support the Irish.

Posted by vish2020 on (May 23, 2013, 22:39 GMT)

Am I the only one who never understands and thinks this Duckworth-Lewis method should not be the one used during rained out or late start circumstances? We really need a new system because how does this make sense? If one team scores 266 in 47 overs at 5 wicket and other scores 275 with same wickets lose and same overs.. well where i come from that's a win on the 275 any day of the year. Ireland tough luck for u guys.

Posted by gmoturu1 on (May 23, 2013, 22:35 GMT)

I hope Ireland won't loose their talent like Eoin Morgan to England. They definitely need to play more matches against top 8 test teams.

Posted by IndTheBest on (May 23, 2013, 22:09 GMT)

I think it will be good for cricket if ICC come up with a tournament when Ireland, Bangladesh, Zim and NZ participates. Each team play 2-3 games with each other before heading to final

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

What a magnificent performance by Ireland, and how ridiculous that their best players are forced to play ODIs for England if they want a stab at Tests even though Ireland have full ODI status. If we have separate qualifying rules for full ODI and Test status for nations, we should have separate qualification lists for players too. Joyce (c.2007), Morgan (now), and (in due course) Dockrell, Stirling and (just possibly) Rankin should be eligible to play Tests for England - or better, British Isles - and ODIs for Ireland. Having said that, I can't see why on playing strength Ireland have a worse claim than Zimbabwe or Bangladesh to Test status. At home I'd slightly fancy them to beat either over five days. What a shame Test status depends on powerful friends rather than playing ability, and that England's neighbourliness now does not equate to Pakistan's in 2000 - despite Pakistan's having far weightier grounds for resentment.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (May 23, 2013, 21:48 GMT)

Ireland played really well congrats but I'm tired of hearing these debates that Ireland are better than i.e. Bangladesh when there's hardly much evidence to support that argument. In fact, hopefully there will for once be a 3 match ODI series between Bangladesh and Ireland home and away soon so that argument can be put to rest. But that's not the point here today, the point is a much bigger team is struggling against a team like Ireland and that's the talking point.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (May 23, 2013, 21:42 GMT)

Forget Zimbabwe or Bangladesh, this team can take on Pakistan and England both teams obviously much much better than Zimbabwe or Bangladesh so I don't understand where some people are going with their arguments when its illogical. Most likely if Bangladesh toured Ireland for an ODI series then it would be pretty competitive and possibly Ireland will 'just' beat them but if they were to play IN Bangladesh then they would get obliterated on such surfaces and conditions. But Pakistan apparently a 'top' team struggling against Ireland - lool! is far worse than Bangladesh or Zimbabwe against them.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 21:28 GMT)

Was there at the match what a day of cricket in 4 celcius temp, watch the innings of paul stirling and obrien, they were hammering pakistani bowlers like a club level bowlers. ireland deserves to win they batted beautifuly against the quality attack.

Irelnd all the way from a pakistani fan.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

What I found most impressive about Ireland was how at home they looked throughout the match. Apart from a brief period after Joyce got out and Stirling neared a hundred where they looked a little flustered they played like they were completely at home at the highest level. It was a top quality game despite the rain interruptions, and the last over had my heart going a million miles a minute. Looking forward to Sunday now.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

Great game from the Irish! Stirlng and KB were fantastic again. Ireland fully deserve to becomme a full member nation and FORCE Ban and Zim to play them so that the arguments can be put to rest and Ireland can develop further.

Posted by TwohedulAzam on (May 23, 2013, 20:57 GMT)

Hopefully all the biased fans off all nation will now realise that BD is not the only team that occasionaly get the beatings from an Associate or weaker nation (in cricketing term). And I hope Mr Boycott is not going to ask ICC not to give any money to PCB! Or some other fan of someother country will not ask for Pakistans ODI status to be taken away! Instead I hope they will appreciate Irish success and recognise them as a emerging elite of cricket.

Posted by SaadRocx on (May 23, 2013, 20:54 GMT)

Really disappointed being a pak fan.when every one,s talking abt how good our bowling attack is?media over hyping the bowling attack / bowlers?its heart breakning to see the bowlers getting thumped all over the park by irish batsmen and losing a game cauz of our bowling and that too our best bowler i.e saeed ajmal bowling last over wid 16 overs to defend :(((

Posted by salman_0902 on (May 23, 2013, 20:54 GMT)

Pakistan without Afridi, Younus Khan, Umar Gul and Razzaq looks like a mediocre team. hence Ireland proved the point. good game Ireland. Teach some lessons to Pakistani selectors.

Posted by SaadRocx on (May 23, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

Really disappointed being a pak fan.when every one,s talking abt how good our bowling attack is?media over hyping the bowling attack / bowlers?its heart breakning to see the bowlers getting thumped all over the park by irish batsmen and losing a game cauz of our bowling and that too our best bowler i.e saeed ajmal bowling last over wid 16 overs to defend :(((

Posted by iceaxe on (May 23, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

Kevin O'Brien for the IPL 2014 please!

Posted by PakiPassion on (May 23, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

Well played Ireland , you guys deserved to win as for my team its nice to see Hafeez getting some runs but with all due respect to the Irish we should be defending 276 with relative ease & Misbah can you please stop giving last overs to Ajamal i mean the best odi bowler can't defend 13 runs in the last over!!!! Oh the fastest bowler in Pakistan Wahab Riaz is overdue a game

Posted by Rubic on (May 23, 2013, 20:39 GMT)

With Imran Farhat, Shoib Malik and Kamran Akmal, Pakistan is already like playing 8 against 14...

Posted by Pelham_Barton on (May 23, 2013, 20:36 GMT)

@"Greatest_Game" on (May 23, 2013, 19:12 GMT): D/L takes account of the timing of the interruption which led to a reduction in overs, which in this case was the one after 30.4 overs. If Pakistan had batted their full 47 overs before the reduction, the upward adjustment to Ireland's target would have been higher, provided that Pakistan still had a reasonable number of wickets in hand at that time. The earlier interruptions did not lead to a reduction in overs, so their timing is irrelevant to the D/L calculations. Yes, it is true that a further interruption was probable after each of those interruptions, but it was not certain at those times. The whole reasoning behind D/L is that teams are not required to predict when an interruption will occur, but should always play as if no further interruption is expected.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

Well played Irelnad. Regards from a bangladesh fan.

Posted by aliawgr8 on (May 23, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

Well played ireland. Ireland have got a match winner in kevin obrien but he needs to perform in 9 out of 10 games they play if they r to compete mighty cricketing gaints or they should find more players like him. If they succeed in finding some more guys like him then surely they will become better than ZIM and BD and will be able to earn their test status. Good luck ireland for future and hope to see u in white kit soon.

Posted by RK204 on (May 23, 2013, 20:21 GMT)

That shows "where this pak team stands" .. As expected :) i don't see any future of this team.. :'(

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 20:21 GMT)

"Pakistani fans are as relieved as anyone to see this match tied" is a fair statement considering how well Ireland chased the target. Its about time that Ireland should play more ODIs against top class teams.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (May 23, 2013, 20:21 GMT)

Well done Ireland. Pakistan are as big as it gets. I am happy to see you get get a few more victories too. Maybe the Aussies could be on your menu soon. Ireland rock!!

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 20:21 GMT)

At the end of the game, both teams ended up playing 47 overs losing 5 wickets each, with Ireland scoring 9 runs more than Pakistan. And yet our dear old friends Duckworth and Lewis call this a tie!!! God, I wish some of these rules made sense to me!!!!

Posted by anilkp on (May 23, 2013, 20:16 GMT)

If the opposition scored 266/5 off 47 overs, why must a team score more than 275 to win? Ireland must have been declared winner when they reached 267. The DL method can only be described as grossly illogical, farcical and brainless. It is a mockery to sportsmanliness. I do not blame the Duckworth-Lewis duo. I blame the named and famed experts (pundits) of the game who not only endorsed the method but also saw that it is implemented with absolutely mindless ruthlessness. Shame that we are still sticking to it. Sorry, Ireland, you have been robbed off a hugely deserving win today. I am at pain, for I do not envision restoration of brain, logic and mind in this regard.

Posted by Hookies on (May 23, 2013, 20:13 GMT)

Here we go again...every time Ireland win a game some cricket "pundits"start saying how they are better then BD and what not...by now I believe BD gave them enough whooping at home and away...instead of comparing your teams to others enjoy the success you have...good day

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

Congrats to Ireland, Despite making extra 10 runs in just 47 over a Tie isn't fair, But Ireland should treat this as a Win against a Full member team. Keep up the good work, and soon you will be a full member team.

This should be a wake-up call to ICC, Please ICC you have to make Ireland a full member team. They are better/equal than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Ireland knows the game of cricket, and their fans love it. Please give Ireland more ODI's to play against full member team each Year (about 15 ODI's each year).

Ireland proposed ODI's each year should look like this till 2015 world cup to be a full member team: Oceanic (Australia, New Zealnd, West Indies) tour to Ireland -each play oceanic team plays an ODI against Ireland and possibly other European teams.

Africans (South Africa, ZIM, even Kenya) tour to Ireland - same structure as above.

Asia (IND, PAK, SRL, BAN, even Afghanistan) tour to Ireland - same structure as above.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

Well played Ireland. Brilliant chase!

Misbah, No more last overs to Ajmal, please.

So we can't win against the No 10 ranked team on the eve of Champions trophy, cant defend 276 against an associate nation, cant defend 16 runs in the last over with our best bowler bowling.

Posted by Stark62 on (May 23, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

First of all, congratulations to Ireland.

Secondly, the game was screaming out for a particular someone named......AFRIDI!! In the last ten overs, Shafiq was nudging and nerdling the ball, whilst Hafeez was looking to get his century and played with great caution.

It was a pitiful display with both bat and ball (except Hafeez). Hafeez, Shafiq, Misbah, Malik and Farhat are all re-builders of an innings, so who is the aggressor? Just Jamshed I guess.

Saeed Ajmal doesn't travel well and should not be included in the team, outside the sub-continent. Also, when Pak's fifth bowler was getting hammered, who would you rather see with the ball as the sixth: Malik or Afridi?

Lastly, a HUGE mistake not picking Afridi, Umar, Shezhad, Hammad and Harris.

Posted by applethief on (May 23, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

Fine match, really sets up the second game nicely. Ireland really played to their potential. Not sure why so many commentators here are ready to award the game to Ireland though, seem to forget that Pakistan suffered under the d/l rules, with 3 interruptions before an over reduction was applied. No reason to discount sorbet side, a sunny day for the next match please!

Posted by imranmujtaba on (May 23, 2013, 20:01 GMT)

Excellent performance by IRELAND, they have on this game!!! Pakistan has to think - bowlers has won many ODIs but Pakistan batsman continuously failed to chase or post 300 plus, which is really poor as compare to team Pak had in last decade. Pakistan is missing (Mis-used) impact players like umar Akmal, Afridi or Razzaq, alas they have not bring anyone to take their position in the team. Pakistan 2 of them badly in champion trophy to stAnd a chance, they mug be used in 5 as Kevin obrien!! under Misbah whole team approach became very defensive!

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

This is coming straight from the heart of a die hard Pakistani fan: Congratulations Ireland for a supreme show today. I am always an admirer of the associate teams and their ability to compete against high ranked teams with limited resources. You guys don't have the luxury of a proper domestic tournament, you guys don't stay together enough to develop team understanding but still you beat all these odds with your talent and resolve. I expect a stern test from you guys again. While for Pakistan team, I am very disappointed with the bowling specially Junaid and Ajmal and slightly happy hoping we have gotten a bad game out of our system.. I hope they come stronger come the CT. The current squad I must mention is very average. U Akmal should have been there instead of I Farhat as Kamran would have opened and his brother in the middle order to provide impetus to the current one dimensional batting.

Posted by Htc-Android on (May 23, 2013, 19:58 GMT)

Congrats to Ireland. They are sending a strong message to ICC from this game. Every time they come out and play ODIs with top teams, they always play competitive cricket with them. They gave nighmares to the mighty Australian team about a couple years ago in an ODI game. They already produce top class cricketers like O brien, Stirling, Morgan and rankin( Although they are not playing for Ireland anymore), Dockrell.etc. They are quite capable of beating top teams. Only god knows why this team doenst get to play more ODIs with Full members. Atleast give them some matches to play with BD and Zim.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 19:58 GMT)

How on this earth a 40 year old experienced cricketer can gave a last over to spinner ...... They expierenced it in t20 semifinal aswell. Can somebody tell misbah it is not subcontinent and spinner can't do anything to defend even 24 in last over. Well done Ireland. Ireland always produced good aggressive cricters Morgan, Kevin & sterling. Kevin showed that he belonged to high quality. I reckon Pakistan got batting line quite weaker even than Bangladesh and without any common sense

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 19:57 GMT)

well done ireland u won many hearts 2day. pak should realisw frm thwir miatake. eshan adil only bowled 3 overs. imran farhat 9 runs frm 34 balls saeed ajmal trying to bowl 2 fast mohammed irfan feilding always a quistion junied looked ordinary like any orher fast bowler and bowled too many short balls. no big hitter at the end is a concern. cannot defend 276 against non test playing nation. ireland u win.

Posted by AnanthX on (May 23, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

Ireland are such a spirited team! So much better than Bangladesh, who only whine about how the entire world is conspiring to keep them down.

Posted by NP_NY on (May 23, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

Well played by the fighting Irish! Saeed Ajmal: 10-0-71-0. Some figures for a bowler who is supposedly one of the top spinners in the world. LOL.

Posted by grahaam on (May 23, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

A lot of sense being written here , a lot more than can be seen on posts after Zimbabwe matches, I have to say that Ireland are producing better players more regularly than Zimbabwe and have a trouble free Administration...Irish cricket also benifits from a good coach , who Zimbabwe Cricket abused out of their employment, also another disgruntled member of the Zimbabwe ranks is Craig Ervine , playing club cricket in Ireland and is sure to pass on his recent Knowledge of international cricket, at Test level to those amongst him there ...Ireland 2 Zimbabwe nil....

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 19:45 GMT)

On a positive note Pakistani Batting line up clicked, Asad Shafiq and M.Hafeez are back in form which is a good sign before champions trophy, Ajmal had a bad day but he is a fighter and he will come back that im sure of and to all of u don't consider Ireland as minnows anymore they have Ed joyce who have played for England, they have Paul Stirling a young sensation and Kevin O'brein who have single handedly shattered England in Wc by scoring century and when it's their home ground so this was expected a lot of positives so very much optimistic for CT....

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

Great match for Ireland. They were the real winners of this game. Its too bad that they get such a handful of matches every year. They should be given test status and play as much serious matches with big teams as possible. Otherwise the exodus of good players to England and elsewhere will continue.

Posted by The_Ashes on (May 23, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

Ireland have really won it since they scored 275 in 47 overs - 10 more than the required rate. Although a tie should still lift your heads high and be proud and there's still another chance to beat them in a few days and take the series. Its probably true Ireland could not only compete but beat teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe but that's not the point, the point is this team can challenge and win/tie against big teams like Pakistan,England West Indies etc. Don't forget in 11 World Cup, they could've almost beaten India if you can remember even against West Indies they almost won that game. They should be playing lots of ODIs and T20s annually especially against Zim and Ban.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

HATS OFF to ireland they deserve to be the WINNER.pak is known for their bowlling but 2 day they looked ordinary.saeed ajmal no wicket for 71 runs is a concern bwfore CT. misbha missed a trick nt good captancy.why this idot farhat isplaying 34 balls for 9 runs PLZ kick him out why eshan adil is only bowling 3 overs.why is AJMAL bowling defencive.well Played By HAFFEZ, SHAFIQ, SPRINFILD AND KO'BRAIN a good cricket match. pak needs to get ready as bogger oppents waits them a head.hope they give a chance to ASAD ALI.IMRAN FARHAT only wants to score a big hundred and for that he will consume 200 balls and it will cme once in a year he is good for nothing. pak lost becoz of Farhat.plz bring umer almal, Harris sohel, Shoib maksood pak still hav time for replacement.Kamran is better than Farhat as an opner.

Posted by MichealT on (May 23, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

Congrats Ireland on a good tie. I wonder how easily they scored runs of Ajmal. After making good total they probably take it easy. Next match will be different. Kevin is a good player but on a good team you need eleven Kevins.

Posted by Cyril_Knight on (May 23, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

What a shame Ireland don't play more cricket because their natural competitors, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are afraid of losing to them and losing their ICC ranking. I would fancy Ireland (95% in home conditions) to beat both.

There are very few players in either Zim or Ban who could play regular first class cricket in England. Ireland have many first picks, including two for the Champion County.

ICC must force lower countries to play Ireland and I would include NZ and WI in that.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

They should have a super over to make things interesting... Well Played Irishmen

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

Pakistan are a declining team. The team is struggling against weak teams like Ireland and Bangladesh in the last year or so. Credit to Ireland because they are proving a massive point to the rest of the Cricketing World and deserve to play more and more matches against the full nations because they have the ability to beat them and though it was a tie, really Ireland with those 10 extra runs have in the hearts won it and embarrassing for Pakistan.

Posted by sameer111111 on (May 23, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

Ireland is currently the 10th best cricket team in the world just behind Zimbabwe. A few more opportunities and they can really come up with a world class team.

Posted by Shuraim on (May 23, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

Few things i would like to point out BD can never tie pak at their full strength yet ireland did,ireland's head to head record against pak is better than BD's yet they play test cricket n poor ireland don't. And just to mention im a neuteral here.

Posted by RazorMach on (May 23, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

Time to revisit Messrs. Duckworth and Lewis, who must be thinking to themselves in their graves..."By Golly! What have we done!!!"

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (May 23, 2013, 19:19 GMT)

Some of the posters just don't seem to understand basic rules in cricket. Both teams may have batted 47 overs, but one batted with full knowledge of 47 over allotment. The other batted with 3 overs stripped from them after over half their innings had been completed. It's not an equal playing field.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (May 23, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

Fantastic performance by Ireland. They surely deserve to be a full member of ICC. I hope they will get their test status pretty soon. Having said that, the result of the match is very alarming for Pakistan as they were unable to defend such a big total against an associate nation. I wonder what they are hoping to do in the Champions Trophy against other test nations. They will have tough time against SA n WI in their group. Don't worry about mediocre indian team as Pakistan will easily crush 'em to dust.But SA n WI will be tough to beat.

Well done Ireland !! Wish you a bright cricketing future. And all the best to Pakistan in the upcoming CT !!! -SL fan-

Posted by EnglishCricket on (May 23, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

What a match! very happy for Ireland though they should've really won instead of a tie despite chasing an extra 10 runs. I do not understand why they are still not a full member nation yet, the country loves Cricket and know the game well and have come so far since the 07 World Cup on and off the field. Pakistan lol please no excuses that your key players were missing or something because Ireland key players were missing too i.e. Rankin and Morgan. I feel sorry for young Irish players like Stirling and Dockrell who cannot get a chance to play Test Cricket because they possess so much talent with bat/ball. Ireland have not only been the top associate nation by a big distance in the last 5 years but they have won/tied against full member nations several times - Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, West Indies and England plus good performances in many other matches against these full members. Good luck Ireland! and keep the good performances up well done!!!

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

Great innings from o'brien and stirling.. they deserve to be the winner..Congratulations!!!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (May 23, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

Duckworth calculations added runs to Ireland's required total because IF Pakistan known they would lose 3 overs they MIGHT have pushed harder for runs earlier. The first interruption was after 13 overs, so they got warned early that a reduction in overs was possible. or even probable. Not Pakistan's fault that the runs were added, but does D/L account for how early any interruption/s occurred, & weigh those?

Posted by Jadejafan on (May 23, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

Well done Ireland! although it was a tie officially, technically you have beaten this old team since for some silly reason had to chase an extra 10 runs in the same amount of overs Pakistan played. Ireland deserve to be a full member nation, Cricket needs another top European nation in Cricket. Now I know why teams like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh do not play Ireland.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

Just Cant Imagine How Stong would have IRELAND be If they still had Eion Morgan.anyway fielding let pak down.Excessive appeal from Pak prove worth of being Underdogs..

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

Credit to Ireland for a fantastic chase, for Pakistan depth bowling and attacking batting woes continue, many questions over imran farhat's contributions with bat!

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

Congratulations Ireland.

They deserved to win the match had it not been for the DL method.

Outstanding.

Special mention to Kevin O Brien

He did a Mike Hussey & took Ajmal apart in the final over.From great Pak Fan...

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (May 23, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

It's called Duckworth and Lewis method. And surprise,.surprise barely an Irishman is complaining but Indians are. The match s a tie. That's the official end result. Pakistan were set up to bat 50 overs. After 31 overs, which was heavily interrupted by rain on 4 occassions, the overs were reduced. It puts Pakistan at a disadvantage. That's why extra runs were awarded. If you had offered Hafeez a further 3 overs at the end to bat he would have taken it and probably hit a further 30 runs. Anyway, well played Ireland. Good game.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

What a bizarre rule? You need to discard that D/L rule. Both teams batted 47 overs and one got more runs than the other. It is a tie? As someone said earlier, USE YOUR COMM0N SENSE which is hard to come by these days!

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

Yaar g i cant understand pak had a conditioning camp in abbotabad they played practice games there wasim akram gave bowling tips to the group of bowlers pak struggled against scotland and scored 230 and today it was just a shame opening batsmen struggled and then we made a meal of defending 276 against ireland we should have won this game by at least 30 odd runs it was patehtic performence the players in the field had hands in their pockets WTF hope the performence improves otherwise it might be an early exit from the CT hope this is an eye opener and we take the next game seriously and win easily By the way see all ya soliders at the CT games espically the PAK v india

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

Great performance by the Irish. It might go in the records as "tie" but they are certainly the winner between the two teams.

Posted by Rahul17_1983 on (May 23, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

Technically Ireland won as they have scored more runs than pakistan in same number of overs with same wickets

Posted by straightbat12 on (May 23, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

I wish misbah/hafeez whoever was captaining the team understand that making a spinner bowl the last over is the biggest mistake u can make even if its ajmal. if the batsman get a connection its more likely to be a fix than against a fast bowler. Mistake by the captain to bowl out ajmal and not junaid. Also i hope ajmal bowls from over the wickets at the begning of his spell as well. But well played to ireland. Its amazing how they have maintained the same batsmen over the last soo many yrs!

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

fantastic effort from Ireland sitrling & kevin O'Brien of course we know Kevin O'Brien's qualities amazes me why Ireland don't play more cricket

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

brilliant innings i would say from imran farhat 9(34b),wtf d selectors are doing??? Ahmed Shehzad and Hamad Azam should have a chance,but i think they will nt get chance till d Misbah is the captain,

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

In any case I consider Ireland the winners of the game. Too much of statistics with little common sense does ruin the beauty of the game....

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

@ Siddharth Bhaskar The halt came in the 31st over and by that time Pak were aware of a 47 over game...so i really don't think, it mattered to Pak batsmen to much.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

many questions about D/L; best explaination is put by

SIDDHARTH BHASKAR:

This is as per the D/L system. To put it in simple words...The pak players were playing as though they would be playing their full quota of 50 overs but their innings came ot an abrupt halt in the 47th over. Now if they had played the full quota of 50, u never know they could have managed 30 more runs and ireland would be chasing close to 300 now again if pak knew at the start that they'd be playing only 47 overs they would have paced their innings to score much more and not rely on the last 2-3 overs for more runs.....this adjustment is to offer both teams a fair chance in the game.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (May 23, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

You can call that an Ireland win - no question about it. When both teams bat 47 overs and lose the same number of wickets, the team with the most runs has won. I'm a neutral here, but to say Ireland did not wing is a travesty. Well done Ireland. Hope you get the test status you deserve!

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

IRL wins that all best try against team known for bowling best luck IRL

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

Great game.

well played by Ireland. they bowled well in start and batted well. Brilliant by them . should play more with test playing nations and hoping to see them as a full member soon.

Pakistan was as usual paksitan. you never know what they come up with.

Ehsan adil's role should be reconsidered. hardly bowled in this match.

Hafeez scored some runs, asad shafiq also. thats good for them ahead of CT. Hafeez should bat at no 3.

The idea of getting in another opner is questionable. that makes kamran to bat down the order. i am not saying he is great at top. but he is worse down the order than he is at top. so it would be better to get in a middle order batsman in and kamran opening.

fielding again is a bit concern. today few chances as usual.

May also think to bring in Asad ali instead of ehsan. 1 more odi with Ireland and 2 practice matches for pakistan to get their things sorted before CT.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

The play was interrupted at Clontarf 4 or 5 times due to downpour...

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

@vivian_peter: This is as per the D/L system. To put it in simple words...The pak players were playing as though they would be playing their full quota of 50 overs but their innings came ot an abrupt halt in the 47th over. Now if they had played the full quota of 50, u never know they could have managed 30 more runs and ireland would be chasing close to 300 now again if pak knew at the start that they'd be playing only 47 overs they would have paced their innings to score much more and not rely on the last 2-3 overs for more runs.....this adjustment is to offer both teams a fair chance in the game.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

exactly same question i could not understand ?????

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

Yeah, exactly! I don't get it either. Why is the target 276 when Pak made 266?

Posted by Abdul-Jabbar on (May 23, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

@vivian_peter Pakistan's Number of overs were reduced due to interruptions during the games. Had Pakistan known it before the start of its innings that they would play 47 overs, Ireland would not have got this additional 10 run to score.

Posted by vivian_peter on (May 23, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

Can someone please explain why was Ireland given a revised target when they have to play the same overs as Pakistan played (47 overs) but get a target of additional 10 runs?

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