Ireland v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Dublin May 27, 2013

Narrow loss "heartbreaking" - Porterfield

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Ireland captain William Porterfield said the loss to Pakistan in the second ODI was "heartbreaking" for the team after being in a strong position to register their maiden ODI series win over a Test-playing nation. Pakistan were reduced to 133 for 7 chasing 230, but a 93-run eighth-wicket stand between Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz quashed Ireland's hopes as Pakistan took the series 1-0 with a narrow two-wicket win.

"It is kind of heartbreaking in terms of being in the position we were in. That's the biggest thing that we'll look back on," Porterfield said.

Ireland seamers Trent Johnston and Tim Murtagh reduced Pakistan to 17 for 4 before a 52-run stand between Akmal and Shoaib Malik instigated a fight back. But it was Riaz's counterattacking 47 off 35 balls that caught Ireland offguard. "For [number] nine to come in and hit it like that - fair play to him," Porterfield said.

With Pakistan needing 32 in four overs, Riaz demolished Murtagh's over by hitting three sixes in five balls. Akmal, who's 81 off 85 balls held Pakistan's chase together, also earned praise from the Ireland captain. "He found the gaps pretty well and showed that intent from early on," he said. "He took the momentum away from us."

Though Porterfield rued not being able to capitalise on key moments, he said the team showed that its cricket was moving in the right direction. "Even coming into the last 12 to 14 overs, if we had of picked up a wicket at that time we were right on top. It's deflating at the minute but it shows where we are at," he said.

A prime source of his confidence was Ed Joyce, whose century was the sole bright spot in Ireland's batting as seven batsmen fell for single-digit scores. "The way he [Joyce] played by anchoring the innings and pacing it stood out," Porterfield said. "It shows what a class act he is and showed the rest of us what type of innings needed to be played."

Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, was impressed by the challenge put up by the Ireland team. "They played very well," he said, "The way they are improving they can compete with any Test-playing nation.

"We were really struggling. We knew that we had depth in our batting because Abdur Rehman and Wahab Riaz are capable of scoring runs at the lower order. But it was still a difficult job. The way Kamran and Wahab played was tremendous.

"We have not been getting much from the lower order so the way they played gives us a lot of confidence going into the Champions Trophy."

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  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Ireland are a good feeder side for England. Not quite good enough to be promoted to test status. Although I would like to see the ridiculous system of all their best being poached by England.

  • Jawwad on May 29, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    The result may not show but Ireland Cricket has already won. This is just the type of series Ireland needed to further develop it's cricket and gain the necessary experience and learn the art of finishing close games.

  • Justin on May 28, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    There is no doubt in my mind that Ireland are a more capable and competitive unit than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and I would add New Zealand and the West Indies to that list too whilst Ireland would be competitive against everyone else both home and away for they have such a well-balanced side strong in all three areas. Their fielding is far superior to the shambolic fielding of the Zimbabweans and Bangladeshis whilst their batting and bowling is stronger too. If Ireland continue to put in such competitive performances as they did in the short series against Pakistan then it is only a matter of time until they are granted Test status. If Test status has not been granted by 2016 then I'll be very disappointed and I think the ICC would have lost a great chance to expand the game beyond its traditional borders. You can't expect the current crop of Irish cricketers to hang around waiting for Test status forever, they'll leave Ireland and the sport will be all the poorer for it.

  • Justin on May 28, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    There are shades of Zimbabwe in Ireland's plight to be admitted into Test Cricket. By the time Zimbabwe were admitted into Test Cricket their best players' were well past their best whilst their best up-and-coming batsman by far, Graeme Hick, was lost to England. Zimbabwe were already a highly competitive team back in 1983 yet they weren't granted Test status until 1992 at the end of Dave Houghton's and John Traicos' career amongst other leading cricketers of their team. We've already seen Ireland lose some of their best players and now we just have to ask ourselves how long will Ireland have to wait until the ICC grant them Test status and by the time they get it will it be too late or will they get it in the first place at all? I can only hope Ireland's Test status is granted before the current cream of the crop are past their best and that their best up and coming cricketers like Dockrell aren't lost to England like Hick was.

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Ireland is far better than a team like Bangladesh, I don't understand how Bangladesh have got test status leave alone the fact that they are still not good enough for One day cricket either. for Pakistan, they should not get too down on this, I think except for Imran farhat, this Pakistan side is headed in the right direction except for the fact that Misbah is touching the twilight years of his career without a captaincy successor in mind, conditions were bowler friendly, Ireland took advantage and rocked Pakistan, Pakistan true to its status fought back and hung was a very good series actually, I dotn see how Imran farhat makes it in while Ahmed shehzad doesn't? besides if Hafeez is to be in the line up, then best is to let him open which he is by character with Nasir Jamshed and if Jamshed or Hafeezx hit a rut, Ahmed Shehzad is right there! don't know how the decisions are made at PCB, wasting talent seems to be a skill no one else has matched them in.

  • Rajat on May 27, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    As a true bangladeshi supporter i really like the way Ireland plays.... hats off to them that the way they played against Pakistan. last 2-3 years they have showed real improvement, i think its high time for ICC to give them Test Status. My favorite player is starling.... They deserve the Test status, if they dont get it now they may lose starling to england or may b many more, We bangladeshis only can understand their sorrows bcoz we also face struggling nd steel struggling.... All the very best to Ireland & their supporters...@_@

  • Khub on May 27, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Arrange A QUADRANGULAR ODI tournament between NZ, BAN, IRE, ZIM......

  • Adil on May 27, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    Ireland showed they are a good side, and capable of putting up a fight against any team under helpful conditions. I am still interested to see how they bat on a slow/turning pitch. they have played all their matched to-date on home turf (seaming wickets) undeer helpfull condition OR on batting paradises during world cups. It will be intersting to see their performance and I am reserving my judgement about their real quality until then.

  • mohammad on May 27, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Arrange a 3 test series and 3 ODI between Bangladesh and Ireland in Bangladesh and in Ireland. If Ireland wins, then give them test status. They deserve it. Pakistan is very lucky to win the 2nd ODI. From that poor top order batting performance it was a lost case for them, till that wild bat swing by the Pak bowler. It can happen in ODI 1 in 10 matches.

  • ali asghar on May 27, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Great game of cricket but Mibah is upside down, come on you are trying to negate top order vows with lower order performance hilarious? must be kidding even playing with three openers you are depending on lower order?? you cant always win matches like that its happens rarely every other day, sorry to say with such attitude & mental state Pak is going nowhere in CT, need to get rid of Imran Farhat Asap the black sheep and bring in Ahmed Shahzad hehe. good luck to the team though.

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