ICC World Cup, 9th Match, Group D: Ireland v Pakistan at Kingston, Mar 17, 2007
ICC World Cup - 9th match, Group D
Ireland won by 3 wickets (with 32 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Played at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica (neutral venue)
17 March 2007 (50-over match)
  Pakistan innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal Imran Nazir c Morgan b Botha 24 88 51 3 0 47.05
17.6 he's done him this time! Well, as just mentioned, it really was coming. Imran prodded on that shot, tentative and the edge pops off on its inevitable trajectory to first slip 66/5
View dismissal Mohammad Hafeez c †NJ O'Brien b Langford-Smith 4 5 6 1 0 66.66
0.6 gone! Ireland strike and there's cheers all round the ground. Jubilation for Langford-Smith with a classic paceman's delivery, banana swing away and that clips the outside edge, Niall O'Brien takes an easy catch. Great start for the Irish and there's a conga going on already (in the stands that is) 7/1
View dismissal Younis Khan c Botha b Rankin 0 13 3 0 0 0.00
3.3 gone! Good ball, banged in back of a length and pitching on off and catching out Khan, who sends a thick outside edge to first slip. Two wickets now for Pakistan and that's a big incision - Khan snapped up for a duck 15/2
View dismissal Mohammad Yousuf c Porterfield b Johnston 15 43 31 2 0 48.38
12.5 gottim! That's a big blow for Pakistan and a big strike for Ireland! A comfortable catch at backward point and there's a sort-of chicken dance celebration for Johnston 56/3
View dismissal Inzamam-ul-Haq* c Morgan b Botha 1 2 3 0 0 33.33
13.1 and now Botha strikes, removing Inzamam for just 1 run. Inzamam had barely looked comfortable last over when he came in and his dismissal was a fend down to first slip for a snappy catch, low. 58/4
View dismissal Shoaib Malik c †NJ O'Brien b KJ O'Brien 9 32 25 2 0 36.00
20.3 and he strikes with his third ball! Unbelievable work out there from the Ireland team - and brother O'Brien takes the snick behind the sticks 72/6
View dismissal Kamran Akmal c Johnston b Rankin 27 56 47 4 0 57.44
30.5 "What a catch!" screams the entire office - and indeed it was, Johnston running back from mid-on and taking that over his shoulder. Poor shot to one which got big on him, and he mistimed a pull, sending a leading edge over to the captain who winds himself in diving flat on the ground. He won't mind, though. Akmal does - crashing the bat into his pads in disgust as he walks off, chuntering to himself 105/8
View dismissal Azhar Mahmood c Johnston b Rankin 2 36 21 0 0 9.52
30.2 should be out... high and that's taken by Johnston at midwicket, who's made another good decision in bringing back his premier bowler. That was a silly shot from Mahmood and what was looking to be a threatening partnership has been broken. Pakistan are in deep trouble now 103/7
View dismissal Mohammad Sami c Bray b McCallan 12 51 34 1 0 35.29
43.1 gone! That's an important wicket for Ireland which will puncture the momentum this pair were building - swept up high to the deep backward square leg for what was made to look like an easy catch 130/9
Iftikhar Anjum not out 8 55 43 0 0 18.60
View dismissal Umar Gul c sub (JF Mooney) b McCallan 1 8 13 0 0 7.69
45.4 that's it! Gul has gone. He went for the slash over to deep midwicket but it fell too short and the fielder waited under it for a while before taking the catch safely 132/10
Extras (lb 3, w 23, nb 3) 29
  Total (all out; 45.4 overs) 132 (2.89 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket D Langford-Smith 10 1 31 1 3.10 46 2 0 (1nb, 5w)
0.6 to Mohammad Hafeez, gone! Ireland strike and there's cheers all round the ground. Jubilation for Langford-Smith with a classic paceman's delivery, banana swing away and that clips the outside edge, Niall O'Brien takes an easy catch. Great start for the Irish and there's a conga going on already (in the stands that is) 7/1
View wickets WB Rankin 9 1 32 3 3.55 45 3 0 (1nb, 13w)
3.3 to Younis Khan, gone! Good ball, banged in back of a length and pitching on off and catching out Khan, who sends a thick outside edge to first slip. Two wickets now for Pakistan and that's a big incision - Khan snapped up for a duck 15/2
30.2 to Azhar Mahmood, should be out... high and that's taken by Johnston at midwicket, who's made another good decision in bringing back his premier bowler. That was a silly shot from Mahmood and what was looking to be a threatening partnership has been broken. Pakistan are in deep trouble now 103/7
30.5 to Kamran Akmal, "What a catch!" screams the entire office - and indeed it was, Johnston running back from mid-on and taking that over his shoulder. Poor shot to one which got big on him, and he mistimed a pull, sending a leading edge over to the captain who winds himself in diving flat on the ground. He won't mind, though. Akmal does - crashing the bat into his pads in disgust as he walks off, chuntering to himself 105/8
View wickets AC Botha 8 4 5 2 0.62 44 0 0
13.1 to Inzamam-ul-Haq, and now Botha strikes, removing Inzamam for just 1 run. Inzamam had barely looked comfortable last over when he came in and his dismissal was a fend down to first slip for a snappy catch, low. 58/4
17.6 to Imran Nazir, he's done him this time! Well, as just mentioned, it really was coming. Imran prodded on that shot, tentative and the edge pops off on its inevitable trajectory to first slip 66/5
View wicket DT Johnston 7 1 20 1 2.85 33 2 0 (1nb, 4w)
12.5 to Mohammad Yousuf, gottim! That's a big blow for Pakistan and a big strike for Ireland! A comfortable catch at backward point and there's a sort-of chicken dance celebration for Johnston 56/3
View wicket KJ O'Brien 6 0 29 1 4.83 25 5 0 (1w)
20.3 to Shoaib Malik, and he strikes with his third ball! Unbelievable work out there from the Ireland team - and brother O'Brien takes the snick behind the sticks 72/6
View wickets WK McCallan 5.4 1 12 2 2.11 27 1 0
43.1 to Mohammad Sami, gone! That's an important wicket for Ireland which will puncture the momentum this pair were building - swept up high to the deep backward square leg for what was made to look like an easy catch 130/9
45.4 to Umar Gul, that's it! Gul has gone. He went for the slash over to deep midwicket but it fell too short and the fielder waited under it for a while before taking the catch safely 132/10
  Ireland innings (target: 128 runs from 47 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal JP Bray lbw b Mohammad Sami 3 14 13 0 0 23.07
3.1 inswinger which is through Bray before he can get a bat to it, pitched in line and ... was going over the top of the stumps says the much-loved Hawkeye. In fairness, Porterfield should have gone in Sami's previous over, so two blunders by Brian Jerling have evened themselves out 7/1
View dismissal WTS Porterfield b Mohammad Hafeez 13 100 50 1 0 26.00
20.6 a key wicket. Hafeez pushed that one through, Porterfield went back and got a thick inside edge into his leg stump. Pakistan spot a glimmer of hope but there's a long way to go ... 62/3
View dismissal EJG Morgan lbw b Mohammad Sami 2 11 5 0 0 40.00
5.3 that's out, and it was a goner before the finger went up. Lovely bowling, on middle, swung so it would have gone on to hit the middle peg two-thirds up. It was through Morgan - he had seemed to be struggling with the pace throughout his brief stay - and wrapped him on the front foot but he wasn't that far forward 15/2
View dismissal NJ O'Brien st †Kamran Akmal b Shoaib Malik 72 139 107 6 1 67.28
33.6 O'Brien uses his feet once too often, and to be overly critical he was nowhere near that, much more of a yahoo than anything that had gone before, and he was up the creek without a paddle as Akmal completed a simple stumping 108/5
View dismissal AC Botha c Mohammad Hafeez b Mohammad Sami 0 14 6 0 0 0.00
23.6 great reflect catch by Hafeez at short leg but a simply appalling decision, about as bad as you will see in this tournament and at such a crucial stage. The ball was heading down leg, Botha jammed his bat into the left side of his front leg and the ball hit the right and flew to short leg. Much appealing and shouting and after a long delay, the finger went up 70/4
KJ O'Brien not out 16 92 52 2 0 30.76
View dismissal AR White c Mohammad Hafeez b Iftikhar Anjum 4 3 3 1 0 133.33
34.5 short, White seemed slow to pick it up and he could do no more than spoon the catch to Hafeez at short leg 113/6
View dismissal WK McCallan c Younis Khan b Iftikhar Anjum 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
34.6 Is it get out of jail time? McCallan goes back, is turned square and a thick edge is well taken low down by Younis Khan at second slip. Good bowling and a slick catch 113/7
DT Johnston* not out 9 34 14 0 1 64.28
Extras (lb 2, w 11, nb 1) 14
  Total (7 wickets; 41.4 overs) 133 (3.19 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
  Umar Gul 9 0 24 0 2.66 40 2 0 (3w)
View wickets Mohammad Sami 10 0 29 3 2.90 44 2 0 (3w)
3.1 to Bray, inswinger which is through Bray before he can get a bat to it, pitched in line and ... was going over the top of the stumps says the much-loved Hawkeye. In fairness, Porterfield should have gone in Sami's previous over, so two blunders by Brian Jerling have evened themselves out 7/1
5.3 to Morgan, that's out, and it was a goner before the finger went up. Lovely bowling, on middle, swung so it would have gone on to hit the middle peg two-thirds up. It was through Morgan - he had seemed to be struggling with the pace throughout his brief stay - and wrapped him on the front foot but he wasn't that far forward 15/2
23.6 to Botha, great reflect catch by Hafeez at short leg but a simply appalling decision, about as bad as you will see in this tournament and at such a crucial stage. The ball was heading down leg, Botha jammed his bat into the left side of his front leg and the ball hit the right and flew to short leg. Much appealing and shouting and after a long delay, the finger went up 70/4
View wickets Iftikhar Anjum 10 0 29 2 2.90 45 3 0 (3w)
34.5 to White, short, White seemed slow to pick it up and he could do no more than spoon the catch to Hafeez at short leg 113/6
34.6 to McCallan, Is it get out of jail time? McCallan goes back, is turned square and a thick edge is well taken low down by Younis Khan at second slip. Good bowling and a slick catch 113/7
  Azhar Mahmood 7.4 1 25 0 3.26 32 1 1 (2w)
View wicket Mohammad Hafeez 4 0 15 1 3.75 17 2 0
20.6 to Porterfield, a key wicket. Hafeez pushed that one through, Porterfield went back and got a thick inside edge into his leg stump. Pakistan spot a glimmer of hope but there's a long way to go ... 62/3
View wicket Shoaib Malik 1 0 9 1 9.00 4 0 1 (1nb)
33.6 to NJ O'Brien, O'Brien uses his feet once too often, and to be overly critical he was nowhere near that, much more of a yahoo than anything that had gone before, and he was up the creek without a paddle as Akmal completed a simple stumping 108/5

Match details


Toss - Ireland, who chose to field
Points - Ireland 2, Pakistan 0
Player of the match - NJ O'Brien (Ireland)
Umpires - BF Bowden (New Zealand) and BG Jerling (South Africa)
TV umpire - SJA Taufel (Australia)
Match referee - BC Broad (England)
Reserve umpire - IJ Gould (England)

Match Notes


    • Pakistan innings
    • Power Play 2: Overs 10.1 - 15.0
    • Pakistan: 50 runs in 10.6 overs (80 balls), Extras 14
    • Power Play 3: Overs 15.1 - 20.0
    • Pakistan: 100 runs in 29.3 overs (196 balls), Extras 20
    • Ireland innings
    • Power Play 2: Overs 10.1 - 15.0
    • Rain: Ireland - 0/0
    • Drinks: Ireland - 44/2 in 14.3 overs (WTS Porterfield 10, NJ O'Brien 25)
    • Ireland: 50 runs in 18.1 overs (112 balls), Extras 5
    • NJ O'Brien: 50 off 74 balls (4 x 4)
    • Bad Light: Ireland - 81/4 in 27.3 overs (NJ O'Brien 54, KJ O'Brien 0)
    • Rain: Ireland - 81/4 in 27.3 overs (NJ O'Brien 54, KJ O'Brien 0)
    • Power Play 3: Overs 29.1 - 33.0
    • Ireland: 100 runs in 33.2 overs (208 balls), Extras 10
    • Official Attendance - 3,855
 
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