ICC World Cup - 9th match, Group D

Ireland v Pakistan

Ireland won by 3 wickets (with 32 balls remaining) (D/L method)

0.1

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, 1 run, short, wide, and that's crashed away on one knee behind point

Pakistan 1/0   Imran Nazir 1* (1b)

1.1

Rankin to Imran Nazir, no run, oh, and that's hurt Imran, a straight ball rising slightly and that takes the edge of the bat, clattering into his pelvis above his left leg. Ouch. The physio runs on. Speaking of running, there was a whole gaggle of fielders waiting to swoop on that one - Ireland are well up for this

1.2

Rankin to Imran Nazir, no run, slower ball, on leg, and the man rushes in from short square leg

1.3

Rankin to Imran Nazir, FOUR, ah! A flashingly thick outside edge just evades the outstretched fingertips of a leaping second slip

1.4

Rankin to Imran Nazir, no run, good reply from Rankin, banging that one in past the outside edge just outside off

1.5

Rankin to Imran Nazir, no run, the bowler stands tall and brings that one down from a great height, the ball pitching outside off and carrying on through to the keeper down the off-side channel

1.6

Rankin to Imran Nazir, 1 run, a touch too short and wide and that's helped down to wide third man off the back foot

Pakistan 12/1   Imran Nazir 6* (7b 1x4)

2.1

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, no run, ooh, a thin inside edge onto the pad was what stood between Imran and being out lbw, there

2.2

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, no run, on middle-and-leg, the batsman bends over that one as he sends it to short square leg

2.3

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, no run, a bit of a nothing ball, too wide outside off stump to be of interest, plenty of swing of course, and that arcs on its merry way through to the keeper

2.4

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, no run, that one's fuller and straighter and the batsman leans into it in driving it to cover

2.5

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, no run, straight and balloons into the air off the pad and, oh, that one ever so nearly ran onto the stumps, kicked away by Imran at the last minute

2.6

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, 2 runs, oh! Dropped. Imran clattered that one right back at Langford-Smith and the ball cannoned into his outstretched clasping right hand. Agony

Pakistan 14/1   Imran Nazir 8* (13b 1x4)

4.1

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, 2 runs, swing on that one, but fairly loose, and that's sweetly timed through cover

4.2

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, no run, right up there and stoutly defended outside off

4.3

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, 1 wide, the bowler's delivery arm strayed loose a bit there, sending the ball down leg

4.3

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, no run, much, much better - and that one nearly takes the edge. The arm was ramrod straight this time and the ball pops right up, almost cutting him in half as it cuts back. Lovely stuff

4.4

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, no run, more aerial movement and this one is left alone outside off

4.5

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, no run, zooms that one through the air again and that bends deliciously away from the righthander

4.6

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, 1 wide, let himself down again with another wide down leg

4.6

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, 1 run, it's all going on: this time the ball pops up and a leading edge flies just short - about a metre or so - of the man at point and they scamper a quick single

Pakistan 25/2   Imran Nazir 11* (19b 1x4)

5.1

Rankin to Imran Nazir, 1 wide, another wide down leg and they're letting the pressure off with each and every extra

5.1

Rankin to Imran Nazir, no run, better - just placed on a good length outside off, wide enough to leave

5.2

Rankin to Imran Nazir, no run, short and straight but the batsman doesn't capitalise, trying to rush that off his hips to midwicket, not timing it

5.3

Rankin to Imran Nazir, 1 wide, another wide, another one down leg. This is a shame

5.3

Rankin to Imran Nazir, 1 run, better, on off, and the batsman plays an unconvincing stroke to wide third man, his bottom hand flying up off the bat as he doesn't quite control it properly

Pakistan 28/2   Imran Nazir 12* (22b 1x4)

6.1

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, no run, aw, curiosity nearly killed the bat there - slashing away from his body with a cover drive that just fails to shave the edge

6.2

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, 1 wide, frustrating leg-side stuff once more

6.2

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, no run, Imran gets bat on that but bounces into space behind the wicket

6.3

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, no run, regulation line-and-length delivery forces the batsman to present the full face in a standard front-foot defensive

6.4

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, no run, Andrew White's hurt his left hand at cover, diving to stop Imran's flashing cover drive. He shakes his hand in the air and carries on

6.5

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, no run, big shout for lbw, but that one would have gone over - and there was a lick of an inside edge, too

6.6

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, 1 run, slower delivery slightly misdirected and that's eased in front of midwicket

Pakistan 31/2   Imran Nazir 13* (28b 1x4)

7.1

Rankin to Imran Nazir, no run, super ball, just back of a length and the bounce disconcerts the batsman who dangles his bat away from the body on the back foot

7.2

Rankin to Imran Nazir, no run, under pressure again and he slashes over that one with a cut shot that slices only air

7.3

Rankin to Imran Nazir, no run, short and pulled flat in front of midwicket, the batsman getting into a good position, picking up the length early and timing it well

7.4

Rankin to Imran Nazir, FOUR, flashes at that off the back foot, fishing high in the air, and so high and away from the body it's a wide

7.5

Rankin to Imran Nazir, 1 wide, worked off the back foot to midwicket

7.6

Rankin to Imran Nazir, no run, worked off the back foot to midwicket

7.7

Rankin to Imran Nazir, no run, short and defended down off the back foot

Pakistan 36/2   Imran Nazir 17* (34b 2x4)

9.1

Rankin to Imran Nazir, 1 wide, goes down leg and that's yet another wide - this has been a real downfall for Ireland so far

9.1

Rankin to Imran Nazir, no run, pushed up there, straight, and that's worked into the leg side, but not entirely convincingly

9.2

Rankin to Imran Nazir, no run, walks on to his back foot to nibble that one into the covers for a cheeky single

9.3

Rankin to Imran Nazir, 1 run, worked off the legs into midwicket and the batsmen have to be quick to make that tight single. Kevin O'Brien did well to race round from square leg, release quickly and nearly take the non-striker's end sticks, though Imran would have been safe

Pakistan 41/2   Imran Nazir 18* (37b 2x4)

10.6

Langford-Smith to Imran Nazir, FOUR, a mere flick of the wrist through midwicket brings up Pakistan's fifty

Pakistan 50/2   Imran Nazir 22* (38b 3x4)

14.1

Johnston to Imran Nazir, no run, defended well on the front foot

14.2

Johnston to Imran Nazir, 1 run, glanced down leg with a short-arm jab

14.6

Johnston to Imran Nazir, no run, right on the money and that's defended forward strongly

Pakistan 60/4   Imran Nazir 23* (41b 3x4)

16.1

Johnston to Imran Nazir, no run, "Hooowawa" shouts the bowler but the tone of his voice trails off - that one pitching outside the line

16.2

Johnston to Imran Nazir, no run, defended forward quietly enough

16.3

Johnston to Imran Nazir, no run, left alone outside off this time

16.4

Johnston to Imran Nazir, 1 run, risky single to backward point, dabbed down, and a winged-in underarm nearly takes the one stump in view - the batsman was well in, though

Pakistan 61/4   Imran Nazir 24* (45b 3x4)

17.1

Botha to Imran Nazir, no run, oh, Botha really causing all kinds of problems now. Imran went for a loose waft outside off, his head coming up and his eyes leaving the ball - that was a good length and he should have dealt with it differently

17.2

Botha to Imran Nazir, no run, well bowled, slower delivery and the batsman decided, only at the last minute, to pull out of the swipe

17.3

Botha to Imran Nazir, no run, more quiet defence - enjoyable stuff from Botha

17.4

Botha to Imran Nazir, no run, another flash, this one missing the under edge, but only just, and a snick can't be far off at this rate

17.5

Botha to Imran Nazir, no run, gentle looper outside off and the batsman makes the firm decision to leave that one alone

17.6

Botha to Imran Nazir, OUT, 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

Imran Nazir c Morgan b Botha 24 (88m 51b 3x4 0x6) SR: 47.05

Pakistan 66/5   Imran Nazir 24 (51b 3x4)
Tournament Results
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Australia won by 53 runs (D/L method)
Australia v South Africa at Gros Islet - Apr 25, 2007
Australia won by 7 wickets (with 111 balls remaining)
New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Kingston - Apr 24, 2007
Sri Lanka won by 81 runs
West Indies v England at Bridgetown - Apr 21, 2007
England won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining)
Australia v New Zealand at St George's - Apr 20, 2007
Australia won by 215 runs
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Photos

Mar 18, 2007

Pakistan cricket fans burn a bat in protest at their side's dismal World Cup performance, Karachi, March 18, 2007

Pakistan cricket fans burn a bat in protest at their side's dismal World Cup performance

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Mar 18, 2007

Pakistan cricket fans wake up to read the news of Pakistan's elimination, Islamabad, March 18, 2007

Pakistan cricket fans wake up to read the news of Pakistan's elimination

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