ICC World Cup - 9th match, Group D

Ireland v Pakistan

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

19.1

Botha to Kamran Akmal, no run, dealt with with a foist to cover

19.2

Botha to Kamran Akmal, no run, shoulders arms early and forcefully

19.3

Botha to Kamran Akmal, no run, another well executed ball and I bet Botha wishes there was no limit on his overs - he's really in the groove here

19.4

Botha to Kamran Akmal, no run, Akmal defends this one tidily

19.5

Botha to Kamran Akmal, no run, slower one deceives Akmal who's already through the shot and so sends it uppish - but in space - to cover

19.6

Botha to Kamran Akmal, no run, gets that one past the batsman who's looking uncomfortable here

Pakistan 68/5   Kamran Akmal 0* (6b)

21.1

Botha to Kamran Akmal, no run, yet another dot ball from Botha there, just outside the off stump with a lovely curving Monroe-esque shape

21.2

Botha to Kamran Akmal, no run, the batsman comes forward to try to get bat on it; he does, and that's just a wishful half-shout for lbw

21.3

Botha to Kamran Akmal, no run, squirts that in at the batsman on a good length and that's defended

21.4

Botha to Kamran Akmal, no run, driven to cover this time - the batsmen still can't get Botha away and they actually seem afraid to even try

21.5

Botha to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, a run! Botha has spoiled his figures, there. That's worked off the back foot behind point

Pakistan 73/6   Kamran Akmal 1* (11b)

22.1

KJ O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, left alone outside off

22.2

KJ O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, unconvincing crash into the foot this time

22.3

KJ O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, good line and length again

22.4

KJ O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, gets away with a low full toss on leg which can only be guided to mid-on

22.5

KJ O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, defended this time

22.6

KJ O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, played off the back foot to the man on the wide third man boundary

Pakistan 74/6   Kamran Akmal 2* (17b)

23.1

Botha to Kamran Akmal, no run, another dot from the nagging Botha

23.2

Botha to Kamran Akmal, no run, well defended

23.3

Botha to Kamran Akmal, no run, ooh, bump ball as that's crashed to cover who plucks it from the air and the crowd are momentarily excited

23.4

Botha to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, driven square in front of point for a collector's single off Botha

Pakistan 75/6   Kamran Akmal 3* (21b)

24.1

KJ O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, thinks about chasing that one on the off-side but lets it fly through to O'Brien

24.2

KJ O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, stabs at that one and it pings through to the keeper without kissing the edge

24.3

KJ O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, driven into his front foot

24.4

KJ O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, on leg and that's driven to mid-on

24.5

KJ O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, a rare attacking shot... and indeed that's a boundary... good shot deliberately send high over the slips and on

24.6

KJ O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, driven in front of midwicket

Pakistan 79/6   Kamran Akmal 7* (27b 1x4)

26.1

KJ O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, aggression from the batsman with a straight, well-struck drive, but O'Brien is equal to the task and stops the run

26.2

KJ O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, down on one knee and strikes that hard towards cover and it goes over the top and all the way

26.3

KJ O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, driven out on the off-side for a quick single

26.4

KJ O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, pushed up there and the big bowler does well to bend right down and get his left hand down on the ball

26.5

KJ O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, good shot - hit easily round down through fine leg

26.6

KJ O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, a thick outside edge flies down into space through third man

Pakistan 92/6   Kamran Akmal 18* (33b 3x4)

27.1

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, no run, driven slowly to cover

27.2

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, no run, good delivery, a bit of bounce and that turns away from the righthander

27.3

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, no run, that one turns in this time and the batsman can only defend that one

27.4

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, worked off the legs into midwicket

Pakistan 93/6   Kamran Akmal 19* (37b 3x4)

28.1

Rankin to Kamran Akmal, 1 leg bye, flicks that off the legs down to orthodox fine leg

Pakistan 94/6   Kamran Akmal 19* (38b 3x4)

29.1

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, crashed off the back foot to just inside the off-side sweeper boundary

29.2

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, no run, comes forward and defends right over that one

29.3

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, delicately played, deliberately uppish through the vacant slip area and that brings up the hundred for Pakistan

29.4

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, lobbed up through fine leg

29.5

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, no run, dabbed to midwicket for a quick single

29.6

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, no run, worked well off the back foot to mid-on

Pakistan 102/6   Kamran Akmal 27* (44b 4x4)

30.3

Rankin to Kamran Akmal, 1 wide, another wide, on the leg side, and that's not good enough

30.3

Rankin to Kamran Akmal, 1 wide, that's the 20th wide this innings, and that's on the leg side

30.3

Rankin to Kamran Akmal, no run

30.4

Rankin to Kamran Akmal, no run, jabbed down awkwardly off the back foot

30.5

Rankin to Kamran Akmal, OUT, "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

Kamran Akmal c Johnston b Rankin 27 (56m 47b 4x4 0x6) SR: 57.44

Pakistan 105/8   Kamran Akmal 27 (47b 4x4)
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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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