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)
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   WB Rankin 1-0-5-0
3.1

Rankin to Younis Khan, 1 wide, wide down leg this time - no question on the call

3.1

Rankin to Younis Khan, no run, right up there pitching on off and that's driven to mid-on

3.2

Rankin to Younis Khan, no run, a very neat delivery, slinking right past Khan's outside edge at a fair height

3.3

Rankin to Younis Khan, OUT, 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

Younis Khan c Botha b Rankin 0 (13m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

3.4

Rankin to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 wide, down leg and Yousuf thinks about chasing that one down leg

3.4

Rankin to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, Yousuf not comfortable there in fending that straight one down

3.5

Rankin to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, worked to short midwicket

3.6

Rankin to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, effortless from Yousuf, one of his signature shots that, a mere flick of an extra cover drive and that's the tension immediately undone

Pakistan 20/2   WB Rankin 2-0-11-1
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

5.4

Rankin to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, good delivery, on the money outside off and plenty of late swing carrying it through to the keeper's right - extra bounce, but Yousuf happy to leave well alone

5.5

Rankin to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 wide, still struggling to control the swing - this one was too wide down the off this time

5.5

Rankin to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, nice height, steepling past Yousuf's face and threatening to lick his grille

5.6

Rankin to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, gentle delivery this time, just easing down the off-side channel and rising - like a Harmison ball - on its way through

Pakistan 29/2   WB Rankin 3-0-15-1
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   WB Rankin 4-0-20-1
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

9.4

Rankin to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, played down off the back foot

9.5

Rankin to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 wide, swings away down off and that's just to say wide - they all count, though

9.5

Rankin to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, straight, back of a length, and Yousuf's not sure where the edge has gone as that crashes into him - the ball dribbled down square on the off side, safe enough

9.6

Rankin to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, defended easily enough

Pakistan 43/2   WB Rankin 5-0-24-1
28.1

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

28.2

Rankin to Azhar Mahmood, no run, left alone outside off stump, that one rising on its way through to O'Brien

28.3

Rankin to Azhar Mahmood, no run, tries to bang that one in short, it doesn't really get up and that's worked down behind point

28.4

Rankin to Azhar Mahmood, no run, straight and there are loud, but late, shouts for lbw - it was too high, though

28.5

Rankin to Azhar Mahmood, no run, driven to gully this time and that's well fielded by Porterfield who knows what's at stake here

28.6

Rankin to Azhar Mahmood, no run, worked to midwicket

Pakistan 94/6   WB Rankin 6-1-24-1
30.1

Rankin to Azhar Mahmood, 1 wide, wide down leg - and quite high, too

30.1

Rankin to Azhar Mahmood, no run, ooh, good delivery, sharp and it reared up from an awkward length, crashing into the batsman's gloves

30.2

Rankin to Azhar Mahmood, OUT, 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

Azhar Mahmood c Johnston b Rankin 2 (36m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 9.52

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

30.6

Rankin to Mohammad Sami, 1 run, dabs that one down into short midwicket and the batsmen shuffle through, Sami eager to retain the strike

Pakistan 106/8   WB Rankin 7-1-28-3
32.1

Rankin to Iftikhar Anjum, 1 run, shuffles across his stumps to take that from straight and into the leg side

32.2

Rankin to Mohammad Sami, no run, that rises on its way through to the keeper

32.3

Rankin to Mohammad Sami, no run, that one keeps low and it's defended down

32.4

Rankin to Mohammad Sami, no run, more quiet defence

32.5

Rankin to Mohammad Sami, no run, straight as a die and that's worked down off the back foot, quietly again

32.6

Rankin to Mohammad Sami, no run, a straight bat to that one which flies off the face into the covers

Pakistan 109/8   WB Rankin 8-1-29-3
34.1

Rankin to Iftikhar Anjum, no run, short and played down well off the back foot

34.2

Rankin to Iftikhar Anjum, 1 no ball, defended down into short midwicket

34.2

Rankin to Iftikhar Anjum, no run, steepling bounce from back of a length, but wide enough to leave

34.3

Rankin to Iftikhar Anjum, no run, slightly slower ball and that's just defended over

34.4

Rankin to Iftikhar Anjum, 1 wide, veered too much down the off side

34.4

Rankin to Iftikhar Anjum, no run, left alone outside off

34.5

Rankin to Iftikhar Anjum, 1 wide, chased down leg

34.5

Rankin to Iftikhar Anjum, no run, defended down

34.6

Rankin to Iftikhar Anjum, no run, defended forward

Pakistan 115/8   WB Rankin 9-1-32-3
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