ICC World Cup - 9th match, Group D

Ireland v Pakistan

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

11.1

Botha to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, driven to short midwicket

11.2

Botha to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, played down off the back foot straight into the pitch, stunning the pace off the ball

11.3

Botha to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, well worked into the midwicket off the backfoot

11.4

Botha to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, swing on it and that pops harmlessly into the leg side

11.5

Botha to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, slower delivery worked to mid-on

11.6

Botha to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, Yousuf steals the strike back by following the ball round to leg

Pakistan 51/2   AC Botha 1-0-1-0

13.1

Botha to Inzamam-ul-Haq, OUT, 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.

Inzamam-ul-Haq c Morgan b Botha 1 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

13.2

Botha to Shoaib Malik, no run, straight and that pops into space on the leg side

13.3

Botha to Shoaib Malik, no run, driven slowly to mid-on

13.4

Botha to Shoaib Malik, no run, worked down off the back foot

13.5

Botha to Shoaib Malik, no run, right up there, but shaping towards the leg and that's just eased there

13.6

Botha to Shoaib Malik, no run, played strongly off the back foot to covers and that's a neat bit of nimble fielding, cutting off the runs

Pakistan 58/4   AC Botha 2-1-1-1

15.1

Botha to Shoaib Malik, no run, defended on the back foot into the covers

15.2

Botha to Shoaib Malik, no run, defended on the back foot into the covers

15.3

Botha to Shoaib Malik, no run, worked off the back foot to mid-on

15.4

Botha to Shoaib Malik, no run, gosh, he nearly had him that time - great delivery rearing up a touch, cutting into him off the seam and how did that miss the outside edge? Nobody knows

15.5

Botha to Shoaib Malik, no run, dinked to point where yet another alert fielder scoops the ball up

15.6

Botha to Shoaib Malik, no run, tickled round fine and O'Brien does very well behind the sticks to dive wide to his left to cut off the runs

Pakistan 60/4   AC Botha 3-2-1-1

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   AC Botha 4-3-1-2

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   AC Botha 5-4-1-2

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

21.6

Botha to Azhar Mahmood, no run, dabbed at, that one arcing slightly, and it's nearly wicket-time once more

Pakistan 73/6   AC Botha 6-4-2-2

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

23.5

Botha to Azhar Mahmood, no run, slower ball, loops in dangerously, but the batsman is solid in defending right over that one

23.6

Botha to Azhar Mahmood, no run, dribbled into the leg side

Pakistan 75/6   AC Botha 7-4-3-2

25.1

Botha to Azhar Mahmood, no run, driven to short mid-on, rolling along the floor

25.2

Botha to Azhar Mahmood, no run, too good and Botha just misses out on another, a leg cutter squaring Mahmood up all ends

25.3

Botha to Azhar Mahmood, no run, driven to cover

25.4

Botha to Azhar Mahmood, no run, a good line and length coming into the righthander and he manages to jam his bat down to trap the ball

25.5

Botha to Azhar Mahmood, 2 runs, safe, aerial drive over mid-on

25.6

Botha to Azhar Mahmood, no run, driven slowly to cover

Pakistan 81/6   AC Botha 8-4-5-2
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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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