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)
0.1

Umar Gul to Bray, 1 run, confident start, steered through fourth slip, all along the ground, quite safe, and a massive cheer from the Irish supporters. Every run will be greeted as keenly as an Irish winner in the Gold Cup ...

0.2

Umar Gul to Porterfield, no run, short of a length, the batsman goes back and gets right into line

0.3

Umar Gul to Porterfield, 1 run, too full, driven to midwicket and an easy single

0.4

Umar Gul to Bray, no run, fired in full on leg stump, blocked back to the bowler and jeers as he ponders hurling it back at the batsman

0.5

Umar Gul to Bray, no run, bat and pad jammed together in a jerky forward defensive stroke, the ball trickles into the covers

0.6

Umar Gul to Bray, no run, again bat and pad as one, and the ball squirts to point who makes a sprawling stop

Uneventful opening over. It's about wickets for Pakistan ... they have to bowl Ireland out to win this. Mohammad Sami opening at the other end.

End of over 1 (2 runs) Ireland 2/0 (131 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 2.67)

    • JP Bray 1 (4b)
    • WTS Porterfield 1 (2b)
    • Umar Gul 1-0-2-0
1.1

Mohammad Sami to Porterfield, no run, nice, just short, quick (88mph) and that trampolined through to Akmal who took it at throat height

1.2

Mohammad Sami to Porterfield, 1 leg bye, leg side, looping off the pad behind square and a few gasps as the Pakistan supporters momentarily thought it might have been a catch

1.3

Mohammad Sami to Bray, no run, swinging into the left hander at 90mph, Bray aims an expansive drive and plays outside it ... it also did him for pace

1.4

Mohammad Sami to Bray, 1 run, leg side again, wraps Bray on the thigh pad - it again seemed to be through him when he played it - and bobbles down to long leg. A run given ... not sure how

1.5

Mohammad Sami to Porterfield, 1 run, a loud and raucous yell for leg-before as a yorker spears in at leg stump, it hit Porterfield on the foot but again the umpire gave the run as the ball squirted out on the leg. Hawkeye says that was out and it certainly was ...

1.6

Mohammad Sami to Bray, no run, good ball, batsman into line and blocks

End of over 2 (3 runs) Ireland 5/0 (128 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 2.50, RRR: 2.66)

    • JP Bray 2 (7b)
    • WTS Porterfield 2 (5b)
    • Mohammad Sami 1-0-2-0
    • Umar Gul 1-0-2-0
2.1

Umar Gul to Porterfield, 1 run, hmm ... not confident but they all count. Bray forward and gets a big inside edge which skims to long leg.

2.2

Umar Gul to Bray, no run, Porterfield back on his stumps to block on the back foot

2.3

Umar Gul to Bray, no run, banged in short outside the off stump, Porterfield sways out the line as Gul follows right through to underline the fact that he's going to give the batsman a working over

Two slips and a gully.

2.4

Umar Gul to Bray, no run, Gul follows up with a good-length ball on off stump which is confidently pushed into the covers

2.5

Umar Gul to Bray, no run, defended, slightly on the move, and it bobbles to mid-off who manages to misfield a ball coming at him at snail's pace

2.6

Umar Gul to Bray, 1 run, deliberately steered between the slips and gully, Sami at third man attacks the ball and fires in a low throw to ensure there will be no second

End of over 3 (2 runs) Ireland 7/0 (126 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 2.33, RRR: 2.68)

    • JP Bray 3 (12b)
    • WTS Porterfield 3 (6b)
    • Umar Gul 2-0-4-0
    • Mohammad Sami 1-0-2-0

Only 126 to win. Only ... two slips and no gully.

3.1

Mohammad Sami to Bray, OUT, 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

JP Bray lbw b Mohammad Sami 3 (14m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 23.07

Eoin Morgan ... the next Ed Joyce ...

3.2

Mohammad Sami to Morgan, 1 run, full on leg stump, clipped into the on side

3.3

Mohammad Sami to Porterfield, 2 runs, full again, driven between mid-on and midwicket and loud cheers once more from the Irish

3.4

Mohammad Sami to Porterfield, FOUR, cover drive, all along the ground, not timed but it still had enough juice to beat the chasing pack

3.5

Mohammad Sami to Porterfield, no run, speared across Porterfield - with an accompanying snarl - and he leaves the ball

3.6

Mohammad Sami to Porterfield, no run, fractionally short and turned into the leg side

End of over 4 (7 runs) Ireland 14/1 (119 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 2.58)

    • WTS Porterfield 9 (10b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 1 (1b)
    • Mohammad Sami 2-0-9-1
    • Umar Gul 2-0-4-0
4.1

Umar Gul to Morgan, 1 run, short and climbed on Morgan who kept it down as it wrapped him on the gloves, Porterfield called for the run and although Morgan was slow out of the blocks, he made it with ease

4.2

Umar Gul to Porterfield, no run, outside off stump and left well alone

4.3

Umar Gul to Porterfield, no run, jaffer ... seamed away from the left hander who was well beaten by a ball which did far too much

4.4

Umar Gul to Porterfield, no run, and another one, the only criticism being it was too short, and the batsman was able to whip the bat out of the way on length alone

4.5

Umar Gul to Porterfield, no run, good length and blocked, Gul again snarls and snorts his way towards the batsman after the shot is played

4.6

Umar Gul to Porterfield, no run, and a third peach (sorry to mix fruits) which spits across Porterfield but, once more, just too short, so the batsman could leave on length instead of having to consider playing at it

End of over 5 (1 run) Ireland 15/1 (118 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 2.62)

    • WTS Porterfield 9 (15b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 2 (2b)
    • Umar Gul 3-0-5-0
    • Mohammad Sami 2-0-9-1
5.1

Mohammad Sami to Morgan, no run, loud and passionate appeal for leg-before - Sami almost begging - pitched on off and hit him outside the line and it would have gone on to miss

5.2

Mohammad Sami to Morgan, no run, Morgan back to one at 89mph and he had to hurry to get his bat onto that and drop it into the pitch safely

5.3

Mohammad Sami to Morgan, OUT, 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

EJG Morgan lbw b Mohammad Sami 2 (11m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Bangaldesh 100 for 3 in the 23rd over

5.4

Mohammad Sami to NJ O'Brien, no run, pushed defensively into the off side

5.5

Mohammad Sami to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, tucked behind square on the leg side

5.6

Mohammad Sami to Porterfield, no run, good length, swinging in to the left hander, blocked

"Thats disgraceful comparing poor Morgan to Joyce," emails Stuart. "Morgan's already way ahead of that pitiful Joyce and actually plays for his home country." A little one eyed? With respect, playing for England is considered by some to be a notch above playing for an Associate ... cue the feedback!

End of over 6 (1 run) Ireland 16/2 (117 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 2.66, RRR: 2.65)

    • WTS Porterfield 9 (16b 1x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 1 (2b)
    • Mohammad Sami 3-0-10-2
    • Umar Gul 3-0-5-0

Two slips and a gully ...

6.1

Umar Gul to NJ O'Brien, no run, good one, angled across the batsman and his weak spar misses the ball by some way

6.2

Umar Gul to NJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien up on his toes to push the ball into the off side

6.3

Umar Gul to NJ O'Brien, no run, through O'Brien, who jumps like a cat on a hot tin thingy and is struck amidships for his pains

6.4

Umar Gul to NJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien airbourne again and once more is off his feet as the ball hits him high on the pads. Gul follows through to give him some advice

6.5

Umar Gul to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, tucked off the legs to the right of midwicket and it has enough oomp to allow them to come back for the second. Gul is bowling well but too short ... he's wasting the new ball

6.6

Umar Gul to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, too much width outside the off stump, O'Brien steers the ball to the right of a sliding point

End of over 7 (3 runs) Ireland 19/2 (114 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 2.71, RRR: 2.65)

    • NJ O'Brien 4 (8b)
    • WTS Porterfield 9 (16b 1x4)
    • Umar Gul 4-0-8-0
    • Mohammad Sami 3-0-10-2
7.1

Mohammad Sami to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, far too short and wide as well, O'Brien steps back and smacks that through the covers and it's four all the way. Inzamam scowls as well he might ...

7.2

Mohammad Sami to NJ O'Brien, no run, great response from Sami at around 90mph, O'Brien drives loosely off the back foot and is beaten all ends up

7.3

Mohammad Sami to NJ O'Brien, no run, pushed on the bounce into the covers and well fielded, although the throw at the bowler's end was less impressive

7.4

Mohammad Sami to NJ O'Brien, no run, full, swinging and on the button, well defended to mid-on

7.5

Mohammad Sami to NJ O'Brien, no run, full outside leg stump, O'Brien across and it appeared to clip his pads on its way through and Akmal took it well, low to his right. Jeers from the Irish spectators who thought that should have been a wide

7.6

Mohammad Sami to NJ O'Brien, 3 runs, sweet off drive, no effort and almost no follow through, but timed well enough to beat mid-on who had to chase it all the way to the rope

Chrsi emails re: Joyce: "I hardly think the Irish are the ones to get all moral about players playing for their "home" country given their rather generous interpretation of "Irish" nationality - Mr Seamus O'Botha for example!"

End of over 8 (7 runs) Ireland 26/2 (107 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 3.25, RRR: 2.54)

    • NJ O'Brien 11 (14b 1x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 9 (16b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Sami 4-0-17-2
    • Umar Gul 4-0-8-0
8.1

Umar Gul to NJ O'Brien, no run, outside off stump, no shot, no drama

8.2

Umar Gul to NJ O'Brien, no run, good length and line, O'Brien jumps back and jabs down on it just in time

8.3

Umar Gul to NJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien into line and safely plays it into the off side

8.4

Umar Gul to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, oh yes, take that! Full outside off stump and quite superbly driven all along the ground past mid-on, who is reduced to the role of ball fetcher. Brian Lara could not have hit that better or more sweetly

8.5

Umar Gul to NJ O'Brien, no run, good reply from the bowler, short outside off stump

8.6

Umar Gul to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, O'Brien back, and he whips the ball off his pads at the last moment and down to long leg

Tim Allan widens the debate: "Speaking of nationality. How do you think 'Kivin' Pietersen will feel looking across to his SA country men when they lift the World Cup Aloft in a few weeks time?"

End of over 9 (5 runs) Ireland 31/2 (102 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 3.44, RRR: 2.48)

    • NJ O'Brien 16 (20b 2x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 9 (16b 1x4)
    • Umar Gul 5-0-13-0
    • Mohammad Sami 4-0-17-2
9.1

Mohammad Sami to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, short and slashed over the slips, it bounces a yard in front of Gul at third man, he misfields but leaps back to stop the ball a yard from the rope. The batsmen thought that was going for four and so stopped running. Good recovery from Gul ...

9.2

Mohammad Sami to Porterfield, no run, another rasping off drive, but this time the fielder is in the right place and so saves himself a long walk to the rope

9.3

Mohammad Sami to Porterfield, no run, outside off and left alone

9.4

Mohammad Sami to Porterfield, no run, short, but even so got big and Porterfield did well to keep that down from in front of his face

9.5

Mohammad Sami to Porterfield, no run, Porterfield again forced onto his toes to get over the ball and run it into the gully area

Now a yorker?

9.6

Mohammad Sami to Porterfield, no run, he went for it but it was a yard too full and a foot too wide

Bangladesh 115 for 3 ... they need 77 off 22.5 overs

End of over 10 (1 run) Ireland 32/2 (101 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 3.20, RRR: 2.52)

    • WTS Porterfield 9 (21b 1x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 17 (21b 2x4)
    • Mohammad Sami 5-0-18-2
    • Umar Gul 5-0-13-0

Powerplay and Iftikhar into the attack

10.1

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, 1 wide, he starts with a leg-side wide to loud and sarcastic cheers from the Irish

10.1

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, no run, better line, around off stump and patted into the off side

10.2

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien back and blocks

10.3

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, no run, good one, just outside off stump and through the backward defensive jab

10.4

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, no run, through to the keeper, no shot needed

10.5

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, O'Brien turns that into the leg side, the runs needed are now under 100

The emails calling for Inzamam to be fired are just outnumbered by those demanding Woolmer be sent into exile ...

10.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Porterfield, no run, Porterfield into line and meets the ball with the full face of the bat

End of over 11 (2 runs) Ireland 34/2 (99 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 3.09, RRR: 2.53)

    • WTS Porterfield 9 (22b 1x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 18 (26b 2x4)
    • Iftikhar Anjum 1-0-2-0
    • Mohammad Sami 5-0-18-2
11.1

Mohammad Sami to NJ O'Brien, no run, very short and an attempt to swish the ball over the slips misses. How was that not a wide?

11.2

Mohammad Sami to NJ O'Brien, 1 wide, no doubts about that one as Sami almost seemed to be daring the umpire to call the side. The umpire obliges ...

11.2

Mohammad Sami to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, tip and run up to mid-off, good quick calling

11.3

Mohammad Sami to Porterfield, no run, short of a length outside off stump. It's a dot ball but it's not really the best use of the hard ball as they need wickets if they are to win this

11.4

Mohammad Sami to Porterfield, no run, dropped short and fast and right into the batsman's chest, Porterfield fends it down to the right of Hafeez at short leg ...but he can't hold on to the ball at full stretch

11.5

Mohammad Sami to Porterfield, 1 run, more tip-and-run, that could have been close but Shoaib running in from cover didn't pick the ball up cleanly

11.6

Mohammad Sami to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, short, the hook shot ended up being hurried and uncontrolled as he almost turned his head away, but he got away with it as the ball arced well to the right of long leg

End of over 12 (4 runs) Ireland 38/2 (95 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 3.16, RRR: 2.50)

    • NJ O'Brien 20 (29b 2x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 10 (25b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Sami 6-0-22-2
    • Iftikhar Anjum 1-0-2-0
12.1

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, no run, firm drive back at the feet of the bowler who is down quickly to pick it up

12.2

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, no run, swinging, but it started too far outside the off stump to interest anyone

12.3

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, driven straight, Hafeez at mid-off dives to his left but cannot pick it up cleanly and the ball bobbles far enough away from him to allow the single

12.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Porterfield, 1 wide, more loud cheers ... Billy B signals the wide as the bowler veered to the off

12.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Porterfield, no run, lovely ball, through the drive ... he was beaten all ends up by that one

12.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Porterfield, no run, swinging in to the batsmen, and as a result the drive went more to leg than Porterfield intended and the ball ended up with mid-on

Souhail emails: "Disgraceful... woolmer, inzi, pcb, they should all resign." That is just about everyone except for George Bush then ...

12.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Porterfield, no run, too wide to tempt

End of over 13 (2 runs) Ireland 40/2 (93 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 3.07, RRR: 2.51)

    • WTS Porterfield 10 (28b 1x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 21 (32b 2x4)
    • Iftikhar Anjum 2-0-4-0
    • Mohammad Sami 6-0-22-2

Inzamam still on the attack - as he has to be - with two slips

13.1

Azhar Mahmood to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, good line and length, driven to mid-on

13.2

Azhar Mahmood to Porterfield, no run, driven to mid-on again

13.3

Azhar Mahmood to Porterfield, no run, inconclusive backward defensive, a bit late, and the ball bounces into the pitch and past his leg stump

13.4

Azhar Mahmood to Porterfield, no run, loud shout for leg-before, beaten by the inswing, and that looked more out than Bray's earlier

Hawkeye says ... it was hitting the stumps ...

13.5

Azhar Mahmood to Porterfield, no run, even more confident shout but this one was heading well over the top. Pressure on the batsman and the umpire

Inzamam scowling at slip, Woolmer shakes his head up in the stands

13.6

Azhar Mahmood to Porterfield, no run, short and through Porterfield who swishes nevertheless

End of over 14 (1 run) Ireland 41/2 (92 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 2.92, RRR: 2.55)

    • WTS Porterfield 10 (33b 1x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 22 (33b 2x4)
    • Azhar Mahmood 1-0-1-0
    • Iftikhar Anjum 2-0-4-0
14.1

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, no run, loosener outside off and left alone

14.2

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, swinging towards leg stump, nicely clipped off his toes and a long chase for the man at midwicket to get the ball out near the square-leg boundary

14.3

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, that's so demoralising for the field ... dropped at his feet and a single. O'Brien collided with Nazir as he completed the run ...

Ouch ... he actually spiked his hand. It was quite unintentional but the physio is out in the middle nevertheless with a cold spray. He needs Pollyfiller judging by the number of spikes on O'Brien's boots. While the fielder grimaces and groans, the other players take drinks.

Chris emails with a fair observation., "Joyce, Pietersen, Tony Greig, I'm sure there have been cricketing mercenaries ever since the Hambledon Cricket Club at Broadhalfpenny Down. Provided everyone agrees to the residency rules and sticks to them, I don't see what the problem is."

Bangladesh are 134 for 3 ... they require another 58 runs with seven wickets and 17.5 overs remaining ... all running repairs completed.

14.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Porterfield, no run, pushed to mid-on ... it's getting a bit dark here now

14.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Porterfield, no run, half-timed drive to short extra cover

14.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Porterfield, no run, wide on a length and Porterfield aims an expansive and overambitious slash at the ball and gets nowhere near it

Long discussion between Inzamam and Bowden ... not sure what that's all about but there is no signal for the Powerplay.

End of over 15 (3 runs) Ireland 44/2 (89 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 2.93, RRR: 2.54)

    • WTS Porterfield 10 (36b 1x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 25 (36b 2x4)
    • Iftikhar Anjum 3-0-7-0
    • Azhar Mahmood 1-0-1-0
15.1

Azhar Mahmood to NJ O'Brien, no run, safely negotiated

15.2

Azhar Mahmood to NJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien back to block, sets off for a single but after two paces realises there's nothing on and he checks and yells "no"

15.3

Azhar Mahmood to NJ O'Brien, 1 leg bye, short and on leg stump, thuds into O'Brien's thigh pad and an easy single, even though midwicket ran in and underarmed his throw into the stumps

15.4

Azhar Mahmood to Porterfield, no run, short of a length. an indeterminate swish off the back foot which misses

15.5

Azhar Mahmood to Porterfield, no run, flicked uppishly but it drops just short of midwicket who started in but realised it was not going to carry and so checked to make sure he didn't miss it

15.6

Azhar Mahmood to Porterfield, no run, checked drive which shoots back to the left of the bowler ... not a catch but it caused a few flutters among the faithful

End of over 16 (1 run, maiden) Ireland 45/2 (88 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 2.81, RRR: 2.58)

    • WTS Porterfield 10 (39b 1x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 25 (39b 2x4)
    • Azhar Mahmood 2-1-1-0
    • Iftikhar Anjum 3-0-7-0
16.1

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, no run, pushed gently to point

16.2

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, neat running, blocked drive to mid-on and both batsmen off like hares. It's hard to defend that. The throw hit the bat and shot off into the wilderness but the batsmen didn't look to take advantage

16.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Porterfield, no run, outside off stump, a late but conclusive leave

16.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Porterfield, 1 run, another stolen single into the covers. This is the kind of thing that can really sap morale, especially in a low-scoring match

16.5

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, no run, wide, badly-timed drive off the back foot goes nowhere

16.6

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, no run, back and into line, well bowled and well played

End of over 17 (2 runs) Ireland 47/2 (86 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 2.76, RRR: 2.60)

    • NJ O'Brien 26 (43b 2x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 11 (41b 1x4)
    • Iftikhar Anjum 4-0-9-0
    • Azhar Mahmood 2-1-1-0
17.1

Azhar Mahmood to Porterfield, no run, that one beat the batsman's outside edge, no leave there

17.2

Azhar Mahmood to Porterfield, no run, Porterfield takes a step and a half towards that, misses and is stuck on the thigh

17.3

Azhar Mahmood to Porterfield, no run, punched off the back foot to extra cover

The Irish have started singing. If my experiences in Dublin are anything to go by, they won't stop for about 12 hours, win or lose.

17.4

Azhar Mahmood to Porterfield, no run, rather ambitious Caribbean-style slash off the back foot ... if he had hit it that would still be going ... but he didn't

17.5

Azhar Mahmood to Porterfield, 1 run, nurdled just wide of midwicket

17.6

Azhar Mahmood to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, driven to Yousuf at mid-on, he picks up and throws, hitting the stumps, but it was so clearly in that even the umpire didn't call for assistance from on high

Chas asks: "Would Ed Joyce have made it into the Irish team?" I suspect he would ...

End of over 18 (2 runs) Ireland 49/2 (84 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 2.72, RRR: 2.62)

    • NJ O'Brien 27 (44b 2x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 12 (46b 1x4)
    • Azhar Mahmood 3-1-3-0
    • Iftikhar Anjum 4-0-9-0

We have just been told that three chartered planes arrived from Ireland yesterday. If they win this, that could be increased tenfold.

18.1

Mohammad Hafeez to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, two steps, blocked past the close man and a quick single. Inzamam hurls the ball at the stumps, misses and there are overthrows as the ball cannons off Yousuf's ankle

18.2

Mohammad Hafeez to NJ O'Brien, no run, loud yell as it hits the pads, but no dramas

18.3

Mohammad Hafeez to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, too short and sublime cut through point.

The first two balls did that ... the batsman came down the track to the first two balls, the bowler then dropped it short and bingo ...

18.4

Mohammad Hafeez to NJ O'Brien, no run, blocked

18.5

Mohammad Hafeez to NJ O'Brien, no run, outside off, missed sweep and Akmal demolishes the stumps even though the back foot was well anchored

18.6

Mohammad Hafeez to NJ O'Brien, no run, good line and length, a sniff of spin, and blocked

End of over 19 (6 runs) Ireland 55/2 (78 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 2.89, RRR: 2.51)

    • NJ O'Brien 33 (50b 3x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 12 (46b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 1-0-6-0
    • Azhar Mahmood 3-1-3-0

Ireland need 78 from 31 overs. Pakistan need a wicket and soon.

19.1

Azhar Mahmood to Porterfield, no run, chopped into the off, well stopped by a wrong-footed Nazir

19.2

Azhar Mahmood to Porterfield, 1 run, off the bat and then pad into the leg side, a moment's hesitation and although midwicket scored a direct hit, O'Brien was well home

19.3

Azhar Mahmood to NJ O'Brien, no run, outside off, no shot

19.4

Azhar Mahmood to NJ O'Brien, no run, back and slightly hurriedly blocked

Bangladesh require another 30 runs with seven wickets and 11.3 overs remaining. It could be a really bad day for the Asian superpowers ...

Mahmood round the wicket.

19.5

Azhar Mahmood to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, neatly worked to mid-on with soft hands, all the pace off the ball and an easy run

19.6

Azhar Mahmood to Porterfield, no run, speared into Porterfield's midriff, Mahmood follows through and the batsman and bowler exchange some opinions on life in general and that delivery in particular

Whatever happens, we now have a game. If it rains, we carry this match on tomorrow ...

End of over 20 (2 runs) Ireland 57/2 (76 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 2.85, RRR: 2.53)

    • WTS Porterfield 13 (49b 1x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 34 (53b 3x4)
    • Azhar Mahmood 4-1-5-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 1-0-6-0
20.1

Mohammad Hafeez to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, thumped with real oomph back over the spinner's head ... two steps and crack

20.2

Mohammad Hafeez to NJ O'Brien, no run, pushed to cover

20.3

Mohammad Hafeez to NJ O'Brien, no run, cut, a tad uppishly, to point

20.4

Mohammad Hafeez to NJ O'Brien, no run, back and pushed to cover

20.5

Mohammad Hafeez to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, one big stride and turned to square leg, briefly thought about a second but settled for one

Hafeez not being allowed to settle because both men are using their feet to him

20.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Porterfield, OUT, 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 ...

WTS Porterfield b Mohammad Hafeez 13 (100m 50b 1x4 0x6) SR: 26.00

And India have struck, albeit probably too late to make any difference. Bangladesh require another 28 runs with six wickets and 10.1 overs remaining.

End of over 21 (5 runs) Ireland 62/3 (71 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 2.95, RRR: 2.44)

    • NJ O'Brien 39 (58b 4x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-11-1
    • Azhar Mahmood 4-1-5-0

Inzamam chugs off for running repairs and a few words with Bob W.

21.1

Azhar Mahmood to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, neatly flicked to square leg, a long chase for the man at long leg and he just catches the ball inside the rope

21.2

Azhar Mahmood to NJ O'Brien, 1 wide, cheers and jeers as the umpire calls a wide

21.2

Azhar Mahmood to NJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien pushed the ball to mid-off, sets off as he calls "no" and a bit of confusion

21.3

Azhar Mahmood to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, thick outside edge through third slip

21.4

Azhar Mahmood to Botha, no run, swinging delivery heading down the leg side, smacks the pads as Botha tries to flick the ball through midwicket

21.5

Azhar Mahmood to Botha, no run, Botha into line, all very textbook

21.6

Azhar Mahmood to Botha, no run, straight and blocked

You know what, I still reckon that if Pakistan can strike again in the next 20 runs then we have a really tight finish on our hands. Inzamam back on to lead his men.

End of over 22 (4 runs) Ireland 66/3 (67 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 2.39)

    • AC Botha 0 (3b)
    • NJ O'Brien 42 (61b 4x4)
    • Azhar Mahmood 5-1-9-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-11-1
22.1

Mohammad Hafeez to NJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien uses his feet to drive to mid-on

22.2

Mohammad Hafeez to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, another big step and driven through the covers

22.3

Mohammad Hafeez to NJ O'Brien, no run, he stays creasebound this time and blocks

22.4

Mohammad Hafeez to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, good footwork again, he meets the ball on the half volley and works it through midwicket

22.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Botha, no run, pushed defensive shot to cover

22.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Botha, no run, Botha back and rather hurriedly pushed to backward point

End of over 23 (3 runs) Ireland 69/3 (64 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 2.37)

    • AC Botha 0 (5b)
    • NJ O'Brien 45 (65b 4x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-14-1
    • Azhar Mahmood 5-1-9-0

Bangladesh require another 17 runs with five wickets and 46 balls remaining ... it's going to the wire ... Mohammad Sami back into the attack ...

23.1

Mohammad Sami to NJ O'Brien, no run, short, O'Brien jerks his head out of the way and grins at Sami who doesn't return the smile

23.2

Mohammad Sami to NJ O'Brien, no run, short and fast aimed at O'Brien's throat, eh gets over it well and guides it down to point. More verbals from Sami who seems to have been taking lessons from Andre Nel ...

23.3

Mohammad Sami to NJ O'Brien, no run, fuller, driven to mid-off but he didn't get his foot to the pitch of the ball and so got no power in the shot

23.4

Mohammad Sami to NJ O'Brien, no run, even shorter and O'Brien ducks, Sami follows right through so he stands face to face with the batsman. Good histrionics, but Pakistan need a wicket not a show pony

23.5

Mohammad Sami to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, wide and smacked to third man

23.6

Mohammad Sami to Botha, OUT, 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

AC Botha c Mohammad Hafeez b Mohammad Sami 0 (14m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Jerling has made three howlers so far, two in Pakistan's favour and one in Ireland's. The biggest tournament in the world needs the best umpires. To give an idea of how bad that was, nobody is sure what that was given out for ...caught or leg-before!

End of over 24 (1 run) Ireland 70/4 (63 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 2.91, RRR: 2.42)

    • NJ O'Brien 46 (70b 4x4)
    • Mohammad Sami 7-0-23-3
    • Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-14-1
24.1

Umar Gul to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, turned behind on the leg side, a hurried single and the batsman beats the direct hit

24.2

Umar Gul to KJ O'Brien, no run, outside off, left alone

All the mystery is cleared as Jerling indicates it was a catch. Obviously.

24.3

Umar Gul to KJ O'Brien, no run, rather hurried and jerky backward defensive block

The more replays TV show, the more dire that decision looks ... anyhow, it's done and dusted and Ireland need to avid losing another wicket now.

24.4

Umar Gul to KJ O'Brien, 1 wide, short and well down the leg side. Gul looks hard done by, but it was as clear a wide as you will see

24.4

Umar Gul to KJ O'Brien, no run, good ball, banged into the batsman's midriff

24.5

Umar Gul to KJ O'Brien, no run, back and blocked, the batsman not really sure where that went

24.6

Umar Gul to KJ O'Brien, no run, again the batsman goes back to defend

End of over 25 (2 runs) Ireland 72/4 (61 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 2.88, RRR: 2.44)

    • KJ O'Brien 0 (5b)
    • NJ O'Brien 47 (71b 4x4)
    • Umar Gul 6-0-15-0
    • Mohammad Sami 7-0-23-3

Bangladesh require another seven runs with five wickets and 29 balls remaining. The Irish dressing-room look utterly gutted ... not with that, but with the Botha decision.

25.1

Mohammad Sami to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, pushed into the covers, the bounce takes it between cover and point who get in each others way

25.2

Mohammad Sami to NJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien jumps and blocks to short leg where Hafeez dives and stops it well

25.3

Mohammad Sami to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, turned round the corner and loud and enthusiastic cheers as it brings up O'Brien's second ODI fifty

25.4

Mohammad Sami to KJ O'Brien, no run, turned off leg stump and Hafeez at short leg makes a really good reflect stop to his right

25.5

Mohammad Sami to KJ O'Brien, no run, short on off stump and well blocked

25.6

Mohammad Sami to KJ O'Brien, no run, full toss, knee height, well played to mid-on. The light is not great and that can't have been easy for someone who hasn't been in the middle for that long to pick up

Bangladesh require another four runs with five wickets and 21 balls remaining.

End of over 26 (3 runs) Ireland 75/4 (58 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 2.88, RRR: 2.41)

    • KJ O'Brien 0 (8b)
    • NJ O'Brien 50 (74b 4x4)
    • Mohammad Sami 8-0-26-3
    • Umar Gul 6-0-15-0
26.1

Umar Gul to NJ O'Brien, no run, on his toes, played with soft hands down to third man through the wide open space in the slips

The light continues to deteriorate.

26.2

Umar Gul to NJ O'Brien, no run, pushed to cover

Ireland are ahead on D/L, but they will come back tomorrow if they go off now.

26.3

Umar Gul to NJ O'Brien, no run, short again, and O'Brien jumps to get right over the ball and ensure it is under control

26.4

Umar Gul to NJ O'Brien, no run, and again short and at the body, and Jack-in-the-box O'Brien jumps and drops it into the leg side

When's the yorker coming?

26.5

Umar Gul to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, short and wide, beautifully cut, the ball is threaded through a small gap between gully and backward point

It's raining ... and dark ... aside from that, it's glorious. Gul switches to round the wicket.

26.6

Umar Gul to NJ O'Brien, 1 wide, Gul loses his line by switching and fires the ball down the leg side

26.6

Umar Gul to NJ O'Brien, no run, good delivery which made O'Brien think

Inzamam looks more and more worried as each raindrop falls.

End of over 27 (5 runs) Ireland 80/4 (53 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 2.96, RRR: 2.30)

    • NJ O'Brien 54 (80b 5x4)
    • KJ O'Brien 0 (8b)
    • Umar Gul 7-0-20-0
    • Mohammad Sami 8-0-26-3

The crowd have umbrellas up ... those that don't have their shirts off anyhow!

27.1

Mohammad Sami to KJ O'Brien, 1 wide, ludicrous wide way down the leg side. Sami looks at his footholds but he didn't slip, he just lost his bearings

The groundstaff are getting ready ... and a massive cheer as the news is announced over the PA. Bangladesh have beaten India by five wickets.

Lots of chat and field changes.

27.1

Mohammad Sami to KJ O'Brien, no run, short and followed with a hard stare. This is the kind of bowling guaranteed to get the umpires consulting about the light

Jerling signals for some sawdust. O'Brien signals for a torch.

27.2

Mohammad Sami to KJ O'Brien, no run, slipped down the leg side but not called as it flicked something

27.3

Mohammad Sami to KJ O'Brien, no run, wide outside the off stump, O'Brien misses with an expansive drive. How on earth did Jerling not call that as a wide. At least he's consistent in his inconsistency

4.50pm Out come the players and officials. The Pakistan players look strangely deflated - I say strangely as they seemed to be on their way out and now at least they have a chance to battle to the end.

4.45pm Hold the press! The covers are off and we will resume in ten minutes. Ireland will have a revised target of 128 off 47 overs. "I wouldn't want to face Sami in this light," says our man on the spot.

4.40pm No change other than I have sent Will to the local shop to buy some Guinness to help us get into the party mood.

What an amazing St Patrick's Day this looks like being. Irish winners at the beloved Cheltenham Festival all week (none backed by me), a win in the rugby against Italy and now this. I wonder if any of their squad really expected to be staying in the Caribbean for another four weeks. I guess there will be some frantic calls to employers in the next day or so if this result stands. All assuming that Zimbabwe don't pull a large rabbit out of a tiny hat and beat either West Indies or Pakistan.

Pakistan, however, will have nothing more than a match against the Zimbabweans and a less than warm homecoming to look forward to.

4.35pm It's has cleared a little, but still not very bright ... the covers remain in place and nobody is looking inclined to emerge from the higher ground. The BBC are reporting that the game will resume tomorrow. With respect to Auntie, we can confirm that the game will not be concluded tomorrow. It's either tonight or we have an Irish win.

Stay tuned for more weather updates. I always wanted to work for the Met Office ... we have a warm front passing over Kingston and all that ...

4.20pm Now it's raining quite hard and the tarpaulins are in place and wet. Lots of emails ... just to clarify. If there is no more play today, Ireland will win under Duckworth-Lewis. The reserve day would only be used if the second innings had not reached 20 overs.

4.15pm Because we have completed 20 overs, there will be no coming back tomorrow. The game will have to be finished today, and if there is no more play then Ireland will win the match as they are ahead on D/L. The question has to be, why on earth did Inzamam not turn to his spinners when it became clear that the light was fading and he was behind?

The rain might relent but the light is poor and unless that gets better there will be no more cricket. The Irish crowd are celebrating, but they would celebrate the grass growing, so don't read too much into that. My wife is also celebrating as she wants me to pick up some food on my way home. She'll have to wait a while yet.

The umpires consult ... and the batsmen are off faster than Peter Parker when the cakeshop opens. If there is no more play then Ireland will win on D/L. It's dark and it's raining ... and unless something changes, Pakistan are on their way out.

The batsmen will have to adjust to some appalling light.

27.4

Mohammad Sami to KJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien back and into line

27.5

Mohammad Sami to KJ O'Brien, no run, full and O'Brien into line

27.6

Mohammad Sami to KJ O'Brien, no run, seamed back into the right hander and struck him on the thigh pad, no appeal as it was going well over the top

End of over 28 (1 run) Ireland 81/4 (52 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 2.89, RRR: 2.36)

    • KJ O'Brien 0 (14b)
    • NJ O'Brien 54 (80b 5x4)
    • Mohammad Sami 9-0-27-3
    • Umar Gul 7-0-20-0

Odd this, as the light is as bad as it was when they went off earlier. Iftikhar comes back on ...

28.1

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, no run, slanted across the left hander and left

You get the feeling that the light won't hold much longer and that it's a question of when they batsmen are offered it again rather than if.

28.2

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, flipped behind square on the leg side to rapturous applause

28.3

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, no run, outside off and no nibble from O'Brien

28.4

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien back and pushed to cover, takes a big stride and then screams "no"

28.5

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, no run, back and a hint of a thick edge as the ball scoots to gully

28.6

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, neatly worked into the leg side as the more set O'Brien milks the strike

End of over 29 (3 runs) Ireland 84/4 (44 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 2.89, RRR: 2.44)

    • NJ O'Brien 57 (86b 5x4)
    • KJ O'Brien 0 (14b)
    • Iftikhar Anjum 5-0-12-0
    • Mohammad Sami 9-0-27-3

Powerplay taken, and as it's a reduced match this one will be of only four overs

29.1

Azhar Mahmood to NJ O'Brien, no run, right through the batsman, an inch outside off stump, lovely ball

29.2

Azhar Mahmood to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, O'Brien back and almost seemed surprised as he shaped to leave it, in the end he got over the ball and ran it down to third man

29.3

Azhar Mahmood to KJ O'Brien, no run, full and on off stump, safely blocked

29.4

Azhar Mahmood to KJ O'Brien, no run, good length on middle and off, pushed back up the pitch

29.5

Azhar Mahmood to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, short and wide, smacked firmly to third man to get him off the mark

We will try to keep you up to date with the D/L calculations but it's fairly complex and we are not.

29.6

Azhar Mahmood to NJ O'Brien, no run, inswinger on off stump, O'Brien into line to defend.

Ireland are still ahead on D/L.

End of over 30 (2 runs) Ireland 86/4 (42 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 2.86, RRR: 2.47)

    • NJ O'Brien 58 (89b 5x4)
    • KJ O'Brien 1 (17b)
    • Azhar Mahmood 6-1-11-0
    • Iftikhar Anjum 5-0-12-0
30.1

Iftikhar Anjum to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, short and dropped towards point, a call for a single and Niall O'Brien had to throw himself full length to make his ground, although the throw missed

30.2

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, no run, pushed to point, no run

If two wickets fell now the par score would be 89.

30.3

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, sumptuous ... short and wide, hammered with real gusto through cover. He visibly puffed out his chest as he turned to stare down the bowler even before the ball crossed the rope

30.4

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, no run, tighter line, left alone

30.5

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, no run, firm drive to mid-off with a shout of "wait, wait"

30.6

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, no run, a bit wider but full and O'Brien not interested in chasing that

Light not great but the umpires seem happy.

End of over 31 (5 runs) Ireland 91/4 (37 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 2.93, RRR: 2.31)

    • NJ O'Brien 62 (94b 6x4)
    • KJ O'Brien 2 (18b)
    • Iftikhar Anjum 6-0-17-0
    • Azhar Mahmood 6-1-11-0
31.1

Azhar Mahmood to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, pulled round the corner, a hint of bottom edge and pad in that, and cheers as the ball bobbles to long leg

31.2

Azhar Mahmood to NJ O'Brien, no run, pushed to point and a good, early yell of "no" from both brothers

31.3

Azhar Mahmood to NJ O'Brien, 1 wide, a daft bouncer, so short the batsman did not have to duck, and Akmal's stare to the heavens told the story

Inzamam can hardly be blamed for brainless bowling like that ...

31.3

Azhar Mahmood to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, wide and steered to third man, right over the top of that

31.4

Azhar Mahmood to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, slashed, a thick edge and the ball flies over the slips - none of whom move - and over the rope

The Irish, who have been quiet - nerves taking hold - burst into song.

31.5

Azhar Mahmood to KJ O'Brien, no run, oh yes, excellent response, just outside off stump and through the ponderous jab to Akmal

31.6

Azhar Mahmood to KJ O'Brien, no run, short, into the batsman's nether regions and the ball (white one) drops down at his feet and a quick call of "no" from the non striker

Ireland need 30 from 90 balls. They are still ahead on D/L.

End of over 32 (7 runs) Ireland 98/4 (30 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 3.06, RRR: 2.00)

    • KJ O'Brien 7 (22b 1x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 63 (96b 6x4)
    • Azhar Mahmood 7-1-18-0
    • Iftikhar Anjum 6-0-17-0
32.1

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, no run, steered into the covers, the non striker came too far down the track and there was a moment of anxiety but a misfield ensured no upsets

32.2

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, no run, back and across, safely played

32.3

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, no run, hit firmly to cover

32.4

Iftikhar Anjum to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, clipped wide of midwicket and to the left of mid-on

29 off 88 balls. It's about runs and wickets, not balls.

32.5

Iftikhar Anjum to KJ O'Brien, no run, missed pull, comes of the shoulder and from there it scurries into the covers

32.6

Iftikhar Anjum to KJ O'Brien, no run, played to point who is in quickly to scotch thoughts of a run

End of over 33 (1 run) Ireland 99/4 (29 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 2.07)

    • KJ O'Brien 7 (24b 1x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 64 (100b 6x4)
    • Iftikhar Anjum 7-0-18-0
    • Azhar Mahmood 7-1-18-0
33.1

Shoaib Malik to NJ O'Brien, no run, spun across the left hander, left alone

33.2

Shoaib Malik to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, premeditated sweep, very fine, Gul makes a good sprawling stop right on the rope and a massive cheer as that brings up the hundred

33.3

Shoaib Malik to NJ O'Brien, no run, driven back to the bowler who hurls the ball back with interest as O'Brien dives for safety

33.4

Shoaib Malik to NJ O'Brien, 1 no ball, a no-ball from a spinner ... oh dear

33.4

Shoaib Malik to NJ O'Brien, no run, solid defensive shot into the off side

33.5

Shoaib Malik to NJ O'Brien, SIX, oh yes indeed ... two big steps and O'Brien launches that over long-on and into the crowd. He really middled that ...

33.6

Shoaib Malik to NJ O'Brien, OUT, 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

NJ O'Brien st †Kamran Akmal b Shoaib Malik 72 (139m 107b 6x4 1x6) SR: 67.28

That's given Pakistan a thread-thin lifeline ... but what a fine innings nevertheless. Ireland are still ahead on D/L.

End of over 34 (9 runs) Ireland 108/5 (20 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 3.17, RRR: 1.53)

    • KJ O'Brien 7 (24b 1x4)
    • Shoaib Malik 1-0-9-1
    • Iftikhar Anjum 7-0-18-0
34.1

Iftikhar Anjum to KJ O'Brien, no run, pushed into the off side

34.2

Iftikhar Anjum to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, too far down the leg side, off the hip to long leg

34.3

Iftikhar Anjum to White, FOUR, full on leg stump, and an explosion of noise as he clips the ball off his toes to the left of the man at long leg who cannot get round to save the four

34.4

Iftikhar Anjum to White, no run, pushed to mid-off

Talib is getting hot under the collar. "I can't believe how unbelievably biased the commentators are towards Ireland... Yes, Pakistan have played horribly and this is undoubtedly one of their worst ever games, but the commentators don't need to rub it in...

34.5

Iftikhar Anjum to White, OUT, short, White seemed slow to pick it up and he could do no more than spoon the catch to Hafeez at short leg

AR White c Mohammad Hafeez b Iftikhar Anjum 4 (3m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

They are unlikely to go off now. The light is getting no worse so it's through to the finish. Pakistan are looking bullish for the first time in a while ... it's tense ...

34.6

Iftikhar Anjum to McCallan, OUT, 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

WK McCallan c Younis Khan b Iftikhar Anjum 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

It seems harsh to have a go at Niall O'Brien after his great innings, but his moment of madness is starting to look as if it might cost his side dear ...

End of over 35 (5 runs) Ireland 113/7 (15 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 3.22, RRR: 1.25)

    • KJ O'Brien 8 (26b 1x4)
    • Iftikhar Anjum 8-0-23-2
    • Shoaib Malik 1-0-9-1

Qaisar emails: "Commentators: Please identify yourself. What nationality are you guys? Going by your bias towards Pakistan, it's not difficult to guess though!" Aha ... you've caught us out there. We are English ... but everyone loves an underdog ...

35.1

Mohammad Sami to KJ O'Brien, no run, back and across, blocked

35.2

Mohammad Sami to KJ O'Brien, no run, nervous moments, kept out

35.3

Mohammad Sami to KJ O'Brien, 1 wide, short and very wide down the leg side ... massive outpouring of cheers and Sami shuts his eyes in anger with himself

35.3

Mohammad Sami to KJ O'Brien, no run, good ball, straight and on a length, O'Brien back to block

Ireland are still ahead on D/L.

35.4

Mohammad Sami to KJ O'Brien, no run, driven weakly back and Sami down quickly to half stop and deflect the ball into the non striker's foot

35.5

Mohammad Sami to KJ O'Brien, no run, pushed off the back foot into the covers, never a single there

Inzamam has not tinkered with the field to try to prevent O'Brien pinching the strike.

35.6

Mohammad Sami to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, full toss on leg stump. clipped to deep square leg who has stayed out

End of over 36 (2 runs) Ireland 115/7 (13 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 3.19, RRR: 1.18)

    • KJ O'Brien 9 (32b 1x4)
    • DT Johnston 0 (0b)
    • Mohammad Sami 10-0-29-3
    • Iftikhar Anjum 8-0-23-2

Ireland need 13 and Iftikhar is on a hat-trick ... he has two slips ...

36.1

Iftikhar Anjum to KJ O'Brien, 1 wide, down the leg side - only just - but it's just enough for it to be called a wide

36.1

Iftikhar Anjum to KJ O'Brien, no run, dripped into the leg side., the fielders converge like flies round a moldy sandwich, but the batsmen weren't looking for a run anyhow

36.2

Iftikhar Anjum to KJ O'Brien, no run, pushed to leg, again not any interest in a single

Danish emails: "English commentators! I hope Kenya and Canada give you guys the beating of your lives, then tell me you're with the underdogs!" Taking it like a man ...

36.3

Iftikhar Anjum to KJ O'Brien, no run, good ball, on the button, O'Brien equal to it, back and across to defend

36.4

Iftikhar Anjum to KJ O'Brien, no run, again well blocked. O'Brien has done well to stop the rot and as long as Ireland don't lose wickets, they will always be ahead on D/L.

36.5

Iftikhar Anjum to KJ O'Brien, no run, prodded into the off side

36.6

Iftikhar Anjum to KJ O'Brien, no run, he looked for the tip-and-run but the off-side field were wise to that and they were on the ball like panthers

End of over 37 (1 run) Ireland 116/7 (12 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 3.13, RRR: 1.20)

    • KJ O'Brien 9 (38b 1x4)
    • DT Johnston 0 (0b)
    • Iftikhar Anjum 9-0-24-2
    • Mohammad Sami 10-0-29-3

Inzamam marshals his men and takes time sorting the field. Umar Gul back on ..he is the danger man.

37.1

Umar Gul to Johnston, no run, outside off stump, a swing and a miss and a loud appeal, but it didn't seem to have found the edge and Gul didn't support his close men

37.2

Umar Gul to Johnston, no run, tried to smack that to cover but didn't time it

37.3

Umar Gul to Johnston, no run, outside off stump and another wild swing which he misses. You feel that Gul just needs to bowl it straight ...

37.4

Umar Gul to Johnston, 1 run, short and Johnston works that confidently off his hips to long leg, a brief thought of a second but the fielder was onto it quickly

37.5

Umar Gul to KJ O'Brien, no run, back and jabbed nervously into the off side

Inzamam changes the field to save the single and to keep O'Brien from pinching the strike.

37.6

Umar Gul to KJ O'Brien, no run, short but O'Brien misses a pull which would have been four had he hit it as the field had come in

End of over 38 (1 run) Ireland 117/7 (11 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 3.07, RRR: 1.22)

    • KJ O'Brien 9 (40b 1x4)
    • DT Johnston 1 (4b)
    • Umar Gul 8-0-21-0
    • Iftikhar Anjum 9-0-24-2
38.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Johnston, no run, Johnston prods that to extra cover

38.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Johnston, no run, plopped up into space on the leg side, mid-on into field

38.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Johnston, no run, bat-pad or pad-bat ... a loud and rasping appeal for leg-before from the bowler but Bowden not interested. It hit him in line but was possibly going over whatever order it hit in. Good shout though and those have been given on other occasions

38.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Johnston, 1 run, huge cheer as the ball goes into the leg side and the batsmen scamper a single

38.5

Iftikhar Anjum to KJ O'Brien, no run, short and O'Brien ducks rather than hooks

38.6

Iftikhar Anjum to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, short and a trifle wide, O'Brien stands tall and launches that between cover and extra cover, well timed and the fielders had no chance

End of over 39 (5 runs) Ireland 122/7 (6 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 3.12, RRR: 0.75)

    • KJ O'Brien 13 (42b 2x4)
    • DT Johnston 2 (8b)
    • Iftikhar Anjum 10-0-29-2
    • Umar Gul 8-0-21-0

You could feel the release of tension as that ball sped across the turf. This is Gul's last over.

39.1

Umar Gul to Johnston, 1 wide, full toss down the leg side, Akmal did really well to leap to his left and take that, it could easily have been five wides

39.1

Umar Gul to Johnston, no run, firm drive to extra cover

39.2

Umar Gul to Johnston, no run, great yorker, shades of Waqar in his pomp, but Johnston got his feet out of the way and somehow dug it out. Superb and absorbing cricket all round

39.3

Umar Gul to Johnston, 1 run, worked down to third man

The Irish are in full voice, this is more Croke Park than Sabina Park now

39.4

Umar Gul to KJ O'Brien, no run, another good yorker but outside off stump, and again dug out

39.5

Umar Gul to KJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien back and over that, he did well as it got big on him but he was right on top of it

39.6

Umar Gul to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, leg side, he looks to turn it round the corner but it's glove and thigh pad rather than bat ... they don't care, it's a run and that's all that matters to the Irish

End of over 40 (3 runs) Ireland 125/7 (3 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 3.12, RRR: 0.42)

    • KJ O'Brien 14 (45b 2x4)
    • DT Johnston 3 (11b)
    • Umar Gul 9-0-24-0
    • Iftikhar Anjum 10-0-29-2

Inzamam has used all his front-line seamers, so it's Hafeez. Six inside the circle ...

40.1

Mohammad Hafeez to KJ O'Brien, no run, forward defensive, kills the spin

40.2

Mohammad Hafeez to KJ O'Brien, no run, steps but to cut but he misses it ... there's nobody in the deep on the off, just three in the ring

40.3

Mohammad Hafeez to KJ O'Brien, no run, pushed to leg, it goes nowhere

40.4

Mohammad Hafeez to KJ O'Brien, no run, forward and flicked round the corner but there's a man there on the one

40.5

Mohammad Hafeez to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, worked past mid-on, there's a man in the deep so just the one. More cheers ...

40.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Johnston, no run, fired in at off stump, squeezed to square leg

End of over 41 (1 run) Ireland 126/7 (2 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 3.07, RRR: 0.33)

    • DT Johnston 3 (12b)
    • KJ O'Brien 15 (50b 2x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 4-0-15-1
    • Umar Gul 9-0-24-0

Bob Woolmer looks like thunder and the others on the balcony seem stunned.

41.1

Azhar Mahmood to KJ O'Brien, no run, solid forward defensive shot, no risks with two needed

Wichka emails: "The commentators were biased and didn't give the fair overview. They should be sacked. All commentators should not show bias regardless of which country they are from." A bad loser? Surely not ...

41.2

Azhar Mahmood to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, tip-and-run, Johnston was yards short if the throw from Nazir at cover had hit, but it wasn't close. The scores are tied

41.3

Azhar Mahmood to Johnston, no run, full, driven to mid-on

The crowd are torn between those celebrating and those who cannot watch. Almost all the Pakistan fans, understandably, have gone home.

41.4

Azhar Mahmood to Johnston, SIX, Johnston swings and clubs the ball out of the ground over long-on. The crowd go mad as Billy Bowden's bent fingers are raised aloft ...

From an exhausted Martin Williamson, goodnight and many thanks for all your kind comments and observations. Check out the match gallery and the bulletin. We will be back tomorrow to see if Canada can upset England or Netherlands can beat Australia. It will take something amazing to match today for drama and excitement. A bad day for Pakistan, and a bad day for India who lost to Bangladesh. A good day for neutrals and those who have backed the inclusion of the Associates in the tournament ...

The Irish players pour onto the field while the Pakistan players, after congratulating their conquerers, head for the dressing-room. Ireland are probably through to the Super Eights - it would need something amazing from Zimbabwe to deny them - while Pakistan are on their way home. The one plus is that is was not settled on Duckworth-Lewis and that both sides had a chance to sort things in the middle.

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