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)

Langford-Smith to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, gone! Ireland strike and there's cheers all round the ground. Jubilation for Langford-Smith with a classic paceman's delivery, banana swing away and that clips the outside edge, Niall O'Brien takes an easy catch. Great start for the Irish and there's a conga going on already (in the stands that is)

Mohammad Hafeez c †NJ O'Brien b Langford-Smith 4 (5m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Pakistan 7/1   Imran Nazir 1* (1b)   D Langford-Smith 1-0-7-1

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

Pakistan 15/2   Imran Nazir 8* (13b 1x4)   WB Rankin 1.3-0-6-1

Johnston to Mohammad Yousuf, OUT, gottim! That's a big blow for Pakistan and a big strike for Ireland! A comfortable catch at backward point and there's a sort-of chicken dance celebration for Johnston

Mohammad Yousuf c Porterfield b Johnston 15 (43m 31b 2x4 0x6) SR: 48.38

Pakistan 56/3   Imran Nazir 22* (38b 3x4)   DT Johnston 0.5-0-5-1

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

Pakistan 58/4   Imran Nazir 22* (38b 3x4)   AC Botha 1.1-0-1-1

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   Shoaib Malik 5* (16b 1x4)   AC Botha 4-3-1-2

KJ O'Brien to Shoaib Malik, OUT, and he strikes with his third ball! Unbelievable work out there from the Ireland team - and brother O'Brien takes the snick behind the sticks

Shoaib Malik c †NJ O'Brien b KJ O'Brien 9 (32m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 36.00

Pakistan 72/6   Kamran Akmal 0* (6b)   KJ O'Brien 0.3-0-4-1

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

Pakistan 103/7   Kamran Akmal 27* (44b 4x4)   WB Rankin 6.2-1-25-2

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   Mohammad Sami 0* (0b)   WB Rankin 6.5-1-27-3

McCallan to Mohammad Sami, OUT, gone! That's an important wicket for Ireland which will puncture the momentum this pair were building - swept up high to the deep backward square leg for what was made to look like an easy catch

Mohammad Sami c Bray b McCallan 12 (51m 34b 1x4 0x6) SR: 35.29

Pakistan 130/9   Iftikhar Anjum 7* (41b)   WK McCallan 4.1-1-10-1

McCallan to Umar Gul, OUT, that's it! Gul has gone. He went for the slash over to deep midwicket but it fell too short and the fielder waited under it for a while before taking the catch safely

Umar Gul c sub (JF Mooney) b McCallan 1 (8m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 7.69

Pakistan 132/10   Iftikhar Anjum 8* (43b)   WK McCallan 5.4-1-12-2





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