ICC World Twenty20 - 21st match, Group F

Ireland v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 39 runs

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Tanya Aldred says goodbye to the tournament's golden boys and hello to a new, nerveless England.

Andrew Hughes on the India-England game, which had so much pressure you'd have thought it was being played at the bottom of the Marianas Trench.

Stock the fridge with milk, fill up the fuel tank and have a hairdresser on standby - it's MS Dhoni in The CV.

Toss Pakistan will bat first. Younis Khan: "Back to back games on this pitch. If we have some 170+ it will be nice. We are going with the same team."

Andrew Miller, our man at the ground, says: "A good crowd building up already, with arguably the two biggest drawcards on the bill today. Some murmuring about light showers for the Pakistan game, but the skies seem pretty blue for the moment."

Porterfield says he would have batted first but the team is in good spirits. Sorry for paraphrasing what he said, but frankly, couldn't make a word out of whatever he said. He spoke in some strange language. Wise men in the office tell me, it was indeed English. It was like watching Brad Pitt in that movie Snatch.

Darren Townsend: "Being a devout England fan the only team I dread now is Pakistan..them boys are on fire! Umer Gul reminded me of what Wasim and Waqar used to do to our boys...and believe me our boys wont want to face him...but anyways lets not lose hope...I reckon Pakistan will annihilate the Irish bcoz its revenge time!"

Jamal: "A good choice indeed by Younis Khan to bat first. Since the strength of Pakistan team has always been its bowling, it would be good to set a total for the opposition and then bowl them out. The successful team of Pakistan in the 90s very much followed this mantra and reaped dividends."

Mike: "I'm praying to both the rain gods and the leprechauns .. because as far as I can tell they are the only two who might be able to help NZ get through to the next round." Leprechauns! ha. Trusting the old Irish fairy eh?!

John: "I watched Ireland v Sri Lanka yesterday and was getting a bit annoyed at the hints about Ireland's players being born in other countries. Perhaps if England stopped taking our best we could compete even better. Then again maybe its the ICCs fault for not giving us a chance of playing tests cricket."

Bilal shots out a word of warning: "One thing Pakistan will have to watch out for is the swing of Irish bowlers. They have been swinging the ball quite well in this tournament and if they are able to extract any swing in today's match, it will be difficult to score off them. This is a very crucial match and Pakistan will have to be very watchful."

Deano: "I think people are being a little over critical of the Irish team. They have played well and should have beaten Sri Lanka yesterday. We are improving all the time...Here's hoping for next year! Lets go out with a bang and win today!"

Tanveer Sarang: "After comeback of Abdul Razzaq Pakistan has become a strong side. And hopefully they will beat Irland by big margin, qualify for the semis & take revenge for last world-cup.go pakistan go."

The teams are lined up for the national anthems.

Toks: "No matter what the result is today, I think Ireland have had a very good tournament. Even getting into this stage is a very big acheivement as we have seen a team like Australia were kicked out in the first round."

Hussam Qureshi: "I am happy with how Pakistan performed on Saturday! There is just one thing - they don't seem to give Fawad Alam the chances that he deserves. He is not called on to bowl his left arm spin (Shoaib Malik has been given instead) and he is too low down in the batting order although he is a seasoned performer in Domestic front. Why play him if you are not wiling to give the guy ample opportunities to show what he has got!"

Jason: "I wonder how the specialist fieldsman Fawad Alam will go today! He neither bats nor bowls, so hopefully he'll get to take a catch to keep him from falling asleep!"

Right all set for play. Here we go. Akmal and Shahzaib in. Akmal to take first strike.

0.1

Rankin to Kamran Akmal, no run, beaten outside off stump. It held its line and Akmal pushed inside the line. He then goes down for bit of gardening.

0.2

Rankin to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, tails in towards middle stump, Akmal goes back to work it to backward square leg

0.3

Rankin to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, full in length, moving in towards off stump, around 132 kmph, Shahzaib leans forward to defend

0.4

Rankin to Shahzaib Hasan, 2 runs, leading edge but it lands safely. It landed around the off and middle before curving away, Shahzaib tried to flick it through the on side but was beaten by the movement and got a thick leading edge but it falls well beyond mid-off's reach. Good start by Rankin here.

0.5

Rankin to Shahzaib Hasan, 1 run, on the middle and this one curves in, pushed to the on side for a single

0.6

Rankin to Kamran Akmal, no run, back of length, moving in towards off stump, chopped to backward point

End of over 1 (4 runs) Pakistan 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
Kamran Akmal    1* (3b)      WB Rankin    1-0-4-0
Shahzaib Hasan    3* (3b)     

And I am Sriram Veera, your commentator for the game.

1.1

Johnston to Shahzaib Hasan, 1 wide, full and swinging away but it starts from well outside off and Shahzaib watches it sail past him

1.1

Johnston to Shahzaib Hasan, FOUR, fullish and outside off, Shahzaib leans forward to thump it over extra-cover for the first boundary of the day

1.2

Johnston to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, in the zone outside off, left alone

1.3

Johnston to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, full and straight on the middle, gets forward to push it back down the track

1.4

Johnston to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, straightens outside off stump, steered to cover point

1.5

Johnston to Shahzaib Hasan, FOUR, Full again, hint of away movement, Shahzaib lunges out to scoop it up and it falls just over mid-off before running to the boundary.

1.6

Johnston to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, length delivery around the off stump, defended to point

End of over 2 (9 runs) Pakistan 13/0 (RR: 6.50)
Shahzaib Hasan    11* (9b 2x4)      DT Johnston    1-0-9-0
Kamran Akmal    1* (3b)      WB Rankin    1-0-4-0

2.1

Rankin to Kamran Akmal, no run, lands on a length, moves in towards middle, defended to the on side of the pitch

2.2

Rankin to Kamran Akmal, no run, cut and a miss. It kicked up from back of length, held its line outside off, Akmal went back and across, tried to cut it but didn't connect

2.3

Rankin to Kamran Akmal, no run, length delivery homing in on the off stump, Akmal gets right behind it to push it gently to the off side

2.4

Rankin to Kamran Akmal, no run, high bouncer just outside off stump, Akmal goes for the pull but can't connect. It flew past the helmet.

2.5

Rankin to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, bouncing delivery on the middle, Akmal shuffles across to fend it away to short fine-leg region

2.6

Rankin to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, fuller, around the off stump, guided to point. Another fine over from Rankin.

End of over 3 (1 run) Pakistan 14/0 (RR: 4.66)
Shahzaib Hasan    11* (10b 2x4)      WB Rankin    2-0-5-0
Kamran Akmal    2* (8b)      DT Johnston    1-0-9-0

3.1

Johnston to Kamran Akmal, no run, the keeper Niall O'Brien is standing up to the stumps now. Sliding towards pads, Akmal tries to whip it away, misses and is struck on the pad

3.2

Johnston to Kamran Akmal, no run, catch it was the cry but the ball falls short of mid-on. Akmal pulled the back-of-length delivery from outside off. Weak shot.

3.3

Johnston to Kamran Akmal, SIX, And he breaks free now. Nothing weak about this. It was full and moving in towards leg stump, he cleared the front foot and swung it high over square leg boundary.

3.4

Johnston to Kamran Akmal, (no ball) 1 run, goes for the slower one, slows down the pace but it slips out of his hand and it's a full toss at the face of Akmal who does well to swat it past square leg

3.4

Johnston to Shahzaib Hasan, FOUR, The pick-up shot over square leg is in business this over. First Akmal, now Shahzaib. He leaned forward to chip it from the middle stump.

3.5

Johnston to Shahzaib Hasan, 2 runs, Johnson switches the line to the off stump but can't escape punishment as Shahzaib lifts it over wide midwicket region. The bottom-hand working overtime.

3.6

Johnston to Shahzaib Hasan, SIX, better, bigger and it's a six folks! Superbly hit. It was full around the off and middle, Shahzaib moved forward, got that bottom-hand working again and sent the ball soaring over long-on boundary for a thrilling six

End of over 4 (20 runs) Pakistan 34/0 (RR: 8.50)
Shahzaib Hasan    23* (13b 3x4 1x6)      DT Johnston    2-0-29-0
Kamran Akmal    9* (12b 1x6)      WB Rankin    2-0-5-0

4.1

Rankin to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, rotates the strike with a hit to square leg

4.2

Rankin to Shahzaib Hasan, 1 leg bye, cuts in towards middle and leg, around 139 kmph, runs away off the pad for a leg bye

4.3

Rankin to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, short in length, around 137 kmph, just outside off, Akmal stays beside the line to cut it down to wide third man

4.4

Rankin to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, 138.9 kmph bouncing delivery from short of length, Shahzaib gets into a tangle as he tries to shuffle across and work it to the on side. In the end, he edges it to his pad

4.5

Rankin to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, 138.7 kmph bouncer that flashes past the attempted pull and Niall O'Brien leaps to bring it back to earth

4.6

Rankin to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, very ambitious on-the-up drive attempted and the ball rushes past the inside edge to the keeper. It kicked up even as it came in and Shahzaib tried to knife it on the up

End of over 5 (3 runs) Pakistan 37/0 (RR: 7.40)
Shahzaib Hasan    23* (17b 3x4 1x6)      WB Rankin    3-0-7-0
Kamran Akmal    11* (14b 1x6)      DT Johnston    2-0-29-0

Bilal: "It is good to see Pakistan practising some caution at Irish attack instead of going nuts. It is really a good idea to watch the ball for a couple of overs before going after the bowlers. This will give them an idea of the swing and the wicket."

5.1

Cusack to Kamran Akmal, no run, full in length and on the middle, pushed back to the bowler

5.2

Cusack to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, fuller, on the middle, takes out his front leg from the line and drives it down to long-on

5.3

Cusack to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, good yorker on the middle, Shahzaib gets his bat down in a hurry to keep it out

5.4

Cusack to Shahzaib Hasan, OUT, holes out to mid-off. That penchant to drive on the up, using his bottom-hand has done him in. It was a length delivery coming in around the off stump, Shahzaib leaned forward and tried to scoop it on-the-up but couldn't clear mid-off

Shahzaib Hasan c McCallan b Cusack 23 (25m 19b 3x4 1x6) SR: 121.05

Afridi is the new batsman

5.5

Cusack to Kamran Akmal, no run, on the middle stump, turned to short fine-leg

5.6

Cusack to Kamran Akmal, no run, yorker length on the off stump, driven to cover

End of over 6 (1 run) Pakistan 38/1 (RR: 6.33)
Kamran Akmal    12* (18b 1x6)      AR Cusack    1-0-1-1
Shahid Afridi    0* (0b)      WB Rankin    3-0-7-0

6.1

West to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, flighted around the off stump, driven to sweeper cover

6.2

West to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, tossed outside off stump, Akmal crashes it inside-out to drill it past the diving extra-cover fielder. Superbly struck.

6.3

West to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, reprises that stroke though with lesser power this time.

6.4

West to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, on the middle stump and swept to right of short fine-leg for a single

6.5

West to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, flighted full, lands just short of blockhole, Afridi takes out his front leg from the line and flicks the ball towards deep midwicket

6.6

West to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, slows up the pace, shortens the length, and drags it outside off, hit away for a single

End of over 7 (11 runs) Pakistan 49/1 (RR: 7.00)
Shahid Afridi    4* (3b)      RM West    1-0-11-0
Kamran Akmal    19* (21b 1x4 1x6)      AR Cusack    1-0-1-1

7.1

Cusack to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, slower one outside off stump, full as well, Afridi waited on the front foot before driving it uppishly but well clear of the extra-cover fielder

7.2

Cusack to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, shotrt in length, tailing in, turned to short fine-leg for a single

7.3

Cusack to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, full toss on the middle and leg, Akmal lunges towards off to paddle-scoop it over short fine-leg for another boundary.

7.4

Cusack to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, slips in a slower one outside off, Akmal waits before square driving it to deep point region

7.5

Cusack to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, full pitched outside off stump, driven crisply to left of long-off for couple of runs.

7.6

Cusack to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, another slower one, on the middle and leg this time, Afridi calmly wrists it to deep backward square leg. 14 runs in the over.

End of over 8 (14 runs) Pakistan 63/1 (RR: 7.87)
Shahid Afridi    13* (7b 1x4)      AR Cusack    2-0-15-1
Kamran Akmal    24* (23b 2x4 1x6)      RM West    1-0-11-0

8.1

West to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, low full toss, driven to long-off for a single.

8.2

West to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, flighted full, slower in the air, turned towards deep midwicket and they run hard to come back for the second run

8.3

West to Shahid Afridi, no run, quicker, flatter, fuller, around off stump, pushed to cover

8.4

West to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, Afridiiii! He dances down the track and flays the flighted delivery straight over the bowler's head. One bounce and over the ropes. He hit that really straight. Safe hit.

8.5

West to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, short outside off stump, cut away to deep point region for a single

8.6

West to Kamran Akmal, 1 wide, slips it down the leg side, Akmal tries to sweep but doesn't connect

8.6

West to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, flighted full toss on the middle, Akmal punches it hard to right of extra cover where a fine diving stop prevents at least two if not three runs

End of over 9 (10 runs) Pakistan 73/1 (RR: 8.11)
Kamran Akmal    26* (25b 2x4 1x6)      RM West    2-0-21-0
Shahid Afridi    20* (11b 2x4)      AR Cusack    2-0-15-1

9.1

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, comes down the track but perhaps got too close to the ball and drives to long-off

9.2

McCallan to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, He lunges to the off side to pick the flighted delivery from outside off stump and swings it to deep square leg boundary

9.3

McCallan to Shahid Afridi, OUT, But he is gone now. He was lured by the flight and moved down the track but the ball was slower than he thought and dipped on him quickly. He had to wait a touch for it to arrive but could only hit it straight to long-on

Shahid Afridi c Mooney b McCallan 24 (12m 13b 3x4 0x6) SR: 184.61

9.4

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, no run, loopy delivery on the middle, lunges forward to push it to midwicket

9.5

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, no run

9.6

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, leans forward to drive through the off side

End of over 10 (6 runs) Pakistan 79/2 (RR: 7.90)
Kamran Akmal    28* (29b 2x4 1x6)      WK McCallan    1-0-6-1
Younis Khan    0* (0b)      RM West    2-0-21-0

10.1

Johnston to Kamran Akmal, no run, length delivery on the middle, pushed to the on side of the pitch and Johnston lunges to his right to stop

10.2

Johnston to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, short in length, around the off stump, forced away to backward point who has a shy at the hon-striker's end and gives away the overthrows.

10.3

Johnston to Younis Khan, 2 runs, full in length, on the leg and middle, flicked to deep backward square leg

10.4

Johnston to Younis Khan, FOUR, the slow bouncer on the middle stump line, Younis was made to wait and he waited patiently before pulling it hard to deep backward square-leg boundary

10.5

Johnston to Younis Khan, 1 run, so he goes fuller this time and Younis drives to long-on

10.6

Johnston to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, very deftly played late-cut. It was moving in towards the middle and off stump, Akmal stayed adjacent to the line, opened the bat-face and guided it through the vacant slip region.

End of over 11 (12 runs) Pakistan 91/2 (RR: 8.27)
Kamran Akmal    33* (32b 3x4 1x6)      DT Johnston    3-0-41-0
Younis Khan    7* (3b 1x4)      WK McCallan    1-0-6-1

11.1

McCallan to Younis Khan, 1 run, swept away for a single

Kup: "Kyle McCallan has to be the most underrated spin bowler in world cricket. Look at the prestige of the batsmen he dismisses - Jayasuriya against Sri Lanka, now Afridi. And they are all with real guile."

11.2

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, pauses before release, floats it on the off stump, Akmal backs away to cut it to deep backward point

11.3

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, no run, slows up the pace this time, defended towards midwicket

11.4

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, fuller, on the middle, driven to long-on

11.5

McCallan to Younis Khan, 1 run, tossed full outside off and Younis plays his favourite sweep shot for a single

11.6

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, no run, runs down the track for the big hit but yorks himself in the process and edges the ball to his foot

End of over 12 (5 runs) Pakistan 96/2 (RR: 8.00)
Kamran Akmal    36* (36b 3x4 1x6)      WK McCallan    2-0-11-1
Younis Khan    9* (5b 1x4)      DT Johnston    3-0-41-0

12.1

West to Younis Khan, no run, tapped to backward point

12.2

West to Younis Khan, 1 run, curves in towards middle, Younis shuffles across to flick it to deep midwicket

12.3

West to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, flighted full outside off stump, Akmal thrashes it to wide long-on boundary. He didn't step down, just leaned forward to lift it

12.4

West to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, steers this through cover point

12.5

West to Younis Khan, OUT, lovely delivery to clean up Younis. It was flighted a bit more, it drifted towards leg and middle, luring Younis to go for the slog sweep but the ball dipped and it went past the swing of the bat to crash into the stumps

Younis Khan b West 10 (10m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

12.6

West to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 leg bye, lunges forward to work it to the on side, misses but will take the leg bye

End of over 13 (7 runs) Pakistan 103/3 (RR: 7.92)
Misbah-ul-Haq    0* (1b)      RM West    3-0-27-1
Kamran Akmal    41* (38b 4x4 1x6)      WK McCallan    2-0-11-1

13.1

McCallan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, flighted on the middle and off line, slow through the air, turned to backward square leg

13.2

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, no run, flatter trajectory, slow again, pushed to the on side of the pitch

13.3

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, quicker and flatter, backs away to chop it past point

13.4

McCallan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, drifts away this time, full outside off, whipped down to long-on

13.5

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, tosses it full outside off stump, Akmal drives inside-out to wide long-off region for couple of runs

13.6

McCallan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, turns in from outside off, worked to right of midwicket for a single

End of over 14 (6 runs) Pakistan 109/3 (RR: 7.78)
Kamran Akmal    45* (42b 4x4 1x6)      WK McCallan    3-0-17-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    2* (3b)      RM West    3-0-27-1

14.1

West to Kamran Akmal, 3 runs, curving away quickly full outside off stump, Akmal shapes to square drive but edges it, slices it just over backward point

14.2

West to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slower, lands around off stump, turns away, left alone

14.3

West to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, leans forward to push with the spin to backward point

14.4

West to Kamran Akmal, 1 leg bye, flighted on the leg stump, runs away off the pad to midwicket region

14.5

West to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, low dipping full toss, Misbah moves outside leg before coming back to his original position and drives to long-on

14.6

West to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, flighted outside off stump, swept away for a single

End of over 15 (7 runs) Pakistan 116/3 (RR: 7.73)
Kamran Akmal    49* (45b 4x4 1x6)      RM West    4-0-33-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    4* (6b)      WK McCallan    3-0-17-1

15.1

Cusack to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, paddles a length delivery from outside off to short fine-leg fielder for a single that brings up his fifty.

15.2

Cusack to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, shuffles to the off stump, shapes to flick but gets a leading edge towards long-off

15.3

Cusack to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, shuffles outside off again, flicks from there to midwicket

15.4

Cusack to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, 50 done, he is going for his shots now. He picked the full delivery outside off and carved it high to the extra-cover boundary

15.5

Cusack to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, shapes to paddle but the bowler pushes it well outside off and so Akmal adjusts to guide it to third man

15.6

Cusack to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, low full toss outside off stump and Misbah goes down on his knee to unfurl a stylish extra-cover drive and Pakistan are beginning to rattle along

End of over 16 (13 runs) Pakistan 129/3 (RR: 8.06)
Misbah-ul-Haq    11* (9b 1x4)      AR Cusack    3-0-28-1
Kamran Akmal    55* (48b 5x4 1x6)      RM West    4-0-33-1

Fergus: "They said they were gonna crush us! No Crushing so far!"

16.1

Johnston to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, moves outside leg, almost yorker length, driven to long-off

16.2

Johnston to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, and again just short of the blockhole, pushed down towards long-on

16.3

Johnston to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, fullish, on the middle and leg, turned to fine leg

16.4

Johnston to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, again, that yorker length - fine over this so far - dug out to midwicket

16.5

Johnston to Kamran Akmal, OUT, The yorkers keep coming relentlessly and this has knocked out the middle stump. Akmal had to go for the big hit - this is the 17th over - and he charged down the track but the ball squeezed under the bat and cleaned up the middle stick

Kamran Akmal b Johnston 57 (66m 51b 5x4 1x6) SR: 111.76

Saki: "Fergus, we will crush you in bowling mate..!"

16.6

Johnston to Abdul Razzaq, no run, full and straight again, can only push it back to Johnston. Superb over this, he held his nerve well to keep slipping in yorkers

End of over 17 (4 runs) Pakistan 133/4 (RR: 7.82)
Abdul Razzaq    0* (1b)      DT Johnston    4-0-45-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    13* (11b 1x4)      AR Cusack    3-0-28-1

17.1

McCallan to Misbah-ul-Haq, SIX, Fasten your belts. Here comes the first big hit in the slog overs. Misbah swung a full toss way into the long-on stands.

17.2

McCallan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, slows up the pace now and that works to upset Misbah's timing and he drags it to midwicket

17.3

McCallan to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, very full again, driven to long-on

17.4

McCallan to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT, oh a lovey delivery to remove Misbah. He really really slowed up the pace on that and Misbah was way early into the slog sweep and ended up lobbing it up on the off side and Niall rushed to his right to take it. What a lovely change of pace.

Misbah-ul-Haq c †NJ O'Brien b McCallan 20 (17m 14b 1x4 1x6) SR: 142.85

17.5

McCallan to Shoaib Malik, no run, again slow through the air and it drifts away outside off, Malik is down the wicket but he has to wait and wait and he can only push it back to the bowler

17.6

McCallan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, flatter, a tad quicker, driven to long-on

End of over 18 (9 runs) Pakistan 142/5 (RR: 7.88)
Shoaib Malik    1* (2b)      WK McCallan    4-0-26-2
Abdul Razzaq    1* (2b)      DT Johnston    4-0-45-1

18.1

Rankin to Shoaib Malik, no run, moves outside off, Rankin keeps his cool and hurls it further outside off and it rushes past the outside edge

18.2

Rankin to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, can't quite time his whack across the line and ends up swatting it towards mid-off

Kevin D.O'Herlihy: "Yet another decent performance by Ireland in the field. Let's hope the batting is on song today. Maybe people will begin to take Ireland seriously now."

18.3

Rankin to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, length delivery around the off stump, steered to backward point region

18.4

Rankin to Shoaib Malik, no run, ah the bouncer and that surprises Malik who yanks his head off the line and tries to swat it away but can't connect

18.5

Rankin to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, fuller, straighter, Malik mistimes the drive towards long-on ... another tight over from Rankin, who has bowled really well today

18.6

Rankin to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, full pitched on the middle stump, Razzaq drives but Rankin gets his right boot to it and the ball deflects towards mid-off. Rankin completes his nagging spell. Well bowled.

End of over 19 (4 runs) Pakistan 146/5 (RR: 7.68)
Abdul Razzaq    3* (4b)      WB Rankin    4-0-11-0
Shoaib Malik    3* (6b)      WK McCallan    4-0-26-2

Daniel Jewesbury: "People already take Ireland seriously. Only a matter of time till there are Test matches at Clontarf and Stormont..?"

19.1

Cusack to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, full and on the middle stump, just short of the blockhole, dragged to deep midwicket

19.2

Cusack to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, low full toss on the middle, dipping, Malik moves outside leg and punches it to long-off

19.3

Cusack to Abdul Razzaq, SIX, Razzaq goes down town. Big hit. 96 metres. Full in length and Razzaq goes straight over the bowler. Up up and over.

19.4

Cusack to Abdul Razzaq, 2 runs, heaves this length delivery to wide long-on region

19.5

Cusack to Abdul Razzaq, 2 runs, yorker length on the middle, mistimes the hit towards long-on but Malik runs hard to push for the second run

19.6

Cusack to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, again just short of the blockhole, heaved to long-on for a single.

Younis wanted 170 at the toss and Pakistan finish on 159 for 5. Join us in a short while for the chase.

End of over 20 (13 runs) Pakistan 159/5
Abdul Razzaq    15* (9b 1x6)      AR Cusack    4-0-41-1
Shoaib Malik    4* (7b)      WB Rankin    4-0-11-0
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Jun 15, 2009

Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi celebrate a wicket, Ireland v Pakistan, ICC World Twenty20 Super Eights, The Oval, June 15, 2009

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