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286dThe Bulletin by Gerard Siggins

Pakistan edge past fighting Ireland

A brilliant, belligerent century by Paul Stirling wasn't enough to take Ireland to victory over Pakistan in the second ODI

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Scorer: Justin Smyth | Commentator: Justin Smyth

Pakistan have won an exciting game here in Belfast today by five wickets. It was a much more competitive game than the first ODI on saturday and both sides will be able to take positives from the game.

Ireland batted with much more consistency and Paul Stirling hit a very good century. The Irish will feel that they probably needed twenty more runs. Pakistan will be happy that they chased down the total without too much trouble.

The run rate never got out of control and there was good fifty's from both Younis Khan and Umar Akmal. Paul Stirling has been named man of the match for his excellent century.

So Pakistan complete a 2-0 series win over Ireland to continue the good run that they started on the tour in the West Indies. That just leaves me to thank you for following ESPNCricinfo's coverage of the two games. Its good evening from me, Justin Smyth here in Belfast.

48.4
4
Cusack to Umar Akmal, FOUR runs, Cusack pitched it too short and its allowed Akmal the chance to rock back and pull the ball to the square leg boundary. So Pakistan win the game by five wickets
48.3
1
Cusack to Hammad Azam, 1 run, strayed down legside and an inside edge onto the pads takes it round the corner. The scores are now tied.
48.2
0
Cusack to Hammad Azam, no run, pitched up by Cusack and hit hard to mid-off
48.1
W
Cusack to Younis Khan, OUT, another one bites the dust. Younis tries to end it with a big hit and doesnt time it well and flies into Kevin's hands at mid-wicket

Younis Khan c O'Brien b Cusack 64 (127m 74b 4x4 1x6) SR: 86.48

END OF OVER:
48 | 13 Runs | PAK: 237/4 (2 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 4.93, RRR: 1.00)

  • Umar Akmal56 (46b)
  • Younis Khan64 (73b)
  • Trent Johnston10-0-60-1
  • Alex Cusack9-1-38-0
47.6
2
Johnston to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, pitched up on leg stump and hit slowly to long-on. Only two needed now for victory
47.5
4
Johnston to Umar Akmal, FOUR runs, pitched up again by Johnston and hit hard over the cover fielder to the boundary rope
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Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st2Taufeeq UmarMohammad Hafeez
2nd63Taufeeq UmarAzhar Ali
3rd15Younis KhanAzhar Ali
4th68Younis KhanMisbah-ul-Haq
5th89Younis KhanUmar Akmal
6th5Umar AkmalHammad Azam