Pakistan lost their opening two matches of the World Cup; Ireland won their opening two matches. But it is the former who progressed to the quarter-finals with a reasonably polished seven-wicket victory in Adelaide
William Porterfield, the Ireland captain, has questioned "the point in keeping going" for Associate nations if the ICC does not reverse its decision to cut the next World Cup to 10 teams
Pakistan's captain Misbah-ul-Haq has admitted Sarfraz Ahmed was only returned to his side's plans for the tournament as the very last resort
Stats highlights from the last match of the group stages, between Pakistan and Ireland in Adelaide
Sarfraz Ahmed scored his maiden ODI hundred to steer Pakistan into the Quarter-finals, by comfortably beating their Irish opponents by seven wickets in Adelaide on Sunday.
At one stage Ireland seemed poised to set Pakistan a target in the region of 270, but Misbah-ul-Haq attacked with his fast bowlers to keep them down to far less
Plays of the day from the Group B match between Ireland and Pakistan in Adelaide
The innings which Sarfraz Ahmed played against Ireland, on Sunday, steered Pakistan into the Quarter-finals, by comfortably beating their Irish opponents by seven wickets in Adelaide.
On the eve of Pakistan's final group game against Ireland, the captain Misbah-ul-Haq roused his bowlers to be more aggressive
Here's what the teams need to do to go through to the quarter-finals
Ireland's captain William Porterfield has been taking issue with the "accepted norms" of the cricket hierarchy for most of this World Cup, and found no reason to change tack on the eve of the match that will decide whether or not his team progress into th
Pakistan's win-loss record in the last-ten ODIs when they have chased. Their record in last-ten chases in the World Cup is 3-7.
William Porterfield's strike rate in this World Cup - the lowest among openers who have scored at least 100 runs
Wahab Riaz's bowling average against left-handers, he's taken 28 wickets against them. Against right-handers he's taken 44 at 33.84.
Wkts Shahid Afridi took in the last World Cup, at an average of 12.85 apiece. He's taken 2 at 107.00 in this one, before this match.
The previous highest by an associate-member captain in the World Cup. Porterfield has gone past that.
Pakistan's eco in the batting Powerplays in this World Cup before this game - the best. New Zealand are a distant second with an eco of 5.43.
Number of captains from the associate-member teams to hit a World Cup hundred before Porterfield in this match. He is the first one.
Runs scored by Ireland in the last 10 overs, for the loss of five wickets
Pakistan's win-loss record when chasing targets between 225 and 250 since the 2011 World Cup
The total runs added by Pakistan's opening partnerships in their five previous matches in the World Cup