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Well what a way to finish the game, four Irish wickets fell in the last two overs. This is the lowest ever score for Ireland in an ODI in Ireland, and the second lowest ODI total for Ireland ever. With Ireland losing a wicket with the second delivery of the reply, they never really recovered. Wilson top scored with 21 its was simply never going to be enough against this excellent Pakistan side.

Mohammad Amir was excellent up front and then Umar Gul took three quick wickets to rip the heart out of the Irish top order. Mohammad Nawaz even took a wicket on his ODI debut. The pick of the bowlers was Imad Wasim, who finished off with 5 wickets to produce his best ever ODI bowling performance.

Its such a shame that this game turned into such a mis-match, although from the moment that Sharjeel started smashing the ball to all parts of the ground, Ireland never really had a chance. Its safe to say that the crowd at the match today will not forget that innings in a while.

So with the next ODI only two days away, there will not be much time for the teams rest before we start all over again on Saturday. I'm sure that there will be a lot for Ireland to think about and discuss before then. So I hope that you enjoyed following my commentary today, I'll be back here again on Saturday and I hope that you will be able to join me then. Until then this is Justin Smyth saying goodbye from a sunlit Malahide.

Imad Wasim to Chase, OUT, but its soon all over for Ireland. Chase pushes forward to the ball and like McCarthy and Murtagh before him, misses the ball and the stumps are hit again. Pakistan win!

PKD Chase b Imad Wasim 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Imad Wasim to Chase, no run, lots of close fielders in and Chase reaches forward and misses the ball. Goes past the stumps and the hat-trick is avoided.
Imad Wasim to Murtagh, OUT, after a lot of changing in the field, Wasim in on a hat-trick! Murtagh stays rooted to the spot and misses the ball. Hits the stumps and the bails fall off.

TJ Murtagh b Imad Wasim 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Imad Wasim to McCarthy, OUT, Another one goes down for Ireland, McCarthy stays rooted to the spot and the ball spins past his defensive push and knocks over the bails

BJ McCarthy b Imad Wasim 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

23 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | IRE: 82/7 (256 runs required from 23.2 overs, RR: 3.56, RRR: 10.66)

  • Andy McBrine14 (21b)
  • Barry McCarthy1 (2b)
  • Mohammad Nawaz3-0-14-1
  • Imad Wasim5-0-14-2
Mohammad Nawaz to McBrine, no run, hits the ball out to point to end the over
Mohammad Nawaz to McBrine, no run, its a huge step down the wicket and McBrine defends

Ireland 2nd innings Partnerships

1st0EC JoycePR Stirling
2nd22EC JoyceWTS Porterfield
3rd6EC JoyceNJ O'Brien
4th4NJ O'BrienKJ O'Brien
5th19NJ O'BrienGC Wilson
6th4GC WilsonSW Poynter
7th26GC WilsonAR McBrine
8th1BJ McCarthyAR McBrine
9th0TJ MurtaghAR McBrine
10th0AR McBrinePKD Chase