Wednesday, May 22, 2024

1st T20I: Ireland stun Pakistan by five wickets | Cricket News – Times of India

Must read

NEW DELHI: Curtis Campher secured a leg bye off the penultimate ball, enabling Ireland to shock Pakistan with a five-wicket win in a Twenty20 match on Friday.
In their first T20 encounter since 2009 and just one month before they face off again in the T20 World Cup, Ireland chased down Pakistan’s 182-6 with 183-5.
Ireland achieved its first T20 victory over Pakistan through outstanding bowling and exceptional fielding.The home team executed two run outs, while Campher and Barry McCarthy took two impressive catches in the deep.

Fast bowler Craig Young restricted the runs to just 27 and dismissed Babar Azam and Azam Khan in the same over, causing Pakistan to stall in the middle overs.
Babar’s 57 off 43 balls and opener Saim Ayub’s 45 off 29 provided a strong start, while Iftikhar Ahmed’s unbeaten 37, including 17 runs in the final over, added a late surge for the visitors.
However, Ireland, despite a recent 2-1 series loss to Afghanistan, remained composed and emerged victorious.
“We were happy to chase 180,” captain Paul Stirling said.
Opener Andy Balbirnie anchored the Irish with 77 off 55 balls including 10 boundaries.
Balbirnie and Harry Tector, 36 runs, took Ireland past 100. When Balbirnie was bowled by a Shaheen Shah Afridi full toss in the 19th over, Ireland needed 16 more runs from eight balls.
Campher knocked them off with 15 from seven balls.
The second of their three T20s is on Sunday.
(With inputs from AP)

Latest article