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Watch: Jubilant scenes! Fans erupt in celebration as Ireland register their first T20I win against Pakistan | Cricket News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Ireland scripted a remarkable chapter in their cricketing history by clinching their first-ever Twenty20 International victory against Pakistan in a nail-biting showdown at the Clontarf Cricket Club Ground in Dublin.
The jubilant scenes at the ground mirrored the nation’s euphoria as fans erupted in celebration, marking an unforgettable moment in Irish cricket.
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Andrew Balbirnie emerged as the standout performer for the hosts, crafting a magnificent innings of 77 that propelled Ireland to the victory. His sublime batting display, coupled with crucial contributions from Harry Tector and Curtis Campher, guided Ireland to a tense five-wicket win with just one ball to spare.
The significance of this triumph resonated beyond the boundaries of the cricket ground, as Ireland took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series against a formidable Pakistan side. With the upcoming T20 World Cup looming on the horizon, this victory serves as a timely boost for Ireland, who will face Pakistan again in the group stage of the tournament.

The match was a rollercoaster of emotions, with both teams delivering moments of brilliance. Harry Tector’s resilient 36, coupled with a pivotal partnership of 77 runs with Balbirnie, laid the groundwork for Ireland’s pursuit of Pakistan’s target of 183.
As the tension mounted in the final overs, the Clontarf crowd held their breath as Ireland required 40 runs from the last four overs. Despite Pakistan’s best efforts, Ireland showcased nerves of steel, inching closer to victory with each passing delivery.

The drama reached its zenith in the penultimate over when Shaheen Shah Afridi dismissed Balbirnie, ending the opener’s impressive innings.
However, Curtis Campher held his nerve, under-edging a crucial boundary off Abbas before eventually sealing the victory with a leg bye in the final over, making the atmosphere electric as home fans erupted in celebration, witnessing their team secure a landmark win.

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