Cricinfoscores match report
Pakistan has progressed to Quarters after defeating Ireland in a Virtual knock-out game.Earlier today WI who are lagging behind Ireland and Pakistan by 2 points has registered victory against UAE and achieved better run rate than Pakistan and Ireland.It made equation clear,Who ever wins the match will progress.If it had rained,both the teams would have progressed.
Pakistan started their journey with two back to back loses against India and West Indies respectively.Where as Ireland had won both their opening encounters.But,Pakistan have progressed whereas Ireland were eliminated. Ireland should not be disappointed as they have played some spirited cricket through out the tournament and proved themselves to be competitive at this platform.
Ireland had won the toss and elected to bat at Auckland.Paul sterling couldn’t handle the heat and was dismissed before the stumps.Ireland captain William Porterfield stood tall on the most important day of Irish cricket and smashed a century.He has scored with consistent pace through out the innings.He became the first associate team captain to score a century in WC’s.He has got no support at all from his entourage.He finished his innings with an determined 109, which came of in 124 balls.Gary Wilson is next top scorer to him with 29.At one juncture Ireland looked to score 270,but pushing too much costed them.Bowling master-class of Pakistan had restricted them to under 250
Pakistan openers have given their nation a solid start in a crunch game.Ahmed Shehzad and Sarfraz Ahmed had put on century run partnership which ensured them a easy win.Ahmed Shehzad shone with a brilliant half century which he couldn’t convert in to a biggie.Sarfraz Ahmed batted through out the Pakistan innings and scored a century.He was rewarded as man of the match.
Pakistan will play against Australia in Quarter Finals.They would hope Mohammed Irfan to be fit by that time.If the match end in a tie or washed out,Australia will progress to semis