Sharjeel, Imad destroy Ireland to give Pakistan the biggest win
DUBLIN: Pakistan registered a victory over Ireland by 255 runs, which is the biggest win for the Men in Green in terms of runs. The previous biggest win for Pakistan was by 233 runs against Bangladesh. Pakistan put 337 runs on the board at the loss of 6 wickets, Ireland could only manage 82 runs in 23.4 overs. In their inning.
Mohammad Amir kicked off the proceedings for Pakistan with a wicket-maiden when he removed Paul Stirling on the second ball of the inning.
The good work was then carried on by Umar Gul, who had a dream comeback, taking three big wickets of William Porterfield 13 (22), Ed Joyce 9 (28) and Kevin O’Brian 4 (2), for just 23 runs in the five overs he bowled.
Afterwards, it was the bamboozling spin of Imad Wasim, he did not let any Irish batsman to settle and score, the hosts were unable to negotiate against his bowling.
The allrounder took a five-for, he wrapped up the match with three wickets in four deliveries, Imad missed the hat-trick just by a whisker as the ball bounced just before a fielder on the hat-trick ball.
He remained the pick of the bowlers with bowling figures of 5.4 overs, 14 runs and 5 wickets.
Mohammad Nawaz also picked up a wicket in the three overs that he bowled for 14 runs. The other debutante, Hasan Ali also bowled with great discipline, conceding just 21 runs in 5 overs, however, he remained wicket-less.
Gary Wilson remained the highest scorer for Ireland with 21 runs off 33 deliveries. The whole Irish team struck one 6 and seven 4’s.
Mohammad Amir got just one wicket, but, he bowled extremely well with the new ball. The left-arm pacer maintained an economy of just 1.75 in four overs that he bowled.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan made the most of Ireland’s invitation to bat first. It was a one-man show of Sharjeel Khan who struck 152 runs off just 86 deliveries. He also got the man of the match award for his blistering inning.
Apart from him, Shoaib Malik also scored a half-century off 37 deliveries and the debutante, Mohammad Nawaz played an inspiring inning of 53 off 50 balls.
Barry McCarthy took 4 wickets in the game, he conceded 62 runs in 10 overs.