Ireland bat first against ‘Irfan-less’ Pakistan

Shukriya Pakistan

ADELAIDE: Ireland won the toss and elected to bat first against Pakistan, who will play without its top pacer Mohammad Irfan in their last World Cup Pool B match here at Adelaide Oval.

Ehsan Adil has replaced Irfan. Experienced middle order batsman Younus Khan has also been replaced by all-rounder Haris Sohail.

The team that will win the match will secure a place in the last-eight stage while the losing side must raise their run-rate in comparison with West Indies, who are playing their last match against minnows UAE in Napier.

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed WK, Ahmed Shehzad, Haris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq (Captain), Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Rahat Ali, Ehsan Adil

Ireland: WTS Porterfield (Captain), PR Stirling, EC Joyce, NJ O’Brien, A Balbirnie, GC Wilson (WK), KJ O’Brien, JF Mooney, SR Thompson, AR Cusack, GH Dockrell