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PAK vs IRE: Pakistan emerge victorious but exit T20 World Cup 2024

Babar-led team ends disappointing campaign with win in low-scoring game against Ireland

By Sports Desk
June 16, 2024
Pakistan´s Shaheen Shah Afridi hits a 6 during the ICC men´s Twenty20 World Cup 2024 group A cricket match between Pakistan and Ireland at Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida on June 16, 2024. — AFP
Pakistan´s Shaheen Shah Afridi hits a 6 during the ICC men´s Twenty20 World Cup 2024 group A cricket match between Pakistan and Ireland at Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida on June 16, 2024. — AFP

LAUDERHILL: Pakistan emerged victorious against Ireland chasing mere 107-run target successfully on Sunday but exited the T20 World Cup 2024 after a disappointing campaign at the mega-tournament. 

The Irish struggled during Green Shirts' run-chase but made inroads by picking up quick wickets later in the innings.

However, Babar Azam and Co chased down the target against the opponents, who remained winless at the World Cup.

The low-scoring encounter was decided in the second last over with Shaheen Afridi taking Pakistan over the line and helping them end their disappointing T20 World Cup campaign with a six.

Chasing the target, Pakistan, despite a decent start, made things difficult for them as they kept on losing wickets. Saim Ayub (17 off 17), and Mohammad Rizwan (17 off 16) lost their wickets inside the first six overs.

Pakistan’s middle-order failed once again as Fakhar Zaman (5), Usman Khan (2), Shadab Khan (0) and Imad Wasim (4) all failed to score in double digits.

Abbas Afridi gave Pakistan a breakthrough as he hit a six and a four during his 17-run innings which helped Babar Azam’s side come close to the target.

Skipper Babar Azam top-scored for the winning side with 32 runs.

Earlier in the first innings, a dominating display by the Pakistani bowlers ran over the Irish side as Shaheen, Mohammad Amir, and Wasim all starred with the ball.

Shaheen started the innings for Pakistan brilliantly as he removed Andrew Balbirnie and Lorcan Tucker in the first over, leaving Ireland 2-2.

Amir continued what Shaheen started and sent Irish skipper Paul Stirling back to the pavilion for just one run.

Pakistani bowlers continued their dominance and kept sending the opponents’ batters back to the pavilion. It looked like Ireland would be all out before even scoring 60 runs as a team but George Dockrell and Gareth Delany’s 44-run partnership helped them reach a decent total.

Delany top-scored for the struggling Irish side with his quick 19-ball 31 which included four boundaries. Joshua Little's contributed 22 runs on 18 balls with three boundaries.

Ireland concluded their innings at 106/9 in 20 overs. For Pakistan, Shaheen and Imad bagged three wickets each, Amir got two while Haris Rauf managed to remove one Irish batter.

This was the last match in the tournament for both teams as they dropped out of the race for Super 8.