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Ireland Vs Pakistan Live Score (Test)

One-off Test | 11 May, 2018 | The Village, Malahide, Dublin

160 / 5 Overs45.0 R/R3.55 Fours19 Sixes0 Extras5

Match Status: Match Ended

Match Result: Pakistan beat Ireland by 5 wickets

Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Imam-ul-Haq 74 121 8 0
Shadab Khan Batting 4 11 0 0
  • So that is it from this Test. Ireland showed great fight and they did prove they belong amongst the elites. Pakistan on the other hand, still have a lot of work to be done as the test they face ahead won't be easy. They will now be going to face England in this month which can turn out to be another cracking contest. For now you can switch tabs to the Indian T20 League game between Kolkata and Rajasthan. Goodbye and cheers.
  • Not many a times do you see a player from the losing side is awarded the Man of the Match. But such was the performance of Kevin O'Brien. He was their highest scorer in both the innings but his ton in the second, not only helped Ireland avoid an innings defeat but also made them believe they could have won it.
  • Chasing 160, Pakistan lost 3 wickets quickly and at that time Ireland looked like they will go on to win their first Test. But an outstanding stand between Babar Azam and Imam saw them weathering the storm and taking Pakistan over the line.
  • 310 was the deficit Ireland had to wipe off and they fell way short. They lost a flurry of wickets at the start with no top order batsmen getting into double figures. Kevin O'Brien did fight hard but Ireland were bundled out for a paltry total with Abbas and Shadab sharing 7 wickets amongst them. After the follow-on being enforced the home side showed more character with the bat. Their opening pair got them off to a good start but their middle order stumbled. However, Kevin O'Brien who scored a ton, along with Thompson first and Kane set a difficult target of 160.
  • A brilliant Test match is what we witnessed. It ended as everybody expected with Pakistan coming out victorious but the Irish did give them a run for their money. After the first day being washed off, the home side won the toss on the second day and elected to bowl. They had Pakistan on the mat at 159 for 6 courtesy some exceptional bowling by Murtagh but could not capitalize. Some poor fielding and wayward bowling saw Shadab Khan and another debutant, Faheem Ashraf, build a 117-run stand which took Pakistan to a respectable first inning score.
  • Imam-ul-Haq, a debut to remember for the young lad. He has batted through and ensured his side finish on the right side. He walks off to a standing ovation by his team mates. They required another 108 runs after the Lunch break and they have toppled those runs off in ease, courtesy a 126-run stand between Babar (who was dropped by Balbirnie) and Imam. They did lose two wickets towards the end but Shadab Khan then came in an ensured there were no further hiccups.
  • 44.6That is it! It is Imam, the youngster, who hits the winning runs on his debut. Not in convincing fashion but he won't care. This is an inswinger on off, Imam tries to defend it but it goes off the inner half through backward square leg for a brace. All smiles in the Pakistan camp as THEY WIN BY 5 WICKETS!
  • 44.5The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 44.4Fuller on off, it is driven towards the man at covers for a run.
  • 44.3Width on offer outside off, Shadab does not go chasing after it and leaves it.
  • 44.2Works it with the angle through mid-wicket. The fielder there fails to collect the ball and the batsmen run two. Three to win.
  • 44.1Length around middle, it is defended.
  • 43.6The batsman manages only a bottom edge on that one. 155/5
  • 43.5Good length on middle, the batsman taps it towards mid on for a run. Just 5 more needed now.
  • 43.4The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 43.3Short and outside off, it is cut through backward point for a run.
  • 43.2The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 43.1Another ball angling across the batsman. He shoulders arms to it.
  • 42.6Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 153/5
  • 42.5Good length on off, kept out.
  • 42.4A yorker on middle, the batsman digs it out towards covers for a run.
  • 42.3Another ball outside off, it is left alone.
  • 42.2Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 42.1Good length on off, defended.
  • 41.6The away swinger from outside off, Shadab has a feel for it and gets beaten. 152/5
  • 41.5The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 41.4Length around off, kept out.
  • Shadab Khan walks out to the middle.
  • 41.3OUT! Another wicket for Ireland. But all this is coming a little too late. This is bowled on a length and around middle, Sarfraz hops and tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Ahmed walks back dejected.
  • 41.2FOUR! The runs required are below 10 now! On a length around off, Sarfraz rocks back and guides it through backward point for a boundary.
  • 41.1The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 40.6And again. Ends the over with another lovely away swinger. Imam gets sucked into it. Looks to drive that but misses it. Maiden over. 148/4
  • 40.5Ripper from Kane! Drifting in from round the wicket angle, just moves away a wee bit. Imam lunges forward to defend that but misses and the ball whistles past the outside edge.
  • 40.4Shortish delivery, angling in from outside off, defended down the track.
  • 40.3Good length ball outside off, swings further away. No shot offered by Imam-ul-Haq.
  • 40.2Fuller length ball, swings away late, Imam keeps his bat high and lets it go.
  • 40.1Dishes out a fullish delivery on the stumps, Imam plays a drive straight back to the bowler.
  • Tyrone Kane is back on.
  • 39.6BEATEN! That has swung like a banana! On a length and around off, it shapes away. Sarfraz tries to defend but gets beaten. 148/4
  • 39.6Back of a length on off, it is tapped towards covers. No ball signaled by the umpire as the bowler oversteps.
  • 39.5An outswinger outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to it.
  • 39.4On a length around off, the batsman tries to defend but gets it off the inner half towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 39.3The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 39.2Good length outside off, the batsman first thinks of playing at it but then tries to pull his bat out. He is late in doing so but luckily for him it goes off the bottom edge through backward point for a brace.
  • 39.1The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 38.6On a length around off, it is defended onto the front foot. 144/4
  • 38.5On a length around off, it is defended onto the front foot.
  • 38.4Fullish on off, it is eased to mid on.
  • 38.3FOUR! Short and wide and Sarfraz pounces on it. He cuts it through point and the ball races away. Four boundaries away now Pakistan.
  • 38.2The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 38.1Good length on off, defended.
  • 37.6Fuller on middle, driven to mid on. 140/4
  • 37.5Length again and kept out.
  • 37.4Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 37.3Back of a length on off, kept out.
  • 37.2A huge appeal! On a length around off, this one comes back in. Imam tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The players appeal but the umpire shakes his head.
  • Sarfraz Ahmed is the next man in.
  • 37.1OUT! A run out just when Pakistan are inching closer to victory. Well, Ireland will rejoice. This is bowled on a length around off, Imam taps it towards covers and sets off for a run. Azam obliges but seeing Balbirnie get to the ball quickly, Imam sends him back. Azam is halfway down the track as he tries to turn and get back. Andy passes it to the bowler who collects it and takes the bails off. The players appeal and the umpire takes it upstairs. Replays find Babar short. He walks back and that ends the 126-run stand. However, Azam has done his job but he will be disappointed as he fails to take his team over the line. 20 more needed.
  • An appeal for a run out has been taken upstairs. Azam is the man in question. Ireland are very confident.
  • 36.6Wide outside off again, the batsman makes a leave. 140/3
  • 36.5Goes fuller in length on off, Azam mistimes it to the man at mid on.
  • 36.4Back of a length on off, it is pushed to covers.
  • 36.3Third leave in a row! Outside off, the batsman need not play at those.
  • 36.2Another leave! Pakistan are in no rush here. Outside off, left alone.
  • 36.1Another good length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 35.6Down the leg side, the batsman misses the flick. 140/3
  • 35.5Angles it on the pads, Babar tries to flick but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The ball rolls towards square leg and the batsmen take a run.
  • 35.4Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 35.3Fuller and on off, it swings away further. The batsman lets it be.
  • 35.2Fullish outside off, the batsman goes for a booming drive but gets an inside edge onto the leg side. The batsmen complete a run. Just one more than 20 needed.
  • 35.1Bangs it in short on middle, Imam off the back foot defends it onto the ground.
  • 34.6Good length on off, the batsman defends it solidly. 138/3
  • 34.5Shortens his length a touch outside off, Azam off the back foot pushes it to covers.
  • 34.4Another ball in the fifth stump channel. Azam does not feel like playing those.
  • 34.3A gentle away swinger outside off, Azam makes a leave.
  • 34.2Good length on middle, it is defended onto the ground.
  • 34.1Shortish and outside off, it is cut through point. They have a man in the deep who runs across to his right and keeps it down to two.
  • Tim Murtagh is back on.
  • 33.6Another outswinger wide outside off, the batsman makes another leave. 136/3
  • 33.5Goes fuller this time outside off, Imam strokes it off the middle but finds the man at covers.
  • 33.4Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 33.3Wide outside off, Imam lets it be.
  • 33.2The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 33.1Very wide outside off, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 32.6Fullish and on off, it is mistimed to the man at mid off. 136/3
  • 32.5Fuller on the pads, Azam works it through square leg and bags a brace. 24 more needed.
  • 32.4Shortish on middle, Azam tucks it to the man at mid on.
  • 32.3Deduct three more from the runs required as Imam strokes it through mid on and the batsmen run three.
  • 32.2Back of a length on off, Azam taps it towards the off side and the batsmen take a quick run.
  • 32.1Short again down the leg side, Azam lets it be.
  • 32.1Short ball aimed at the rib cage of the batsman. Babar misses the flick. Rankin has once again over stepped and a no ball is signaled.
  • 31.6Flicks it off his pads to fine leg for an easy single. 129/3
  • 31.5Widish delivery from Thompson, Azam doesn't play at it.
  • 31.4The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 31.4FOUR! Fifty to Babar Azam, his fifth in Test matches. This has been a good knock from the stylish right-hander and he is making the Irish players pay for the opportunity missed earlier in the session. Shortish delivery on the stumps, he gets on top of the bounce and swipes it through mid-wicket. Back-to-back boundaries. Thompson oversteps, so five more added to the total.
  • 31.3FOUR! Gorgeous cover drive. Bowls a fullish delivery outside off, Babar leans into the drive and caresses it through the covers for a boundary.
  • 31.2Fuller length ball outside off, Babar shoulders arms to it.
  • 31.1Fuller length ball, Babar plays a drive through the line. The fielder at point dives to his right and makes a good stop.
  • 30.6Length ball outside off, Imam leaves it all alone. 119/3
  • 30.5The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 30.4Bumper from Rankin, Babar moves across and pulls to fine leg for a single.
  • 30.4No ball! Rankin oversteps and needs to reload. Goes for an effort ball and in the process he lands his front foot outside the crease. Full ball and Babar defends it out.
  • 30.3Fuller length ball, defended down the track.
  • 30.2Babar is finding it tough to negotiate the angle that Rankin is generating from round the wicket. The right-hander gets a leading edge as he looks to defend of the back foot, the ball rolls to point. The fielder there fumbles and concedes a couple.
  • 30.1Angling across from round the wicket, Babar is squared up. The ball whizzes past the outside edge.
  • 29.6Appeal for an LBW but it soon dies. Fuller length ball, angling in and nips back too, Imam lunges forward to defend that. He gets rapped on the pads. Replays are in and they show there is an inside edge. 115/3
  • 29.5Bowls it full on off, driven to the mid off region.
  • 29.4Good length ball, angling in, the left-hander decides to shoulder arms.
  • 29.3Harmless delivery outside off, left alone.
  • 29.2An innocuous delivery from Thompson outside off, the batsman lets it go.
  • 29.1Serves up a fullish delivery outside and Imam leaves it all alone.
  • Stuart Thompson is back into the attack.
  • 28.6Drifting it well down the leg side and the batsman decides to leave it. 115/3
  • 28.5Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 28.5No ball! Rankin serves a bumper which loops over Babar Azam. Rankin oversteps and a no ball is the signal from the umpire.
  • 28.4Rankin delivers from round the wicket. On the pads and Babar whips it past to the right of the man at mid on. They take a couple. Brings up the 100-run partnership with Imam. These two have played with a lot of responsibility and have taken Pakistan to a safer shore. Ireland ruing the chance missed by Andy just at the start of this session.
  • 28.3No shot offered by Babar. He moves across expecting to leave a delivery heading down leg but the ball just nips back enough and hits him on the thigh pad.
  • 28.2Full pitched delivery on the leg stump line. Babar pushes it to mid on.
  • 28.1Opens the face of the bat and dabs it to the man at cover-point.
  • 27.6Short of a length ball, Imam works it past the man at mid-wicket for a couple more. 112/3
  • 27.5Well-timed straight drive from Imam, but the fielder at mid off rushes to his left and blocks it.
  • 27.4Length ball, angling across. Imam doesn't play at it.
  • 27.3Did that just stop on Babar? Maybe, yes it did. Babar is early into the drive and mistimes it to the left of mid off. Single taken. Pakistan need 50 more to cross the line.
  • 27.2Stands tall and punches it through covers for a single.
  • 27.1Fuller length ball on the off stump line, it swings away just a little and beats Imam who is looking to play the drive on the rise.
  • 26.6More runs. Too full from Rankin and it gets drilled through the covers by Imam. They collect another three runs. 108/3
  • 26.5Half-volley on the pads and Azam whips it to the right of mid on. Three runs completed.
  • 26.4Short and outside off, Azam stands tall and looks to cut. He mistimes it on the off side.
  • 26.3Slips it down the leg side. Azam doesn't play at it.
  • 26.2Short of a length ball on the stumps, Azam gets right behind it and blocks.
  • 26.1Wide delivery down the leg side from Rankin, Azam looks to glance that but he fails to connect.
  • 25.6Massive shout for LBW from the Irish fielders but that is too high. Short of a length ball, dips in late. Imam looks to leave it but gets hit high on the pads. The appeal isn't entertained by the umpire. 102/3
  • 25.5Bowls it closer to the off peg. Imam judges it well, covers his stumps and decides to leave it.
  • 25.4Length ball on middle and leg, defended down the track.
  • 25.3On a length outside off, angling across. Imam doesn't play at it.
  • 25.2FOUR! Creamed through the covers. Lovely timing from Imam. A low full toss from Kane is drilled through the covers. 100 up for Pakistan, they need 58 more and these two are making it look ridiculously easy.
  • 25.1Bowls a half-volley outside off and Imam goes really hard at that one but he mistimes it to mid off.
  • 24.6FOUR! Plays a square cut and finds the gap to perfection. On a length outside off from the Irish pacer and Babar slaps it in front of point. The ball speeds away to the boundary. Pakistan need 62 more. 98/3
  • 24.5Shortish delivery from Murtagh, Babar pushes it to the fielder at short extra cover.
  • 24.4Pushes it to the right of the fielder at mid off. They steal a quick single.
  • 24.3Bowls it fuller on the stumps. Defended by Imam.
  • 24.2Good length ball outside off. Left alone by the batsman.
  • 24.1Fuller length ball outside off, Imam punches it to the man at mid off.
  • 23.6Length ball outside off, Azam doesn't play at it. 93/3
  • 23.5Fifty to Imam-ul-Haq, his maiden in Test cricket on debut. He becomes the fourth debutant in this match to score a fifty. This has been a good knock under pressure and he has delivered when his team needed it the most. Full delivery on the stumps, moves across and whips it to the left of mid on. Three runs added to the total.
  • 23.4Bowls it full down the leg side, the batsman looks to glance that but he fails to connect.
  • 23.3Another leave from Imam-ul-Haq. He is playing with a lot of patience.
  • 23.2Good length ball wider of the off stump. Left alone by the batsman.
  • 23.1Fuller length ball on off, Imam plays a square drive but he finds the man at cover-point.
  • Tyrone Kane is back into the attack.
  • 22.6Short of a length ball outside off, Babar shoulders arms to it. 90/3
  • 22.5FOUR! Fine shot. Freebie on the pads and Babar makes it count. He goes right back and whips it nicely through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 22.4Babar lunges on the front foot and blocks it solidly.
  • 22.3The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 22.2Plays a drive to mid off but finds the fielder.
  • 22.1Fuller length ball on off, Babar plays a defensive stroke.
  • 21.6The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single. 86/3
  • 21.5Width on offer and Imam cuts it hard to deep point. Single taken.
  • 21.4Angling into the pads and Babar knocks it behind the wicket on the leg side for a run.
  • 21.3FOUR! Neatly played by Babar. Rankin serves up a fullish delivery which is off target. Azam whips it off his pads in front of square on the leg side for a boundary.
  • 21.2Good length ball outside off, Babar goes across and leaves it all alone.
  • 21.1Direct hit at the bowler's end but Imam is well in. Short of a length ball, he taps it on the leg side and calls for a quick single. The fielder is quickly on to the ball and has a shy. He hits the stumps but Imam makes it safely as he set off quickly without hesitating.
  • 20.6The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 78/3
  • Babar is receiving some treatment after getting hit on the knuckles. He should be fine though. Also, the dark clouds are starting to creep in and Pakistan will now have to step on the gas here as it looks like it could rain any moment. That is how dark it has got.
  • 20.5OUCH! That would be painful! Length ball, kisses the surface and jumps sharply. Babar lunges forward to defend that but he is hit on the gloves. He feels the pain straightaway.
  • 20.4FOUR! Shot! He is making full use of anything loose that is on offer from the Irish pacers. Short of a length ball outside off, Babar slaps it in front of point for a boundary.
  • 20.3Serves up a length delivery, Babar defends it back to the bowler.
  • 20.2Bowls a fuller length ball, which skids through. Babar is slightly late on it but manages to put bat to ball. Dabs it on the off side.
  • 20.1Fuller length ball, with a hint of away movement. Babar steps out and defends it solidly down the track.
  • 19.6Full delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Imam moves across and whips it to the left of mid on. They take two more. Runs are coming at a swift pace for Pakistan post lunch. Ireland need to strike quickly to stay in the game. 74/3
  • 19.5Length ball, angling across, Imam decides to leave it alone.
  • 19.4The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 19.3FOUR! Outside edge, which bisects the gap between third slip and gully! Fuller length ball on off, Imam lunges forward to play the cover drive. He gets a thick edge which luckily for him goes in the gap. Frustration written all over on the face of Rankin.
  • 19.2Good length ball on the stumps, the batsman stays back and pushes it to the cover region.
  • 19.1Murtagh starts with a delivery down the leg side, Imam looks to glance that but fails to put bat to ball.
  • 18.6FOUR! Superb shot! Babar gets right on top of the bounce and pulls it beautifully in front of square. Short ball, he plays a shot full of authority and earns a boundary for the effort. Brings up the 50-run partnership between the two. A vital stand for Pakistan as the two joined forces when they were in a spot of bother. Can they now stay there till the end? 68/3
  • 18.5Once again, the batsman covers the line of the delivery and blocks it.
  • 18.4Length ball on the stumps, Babar sits back and defends it to the cover region.
  • 18.3FOUR! Strong comeback from Babar, he gets a shortish delivery outside off. Rocks onto the back foot and cuts it through the covers for a boundary.
  • 18.2Dropped! Balbirnie is the culprit. Fullish delivery closer, to the off stump line, this one swings away after pitching. Babar lunges forward to defend that but he gets a thick outside edge to third slip. The fielder there goes low towards his left and tries to take it with one hand but can't hang on to it. A life for Babar. Is this the luck he needs to get back in form? He would surely want to make the most of the reprieve he has got.
  • 18.1Good length ball, punches it to the right of the man at mid off. Single taken.
  • Tim Murtagh to bowl from the other end.
  • 17.6Overpitched delivery from Rankin to end the over. Imam forces it down the track past his partner. Beats the man at mid on, they take three more. Profitable over for Pakistan, they have collected seven runs. Brings up the 50-run stand with Imam for the fourth wicket. 59/3
  • 17.5Short of a length ball, angling in. Dabbed on the leg side by the batsman.
  • 17.4Too wide from Rankin, the batsman decides to leave it all alone.
  • 17.3FOUR! Lovely cover drive, the positive footwork from Imam gets him to the pitch of the delivery. Caresses it through the covers. It is well-timed and the ball races to the boundary.
  • 17.2Delivers a pitched up delivery on off, the batsman pushes it gently back to the bowler.
  • 17.1Good length ball, angling in from outside off but still pretty wide. Imam lets it go.
  • We are back for the second session. Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam will continue their innings. The former will be on strike, he will be facing Boyd Rankin who will start the proceedings for Ireland in this session. Here we go...
  • ... Day 5, Session 2 ...
  • So after the first session on Day 5, the game is evenly poised! Pakistan need another 108 runs and Ireland need another seven wickets. Defending 159, the Irish bowlers came out all guns blazing, making quick work of the Pakistan top order. At 14 for 3 it looked like we are going to witness another Pakistan collapse but the youngster, Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam absorbed all the pressure that was exerted and have done well to hang in out there. The away side would want the two to continue whereas the home side will hope for a few quick wickets after the break. The good news is that the rain gods haven't interfered and let's hope they show mercy and stay away for the rest of the match. Join us for the second session in a while.
  • 16.6Back of a length on off, Azam stands tall and defends it onto the ground. A maiden by Tim. THAT WILL BE LUNCH ON DAY 5! 52/3
  • 16.5Down the leg side, Azam misses the flick and it goes through to the keeper.
  • 16.4Another ball on a length on off, Azam defends it solidly.
  • 16.3Lovely bowling! That was so good that it was acknowledged by the batsman as well. On a length, it first angles into the batsman and then leaves him. Azam tries to keep it out off the back foot but gets beaten.
  • 16.2Another ball on a length around off, it is defended off the front foot.
  • 16.1Good length on middle, kept out.
  • 15.6Wide outside off, Imam makes another leave. So an over in which five leaves and a boundary was hit, comes to an end. 52/3
  • 15.5Drags his length back outside off, Imam lets it be.
  • 15.4FOUR! Width on offer yet again and Imam this time makes him pay. It is also a little too full and outside off. Imam slashes, gets it in the gap through covers for a boundary, 50 up for Pakistan and they still need another 108 runs.
  • 15.3This is even wider outside off, Imam leaves it. Thompson has to make the batsman play here.
  • 15.2Good length outside off, this one stays a touch low. Imam shoulders his arms to it.
  • 15.1The outswinger outside off. The batsman need not play at those.
  • 14.6Bowls it closer to the off pole this time. Azam lunges forward and blocks it out. 48/3
  • 14.5Lovely line and length! In the channel on uncertainty. Azam watchfully lets it be.
  • 14.4A little too short and width on offer. Azam off the back foot punches it through covers and bags a brace.
  • 14.3Back of a length around off, Imam tries to defend it but it squirts off the outside edge and goes through backward point for a run.
  • 14.2Angles this one across the batsman. Imam does not fiddle with it.
  • 14.1Fuller in length and tailing back in. Imam drives it back to the bowler.
  • 13.6Well stopped by Joyce at gully. Fuller length ball outside off, Babar plays a drive on the up, he gets a thick edge which is well stopped. 45/3
  • 13.5Good length ball, Babar gets right behind that one and defends it back to the bowler.
  • 13.4Drifting down leg, Imam goes across and taps it on the leg side for a single.
  • 13.3FOUR! Useful runs, this pair has added 30 runs so far and is getting Pakistan in a good position. Good length ball outside off, the batsman square cuts it behind point for a boundary.
  • 13.2That one almost rolls through the keeper. Did it hit a crack? It behaved like one. Hits the length on off and angles it across. Imam lets it go.
  • 13.1Good shot but doesn't find the gap. Width and Imam punches it. The fielder at backward point makes a good stop diving to his left.
  • 12.6Another lovely away swinger to end the over. Well left by Babar. Murtagh has bowled seven overs on the trot, will he get another one? 40/3
  • 12.5Fuller length ball on off, with a hint of away movement. The batsman covers his stumps by shuffling across and lets it go.
  • 12.4Shorter in length from Murtagh, pushed to the cover region.
  • 12.3Length ball, angling in from outside off, Babar goes back to defend that. He gets a bottom edge on to the pads.
  • 12.2Drifting on the leg stump line and the batsman works it through square leg for a single.
  • 12.1Iman punches off the back foot and hits it in the gap through the covers. They decide to take the second run. Direct hit is needed but the throw is bit off target and Imam makes it with a full length dive.
  • 11.6Easy leave from Babar Azam to end the over. 37/3
  • 11.5The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 11.4Innocuous delivery outside off, the batsman decides to leave it.
  • 11.3Spraying it well down the leg side. Azam doesn't need to play at those.
  • 11.2Fullish delivery in the channel outside off, the batsman doesn't play at that one.
  • 11.1Starts a spell with a pitched up delivery on the off stump line, Babar defends it off the front foot.
  • Stuart Thompson comes into the attack.
  • 10.6Babar lunges forward to defend that, the ball goes off the outer half and rolls to the right of the fielder at third slip. Single taken. 37/3
  • 10.5In the channel outside off, Babar sits back and shapes to cut that but doesn't play at it in the end.
  • 10.4Fullish delivery on off, Babar gets on the front foot and defends it solidly.
  • 10.3Azam charges down the track and puts Murtagh off his length. Defends it firmly down the track.
  • 10.2Length ball outside off, Babar doesn't offer a stroke to it.
  • 10.1Length ball outside off, Babar shuffles back and across as he defends it on the track.
  • 9.6FOUR! More runs, this has been a poor over from Rankin. He was all over the place and ends up conceding six runs. Ends his fifth over with a half volley on the pads and Imam glances it neatly away to the fine leg fence. Pakistan need 124 more! 36/3
  • 9.5Drops and takes a quick single. Good running, Pakistan pair needs to do this more to put pressure back on Ireland. Defends it wide of the man at backward point. They steal a run.
  • 9.4Easy pickings for Imam, hops across and flicks it off his pads to mid-wicket. He wanted the second run but decides against it. Seeing the throw coming in from the deep.
  • 9.3Good length ball outside off, Imam moves across and lets it through to the keeper.
  • 9.2Full pitched delivery on the stumps, Iman offers the straight bat and blocks it solidly down the track.
  • 9.1Rankin hits the deck hard and tries a bumper but it is too short and balloons over the batsman who has no troubles ducking under it.
  • 8.6Babar shuffles across and taps it wide of the fielder at short leg, who rushes to the ball and prevents the single. 30/3
  • 8.5Moving away from the stumps, seeing it wide, Babar decides to leave it.
  • 8.4Good length ball on off, Babar Azam takes few steps down the track and defends it right under his eyes.
  • 8.3Slipping on the pads, Azam moves across and whips it to deep square leg for a brace.
  • 8.2Imam plays a drive, goes off the outer half to point. They take a single.
  • 8.1Just falls short of Stirling. Is he standing too back? Might be. Length ball on middle and leg, Imam had to play at that one, the ball moves away and catches the outside edge. And it goes on the bounce to first slip.
  • 7.6Beaten comprehensively! Fullish delivery, seaming away a little from Babar Azam, who goes for the drive but fails to the cover the line of it and the ball goes whistling past the outside edge. 27/3
  • 7.5Fractionally too full from Rankin, Babar goes forward and plays a drive to mid off.
  • 7.4Full pitched delivery on off stump line, Azam covers the line of the delivery and defends.
  • 7.3Beauty from Rankin but equally well played by Imam. Yorker on middle, jams his bat down and blocks it on the off side. The young Pakistan pair steal a single.
  • 7.2FOUR! Good shot! That will boost his confidence to no limits! He gets a wide delivery and latches on to it in a flash. Jumps on the back foot, gets on top of the bounce and square cuts it between backward point and gully for a boundary.
  • 7.1Terrible delivery which allows Azam to get off strike. Full down the leg side, flicked away to fine leg for a single.
  • 6.6Length again on off, Imam defends it solidly. A good over this for Pakistan, 4 from it. They need to keep scoring, they can't be bogged down. 21/3
  • 6.5On a length and around off, leaves the southpaw after pitching. Imam tries to block it but for the second time in the over gets beaten.
  • 6.4Back of a length on off, it is kept out.
  • 6.3Another couple! This was well timed! Fuller and on off, Imam leans into it and drives it through mid off. It has not been hit well enough to reach the boundary but the batsmen run two.
  • 6.2Lovely use of the angle! This is on a length and around off. It slants away after pitching. Imam plays inside the line and gets beaten.
  • 6.1A little too full and on the pads, Imam works it through mid-wicket and bags a brace.
  • 5.6Fuller length ball on the off and middle stumps line. Azam defends it to covers. 17/3
  • 5.5Boyd Rankin for once misses his radar and bowls a delivery on the pads. Azam works it to deep square leg and collects couple.
  • 5.4A terrific yorker from Rankin, nearly sneaks through. Delivers in the blockhole, Azam jams his bat down in time and stops it.
  • 5.3Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 5.2OUCH! That must have hurt! Short of a length ball on the stumps, moves away late and squares Azam, who is aiming to flick that but gets hit on the soft spot.
  • 5.1Bowls a full pitched delivery on the pads, Imam glances it nicely off his pads to fine leg for a single.
  • 4.6A massive shout for LBW but the umpire Nigel Llong is unmoved! Length ball, Babar gets forward to defend that, he gets hit above the knee roll which is what saved him there. 14/3
  • 4.5Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 4.4Outside edge from Azam, but it goes on the bounce to the man at third slip.
  • Babar Azam is the next man in.
  • 4.3OUT! And there goes another wicket! Murtagh goes through the defenses of Shafiq. A dream delivery. Ireland are well and truly on top! Shafiq departs without making much of a contribution. His lack of footwork proves to be his undoing. A length ball, nipping in sharply, Shafiq goes for a drive down the ground leaving a gap between bat and pad. The ball goes through the gap and cannons into the wickets. Pakistan still need 146 to win and they need a big partnership to make it there.
  • 4.2Fuller length ball on off, Shafiq plays a drive to the mid off region.
  • 4.1Gutsy leave from Shafiq! The ball misses the off stump by a whisker, Ireland nearly nipped out another one. Incoming delivery from Murtagh, Shafiq decides to leave it and after all it can be termed as a 'Safe leave'. Why? Because, Shafiq is still out there.
  • 3.6The batsman has played it to the point region. One run added to the total. 14/2
  • 3.5Well down the leg side and Shafiq doesn't play a shot to it.
  • Asad Shafiq is the new batsman.
  • 3.4OUT! Has Joyce taken it? He is claiming it and the Irish team is already celebrating. Pakistan have lost their second wicket in no time. Well, this game is tilting in the favor of the Irish now. A rising delivery, leaving the left-hander. Haris doesn't get on top of the bounce but still goes through with the punch as he tries to force it through the off side. Gets a thick edge towards gully where Joyce crouches low and grabs it inches above the ground. Oh wait! The umpire wants to check the front foot no ball but the TV umpire is happy and deems it a legal delivery. Haris Sohail continues his walk towards the pavilion.
  • 3.3Full pitched delivery on off, the batsman plays a drive through the line. The ball rolls to the mid off fielder.
  • 3.2Good length ball in the channel outside off, Sohail shoulders arms to it.
  • 3.1Short of a length ball on the stumps, Haris drops it on the off side and calls for a quick single but his partner doesn't respond. There is just no room for a run out at this juncture.
  • 2.6Good comeback from Murtagh, adjusts his line and withdraws batsman on the front foot. Imam is beaten as he attempts a drive. 13/1
  • 2.5FOUR! Imam opens his account with a lovely flick shot! He gets a delivery on the pads and cashes on it. Goes right across and whips it to the left of mid on. The ball rolls away to the boundary.
  • 2.4A rising delivery from Murtagh, the batsman gets on top of the bounce and defends it to the point region.
  • 2.3Bowls a fullish delivery on off, Imam gets right behind it and defends it.
  • 2.2Not so convincing from Sohail, he gets forward but not to the pitch of the delivery as he drives it. Anyways, hits the gap through the covers and they take three runs.
  • 2.1Fires it full on off, Sohail stays back and defends it with the dead bat.
  • 1.6Good length ball outside and the batsman lets it go. 6/1
  • 1.5Covers the line of the delivery and defends off the back foot.
  • 1.4A loose shot from Imam, he goes chasing a wide delivery and nearly gets an outside edge.
  • 1.3Imam-ul-Haq gets on the front foot and plays a drive to the mid off region.
  • 1.2The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 1.1Short of a length ball outside off, Imam gets on the front foot and lets it go.
  • Boyd Rankin will bowl from the other.
  • 0.6FOUR! Aerial and there is a cry of catch it from the Irish players. Fuller length ball outside off, Sohail goes forward and plays a square drive uppishly past the man at backward point. The ball speeds away to the boundary. 6/1
  • 0.5Tentative start for Sohail, he stands tall and looks to work a straightish delivery from Murtagh but he gets pinged on the thigh pad.
  • Haris Sohail is the next man in.
  • 0.4OUT! Ireland draw first blood! This game isn't over, folks! What a delivery to nip out the Pakistan vice-captain and the hosts are over the moon. Tim comes in and lands it on a fuller length outside off, Ali without any feet movement tries to defend it. The ball shapes away a bit, takes the outside edge and goes into the bucket-like-hands of Paul Stirling at first slip who makes no mistake.
  • 0.3Wow, Ali once again uses his feet but seeing the length touch short. He decides to defend it.
  • 0.2Good shot from Ali, he is trying to be positive! Fuller length ball on off, he dances down the track and whips it to the right of the man at mid on. They take a couple.
  • 0.1Full pitched delivery from Murtagh and driven by Ali down the track. The ball rolls on and hits the wickets at the other end.

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