Scorecard:

Pakistan: 159 for 5 (20 overs)

(Kamran Akmal 57 off 51 balls, Afridi 24 off 13 balls, McCallan 2 for 26)

Ireland: 120 for 9 (20 overs)

(Porterfield 40 off 36, K O’Brien 26 off 30 balls, Ajmal 4 for 19, Umar Gul 2 for 19)

Pakistan went on steadily building the score, except for the Shahid Afridi routine when they amassed at a fast clip. Kamran Akmal played gem of an innings and did not let his partners rush into things. Ireland bowling attack was quite dismal and they let things happen, not trying to force the batsmen into committing errors.

Ireland started off fine but Pakistan didn’t not let them get onto the run rate. As the run rate climbed the crumbling was as expected. Umar and Ajmal contributed their part to make the tumbling happen faster.

By Vineet

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