Pakistan surge into play-offs

Pakistan qualified for the World T20 semi-finals with a 39-run win over Ireland.

It was, of course, the Irish who dumped Pakistan out of the 50-over World Cup in the West Indies two years ago, but there was to be no repeat at The Oval. Younis Kahn’s side were superior in all aspects of the game and never looked like losing.

Pakistan now have four points in Group F after their three matches, with Sri Lanka (also four points) and New Zealand (two points) still to play each other. However, Pakistan’s run rate is superior to both of those teams, which means they are through to the final four.

Having won the toss and deciding to bat first, Pakistan posted 159-5 thanks to 57 from Man of the Match Kamran Akmal, and while none of the other batsmen made big runs, there were decent partnerships for every wicket.

Ireland spinner Kyle McCallan was his side’s best bowler taking 2-26, with Trent Johnson the worst, going for 20 in his second over and 12 in his third.

Ireland’s run chase got off to a solid start thanks to William Porterfield (40), but when he was dismissed in the 14th over with the score on 87, wickets began to fall regularly.

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal was the main benefactor, taking 4-19 in his four overs, with Akmal making two stumpings.

Pakistan 159-5 (20 overs)
Kamran Akmal 57, Kyle McCallan 2-26
Ireland 120-9 (20 overs)

William Porterfield 40, Saeed Ajmal 4-19
Pakistan won by 39 runs
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