Having already tied with Zimbabwe in its previous pool match, Ireland needed an unlikely victory over Pakistan to progress to the knockout stage of the tournament for the first time.
Fittingly played on St Patrick’s Day, Ireland started strongly by reducing Pakistan to 72-6 before dismissing the powerhouse for 132. Although the wickets were shared around, Andre Botha was the standout with figures of 2-5 off eight overs.
In a tense chase, Pakistan speedster Mohammad Sami knocked the top off the Ireland order before wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien dug in for 72 as wickets fell around him.
At 113-7, Pakistan was poised to deny Ireland a famous victory before future hero Kevin O’Brien hit an unbeaten 16 to see Ireland home and Pakistan crashing out of the tournament.
Inzy’s interview summarizes Pakistan’s frame of mind in the post match presentation here.
Edited By Akanksha Agarwal