PAK vs IRE, T20 World Cup 2024 LIVE: Babar Azam And Shaheen Afridi Steer Pakistan To Consolation Win After Middle-Order Collapse

PAK vs IRE, T20 World Cup 2024 LIVE: Babar Azam And Shaheen Afridi Steer Pakistan To Consolation Win After Middle-Order Collapse

Pakistan and Ireland will lock horns in the dead-rubber game in T20 World Cup 2024 at Lauderhill, Florida.

Aayushman VishwanathanUpdated: Sunday, June 16, 2024, 11:41 PM IST
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Babar Azam and Paul Stirling will lead their respective sides. | (Credits: Twitter)

Pakistan innings:

Even as Pakistan were in pursuit of 107 against Ireland at Lauderhill, Florida, they suffered a middle-order collapse. However, captain Babar Azam kept his head cool and took the Men in Green home with 3 wickets to spare. Shaheen Shah Afridi's two sixes were equally decisive in Pakistan's nervy win.

Ireland innings:

Pakistan bowlers left hardly any breathing space for Ireland batters, leaving them 5 down inside power play as Shaheen Shah Afridi spit fire, taking figures of 4-0-22-3. Imad Wasim was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan, bagging figures of 4-0-8-3. Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, and Josh Little were the Irish batters to make sizeable contributions to lift their side to 106-9 in 20 overs.

Pakistan vs Ireland Preview:

In what will be the final group game for both Pakistan and Ireland in T20 World Cup 2024 and the last in USA, pride will be the only thing at stake in Florida. Babar Azam-led Pakistan will be most desperate after a forgettable campaign that has seen them fail to reach the Super 8 stage despite finishing as the runners-up of the 2022 edition. The Men in Green's only victory has come over Canada.

Ireland are winless in two completed matches and are also out of Super 8 contention, but a win over Pakistan will massively increase their confidence.

The match is also crucial from the perspective of the 2026 T20 World Cup's qualification as Pakistan will probably need a win to secure a direct entry for the showpiece event set to be hosted by India and Sri Lanka.

Toss report:

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam won the toss and elected to bowl first, citing the presence of moisture. Ireland captain Paul Stirling stated that he would also have chosen to field first. Both captains also announced one change, with Naseem Shah missing out for Pakistan, thereby bringing in Abbas Afridi. The Irishmen have brought in Ben White for Craig Young.

Pakistan playing XI: Mohammad Rizwan(w), Saim Ayub, Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Usman Khan, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, Abbas Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Amir.

Ireland playing XI: Paul Stirling(c), Andrew Balbirnie, Lorcan Tucker(w), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little, Benjamin White

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