T20 World Cup: Pakistan finish campaign with three-wicket victory over Ireland | Cricket News


Pakistan finished their T20 World Cup campaign with a win after edging Ireland by three wickets.

With neither side able to qualify for the Super 8 stage from Group A, Pakistan started well to reduce Ireland to 32-6 but knocks from Gareth Delany and Josh Little helped the team recover to finish 106-9.

A Pakistan batting collapse then gave Ireland a glimmer of hope, but two big sixes from Shaheen Shah Afridi in the penultimate over sealed victory.

Pakistan's captain Babar Azam bats as Ireland's Lorcan Tucker watches behind the stumps during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup cricket match between Ireland and Pakistan at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium, Lauderhill, Fla., Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam underpinned his side’s innings with an unbeaten 32.

Afridi earlier took 3-22 and got Pakistan off to the perfect start, taking his three wickets in his first two overs as he began by clipping the top of Andy Balbirnie’s off stump with the third ball of the game.

The paceman took his second two balls later when Lorcan Tucker edged behind and trapped Harry Tector lbw in his next over, with Paul Stirling falling to Mohammad Amir in between times.

George Dockrell showed promise with some aggressive shots but gave his wicket away cheaply to Amir before Delany struck 31 from 19 balls.

Pakistan's Shaheen Shah Afridi plays a shot during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup cricket match between Ireland and Pakistan at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium, Lauderhill, Fla., Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Two big sixes from Shaheen Shah Afridi in the penultimate over sealed victory. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

His quickfire cameo was ended by Imad Wasim (3-8), but Pakistan were unable to break the 10th-wicket partnership as Little added a valuable 22 to drag Ireland into triple figures.

Mark Adair made the breakthrough for Ireland as Saim Ayub fell and the all-rounder was in the thick of the action again, making a brilliant catch on the boundary to dismiss Mohammad Rizwan for 17 off McCarthy.

Pakistan kept the scoreboard ticking, but they were suddenly plunged into trouble after losing three wickets in the space of nine balls as Curtis Campher removed Fakhar Zaman and McCarthy claimed the scalps of Usman Khan and Shadab Khan.

Captain Babar Azam underpinned his side’s innings with an unbeaten 32 before Afridi sealed victory in style with seven balls to spare.

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