Adelaide - Pakistan's disciplined pace bowlers have restricted Ireland to 237
and then the batsmen took over to help claim a seven-wicket win on
Sunday and a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.
William Porterfield won the toss and provided Ireland's only resistance
at the crease, scoring his first World Cup century (107), Pakistan
replied methodically at the Adelaide Oval, scoring its first 100 runs
without loss as openers Sarfraz Ahmed (101 not out) and Ahmed Shehzad
(63) found gaps in the Irish field placements.
was Pakistan's first of the tournament, leading his team to 241-3 in
46.1 overs. Umar Akmal (20 not out) spent much of his time in the final
overs blocking shots in order to give Sarfraz the strike and a chance to
The win moves Pakistan, which lost its first two
matches before winning its next four, into a quarter-final match at the
same ground on Friday against four-time champion Australia.
fast bowler Wahab Riaz took 3-54 and Sohail Khan had 2-44 to lead the
Pakistan bowlers. It was Pakistan's first win at the tournament while
It was a disappointing end to the tournament for
second-tier team Ireland, which won three of six matches, including
victories over higher-ranked teams West Indies and Zimbabwe.
2007, Ireland, playing in its first World Cup, upset Pakistan by three
wickets to eliminate Pakistan from the knockout rounds.
player Younis Khan, who played in that 2007 match but didn't get a start
Sunday, said revenge wasn't in their minds. But the team wanted to win
Sunday to honor the memory of former coach Bob Woolmer, who died in his
hotel room the day after that loss in Kingston, Jamaica eight years ago.
Earlier, Porterfield, who was dropped on 99, was dismissed for 107 when caught by Shahid Afridi off the bowling of Khan.
didn't reach 200 until the 44th over and its run rate dipped when
Porterfield departed, losing 3-22 in one collapse and its last six
wickets for 55 runs. Ireland also failed to establish any big
partnerships, its longest being 48.
With St. Patrick's Day two
days away, the Irish crowd, some wearing oversized plush green top hats,
were the more vocal in the stands but had little to cheer about for
most of the match. The green in Pakistan's flag and the teams both
decked out in similar colors ensured that the hue was well represented
around the ground.
While Ireland made no changes to its lineup for
the match, Pakistan was without pace spearhead Mohammad Irfan, who has a
hip injury, and dropped batsman Younis Khan. Haris Sohail and Ehsan
Adil came into the starting 11.