Great World Cup matches: Ireland v Pakistan, 2007
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Ireland, who were playing in their maiden World Cup defeated Pakistan to send them packing out of the ICC World Cup on March 19, 2007 at Jamaica. This was perhaps the biggest upset of the 2007 ICC World Cup.
Kamran Akmal was the top scorer for Pakistan with 27 runs followed by Imran Nazir and Younis Khan with 21 and 15 runs respectively. The rest of the team could only contribute runs in single digit. Even Inzamam ul- Haq, a man who often succeeds in crisis struggled and scored just one run. Eventually, batting first, Pakistan were bowled out for 132 off 45.4 overs.
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Rain interrupted play for a while and thus the Duckworth-Lewis method set a target of 128 from 47 overs. Wicket-keeper Niall O’Brien with a brilliant knock of 72 runs came to the rescue after Mohammad Sami got rid of two top order batsmen.
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Niall O’ Brien was then dismissed by Shoaib Malik and things seemed to go in Pakistan’s favour suddenly with Ireland losing three wickets quickly off just five runs out of which Iftikar Anjum clinched two wickets. When Niall O’ Brien left, Ireland were still needing 20 runs from 13 overs but did not have too many wickets remaining.
Then in came Niall O’ Brien’s brother Kevin O’ Brien and he guided Ireland to victory with 44 balls to spare. This meant that Ireland were sure to make to the Super 8 stage even if they lost to West Indies in the last group match. As for Pakistan, irrespective of the result with Zimbabwe, they had to go back home.
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