Monday 30 May 2011 

Pakistan Clinch Victory Despite Stirling Heroics

Pakistan Clinch Victory Despite Stirling Heroics
Pakistan Clinch Victory Despite Stirling Heroics
© REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (BANGLADESH - Tags: SPORT CRICKET HEADSHOT) Picture Supplied by Action Images

Pakistan 242-5 (Younus Khan 64) beat
Ireland 238-8 (Stirling 109) by 5 wickets
Second One-Day International, Clontarf

Paul Stirling cracked a superb century but it proved to be in vain as Pakistan beat Ireland by five wickets in the second and final One-Day International in Clontarf.

Stirling scored a belligerent 109 in 107 balls as the home side scored 238 for eight but Pakistan reached their victory target thanks to half-centuries from Younus Khan and Umar Akmal.

Younus made 64 in 74 balls before Akmal applied the finishing touches with a destructive 60 not out in 47 balls as Pakistan hit back having lost opener Mohammad Hafeez without scoring and Taufeeq Umar for 31.

Younus forged a key partnership with debutant Azhar Ali, who marked his debut with 39 and although Misbah-ul-Haq also weighed in with 32, the experience of Younus and the exuberance of Akmal sealed a 2-0 series win for the tourists.

Earlier, Stirling propped up Ireland's innings by hitting seven fours and four sixes although his side lost wickets frequently with off-spinner Saed Ajmal taking four for 35 and seamer Junaid Khan two for 53.

Gary Wilson hit out to good effect at the end, scoring a quickfire 33 in 25 balls but no other batsman could score more than 25 as Pakistan kept Ireland in check.

© Cricket World 2011

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