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Sharjeel Khan, Imad Wasim rout Ireland

Sharjeel Khan scored the fourth fastest century for Pakistan in ODIs.
Sharjeel Khan scored the fourth fastest century for Pakistan in ODIs.
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Pakistan 337-6 (Khan 152) beat
Ireland 82 (Wilson 21) by 255 runs
First One-Day International in Dublin

Sharjeel Khan blazing knock of 152 was followed by a maiden five-wicket haul by Imad Wasim as Pakistan posted 337 for six and bowled Ireland out for 82 runs in 23.4 overs to secure a massive 255-run win in the rain-affected first One-Day International in Dublin.

Earlier in the day, Barry McCarthy took a four-wicket haul but fifties from Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Nawaz complemented Khan’s ton and helped Pakistan to a total of 337 for six in 47 overs.

The toss was delayed for nearly two hours due to a wet outfield. When the play finally got underway, the game was reduced to 47 overs per side.

Ireland won the toss and opted to bowl first. Khan (152) began the innings emphatically with a four and a six in the first over.

However, Ireland got the wicket of Azhar Ali (1), who was caught behind off McCarthy (4-62). While Khan played an attacking game from one end, Mohammad Hafeez (37) dropped anchor as the pair shared a 90-run stand for the second wicket.

Khan completed his fifty in 34 balls as Pakistan reached 77 for one after 15 overs. Hafeez was dismissed in the 19th over.

Khan continued his assault and plundered three sixes and a four in the 21st over as he moved into the nineties. Two overs later, Khan brought up his maiden ODI century, taking just 61 balls to get to the landmark.

Babar Azam (29) played a watchful knock and was dismissed in the 30th over, ending the 96-run stand with Khan.

Khan struck three fours and a six as he brought up his 150 but was immediately dismissed in the 32nd over, caught behind off a top edge, giving McCarthy his third wicket.

Ireland struck once again minutes later to see the back of Sarfraz Ahmed (2). However, Malik (57 not out) and Nawaz (53) steadily built their 105-run stand.

As the game dawned to a close, Malik and Nawaz shifted gears and raced away to their individual fifties. Nawaz fell in the final over as Pakistan posted a total of 337 for six.

Ireland were rattled in the first over as Mohammad Amir (1-7) castled Paul Stirling (0) in the first over.
Umar Gul (3-23) then snared the wickets of William Porterfield (13), Ed Joyce (9) and Kevin O’Brien (4) in consecutive overs, reducing Ireland to 32 for four in 10 overs.

Ireland were unable to recover from this jolt and stuttered, losing wickets at regular intervals. Niall O’Brien (10) and Stuart Poynter (4) fell in the 16th over while Gary Wilson (21) was out stumped in the 23rd.

Wasim (5-14) wrapped up the innings in the next over by removing McCarthy (1), Tim Murtagh (0) and Peter Chase (0) in the space of four balls, registering his best figures in ODIs.

Ireland were bowled out for 82 runs in 23.4 overs, their lowest total ODI total at home and their second lowest overall.

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