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Pakistan clinched a voracious victory over Ireland in the 1st ODI of 2-match ODI series at Dublin (Malahide). After winning the toss, Ireland decided to bowl first in the 47-overs-per-side match (due to the wet outfield). Coming to bat first, Pakistan made 337/6 in 47 overs.
In reply, hosts Ireland bundled down at just 82 runs as they lost this ODI by 255 runs. With this win, Pakistan is leading in the 2-match ODI series by 1-0.
Brief Scores:- 47 overs-per-side-matches (Due to wet outfield)
Pakistan – 337/6 in 47 overs (Sharjeel Khan 152, Shoaib Malik 57*, Barry McCarthy 4/62)
Ireland – 82 in 23.4 overs (Gary Wilson 21, Andy McBrine 14*, Imad Wasim 5/14)
Results – Pakistan won by 255 runs.
Some of the statistical highlights of the match are given below:
- Pakistan opening batsman Sharjeel Khan played a massive knock of 152 runs innings. It was the third highest runs scored by a Pakistan batsman in an ODI innings. The other top two scores by Pakistan batsmen in an ODI innings history are 194 runs by Saeed Anwar (against India at Chennai in 1997) and 160 runs by Imran Nazir (against Zimbabwe at Kingston in 2007).
- i) Pakistan opening batsman Sharjeel Khan completed his century in just 61 deliveries. It was the 4th fastest ODI centuries by a Pakistan batsman. All the other 3 Pakistan’s fastest ODI century records holder is only Shahid Afridi (in 37 balls against Sri Lanka at Nairobi in 1996, in 45 balls against India at Kanpur in 2005 and in 53 balls against Bangladesh at Dambulla in 2010).
ii) Also, Sharjeel Khan completed his 150-runs in just 85 deliveries which was also the 3rd fastest 150-runs knock in ODI history. The other two fastest 150-runs knocks in ODIs were: in 64 deliveries by South African batsman AB de Villiers (against West Indies at Sydney in 2015) and in 83 deliveries by former Australian batsman Shane Watson (against Bangladesh at Dhaka in 2011).
- Pakistan left-arm orthodox bowler Imad Wasim bowled beautifully on the day and ended with an impressive bowling figure of 5.4-0-14-5. It was the best bowling figure by a Pakistan left-arm bowler in an ODI. Pakistan’s previous best ODI bowling figure by a left-arm bowler was 5/15 by Wasim Akram against Zimbabwe at Karachi in 1993.
- Chasing a mammoth total of 338 runs in 47 overs, Ireland bowled out for just 82 runs (23.4 overs). It was Ireland’s 2nd lowest ODI total in their completed innings (bowled out). Ireland’s lowest ODI total in their completed innings (bowled out) was 77 against Sri Lanka at St. George’s in 2007.
- Pakistan won this ODI by a huge margin of 255 runs. It was Pakistan’s largest victory (by runs) in their ODI history. Pakistan’s previous largest ODI victory was against Bangladesh by 233 runs at Dhaka in 2000.
- Ireland lost this ODI by 255 runs which was their 2nd largest ODI defeat (by runs). Ireland’s largest ODI defeat was by 290 runs against New Zealand at Aberdeen in 2008.