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Ireland v Pakistan: T20 Cricket World Cup – live


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10th over: Ireland 59-6 ( Delany 22, Adair 8) Some legspin from Shadab Khan. Delaney fires the first ball back over his head for six with a flowing arc of the bat. With Ireland in smash or splat mode, Shadab could be in for some treatment. Delaney pulls the last with gusto – Haris Rauf on the rope leaps but can’t hold on. Time for DRINKS.

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9th over: Ireland 48-6 ( Delany 15, Adair 4) Delany hammers a ball straight back and into Rauf’s wrist. He gets some physio attention but seems to be in one piece. Next ball, Delaney helicopters six into the crowd, where a woman in the crowd fans herself in the heat.

8th over: Ireland 41-6 ( Delany 8, Adair 4) Abbas Afridi makes his World Cup bow with Pakistan sitting pretty. Delaney could have been run out from a direct hit by not grounding his bat. Ireland collect eight runs from a bit of heave and ho.

7th over: Ireland 33-6 ( Delany 4, Adair 1) Haris Rauf replaces Afridi, and immediately causes trouble of his own. The second ball flies high into Rizwan’s hands. The third sends Campher back to the dressing room. Ireland seem in a great hurry to go nowhere at all.

WICKET! Campher c Saim b Rauf 7 (Ireland 32-6)

Campher throws mop, bucket and kitchen sink at a ball outside off stump from Rauf but only succeeds in skying it. Saim calmly collects at midwicket with sunglasses on.

6th over: Ireland 32-5 ( Campher 7, Delany 4) At the end of the power play, Ireland are in a sticky situation. Delany flames Amir for four to haul Ireland into the thirties.

WICKET! Dockrell c and b Amir 11 (Ireland 28-5)

Done by a slow legcutter. Dockrell drops his head in regret as the ball dollies up in air and falls gently into Amir’s hands.

Mohammad Amir, center, celebrates with teammates the wicket of Ireland’s George Dockrell. Photograph: Lynne Sladky/AP
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5th over: Ireland 28-4 ( Campher 7, Dockrell 11) Can Ireland survive SSA’s third over? They can, with panache! After 22 dot balls in the innings, Dockrell makes contact and sends the ball flying over extra cover for four. And again, next ball! This time with more control. Threatens to be three in a row but Abbas Afridi makes up for not stopping things at mid-on by chasing it all the way back to the rope.

4th over: Ireland 17-4 ( Campher 7, Dockrell 0) The novelty of a wicketless over.

3rd over: Ireland 15-4 ( Campher 5) Afridi with a wide – a little light relief for Ireland – has Campbell grasping at the second. Babar is then persuaded to burn his second and final review by SSA –the power of the charismatic fast bowler – but it was pitching outside leg. The next ball interests SSA but not the slips – but turns out to have been an edge. Finally he gets his reward as Tector is pinned to the spot – though TV review later show it pitched outside leg!

WICKET! Tector lbw Afridi 0 (Ireland 15-4)

After a succession of near-misses one way or another, Afridi pleads for the finger to go up. And it does, another snaking delivery, high skill at top speed. Hits the boot. Tector briefly considers reviewing, but decides no.

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2nd over: Ireland 8-3 ( Tector 0, Campher 4) Light relief in the form of Mohammad Amir. A less intimidating figure, but still a threat, as Stirling goes on an ill-fated attack. Campher does well to survive his first ball, picking up a four with an inside edge that he had no control over. Goes to attack the last ball too – bold – but misses.

WICKET! Stirling c Rizwan b Amir 1 (Ireland 4-3)

Stirling attempts a polka in gumboots and succeeds only in giving Rizwan another catch.

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1st over: Ireland 2-2 (Stirling 0, Tector 0). Afridi fancies a third in the over, an lbw shout against Tector. Babar reviews, but ball tracking shows it was missing. Prime Afridi proving more than a handful for Pakistan.

WICKET! Tucker c Rizwan b Afridi 0 (Ireland 2-2)

Tucker done up like a kipper, plays for the inswinger, gets one across him and nudges one behind for Rizwan.

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WICKET! Balbirnie b Shaheen Shah Afridi 0 (Ireland 0-1)

Balbirnie fancies driving this one but instead loses his stumps to a snorting inswinger straight from the SSA scrapbook.

Andy Balbirnie of Ireland is bowled by Shaheen Shah Afridi. Photograph: Matt Roberts-ICC/ICC/Getty Images
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How will the pitch behave after so much rain? We will find out shortly. Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie prepare to face Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Ireland belt out theirs, arms round each others shoulders. Pakistan’s military-style ditty is a palm on hearts affair. Babar, face plastered in suncream, looks pensive.

They flash up the Group A points table – a sorry tale, Pakistan have two points and Ireland one. There isn’t a huge turn out at Lauderhill as far as I can see – despite this being the only game in Florida that hasn’t been washed out. Or maybe because of. Here come the anthems.

Ireland XI

Ireland: Andy Balbirnie, Paul Stirling (capt), Lorcan Tucker (wk), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Josh Little, Ben White.

Leggie Ben White replaces Craig Young.

Pakistan XI

Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saim Ayub, Babar Azam (capt), Fakhar Zaman, Usman Khan, Shadab Khan , Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, Abbas Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Amir.

No Naseem Shah today, 23 year old medium-fast bowler Abbas Afridi replaces him.

Pakistan win the toss and bowl!

The weather is behaving, the outfield has drained and we shall have play. Babar chooses to bowl – will his on-paper-formidable lineup turn up today?

Ali on England’s tense night of the soul.

How about a pinch of James Joyce to cheer things up:

Weather watch

After India v Canada was washed out yesterday at Lauderhill, and USA v Ireland on Friday, much depends on the lasting dampness of the outfield as well as overhead conditions. Current reports suggest it is grey and soggy. Much like the mood of both camps.

Preamble

Hello! After the scramble of last night/early morning, with England scraping into the Super Eights via a rainy win over Namibia and a fingernail win by Australia over Scotland, to the damp of Florida. Here two countries already kicked out of the World Cup must gird their sinews for one final battle before going home.

For Ireland and Pakistan, there is only pride at stake, with both countries enduring a campaign to forget. Perhaps from the dust, one last bit of entertainment for the fans who have turned up regardless, draped in the flags and the facepaint and the enthusiasm.

Play starts at 3.30pm BST.





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