Junaid, Hafeez star in Pak win

Junaid, Hafeez star in Pak win

Chasing the modest target, Pakistan replied with 97/3 in 27.3 overs, opener Mohammad Hafeez top-scorng with 52.

Earlier, Left-arm paceman Junaid, in only his fifth match at this level, made light of cold and blustery conditions to take four for 12 runs in five overs before off-spinner Saeed Ajmal polished off the tail with three for seven in three.

Ireland, who at the World Cup defeated old rivals England in Bangalore, were dismissed in a mere 20 overs. Rain, which had reduced what should have been a 50 overs per side contest to 38 before a ball had been bowled, returned to cut the match to 36. At the interruption, Ireland were in trouble at 76 for six and it would have been even worse but for a whirlwind 39 from 22 balls by Paul Stirling.

The Middlesex opener hit seven fours and a six, including 19 off Tanvir Ahmed which took him out of the attack. But when he was out, skying Junaid into covers in sixth over, his team-mates folded with virtually no resistance.

Ireland captain William Porterfield gave up his opening slot to Ed Joyce but it suited neither of county cricketers.

Score Board

Joyce c Salman b Tanvir    1
Stirling c U Akmal b Junaid    39
Porterfield c Salman b Gul    4
Cusack b Junaid    5
Wilson c Salman b Saeed    11
K O’Brien b Junaid    15
White c Salman b Junaid    0
Mooney c Hafeez b Younis    7
Johnston c Misbah b Saeed    6
Jones (not out)    3
Rankin b Saeed    0
Extras (W-4, NB-1)    5
Total (all out, 20 overs)    96
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-44, 3-49, 4-51, 5-66, 6-66, 7-84, 8-91, 9-95.
Bowling: Gul 5-1-29-1; Tanvir 4-0-38-1; Junaid 5-1-12-4; Younis 3-0-10-1; Saeed 3-0-7-3.
Hafeez b Cusack    52
Umar c Stirling b Cusack    23
Shafiq c Wilson b Cusack    4
Younis (not out)    6
Misbah (not out)    4
Extras (LB-1, W-6, NB-1).......................8     
Total (for 3 wkts, 27.3 overs)    97
Fall of wickets: 1-73, 2-82, 3-92.
Bowling: Rankin 5-0-18-0, Johnston 6-1-12-0, Mooney 4-0-19-0, K O'Brien 3-0-12-0, Cusack 5-2-13-3, Jones 4.3-0-22-0