London: Pakistan crushed Ireland by 39 runs to ensure passage into the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 Cup at The Oval on Monday. It was Pakistan's brutal revenge against Irish who spoiled their world cup dreams in 2007.
Batting first, Pakistan piled up a decent total of of 159 for 9 in which the major contributor was wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal with 59 with five fours and a six.
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Ireland's chase was cut short by the fiery Pakistan bowlers Saeed Ajmal (4-19) and Umer Gul (2-19) at 120 for nine, despite a brave 36-ball 40 from their captain Williams Portersfield on a windy evening.
Portersfield, who opened the run-chase, with wicketkeeper-batsman Niall O'brien (7), appeared helpless in the absence of a stable partner. He, however, stitched a 45-run partnership with Kevin O'brien (26) through six overs before leaving the field in the 13th over
Requiring a win to move into the semi-finals, Pakistan accomplished just that with an efficient performance. The margin was also sufficient to lift their net run-rate to 1.19, ensuring there"s no way both New Zealand and Sri Lanka can finish with as many points and a higher rate.