Ireland captain William Porterfield won the toss and opted to bat against Pakistan in Match 42 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at Adelaide Oval. Pakistan have made two changes, Mohammad Irfan is out with an injury and Ehsan Adil takes his place. Younis Khan also misses out and Haris Sohail is back in the team. Here is look into Pakistan’s playing XI- Sarfraz Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad(w), Haris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Rahat Ali, Ehsan Adil.
Ireland have not made any change to their side that featured against India- William Porterfield(c), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, Gary Wilson(w), Kevin O’Brien, John Mooney, Stuart Thompson, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell. Catch- Live Score Update of Pakistan vs Ireland match here.
It all boils down to the final day of league action of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and we have three teams – Pakistan, Ireland and West Indies vying for the two quarter final spots from Group B; India and South Africa have already made the cut. In match 42 of 2015 Cricket World Cup, Ireland take on Pakistan who have hit form off late are equal on points with the Irish side and now lead them on NRR. Barring a real poor display on the part of Misbah-ul-Haq’s Pakistan, they should sail through. It is the Irish who have to buckle up and ensure a win against their opponents and at the same time wish for West Indies falling against UAE for a comforting quarter assurance.
This is a big moment for Ireland cricket team if they qualify for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. There qualification will also substantiate Ireland as well as other associate sides’ position in ICC eyes who have decided to scrape them out from the next cricket world cup tournament. And in order to qualify, Ireland faces a roadblock in form Pakistan, whom they have beaten in past and will need the belief to do it again. Watch- Pakistan vs Ireland live streaming & score updates on Mobile.
Match facts related to Pakistan vs Ireland, Match 42 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
1) Sarfraz Ahmed needs four dismissals to become the seventh wicket-keeper to take 50 ODI dismissals for Pakistan.
2) Ed Joyce has been dropped five times in the tournament, the joint-most with Lahiru Thirimanne.
3) Niall O’Brien and William Porterfield need to put on 55 runs to become the second Irish pair to record an aggregate ODI partnership of 1,000 runs, after Porterfield and Paul Stirling.
4) Shahid Afridi has hit 350 sixes in ODIs, 80 more than anyone else.
5) India’s total of 300-7 against Pakistan was the only first innings total of 300 or more in the last 21 ODIs at Adelaide.
The Ireland unit would hope to repeat the famous Kingston victory of 2007 once again in Adelaide. Ireland, have beaten West Indies, Zimbabwe and United Arab Emirates while Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe, United Arab Emirates and South Africa. Inputs from AFP. Watch- Live Telecast & Streaming of Pakistan vs Ireland Cricket World Cup 2015 match in India, Pakistan, Ireland, Bangladesh & USA.