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Pakistan eyeing series win in final ODI

Having not beaten a Test team apart from Zimbabwe in over a year, Ireland will be keen to taste success

Pakistan eyeing series win in final ODI - Cricket News
Sharjeel Khan will look to score big once again when Pakistan face Ireland in the second and final ODI.
Ireland and Pakistan will play against each other in the second and final One-Day International in Malahide, Dublin on Saturday (August 20), and all eyes will be on the home team to see if it can pull off a win and level the series.
 
Pakistan won the first match by 255 runs – it’s biggest-ever ODI victory margin by runs – on the back of Sharjeel Khan’s 86-ball 152 and some sharp spin bowling by Imad Wasim, who finished with returns of 5 for 14. While Sharjeel got good support from Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Nawaz, the bowling had a support hero in Umar Gul, who on his comeback game picked up three wickets, as Ireland was bowled out for 82 in 23.4 overs in pursuit of 338 in a rain-affected 47-overs-a-side game.
 
Ireland will focus on overcoming its lack of consistency in the recent past – a fact which has meant since its stirring win against the West Indies in the ICC World Cup 2015, the home team hasn’t beaten a single Test-playing nation in an ODI apart from Zimbabwe.
 
For Ireland to succeed against a strong Pakistan team, it has to deliver as a unit. The ownership of the bowling department has to be taken up by Tim Murtagh, and the new find Barry McCarthy, while the burden of shoring up the batting lies with the likes of Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, William Porterfield, Niall O’Brien and Kevin O’Brien.


 
All of them are talented players, but it has been a while since they have delivered as a unit. Pakistan has no such problem. It will look to seal the series with another comprehensive win and take that momentum into its upcoming series against England. Considering the form Sharjeel and Wasim are in, they too would want to continue their hot streak.
 
Saturday’s game will be the eighth ODI between the teams and until the previous encounter, the side batting second had never lost. Pakistan has won five, while Ireland famously knocked Pakistan out of the ICC World Cup 2007 at Sabina Park in Jamaica, winning by three wickets. The teams tied the first game in the last series in Ireland in 2013.
 
Teams (from)
Ireland: William Porterfield (capt), John Anderson, Peter Chase, Ed Joyce, Tim Murtagh, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien (wk), Stuart Poynter, Paul Stirling, Gary Wilson, Craig Young.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali (capt), Sharjeel Khan, Sami Aslam, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Nawaz.
 

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