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Sharjeel 152 hands Pakistan massive win

Opener smashes third-fastest ODI 150 and Imad takes 5 for 14 as visiting side beats Ireland by 255 runs in first match

Sharjeel 152 hands Pakistan massive win - Cricket News
Sharjeel powered to his half-century off only 34 balls, and stepped on the accelerator even more tellingly after that, bringing up his hundred off 61 deliveries.
Pakistan registered its largest ever victory by runs in a One-Day International, led by a stunning 152 off just 86 balls by Sharjeel Khan, the opener, and a maiden five-wicket by Imad Wasim, the left-arm spinner.
The 255-run margin in the first game of a two-match series against Ireland was the eighth largest in ODI history, with Pakistan racking up 337 for 6 in a 47-overs-a-side contest, and then bowling Ireland out for just 82 in 23.4 overs at Malahide on Thursday (August 18).
The win put Pakistan 1-0 up in the two-match series. While the bowlers made short work of the Ireland batting line-up, the game was set up by a powerhouse batting effort led by Sharjeel.
Sharjeel, playing only his 12th ODI, easily went past his previous highest score of 61. He hit the third fastest 150 in ODIs, getting to the landmark in just 85 balls with 16 fours and nine sixes, but fell next ball, caught behind off Barry McCarthy. However, with the scoreboard reading 226 for 4 in just 32 overs, Sharjeel had set his side up nicely for a big total in the last 15 overs.
Pakistan lost Sarfraz Ahmed, the wicketkeeper, three balls later but Shoaib Malik (57 off 37) and Mohammad Nawaz (53 off 50), on debut, added 105 runs in just 83 balls to continue the run onslaught.
McCarthy, the Durham medium-pacer, provided Ireland’s only bright spot with the ball, finishing with a creditable 4 for 62 in 10 overs in only his seventh ODI.

However, with Sharjeel in a punishing mood, the innings – and match – was only going to go Pakistan’s way. Sharjeel powered to his half-century off only 34 balls, and stepped on the accelerator even more tellingly after that, bringing up his hundred off 61 deliveries and continuing to plunder runs till he was dismissed.

The day had begun brightly for Ireland, with McCarthy snaring Azhar Ali, the Pakistan captain, in the fourth over to leave the visiting side 17 for 1, Niall O’Brien taking the first of his four catches. But Mohammad Hafeez gave Sharjeel good support in a recovery stand of 90, and Pakistan never looked back after that. Babar Azam and Sharjeel put on 94 for the third wicket off just 63 balls, of which Azam’s contribution was a relatively meagre and sedate run-a-ball 29.
A late wobble in the form of Sharjeel and Sarfaraz’s quick dismissals was quickly pushed aside with Malik and Nawaz’s fine stand ensuring a mammoth total.

Ireland needed a terrific start to mount a successful chase, but the home side lost Paul Stirling off just the second ball, castled by Mohammad Amir. That set the tone for the innings, and wickets tumbled regularly. At 55 for 6 in the 16th over, the match was headed only Pakistan’s way, and though Gary Wilson (21 off 33) and Andy McBrine (14 not out off 21) put together a 26-run stand – the highest of the innings from the two top-scorers – it only delayed the inevitable.
Imad, who had taken two wickets in five overs, then finished off the tail in the blink of an eye, getting the last three wickets in four balls to bring the match to a swift end. His 5 for 14 were Pakistan’s standout figures, with Umar Gul raking in 3 for 23 in his first ODI since April 2015.

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