The cricket extravaganza is back to Europe this summer as Watch Pakistan vs Ireland 1st ODI Live Streaming, Scorecard 23/05/2013. Pakistan are on a tour of Scotland, Ireland and England. In the first phase, they have beaten Scotland 1-0 in the 2 match series. Now the stage is all set for the 1st ODI against Ireland in Dublin on 23rd of May.
Ireland are a very talented side that have developed a great reputation over the years. They have played wonderfully well against many big sides and Pakistan is one of them as well. With Stirling and Porterfield at the top they have a resilient combination to start the innings. Stirling with the highest of 177 maintains a huge average of 39.13 after playing 38 ODIs for his side.
Pakistan vs Ireland 1st ODI 2013 Live Match
Pakistan vs Ireland 1st ODI will begin on 23rd May, Thursday at 10:45 local time | 09:45 GMT | 14:45 PST.
- Pakistan in Ireland ODI Series - 1st ODI
- Ireland v Pakistan
- ODI no. 3357
- Venue: Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Dublin
- Dated: 23rd May 2013 (50-over match)
Ireland (possible): 1 William Porterfield (capt), 2 Paul Stirling, 3 Ed Joyce, 4 Niall O’Brien (wkt), 5 Gary Wilson, 6 Kevin O’Brien, 7 Andrew White, 8 Alex Cusack, 9 Trent Johnston, 10 Tim Murtagh, 11 George Dockrell
Pakistan (possible): 1 Imran Farhat, 2 Nasir Jamshed, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Asad Shafiq, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Umar Amin, 7 Kamran Akmal (wkt), 8 Saeed Ajmal, 9 Junaid Khan, 10 Mohammad Irfan, 11 Ehsan Adil/Wahab Riaz
Out of 4 hundreds in his short career one was against Pakistan in 2nd ODI of the series played between these two sides in 2011. It was Junaid Khan who got him out in both the games and same battle will be continued in the two ODIs ahead. Junaid has also developed as a front-line bowler for Pakistan and is also in great knick since the series against India in December last year.
Though, the Ireland captain, Porterfield didn’t enjoy much luck against Pakistan but he looked in great touch in the last ODI Ireland played against UAE at Sharjah earlier this year. Besides, Joyce, O’Brien brothers and Wilson can be of crucial importance in the first ODI against Pakistan. The side will be short of their regular all-rounder John Mooney in the 1st ODI because he’s facing a suspension due to some intensive tweet of late.
With the ball, the former captain, Trent Johnston would play a significant role as he has been good on many occasions, especially against Pakistan. With 63 wickets and more than 650 runs, Johnston has been a crucial pillar in the Ireland squad over the years. Alex Cusack has also been a handy bowling option for Ireland. In the 2 games against UAE he was the highest wicket taker for Ireland sharing the spot with Johnston as they both got 5 wickets in 2 games. With such players in their ranks, Ireland stands a good chance to take the game away from Pakistan on 23rd.
Pakistan, on the other hand, are enjoying good form since the tour of India last December. Though, they were up and down against South Africa but they can very well tackle the weaker sides quite easily and can get good practice for the Champions Trophy. But with comparatively inexperienced squad than what they usually have, it can be a tough ask for the side if their main players fail to deliver. The side majorly depends on top 3 in the form of Imran Farhat, Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez. While, in the middle order their main stay is the captain Misbah ul Haq who played a brilliant knock against Scotland in the first ODI.
Youngsters Asad Shafiq and Umar Amin have been given yet another chance and they couldn’t deliver against Scotland. If they have to cement their spot in the side then they’ll have to come good in the first ODI against Ireland.
The bowling attack has been performing splendidly as always. Ajmal took 3 for 25 and Junaid was even better with 3 for 19 in the last game. With such bowling efforts, Pakistan are the favorites for sure.