Pakistan Seeks to Level T20I Series Against Ireland After Historic Loss

Ireland leads Pakistan 1-0 in their three-match T20I series after securing a five-wicket win in the first match. Pakistan prepares to face Ireland in the second T20I on May 12, aiming to level the series.

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Pakistan Seeks to Level T20I Series Against Ireland After Historic Loss

Pakistan Seeks to Level T20I Series Against Ireland After Historic Loss

The Pakistan cricket team is gearing up to face Ireland in the second T20I match of their three-match series on May 12, 2024, at the Clontarf Cricket Club Ground in Dublin. Ireland currently leads the series 1-0 after securing a five-wicket win in the first T20I match, their first victory over Pakistan in 17 years.

In the opening T20I, Ireland's Andrew Balbirnie scored a brilliant 77 to guide his team to a five-wicket victory, reaching a target of 183 with a ball to spare. Pakistan's captain Babar Azam top-scored for the tourists with 57, while Saim Ayub hit 45, Iftikhar Ahmed 37, and Shadab Khan 14.

After the match, Ireland captain Paul Stirling took a cheeky dig at Pakistan, labelling their pitches as "the flattest decks in the world." "We are absolutely delighted. We wanted to start the summer off well and it was almost a perfect day for us. When you come here, especially from Pakistan, the flattest pitches in the world, ask them to bat first and see what they can get. We were happy to chase 180," Stirling said.

The series against Ireland is part of Pakistan's preparation for the upcoming Men's T20 World Cup, scheduled to take place from June 2 in the United States and West Indies. After the Ireland series, Pakistan will travel to England to play a four-match series against the home side from May 22-30.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Mohsin Naqvi arrived in Dublin on Saturday to hold meetings with the team to boost their morale ahead of the second T20I. Naqvi met with the team captain and coach, and will also meet the team later on Sunday. Pakistan is likely to play left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir in the playing XI against Ireland, after he missed the first T20I due to visa delays.

Pakistan will begin their T20 World Cup campaign against the United States on June 6, followed by a high-octane clash against arch-rivals India on June 9 in New York. The loss against Ireland is a wake-up call for the Green Shirts, who will need to regroup quickly and address their shortcomings to level the series and gain momentum ahead of the World Cup.

Key Takeaways

  • Pakistan faces Ireland in 2nd T20I on May 12, trailing 1-0 in the series.
  • Ireland won the 1st T20I by 5 wickets, their first win over Pakistan in 17 years.
  • Pakistan's Babar Azam scored 57, while Ireland's Andrew Balbirnie scored 77.
  • Pakistan will play England in a 4-match series from May 22-30 after Ireland series.
  • Pakistan begins T20 World Cup campaign against the US on June 6, followed by India on June 9.