Pakistan scrape to victory in Dublin

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Pakistan were saved embarrassment by Wahab Riaz and Kamran Akmal on Sunday as they scraped a narrow two-wicket win over Ireland in Dublin, needing to recover from 17 for four at one stage.

Pakistan were saved embarrassment by Wahab Riaz and Kamran Akmal on Sunday as they scraped a narrow two-wicket win over Ireland in Dublin, needing to recover from 17 for four at one stage.

After the first ODI ended in a tie, Pakistan would have been keen to show their credentials, but Ireland did well to post 229 for nine, thanks in large part to a superb unbeaten 116 from Ed Joyce.

Ireland got off to a terrible start, losing openers Paul Stirling and William Porterfield for just four runs. Joyce then joined forced with Niall O'Brien and they pushed the score to 69 before the latter was dismissed by Wahab for 29.

Joyce, who now has ODI tons for Ireland and England, continued to anchor the innings, though only Kevin O'Brien was able to stick with him. He made 38, while the rest of the order failed to reach double figures.

Abdur Rehman was the pick of Pakistan's bowlers, taking four wickets. Joyce was able to thwart him though, using just 132 balls for his 116.

Pakistan then put themselves under huge pressure by losing four wickets for less than 20 runs. None of the top four batsmen reached double figures as Tim Murtagh and Trent Johnson rattled the top order.

Kamran was the saving grace for the visitors, first with Shoaib Malik and then with Wahab. Malik made 43 off 58 balls, and once he departed Wahab stood by Kamran on his way to 81.

The wicketkeeper was dismissed with just a few runs to get, leaving Junaid Khan to score the winning runs as Wahab sat on 47 not out off 35 balls.

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