Ireland hit by Khan onslaught
Sharjeel Khan destroyed Ireland with an extraordinary innings of 152 from only 86 balls at Malahide yesterday to set up a crushing 255-run victory and give Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the two-match KPC Group series.
The opener lifted the sixth ball of the match for a straight six, he cleared the ropes a further eight times and added 16 fours before becoming one of Barry McCarthy's four victims.
With only McCarthy and the excellent Tim Murtagh providing any sort of acceptable economy, Pakistan roared to 337-6 from 47 overs, and after losing Paul Stirling to the second ball of the reply, Ireland were skittled for 82 - their lowest total in a one-day international on home soil.
Among a Pakistan attack of stellar names, the main damage was done by Imad Wasim, who has played club cricket in the north for Instonians. The left-arm spinner finished the match with three wickets in four balls for outstanding figures of 5-14.
"We were out-skilled and well beaten," said a shell-shocked Ireland skipper William Porterfield. "We let the game get away from us in the field. It wasn't a 337-pitch but it wasn't an 82 all out pitch either.
"We've got a very inexperienced bowling attack in terms of games played. You've got young lads like Peter Chase and Andy McBrine who will learn from this and get better.
"We know we didn't bowl well, but the spirit is there. No-one is going to go away from here sulking. It's a sharp learning curve but we'll be coming back stronger for the second game."
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