Paul Stirling calls Pakistan pitches 'the flattest in the world' after Ireland beat Babar's men: 'When you come here…'


In order to put on a good show in the coming days T20 World Cup, Ireland began their ongoing home T20I series against Pakistan on a winning note. Dublin fans were left impressed by the home side's performance as they sealed a five-wicket victory.

Paul Stirling led Ireland to a victory against Pakistan in the first T20I. (Ireland Cricket Twitter)

Chasing 183, Ireland reached 183/5 in 19.5 overs, with Andrew Balbirnie proving crucial. Opening the batting in the chase with the captain Paul Stirling, Balbirnie hit 77 off 55 balls, filled with 10 fours and two sixes. The second innings also saw crucial knocks from Harry Tector (36) and George Dockrell (24). Meanwhile, Abbas Afridi took two wickets for Pakistan.

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Initially, a half-century from Babar Azam saw the visitors post 182/6 in 20 overs. The reinstated Pakistan captain slammed 57 off 43 deliveries, smashing eight fours and a six in the process. Craig Young was in good form for the Irish bowling department and took two wickets. Pakistan will also have cause for concern as opening wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan could only muster a single from four balls. Meanwhile, Azam Khan and Shadab Khan went to look for the ducks.

Speaking after the match, Ireland skipper Stirling explained his toss decision, where he chose to field. He also mentioned that Pakistan has the “flattest terrain” in the world, which contributed to his decision to align. “We are absolutely delighted. We wanted to start the summer off right 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 We were happy to chase 180. Brilliant knock from Balbirnie, he nailed the power play and picked up the pace later on. We had some great games here, especially against Pakistan,” he said. .

For the T20 World Cup, Ireland have been placed in the same group as Pakistan, and victory will go a long way in boosting their confidence. Group A also includes Canada, India and the United States.

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