Pakistan Clinches T20 Series Victory Over Ireland with Decisive Win

Pakistan T20 series victory

Third T20 International (of three), Clontarf, Dublin

  • Ireland 178-7 (20 overs): Tucker 73 (41), Balbirnie 35 (26); Shaheen 3-14
  • Pakistan 181-4 (17.0 overs): Babar 75 (42), Rizwan 56 (38); Adair 3-28

In a thrilling conclusion to the T20 series at Clontarf, Dublin, Pakistan emerged victorious over Ireland by six wickets, securing a 2-1 series win.

Ireland set a competitive total of 178-7, with standout performances from Lorcan Tucker, who scored a rapid 73 off 41 balls, and Andrew Balbirnie, who contributed 35 runs. Tucker and Balbirnie’s 85-run partnership for the second wicket provided a solid foundation. Shaheen Afridi was the star with the ball for Pakistan, claiming 3-14.

Pakistan’s response was led by an outstanding partnership between Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan, who put on 139 runs together. Babar dazzled with a 42-ball 75, including four sixes in a single over from Ben White. Rizwan supported with a steady 56 off 38 balls, guiding Pakistan to their target with three overs to spare.

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Mark Adair was the pick of the Irish bowlers, taking 3-28, but his efforts were in vain as Pakistan comfortably chased down the target to win the series.

Ireland had initially taken the lead by winning the first match last Friday, but Pakistan leveled the series with a victory two days later, setting up the decisive clash in Dublin.

Both teams will face off again in the group stage of the upcoming T20 World Cup, promising more exciting cricket to come.

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