DUBLIN: Hopes from the triumphant team will be high when Pakistan take on Ireland in the second ODI at The Village, Malahide.
The match is scheduled to begin at 10:45 local time (09:45 GMT | 14:45 PKT).
Pakistan won the first game by a huge margin of 255-runs at the same venue, thanks to brilliant batting by Sharjeel Khan. Imad Wasim also played a key role to wrap up things quickly.
Sharjeel was phenomenal in the game, taking on Irish bowlers from the first. He continued his baton charge for 86 balls and smashed third fastest 150 in ODIs.
The magnificent innings of 152 runs was loaded with 9 massive sixes and 16 fine fours.
Imad Wasim, the Islamabad-born left-arm spinner did the rest as he bagged 5 wickets for 14 runs. This was his best performance so far, also his first five-for in longer short format.
Skipper Azhar Ali rested Yasir Shah and Wahab Riaz for the first game to provide an ODI cap to two debutantes Hasan Ali and Mohammad Nawaz.
Both players impressed with their performance and there is fair chance that they will get tomorrow’s game as well.
Umar Gul, making comeback after a year and half in ODI side, was also impressive with his pace, line and length, and the swing. He took three wickets for 23 runs.
With performance of team in first ODI, the final eleven is easy to guess. They would either be remained unchanged or Mohammad Amir, the front-line bowler would be given a break before England ODI series. Amir must need it as he featured in all four Test matches with England.
Pakistan (probable) 1 Azhar Ali (capt), 2 Sharjeel Khan, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Babar Azam, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 7 Mohammad Nawaz, 8 Imad Wasim/Yasir Shah, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Umar Gul, 11 Hasan Ali
Ireland are likely to stick with most of the team that were so ignominiously manhandled the other day. However, Peter Chase, who leaked 70 runs in seven overs – could make way for Craig Young.
Ireland (probable) 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Ed Joyce, 3 William Porterfield (capt) 4 Niall O’Brien, 5 Kevin O’Brien, 6 Gary Wilson, 7 Stuart Poynter (wk), 8 Andy McBrine, 9 Tim Murtagh, 10 Barry McCarthy, 11 Peter Chase/Craig Young