Pakistan vs Ireland Stats Highlights: Gloveless Umar, Sarfraz change Pakistans fortunes

Pakistan vs Ireland Stats Highlights: Gloveless Umar, Sarfraz change Pakistans fortunes

Pakistan vs Ireland Stats Highlights: Gloveless Umar, Sarfraz change Pakistans fortunes: Before the match had begun, Pakistan had everything to lose – a quarter-final spot & more importantly the nation’s pride. Ireland was fighting for a voice raised against ICC’s decision to have 10-country world cup next time. Choosing to bat first after winning the toss, Ireland was bowled out for 237. William Porterfield impressed with a 107. Pakistani openers, in reply, finally stepped up to the task as they piled 120 runs for the first wicket. Pakistan easily chased the target with 7 wickets in hand and Sarfraz putting up Pakistan’s first world cup hundred in 8 years.

Pakistan vs Ireland
Sarfraz Ahmed’s 101* is the Highest score by a Pakistani wicket-keeper in World Cup matches. Previous: Moin Khan 63 vs South Africa, 1999. (© Getty Images)

Here are some of the stats highlights from the game:

A First – William Porterfield become the first Captain of an Associate nation to register a World Cup hundred.

Gloveless Umar Akmal – Umar Akmal grabbed 4 catches in Ireland’s innings (not as a wicket-keeper); most catches a Pakistani fielder has ever taken in a World Cup game. Also, Joint-Most for any fielder of any country in a world cup game.

Most Catches in a World Cup Game (as a fielder)

Player Catches Opposition
Mohammad Kaif (India) 4 Sri Lanka, 2003
Soumya Sarkar (Bangladesh) 4 Scotland, 2015
Umar Akmal (Pakistan) 4 Ireland, 2015

The Cheap Rahat – Rahat Ali’s economy rate of 4.07 in this world cup is the 3rd lowest for bowlers who have bowled atleast 30 overs in this world cup. Daniel Vettori’s 3.21 is the lowest.

7 – Number of World Cup games since Pakistani openers last put up a 50-run partnership for the opening wicket. The last time was vs West Indies in the 2011 Quarter-Final match when Kamran Akmal & Mohammad Hafeez scored 113* to sail Pakistan into the semis with a 10-wicket win.

A Solution – Ahmed Shehzad & Sarfraz Ahmed together have added 341 runs in 5 innings together as openers. Ahmed Shehzad & Nasir Jamshed added 369 runs in 17 innings as openers.

Leading from the Front – Misbah-ul-Haq’s 316 runs as Pakistan’s captain in this world cup are Most for a Pakistan captain in any world cup. Imran Khan scored 286 runs in the 1983 event.

The Unfortunate List – Misbah-ul-Haq is the 3rd Captain to be OUT ‘hit-wicket’ in a world cup game. Others:  M Odumbe (Kenya) in 1996 & J Harris (Canada) in 2003.

The Best Wicket-Keeper Batsman – Sarfraz Ahmed’s 101* is the Highest score by a Pakistani wicket-keeper in World Cup matches. Previous: Moin Khan 63 vs South Africa, 1999

2916 – Number of days since a Pakistani last scored a world cup hundred. Imran Nazir’s 160 vs Zimbabwe in 2007 was the last century by a Pakistani in WCs.

The All-Round Sarfraz – Sarfraz Ahmed has been ‘Man of the Match’ in both his WC games. Only Kumar Sangakkara has more (4) as a designated wicket-keeper.

Finally – This win over Ireland is Pakistan’s first win over the opposition in a world cup game. Ireland defeated Pakistan when they met last in 2007.

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