Belfast: William Porterfield, the Ireland captain, said his side had "let a few people down" by surrendering tamely to Pakistan in the first of two one-dayers in Belfast, and put his side's disappointing performance of 96 all out down to a lack of application with the bat. Opener Paul Stirling got them off to a flyer in the rain-reduced game, but once he departed, Ireland, to their detriment, did not rein in their strokeplay on a pitch that was offering the seamers a fair bit of assistance.
"The way Paul started I think a few lads got caught up in that and thought it was a bit flatter," Porterfield said. "It did seam about a bit and there were some poor shots. It was going to be difficult but I don't think we acquitted ourselves as we should have.
"There were too many bad shots and not enough application at the crease, especially after losing a couple of early wickets which can happen on any day. I think to keep losing wickets, we just folded too easily. We never put a partnership together. You never know on a wicket like that if you can scrap 160 or 170 in a reduced game you can contain teams and put them under pressure."