Pakistan beat Ireland to win 2-match ODI series

Pakistan's chase was in tatters at 133-7 in the 37th over before Akmal and Riaz launched a counterattack against the inexperienced Ireland

updated: May 27, 2013 00:16 IST
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Dublin: Kamran Akmal and tailender Wahab Riaz made a late recovery to help Pakistan beat Ireland by two wickets on Sunday to win 1-0 in the two-match, one-day international series.

Akmal scored 81 off 85 balls and Riaz plundered four sixes and four fours in an unbeaten 47 off 35 balls to help Pakistan score 230-8 in 48.4 overs.

The 93-run stand for the eighth wicket off 62 balls overshadowed Ireland top-order batsman Ed Joyce's unbeaten 116 off 132 balls, which steered Ireland to 229-9.

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