Pakistan defeated Ireland by 3 wickets in a thrilling finish to their T20 World Cup 2024 campaign at Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida. The encounter featured exciting cricketing moments, most highlighted by Babar Azam’s undefeated 32 that led Pakistan to victory, even though it had little bearing on the outcome of the competition as both sides were already out.

Match Overview

Ireland won the toss and chose to bat first to start the game, a move that looked dubious at first because they failed quickly. With the help of favourable circumstances, Pakistan’s bowling assault, spearheaded by Shaheen Afridi and Imad Wasim, limited Ireland to a meagre total of 106 for 9 in their allotted 20 overs. With the ball, Shaheen Afridi and Imad Wasim shone, taking three wickets apiece to completely demolish Ireland’s batting order.

Ireland’s Batting Struggles

Ireland lost five wickets in the powerplay overs, setting up a terrible start to their innings. They were struggling at 32 for 5 after the top-order collapse, as Andrew Balbirnie and Paul Stirling were unable to build a strong base. But a late rush from the lower order, led by Mark Adair and Gareth Delany in particular, allowed Ireland to scrape out a respectable total. Their innings was marked by a lot of dismissals and a lack of ability to recover from early losses.

Pakistan’s Bowling Mastery

The early advantage given by the surface and the cloudy weather was seized by Pakistan’s bowlers. Imad Wasim demonstrated his bowling discipline by taking 3 for 8 in his 4 overs, and Shaheen Afridi demonstrated his power with a same total. Important breakthroughs from Haris Rauf and Muhammad Amir also helped to ensure that Ireland never got ahead during their innings. The base for Pakistan’s successful chase was created by the bowlers’ ability to take advantage of the pitch conditions and carry out their strategies with efficiency.

Pakistan’s Innings

Pakistan began their chase of 107 runs cautiously, not wanting to replicate their previous tournament batting disasters. Saim Ayub and Mohammed Rizwan gave a solid opening partnership, steering clear of Ireland’s first bowlers. But Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals during the middle overs, which caused instability. Their problems were made worse by the early removal of Fakhar Zaman, who left them at 40 for 3.

Babar Azam’s Captaincy and Batting Heroics

The captain, Babar Azam, showed poise and class at a crucial point in the innings. Babar, batting at number three, steadied the innings with a respectable performance that combined restraint and strategic aggression. In the face of increasing pressure, his unbroken 32 from 35 balls included vital boundaries that kept Pakistan’s pursuit on course. Babar’s leadership qualities and exceptional batsmanship were highlighted by his capacity to withstand pressure and lead his team through difficult situations.

Partnership with Abbas Afridi

The pairing of Abbas Afridi and Babar Azam proved to be pivotal in Pakistan’s innings. They combined to score 33 runs for the seventh wicket, a combination that was crucial in guiding Pakistan to victory. With 17 runs in support of Babar Azam’s anchor, Abbas Afridi made sure Pakistan kept up the pace and didn’t give up in the last stages of the chase.

Shaheen Afridi’s Late Flourish

The final touches to Pakistan’s innings came from Shaheen Afridi, with the match hanging in the balance. Shaheen Afridi, who is renowned for his big-hitting abilities, demonstrated his ability to close games under duress by smashing two huge sixes at the end. His four-ball cameo of 12 not out effectively sealed Pakistan’s victory and demonstrated his versatility with the bat and the ball.

Ireland’s Bowling Effort

Ireland’s bowlers played with great energy, even though they were defending a modest total, which made Pakistan’s chase difficult. Ireland’s best bowler, Barry McCarthy, took three wickets for fifteen runs in his four overs. Ben White and Curtis Campher both contributed significantly, taking two wickets apiece to keep Ireland in the hunt going into the last overs. But in the end, their efforts were in vain as Shaheen Afridi and Pakistan’s bottom order stole the game away from them with calculating aggression.

Post-Match Reflections

Both captains gave their post-match thoughts on the performance of their teams as well as the tournament in general. Despite acknowledging Pakistan’s patchy performances throughout the T20 World Cup, Babar Azam was happy to see the campaign come to a successful conclusion. He underlined that they needed to get better at a number of areas of their game, especially batting collapses and wasted opportunities.

Ireland’s captain, Paul Stirling, bemoaned his side’s lack of consistency and voiced dissatisfaction at their unbeaten season. While praising his players’ efforts under trying conditions, he acknowledged that Ireland’s performance in the tournament did not live up to their own expectations.


Pakistan’s T20 World Cup 2024 triumph over Ireland was a perfect way to round off their campaign, demonstrating tenacity and perseverance in the face of adversity. Pakistan was led to victory by Babar Azam’s batting prowess and leadership, underscoring his importance in the team’s setup. Pakistan will try to build on this victory and correct any areas that need work before playing more important matches in the tournament.

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