'Finally won T20i Bilateral Series after 880 days' - Fans react as Pakistan beat Ireland by 6 wickets in third T20I to win three-match series by 2-1

The men in green under the captaincy of Babar Azam won the three-match T20I series against Ireland by a margin of 2-1 with a 6-wicket win in the last T20I.

Umesh Sharma
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Pakistan beat Ireland by 6 wickets (File Photo: Internet)

Pakistan beat Ireland by 6 wickets (File Photo: Internet)

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Pakistan managed to overcome the first T20I defeat against Ireland with two consecutive wins in the second and third T20I of the three-match series. The men in green clinched the three-match T20I series by a margin of 2-1 with a win by 6 wickets in the third and last T20I of the series.

Both teams played this match at Castle Avenue in Dublin on Tuesday, May 14, 2024. The visiting skipper Babar Azam won the toss and asked the hosts Ireland to bat first; batting first, the Irish boys posted a total of 178 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the allotted 20 overs courtesy of wicketkeeper-batter Lorcan Tucker’s 73 runs off just 41 balls, with 13 fours and a six on his credit.

Besides Tucker, former skipper Andy Balbirnie and Harry Tector also scored 35 and 30 runs, respectively for their side. The star pace spearhead Shaheen Afridi bowled brilliantly and scalped 3 wickets at the cost of just 14 runs in his quota of 4 overs, alongside 2 wickets picked by Abbas Afridi. Apart from Shaheen and Abbas, the veteran pacer Mohammad Amir and senior all-rounder Imad Wasim also picked one wicket each in the first innings for Pakistan.

Babar and Rizwan's fiery partnership powers Pakistan's run-chase 

While chasing the target, star opener Mohammad Rizwan and skipper Babar Azam stitched an outstanding partnership of 139 runs for the third wicket in Pakistan’s favour. Rizwan scored 56 runs off 38 balls, with 4 fours and 3 sixes while the skipper Babar played a blistering knock of 75 runs off just 42 balls, with 6 fours and 5 sixes.

The young wicketkeeper-batter and an amazing hitter Azam once again came to finish the match for Pakistan with two consecutive sixes in the 17th over. His ‘finishing punches’ helped Pakistan to chase down the target in just 17 overs, scoring 181 runs for the loss of 4 wickets.

Eventually, the visitors Pakistan won the match by a margin of 6 wickets and the star pace spearhead Shaheen Afridi won the ‘Player of the Match award for his sensational performance in the first innings.

Here’s how fans reacted to Pakistan’s series win against Ireland:

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