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Ireland sends Pakistan packing

Pakistan became the first seeded side to go out of the 2007 ICC World Cup when they lost to Ireland by three wickets.

Having already lost to the West Indies in their first match, Pakistan needed to win to keep their hopes of a place in the Super 8 stage but this shock loss means that the maximum points they can get from this World Cup is two which in not enough with Ireland already on three and for the next group match a West Indies win will give them four points whilst a Zimbabwe win will give them three points.

I actually had thought that Pakistan had a good chance of reaching the final yet again this year but this loss means they will now have to turn their attention to the 2011 World Cup in the sub-continent instead.

Pakistan's top order didn't perform on the day with Imran Nazir top scoring with just 24 and Younis Khan a duck. Only Kamran Akmal did the Pakistan innings any good with his lowly 27 but still the best of all the Pakistan batsman.

On the Irish side Niall O'Brien had a superb performance scoring 72 and you can understand the significance of that score if you think that the next best score after this was 16 scored by Kevin O'Brien.

If Ireland had beaten Zimbabwe in their first match they would have been the first side to reach the Super 8 stage but still at this moment in time I think they have a better chance than Zimbabwe of reaching the Super 8 stage.

Anybody who discounted the minnows now has to think again.

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