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 for 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. Pakistan's chase was in tatters at 133-7 in the 37th over before Akmal and Riaz launched a counterattack against the inexperienced Ireland bowlers.
Last Thursday, the first match ended in a tie on the Duckworth/Lewis Method when Ireland made a spirited reply and scored 275 for 5. The short tour was part of Pakistan's preparation for next month's Champions Trophy in England. Veteran Ireland seamer Trent Johnston - one of the four players from the Ireland team that knocked Pakistan out of the 2007 World Cup in West Indies with a three-wicket win - and Tim Murtagh reduced Pakistan to 17 for 4.
Captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who was dropped on 0
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