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Pakistan batsman Sarfraz Ahmed celebrates his debut century. Photo: AP
Pakistan batsman Sarfraz Ahmed celebrates his debut century. Photo: AP

World Cup: Pakistan vs Ireland in 5 milestones

When was the last time a Pakistani batsman hit a ton in the World Cup and how many have got out hit wicket before Misbah?

Pakistan won the last of their group matches on Sunday in Pool B of the World Cup, against Ireland and booked a quarterfinal spot against Australia in Adelaide on 20 March.

Here are five milestones to remember from the game:

1. Sarfraz Ahmed’s debut century was a special one—it was the first time a Pakistani managed to hit a ton in a World Cup since Imran Nazir in 2007. Captain Misbah-ul-Haq came close to his century on more than one occasion earlier in the tournament but wasn’t lucky enough.

2. The Irish, though knocked out now, can go home with a proud record too. William Porterfield became the first captain from an associate member nation to score a century in the history of the World Cup. Porterfield scored 107 off 131 balls before being dismissed off a Sohail Khan delivery.

Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz. Their bowling attack has produced the best economy this World Cup. Photo: AFP
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Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz. Their bowling attack has produced the best economy this World Cup. Photo: AFP

3. According to sports statistician Mohandas Menon, this is the first time in Cricket World Cup history that all four Asian sides have made it to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinal format has been used only four times (including the 2015 tournament) and Pakistan have made it to this stage on all occasions. They have qualified to the knockout stage eight times now in 11 World Cups held since 1975.

4. Pakistan’s bowling attack has definitely been an asset to the team. Even though they gave away 32 runs during Ireland’s batting Powerplays (the most they have done so in this World Cup), they still have the best economy of conceding just 4.31 runs per over in this tournament.

5. Mishbah-ul-Haq became the eighth batsman to be dismissed hit wicket in a World Cup match, joining a list that includes Gary Kirsten (in 1996) and Maurice Odumbe of Kenya (1996 again).

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