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  1. Pakistan beat Ireland by seven wickets
  2. Pakistan reach quarter-finals; Ireland out
  3. Ireland 237 (50): Porterfield 107; Wahab 3-54
  4. Pakistan 238-3 (46.1): Sarfraz 101*, Shehzad 63
  5. West Indies beat UAE to reach last eight

Live Reporting

By Mark Mitchener, Phil Dawkes and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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And, with

Stephan Shemilt's match report already available for you to read on the BBC Sport website, it's time for us to wave goodbye to the group stage as Ireland become the last of the six teams who have been eliminated at this point.

I'm sure many - if not all - fans will hope this is not their final World Cup match. It may be the

Ides of March today, but if we never see Ireland (and Afghanistan) on a World Cup stage again, it would truly be the most unkindest cut of all.

Enjoy the rest of Mothering Sunday - and make sure you "bank" a couple of good nights of sleep as we'll be expecting you to join us bright and early on Wednesday morning at 03:00 GMT for the first quarter-final. Bye for now.


A reminder of that quarter-final line-up. You may want to check the batteries in your alarm clock.

  • Wed 18 March: South Africa v Sri Lanka, Sydney (03:30 GMT)
  • Thu 19 March: India v Bangladesh, Melbourne (03:30 GMT)
  • Fri 20 March: Australia v Pakistan, Adelaide (03:30 GMT)
  • Sat 21 March: New Zealand v West Indies, Wellington (01;00 GMT)

A little look at how Pool B finished, with Ireland missing out on net run-rate:

Pool B table

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"It will probably hit home to the England players that they get home and watch the quarter-finals that they still should be in this tournament. They should be there at the MCG playing India [instead of Bangladesh]."

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Will: Listening to the debate about the next CWC. ICC, please don't cut the next tournament to just 10 teams. You can't have a World Cup without the founders of the game! How do you expect England to get into the top 10 ODI teams in the world?

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Why can't we have more than one game a day at a World Cup? Do they all have to be televised?"

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Captain's view

Ireland captain William Porterfield on Test Match Special: "It is nice to get some runs but never nice to be on the losing side. We are disappointed not to have got more runs but they bowled well.

"It is disappointing to go out on net run rate but the way we started is good and we continued well with the batters stepping up and getting runs. A lot of credit goes to the bowlers as well for toiling away.

"We have shown - as have all the qualifiers - that we deserve to be here. We have to give credit to ourselves on the way we played and we have to keep improving."

William Porterfield

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Pakistan are historically not great starters at world Cups but they do get better and better. It is just if this crop of players have the ability to go on and win it?"

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lyas Najib: All the big teams have made the quarter finals, who knows England may have to qualify for the next World Cup. People can call the last few overs farcical, but that hundred for Sarfraz will give the entire team and national a huge lift.

Haris Hameed: Victory is sweet. Revenge is sweeter.

So, to compare the three teams which travelled from these isles and will now be on their way home:

  • Ireland - won 3, lost 3, net run rate -0.93, points 6
  • England - won 2, lost 4, NRR -0.75, points 4
  • Scotland - lost 6, NRR -2.22, points 0

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Ireland are always competitive. You rarely watch an Ireland team play a top team and it is over at halfway. Of all the Associate nations over the last two World Cups, Ireland are the ones who stand out."

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We'll wait to bring you the captains - Sarfraz only briefly spoke in Urdu while collecting his man-of-the-match award.

Sarfraz Ahmed

How's stat?

Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

"There have now been seven hundreds by wicketkeepers in this World Cup (Kumar Sangakkara 4, Brendan Taylor 2, Sarfraz Ahmed 1). There were a total of seven 100s by keepers in the previous 10 World Cups.

"Sarfraz is the first World Cup 100 by a keeper for Pakistan. The previous best by a Pakistan keeper was 63 by Moin Khan v South Africa at Nottingham in 1999."

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Zavair Baakza: Take a bow Ireland. It was a pleasure watching you. See you in England 2019.

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport in Adelaide

"The Ireland players have walked all the way across the outfield to say thank you to their fans. Incredibly classy. There's a couple of shirts being thrown into the crowd, the advertising boards being hurdled to share some hugs and handshakes. They can be proud of what they have achieved."

Man of the match

A strange end to a match where the result was largely inevitable after Pakistan got off to a decent start. Sarfraz Ahmed is named as man of the match.

Sarfraz Ahmed

Ireland seamer Alex Cusack on Test Match Special: "It is very disappointing but we gave it all we had and just fell a bit short with the bat. Maybe 30 or 40 more runs might have made it interesting. We just couldn't make those early breakthroughs with the ball. We have more experience and hopefully we can continue to do well in the future. We've done as good as we can do. We just need to go on from here now."


So, here's that quarter-final line-up:

  • Wed 18 March: South Africa v Sri Lanka, Sydney
  • Thu 19 March: India v Bangladesh, Melbourne
  • Fri 20 March: Australia v Pakistan, Adelaide
  • Sat 21 March: New Zealand v West Indies, Wellington

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Ian: Farcical last few overs. Questions will be asked about how long the batsmen managed to stretch it out. Misbah looked livid.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"A good performance form Pakistan apart from the last 20 minutes. They looked good with the ball in particular, but they also batted nicely. Sarfraz got up to the 90s beautifully. They will give Australia a game. They a funny side,. On their day they can give anyone a game."

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Champagne moment


Pak 241-3

Off-spinner Paul Stirling to bowl, his first ball is a ropey half-tracker that Umar Akmal can't resist, and he whacks it away for four. Game over.

Pak 237-3 (target 238)

Everybody saving one. 28 balls left, one run needed. With Sarfraz already on 101, quite bizarrely, he plays out the rest of the over without attempting a run - even blocking a full toss. As FS Trueman would say, I just don't know what's going off out there. Maybe he wants Akmal to hit the winning run, by way of thanking him for holding fire?

Sarfraz Ahmed 100

Pak 237-3

Finally it's there - Sarfraz Ahmed thrashes a four through mid-wicket for his maiden ODI ton from 120 balls, removing his helmet and going down on his knees. If anyone's still keeping count of the actual match, the scores are level.

Sarfraz Ahmed

Pak 233-3

So, Sarfraz on strike - spinner George Dockrell to bowl, Ireland didn't have much choice as three of their five front-line bowlers are bowled out already. Sarfraz hits the ball to long-on, there's clearly a single there... but he doesn't take it!

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq is waving from the dug-out, seemingly anxious to get his batsmen to finish the job. Anyone know what "get on with it" is in Urdu?

Pak 233-3 (target 238)

With only five needed and Sarfraz on 97, Umar Akmal won't want anything more than a single - so William Porterfield brings the field up, posting two slips. Needless to say, there's no advantage Pakistan can gain by winning any quicker - they know they'll play Australia in the last eight. Akmal just blocks out the over. "We should refuse to commentate on the next ball. Just replay the last one," comments Michael Vaughan on TMS. There are even a few boos as he shoulders arms to the last ball of the over.

Pak 233-3 (target 238)

Seven to win. Four for a ton. John Mooney to bowl... and it's another legside wide. Sarfraz attempts a lofted drive... but there's a man out there and they only run one.

Sarfraz Ahmed

Pak 231-3 (target 238)

Akmal delicately taps a single to get Sarfraz on strike, he late-cuts a single to third man to move to 96 with seven needed. Akmal defends the last ball - can Pakistan finish it next ball? Thompson has also finished his spell - 1-59 from 10.

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport in Adelaide

"Lovely from the Irish fans, who are having a brilliant time at the bottom of the Gavin Wanganeen Stand. 'Give us a Test match' is their song. Just imagine Ireland v England in Dublin. They'd have to treble Guinness production."

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Pak 229-3

Sarfraz applies a new rubber handle to his bat before Thompson begins his final over - he slog-sweeps a single to move to 95, then nearly runs himself out by calling for a second! So he's sent back and has lost the strike with 10 needed. Will Akmal play out the rest of the over? Ireland appeal for a catch down the leg side but umpire Marais Erasmus extends his arms to signal a wide. Nine needed.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"You look back to Ireland's innings and I'm sure at the end of the game they will think about that period from 30 overs onwards. They were in a position to push on to the late 200s. Pakistan bowled really well. Especially as it is a really good pitch to bat on."

Pak 227-3 (target 238)

Umar Akmal lifts Kevin O'Brien over mid-on for a first-bounce four, just 11 needed now. But for the rest of the over, Akmal stoutly defends, knowing his partner is six runs away from a maiden ODI ton. O'Brien finishes with 0-49 from 10.

And in terms of Pakistan captains being out hit wicket (see Andrew Samson's note below), Inzamam-ul-Haq falling on his stumps against Monty Panesar is well worth a look on YouTube. (Other video-sharing websites are available).

Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

"The last Pakistan batsman to be out hit wicket in an ODI was… Misbah-ul-Haq, against Australia at Centurion in 2009. Only seven batsmen have been out hit wicket twice in ODIs. No player has been dismissed this way three times."

Pak 223-3

(15 needed from 48 balls)

Captain William Porterfield claps his hands to encourage his fielders but he and Ireland will know the game is up here. Akmal knocks a single, Sarfraz on strike on 94 with 16 needed... make that 15 as Thompson sends down a wide. Sarfraz drives one straight back into the stumps at the bowler's end, but Akmal was safely in his ground - and the bowler didn't get a touch on it.

Pak 221-3 (target 238)

Akmal will punish anything loose - he pulls O'Brien for a four and a single through mid-wicket. Pakistan need 17 from 54 balls - and with Akmal having nicked the strike, Sarfraz will hope he doesn't blast those last 17 before he gets back on strike...

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Gavin O'Brien: Looks like Ireland had the misfortune to be put in to the tougher group. Group A had cannon fodder like Scotland, England & Afghanistan!

Pak 216-3

Kevin O'Brien back for his ninth over, he's had one of the better economy rates for Ireland today, though that takes a tumble as Umar Akmal stands-and-delivers, clubbing a four back past the non-striker and not even bothering to run. That's him off the mark. A couple of singles mean Sarfraz is now within one hit of his century, though he's not cleared the ropes yet - and only hit five fours.