World Cup Countdown: Ireland eliminate Pakistan on St Patrick’s Day
Irish eyes are smiling: Ireland cricketers celebrate beating Pakistan at Kingston. © AFP

In the build-up to the 2019 ICC Cricket World CupCricketCountry brings to you the most memorable moments and matches from the tournament over the years – right from its first edition, way back in 1975. With 37 days to go, in our latest World Cup Countdown, a look back at March 17, 2007 when Ireland made a stunning statement. 

On the same day as Bangladesh vanquished India, World Cup debutants Ireland gave their countrymen a St Patrick’s Day to remember.

A sensational three-wicket win sent Pakistan crashing out of the World Cup and put Ireland in the lead of group D with three points – one more than West Indies and two ahead of Zimbabwe.

Chasing a revised target of 128 from 47 overs in gloomy conditions, Ireland held their nerve to hit the jackpot with 32 balls to spare, when captain Trent Johnson smashed Azhar Mahmood over long-on for six.

Ireland had bowled and fielded with purpose in helpful conditions to dismiss Pakistan for 132 in 45. 4 overs, with Boyd Rankin‘s three wickets cutting through a vaunted line-up  but they wobbled at the start of their innings.

The innings was guided by Niall O’Brien, who hit an ODI-best 72 from 107 balls and shared valuable partnerships of 47 with William Porterfield for the third wicket and 38 with his brother Kevin for the fifth wicket. It was a memorable day for cricket, no matter where one’s allegiance lay.

Brief Scores: Ireland 133/7 (Niall O’Brien 72; Sami 3/29) beat Pakistan 132 (Rankin 3/32, Botha 2/5) by three wickets (D/L method)