Pakistan and Ireland have clashed six times in ODIs and visitors have an upper hand with four wins © Getty Images
Pakistan and Ireland have clashed six times in ODIs and visitors have an upper hand with four wins © Getty Images

After leveling the series with England, Pakistan are set to take on Ireland for first One-Day International (ODI) match at The Village, Dublin on Thursday. The live streaming of the match will be available on cricketireland.com. After immense speculations finally an associate and affiliate nation to play against top nations. Ireland have now the opportunity to prove their mettle against Pakistan. They will soon be playing against Australia and South Africa as well. Pakistan will want to improve their limited-overs status ahead of their ODI series against England while Ireland will want to better their game as witnessed against Afghanistan. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs Ireland,1st ODI at The Village, Malahide, Dublin

Only seven players – Azhar Ali, Yasir Shah, Sami Aslam, Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammed Amir – will be part of Pakistan’s limited-overs leg that played in the Test series against Alastair Cook’s side. Azhar will lead the side. Pakistan are coming with series loss against New Zealand earlier this year. Newbie like Hasan Ali has found spot in the side after his impressive game against county side. This will alos be the opportunity for Sharjeel Khan, Umar Gul and Imad Wasim to get accustomed to the England conditions.

Ireland have Ed Joyce, William Porterfield, Kevin O’Brien and the return of Niall O’Brien along with Craig Young. Apart from these batsmen, none of the other batsmen have shown any glimpse of their batting prowess. As for bowling, Young along with Tim Murtagh as well as debutante McBarthy have shown the havoc they can create with their bowling skills. The two sides last met in Dublin in 2013 when one fixture ended in a tie while Pakistan won the second game by two wickets in a tight contest.