Agony for Ireland's cricketers

Agony for Ireland's cricketers

Ireland snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as Pakistan won the second one-day international between the sides by two wickets on Sunday at Clontarf.

The tourists were reduced to 17-4 on Sunday, needing 230 to win after Ed Joyce had scored an unbeaten century in the hosts' total of 229-9 from their 50 overs.

But Pakistan finished with a flourish helped by Kamran Akmal, who scored 81, and Wahab Riaz, who finished undefeated on 47 as they reached their target with eight balls to spare.

Ireland had tied the first game of the series thanks to Kevin O'Brien's four off the last ball but they will be kicking themselves for not ramming home their advantage in the rematch.

The result leaves the Irish still without a home win over a Test nation despite world cup victories over Pakistan and England in the past.

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