Ireland heatbroken after missing out on series win over Pakistan
Last Updated: 26/05/13 8:41pm
Ireland captain William Porterfield admitted his side had been left heartbroken after narrowly missing out on an historic series success over Pakistan in the second RSA Insurance ODI in Dublin.
Ireland appeared on course for their first series win over a full-member nation when Pakistan crashed to 17-4 chasing 230 but Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz hit 93 from 62 balls to claim a two-wicket win.
It meant the Irish were been left thinking what might have been for the second time in four days following Thursday's dramatic tie to open the series.
"We're obviously disappointed after Thursday's result but we managed to pick ourselves up. This is really disappointing," Porterfield said.
"It is kind of heartbreaking in terms of being in the position we were in.
"That's the biggest thing that we'll look back on. After those first 12 or 14 overs and having them four down and behind the rate.
"Even coming into the last 12 to 14 overs if we had of picked up a wicket at that time we were right on top.
"They were two pretty good efforts that we'll look back on and say we played pretty well.
"It's deflating at the minute but it shows where we are at."
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq admitted his side had made a lucky escape and claimed Ireland, ranked 11th in the ICC standings, were now capable of beating any nation in the world.
"They are really an improved side and played very well," he said. "The way they are improving they can compete with any Test-playing nation.
"We were really struggling. We knew that we had depth in our batting because Abdur Rehman and Wahab are capable of scoring runs at the lower order.
"But it was still it was a difficult job and we needed the way Kamran and Wahab played which was tremendous.
"We have not been getting much from the lower order so the way they played gives us a lot of confidence before going into Champions Trophy."