Cricket - Ireland face tough chase

Ireland will chase a victory target of 276 as they bid to beat a full-member nation for the first time in Dublin in the opening RSA Insurance one-day international against Pakistan.

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Mohammad Hafeez of Pakistan (PA Photos)

Mohammad Hafeez's unbeaten century ensured the tourists defied four rain delays to post a testing target in a match reduced to 47 overs by the weather.

Hafeez struck 122 from 113 balls and combined in a 188-run stand with Asad Shafiq, whose 84 was his best return in an ODI.

Late hitting from Kamran Akmal, who spent two seasons in Irish domestic cricket a decade ago, helped Pakistan reach 266 for five - a total improved to 275 on the Duckworth-Lewis Method because of the rain.

Kevin O'Brien's two for 43 was the best of the Irish figures, although the all-rounder went at 8.60 an over after allowing Hafeez and Shafiq to up the tempo after the tourists had begun at a crawl.

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