Adelaide- Pakistan's disciplined pace bowlers restricted Ireland to 237 and then the batsmen took over to help claim a seven-wicket win on Sunday and a place in the 2015 World Cup quarterfinals.

After captain William Porterfield won the toss and provided Ireland's only resistance at the crease, scoring his first World Cup century (107), Pakistan replied methodically at Adelaide Oval, scoring their first 100 runs without the loss of any wickets as openers Sarfraz Ahmed (101 not out) and Ahmed Shehzad (63) found gaps in the Irish field placements.

Sarfraz's maiden ODI century was Pakistan's first of the tournament, leading his team to 241-3 in 46.1 overs.

The win moves Pakistan, which lost their first two matches before winning the next four, into a quarterfinal match at the same Adelaide ground on Friday against four-time champions Australia.

Courtesy: Indian Express