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Ireland denies win over Pakistan was fixed

cricket Updated: Mar 28, 2007 09:48 IST
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Ireland captain Trent Johnston has dismissed suggestions that his side's shock victory over Pakistan was a fix.

The World Cup debutants knocked their Asian rivals out of the tournament - a result which was followed by the murder of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer.

"We keep hearing things about match-fixing," said Johnston, who felt the rumours demeaned Ireland's display.

"You only have to look at that game and the way we bowled and fielded and I was just hugely proud of the guys."

The Irish bowled out Pakistan for 132 in their Group D match and then scored the runs with 8.2 overs remaining to spark feverish celebrations at one of the great World Cup upsets.

"The toss of the coin was crucial against Pakistan and we bowled very well against them," Johnston added.

"We still had to go out and get 130-odd runs against a quality bowling attack and they were giving it everything and luckily we got home."

Ireland subsequently lost to West Indies but are now in Guyana preparing to face England on Friday in the Super Eight stage of the tournament.

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