Team captain Laura Delany said it was an "incredibly frustrating" outing in the heavy defeat to Pakistan in the ICC Women’s World T20.

Pakistan, who had lost their first two games, scored their highest ever total in the competition as they cruised to victory by 38 runs, giving themselves the best chance of directly qualifying for the next edition of the tournament.

Javeria Khan’s unbeaten 74 formed the spine of their total, the next highest score being 21.

Lucy O’Reilly bowled well for Ireland, and was rewarded with three late wickets.

But the damage was done by then; in the chase, only two of Ireland’s batters got into double figures, as the Pakistan spinners shared seven of the nine wickets to fall. Ireland’s challenge ended on 101 for nine, as did their best chance of automatic qualification for the ICC Women’s World T20 2020.

"Pakistan are closely ranked to ourselves, so that was the obvious target that we were going to go after," captain Delany said.

"To lose by 40 runs, again, we genuinely believed we could win, so it's very disappointing"

"It is so incredibly frustrating, because if we were professional, I wonder what the score would've been out there today.

"To lose by 40 runs, again, we genuinely believed we could win, so it's very disappointing."