Ed Joyce century steers Ireland to last over chase against UAE
Ireland 226-6 (Joyce 116no) beat
Afghanistan 222-9 (Shahzad 75) by four wickets
First One-Day International in Dubai
Ed Joyce scored an unbeaten century as Ireland chased down 223 runs against Afghanistan in 49.2 overs with four wickets in hand in the first One-Day International of the tri-series at ICC Academy in Dubai.
Ireland won the toss and decided to bowl first. Barry McCarthy (2-47) found the breakthrough in the fourth over when he had Rohan Mustafa (2) caught behind but Ashfaq Ahmed (35) and Ghulam Shabber (21) consolidated the innings with a 45 run stand for the second wicket.
The duo kept scoring at a bright run-rate as UAE reached 60 for one in 12 overs but both the batsmen fell in quick successions. At the halfway mark, UAE were 96 for three and 14 deliveries later, George Dockrell (1-51) picked his first wicket to send Muhammad Usman (11) back into the pavilion.
As the innings was losing control, Shahzad waged a lone fight as he completed his half-century with two boundaries in the 40th over. Mohammad Boota (37) also provided a brief support but Ireland came back hard to restrict UAE to 222 for nine in the 50 overs.
Boyd Rankin (2-26), Barry McCarthy (2-47), Peter Chase (2-50) and Kevin O Brien (2-39) shared eight wickets between them equally.
In the chase, Mohammad Naveed (2-45) removed both Paul Stirling (0) and Andrew Balbirnie (0) inside the first three overs but the inexperience in the bowling showed as Ireland clawed their way in the chase.
Porterfield (28) struck three boundaries in the eighth over as Ireland ended the first powerplay with a score of 40 for two.
Zahoor Khan (1-44) provided the opening for UAE with the wicket of Porterfield and soon Niall O Brien (4) and Kevin O Brien (9) also departed to leave the visitors reeling at 91 for five.
However, Joyce (116 not out) and Gary Wilson (53) shared a decisive 131 run stand for the sixth wicket and when just one run was needed for a win, they lost Wilson. Joyce, who went on to complete his century saw the team through the chase that they completed in 49.2 overs with four wickets in hand.
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