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Ireland Win Despite Floodlight Farce

William Porterfield drives
Ireland skipper William Porterfield anchored his side's successful run chase from the top of the order.
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Ireland 103-3 (Joyce 43, Porterfield 33no) beat
United Arab Emirates 123-6 by 21 runs (D/L)
ICC World Twenty20 2014 Group B, Sylhet

There was a slightly farcical end, but Ireland nevertheless registered their second win of the ICC World Twenty20 2014 as they remain favourites to qualify from Group B for the Super 10s.

They restricted the UAE to 123 for six from their 20 overs as Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien each took a brace of wickets; Shaiman Anwar top-scoring with 30.

Ireland were then cruising towards their target when the floodlights failed after 14 overs with the score on 103 for three. The players did get back on, for all of two balls, before the floodlights called it a night. It also began to rain, with Ireland on 103 for three and winners by 21 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Skipper William Porterfield finished unbeaten on 33 off 35 balls and added 80 in 68 balls with Ed Joyce for the first-wicket after Paul Stirling had retired hurt with an injured elbow. The pair took the Irish to the brink of victory, with Sharif Asadullah (2-21) then striking twice in the 13th over on his Twenty20 International debut to give the UAE at least something to cheer.

Joyce was caught by Khurram Khan at mid-wicket for 43 off 38 balls, having hit five boundaries, with Kevin O’Brien caught in the deep for a duck. Amjad Javed (1-18) then bowled Andrew Poynter (4) to leave the score on 101 for three just before the floodlights failed for the first time. Two balls and two runs later it was all over and Ireland had two wins from two.

The UAE had earlier made a good start after being asked to bat by Ireland skipper Porterfield. Openers Amjad Ali and Faizan Asif put on 35 in five overs before both were dismissed in quick succession; Asif run-out for 11, with Ali caught off Stirling for 20. Swapnil Patil then gifted Stirling his second wicket just three balls later when he found the grateful hands of Porterfield at mid-wicket to make it 46 for three.

Anwar and skipper Khurram Khan steadied the innings with a relatively measured fourth-wicket partnership worth 42. However, they too fell in quick succession, with Anwar caught and bowled by O’Brien for 30 off 28 balls and Khan departing to Tim Murtagh for 16 to leave the UAE tottering at 90 for five in the 15th over.

Javed (19 off 21 balls) and Rohan Mustafa (13 not out off 13 balls) did manage to haul the UAE up to a respectable total, but it was never likely to be enough and so it proved. Stirling ended as the pick of the Irish bowlers with two for 12 from three overs, while O’Brien picked up two for 17 from four.

Group B will be completed on Friday, when Ireland take on the Netherlands and Zimbabwe play the UAE, who are now out of the reckoning for the Super 10 phase.

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