Porterfield century propels Ireland to victory despite Zahoor Khan's six-wicket haul
Ireland 270 (Porterfield 100) beat
United Arab Emirates 185 (Raza 45) by 85 runs
First One-Day International in Dubai
William Porterfield led from the front with a brilliant century as Ireland managed to seal a 85-run victory in the first One-Day International against United Arab Emirates in Dubai despite a terrific six-wicket haul from Zahoor Khan.
UAE won the toss and decided to field first. Mohammad Naveed (3-40) provided the initial breakthrough for UAE dismissing both Paul Stirling (4) and Andy Balbirnie (4).
Niall O'Brien (34) joined Porterfield (100) as they resurrected the innings with a 59-run stand before the latter was castled by Rohan Mustafa (1-51).
However, Porterfield looked solid at one as he added two more massive partnerships of 124 runs and 56 runs with Kevin O'Brien (69) and Gary Wilson (33) respectively.
Ireland crossed the 250-run mark in 45 overs but Khan (6-34) picked the last six wickets in a span of 17 runs to dismiss Ireland for 270.
Even though Mustafa (43) started the innings positively with a blistering 29-ball knock, regular fall of wickets saw Ireland dent UAE to 112 for seven with only Adnan Mufti (21) crossing the 20-run mark apart from the captain.
Ahmed Raza (45) and Amjad Javed (23) tried to wage a late fight in the innings but Ireland went on to dismiss UAE for 185 runs.
The result also meant Ireland have taken an unassailable lead of 1-0 in the series with Porterfield bagging the player of the match.
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