Ireland kept their quarter-final hopes alive with tight a two wicket win over the UAE at the Gabba last night.
After falling to 4/97 nearing the half way point of their run chase, the Irish held their nerve to chase down their opponents total with four balls to spare.
In a crucial match for his side in terms of qualifying for the quarter finals from Pool B, Ireland captain William Porterfield won the toss and sent the UAE in to bat.
The Irish skipper would have been happy with his decision, as his bowlers reduced the UAE to 5/125 in the 32nd over when the dangerous Khurram Khan was dismissed for 36 by George Dockrell.
But this wicket brought Shaiman Anwar to the crease who notched a significant milestone for the UAE, scoring their first ever century at a World Cup tournament in just their second World Cup appearance.
Anwar’s knock lifted his team’s score to a very competitive 9/278 from their 50 overs, with Paul Stirling the pick of the bowlers taking 2/27.
Despite losing Stirling early, Ireland looked to be cruising until they lost Porterfield and Niall O’Brien in quick succession to Mohammad Tauqir who would finish with 2/38.
Losing their fifth wicket with the score on 171, Ireland needed 108 runs off just over 11 overs and this brought Kevin O’Brien to the crease to join the established Gary Wilson.
Just when all looked lost, O’Brien and Wilson combined for a 72-run partnership of just six overs with the latter going on to make a match winning score of 80 before being dismissed in the 48th over.
Left with 12 to get off two and a half overs, Alex Cusack and Dockrell held their nerve to get Ireland to a very lucky win with four balls remaining.
Written by: Joe Schwab @Meadowswidget