ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Ireland v UAE

After a great team performance to overhaul the West Indies in their opening game, earlier this morning Ireland faced fellow associates United Arab Emirates in a confident mood. Winning the toss, Ireland put UAE into bat.

That confidence took a knock when UAE set a total of 278 for 9 from their 50 overs, with Shaiman Anwar hitting 106 runs from 83 balls.  Ireland needing 279 to win.

Worse was to come when Paul Stirling’s wicket fell for 3 runs from 9 balls.  Ireland at 4 runs for 1 wicket.

They’ve continued to struggle against the UAE bowling, at one point Ireland were 97 for 4 from 25.2 overs.

There’s been a mini-revival since then.  But Ireland required 159 off the last 20 overs at 7.95 per over to win.

Follow the final overs via BBC live coverage, radio and text.  Or cricinfo over-by-over text coverage.

Final Ireland 279 for 8 from 49.2 overs.

Ireland win! Somehow, by 2 wickets with 4 balls to spare.

That’s two out of two for Ireland.  South Africa up next…


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  • From the BBC coverage

    Ire 175-5 (target 279)

    Enter Kevin O’Brien, the “Hero of Bangalore” – and he’s off the mark straight away, pulling a four through mid-wicket. They need 104 from 66 balls.

  • Ireland 207 for 5 from 42 overs.
    72 runs needed from 48 balls.
    And O’Brien has just been dropped.
    Keep it together and Ireland should win this. UAE feeling the pressure.

  • Start of the 45th over. Two sixes from O’Brien brings up his 50 from 24 balls.
    And then he lofts it… and is caught.
    36 runs needed from 32 balls.

  • babyface finlayson

    O’Brien out. A bit tense now. 36 needed from 32 balls.

  • Dan

    Mooney let’s the team down.
    Not for the first time.

  • After a bit of a wobble, Ireland need 12 runs from 16 balls.
    And then Wilson is caught…
    Ireland 267 for 8 from 47.3 overs.

  • Dan

    Gutsy performance. Excellent win

  • Ireland win! Somehow…

  • Gingray

    And what a way to win. Squeaky bum time!