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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 September 2018

UAE beaten after Ireland captain William Porterfield leads from the front in Dubai ODI

Ireland make it two one-day international wins in a row over Emirates after putting in an assured performance to win by 67 runs

Ireland opener William Porterfield, left, played a captain's knock against the UAE on Saturday. Satish Kumar for the National
Ireland opener William Porterfield, left, played a captain's knock against the UAE on Saturday. Satish Kumar for the National

A clinical performance from Ireland gave the newly-incorporated ICC member nation a second straight victory over the UAE in the tri-nation one-day international series at Dubai on Saturday.

Two days after making heavy weather of their run chase against the same opponents, the Irish put in a more assured performance to win by 67 runs.

It was a good day for captain William Porterfield, who won the toss and elected to bat before top-scoring with 139 while opening the batting. His 201-run partnership with one-down batsman Andy Balbirnie (102) pretty much set up their win as the visitors went on to post 301-5 in their 50 overs.

If not for UAE captain and off-spinner Rohan Mustafa (2-65) and slow left-armer Ahmed Raza (0-44), Ireland's total could have been bigger.

Nevertheless it proved enough as the home team were bowled out for 234 in 48.4 overs.

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At one point in the UAE's run chase, it looked like we had a game on our hands as middle-order batsmen Rameez Shahzad (50) and Mohammed Usman (44) put on a 68-run stand in 70 balls.

Had one or both players remained at the crease through to the end of their 50 overs, the result could well have been different. But as it turns out, Shahzad and then Usman got out within three overs of each other to all but end any chances of victory.

Ireland medium-pacer Kevin O'Brien was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-41. Fellow seamer Barry McCarthy took 2-49 and off-spinner Andy McBrine claimed 2-40.

Ireland face Scotland next, on Tuesday and Thursday, before the latter turn their attention to the Emirates on January 21 and January 23.

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