World Twenty20: Ireland vs UAE - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai
Rain forced the officials to use the D/L method and according to it Ireland have won the match by 21 runs.
Rain has stopped play for a while.
Over 14 || Score 101/3
Ireland have lost three wickets in quick succession. First the dangerous EC Joyce departed after playing a brisk knock of 43 runs in 38 balls and then KJ O'Brien and AD Poynter followed him to the pavilion. Interestingly, flood lights got off for some time. Meanwhile, Ireland have crossed the mark of 100 runs in the 14th over. They now require 23 runs of 36 balls to seal the match.
AD Poynter b Amjad Javed 4 (5b)
KJ O'Brien c Shetty b Sharif Asadullah 0 (3m 2b)
EC Joyce c Khurram Khan b Sharif Asadullah 43 (41m 38b )
Over 10 || Score 74/0
E Joyce and W Porterfield are playing sensible cricket. Joyce is more aggressive among the two as he is playing on 33 in mere 28 ball with the help of four boundaries and a six. Ireland are dominating the proceedings at the moment, whereas, UAE bowlers are struggling to stop the run flow.
Over 5 || Score 35/0
While chasing the total of 124 runs, Ireland got off to a decent start as they scored 35 runs in the first five overs without losing a wicket, albeit, PR Stirling got retired hurt in the second over due to elbow issues. UAE are still looking for their first breakthrough.
Over 20 || Score 123/6
In the death overs Ireland bowlers somehow managed to contain the UAE batsmen to score runs freely. And the result of that UAE only managed to set the total of 126 runs in front of their opponents. Ireland bowlers have done their job now it's time for their batsmen to chase the total successfully.
Amjad Javed c Joyce b O'Brien 19 (21m 21b)
Over 15 || Score 91/5
Shaiman Anwar's cameo came to an end in the 14th over as he gave a return catch to O'Brien after scoring 30 runs in 28 balls, laced with two sixes. Then in the next over UAE lost another wicket of Khurram Khan. But their run-rate is still above 6 runs per over. From here on they must be eyeing for a total of around 140 to 150.
Khurram Khan c Joyce b Murtagh 16 (21b)
Shaiman Anwar c & b O'Brien 30 (28b)
Over 10 || Score 66/3
In the seventh over UAE lost two wickets in the form of Amjad Ali and SP Patil. In last four overs they have only managed to add 20 runs. From here on UAE will look to set up a total of somewhere around 140, as they still have seven wickets in hand.
SP Patil c Porterfield b Stirling 0 (3b)
Amjad Ali c Dockrell b Stirling 20 (19b)
Over 6 || Score 46/1
In the fifth over Ireland got their first breakthrough in the form of Faizan Asif, who got run-out after scoring 11 runs. But the other opener Amjad Ali is still at the crease and has started scoring runs swiftly. From the sixth over came 11 runs with the help of two boundaries.
Faizan Asif run out 11 (15b)
Over 3 || Score 15/0
In the first three overs UAE scored 15 runs without losing of any wicket. Amjad Ali and Faizan Asif are playing sensibly, whereas, Ireland are still hunting for their first breakthrough.
Ireland have won the toss and elected to field first.
After a nail-biting first match of the day between the Netherlands and Zimbabwe, in which Zimbabwe finally came out triumphant, Ireland and UAE will lock horns in the second match scheduled to kick-start within a few minutes.
Ireland are clear favourites in this match against UAE. Players like Paul Stirling, George Dockrell and William Porterfield could play a crucial role for Ireland in this match. Though, Ireland have the favourites tag with them in this particular match, they can`t take UAE lightly. In the shortest format of the game, one mistake can take the match away form you, so Ireland should give their best shot to beat the vulnerable UAE.