Irish victory sets up winner takes all clash
Ireland held off a superb fight back by Saqib Ali to beat the United Arab Emirates by 22 runs in their Super Fours game at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The victory for the Irish sets up a winner takes all clash with the Netherlands tomorrow afternoon with both side knowing victory will seal them a place in the Twenty20 World Cup while the UAE will go into their game with Afghanistan with the same prize at stake.
Chasing a total of 153 for victory the UAE struggled against the Irish opening bowlers losing their first three wickets scoring just 17 runs in the process.
The Irish were sensing a quick victory but Saqib Ali lead a fantastic fight back scoring a gritty 63 which allowed the UAE to get back into the.
Supported by Abdul Rehman (20) and Shadeep Silva (12) the UAE started to sense their chances of victory before Alex Cusack broke through their resistant bowling Ali.
Rehman and Silva soon followed leaving the UAE 22 runs short of the target.
Having won the toss earlier in the day the Irish elected to bat with Niall O'Brien once again showing why he is a danger county batsman scoring 46 to spearhead the Irish Innings.
Trent Johnston (19), Kevin O'Brien (13) and John Mooney (12) all contributed with the bat to reach 152/2 setting the UAE a hard target.