Cusack leads the fight back for the Irish
Alex Cusack scored an valuable 65 to help Ireland score 151/6 to leave their Super Fours winner takes all game against the Netherlands evenly poised at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The winner of this game will face Afghanistan in the final of the Twenty20 World Cup qualifies but more importantly they will automatically earn a place in May's Twenty20 World Cup.
Having won the toss and elected to bat the Irish got off to a poor start when they lost skipper William Porterfield (6) at the end of the second over after he was caught by Alexei Kervezee out at mid wicket off the bowling of Ryan ten Doeschate.
Opener Niall O'Brien was joined out in the middle by Cusack and the pair enjoyed a 2nd wicket partnership of 49 before O'Brien (11) was bowled by Mohammad Kashif.
Trent Johnston could only managed to score 2 runs before he was caught by Mark Jonkman. The lose of Irelands veteran batsman could have set off the panic buttons for the Irish but Gary Wilson batted brilliantly supporting Cusack.
The pair recorded a 32 run partnership before Cusack was caught by Daan van Bunge handing Pieter Seelaar his first wicket of the innings.
Kevin O'Brien quickly departed facing only two balls before he was caught by Jonkman of his own bowling to leave the Irish 98-5 but Wilson continued his fine form reaching 29 before he was bowled by Mudassar Bukhari.
This left John Mooney (17) and Andrew White (14) to add another 21 runs to leave the Dutch needing to chase 152 for a place in the Twenty20 World Cup.