Ireland entered into Super Six stage after destroyed UAE


Ireland destroyed UAE in the final game of group stage. Ireland picked up their third win of the campaign that confirmed their place in the Super Six stage. Ireland openers William Porterfield and Paul Stirling made a terrific start in a contest that was reduced to 44 overs per side due to rain affected game. Even the break in the middle didn't hamper the openers as they were involved in a mammoth 205-run partnership before the skipper got dismissed in the nineties. While Stirling departed three overs later after registering a century, Kevin O'Brien, who was promoted up the order, kept finding the boundary despite losing partners at the other end. Eventually, his unbeaten 26-ball 50 runs innings took Ireland to 313 for 6 in 44 overs.

UAE to chase down mammoth total of 318 runs as per DLS calculations, UAE were never in the hunt as they kept losing wickets from the outset. Once Chirag Suri and Ashfaq Ahmed fell, Boyd Rankin broke through the UAE middle order with a four-wicket burst that left them reeling at 67 runs for 6 wickets. They added only 24 more runs before getting bowled out for 91 runs. Despite the result, UAE are through to the Super Six stage and have also retained their ODI status until 2022, alongside Scotland.

Brief scores: Ireland 313/6 in 44 overs (Paul Stirling 126, William Porterfield 92; Mohammad Naveed 3-84) beat UAE 91 in 29.3 overs (Boyd Rankin 4-15, Simi Singh 3-15) by 226 runs.



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