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Ireland defeat ends UAE World T20 hopes

Mirpur, Bangladesh: The UAE paid the price for some slow batting as they fell to their second successive defeat at the World Twenty20 at the Sylhet Stadium here on Wednesday night.

Skipper Khurram Khan’s side lost to Ireland by 21 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method, meaning they are now bottom of Group B and have no chance of progressing to the Super 10 stage. They play their final game against Zimbabwe on Friday.

Despite keeping wickets in hand, the UAE batsmen refused to go for big shots and they could only muster 123 for six from their 20 overs — a run rate of only 6.15 per over. Only nine fours and two sixes were scored in the whole innings, with Shaiman Anwar top scoring with 30.

Ireland won the toss and elected to field first as their skipper William Porterfield wanted his pacers to get some early assistance from the wicket.

Following the team’s opening defeat to the Netherlands, UAE brought in left-arm spinner Ahmad Raza and pacer Sharif Asadullah.

Opener Amjad Ali scored the first boundary off Max Sorensen with a powerful straight drive and he picked up two more boundaries in Sorensen’s next over. Faizan Asif, who struggled to find his touch, got run out through some agile fielding from Tim Murtagh for 11.

Khurram began his innings with a lovely shot to the cover boundary, but Paul Stirling ended Ali’s promising innings for 20 when he went for a Virender Sehwag-style slash outside the off stump and got caught at third man. In the same over, Stirling struck another major blow by having Swapnil Patil caught at short mid-wicket by Porterfield for a duck.

Ireland achieved what they wanted by picking up early wickets as the UAE were 50 for three in eight overs. Anwar lofted George Dockrell over long-on for a towering sixas, at the half-way mark, UAE had maintained a run-rate of 6.60 per over.

Anwar hit his second six, pulling Sorensen over deep square-leg into the stands, but medium pacer Kevin O’Brien bowled a tight 11th over, giving away just one run. Runs became hard to get, with Stuart Thompson also bowling a tight length.

O’Brien dismissed Anwar when he went for a pull that offered a return catch for 30 from 28 balls. Khurram also fell in the 15th over, top-edging to Joyce at cover for 16.

With five more overs to go and the score only at 91, the responsibility fell on Amjad Javed, who is known as a big hitter. Javed hit Murtagh to long-on for a boundary, but the rest of the over was tight.

Javed hit Alex Cusack for a straight boundary to steer UAE past the 100-run mark, but in the last three overs they scored just 22 runs.

Ireland got off to a quick start in reply, with Stirling hitting two boundaries off Sharif Abdullah’s first over. In the second over, Stirling retired hurt due to a pain in his arm. Ed Joyce, who replaced him, picked two boundaries off Kamran Shahzad.

Javed and Mustafa bowled two tight overs, but Joyce hit left-arm spinner Raza for a six as Ireland romped to 74 without loss after 10 overs.

Porterfield mostly played second fiddle to Joyce, but in the 12th over he too hit a maximum.

Joyce’s innings came to an end when he pulled Asadullah and Khurram took a well-judged catch. Ireland needed another 32 runs when Asadullah in the same over had Kevin O’Brien caught by Vikrant Shetty at deep square leg for a duck.

Javed took the wicket of Andrew Poynter for 4 before the floodlights went off, stopping play. Rain soon followed and play was abandoned with Ireland comfortably ahead.

Fixtures

Thursday’s matches (at Chittagong)

Group A

Afghanistan vs Nepal, 1.30pm UAE

Bangladesh vs Hong Kong, 5.30pm UAE

Brief scores

Group B

Zimbabwe beat Netherlands by five wickets.

Netherlands 140-5 in 20 overs (T. Cooper 72 not out, P. Utseya 2-24) Zimbabwe 146-5 in 20 overs (B. Taylor 49, H. Masakadza 43; P. Seelaar 2-9)

Ireland beat UAE by 21 runs (D/L method)

UAE 126 for 6 (Amjad Ali 20, Shaiman Anwar 30; Paul Stirling 2 for 12, Kevin O’Brien 2 for 17) Ireland 103 for 3 in 14.2 overs (William Porterfield 33no, Ed Joyce 43). Man of the match: Ed Joyce

Standings

Team P W L T NR Pts NRR

Ireland 2 2 0 0 0 4 +0.641

Zimbabwe 2 1 1 0 0 2 +0.125

Netherlands 2 1 1 0 0 2 +0.094

UAE 2 0 2 0 0 0 -0.902