Played in ICC Academy, Dubai, the match between UAE V
Ireland was much interesting. Ed Joyce’s unbeaten century helped Ireland
prevail by four wickets in the ODI tri-series opener against hosts UAE, in
Dubai on Thursday.
Chasing 223 to get off the mark with a victory, the visitors
were reduced to 91 for 5 inside 23 overs before a 131-run partnership between
Joyce and Gary Wilson helped restore the chase.
From UAE, Rameez Shahzad (75) anchored innings to guide them
to a respectable 222 from their allotted overs, after being put in to bat. In
an all-round bowling effort, Boyd Rankin, Barry McCarthy, Peter Chase and Kevin
O’Brien all picked up two wickets apiece.
UAE 222/9 in 50 overs (Rameez Shahzad 75, Mohammad Boota 37;
Boyd Rankin 2-26, Kevin O’Brien 2-39)
Ireland 226/6 in 49.2 overs (Ed Joyce 116*, Gary Wilson 53;
Mohammad Naveed 2-45) by 4 wickets