Brisbane - Gary Wilson and Kevin O'Brien struck brisk half-centuries as Ireland
held their nerve to clinch a thrilling two-wicket victory in their Cricket World
Cup Pool B match against United Arab Emirates in Brisbane on Wednesday.
hit 80 off 69 balls while all-rounder O'Brien smashed 50 off 25 to help
Ireland overwhelm UAE's total of 278-9 with four balls to spare for
their second consecutive win of the tournament.
Needing almost 10
runs an over at one stage, Wilson and O'Brien smashed 72 in their
sixth-wicket stand off just six overs to revive their chase.
who was dropped on 24, hit eight fours and lofted Amjad Javed (3-60)
for two consecutive sixes but fell on the next ball with his team still
needing 36 runs to win.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Wilson got Ireland,
who beat West Indies in their first match, closer but was dismissed by
Mohammad Naveed (2-65) after hitting the bowler for two successive
boundaries ion the 48th over.
Ireland needed 12 at that stage and tailenders George Dockrell and Alex Cusack held firm to see them through.
Earlier, Shaiman Anwar registered UAE's first World Cup century to help them overcome a poor start and post a strong total.
35-year-old right-hander scored 106 off 83 balls and dominated a breezy
107-run stand with Javed (42), a World Cup record for the seventh
wicket, to lift UAE who were reeling at 78-4 in the 21st over.
became the second batsman to score a ODI hundred for the Emirati
nation, who are making their second appearance at the event after also
qualifying in 1996.
Anwar, who hit 10 fours and a six, raised his bat and went down on his knees after reaching the 100-run mark in 79 deliveries.
were guilty of bowling too short to Anwar, who had scored his previous
highest of 67 in the last match against Zimbabwe, and Javed as UAE
plundered 147 runs in the last 15 overs.
The duo came together with Ireland looking to bundle their opponents out having reduced them to 131 for six in the 35th over.
Anwar eventually fell in the 49th over, skying Max Sorensen for Wilson to complete a comfortable catch.
Paul Stirling (2-27) struck in his second over to dismiss Andri
Berenger (13) and then picked up Krishna Chandran for a duck in his
third to deny UAE a strong start after they were put in to bat first.
came into the attack for Ireland and dismissed set opener Amjad Ali
(45) and Swapnil Patil (two) in his first two overs to further stifle
the UAE innings.
O'Brien, however, proved expensive in the final overs, eventually conceding 61 off seven overs.