United Arab Emirates v Ireland, 2nd T20I, Abu Dhabi February 16, 2016

UAE script stunning comeback to level series

ESPNcricinfo staff

United Arab Emirates 133 for 7 (Patil 31, Rankin 3-17) beat Ireland 128 for 9 (Porterfield 72, Shahzad 2-10) by five runs

File photo - Mohammad Naveed helped UAE defend 133 with figures of 4-0-16-2 © ACC

United Arab Emirates completed a stunning comeback to defend 133 against Ireland and level the two-match series 1-1, in Abu Dhabi. Chasing 134 for victory, Ireland were coasting at 91 for 1 after 12.4 overs, before losing their way.

William Porterfield was run out in the penultimate over, for a 60-ball 72, with Ireland still requiring 13 off 10 but not more than a run-a-ball was conceded thereafter. Mohammad Shahzad, tasked with defending nine off the final over, gave away just three.

The chase looked like a canter with openers Porterfield and Paul Stirling adding 61 off 36 balls. However, Ireland crumbled after losing wickets in clusters. Save the top three, no other batsman crossed 5. Mohammad Naveed, Ahmed Raza and Shahzad were all economical and picked up two wickets apiece.

UAE posted a total of 133 for 7 on the back of Swapnil Patil's 37-ball 31 and a host of cameos. Captain Amjed Javed provided the required impetus towards the end with a brisk 19. Boyd Rankin was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 17, while Max Sorensen returned figures of 4-0-16-2.

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  • markbrop on February 17, 2016, 12:25 GMT

    Matthew Grant: "I always thought the opposite was the problem! Had a team for years based around T20 players (plus Porterfield... and now Joyce)."

    No Ed Joyce has actually retired from T20 cricket. John Mooney and Alex Cusack have retired from all formats.

  •   Matthew Grant on February 17, 2016, 9:41 GMT

    @VIRENDRA_S I always thought the opposite was the problem! Had a team for years based around T20 players (plus Porterfield... and now Joyce).

    Despite the levelling nature of T20, Ireland should really be beating teams like UAE as a matter of fact, otherwise the claims to being a cut above the rest of the associate nations is a bit of a fantasy.

    Again, archive photos and no mention of the way the pitch played.

  • Cricinfouser on February 16, 2016, 21:29 GMT

    Not great, lads. Bowling was the issue last year. Now thats fixed. Top order was flaky. That went well today. Just need it all to gel at once. Looking forward to Malahide in June. Promise it will click by then!

  • J on February 16, 2016, 16:05 GMT

    Swapnil patil seems to be doing exceptionally well for the UAE. Hope he continues like this.

  • markbrop on February 16, 2016, 15:15 GMT

    Yes a terrible batting display from Ireland I'm afraid Virendra. Kevin O''Brien was badly missed but it should have been a cakewalk after Porterfield and Stirling got us off to that flying start.

  • Virendra on February 16, 2016, 14:38 GMT

    Ireland better start finding some t20 batsman rather than playing same players in all 3 formats.

  •   Islahuddin Shams Hanj on February 16, 2016, 14:09 GMT

    Very good performance by UAE hope Shaiman Anwar plays well in Asia Cup

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