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Porterfield, spinners set up rout of UAE

Ireland 270 (Porterfield 100, K O'Brien 69, Zahoor 6-34) beat United Arab Emirates 185 (Raza 45, Mustafa 43, Dockrell 3-27) by 85 runs
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William Porterfield struck his seventh ODI ton to lift Ireland to 270, a total they defended by 85 runs with the help of George Dockrell and Andy McBrine's spin.

Ireland, after being asked to bat, lost two early wickets. Fast bowler Mohammad Naveed had Paul Stirling caught behind for 4, and in his next over, removed Andy Balbirnie. Porterfield then led Ireland's rebuild with partnerships of 59,124 and 56 with Niall O'Brien, Kevin O'Brien and Gary Wilson respectively. Kevin O'Brien struck a 53-ball 69 that included seven fours and one six.

Fast bowler Zahoor Khan took three wickets in three balls, with a wide in between his second and third victims, to stall Ireland's momentum towards the end. Ireland lost their last six wickets for 17 runs in 24 balls, Zahoor took all of them to finish with 6 for 34, the best figures by a UAE bowler.

Rohan Mustafa hammered a 29-ball 43 to lead UAE's reply, but their chase withered away as they lost regular wickets. Offspinner McBrine and left-arm spinner Dockrell took wickets between them to reduce UAE to 112 for 7. Ahmed Raza struck a 69-ball 45 at No. 8. UAE were bowled out for 185 in the 42nd over.