UAE v Ireland, World Cricket League Championship, Sharjah

Composed Wilson brings Ireland home

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 18, 2013

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Ireland 169 for 5 (Wilson 72*) beat UAE 165 (Patil 65, Cusack 3-21) by five wickets

Alex Cusack in his delivery stride, UAE v Ireland, World Cricket League Championship, Sharjah, March 18, 2013
Alex Cusack's economical 3 for 21 helped rein in UAE © ICC/Zainab Malubhai

Gary Wilson allayed Irish fears of playing spin in Asian conditions with a composed half-century to bring Ireland home in their opening World Cricket League Championship match of this tour.

Ireland are looking to secure top spot in the table, and gain automatic qualification for the 2015 World Cup. This was an important win against a rival for qualification. It nearly didn't happen, as Ireland crumbled against the off-spin of Nasir Aziz, who took three wickets. They slumped to 107 for 5, and were looking to the lower order to see them to their modest target of 166.

The opening wicket also fell to spin as Shadeep Silva's left-arm orthodox had Paul Stirling top-edging an attempted lofted drive. Aziz then got to work, beating Will Porterfield in flight, to have him bowled, and getting Ed Joyce to drag on. And when Niall O'Brien was run out, Ireland had lost 3 for 9, and at 51 for 4 were in deep trouble.

Wilson began the recovery. He took 14 balls to get off the mark, and played carefully, working singles and punishing bad deliveries. Aside from three two's and a three, Wilson scored exclusively in singles and fours - of which he struck 10. His stand of 56 with Kevin O'Brien gave Ireland a chance, and a further 62-run stand with John Mooney secured victory.

"I didn't have too much trouble playing Aziz, He's got the doosra but it's pretty easy to see in the hand." Wilson said. "It was just a matter of batting. Even at four down, we still wanted to play attacking cricket. They had the field up so it was easier to hit over the top to get off strike rather than trying to push singles."

Ireland had earlier enjoyed their own success with the spinning ball as Sterling claimed three wickets with his off-spin, although he did concede almost five an over. But the medium pace of Alex Cusack starred. His 3 for 21 included Shaiman Anwar who was well set on 35 and Swapnil Patil who top-scored with 65.

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Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

Nice one. As an Afghanistan cricket team fan I would like Ireland to win the second game too, and then also beat the Dutch in both games,,,, and and perhaps one game against the Scots too. Only then will Afghanistan have a mathematic chance of qualification. I don't agree with the Irish approach to the four day game though. Their excuse was they didn't want to exhaust a single individual, but when single individuals dictate the course of a game for a whole nation, it beams weakness and lack of a strong backup. Im sure Irish are better then that.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 1:06 GMT)

Bit closer than I would like .... but nice win boys.... same again tomorrow ..please

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